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D&D Encounters 9 - Web of the Spider Queen
Cost: $0.00
Level: 1

First Session: Monday -- March 18th, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
[Eastern Time]

Approx. Length: 3 sessions

This is the 9th season of D&D Encounters. Released to support the book "Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Book" as well as the "Rise of the Underdark" marketing blitz. "These Encounters adventures have been completely awesome so far." They are meant to start off level 1 characters. There were meant to be 13, 60 minute sessions. That means they can probably be finished in 3 sessions.

Long past are the days when drow ruled over Shadowdale from the Twisted Tower—or are they? Beneath the sleepy farming community, an old evil stirs. The drow and their foul Underdark minions have set eyes on the Dalelands, but to what end is anyone’s guess. Now, it’s up to an unlikely band of adventurers to defend Shadowdale from the drow threat and learn what Lolth and her villainous followers are up to. Success means a respite from danger. Failure could doom the surface world.

You may only use classes from the following sources: "Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Book", "Heroes of the Fallen Lands", "Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms". The races allowed are: Dragonborn, Drow, Dwarf, Eladrin, Elf, Goblin, Half-Elf, Halfling, Half-Orc, Human, Kobold, Svirfneblin, and Tiefling. "Themes" are permitted and encouraged, but they must come from "Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Book" or be related from Dragon Magazine.

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Apr 10, 2013 6:00 PM - Capt_Dan: Rob, again, great job, thanks for running. Barley "Two Ogres" the Toothpicker will definitely be back - never thought I'd have a Dwarf Scout in rotation...
Apr 10, 2013 11:08 AM - T Michael: Rob, thank you for running a great game as well as taking the time for an extended end of story narrative. I still do not trust Khara Sulwood.
Apr 9, 2013 10:49 AM - Rob R: The End. Hope you all enjoyed it.
Apr 9, 2013 10:49 AM - Rob R: Elminster looks relieved when the adventurers approach him. "Ah, there you are. I felt I should put in an appearance. Pleasure talking to you, even if only twenty-five words at a time, yes? Shadowdale owes you a great deal. Best not let Addee forget it." With that, he puts on his wide-brimmed hat, stands up, and walks out the door
Apr 9, 2013 10:48 AM - Rob R: Ghessla Silvermane (the tavernkeeper) tells the adventurers that she hopes they've gotten their fill of the Underdark, and invites them to return for the two hundredth anniversary of the Old Skull Inn. The characters will have a free room waiting as long as her family runs the establishment.
Apr 9, 2013 10:48 AM - Rob R: Tharinel (The Elf) is extremely grateful for the adventurers' rescue. He tells them they will always be welcome among his people in Cormanthor.
Apr 9, 2013 10:47 AM - Rob R: Lady Ulphor apologizes for not having time to grab the pendant before she escaped the Tower of Ashaba. The drow came upon them so quickly that she barely got out with her life. She waited out the assault in a safe room in Elminster's windmill. She says she'll never take the pendant off again, but she's not sure how much longer she wants to be wearing it. In Khara Sulwood, she believes she might have found a worthy successor.
Apr 9, 2013 10:46 AM - Rob R: Cheering fills the room. Ghessla Silvermane cracks open another barrel of wine, and the patrons go back to their merriment. One of those patrons catches Khara's eye. The elf Tharinel, bandaged, bruised, and nursing a mug of mead, sits behind the bar. Khara runs to his side.
Apr 9, 2013 10:45 AM - Rob R:
Khara Sulwood pushes into the middle of the common room and presents Lady Ulphor with the Pendant of Ashaba. "Lady Ulphor holds it high, and the people in the common room quiet as the pendant speaks. "The bearer of the token be the one and true lord of Shadowdale . .. "
Apr 9, 2013 10:44 AM - Rob R: She g over toward the fire, where Elminster sits in a
large wooden rocking chair, smoking a pipe. Despite the closeness of the crowd, the old wizard is given a wide berth. When Addee mentions his name, he frowns at her, then goes back to puffing his pipe.
Apr 9, 2013 10:42 AM - Rob R: A group gathers at the Old Skull Inn. So many people
stand in the common room that part of the crowd has spilled
out onto the porch. As your party and Khara approach, the
townsfolk congratulate you on a job well done.
