Thursday, October 28, 2010

First Session

Our first session started with the players escorting the dwarven merchant Traevus to Fallcrest. The players were unfamiliar with one another, but Gottri and Kipling had business with the dwarf. The cleric and the mage were just along for the ride. While en route they were beset upon by a pack of goblins. They managed to drive the goblinoid raiders off but not before the beasts made off with a small chest belonging to the merchant. As the goblins scurry off and disappear into the hills, the adventures catch a glimpse of a mysterious black clad rider who meets them and follows them out of site.
Desperate to get his chest back, the dwarf promises payment to whoever can bring the chest back. Gottri and Kipling decide to track the goblins, as Valora and Daevus continue with Traevus back to Fallcrest.
The halfling tracks the goblins back to their warrens and find the entrance guarded by goblins who spot the duo and attack on sight! The 2 adventurers best their attackers, but decide it best to venture into the caves with some assistance. They return to Fallcrest to recruit their 2 travelling companions. Traevus promises the adventures 30 gold for the safe return of his chest and the group agrees. They take off into the hills to investigate the goblin warrens and find the merchants missing chest.

As they travel along the road to the caves, Kipling's sharp eyes spy suspicious movement around a ruined guard tower on the road. Spotted, a pair of goblins each barely controlling a wolf hops out and attacks the group. The wolves harry the Avengers as the goblins shoot arrows from a far. Kipling manages to get the upper hand on one of the goblins and does it in. Gottri and Daeven do some major damage against the wolves, as Valora finishes the other goblin with Kipling's assistance.

With it clear that the goblins are aware of their approach, the party sets off expecting trouble.

Next Session: The Twisted Halls

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Meet the Party

We're into our 4th session so far and we are LOVIN' it! The Dandies are really enjoying their charactersm and I'm really having fun with where it's going. I just finished running the group through the "Twisted Halls" adventure in the Red Box, and while it did get hairy, there were no casualties (there were a few near death experiences though.)
One of the things we really love doing is casting our characters. It immediately gives us all an idea of where the characters are coming from, and what they're like. So without further ado, meet the Netir Vale Avengers:

Gottri- Dwarven Knight
(Brian Cox)

One of the few remaining members of an order of Dwarven Knights that was almost wiped out by an Orc invasion, Gottri seeks to return the order to it's formal glory and to one day win back the Hold that fell to the Orcs.

Valora- Elven Warpriest
(Tilda Swinton)

Hailing from the mysterious Cloak Wood Valora has ventured into human lands as part of a pilgramage for her Lord Pelor. Driven by mysterious visions of the Netir Vale in flames, Valora seeks the favor of her god to help prevent this tragic vision from coming true.

Daeven- Human Mage
(Jesse Eisenberg)

A wandering sage and powerful illusionist, much of the young mage's background and motives are shrouded in mystery. He aims good or ill are kept very close to his chest.

Kipling- Halfling Thief
(Mark Sheppard)

A member of the illustrious and industrous Weatherwill Clan (his words, not ours), Kipling seeks to extend his families already extensive network (again, his words) even further throughout the Vale. Unfortunately his mother's fallen a foul of a "corrupt" religious leader and much now be "liberated by her loving son.

Now the you've met the players, next time I'll post their misadventures.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


So they did it. The wizards at Wizards pulled us in with the Red Box. I plunked down the iconic starter box in front of the Dandies and they were all for it. Now a full on campaign has sprung from the whole affair. I don't know what it is that I like so much more about Essentials than Original 4th Edition, the simplification of classes, the straight forward layout, maybe the world without Teiflings and Dragonborn. Whatever it is we're diggin' it and planning on sticking with it for the foreseeable future.
We've finished the adventure that came with the Red Box and all of the characters are 2nd level and itching to get out into the world. I picked up the Essentials rule books and the DM's kit and I plan on running them through the adventure in that box as well. Look for the game postings soon!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Red Box

So for some reason I've been on a serious D&D kick. Not Old School DnD, or 3.5 or Pathfinder (which I was very close to running a few weeks ago). I'm talking 4th Edition here. Yes the boys at WotC managed to pull me back in. I tried the original 4th edition rules (which spawned the Dandies), but none of us really dug the feel. But this new Essentials line... something about it called to me. Kicking it all off with that iconic red box with the classic Elmore painting on the front went a long way towards that. And after checking some of the sneak peeks on the Wizards site, I finally caved in and picked it up.  I have to say, I'm liking it. There's a solo adventure/character creation in the set that really brought back some memories. I sat down and tried it (and the additional downloadable solo) out and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. They did a really good job of introducing the rules to the player and getting you into the game.
So I'm giving you another shot DnD. I'm hoping it plays as good as it all looks.