30 Dec

The Side Quest Session 15

Kansas. That’s where things ended in our last session. In the sense of “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.” After having finally gotten out of Castanamir’s abode, the party passed through the main portal to find themselves not back in The Valley. Instead, they learned that they were in the Vesve Forest on Greyhawk. In addition, they got caught up in a quest to rescue a group of elderly folk from some hobgoblins and a green dragon…somewhat reluctantly on the part of some. The session ended with the party having found the elderly folks, defeating a number of hobgoblins, and having the dragon make an appearance from the top of a tower.

This week we had Bridgett (continuing her guest appearance), Muse, RJ, Theo, and Thomas so Katerine, Callie, Grim, Rurik, Aelwulf, Lilly, and Bronn were present.

My GM comments, as usual, are in [italics and brackets].

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26 Dec

The Side Quest Session 14

At last! At the end of our last session, the party discovered the exit from Castanamir’s home. Not only that, they also found quite a bit of treasure in the process. However, it was not easy and not without loss. Lavinia fell in the last battle before their escape and much of the magical treasure found was “sacrificed” to discover the location of the exit. I have a feeling that different characters might answer differently if asked which of those two was the greater loss. 😉

For this session, we had Muse, Rachel, RJ, and Thomas AND a guest appearance by Bridgett. So that meant we had Callie, Grim, Morgraen, Riordan, Rurik, Bronn, and Lilly. RJ has elected to not make a second character to replace Lavinia. Bridgett got to play an old favorite of hers, Katerine, from our old Company H campaign…although a much lower level version of Katerine than she was when we ended that campaign. She still had her “stick with a string” though (a magical bow that looks, essentially, like a big stick with a string). We did a potluck for dinner and so we started about an hour late with all the socializing, eating, and getting seconds or, in RJ’s case, thirds. When we did get started, we picked up with the party (sans Katerine) using the portal to leave Castanamir’s island.

My GM comments, as usual, are in [italics and brackets].

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18 Dec

The Side Quest Session 13

In out last session, the party continued their explorations of Castanamir’s home. They had solved the riddle of how to get around the place but they still had not found an exit. There was one room that they had not really explored, one with a pool of water with much treasure at the bottom. Although Bronn had wanted to take some of the treasure, he had been convinced to leave it alone by the rest of the party. Fresh out of ideas for what to do next, they all agreed to tamper with the pool and that’s largely where we had ended the last session with Bronn and Lavinia in the pool room and the rest of the party and Castanamir in a different room. Neither location looked to be safe as the session ended.

This session we had Geoff, Rachel, RJ, Thomas and were joined by Geoff’s son, Alex. So we had Redwulf, Morgraen, Riordan, Lavinia, Rurik, Lilly, and Bronn who were joined by Pablo, a dwarven monk. We’re pretty much sticking with the Basic Rules for this campaign but Alex wanted to play a monk and it was pretty much a one-time thing so why not.

It also turned out that Session 13 was an unlucky number for one of the PCs who died. I won’t tell you who…you’ll have to read this session writeup to find out. 😉

Spoilers: There are definitely spoilers for the old AD&D module, C3: The Lost Island of Castanamir, below the break.

My GM comments, as usual, are in [italics and brackets].

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07 Dec

The Side Quest Session 12

Session 12 of The Side Quest was our fifth with the party on the Lost Island of Castanamir. In our last session, the party had recovered all six of the books on Chakos’ list. They had also gained an “ally” (or at least a new member of their entourage). Lilly had stayed behind with this new ally to learn “some” secret after the rest of the party passed through another of the portals. But before I get to what happened, a bit of housekeeping first. Morgraen and Riordan have both made it to 3rd level at the start of this session. Aelwulf, Callie, Grim, Lavinia, and Rurik are all 2nd level with the remaining characters (Baern, Bronn, Lilly, and Redwulf) are still being 1st level. Why the discrepency? Characters only get XP if the player is in attendance since the character isn’t played when the player isn’t there and, of course, the strings of deaths that Theo’s characters suffered. Since Rachel has missed the fewest sessions, Morgraen and Riordan have reached the loftiest heights of all the characters.

This session we had Geoff, Muse, Rachel, RJ, and Thomas in attendance…only missing Theo and so had a nice full table and nine characters in play. So away we go…

Spoilers: There are definitely spoilers for the old AD&D module, C3: The Lost Island of Castanamir, below the break.

My GM comments, as usual, are in [italics and brackets].

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03 Dec

Rest in Peace Brian, Mastermind of Secret Headquarters

In somber news, Brian Jacoby, the owner and Mastermind of Secret Headquarters, passed away suddenly on Thanksgiving evening. Brian’s passing will leave a huge hole in the Tallahassee community that will likely never quite be filled. Brian was a passionate advocate and supporter of comics, games, and much more. He truly lived up to his shop’s tagline of “Comics and Games for EVERYONE!” Bright, airy, clean and organized, with a children’s area, and with table space to play games, the shop was a reflection of Brian’s attitude of inclusiveness. It didn’t matter if you were a Tolkien scholar who could argue the minutia of Middle Earth, a comic book fanatic who knew the origin story of every obscure comic book superhero, or you were absolutely new to the world of fantasy, sci-fi, comics, and gaming, you found a welcoming place at Secret Headquarters. I have never been in a store quite like it or that had an owner quite like Brian…the combination was near perfect.

Brian will be sorely missed by so very many.

03 Dec

The Side Quest Session 11

This marked our fourth session with the PCs lost on the Island of Castanamir. In our last session, they had fought then allied themselves with some hobgoblins. They then convinced one of them to start a revolt against the hobgoblin commander. Private (recently promoted to God-King) Leigh, however, was the only hobgoblin to participate in the revolt…although it did lead to an all out battle between the hobgoblins and the party. After winning that battle, the party set out to explore another, new to them, area of Castanamir’s home.

This session we had Muse, Rachel, and Thomas in attendance plus we had a new player, Geoff, join us. Thomas had made a second character and Lilly’s twin, Bronn. Bronn is a halfling rogue. Geoff rolled up a elven cleric named Redwulf. So with seven characters participating, we continued with the party’s search for the six books for Chakos and for a way out.

Spoilers: There are definitely spoilers for the old AD&D module, C3: The Lost Island of Castanamir, below the break.

My GM comments, as usual, are in [italics and brackets].

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