Inside, Lady Addee Ulphor is finishing a speech. "We will
rebuild," she says. "Our home can be saved, thanks to the fast
action of you fine people, the bravery of Khara Sulwood and
her associates, and of course the magical talent of our good
friend Elminster."
Apr 9, 2013 10:41 AM - Rob R: The last drow have fallen in the Twisted Tower. Over the
course of the day, your group and Khara Sulwood help put
down or drive off the rest of the dark elves who still battle in
the streets and farms of Shadowdale. The light of spell-fire
finally ceases near Elminster's windmill. By nightfall, the town is safe.
Apr 9, 2013 9:37 AM - AVacc: Here, here! - Thanks again!
Apr 9, 2013 9:33 AM - Matt H: Thanks for running Rob -- it was looking pretty bleak at the start of that last encounter...close ones are always the best ones.
Apr 8, 2013 4:15 PM - Tracy: I'd be good for Tuesday or Wednesday, but happy to continue today (which seems to be the plan).
Apr 8, 2013 2:15 PM - T Michael: No one has ever accused me of being laconic during role-play, but I can do it.
Apr 8, 2013 2:12 PM - AVacc: I am fine with going on to more sessions but we do have another game starting on Mondays.... Whatever works for everyone is fine for me.
Apr 8, 2013 2:07 PM - Rob R: It probably will take chopping some role-play, which with the party of gruff dwarves can be paraphrased anyway - "Were gurna do what we gotta do". And calling combats earlier than I like.
Apr 8, 2013 2:06 PM - Matt H: Sounds good to me. Let's cook some Drow.
Apr 8, 2013 2:04 PM - Rob R: We will finish tonight as long as the majority wants to finish tonight. There's an extraneous combat that I wasn't planning to run because it's all but optional anyway.
Apr 8, 2013 2:03 PM - Rob R: Ok, with 5 of the 6 responded and I doubt Tracy would have strong feelings to not play, we will meet tonight.
Apr 8, 2013 2:02 PM - AVacc: If you're up for it, that is...
Apr 8, 2013 2:00 PM - AVacc: Rob, do you think we will finish, tonight?
Apr 8, 2013 2:00 PM - Capt_Dan: I'm good for tonight; can't do tomorrow, or any wednesdays. Do what's best for you - I know the desire to get something finished can be strong, just to stop it running into other things.
Apr 8, 2013 2:00 PM - Capt_Dan: I'm good for tonight; can't do tomorrow, or any wednesdays. Do what's best for you - I know the desire to get something finished can be strong, just to stop it running into other things.
Apr 8, 2013 12:36 PM - James L: I'm fine with the germs. I'll take my chances. I can't do Tuesday, and probably can't do Wednesday.
Apr 8, 2013 12:30 PM - Matt H: I could do Wednesday or Monday or Wednesday next week. Happy to take the night off -- our little guy decided not to sleep, so I'm running on fumes too.
Apr 8, 2013 12:29 PM - T Michael: Rob, thank you for the consideration. I am fine with playing tonight as long as you are up for it.
Apr 8, 2013 12:28 PM - AVacc: I can do Wed but not Sunday - I don't have little kids so I don't care about the cold ;)
Apr 8, 2013 12:27 PM - Rob R: He is playing an Half-Elven Sentinal with a bear. Elminster teleported him in because he had need of Khara and her buddy and teleported them out.
Apr 8, 2013 12:26 PM - Rob R: I can do Wednesday evening this week and probably Sunday day. I can also do next Monday and Wednesday (though next Monday interferes with another game you guys are in).
Apr 8, 2013 12:25 PM - T Michael: What race and class did our departed brother turn into?
Apr 8, 2013 12:25 PM - Rob R: So I am ready and able to go tonight. James and T Michael? Anyone really? If you have a problem I am willing to reschedule and make finishing this a priority.
Apr 8, 2013 12:24 PM - Rob R: Also, I lay it out to the party. I have a major case of the sniffes (with some sneezing) and my throat is a little sore. I plan on going to the doctor later tomorrow or tomorrow. I had every intention of playing tonight and still can but my wife yelled at me this morning because she is mother and remembered that some people have little kids.
