The Stonecutter Samurai

Once a year Automattic gathers all its employees together for a week of projects, learning, and adventure at an event called the Grand Meetup. This year I wrote a D&D adventure to share with my friends and co-workers, most of whom had never played a tabletop RPG before. It’s now been run seven times (four by me) for a total of 26 players (two even played the game twice!).

Here’s the teaser text:

In the country of O’Taki, there exists a feudal hierarchy of Dwarf lords in the style of old Japan.

As the Emperor’s Prime Minister Okanama ages, a rivalry has arisen over who will take his place. Several factions vie for control. The leader of the most influential faction, the retired General Buren Tomogawa (also known as the Stonecutter Samurai), has fought to keep power away from his strongest rival, Yomo Ishin, a powerful noble whose detractors claim deals in demon-worship and forbidden magic.

Though unmarried, Tomogawa has a secret concubine and two young illegitimate children. The sly lord Ishin has discovered Tomogawa’s secret and the children have been kidnapped. Now the fate of the Empire hangs in the balance.

If you’d like to play this adventure yourself, gather some friends, make some second-level characters, and download the adventure here.