What are 'Group Backgrounds' in D&D? [Eberron: Rising from the Last War]


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  • Willem Verheij
    Willem Verheij  2 months back

    Some group ideas for whoever would like to use it:

    Nature's chosen.

    Druids, Rangers, barbarians and monks are an easy fit for this. They could be called together by an entity of nature like maybe a dryad priestess to fight against industrlisation, enemies wielding flintlocks, using airships and such. Nice campaign theme too.


    You're all locked in a wagon, boat or other form of transport. After getting to talk a little, due to an event you get to escape together. Everyone would need a reason why they are a prisoner. Might add some nice layer of 'did they or didn't they?' to their supposed crimes. A rogue seems mandatory, but any class can work. Just need to have some initial restraint on mages so they can't cast.

    Army deserters.

    You all start in the army of a mighty empire, you're all gathered together for a special mission for your talents. Turns out this special mission entails something incredibly evil they didn't expect, something they will not do. Their eyes are opened and they desert this evil empire. Or they serve it and you have an evil campaign.

    Great for fighters but also gives room for clerics, paladins, a ranger used as scout, a battle mage, etc.


    You all start on a boat caught in a storm, it shipwrecks on an island with the players as the only survivors. They get to explore this island, unlock a mystery it holds and learn to survive together untill a ship arrives to pick them up.

    King's council of a weak kingdom.

    Everyone starts out as trusted individuals close to their king. It's a small but proud kingdom, there's not much wealth but you make the best of it.

    There's room for players to be the court mage, the spymaster, the knight commander, the high priest, the librarian, the huntmaster, the treasurer, the royal herald, bodyguard, etc.

    When the kingdom is conquered and most of the royal family killed, they could look to find the surviving heir and work to overthrow the conquering empire.

    • Hanna van Rooijen
      Hanna van Rooijen  2 months back

      Just got the book as an early Christmas gift from my boyfriend! So excited to start a campaign, now all I need is to trick some friends into playing every week :D

      • Ben Hanley
        Ben Hanley  2 months back

        My Curse of Strahd group were reporters. It was awesome even without a bonus feature.

        • Michal Danek
          Michal Danek  2 months back

          3:04-3:33 My group did exactly that. We were hired by Morgrave to go with a Dr. Jones to collect artifacts from the rubble of the fallen district... Man life really imitates art huh?

          • James Newell
            James Newell  2 months back

            I am going to propose this to my players when we start The Rise of Tiamat campaign next month. This is an incredible concept.

            • Mitch Ryan
              Mitch Ryan  2 months back

              I'm really bad at explaining to my players how they all know each other or getting them all to meet, so this is going to help me a ton.

              • Scott Bruckner
                Scott Bruckner  2 months back

                Broke: Hi, were from the adventures guild.
                Woke: Hi, were from the Buzzard Chow news, were here to get an interview on how you made roach milk.

                • Andrew Welker
                  Andrew Welker  2 months back

                  I want to see someone combine group patrons. Specifically, Crime Syndicate and University. More specifically, you're creating your own Crime Syndicate University. Now try getting THAT accredited.

                  • Quinchez Chaney
                    Quinchez Chaney  2 months back

                    Group of level 1 veterans

                    • racekitty
                      racekitty  2 months back

                      I am thinking of doing a A-team style campaign "framed for a crime they didn't commit these ragtag band of adventurers set out to clear their names"

                      • Hector Lewis
                        Hector Lewis  2 months back

                        We tracked the A-team down in one of our campaigns, we were told they were war criminals...

                    • Nostrodamus
                      Nostrodamus  2 months back

                      Group background is something we do automatically.

                      • Igor Faria
                        Igor Faria  2 months back

                        Why is the audio so low in the last videos about Eberron? I had to double my volume to properly listen to them...

                        • sammy clark
                          sammy clark  2 months back

                          Dude working for a newspaper sounds like it would be great role play

                          • Rashid M. Bey
                            Rashid M. Bey  2 months back

                            I think this addition is a long time coming. Backgrounds are sociological and giving us the ability to mechanically couch our characters in the groups that raise, sponsor, and represent us.

                            Can't wait to see what this offers, tbh.

                            • RollaDaDice Playa
                              RollaDaDice Playa  2 months back

                              Sooo it's a guild

                              • Clay Trimble
                                Clay Trimble  2 months back

                                He said University, and now I want to be Dr. Henry Armitage.

                                • BoroFreak
                                  BoroFreak  2 months back

                                  Sound is super low.