Apr 8, 2013 12:21 PM - Rob R: I thought it came up last week also. Either way, Dan is correct bring a 3rd lv pc.
Apr 8, 2013 9:39 AM - Capt_Dan: I asked this last week! Most of us just get hp & a second power strike.
Apr 8, 2013 9:04 AM - James L: I just realized... Do we need a 3rd level character tonight?
Apr 3, 2013 1:50 PM - T Michael: That sounds like one of our rangers. He will be remembered well when we establish our dwarven domination over the drow.
Apr 3, 2013 1:28 PM - James L: T Michael, we lost a dwarf. When the darkness cleared, only ashes and a scrap of hide armor were left.
Apr 2, 2013 11:08 AM - T Michael: Thank you for asking. I ended up doing six loads of laundry as my wife and daughter took turns getting sick throughout the evening. I would have preferred killing drow, and I am reminded how a stench aura could cause PC's a -2 modifier.
Apr 2, 2013 10:48 AM - Rob R: Hope everyone is ok in your household.
Apr 1, 2013 6:26 PM - T Michael: My wife just called in distress as she and my four year old have come down with a stomach flu and I need to go home to nurse them and take care of my two year old. Very bummed to miss tonight's slaughter.
Apr 1, 2013 1:09 PM - Rob R: You can take your powers from any 4e legal source...though you should probably ban material from Book of Vile Darkness in general (if you haven't already).
Apr 1, 2013 12:25 PM - Tracy: I believe we bandied some ideas around as we were leaving last Monday, but never landed on anything concrete.
Apr 1, 2013 12:24 PM - Tracy: I just re-read through it all and the only actual rule was about class restrictions.

Original post: Rob R: The restriction on class material is (as far as I can tell) done for marketing / flavor purposes. I'm OK with opening it up to other sources. God help me though, if someone plays a Blackguard and doesn't have a system for figuring out damage quickly, I will roll attacks against them behind the screen.
Apr 1, 2013 11:51 AM - James L: SO what were the rules again for what sources our Utility powers can come from? Is it still limited to all the Essentials books? or can we take a PHB3 Skill power?
Apr 1, 2013 9:48 AM - Rob R: Thanks for the offer Cap'n and thanks Art for offering and bringing the maps.
Apr 1, 2013 9:47 AM - Rob R: For some reason (my ommission I'm sure) there was no location listed for tonight. I'm sure everyone could figure it out bust just in case (Dan) I added the location now - Citicenter.
Apr 1, 2013 1:08 AM - AVacc: I will b ring the maps.
Apr 1, 2013 12:22 AM - Capt_Dan: Tracy - Sorry to bug you on this, but do you have the card for Tiamat? Can you bring it? Thanks. Rob - Do you need any other/more tiles?
Mar 29, 2013 10:01 PM - Capt_Dan: So, I think we need to have at least Tracy and me charging around the edges of the battle, running down ranged attackers, while t Michael (psuedo defending) forms a baseline with the rest at the core fight, and Matt tries to nail minions. Also worth noting, Tracy and I get two attack rolls each round, so can also hunt down minions, and we should. 0.02c.
Mar 29, 2013 9:59 PM - Capt_Dan: A few notes on my level up choices, along with some thoughts on tactics: I took cunning stalker to get CA against lone targets, and Forced Advantage utility to give me a Def boost in a duel. I think we need to do a few things, first, shut down ranged attacks, rather than focus fire specifically, and second, get maximum value for attack damage.
Mar 26, 2013 6:28 PM - Tracy: Also, I'm a DERP fer life you bearded gnomes! Mwahahaha.

p.s. Utility Power called: Iron Resurgence
Mar 26, 2013 6:27 PM - Tracy: Ooh Ooh Ooh! Level 2 Encounter Skill (Heal) Utility from Dungeon Survival Book:

Target: You or 1 ally, must be bloodied and have at least 2 surges left.

Effect: The target loses a surge and can then spend 1 or 2 healing surges. The target also gains temporary hit points equal to half his surge value.
Mar 26, 2013 5:09 PM - AVacc: Agreed on focused fire.
