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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19 Jan

Return to Hilltop Session 2 (BFRPG)

In our prior session (our first), the party (two pairs of siblings) arrived in Hilltop. Hilltop is a small village a few days south of Verbobonc and is the name we use instead of Hommlet. After introductions, some gambling, a little drink, and a good night’s sleep at the Bugbear’s Beds & Brews, they wound up at the ruined Moathouse, a few miles to the northeast of the village. A few battles later, they party retreated back to Hilltop with one sibling of each pair carrying their unconscious relative, downed during their battles. Some bed rest and acquiring a couple of Potions of Healing, the party was ready to get back to adventuring. Leaving the shop of the village trader, they realized that one party member was missing but Drayton spotted a familiar face approaching the inn.

Dave will no longer be playing and so Karl is the missing party member. Muse joined us after missing the first session and so she brought in her new PC, a dwarven cleric. 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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12 Jan

Return to Hilltop Session 1 (BFRPG)

As one of our long term players who moved out of town a while back would say, “Hooray!” Hooray, indeed. We started our BFRPG campaign this past session. Hooray! As mentioned in the last post, we are returning to the site of one of our best campaigns ever, Hilltop. Hilltop is a slightly re-imagined Hommlet from T1 The Village of Hommlet by Gary Gygax and published way back in 1979. It is a classic and for very good reasons. Our version is still in the south of Verbobonc, it still has a Moathouse a short distance away, and it might still even have some sort of evil temple nearby. It certainly still has the lots of plot hooks from having something of a living and breathing settlement as the foundation.

This campaign is some 50 years after our prior Company H Campaign. Craig, Dave, and Muse weren’t playing back then but Rachel and RJ were. Todd, who is moving back to Tallahassee and will be re-joining us soon, played the campaign’s eponymous Harvey. There are a lot of little easter eggs in the current Hilltop for those that played in the prior campaign (e.g., the inn is now called the Bugbear’s Beds & Brews since Harvey was reincarnated as a bugbear during the campaign). Hooray for Todd soon joining us again. If you hadn’t guessed yet, Todd is the one who Hoorays all the time. 😉

Muse was missing and so we had Craig (playing Drayton Thunderbeard), Dave (playing Karl Thunderbeard), Rachel (playing Molly Malone), and RJ (playing Griff Malone). Drayton and Karl are clansmen while Molly and Griff are brother and sister…I’m not sure who is the elder sibling of the two. Obviously, there are potential spoilers for T1 The Village of Hommlet below the break. This recap is from Rachel and my comments, as usual, are in [and italics].

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04 Jan

Make Mine Basic

Due to holidays, travel, and players missing for various reasons, we didn’t play all that much during the months of November and December. Big lulls in playing like this are almost always the death knell of a campaign for me. I don’t stay engaged with the campaign and so I start to lose interest in it and start looking elsewhere…it is one of my many flaws. For one of the sessions that we did play, it wasn’t clear to me which players were going to be able to make it and so I was hesitant to put a lot of effort or time into preparing something in case no one could make it. So I pulled out something that I’ve always wanted to play, Basic Fantasy Role-Playing Game (aka BFRPG), and grabbed one of the adventures, Beneath Brymassen, from Adventure Anthology One to run. Dave, Muse, Rachel, and RJ all participated so only Craig was missing. More on our experience below the break.

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