D&D Adventures: Castle Infiltration

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We’re back with another D&D tale! We got together with our group again for another one-shot, using our pre-made characters from the first session to get a better feel for how the game works. We spent a little time at first discussing some of the nuances of creating our own characters, since we’re planning on using our own characters for a longer campaign starting in a month or two, before having dinner and digging into our new one-shot.

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We haven’t quite finished our own characters yet, but we’re not able to meet again until May so we have plenty of time to work on them. In the meantime, I remained as Vistra, a dwarf cleric who was extra snarky this time around.

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I think one of my favorite parts of last night’s session was “Vistra” suddenly looking at her character sheet in the middle of the one-shot and realizing that her personality traits included being really respectful and polite. She stole my halfling rogue’s food, for one thing! My character, Kithri, was supposedly a criminal, but I failed 2 out of 3 lockpicking rolls during the night. I made it up for doing some fantastic attack rolls, especially during the final boss. Vistra probably got the most natural 20 rolls of the night, I believe.

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I got a lot of nat-20s last night! It’s definitely the new dice I bought. I hope they keep their luck when I play as my own character next time. But yeah, last time I tried to stick with the pre-made personality that was given to my character. Last night, I threw that out the window  – as well as my character when I rolled a one.

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At least you weren’t alone out the window. One of our friends also did that while our other friend’s character was trying to stay steady on her feet. At that point, I think my little halfling was the only one who looked competent in front of the boss, but even she slipped a little bit during that fight before dealing the final blow. The story for the one-shot consisted of our little group — for some reason — being hired by a mayor to investigate some oddities happening at the lord of the land’s manor. Disappearances and random job firings were happening, so we went up to the castle keep to see what was going on.

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Sacrifices. Sacrifices were going on. Of course, it took us a long time to get to the top of the tower and to meet with the boss because we were too busy getting distracted (we found horses!) and exploring the place… you know, fighting chests and accidentally getting ambushed, stuff like that.

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We realized that there was kind of a cult thing going on and, after defeating all but one of the cultists in the church on the keep, we learned that the lord of the place was sacrificing people to a god whose name we couldn’t properly pronounce, so we just called him God Bozo. Our group’s cover story was that we were a traveling minstrel group, with one friend’s character being an actual bard, so the guards were pretty cool with us. It was mainly the cultists and clergy people of God Bozo that continuously tried to kill us for ruining their plans. It was a shame you couldn’t convert them to Vistra’s god, right Rachel?

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I tried, but alas, no one wanted to listen to me when I told them about God Marth (whose name we also couldn’t pronounce so we nicknamed him as well). Overall, this one-shot took us about four hours to play. We have a ridiculous group but it’s always filled with laughter and good food. We’re looking forward to starting a longer campaign with our own characters next time.

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D&D Adventures 1: Intro

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Way back last April, I did a quick post on how Rachel and I were starting to get a little more interested in giving Dungeon and Dragons a try. While we both are avid writers and have done some role-playing on forums in the past years, we’ve never actually played one of the most popular tabletop RPGs. Recently, however, we discovered that a couple of friends from our writers’ group were dabbling in D&D as well and, long story short, we were able to get together with them for an actual D&D session last night. We had a blast!

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Our original plan was to create our own characters, but time got away from us. Our DM was our DM because she does it for the kids at the library where she works. One friend has some experience playing in another group so she had her own character while Kris, myself, and our third friend had pre-made characters. The one-shot was pretty laid back because we made all our characters ridiculous and most of us didn’t know what we were doing. The ones who do have little knowledge. So it was a learning experience for all of us.

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The pre-made characters were from the D&D Starter Set, so our friend was the Human Fighter, Rachel was the Dwarf Cleric, and I was the Halfling Rogue. The friend who had her own character was a Half-Elf Bard, so we were a well rounded group. Our one-shot campaign, as unorthodox as it was with our shenanigans, was a success. One of my favorite parts of the campaign was when three out of four of our characters intimidated some enemies — the fourth of our characters had tripped and faceplanted on the ground — into trying to give us information. Unfortunately, the enemies couldn’t understand the languages our characters could speak, so I used my character’s high performance skill to mime the questions we wanted answered. And our DM actually had me mime and gesture out the questions!

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We got ourselves out of lot of jams “cleverly.” And what I mean by us being clever is that we thought out of the box in ridiculous ways. For example, my character, Vistra, knew the spell light which could turn an object basically into a glowstick for an hour. One of the lizard enemies, instead of fighting them, I made one glowing making it dazed and confused. But we were able to see around us in the cave we were in!

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Considering our attack rolls were atrocious, we had no choice but to be clever. Actually, I believe Rachel’s character landed the most hits against the enemies. I was fairly half and half when it came to actually being able to hit the enemies, but we were all awful when it came to attacking the boss. One of our friends couldn’t hit with her weapons, so she used a shovel from her inventory system. At one point, I threw an oil flask from my inventory and drenched the boss, and another friend and I used our shortbows to shoot cigars that we had found in the dungeon to set the boss on fire.

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Yeah… I’d like to see Hollywood make a movie out of that adventure… that was crazy, but it was a full night of lots of laughs. We’re hoping to make this a monthly thing. We’re going to create our own characters and next month do another one-shot with those characters for some more practice before attempting to do a longer adventure.

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Now that we understand a bit more about the skills and stats, I’m excited to work on my own character. I’m thinking of making a Ranger, although I did get pretty attached to my Rogue, even if everything about her was pre-made. I may keep the basics of the character and rework her for my own. What about you, Rachel?

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I’ll most likely make some sort of wizard or something. Though I didn’t mind being a cleric, that was pretty good. I just definitely want something that can do magic spells. I’m looking forward to giving this a try!

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Dungeons & Dragons

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Dungeons & Dragons was always something that was at the back of my mind, but it wasn’t something that was popular — that I knew of — around where I lived. Most of my friends weren’t exactly into video games like Rachel and I were, so I didn’t have as much hope for D&D.

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Dungeons & Dragons has existed since 1974, which sounds wild considering how little I had heard of it growing up. Of course, the few times I had heard of it was due to how “nerdy” the game was, even compared to video games.

For years, Dungeons & Dragons wasn’t really a thought in my mind until I realized that it was fairly popular with a couple of YouTubers that Rachel and I watch. Rachel and I spend what little downtime we have trying to catch up with “Dice, Camera, Action!” while now trying to stay up-to-date with “Trapped in the Birdcage.” The players in both those groups are fantastic, as are the Dungeon Masters with their storytelling abilities and antics.

For my birthday, Rachel got me the D&D Starter Set and, while it’s brilliant, I’m not sure where to start. It’s fun to go through and imagine different scenarios with characters I’ve thought of but haven’t fully fleshed out with character sheets because I don’t fully understand the character sheets, and… yeah. The dice are a really pretty blue!

Rachel and I are hoping to, sometime soon, have enough time to each make a character or two and just have a practice session, if you will, between the two of us. We both love creating stories and D&D seems to be another fun, creative way to do so.

Then, of course, there are all sorts of D&D video games to check out…

What do you think Dungeons & Dragons? Have you ever played? Any advice for new players?

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