Mar 26, 2013 3:13 PM - Capt_Dan: Also, I am impressed by how effective the Dwarf scout builds are; I really feel like Tracy and I are just carving our way through, with Charging Ram... I actually think that that is vital, to quickly close down ranged attackers - more than focusing fire, even.
Mar 26, 2013 3:08 PM - Matt H: That is outstanding.
Mar 26, 2013 3:08 PM - AVacc: +1 DERP
Mar 26, 2013 3:05 PM - Capt_Dan: It occured to me, as we carved our way through that first encounter, that our little party of Dwarven Strikers, is a little bit like a special forces team - Delta Froce, with the 'D' for Dwarf, if you will. I thought, we need our own little acronym (like SEAL, SAS, GSG9 etc.), so I propose - Deep Earth Reconnaissance Patrol, or - DERP Squad.
Mar 26, 2013 2:51 PM - AVacc: Scum of the (Under) Earth
Wandering Monsters
By James Wyatt

Mar 26, 2013 9:52 AM - James L: T Michael, they enhanced and greatly improved the "Village of Hommlet" from the one they sent out in the mail 3 years ago. They put back a lot of the NPC town interaction. I think if you added a Green Slime in 1 place, it would be a very good homage to the original. You can get the Moathouse map from the "Shattered Keeps Map Pack"
Mar 26, 2013 9:50 AM - James L: Yeah, we survived, but lots of time was spent by all on the ground bleeding out.
Mar 26, 2013 9:43 AM - Connolly206: hey, how was it, did you all survive?
Mar 26, 2013 9:41 AM - AVacc: Is it Monday, yet?
Mar 25, 2013 5:02 PM - Capt_Dan: I'll bring the city tiles - and my mat!
Mar 25, 2013 2:55 PM - Rob R: I believe James is correct (at least for three of the first four envounters - the problem is it seems I've misplaced half my city tiles (master set). I have the shadowghast manor tiles. If you can bring the city tiles set it would be a big help towards speeding things up.
Mar 25, 2013 2:06 PM - AVacc: SPOILER ALERT: The drow did it!
Mar 25, 2013 1:55 PM - James L: It's 100% "The City" Dungeon Tiles, and "Shadowghast Manor" tiles for tonight. I've perfected the skim over, without spoiling things for myself, maneuver.
Mar 25, 2013 1:40 PM - Capt_Dan: Do you know what maps - I have a bunch I can bring.
Mar 25, 2013 12:08 PM - Rob R: OK, I got a wipe mat & tiles for tonight.
Mar 25, 2013 9:17 AM - AVacc: Sorry. Too late for today. I will bring them next week.
Mar 25, 2013 9:05 AM - Rob R: Art, if you can bring your maps that would be great.
Mar 25, 2013 7:33 AM - AVacc: Confirmed. Thanks and have a good holiday
Mar 25, 2013 7:29 AM - Connolly206: avacc, I'm just confirming you know that you are in for tonight. because the game is listed as already underway, I can't leave the list, but I have a passover.seder tonight so I'm out. I think you know this, but I wanted to make sure.
have fun guys,
Mar 23, 2013 5:19 PM - Capt_Dan: Barley toothpicker can't recall quite how he got here... One minute, we're pounding through casks of dwarven ale, and talking about what pussies Elf's are; the next we're crawling through the underdark huntin' Drow. Eh, happens...
Mar 22, 2013 5:46 PM - Rob R: You have come to Shadowdale, as have your fellow
adventurers, to delve into the caverns of the Underdark.
Mar 22, 2013 5:46 PM - Rob R: Lady Addee Ulphor rules Shadowdale, presiding over
a land that has been peaceful for the twenty years since
Lord Azalar Falconhand retired. The symbol of leadership,
the Pendant of Ashaba, is Lady Ulphor's by right, and
she keeps it secured in the Twisted Tower of Ashaba.
Mar 22, 2013 5:45 PM - Rob R: A famed tavern takes its name from the landmark.
The Old Skull Inn is known throughout Faerfm as a
haven for adventurers. It is said that secret tunnels lead
from the tavern's basement into catacombs under Old
Skull-and from there into the Underdark. Adventurers
gossip that a bribe to the innkeeper, Ghessla Silvermane,
can gain an honest traveler access to the realms
below the earth.
