I gave a talk at synDCon 2010 on how to use the 5×5 Method to plan a campaign arc. I took suggestions from the audience and walked through the process, and by the end, we had the structure to start planning.
This one is a bit more heavily edited, since it was a lot of audience participation and the recorder didn’t pick that up as well. Hopefully it still flows pretty well and you can follow along- be sure that you check out the table below to see the final 5×5 grid.
|Kill Orcus||Purge Genericland from Evil||Bring Back Universal Healing||Collect Magic Dragon Skulls||Find the Artifact|
|1.||Find Local Cult||Orcish Warband||Discover Necrotic Aura as Source||Find Library||Find the Owner|
|2.||Confront Doresain||Gnolls||Thrown into Power Struggle||Find Piece A||Chase|
|3.||Find Abyssal Skiff||Evil Cult||Mingle||B||Chase|
|4.||Enter the Abyss||Dragon Home||Ally with Church or Nobles||C||Chase|
|5.||Fight Orcus||Lich Necromancer Vampire||Discover King/Vizier||Gotta Catch ‘Em All||Find It|