                                  • nate godwin
                                    nate godwin  2 months back

                                    Pleas let magic t cog for warforge who reforged to non war type

                                    • nate godwin
                                      nate godwin  2 months back

                                      Group patron aka return of the fraction.

                                      • Reoh
                                        Reoh  2 months back

                                        Good new feature to bind groups together. I feel like it's been unofficially done in people games for a while now with having a mission giver associated with the group in lots of games I've played in. Nice to hear it might be getting fleshed out and supported to encourage others to try it out.

                                        • Doug G
                                          Doug G  2 months back

                                          I heard newspapers and thought "delivery boy"

                                          • Mitch Ryan
                                            Mitch Ryan  2 months back

                                            Watch out for the crazy old lady with the butcher knife

                                        • MikeVonAwesome
                                          MikeVonAwesome  2 months back

                                          This seems very akin to Acquisitions Incorporated...

                                          • MikeVonAwesome
                                            MikeVonAwesome  2 months back

                                            @Mitch Ryan people don't use content unless it's from major cities or planes of dnd but I always recommend Ac. Inc. I've been running a campaign for a while now and the franchise allows for seemless episodic play...

                                          • Mitch Ryan
                                            Mitch Ryan  2 months back

                                            I'm going to take the rules in that book and combine them with the group background

                                        • Ryan Freer
                                          Ryan Freer  2 months back

                                          I think my next groups patron will be Acquisitions Incorporated.

                                          • Hector Lewis
                                            Hector Lewis  2 months back

                                            Get the acquisitions Incorporated book it's a good.

                                        • ToonEzon
                                          ToonEzon  2 months back

                                          Ooh I like that a bard press agent looking for the next big scoop or tell all

                                          • Wizard Level 1
                                            Wizard Level 1  2 months back

                                            The volume on these videos is always so low.

                                            • Chris Smith
                                              Chris Smith  2 months back

                                              Group Backgrounds. Sounds like an Organization...Would fit well into running a Kingdom...perhaps even dealing with a bit of Warfare...

                                            • Allen Fortenberry
                                              Allen Fortenberry  2 months back

                                              Reminds me a lot of the guild backgrounds from Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica

                                              • babony5
                                                babony5  2 months back

                                                I think they took that idea and fleshed it out more.

                                            • Derek Bell
                                              Derek Bell  2 months back

                                              Good, informative video and subject, Thank You

                                              • Chris Petersen
                                                Chris Petersen  2 months back

                                                Volume on this series of vids has been so low =(
                                                Great info but can barely hear it

                                                • Shank Mugen
                                                  Shank Mugen  2 months back

                                                  I pre-ordered Eberron: Rising from the Last War a few weeks ago on D&D Beyond, and every-time a video about it comes out, I feel like more excited to use it!

                                                  • Bluecho4
                                                    Bluecho4  2 months back

                                                    Group Backgrounds sound cool because, while having an entire party with the same kind of Background (Acolyte, Criminal, Soldier, etc) can be neat, it can also be limiting or hard to justify. A Group Background is almost like a template placed over the entire party, _in addition to_ their individual Backgrounds.

                                                    One party might be a squad of law enforcement special forces (think Section 9 from Ghost In The Shell), who were assembled by the government to solve crimes. But they were taken from various walks of life, for the purposes of leveraging their specific skillsets. A few might be Soldiers, a Sage could be brought in as an expert on the occult, a Criminal works off their sentence by employing their skills and underworld connections, etc. The party as a whole exists to serve a purpose, but their origins might be wildly divergent. A Group Background serves as an extra dimension to the game, that still allows for wiggle room for players and the DM.

                                                    • Ltdsuperdude 123
                                                      Ltdsuperdude 123  2 months back

                                                      Members of Trauma Team. ⛑☠️

                                                    • Hugh Man
                                                      Hugh Man  2 months back

                                                      I think it's also great because it gives a reason why the party has to work together and stay together. Rather than just "You meet in tavern and stay together because you like each other." Really helps give a motivation for an evil character too.

                                                  • Abyss
                                                    Abyss  2 months back

                                                    Can you please check the sound balance more. I love these videos but have to listen to them on earbuds. Todd is always so much louder than the interviewees. So I have to crank the volume up and down constantly.

                                                    • Pizza Time
                                                      Pizza Time  2 months back

                                                      Yeah, watched it without headphones on my mobile and had to constantly put it up to almost max volume, and then back down to half. Was always either too quiet or too loud.

