Monday, February 2, 2009
We managed to get in some solo game time last night, thanks to our babysitter situation going downhill, keeping us at home. Neither one of us was particularly interested in the Super Bowl, so we dungeon delved instead.
I have been moving away from microlite74 to Swords & Wizardry Core rules gradually and last night, we converted my wife's character over fully. If I wanted to houserule microlite20/74, it would end up looking a lot like S&W, so I just went there. I will continue to run microlite20/74 as well.
Last night was the encounter with "the big monster" - a gelatinous cube. (or as my wife referred to it, "the big moving jello") Upon hearing strange liquid sliding noises, then catching a glimpse of the cube, my wife maneuvered her team into a room and choked the cube into the doorway. I was thrilled that she was using awesome tactics!
Thinking this was going to be an epic battle, I won initiative and the cube attacked, but missed. What occurred next is so typical in true RPG fashion, my wife rolled a natural 20 on her first attack against the BBM and I ruled that she hit twice instead of once. Naturally, she rolled high damage, so if you imagine a fairly good looking woman going "beserk" over a 10x10 cube of jello, you have the correct picture. Two hits by the hirelings and the cube is toast.
So in one round, a 4 HD cube is now a pile of melting goo and the party is high fiving each other. I could only shake my head and laugh. Searching around the goo for the loot took a couple of turns and my wandering monster dice showed a skull, which meant 6 Giant Rats decided to see what the hubub was about about. Thus began the LONG eight round standoff between rats and party members. As hirelings took damage, my wife again surprised me ... by retreating in good order. She was tired of wasting time and resources (hp) on the worthless rats. I was thrilled with that decision.
I also introduced her to the concept of hirelings vs. henchmen as two former hirelings pledged their loyalty to her in a drunken stupor... although they meant it. Now she has mouths to feed and take care of, but she seems very pleased by that. She also got to see hireling panic as the little torch bearer (the guy behind everyone else in the miniature assembly in the picture) ran off in a panic when the cube attacked. At least he dropped the torch when he fled... fighting cubes in pitch black would be bad...
I play-tested a 1-2hp "bind wounds" houserule last night. I'm not convinced by it, it almost felt 4e-ish with healing surges, but I think if I make it soak up a turn per hp recovered (up to two), that might make it a bit more dicey and time-consuming. We'll see.
The picture is of my lovely Princess Bride, with her retinue in marching order in front of her. That smile persisted the entire night as she rocked and rolled through the session.