Shits is about to be on.
Tomorrow night I jump into running my first tabletop campaign in…this is insane…almost a dozen years. I’m not comfortable with the idea of having done anything for a dozen years…let alone NOT done something in that timespan.
So we’re descending into ‘Ware the Moloch tomorrow/day. I do love this campaign: both at the current, zoomed-in level where players only represent the Ludovician Defenders; and the broader, contested campaign where the same group of players pilot a set of characters against their own interests.
A few things might be in flux, and some potential attendees haven’t (to my current knowledge) responded, but as it stands the party consists of:
Ayrikka Rokanski- Only in battle can this warrior be free, cleansed in a baptismal font of foeblood.
Brother Aeneas Barbounian- White gauze hides calloused knuckles, a pacifist pledge ever-broken.
Kilmora Whurja- The Iron Mistress shatters the bodies of her foes through sheer force of will.
Sievel- This half-elf and her mysterious feline companion pursue a lost artifact crafted by her father, himself a victim of careless magic.
Scirocco Windyleaf- Magic, men, fate itself; this brings equal aplomb to toying with all three.
Osario Barzillai Mockfoil- A rogue, a rake, a man with a rapier; whimsy and honor war in this young man’s heart.
It’s a balanced party at present, doubled up in the predictable area (Strikers) and the less typical (Leaders). The party will have a choice of three distinct adventures, each of which will bring them to the attention of a different draconic nemesis; there are obviously more interlocking pieces at work, of course, so the adventure they select will have consequences in terms of what they don’t pursue.
I picked up Monster Vault: Threats to the Nentir Vale today, thinking I was buying the standard Monster Vault. Overall I’m satisfied with the happenstance–though never the service at the Cheyenne Barnes and Noble, which is…bad–and actually pulled a few lovelies from the attached book that should make appearances at the table. I’ve vacillated about whether it’s good or bad to combine tokens and figures on a map, but I hope it makes the PCs feel dope and lets me highlight significant threats where appropriate; I certainly have figures enough for nearly any foe, but not in the quantity I need for a dozen goblins and the like.