Well, after what seems like forever, but was only almost
forever, we got to game again tonight. It was fun, if a bit on the "workmanlike dungeon crawl" side. The heroes are still
chasing after the Book of Seven Serpents
, but now at least they're finally in
the dungeon and not just trying to get to it. The players managed to circumvent just about every trap in the dungeon, but then again they've all been fairly obvious traps. In fact, the only one they didn't
circumvent was one where, after figuring out the puzzle, jamesbarrett
deliberately set off the trap anyway, apparently just to be sure.
This session did have one of my particular favorite set-pieces, tho, the rickety rope bridge. This time the monstrous threat was garillons, which are sort of four-armed versions of Mighty Joe Young, with a bad temper. My personal favorite encounter of the night however was with the ghostly remnant of their bitter-enemy-turned-unwilling-ally, Vormorax the Dragonpriest, who was very disappointed that Verdhaven the undead-phobic monk-cleric was the only one to be terrified by his terrifying moan
ability. I always like it when Vormorax makes an appearance ... it gives the adventure a certain "old-home-week" kind of feeling. It's also fun because while he is under orders to help the PCs, he's under no obligation to like
it -- and he doesn't -- so while his assistance is valuable, it comes at the price of having to deal with him being snarky at them. "You bloody well killed
me, and now I'm being forced to assist you from beyond the grave. You'll understand if I'm a bit bitchy
about it, won't you?" ;) It's a fun vibe.
The PCs are getting up there in level now, and they can routinely roll high 20's and 30's with their specialties ... I need to keep that in mind as I'm designing adventures. They can also soak up pretty good amounts of damage, Dragor in particular. So when I'm designing encounters, I've got to keep in mind that if I'm not careful, the monsters will be dead by the end of the first round and never have got off a shot. Or at least, not a significant one.
But now ... bed!