Item: Death House; Encounters, Mar 16
This day was the scheduled start of the Death House adventure, with the characters the party will use for the Curse of Strahd season. Providing they survive, of course. They proved sturdy enough as they entered the first part of the house, being told by Rose and Thorn (who was with Madame Eva at that time; not to self: make my revised description of some of the Curse of Strahd NPCs including Eva and [REDACTED].) I had to be proud of the party members that they didn’t want to pick the place clean, thinking that the two kids wouldn’t like them raiding the joint.
Until they discover the two kid’s bodies in the Attic area. They were visibly shocked at the first twist of my Curse of Strahd season.
And that one is a canonized twist. They haven’t even gotten to my additions yet!
Which brings me to my review of the book itself now that I have it. Three Words: I6 Ravenloft 2016. Wizards, as they are right to do, have basically hard-converted the classic module into 5th Edition, instead of remixing the inspired module like they did with Princes of the Apocalypse (in that case, it was the Temple of Elemental Evil super-module.) This is okay, and I would’ve done it straight, but I had this sneaky feeling that some of my party members, who have been in D&D from the earlier editions, have ran Module I6 up and down nine ways til Sunday. I felt the need to add a little twist of my own, and it was something I’ve been thinking up ever since I heard of the release of this module. I won’t say much now, although I will give little bits every now and then in some posts, but I will say this. You might assume that you’ll be going up against Strahd Von Zarovich at first, and you will.
I’ll stop there.
Item: PC Session, Lost Mine of Phandelver; Sat 19 Mar 16
I didn’t have enough players for both of my DMing sessions so there’s no report this week, but I did start something most Twitch DMs don’t think of. I’m streaming the session as a Player, not a Dungeon Master.
- Session Zero: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaTFiIdtMxs
- Session One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvZHn648O3c
This campaign will take characters from Lost Mine of Phandelver then on through the sequential seasons from Hoard of the Dragon Queen, on to Tyranny of Dragons, Princes of the Apocalypse, Out of the Abyss, and then into Curse of Strahd and so on.
Whatever or not I do this with one character is up in the air, but I’m starting with a character I had to shelve for Living Parnast: I’m starting off as Linka Windstorm, the Pandaren Brewmaster. (Monk class with Drunken Master Archetype and Brewer Background.) As the game begins at the starting scene—and dungeon—of Lost Mine, it’s her nose and her swiping that’s really bringing her to the fore, although there was a comical scene where she remembered to pick up her quarterstaff.
If anyone wants to see my Character Sheet, I have a unique way to manage them all. Well, it’s unique if you didn’t expect me to lug around a laptop all over creation, because I’m storing all of my characters in an online One Note book, complete with Logs for each characters and a section on the DM’s Rewards I have available to claim. I started claiming on the week when the DM’s quests began (which is about Mid-March) and will save most of them for when I need them. Like if I’m just shy of leveling up, I’ll claim a DM’s reward that gives off a chunk of EXP to bring me over.)
Wait til later on tonight, when you see me reunite with Spacehamzter Boo and a brand new venue for me: Tabletop Simulator!