Mar 22, 2013 5:45 PM - Rob R: The white granite hill called Old Skull has loomed
over Shadowdale for ages, but its significance has varied
over time. When drow controlled the town, it was a
sign of danger and domination.When their kind were
forced out, the peopleof Shadowdale went back to
seeing the hill as nothing more than a fascinating landmark.
Sheep graze around it now, while children play
atop its slopes of bare white stone.
Mar 22, 2013 5:44 PM - Rob R: Shadowdale. This realm and the town with which it
shares its name are better known for the past than the
present. Ancient battles and the ruins they left behind
draw historians and adventurers alike to these lands.
Storm and Sylune Silverhand once dwelled here, and
sly Elminster still does. His protection has long kept
Shadowdale safe, and even ifElminster's power has
greatly diminished since his time as Mystra's Chosen,
who would dare attack his home?
Mar 22, 2013 11:40 AM - Rob R: More importantly, the season accounts for most of those in somewhat interesting ways.
Mar 22, 2013 11:39 AM - Rob R: Well considering we normally don't use theme, I'd say those few are a virtual bonanza ; )
Mar 22, 2013 10:53 AM - James L: For "Themes" are we still limiting to "Dungeon Survival Handbook" only? There's only a few in there.
Mar 19, 2013 1:19 PM - Rob R: no magic items
Mar 19, 2013 12:46 PM - AVacc: no magic items, right?
Mar 19, 2013 10:20 AM - Connolly206: Ahh okay I see the option now. Anyway I actually just realized that monday is the first night of passover so I'm going to have to drop out anyway.... after all that. I would definitely like to hear how the striker party does so please post how you do after night one.
Mar 18, 2013 6:00 PM - Rob R: I meant to say - "If your not sure what's an essentials class, the character builder has a quick essentials build option, which you can then customize."
Mar 17, 2013 9:42 PM - Rob R: The capn is spot on. Only essentials builds. If not sure what constitutes a quick essentials build option, which you can then customize. Otherwise, you can just ask.
Mar 16, 2013 5:11 PM - Capt_Dan: Yeah, that's the rub - it's not an essentials build. It's not on me to rule on that, but I point it out.
Mar 16, 2013 3:45 PM - Connolly206: as for the build :
Dwarf Rageblood Barbarian:
Rageblood Vigor
At-Will: Howling Strike, Recuperating Strike
Encounter: Resurgent Strike
Daily: Life Thane Rage
Feats: Execution axe

The build gives me a good amount of THP, and the daily gets me an emergency second, second wind to spend and additional THP for allies. I thought it would be a good way to go considering the makeup of the party
Mar 16, 2013 2:49 PM - Connolly206: Back in the states, being on safari makes me wish I could play a lion. Anyway Dan, I was writing berserker, but I'm going rageborn barbarian so not exactly technically a berserker in truth.
Mar 12, 2013 10:19 AM - James L: Can we bring in the D&D Next rules on "Intoxication" and be always drunk, and therefore taking half damage from everything. (just kidding)
Mar 8, 2013 6:14 PM - Capt_Dan: That is awesome. Can I ask, how you've built a Beserker..?
Mar 8, 2013 3:41 PM - Connolly206: I'm in Africa currently so have not been responding, but I've got a main and backup character ready and willing and will go all springbok on some bad guy butt when it's time to play. Also I just got to pet two 8 month old cheetah cubs which is totally unrelated, but is so awesome I wanted to tell people.
Mar 8, 2013 12:21 PM - Rob R: In all seriousness, I'm not sure an all back-up striker team can succeed unless they have a similar mechanic for self-healing like the dwarf second wind.
Mar 8, 2013 12:20 PM - Rob R: I won't kill you, but the bad guys might if the back-up heroes are all strikers too.
Mar 7, 2013 4:10 PM - James L: Thestus the three-armed Thri-kreen Thief
Mar 7, 2013 4:10 PM - James L: Shim-Sham the Shardmind Shaman
Mar 7, 2013 4:00 PM - James L: awesome, and we can make them awful. Since its sort of a punishment for dying. awful but still functionable.
