The battle took place as the world once more fell into shadow, and a dark library appeared. The players went ahead and knocked on the front door. They were answered by a butler who refused to open the door at first, but soon succumbed to the authority of a Suggestion spell cast by the new Wizard player.
Entering the library, the heroes bantered a bit with the possessed wizard Vontarin/Nathaire. He claimed that he would break the curse himself, that he didn't need their help, but they saw through the lies and the battle was joined.
This was a neat little two tiered battle, made all the more fun by the precarious book shelves and the bookshelf models I brought along to fall down on the minis. The books did a lot of damage! We ended with the spirit of Vontarin whispering from his dark prison, offering undreamt of wealth and power in exchange for a new bodily vessel. What will the heroes do?
Even with 8 heroes, I only added a second Dark Butler on the second floor and it was still a close fight. One player went down, and many were worried at various points. I spread the hurt around and did a lot of public rolling to determine which character I would attack. No one has died this encounter season, so I think I had better be merciless next session.
I need to establish a quick primer for new players:
- How to read a the character sheet
- How to read a "power"
- The basics of combat tactics etc.
- Don't tell people what to do on their turn
- Try to describe your actions narratively
- Make sure you know your basic attack bonus
- Do your own math and tell me the total number etc
It feels like this is gaining a bit of popularity, but I know attendance will still fluctuate wildly. Nevertheless, I love it that people are bringing their friends. I dig that there's a group of ladies who are ditching happy hour to roll the dice. Soon they'll be painting their own minis.
I do have some critiques of the adventure itself, but I will save them for next week.