Creating your own Dungeons and Dragons campaign from scratch can be an exciting and rewarding experience. There are a few steps you should take to ensure that your campaign is enjoyable for everyone involved.
Step 1: To get started, you'll need to decide what type of campaign you want. Do you want a heroic campaign focused on fighting evil and saving the world, or an exploration-focused campaign with lots of side-quests? Do you want a high-fantasy adventure, a low-fantasy story, or a horror-themed game?
Step 2: After deciding on your genre, you can begin to build the setting, the world that your game will take place in. The setting of your campaign will determine the type of characters and monsters that you will use in your game. You can choose something realistic like a medieval fantasy world or something more fantastical like an island full of dinosaurs or robots. Think about the type of creatures and races, the geography, and the political and social structures that exist in your game. You can also use existing campaign settings such as Forgotten Realms, Eberron, or Greyhawk.
Step 3: Story time. Sketch out some NPCs and other characters that will fit into the world you have chosen and create a story arc that will guide your players throughout their quest. Decide how long the campaign will take and the types of challenges they will face.
Step 4: Extras! Maybe you find or make a map. Create a map of the world you want your players to explore. This should include terrain, roads, oceans, mountains, forests, and cities. This will help your players understand how to navigate the world and how to get from place to place. Maybe you scour youtube for the perfect background soundtrack to your game. All of the extras add up to an even better experience for you and your players.
With your campaign ready to go, all that's left to do is roll the dice and enjoy your own custom Dungeons and Dragons campaign!