Mar 7, 2013 3:43 PM - mattdocmartin: Somehow I keep sliding down the "interested" list, when originally I was #7. Time to leave the list, maybe?
Mar 7, 2013 3:22 PM - Matt H: How about this: everybody brings an additional non-dwarf character, and puts the sheets in a pile facedown. If your dwarf dies, you draw a random character from the pile and are then ridiculed/ostracized by the remaining dwarves.
Mar 7, 2013 3:15 PM - Capt_Dan: Otherwise, Rob might kill us for bringing a second all-striker party, but I vote 1. Half Orcs 2. Goblins/kobolds (just one) 3. Dragonborn...
Mar 7, 2013 3:13 PM - Capt_Dan: I think, if we lose one dwarf, maybe bring in the injury rules? If we lose two or more in an encounter, it is very likely we lose everyone...
Mar 7, 2013 12:40 PM - mattdocmartin: @matt H: How do you like your minions? Extra-crispy?
Mar 7, 2013 12:10 PM - James L: Hmmm, where did such a fear of minions come from? I lean towards Orc. Full Orc because they can heal themselves also, and they are the opposite of Dwarf.
Mar 7, 2013 12:06 PM - Matt H: Dragonborn could be a good idea -- I don't know the adventure, but one of the things I'm most worried about with the all-striker plan is getting swarmed by minions. Dragonbreath could go a long way towards sorting that out.
Mar 7, 2013 11:56 AM - mattdocmartin: Hmmm...if only I had a dragonborn.....
Mar 7, 2013 11:39 AM - T Michael: My vote for the second race would be Drow 1st, Dragonborn 2nd, Eladrin 3rd.
Mar 7, 2013 11:00 AM - James L: I think all of our replacements should be of the same race, but something other than dwarves. and all strikers.
Mar 7, 2013 10:56 AM - T Michael: Given our all striker experiment, what should we do about replacements as characters die? Should we agree not to introduce a leader until three of the five original strikers are dead and gone?
Mar 5, 2013 7:24 PM - mattdocmartin: Firefly!!!
Mar 5, 2013 1:38 PM - James L: What about running something people want? Try asking, only a few people wanted "Mud Sorcerer's Tomb". What about the new Star Wars? What about Fiasco? a different D&D Next one-shot.
Mar 5, 2013 1:34 PM - James L: Art, I hate to say this but, you ran this as DM. You also want to play in it?
Mar 4, 2013 1:15 PM - Matt H: Shut yer mutton-hole, ye lady-bearded elf-kisser. 'Sides, ye all know I always sleep in tha nude.
Mar 4, 2013 1:11 PM - Tracy: Bwa! A Dwarf ena robe! Bwahahaha! Looks like yer ready fer bed! Ach, but we need somebody to boil our grog!
Mar 4, 2013 12:09 PM - Matt H: Bah! Anya call yerrself a dwarf? Whaddarya fraid yer gunna singe yer beard?
Mar 4, 2013 12:06 PM - Capt_Dan: I would feel incredibly uncomfortable fighting next to someone liable to explode in a fireball at any moment, what with the whole "no healers" thing...
Mar 3, 2013 7:58 PM - mattdocmartin: Bring marshmallows!
Mar 3, 2013 7:38 PM - Matt H: How would folks feel about Ketlin Forgetender, Fire Elementalist and furnace-stoker? (It turns out Elementalists have close burst At-Wills, so I'd still be in the thick of things and a crispy target.)
Mar 3, 2013 5:49 PM - Capt_Dan: I think i'm sticking Scout - Bailey the Toothpicker and his twin Rapiers seems like a sound character..
Mar 3, 2013 1:47 PM - T Michael: Capt_Dan did you choose not to play a blackguard? If you are going scout, I will play a blackguard with a patented statistical analysis guaranteed to calculate damage faster than Rob has ever seen.
Mar 1, 2013 12:23 AM - Capt_Dan: We could start a pool on how long the first encounter takes, with each PC 1/6 of a round... I say 1 round and 4/6ths...
