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Vyper
A cup of coffee
(5/30/03 9:51 am)
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The campaign log that came too late
The party has already completed half of the CRM, but I hadn't thought about doing a log at first. So I'm writing down what I remember, hoping my English isn't too bad.

Preparation:
Preparation of RttToEE took about two months. We needed that much time for working out the NSCs, translating very much stuff into German, working out PC-hooks, the relations between the NPCs, and so on. The basic idea was to play the first part in Hommlet as a funny, light-hearted adventure, so the dark, creepy atmosphere of the module would be even more shocking. The person to transport this change of mood was Redithidoor. He was chosen the tragic hero who would draw the players into RttToEE. So we prepared a lot of funny little poems he would recite whenever the situation was most inappropriate.

I should mention, that I changed the "Elder Elemental Eye" to the "snake god" (based on the snake cult of the Freeport trilogy) and placed the module in the Silver Marches.

1. Hommlet:
It was early autmumn when the group arrived in Hommlet. A chilly wind blew through the streets, and there was this certain mood, that makes you feel that a storm is coming. The warm light and the singing and the hubbub of voices from the Inn of the Welcome Wench was inviting, so the group decided to have their first stop here.

Inside the inn, a bard named Redithidoor performed a typical light-hearted sing-along song, and the whole tavern was singing and brawling with him. The song was called "The Warriors of Hommlet" and told a bit of history. Apparently there had been a great war, and the people of Hommlet had won it gloriously. Basically the song was about how heroic the powers of darkness were defeated and how unbelivably great Hommlet's citizens were. By the way: My Co-DM was so brave to actually sing the song I wrote. And I'm sorry for the other guests in the pub where we played that session. He won't do it again, I promise ;)

However, this didn't really concern the heroes, because their task was a different one. The so-called "snake cult", a former subgroup of the Mask's church, had been declared illegal, and all connections between the Mask and the snake cultists had to be removed everywhere in the Silver Marches. The mission of the group was to do this "clean-up" in the area around Hommlet, where only a small group of cultists were known to be active. Maybe this was the place to gather the information they needed.

Redithidoor had just sung about how evil was defeated and that it will never return to Hommlet, when a quite drunk guy stood up and shouted (or blabbered): "You fools! You have no idea what's going on! Evil is not deated! It's back, and I - Xoad the SLAYER - know it! Tyr told me about it in a vil-vish-vis-vision!"

... and this is how it began. Interestingly the cleric had had the same vision that Xaod had, therefore the group started a conversation with him. Later Chatrilon joined them, trying to clarify that the primary source of Xaod's vision was "beer, not Tyr". Xaod became aggressive and the scene became increasingly chaotic.

From the DMs' point of view, it worked out as expected: Chatrilon was believed to be the useful man, Xaod the most useless, and Redithidoor (who joined the talk later, when they planed the journey to the Moathouse) generally annoying. The players got to know some of the characters, learned about the history and the interesting places to go, and eventually decided to go to the Moathouse.

The next morning, the PCs + Redithidoor + Chatrilon met before the Inn to start their journey. Redithidoor recited a poem that started with "The time is there, the glorious day, the battle is beginning. Every strike shall hit, every fight shall be a victory" (sounds better in German ;) ), the others told him to shut up, and everybody was raring to go, curious of what lay ahead.

(to be continued)

grimbold
Memunite
(10/23/03 6:09 am)
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... to be continued?
Sounds like a nice start to the campaign... what happened next?

Andorax
Cherub
(10/23/03 6:28 am)
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Re: ... to be continued?
No such thing as starting too late...glad to have you on board. If you're halfway through the CRM, then things should really start getting interesting at this point, and it's all the more reason to be asking your questions and describing what's going on.

For some odd reason (couldn't guess why), campaign logs of the first half of the adventure are fairly common, while logs of the back half are in short supply. Glad to have yours added to the list.

"Whadda ya mean, Orcs get levels too?!?"

smetzger
Memunite
(10/23/03 6:51 am)
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Re: ... to be continued?
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For some odd reason (couldn't guess why), campaign logs of the first half of the adventure are fairly common, while logs of the back half are in short supply. Glad to have yours added to the list.


I think thats just because not everyone who starts the adventure finishes it. Of the people who are no longer playing RttToEE I am sure there will always be many more people who played through the Moathouse, got to the CRM, crashed a gate, and maybe destroyed an altar as opposed to those who have finished the whole thing.

grimbold
Memunite
(10/23/03 8:07 am)
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Re: ... to be continued?
In that case, there should be athread called "Hall of Heroes" or such for those lucky few who actually made it!

Letīs make up a certain format, like characters which took part, ending levels and total casualities throughout the adventure!

Vyper
Mortal
(10/23/03 10:37 am)
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Re: ... to be continued?
/me is surprised

I didn't expect any more replies to come, so I didn't continue the log. (I assumed, my English was too bad to make the text enjoyable.)

We are still playing the adventure (for almost a year now), and my players are about to enter the Inner Fanes soon.

Andorax
Cherub
(10/23/03 11:22 am)
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Re: ... to be continued?
I'm guessing that everyone was just waiting for you to actually continue first, then comment on the caught-up log to date.

"Whadda ya mean, Orcs get levels too?!?"

DestyNova1
Memunite
(10/23/03 2:02 pm)
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Yea
There are a number of logs that drop off suddenly. One in particular that i found funny, was where a theif/cleric combo BS'd there way into the CRM and had a fair amount of the air temple killed by Varanthis. Party
ended when they were found out by D'Gran.

arcane12
Memunite
(10/23/03 2:33 pm)
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Re: Yea
It's always good to compare notes :)

Hmm hall of heros sounds like a plan ;) I think at least ONE of my groups should qualify... I do know some guys (from a third group I RP with from time to time) who got just into the CRM before giving up... sounds familiar, I guess some group do that? I know I have had a few campaigns dwindle off when the group hits 8+, I guess it's kinda the make or break point, and my creativity usually runs thin at that point, the reason I am running a prebaked campaign :D

So how about a quick 'bring us up to speed' ? Just outline which NPC's were killed etc, which temples sacked :) Or if you feel like the effort I am sure you will get some reads, nothing wrong with that first post!

grimbold
Memunite
(10/23/03 10:49 pm)
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Re: ... to be continued?
Vyper, I know how you feel.

When I started to post my campaign log and actually asked some questions at the end of the first part, I eagerly waited for some replies or comments - but none came.

This can be quite frustrating. Nonetheless, I just remembered that I almost never post replies to other DMīs logs as well and am still reading them.

I guess it is safe to assume that these logs really do have a lot of "silent readers".

This said, please bring us up to date what happened!

:D

Infiniti2000
Cherub
(10/24/03 8:00 am)
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ezSupporter
Re: ... to be continued?
Some people don't like to respond to questions in the midst of someone else's campaign log. If you really have a question, you should start a new thread, particularly because more people will answer it and you'll be missing out on answers from knowledgeable DM's who don't read the logs, or don't read all the logs.

There are a lot of lurkers out there, maybe as many as 400, so by all means keep logging!

Cordo Crowfoot
Cherub
(10/26/03 4:31 pm)
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Re: ... to be continued?
I agree with everyone else that you should continue. I remember taking note of this when it was first posted and thinking you had done some interesting and creative things (Your English isn't a problem at all).

Generally there are very few comments early in logs. We could probably do a bit better as a community in encouraging logs rather than only posting in our favorites. I remember the early days of my own log were quite lonely.

Hall of Heroes idea is good, but if we do it we should require a complete adventure log IMHO, otherwise it will be crowded with people writing in, "You've never heard of me or my group, but we finished, honest!"

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