So, another Games Day has come and gone. And people seemed to enjoy themselves. I was fortunate as I got a chance to run again as I always love to do for Games Day. In part because I love to GM, but also cause of free swag afterwards. I don’t often purchase minis. so getting to keep what we use is a nice perk.
As for the adventure, it was unfortunately, fairly simplistic. At the same time, this was a plus as I only had about 20 minutes to read through it when I got there and found out I was needed as a GM (I don’t blame the organizer though. He did send me an IM off Grumbling Dwarf the evening before).
But, in regards to the design of the Games Day adventure and characters, it’s yet another whoops made by the folks at WOTC. The Skill Challenge they incorporated seemed like an interesting build, but tacked on just to throw one in. Since I’m still getting my footing regarding the best way to run a skill challenge (Rather than as a Final Fantasy, fade to black style encounter announcement), the design method they used was creative and something I’ll have to keep in mind for future skill challenges.
The design of the characters was also questioned a few times as several people commented on the Teifling warlord as a bad build. Add in a bit of over equipped characters which ruined the suprise in the second encounter. Being a GD for MM2, obviously the adventue was going to incorporate a number of monsters from it. Including my favorite; the Rust Monster. However, over equipping characters to help compensate for it was a bit of a dead give away, and seemed a little unrealistic. What kind of Barbarian hauls around 2 Greatswords (Other than a dual wielding, Monkey Grip trained 3.5 Barbarian)?
But, in the end, it seemed like folks had fun (Especially with the Barbarian wrestling the rust monster) and I was fortunate enough to get to keep a few of the player figures. Plus, this was good training fo me as my players have agreed to placate my urge to run 4e. I’ll see if I can remember to keep some kind of game diary of sorts about this new campaign (First brief post later today possibly).
Now, as for one possibly curious questions (WTF is a naked Dworc), this was a childish nickname I blame myself for when the dwarven Paladin met the first of 2 rust monsters. given that it was the ONLY character in heavy armor, it was an obvious target for the metal eating beasty, to which he lost his nice plate. To compensate, he put himself in a suit of the leather armor the orcs in Encounter 1 had.
So, smelling like an orc in slightly loose fitting armor, the dwarf carried on (Good thing since he fell overboard on the raft ride). But, when we first stated referencing the dwarf after, I started calling him a dworc and it just sort of stuck.
Perhaps cause it’s a mix of 2 of my favorite races.
Dworc! Dworc! Dworc! Dworc!
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