30 Jul

D&D Starter Set Session 3

We’ve now finished three sessions with the D&D Starter Set. We simply have not gotten that far into Lost Mines of Phandelver because: 1) we’re slow; and, 2) we started with a little intro adventure. That said, it has been working for us so far. The rules feel simple and non-intrusive. There is a nice level of abstraction which accomplishes this and allows space for interpreting and narrating the results of dice clattering about the table. I know it is only three sessions but it strikes me as a solid D&D style game.

In our last session, there was some depressing closure brought to the events that happened at Crellar’s Trading Post, the characters gelled as a party, and headed on their way towards Phandalin. They also experienced their first combat as a party (the only other fight so far was one-on-one between one PC and a monster). The combat did illustrate that the amount of damage dealt by even relatively weak monsters (i.e., goblins) can be sufficient to take down 1st level characters.

In fact, Baren, the party’s cleric, was taken down and then, in some subsequent exploration, Caelynn also suffered enough damage to fall into the cool embrace of unconsciousness (although neither were actually killed). We left the party soon after Baren regained consciousness and Caelynn was still unconscious (and the party had no magical healing available). The party was faced with a difficult decision…to push on as they had some very compelling reasons to do so (spoiler so below the break)…or to rest and recover.

There are potential spoilers below the break for the Starter Set adventure, Lost Mine of Phandelver. This write-up is from yours truly. My GM comments, as typical, are in [brackets and italics].

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26 Jul

D&D Starter Set Session 2

At the end of our first session, the party had discovered the culprit behind the murders that took place at the trading post. They had just finished putting many of the pieces together and, as dawn broke, began to realize the magnitude of the tragedy that had befallen the outpost. We pretty much started the second session with the burial of the deceased. After…of course…a good bit of socializing AND tasty Indian food from Tallahassee’s best Indian restaurant, Mayuri.

Bridgett was able to join us and she played Feran. There are potential spoilers below the break for both the Starter Set adventure, Lost Mine of Phandelver, and for the old Dungeon Magazine (#28) adventure, Night of Fear. This write-up is from yours truly. My GM comments, as typical, are in [brackets and italics].

A few comments on how I think this new edition of D&D has been playing so far (they are positive after our first two sessions).
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15 Jul

D&D Starter Set Start…Sort of, Part II

In our last post, I wrote about our first session with the D&D Starter Set but the post was long enough after just discussing the first half of our session. During the first half of the session, the players got to be involved in a bunch of roleplaying within the group and with a series of NPCs that they met at Crellar’s Trading Post where the High Road and Triboar Trail converged. These NPCs included Brent (a crude, rude, loudmouth sellsword), Crellar (the friendly owner of the trading post), Gertrude (Crellar’s outwardly judgmental wife), Goddle (a cheery halfling and a regular at the trading post), Kelsey (Crellar’s youngest son and rather interested in adventurer types), Lif (a rather aloof elf that I forgot to mention in the last writeup), Lyons (a shy, naive, young woman heading to Neverwinter to study magic), Mirapesh (the outgoing, dashing, and rather chivalrous Calishite), and Sildar (an old soldier). I wrapped up the last writeup as the last stragglers headed up to their rooms for the night’s rest.

So here is the second part.

As before, there are potential spoilers below the break for the Starter Set adventure, Lost Mine of Phandelver, but they are very minor as we didn’t get too far into it. There are also spoilers for the old Dungeon Magazine (#28) adventure, Night of Fear, but we didn’t get too far into it either. This write-up is from yours truly as I didn’t make sure any of the players would be doing a write-up.

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14 Jul

D&D Starter Set Start…Sort of, Part I

Due to various scheduling issues and being down to two players, we haven’t really played an rpg since, oh, I think something like late May. Rachel, RJ, and I have been playing some Pathfinder Adventure Card Game which has been fun but it just isn’t the same as an rpg. This past weekend we had a couple of things align just right to start playing an rpg again…we were joined by a new player, Muse, and the D&D Start Set (plus Basic D&D pdf) had come out the week prior (Secret Headquarters is one of the stores that got the early release). I haven’t given this new edition as thorough of a read as I should but I liked what I saw when I skimmed through it. So we got together to start playing Lost  Mine of Phandelver (the adventure included in the Starter Set) but, in true Fat Rat Games style, we’ve already jumped the rails so to speak.

There are potential spoilers below the break for the Starter Set adventure, Lost Mine of Phandelver, but they are very minor as we didn’t get too far into it. There are also spoilers for the old Dungeon Magazine (#28) adventure, Night of Fear, but we didn’t get too far into it either. This write-up is from yours truly as I didn’t make sure any of the players would be doing a write-up.

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01 Jul

Looking for Players

Long story short, we’re looking for some players to join our gaming group as jobs, marriage, and moves have taken their toll on our numbers. We typically play on Saturday evenings from 6pm to 11ish in the Myers Park area of Tallahassee. Our favorite genre is fantasy but we dabble in others. Our favored system is Savage Worlds but we also are open to others (especially D&D retro-clones) and will give the new D&D edition a try when it comes out. We’re not really big fans of scripted campaigns, rules lawyering, or powergaming. We’re pretty much just a group (of slightly older gamers) that likes to have fun gaming, letting the play tell the story, and, as the website’s tagline suggests, sharing a few craft beers as we do. Beginners are welcome!

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