Although I’ve been back into role playing for a couple years now, it’s been well over 20 years since I’ve ventured into the world of Dungeons & Dragons. From talking to those that have played in or run campaigns between now and then, I didn’t miss much. A once wonderful system digressed into a miasma of calculations and complications.
I first tried 5E at GenCon 2014 and I was fairly pleased with my very limited encounter. The rules seemed streamlined, and the DM was putting a huge emphasis on story instead of charts and math. I was interested in playing, but finding a group was going to be tricky…D&D had been dragged through the mud and some people had sworn the system off for good.
So over the past year or so I’ve read up on the system, bought the books, and dreamed of the day I could run a campaign. Then, after one game night, my friend Sam reached out to me about the D&D book he saw on my table…we chatted about getting a group together, one thing led to another, and here we are!
Every other Tuesday we’re going to get together and run through various adventures. To start, I’m taking them through the Lost Mine of Phandelver. Once we get through that? Who knows!! I know one thing – we’re here to have fun. Oh, and if you’re going to be playing this adventure, you might want to stop reading as I’m going to recap each session and it might spoil things for you!
Tonight’s session was 90% character creation and 10% getting used to party dynamics. The party consists of two humans (a paladin and a cleric), a half-orc fighter, and a halfling ranger. We did spend a lot of time creating the characters, so our gameplay time was a bit short tonight. But I wanted to get everyone’s feet wet, so we started out on the road.
After being approached for guard duty, the party found themselves accompanying a wagon full of supplies bound for Phandelen. Part way through their journey, the party is ambushed by a small group of goblins and mayhem ensues. And to be clear here, mayhem includes the paladin falling twice, a goblin head flying through the air, one goblin almost cutting his buddy’s leg off, and several goblin corpses getting strung up in the trees.
Once things were sorted out the party headed off up the path the goblins had come down. After only a minor mishap with a snare, our heroes reached the head of the path, which led into a large cave…
Join us in two weeks as we find out what’s in the cave!