Feb 28, 2013 9:45 PM - T Michael: Let's hear it for a blade of annihilation! Looking forward to going down together. Shall we start a pool on how many encounters before the first death?
Feb 28, 2013 9:41 PM - mattdocmartin: I shudder to ask why...
Feb 28, 2013 9:35 PM - Capt_Dan: Does anyone know of a version of "Heigh-Ho" by a Norwegian Death metal band or similar?
Feb 28, 2013 6:17 PM - Connolly206: back in baby
Feb 28, 2013 6:06 PM - Rob R: Wait, what's this talk about a HAFLING burglar?
Feb 28, 2013 4:30 PM - T Michael: Rob, for clarity, the start date is 3/25. The calendar above still has the 18th.
Feb 28, 2013 3:19 PM - Matt H: I would, but I look more like a grocer than a burglar...
Feb 28, 2013 3:10 PM - Capt_Dan: Anybody fancy being a halfling burglar..?
Feb 28, 2013 3:07 PM - Rob R: Fixed. Since it's a first level game I've increased it to a six person table.
Feb 28, 2013 1:55 PM - Connolly206: dag.... I done been bumped
Feb 28, 2013 10:41 AM - Rob R: Got some scheduling conflicts so this will have to be pushed back one week.
Feb 27, 2013 9:07 PM - mattdocmartin: Maybe I should read all comments below? But not tonight.
Feb 27, 2013 3:24 PM - James L: Nice, Connolly206. I'd say the adventure in the original box is very linear, but it could be fun. The Famine in Far-go adventure looks to have a much better story.
Feb 27, 2013 1:34 PM - Connolly206: Berserker it is then my Dwarven fellows.
BTW James, I bought a Gamma box. I'm going to set up a game when I get back from my Honeymoon.
Feb 27, 2013 1:30 PM - James L: Should we just say, Slayers, Berserkers, Blackguards, Scouts, Infernal Hexblades, and be done with it?
Feb 27, 2013 1:23 PM - Capt_Dan: Given what we're doing though, i'd be disappointed to see a Vampire...
Feb 27, 2013 1:22 PM - Capt_Dan: I might slip across to Blackguard, i'm pretty quick on my math...
Feb 27, 2013 10:16 AM - Rob R: The restriction on class material is (as far as I can tell) done for marketing / flavor purposes. I'm OK with opening it up to other sources. God help me though, if someone plays a Blackguard and doesn't have a system for figuring out damage quickly, I will roll attacks against them behind the screen.
Feb 26, 2013 4:21 PM - Capt_Dan: I think that's a call for Rob, but I do think opening up all Essentials Strikers would make it a little more fun, without taking away from the inherent lunacy. Five Dwarf Slayers might get a little dull...
Feb 26, 2013 4:15 PM - James L: I know the season says to limit the sources, but since we are all Dwarves, should we open the sources to be all the Essentials classes, such as Heroes of Feywild, Heroes of Shadow, Heroes of Elemental Chaos? More Dwarf Striker options. or is the Slayer thing a selling point. If we kept it to melee strikers, this would add Blackguard, Berserker, and Executioner, Vampire.
Feb 25, 2013 2:18 PM - Connolly206: this will be crazy fun. I'd hate to be the closest baddie to our party at the start of an encounter.

Feb 25, 2013 2:14 PM - Rob R: Also keep in mind, you can use certain themes as explained above (under description).
Feb 25, 2013 2:11 PM - Capt_Dan: So, all Dwarf, strikers only, no multi, HotFL/HotFK char only. 1st Rd Minor (Stance)/Move (for charge)/Standard (Charge!)/AP (MBA). 2nd Rd Minor (2nd Wind)/Move (shift?)/Standard(Charge/MBA). 3rd Round... Shit.
Feb 25, 2013 1:41 PM - Connolly206: Thinking about it, I think we don't Multi just go straight striker, and bring a spare character for if it all goes horribly wrong.
Feb 25, 2013 1:40 PM - Tracy: Can we be the Gutbuster Brigade from the Drizz't novels? I've always wanted to launch myself into battle with my serrated armor shouting, "Fer me king!"
Feb 25, 2013 1:35 PM - Tracy: To be clear though. This route, we're still sticking with only Classes from the following sources: "Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Book", "Heroes of the Fallen Lands", "Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms".
