The Vagabond Queen, or “The City of Sails”

If you’re planning to run an adventure on the Vagabond Queen, here’s a good way to kick things off:

  1. When the party boards the ship, have an NPC mention that there’s a tavern on board.
  2. The players will head there because 90% of all D&D characters are degenerate alcoholics.
  3. When they walk in, there’s a bard in the corner tuning up his harp. After the players sit down, the bard gently runs his fingers across the strings of his instrument and he begins to sing this song…
  4. Play the song “I’m On A Boat” by The Lonely Island.

If you’re at work, be sure to unplug your headphones and max out the volume before clicking that link.

I’ve got a bunch of ideas for adventures involving this map in the DM notes, along with a list of possible backstories about who built this ship and why, so if you’re a patron looking for inspiration, you may want to have a look.

I’ve got a few more things to make for this map, but I wanted to get it posted anyway. I should have the Foundry module and the Roll20 wall commands done later today. I’m also making some tokens for the smaller boats and some artillery. And, of course, there’ll be a spelljammer version of the map.

In a couple days, I’ll be leaving to see my family for a week, but I should be able to get the spelljammer version up the day I get back. Everything else should be done before then.

Well, drawing this map has been a ton of work, but I really think it turned out well. I’d love to hear what you think. And if you’ve got any questions, feel free to ask!

Giant Ship Update. Also, Baldur’s Gate 3.

Well, the color is taking a bit longer than I expected, but I’m over halfway done and I decided to finish up this deck completely to give you a look at it.

There’s one other thing I wanted to say before I get back to work. I just started playing Baldur’s Gate 3 with my wife and it’s pretty good so far, but there’s something I can’t help noticing. I’ve played the whole series and, at the end of Baldur’s Gate 1, I was a powerful warrior. At the end of Baldur’s Gate 2, I was a legendary Bhaalspawn. And, at the end of Throne of Bhaal, I was the actual, literal god of death. It’s been a while, but I remember that much.

Then Baldur’s Gate 3 starts and I’m some guy with a magic brain tumor who’s getting slapped around by goblins. Excuse me? Larian Games, I’d like to speak to your manager, please.