The guys over at DungeonsMaster.com have once again ripped apart their package from WotC and spilt the beans on what to expect (http://dungeonsmaster.com/2012/05/its-here-lair-assault-spiderkiller/), in a very unspoilerish way. If you’re aiming on coming to the Spider Killer attmept at Mondo Comico on the 9th of June, this might be useful to read…
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With the Drowathon and its 4 tables of The Sun Never Rises fading into memories, it’s time to start looking ahead to First Assault at Chaos City Comics in St Albans on Saturday 19th.
The will be running 3 tables on the day, and each of those will be run twice to allow players to try out different adventures. Acclaimed UK dungeon master, @syamtt, is taking on
the challenge of killing everyone the responsibility of setting up the coming Encounters season with The Sun Never Rises, while the remaining two tables will be featuring drow themed home brew adventures that we hope to share with you after their event is over.
If you couldn’t make it to the Drowathon, but still want to take part in a launch event for the Rise of the Underdark storyline, First Assault is in an excellent location with excellent DM’s.
Did we mention, that First Assault will also have the 3d terrain from the Drowathon?
And follow @banjotheclown and the hashtag #firstassault to keep up to date.
I’d only DM’ed for/played with one of the players at my table before, so it was nice to DM for a fresh set of faces…
- Mark, playing the theif, Keira.
- Daisy, playing the warpriest, Valenae.
- Chris, playing the paladin, Brandis.
- Glenn, playing the slayer, Fargrim (only one i’d gamed with previously).
- Travi, playing the hunter, Belgos.
- Ian, playing the mage, Jarren.
My players dived straight into roleplaying, taking the backgrounds of the character to give their characters vboices and mannerisms, and this continued through the first section while they were looking for clues in the temple. I actually found this a bit difficult, because while they were roleplaying to their characters class/race/background, they weren’t really asking the right questions to discover clues. I think if i’d have made notes on which characters skill was highest it would have helped.
Encounter 1: The Cellar
Our dwarf declared he was going to attack the dwarves the moment they entered the room, which effectively bypassed any option other than combat. They didn’t get a surprise round, and while they knew the pillars were magical, only used these for effect while the paladin monologued. Combat was swift, the dwarves were minions so did’t stand a chance, while the drow were dispatched before they could flee. I liked the pillars position, it blocked some lines of sight, and made the feel feel sneaky. The instant decision for combat kind of limited this encounter because their were ways to get round it, such as Fargrimm speaking to his clan mates for an adventure long bonus, or pretending to be captured.
Encounter 2: The Passageway
I wish i’d had the time and molds to make this in 3d… Annoyingly i’d forgotten to pack my doors so they just went straight down the wider corridor, which I found amusing given the secret door on my 3d terrain was painted a different colour. I did try to hint at something sinister to worry the players, mentionning the passageway looked to have been carved by umber hulks, but they didn’t really bite on that snippet of misdirection.
Encounter 3: Temple Prisoners
This proved to be a fairly tough fight for my table, mainly because they opted not to bring the roof down on the prisoners. The dwarves hammer/throwing hammer combo didn’t make much sense given their equipment, but on the other hand, was a nice way of moving around the room dealing damage. The spider was awesome, jumping here, there and everywhere, while the drow managed to got off 1 dagger strike from being invisible, nearly downing our thief.
Encounter 4: Did you Bring Trunks?
Knowing we were almost at the 2 hour mark, I simplified the skills check needed to figure out and deactivate the runes, but at the same time, Ian absolutely wiped the floor with his rolls here. Everyone made the stealth check to get through the water stealthily, and Jarren hung back to summon the water elemental. There was a nice ‘oh shit’ moment from the rest of the table as I put the mini down…
Encounter 5: Something Wicked Lurks Within
Daisy came up with the idea of sending the water elemental into the mist, and Travi charged through with Belgos only to be surrounded… Mistress Silhouette died by the end of the first round… the victim of a surprise round, dailies, and focused fire from 5 party members. The blademasters double strike was effective, but again, focused fire quickly took them down.
In the end, we overran by about 30 minutes, but my table was putting the effort into roleplaying rather than always making the most tactical choices. As a DM I fell victim to the paladins defender aura a lot, as my monsters went after thosewho had hit them. The adventure itself is well wrtiten and fun, with just enough drow to hint at the dangers to come in the Rise of the underdark storyline. My main downside is that my table chose straight up combat over the alternative solutions Shawn Merwin presented in the adventure.
Mik has written up his thoughts on the adventure (remember, this was the second time he’d run it) over on his blog:
A short and potentially incomplete list of the Drowathon attendees and their known Twitter handles.
Adam – @adampageuk
Mik – @vobeskhan
Pete – @pedr
Shane – @grami_wer
James Broadley (Shane’s table) – @deadtimelove
Paul (Mik’s table) – @paulbaalham
Matt (Mik’s table) – @mattmawdsley
Rich (Pete’s table)- @richgreen01
Darrell (Pete’s table)- @brotherbaldric
Efka (Pete’s table)- @banjotheclown
Elaine (Pete’s table)- @phlizz
James Blakey (Pete’s table)- @phlebus
Glenn (Adam’s table)- @shanuksdaddy
Ian (Adam’s table)- @mister_haitch
Daisy (Adam’s table)- @pinkbatgirl
Chris (Adam’s table)- @rallyiv
Steven (Adam’s table) – @travipirate
As I come across photos from the Drowathon i’ll add them to this page. I know that personally, I only snapped a few.
Rich’s’ Album: http://richgreen01.livejournal.com/218924.html
Elaines’ Album: http://s152.photobucket.com/albums/s191/elxxxy/Drowathon/
I recorded my table at the Drowathin, and @DMSamuel has graciously offered to host the actual play recording with the rest of the ones from the previous tweetups. In addition, he wants to do an article about the tweetups, and would like to feature responses from those who attend.
If you are willing to be included, can you answer these questions in the comments:
1) Why did you choose to attend the Drowathon
2) Have you been to a Tweetup event before, and if so, why did you attend another one
3) How did you hear about the Drowathon event
4) Would you attend another event run by the UK D&D Tweetup team
5) Did you enjoy the event and if so, which bit did you enjoy the most
6) Were there any problems with the event
Adam, Mik, Pete, Shane
James Broadley, Sarah, Felix, Wingshun, David, Darron
Tilly, Paul, Toby, Rich, Glenn, Matt, Rhys, Colman, Ian, Mark, Dan Creed, Daisy, Chris, Darrell, Efka, Elaine, James Blakey + daughter
Hell yeah! Thanks everyone!
It’s my intention to continue to use this site as a hub for the Rise of the Underdark storyline and events in the UK. We’ll be posting up homemade drow related material, promoting events in other gaming stores, detailing news about the storyline, and also putting up a guide on how the 3d terrain was made.
The Drowathon, and First Assault are just the first steps into a bigger set of events that will span the next 6 months of D&D 4th Edition.
I’ve been asked this a few times recently, so thought it best to answer it here:
- A set of dice
- All characters for use of the day are pre-gens, with additional background information. most of these are printed on erasable sheets, so ideally a wipe away pen (our dm’s will have a couple per table)
- A set of 20 fortune cards if you have them and want to use them
- Money to spend
- Imagination, and a desire to have fun…