Feb 25, 2013 1:34 PM - Tracy: I was just thinking that James. If we all multi-class with a leader, we'd have a minor action surge 1/encounter and a collective 5/day that we could spread around...however I like the idea of nerfing that to raise the stakes.
Feb 25, 2013 1:25 PM - Matt H: I think our Dwarf clan should have a motto: "Focus fire, or no ale for you. Also, shunning. Because, seriously, focus fire."

...it sounds more elegant in the original Dwarven.
Feb 25, 2013 1:20 PM - T Michael: I have never played a dwarf, but the all striker party appeals to me. We really have to focus fire to get the baddies down as soon as possible.
Feb 25, 2013 1:12 PM - James L: shall we outlaw multi-classing to get a 1/day Healing Word?
Feb 25, 2013 1:10 PM - Rob R: That being said, bring back-ups. They will be easy to incorporate into the flow of the game.
Feb 25, 2013 1:09 PM - Rob R: I see a lot of experience in this group so I like your chances better than others.
Feb 25, 2013 1:08 PM - Rob R: I must say, I really like this idea mwuhh haha mwu hahahah
Feb 25, 2013 12:50 PM - Connolly206: Ahhhh.... okay. What level are Band-aids?
Feb 25, 2013 12:36 PM - Matt H: You can't purchase items above your level; Potions of Healing are level 5, so they're out for this game.
Feb 25, 2013 12:23 PM - Connolly206: When creating our characters we could all in theory use our starting gold to buy 2 healing potions correct? I mean we would be broke after, but it might be decent way to get over the inherent problems a 5 striker group might have.
Feb 25, 2013 12:08 PM - Capt_Dan: "It was the shortest incursion the Underdark had ever seen..."
Feb 25, 2013 11:52 AM - Capt_Dan: One way or another, no encounter is going past the third round...
Feb 25, 2013 10:18 AM - James L: All I ask, if we do this, is no one is allowed to be the invisible Hexblade or a hiding rogue, or some sort of ranged striker while the rest are all melee, because then everyone else is going to take all the hits except that guy.
Feb 25, 2013 10:09 AM - Matt H: I can't tell if this is a good idea...or the BEST IDEA EVER. It's level 1...what could go wrong?
Feb 24, 2013 10:55 PM - Capt_Dan: Need some ground rules? All Dwarves (Hobbit-style???). I count 4 strikers, Slayer, Hexblade, Thief and both ranger builds (so 5) - do we include Knights? Cavaliers? I'm liking this...
Feb 24, 2013 10:53 PM - Connolly206: I'm down. switching to dwarf though, I think tracy is right about the second wind.
Feb 24, 2013 9:09 PM - James L: I too would try out the all striker team. Gamma World is that exact thing, everyone is a striker, and everyone can use their second wind as a minor action.
Feb 24, 2013 7:01 PM - Capt_Dan: You mean "Git 'er durn". I would still be up for an all striker team...
Feb 24, 2013 6:56 PM - Tracy: I've never thought of that before, but I think a team of 5 Dwarf Slayers could get it done with their minor action 2nd wind.
Feb 22, 2013 6:09 PM - Capt_Dan: "Striker" that should say... Prevailing opinion is that you'ld die, fast and hard...
Feb 22, 2013 6:05 PM - Connolly206: I can switch over to leader as well. Has anyone run with a 5 slayer party before?
Feb 22, 2013 6:01 PM - Capt_Dan: Though I quite like the idea of a suicide squad of five Slayers...
Feb 22, 2013 6:00 PM - Capt_Dan: If no one wants Leader, i've got something in mind...
Feb 22, 2013 6:00 PM - Capt_Dan: If no one wants Leader, i've got something in mind...
Feb 21, 2013 11:03 AM - Rob R: Thanks James. I'll look for another image.
Feb 21, 2013 10:03 AM - James L: some websites block access for other sites to load their pics, I'd try to find another picture and paste the link to the new one.
Feb 21, 2013 9:19 AM - Rob R: Can anyone see the pic. It doesn't show for me except for a tiny pseudo thumbnail type thingy