27 Apr

Fallout Gränsomrad Dale Campaign Session 2 (BFRPG)

In our first session of the Gränsomrad Dale Campaign hosted by Fallout Comics, we created characters and jumped in. The adventurers arrived in Bronby, found an inn, made it their own, shared lots of rumors, and started their exploration of the nearby haunted keep. They defeated four hobgoblins, saved two men from the southern lands, and found some sacks of coins before retreating back to their inn and settling down for the night. So they didn’t make it too far in their explorations but somehow I think that’ll get corrected in this session as we’ll find out after the break.

My DM comments, as usual, are in [brackets and italics]. There are potential spoilers for The Haunted Keep from the Moldvay Basic D&D set, The Haunted Keep from Dragonsfoot, and N1 Against the Cult of the Reptile God below the break.

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24 Apr

Fallout Gränsomrad Dale Campaign Session 1 (BFRPG)

We began our first session of the Gränsomrad Dale Campaign hosted by Fallout Comics with character creation…3d6 in order (although I did allow the players to swap one score with another if they so desired). It took a little longer than I had expected but all but one of the players had never played Basis Fantasy RPG and most either had no experience with pre-d20 versions of D&D or haven’t played them in quite some time. Once the characters were created and everyone had read their rumors (see the Intro post for more on these), we jumped right in with each of the PCs separately arriving in the village of Bronby and being directed to a nearby inn (I know…rather trite, isn’t it?).

My DM comments, as usual, are in [brackets and italics]. There are potential spoilers for The Haunted Keep from the Moldvay Basic D&D set, The Haunted Keep from Dragonsfoot, and N1 Against the Cult of the Reptile God below the break.

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23 Apr

Fallout Gränsomrad Dale Campaign Intro

I started running a new campaign at my friendly local comic and games store, Fallout Comics, a few weeks ago. For a little over a year I had run a 5e game at the store. My dissatisfaction with 5e had already grown enough that I had stopped running it for my home campaign months prior. I gutted it out a bit longer with the store game before I spoke with the owners and got their permission to switch systems. As I did with my home game, I decided to switch to Basic Fantasy RPG (BFRPG)…with some house rules of course. BFRPG has quickly become one of my favorite D&D systems. All but one of the players who had been playing 5e decided to keep playing and we were joined by a new (old) player. We rolled up characters at the first session. Here is the list:

  • Edda: A female human fighter with a bubbly personality played by Jen.
  • Laila: A female half-elf fighter with a high level of naïveté (given her Wisdom score of 4) played by Rachel.
  • Gabor: A male human cleric played by Todd.
  • Thorbird: A male dwarven thief with a definite preference for free ale played by Jason.
  • Alok: A male half-elf illusionist played by Jon.

Gransomrand Dale Small ImageThe premise of the campaign is relatively simple. I put together a map which will serve as the sandbox for the campaign. It is a frontier type area that is sparsely populated with lots of wilderness for who knows what could be hidden or lurking. A small version of the map is to the right (click on it for a large version). Why yes, it does look remarkably similar to the Nentir Vale, doesn’t it? (The Nentir Vale served as the first 5e campaign setting.) I’ve populated with it with a few settlements where the PCs can rest, relax, recuperate, shop, and, of course, interact with various NPCs…some of whom will invariably have their own interests in mind. Perhaps more importantly, I’ve also populated it with various “adventure locales.” Each of these locales is based on a classic D&D module. I’ve placed five or six of these locales on the map so far. I’m sure some more will get added. Outside of this, I have no preconceived notion of how this will play out…no metaplot or story waiting to be played.

More about the campaign below the break.

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06 Apr

Return to Hilltop Session 8 (BFRPG)

By the end of our last session, the group had finished exploring the complex below the moathouse and found it to have been largely abandoned. In the process, they rescued a gnome, Labaash, who joined up with them in their explorations (despite having nothing in the way of gear since his prior captors…Leighton’s group…had taken it all). The group also discovered a sort of tomb of a paladin of Heironeous by the name of Rafael the Righteous. The entrance had been hidden behind a mortared wall that someone, presumably Leighton and his group, had torn down. Inside, sadly, Molly found her brother’s broken, tortured, and flayed body. The suspense regarding whether Griff had survived was resolved. As we ended the session, the group had finished exploring sections of this tomb that others had already gone through but then found a section that looked completely untouched for many years. We ended the session in the middle of their exploration of this section.

RJ is now playing Labaash, a gnome thief, given the death of Griff. There are definite spoilers for T1 The Village of Hommlet below the break. I also grabbed one of Dyson’s maps and borrowed some stuff from different adventures I’ve read for the “tomb.” This recap is from Forest and my comments, as usual, are in [brackets and italics].

