Roleplaying games as visual media just took a step closer to reality with the launch of a new website for hobby game players around the world. Now roleplayers have the opportunity to experience a Dungeons & Dragons
campaign in a whole new way: through a Web series hosted exclusively at www.thefirstpaladin.com. Viewers can watch The First Paladin
, a campaign being played with D&D Next
rules, and see the game evolve dynamically as game master Peter D. Adkison
and the players make their own choices. This new series is produced by Hostile Work Environment
, a new multimedia company owned by Adkison
, the former CEO of Wizards of the Coast
and owner of Gen Con, LLC
The first four scenes of the Web series just premiered. Over the next year, the series will continue to play out. In addition, four narrative shorts will be released throughout the year to further enhance the story.
The First Paladin is a Dungeons & Dragons campaign set in the fantasy world of Chaldea, which Adkison created in 1981. On the official The First Paladin website, fans can explore Chaldea through videos of D&D Next gameplay, illustrations by Emmy Award-winning artist Phillip Trumbo, character testimonials from the cast and narrative fiction.