No Fear of Fire

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The tiefling is defeated. But only after his short sword strikes Ganelon and the paladin's eminently failable fortitude saving throw actually fails, thanks to a roll of a natural 1, causing the rest of the party to cheer with sympathy; and the elf's cat companion gets a full-round attack on the tiefling, striking with claws, […]

Not Splitting the Paladin

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The door separating the party magically opens again, reuniting bard and mage with monk, paladin, and ranger. Well, I say ranger, it's more that we have a cat with an elf companion. But now we can join the fight against the tiefling, as Brennan and Skelra enlighten us as to the mechanism for the doors' […]

It Takes One to Know One

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

The water slide is behind us, most of the party reaching the bottom unscathed. Only the reckless take a bit of bruising, coming to rather an abrupt stop once the slippery stone turns back to the rather more abrasive dry stone floor. We move onwards, and see what looks to be some chains hanging from […]

Screen Saver

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Ghouls! They have a paralysing attack, which could spell trouble if we are all afflicted. But the odds of each of us getting paralysed is surely negligible. Well, Skelra's minimal armour class pretty much ensures he doesn't last long, particularly as the ghouls get a surprise round against us. But that's only one down and […]

Potentially Portentous Pit Fiend

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

There's plenty of gossip to be had at the mayor's party. We learn of a supposed deformed son of the mayor that he keeps locked in the attic, apparently the reason all guests were ejected early at a previous party when someone stumbled up there by accident. It's got to be a ruse, a cover […]

Okay, Who Brought the Cat?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Theatrics over, we are preparing to be the guests of honour at the mayor's party celebrating the survival of the cast of our deadly play. Getting in to the mood, Ganelon asks 'can we bring a date?' 'Do you have a date?', I reply. 'No. But the ranger's bringing his cat.' 'Yes, but is it […]

We're All Bumbling Comic-relief Characters

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Devils vanquished, we are on the final trial that could kill us. We are to face a legion of undead, the curtain behind the stage raised to reveal two skeletal trolls. 'That's not how I pictured a legion', I say, and Ganelon agrees. Two more skeletal trolls appear, all of them large and mighty threatening, […]

Acting Competently Works on the Stage

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

The next trial in the play involves birthing devils from eggs, which sounds about as pleasant as it actually is. Each of us eats an egg from which a devil spews forth, prompting a fortitude save from everyone. 'Is a 9 a fail?' asks Brennan optimistically, but knowing the answer. 'Yes.' 'Is a 6?', I […]

Faking Death is Commitment to the Role

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The curtain is raised! Our first and hopefully only performance of the play is underway. Despite being present for rehearsals and understanding that an illusionist is at hand for various effects, Ganelon is still taken aback by some of the costumery. 'Is that a real bearded devil?' he whispers. 'Are you a real paladin?' is […]

Performance Problems

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Rehearsals continue. We are adventurers playing actors playing adventurers, for reasons that are even more convoluted and best not to try to think too hard about. We need to know our lines and perform them well, under the watchful eye of the director. Brennan, our bard in the protagonist's role and a bit of a […]