Saturday Table, playing as Linka, Lost Mine of Phandelver, 27 Mar 16
I wanted to delve more into Linka Windstorm’s character in this session. However, there was some traveling salesman wanting to switch my energy supplier. Note to those who need to work in that particular vocation: Allow people to reschedule or have a card where you can apply online. Some of us would be busy when you knock on our door. Like having dinner, or streaming a D&D session!
Linka is similar in nature to a certain famous Pandafolk Brewmaster (or rather Pandaren, and now she shakes her ample booty now since Blizzard committed the sin of caving to SJWs, on top of trying to get me addicted to Warcrack! The company can blaspheme the Holy Ghost and be more redeemable in my sight now.) who’s not far from her ever flowing barrel of her homemade brew. A brew she’d just looove to share with her crew, even to the point where she holds drinking contests with anyone in the tavern in Phandelver. Makes for excellent opportunity for gathering information, which she does so with relish. She also ranked third in the subsequent drinking contest.
The rest of the session dealt with facing the Redbrands directly, so they charged right into the hideout and took everyone out. At this time, I was wondering how to play the game, and it deals with whatever or not treasure is combined or just claimed by whoever gets at it first. Linka at this time is just someone who wanted to make sure that her needs are taken care off—and that she can keep buying the needed brew that she’s constantly drinking (Which comes in handy since she’s sharing tank duty, much to the chagrin of Linka’s poor hit points. At Level 3, she can spend a ki point to get THP).
She’s also very boisterous, as illustrated at the start of the session, where she greeted the newcomer with a brew and a bear hug. Then there’s the moment where she slapped someone in the back so she can get him to taste her custom draft. This comes to no surprise then, when they found that waterproof satchel in the cistern (Area 1 on your maps) she just swan dived into the water, getting the satchel for herself and shaking off the water from her fur like a dog. (She did the same to several pouches from the riff raff and a red cloak she thought was cute.)
I only wished that I wasn’t acting so autistic during this session, but then again, that damned telemarketer threw off my train of thought.
Sunday Table, Playing as Justin, Hoard of the Dragon Queen, 28 Jun 16
I labeled the Video with a Caution, “Drama Ahead.” I don’t use it in a denigrating tone, though. Over the course of a day, someone gets emotional out of no thought of their own, and causes an otherwise decent session to get derailed. I liken them as thunderstorms in interpersonal relations; it’s best to just lie low and let it blow over since you’re not a direct part of it.
This particular drama dealt with the splitting of the party since last week. If it weren’t for the split, I would’ve told the NPCs to hold up so that the others can catch up, but Claire wanted to lead them to the keep, while the others were still interrogating the goblin. Justin made a snap decision and went with Claire.
“Lathander told me to guide them to the keep, that’s all I have to say,” Justin said in his defense and just held his peace from there on out. He managed to ignore the berating from the other party members (IMHO, both parties were in the right.) until Ildar’s mention of hamsters and Tail-Chasing caused him to fall on the ground laughing. (The two must really like each other by all the bickering they give each other.)
Claire, however, went into what some might call histrionics in defending her actions. Up to the point of salt. When cussing on the table is heard, you can be sure that the Roleplaying has gone into Drama territories. So much so that the poor player has been kicked out of the party afterward. Regretful. Justin really liked Claire.
The rest of the session proved a lot smoother thanks to hindsight and the lack of having to escort NPCs. Justin managed to surprised people by showing a bit of healing magic combined with his usual engineering. (If you haven’t seen his sheet. Justin got his connection to the arcane Weave through divine means, and while learning how to draw on this energy, he learned Cure Wounds and Healing Word, both of which may prove useful in a pinch. There’s a chance that he’ll be a second healer in the party next week.
The main problem with the session wasn’t the drama, but the battle with the pair of Rat Swarms. We were bottlenecked in a tunnel and weren’t properly prepared for battling swarms. Justin had to use his healing skills in the encounter, which proved more useful than his hand crossbow. He’ll make a note to find some other options for next week:
Chris Perkins brand Green Flame™ Alchemist Fire, anyone?