Sunday, February 15, 2009
Continuing the adventures of Aeli (my wife) and company in the tunnels below the Westport Keep, we gathered again around the tabletop and went rat hunting. My step daughter decided to join us again. I'm constantly impressed at how easy it is to get people rolling with the old school rules. 15 minutes of chargen and "Mystaria" was created, an Elven Adventurer sent by her house to human lands for some seasoning. I had her write up three words that described her: "mysterious", "funny" and "pretty". I wanted to try this as an experiment to see if that helps people flesh out their character for first time play.
Last night was a bit more book thumbing than I like. The party encountered a wererat who ended up attacking the party and giving one of Aeli's henchmen the disease. I had to thumb through S&W to look up if lyncanthropy could be cured by Cure Disease alone. Nothing written in stone, so I ruled that it takes a Remove Curse as well as a Cure Disease. The party was forced to sacrifice an extremely valuable piece of jewelry to cure this henchmen. Aeli's loyalty and caring of her followers endears them to her in many ways.
They also ran into a rat swarm which ended up with Aeli getting accidentally hit with a molotov oil flash My stepdaughter tossed it from the center of the party, she missed the "to hit" so I gave her a 3 in 6 chance of accidentally hitting someone. She did... and hit my wife. That was umm... a semi-tense moment.
A sad moment happened in the game, the comic-relief cowardly torch bearer died a horrible lonely death. When the rat swarm poured over the front line like a carpet of vermin, he broke and ran. In the ensuing combat and then the wererat attack, Nodwig was quite forgotten. The party fled the dungeon after the wererat attack, looking for healing and recovery. Nodwig was forgotten. So I gave him a 4 in 6 chance of surviving.. and he didn't. He tried to retrace his steps and found himself in the slavering jaws of monstrous rats. Aeli was quite upset and slaughtered the rats in vengeance. Poor Nodwig will be remembered...
They survived and my wife has managed to make it to third level! She's attracted some attention now from the local power-brokers and her future should be very interesting. I'm really proud of her, as she is starting to show the seasoning of sessions of play. She still doesn't use the 10' pole though...
This game was challenging in some ways. We had some encounters where I had to spend a minute or two looking things up. I also had to make some on-the-spot rulings of how things would work, but it all worked out pretty well. Aeli continues to grow as a character and my wife continues to excel at learning the art of surviving.
Aeli wreaks her revenge on the last monstrous rat that ate Nodwig.
My setup prior to the game. I have homebrew DM charts for Swords/Wizardry, and I also have homebrew OSRIC DM charts. This screen is working out well. And I can't wait to have a S/W hardbound when printing 2 is released... that'll look nice! (Here's hoping for a hardback release...)