Home Game in the Cloud (Home Game or HGitC for short) is a new supplement to our monthly Virtual D&D Weekend events! The aim of HGitC to give players and DMs a chance for a more stable and intimate gaming experience where a DM can guide a regular group of players through an entire storyline from start to finish.
HGitC experiences will typically last between 4 and 12 sessions, with the goal being to strike a balance between stability and flexibility: we want groups to be able to play through the whole story together, but we also know that sometimes life happens and people may have to drop out of a campaign.
How it Works
Unlike our Red Carpet program, where players organize the game and hire a DM, with HGitC the DM is the driving force; the DM picks the adventures and sets the schedule and then we put the tickets up for sale on the Yawning Portal. Once tickets sales are live it’s first-come, first-served, and existing party members will get early access to buy tickets for subsequent games, with sales opening up to other players if any of the existing party members decide not to play.
Tickets prices are a bit higher than standard VDDW tickets, but the ticket price is all-inclusive. There’re no extra booking fees and our DMs still get the same share of ticket prices, so you’re helping support your favourite DMs!
What are we Playing?
Our intent with HGitC is that it be used for complete storylines or campaigns, but that’s entirely up to our DMs. The only restrictions we impose are that games have to be D&D and must meet our content and safety guidelines. Outside of that, anything goes: official D&D hardcover adventures, DDAL storylines, even homebrew stories. If you’ve got a favourite DM and a thing you’d like them to offer as part of HGitC, feel free to let them know!
Frequently Asked Questions
I already have a group, can we play together?
You and your friends are free to all buy tickets individually to a Home Game table or one person can buy tickets for the whole group, but tickets are only available on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s possible someone else may get some or all of the tickets before you.
If you already have a group that wants to play together and just a few specific adventures a month, we do have our Red Carpet program where you can pick the adventures and book a DM exclusively for your group during Virtual D&D Weekends.
The DM I want to play with is a friend of mine, can they reseve a spot for me?
Not at this time. We are considering expanding options for DMs and players down the road, but for now tickets are only available on a first-come, first-served basis.
When will tickets go on sale?
Ticket sales for the first session of a Home Game will go on sale on the Yawning Portal 7-10 days before the session occurs. Tickets to subsequent sessions will be made available for purchase to existing party members 7-10 days before the session, with any unsold tickets going on sale to the public 48 hours before the session.
What DMs will be running the games?
Initially, content will be available from our existing Virtual D&D Weekend DMs who want to run HGitC experiences and have an strong pitch for the content they want to run. Eventually we’ll be offering opportunities for the rest of our Herald’s Guild DM community to participate as well.
How can I tell what kind of game the DM intends to run?
We’ll include a short write-up from each DM in their game’s description so you have an idea of what to expect. You can also reach out to DMs on our BMG Community Discord server if you have more questions.
What about scheduling? How does that work?
Scheduling is up to the DM; we only have a few guidelines: games can be weekly or every other week, and games cannot happen during a Virtual D&D Weekend event. Other than that, individual DMs are free to set up the timing as they wish.
Do DMs have to run D&D? Can we play Pathfinder/Call of Cthulhu/Cyberpunk?
Sorry, no. Because the Home Game program is part of our Virtual D&D Weekends, sponsored by Wizards of the Coast, only Dungeons & Dragons games are allowed. They don’t need to be official adventures and they don’t even have to be 5th edition, but they have to be using some version of D&D as their game system.