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Blakey
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(6/6/03 12:47 am)
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Safe Levels For Hommlet
Hey Guys,

As anyone who's been reading my web page will know, the party have just finished session 4 of the campaign and are now at Narwell on the Wild Coast. They're 3rd level - nearly 4th level and about 2 week's travel from Hommlet.

In the last session they neatly sidestepped 2 dungeon mag adventures that I'd prepared, meaning that they are now effectively about a level behind where I'd expected them to be at this stage of their journey to Hommlet. I have one more dungeon magazine mini adventure prepared for them as they cross the Gnarley and into the Kron Hills and then they'll reach Hommlet and begin the campaign proper (yippee!!).

If I just throw the one adventure I've planned for them into their path (this one will be very hard for them to sidestep and the druid, Torrent, will want to do it for sure as it's to do with saving a portion of the Gnarley), then they should reach 4th level at the end of it. Any which way, I'm being fairly generous with XP at the moment as I want them to get to Hommlet asap in real life and they need to be able to survive it.

So, the question is, do I need to find and prepare yet another adventure for them, in order to soup them up to 5th level before they reach Hommlet? I have the time in terms of distance they still have to travel to the village - like I say they are about 2 weeks away at present. But I'd rather get them to the village and on with the fun!

The party comprises:

Barishi - Baklunish cleric of Xan Yae (bit of a mystic)
Mycroft - Oeridian fighter (two sword wielder)
Zathras - gnome wizard (alchemist)
Greydore - half orc rogue with 18 strength and huge axe
Torrent - dwarven druid
Fluid - Torrent's wolf companion, boosted to 4HD.

So effectively if I just give them one more adventure, they will reach Hommlet as a group of 5 4th level characters, plus a 4HD wolf. Is that going to be okay to take on the Moathouse and Big U and stand a reasonable chance of survival?

Cheers,
Blakey

I'd rather be defenestrating Chaos Mages.

http://uk.geocities.com/homlett

Killiak 
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(6/6/03 1:53 am)
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I had 6 players in my campaign as well. I'll just count the wolf as a fighter. What you gotta be aware of is that the players do get the opportunity to prepare for the dragon. Ol' Del will meet them in the woods, since it's a day's travel to the moathouse (IMC). If they refuse to take the hint, then by all means, give them the pain that is their due.
However, these guys will stand a very good chance against Big U and the moathouse. It will hurt, but they will make it ay 4th lvl.

Blakey
A song from the sixties
(6/6/03 2:11 am)
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Well they do have another weeny advantage - two of the players have actually played through the beginning of the Moathouse a couple of years ago. We started this campaign with another DM back then and got as far as the Moathouse and fought Big U then. I was a player, as were 2 of the guys who are playing my campaign now. The DM moved house and we had to end the campaign - fortunately we didn't get far enough to ruin the main plot for the people who played it with me.

So when Old Del tells them about a dragon, 2 players are going to know he's telling the truth! :)

Knowing my players though, they'll probably roleplay to the hilt and try and convince the other players that they think he's a crazed old man and talking rubbish! ;)

Anyway, sounds like they should manage it with 5 characters of 4th level, and a 4th level wolf. That's good news and means we can get into Hommlet faster...

(BTW, when I played it before there were 4 players and we were 5th level. Our cleric died (failed reflex save against 2 lightning breaths!)).

Cheers,
Blakey

I'd rather be defenestrating Chaos Mages.

http://uk.geocities.com/homlett

Infiniti2000
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(6/6/03 5:47 am)
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Re: Safe Levels For Hommlet
I agree with Killiak. Your group should do fine. The module is designed around 4 players of 4th level and you have 5 experienced players. Remember Big U's tactics (hover, power attack), and more importantly his character flaws (overconfident, will not press the party if they flee). I know you haven't mentioned it, but I'm sure you thought about it, I would not change Big U even though two players have already met him. Big U is not a big plot device so nothing is ruined.

Btw, clerics are supposed to fail reflex saves. ;)

Blakey
A song from the sixties
(6/6/03 6:17 am)
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Hey Infiniti,

No, I'm not going to change Big U - but I fully intend to have him "run" away as soon as he is even slightly threatened. I really love the idea of having him go and take over the hobgoblins in the main temple.

When we played it last time we stopped playing when we got to the main ToEE temple. We were in the midst of investigating the hobgoblins when we stopped. I reckon it'll be a cool idea for him to reappear there.

Plus I have a wicked blue dragon mini which I want to use for him! :evil


Cheers,
Blakey

I'd rather be defenestrating Chaos Mages.

http://uk.geocities.com/homlett

ZansForCans 
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(6/6/03 8:12 am)
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My group started as 5 3rd level characters, all very experienced players. The fight with big U was very tough, but doable. They did not buff at all though because they didn't believe Del. They had several opportunities for retreating, if they wanted to. Chat and Xaod were also present for the fight. Xaod did some pretty good early damage (i.e. he did help), but Chat turned out to be pretty useless with my bad rolling.


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Blakey
A song from the sixties
(6/6/03 8:43 am)
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Okay, it certainly sounds like with 5 4th level characters plus a 4HD wolf and of course the possibility that they'll pick up Chat/Xaod/someone else in Hommlet to help them out, they should do okay.

Cheers for the input! I'll run them through one more mini adventure and then into Hommlet! Yippee!

Cheers,
Blakey

I'd rather be defenestrating Chaos Mages.

http://uk.geocities.com/homlett

Killiak 
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(6/6/03 11:52 am)
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IMC they actually took Redithidoor with them!!!
He survived Big U, even more to the dismay of the character that did die. He became second lvl when they DID defeat Big U and eventually died at the hands of gnolls/ghouls

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