Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My first game Dungeons & Dragons 5e

A few years ago I started listening to Acquisitions Inc Podcasts. A group of gaming insiders playing DnD. It got me interested in playing again. So fast forward a few years...

I finally got a game of D&D going. Not only my first game of D&D 5e, but my first game using my Dungeon Tiles!

I've been planning this for a long time. Ever since I got my Dwarven Forge Dungeon Tiles. I tend to over plan sometimes. I painted up special monsters for the game. I modded a game tile piece. I made terrain for an encounter. I got apps for my ipad to help run the game. I wanted to setup speakers to play mood setting music and ambiance background sounds, but ran out of time. I think I put on a kickass game, but in the end it didn't matter.

One thing I liked about listening to the podcasts was just the fun they were having. All the extra shit I did for the game was fun, but in the end the key thing was gaming with friends. I had a blast, and I think my friends did too, and that's the point.

 I will continue to over plan and  put on large games, but I won't let that stand in the way of just sitting down and gaming with friends.

Here is our game

The adventurers:
Gavrillo - Human Cleric
Ai'Terria - Elven Rogue
Stor Brightwood - Human Paladin
Dowvoovoo - Halfling Fighter

The adventure:
Our brave adventurers have been quietly riding out winter in the town of Harlow, when the whole town is called out for an emergency. The Lord of Harlow's son Gunter is missing. He went out hunting and never returned. The local Druids warn of an approaching snow storm, so time is of the essence.

The players are formed up into a search party and sent out with the rest of the militia and townsfolk in different directions.

As the players push out into the woods where Gunter might be hunting they come across a single set of tracks heading into a secluded valley.

Sometimes the drifting snow obliterates the tracks, but the players keep on the track(Survival check).

Crossing a clearing of deep snow, Perception check reveals two "Gopher trails" of pushed up snow. They seem to follow the foot prints in the snow. The 2nd more Important Perception check missed the trails circling back and moving in on them.  Under the snow something grabs Ai'Terria and pulls her under the snow.

. Then something pulls at Dowvoovoo's leg and he is pulled under the snow as well.

After being surprised by the Snow Worms, the party responds quickly and kills them.

 Following the tracks the players eventually find a crumbling tower.

 Carefully making their way across the snow, they approach the tower.

 The tracks lead into the tower and up the stairs. The players explore the tower.

 While exploring the players disturb a nest of Stirges. The blood sucking beasts attack!

 Again the party manages to kill off the attacking monsters. Some of the players have taken some damage in the 2 encounters. But they press on. From the evidence the players find in the tower, it seems Gunter fell from the top floor through a trapdoor and into the basement.

The Elven rogue goes down to investigate since she can see in the dark. She finds a large room with a lit fire. Some blood on the stairs but no one in site.


The rest of the party comes down and investigates. After hearing some noise they open one of the doors into a storage room. 1000's of rats coming pouring out. The party manages to kill 3 rat swarms but injuries are starting to mount. The cleric Gavrillo uses his last spell to heal Ai'Terria. Investigating the storage room they find a pile of clothes that Gunter was last seen wearing and some non hunting type gear. Also they find a map that leads from the town to the crumbling tower. Seems he came looking for this place and was not "out hunting"

The brave adventurers could not get through the Large double doors so they explored a side passage. At the end of the passage they find prison cells.  I had another encounter planned here, but it was late so I just ignored it. While searching the prison area Gavrillo hears muffled chanting through the wall. More searching reveals a secret door. The party gathers around the door and prepares to open it.

 Inside they see some sort of ceremony going on. 5 robed Cultists and Gunter lying in the middle of a magic circle. Four of the cultists are surprised but the leader is not. His immediate response is to cast Darkness at the secret door, blocking all visibility. Then using his movement, heads for a secret exit(unknow to the players) Dowvoovoo  charges the  closest cultist he saw as the lights went out(Advantage for surprise/Disadvantage for Darkness) He has two attacks and rolls two 20's! He eviscerated the cultist.

The rest of the group push through the darkness and engage the other cultists. Gavrillo hits the leader with Sacred Flame, just as he slips through a secret door. The other party members dispatch the remaining 3 cultists.

The Rogue snatches up a golden demon statue and hurls it out the magic circle. There is a bright flash and the circle is broken. Later the Rogue, Ai'Terria, slips the half melted demon statue into her pack without anyone noticing.

With the leader gone, the cultist dead, the party tends to Gunter who is alive but unconscious. They drag him back to town ahead of the storm and too the gratitude of the local lord.

Observations

In 3.5 hours, we got 3 characters rolled up, 2 of the players being complete noobs. We did 4 encounters and finished the adventure. Everyone had a great time. I like this new DnD. The new system flows well once you get a few key mechanics down. Now I have to do the hard part, dig up some more players.

Ciao, Xin





5 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Gavrillo" here.

As previously mentioned, a wonderful game, extremely well-thought-out and executed by the DM (as usual).

A great time was had by all, and I concur: Nothing beats a good game with friends.

The new rules certainly do seem smooth-running and I look forward to another session (that robed cult leader is still out there...)

So glad that "Gunter" made it home alive.

shamus said...

"noob" here! The game was a blast! Thanks But only 100 gold for Gunter?!

Nicholas Avallone said...

Thanks for sharing! I've just started playing in my first 5e game (first non-GURPS game in 30 years) and our experience has been similarly positive. It's so easy to pick up and start having fun right away. We just need better toys -- foreign over your awesome figures & terrain!

Anonymous said...

...did you hand-paint those gricks to make snow worms? Because that is awesome. How did you do the snow/ tracks in the snow?

Xin said...

Thanks for the kind comments.

@Anonymous. Yes I painted those gricks as snow worms. The snow is Woodland Scenics Snow. The foot prints are made with a hand Air Blower/Duster. I just gently puffed the snow. See pic above.