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04 Apr

Return to Hilltop Session 7 (BFRPG)

By the end of our last session, the party of PCs had made their eighth foray into the moathouse…after finding numerous body parts that had once belonged to Griff in the woods south of Hilltop. For this last foray, they had bulked up the little group with four–somewhat shady–mercenaries from Verbobonc that Lady Katerine had hired. They encountered more undead, another ogre, and then began exploring an area of tunnels that they had not yet ventured into. We pick up with this exploration after the break.

RJ rolled up a new character…just in case Griff hasn’t survived his “vacation” with Leighton. Labaash is a gnome thief. There are definite spoilers for T1 The Village of Hommlet below the break. I also grabbed one of Dyson’s maps and borrowed some stuff from different adventures I’ve read and threw together the “tomb” in less than an hour. This recap is from yours truly and my comments, as usual, are in [brackets and italics]…although it does seem strange to be commenting on my own recap.

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12 Mar

Return to Hilltop Session 6 (BFRPG)

When we last left our heroes, they had gotten themselves into quite a predicament. Pushing deeper into the complex below the Moathouse, they had leaped from the frying pan (an ogre) and into the fire (the “boss villain” Leighton and being trapped between some bugbears and gnolls). Griff sacrificed himself to break the bugbear defensive line to allow Brenwyn and Molly to escape. The pair did and made their way, battered, bruised, and defeated back to Hilltop, hoping that Griff would somehow join them. We pick up with the pair returning to the village after the break below.

A new player, Forest, joined us this session. He is playing a human thief by the name of Haemon Alcrist. There are definite spoilers for T1 The Village of Hommlet and possibly for A0 Danger at Darkshelf Quarry below the break. This recap is from Rachel and my comments, as usual, are in [brackets and italics].

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02 Mar

Return to Hilltop Session 5 (BFRPG)

Apparently, leaving behind dead bodies can lead to good clues. The bodies of the different zombies that the party had defeated in a prior foray to the Moathouse were missing but drag marks were pretty obvious. The marks led to a secret door that led to the next level below the Moathouse. It also led to some ghouls. Although the party was victorious, Griff was paralyzed by the filthy claws of the undead. While waiting for Griff to become mobile again, the rest of the group started exploring this next level and that’s where we will pick up after the break.

Unfortunately, Craig will be taking a break from playing for a bit (until his work life calms down). RJ took up playing Drayton. There are definite spoilers for T1 The Village of Hommlet and possibly for A0 Danger at Darkshelf Quarry below the break. This recap is from Muse and my comments, as usual, are in [brackets and italics].

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23 Feb

Return to Hilltop Session 4 (BFRPG)

Ho hum. Killed an ogre, looted its treasure, and found some door barred from the ogre’s side…where is the cliffhanger in that? Come on daHeadRat…you’re losing your edge. We need cliffhangers.

Yeah, yeah…doesn’t the unknown of what an ogre keeps locked out enough of a mystery to count as a cliffhanger? It appeared that all of the players assumed that the door was barred to keep something out of the ogre’s room and not to keep something in whatever room lies beyond the barred door. That, of course, is where we pick up this session below the break…with the party taking the chance of releasing whatever horror(s) lie beyond the door or discovering whatever horror(s) are contained within.

Craig was missing this session so RJ played Drayton…getting to be both brothers of the sibling pairs and getting less then complimentary looks from both sisters. There are definite spoilers for T1 The Village of Hommlet and possibly for A0 Danger at Darkshelf Quarry below the break. This recap is from Rachel and my comments, as usual, are in [brackets and italics].

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16 Feb

Return to Hilltop Session 3 (BFRPG)

Oh dear…zombies! After spending a couple of days recovering from their second foray to the moathouse, the siblings headed back to the ruined fortification. They found that the area in which the brigands had camped had been cleared out! Knowing that others have been here since they last were, they were on alert as they headed down some stairs they had previously bypassed…stairs that presumably led down to a cellar. Turned out to be a big cellar with the brigands that they had previously slain now zombies! We pick up this session as the party encounters the zombified brigands.

Muse was missing this session but Bridgett joined us as a guest player and played Brenwyn. There are definite spoilers for T1 The Village of Hommlet and possibly for A0 Danger at Darkshelf Quarry below the break. This recap is from RJ and my comments, as usual, are in [brackets and italics].

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22 Jan

Looking for a Player

Our gaming group–primarily tabletop rpgs–currently has an opening. We play on Saturday evenings in the Myers Park area of Tallahassee, typically from 6pm to 11ish. Our favorite genre is fantasy but we dabble in others every once in awhile. We are currently playing a D&D retro-clone called Basic Fantasy RPG aka BFRPG (it is a free download if you want to take a look). We also use a number of the supplements (also free to download) that have been published for it. We’ll likely bounce back and forth between BFRPG and Savage Worlds. We’ve given 5e a good run but it just isn’t quite my cup of tea so it is unlikely that we’ll be playing it in the future. 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!

If you are interested or would like more information, please post a comment here. For those who inquired about playing previously, I’ll be shooting you an email to see if you might still be interested.