                                                    • A Aron
                                                      A Aron  2 months back

                                                      wow you're right.

                                                  • Caleb Christensen
                                                    Caleb Christensen  2 months back

                                                    awca- what???

                                                    • Tyler Emery
                                                      Tyler Emery  2 months back

                                                      My current party currently includes an artificer, a warforged, and is trying to establish a drug empire, so I have a feeling I'll get a lot of use out of the new book for both the character options and the group patron section.

                                                      • Zeter Zero
                                                        Zeter Zero  2 months back

                                                        Many jokes to be made there. In a good way.

                                                      • Garrett Daly
                                                        Garrett Daly  2 months back

                                                        Sounds like a game I'd wat to play in haha

                                                    • FinalIcharus
                                                      FinalIcharus  2 months back

                                                      "I was an ahcolyte"
                                                      -Jeremy Crawford

                                                      • Rashid M. Bey
                                                        Rashid M. Bey  2 months back

                                                        As SOON as he said it, I scrolled down for the comments. hahahaha

                                                      • MikeVonAwesome
                                                        MikeVonAwesome  2 months back

                                                        I too got slammed in the face with Hauxcolite... Nearly burned myself with coffee...

                                                      • Addison Peek
                                                        Addison Peek  2 months back

                                                        @Dayala Singh bad guess then

                                                      • Dayala Singh
                                                        Dayala Singh  2 months back

                                                        @Addison Peek I'm Canadian and I've never heard someone say that.

                                                      • Addison Peek
                                                        Addison Peek  2 months back

                                                        @Christopher Knox Canada I think

                                                    • Offgame
                                                      Offgame  2 months back

                                                      Please, turn the video volume UP, every other video i watch its fine but i always need to double the volume for vids from this channel.

                                                      • Adustus
                                                        Adustus  2 months back

                                                        Yeah, their editor needs to export at a higher standard volume, they're not even remotely close to peaking.

                                                      • A Aron
                                                        A Aron  2 months back

                                                        when traveling on train tube and plane, I always have to crank it up

                                                    • Sturmjaeger
                                                      Sturmjaeger  2 months back

                                                      This is a great idea. Love Eberron!

                                                      • Paul Ueltschi
                                                        Paul Ueltschi  2 months back

                                                        Interesting, this sounds a lot like Matt Colville's Strongholds & Followers and Kingdoms & Warfare. And The Chain campaign they've been running for a while now.

                                                        • Paul Ueltschi
                                                          Paul Ueltschi  2 months back

                                                          @Zevran08 yeah, I think he said recently they offered him a project but he wanted to basically remain independent, I wonder if this is that, or I'm just wanting to mash things together, heh.

                                                        • Zevran08
                                                          Zevran08  2 months back

                                                          I know they've used Matt as a consultant on material a couple times

                                                        • Mazzy
                                                          Mazzy  2 months back

                                                          Love using that source material

                                                      • PepicWalrus
                                                        PepicWalrus  2 months back

                                                        Can't wait for this, and can't wait for Spelljammer 5e which WOTC should give us.

                                                        • George Ryan
                                                          George Ryan  1 months back

                                                          @AndorianBlues cool

                                                        • AndorianBlues
                                                          AndorianBlues  1 months back

                                                          Spelljammer is basically D&D in space. It was published during 2e but hasn’t really been mentioned in official D&D since then and a lot of people think it’s due for a comeback (because it’s awesome)

                                                        • George Ryan
                                                          George Ryan  2 months back

                                                          I am new what's spelljammer

                                                        • James O'Neill
                                                          James O'Neill  2 months back

                                                          Hells ya!
                                                          Spelljammer for the win!

                                                        • Rose REDACTED
                                                          Rose REDACTED  2 months back

                                                          Hey its me *poke*

                                                          Spelljammer pls

                                                      • IceTemple13
                                                        IceTemple13  2 months back

                                                        Do we know what time the book is available on DnD Beyond. it comes out 19th but its already 19th for me

                                                        • Zeter Zero
                                                          Zeter Zero  2 months back

                                                          @trevor bensiek Oh man...that's tonight isn't it!? I wasn't planning on buying the whole book day one but...

                                                        • trevor bensiek
                                                          trevor bensiek  2 months back

                                                          It's still 18th in America where I think dnd beyond is from. So you got anywhere from 13-16 hours left.

                                                      • Manus Weber
                                                        Manus Weber  2 months back

                                                        Love this stuff!! Can’t wait