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Or “How I Learned to Stop Playing 4e and Love Pathfinder”

So it seems I am not along on my trek across the desert to the promised land of “plagues, floods, and pillars of mother@##$%ing salt“.  By this, I mean my departure from the 4e ship and boarding the good ship Pathfinder.  Come with me, if you will, on a trip down memory lane….

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When last we left our intrpid band of heroes, they began the first leg of their journey in search for a possible treasure horde that might help to fund their future plans.  After supplying, they ventured south from Waterdeep along The Trade Way, eventually stopping at a small hamlet known only as Wayside (based off an old Goodman Games adventure I tried to run them on in the past) over a week later.  At Wayside’s inn, then met an older man who wished to purchase the map they were carrying, offering a tidy sum. 

They decided to wait on that decision and, as the session opened, they would realize the consequences of their hesitation.

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My apologies as it seems I’ve been a little lax on my updates here as of late (much to the chagrin of my players).  Couple a small pile of work with a dash of procrastination and you get me posting summaries of several different sessions all at once.  But, hopefully, once life settles down a bit more, I can try to keep up again (And I was doing so well earlier).

Anywho, few months ago, I had the pleasure of starting the next arc of my longest running 3.5e campaign; The Company of the Combustable Commode.  This has been a long time coming as, after having finished the first arc, I started going back to school and put all of my GMing on hiatus.  But now that that is done and over with, my players inspired me to start back up once more.
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So, as I stated in the first post, the summary is pretty much how this long running group got their name.  It’s been, probably, the best D&D campaign I’ve ever run and the first game in general in my years of GMing, to reach a solid conclusion.  There were many adventures after this post as this really only covers the first 5-6 sessions.  However, given the gap of approx 2 years, my memory is a little rusty as to everything that’s happened.  However, I do plan to try and continue with my habit of posting game summaries once the Company resumes its adventuring lifestyle.

As for these little fictionalized bits, honestly, they never happened.  At least, not in the manner that I’m writing them.  There have been instances though where they’ve found themselves in an inn somewhere and Xephael’s tale has made it into the hands of whatever entertainer is playing there.  In writing these bits, I think I’ve captured the collective essence of how these characters may have acted in this kind of situation.  Plus it was a good attempt to flex my creative writing muscles.  I did go back through and clean up what I could as these were written several years back.  But otherwise, I left them as is.

Anyhow, without further ado, the finale of the Introduction of the Company of the Combustable Commode.

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The bard’s presence, of course, served as a distraction for the rest of the taproom and very few people took notice of a small group of adventurers coming in from the cold. A Dwarf was in the lead and upon hearing what he knew to be an all-too-familiar ballad, he made straight for the bar. Following the stout fellow was a female wood elf who winced slightly as the tune carried over to her ears.  There was little hesitation as she followed her dwarven companion towards the bar. Moments later, two humans, one a very tall young lad and the other a turban-wearing fellow with a large black cat at his side, enter, both picking a table nearest the bar and their companions.

 Last to follow suit are a pair of elves, one moon and one sun.  The moon elf takes up a seat on the other side of the wood elf female and absently listened to the ballad, taking note of how it was sung. The sun elf, takes a seat at his companion’s table and orders a glass of Elverquist.

“Hmm,” said the moon elf, “he’s exaggerating some parts, but it’s not too bad a performance.”

The wood elf leaned an elbow on the bar and put her hand to her forehead. “Oh, I can’t believe it’s made it as far south as Daggerford!”

At the table, the younger human made a rather large guffaw at mention of a large bag down in Undermountain. At the bar, the elf woman stiffened.

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So, earlier, I made mention that I had plans to revive my old, long standing 3.5 campaign that went on hiatus several years ago.  In preperation for this undertaking, I began fishing through my old notes today, trying to familiarize myself with the camapign of old.  One such file I found was a series of semi-fictionalized campaign notes I started writing, most likely with the intent of posting them to my old Livejournal blog.  However, the notes never got finished and I never got around to posting them. 

So, now that I’m more inclined to share my experiences with those willing to read them, I’ve decided to start posting what I do have here.  Unfortunately, I never got very far with it so I may not be able to recall much past what I already had jotted down.  But at least it tells the tale of the begining of the Company of the Combustable Commode. 

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