Monday, October 27, 2014

Underdark Campaign Log #20

As our heroes push deeper and deeper into the underdark looking for the Shards of Day, they find themselves having to fight through a band of duergar who aren't very accepting of outsiders traveling through "their" lands.

Cast:
More of Jake's artwork here. As we
have grown in number and changed
characters, this image is only 60%
accurate at this point.
  • Blue, Human Fighter (Jake) 
  • Rurik, Dwarf Barbarian (Stetson) 
  • Mercy, Half-Orc Ranger (Jammie)
  • Temerith, Tiefling Wizard (Andrew)
  • Naga, Nagaji Cleric (Rurik's Cohort)
  • Beltin, Aasimar Summoner (Temerith's Cohort)
At the gates of the ancient dwarven city, their progress was slowed by a group of dark dwarves who claimed the area long after its mountain dwarf inhabitants abandoned it. They had encountered a few of the band's scouts in a tunnel on the way to the gate, but this was a fortified position, with the old dwarf defenses making its defenders much more of an annoyance than they might normally have been.


Once they took the gates, however, their struggles were far from over. Not far beyond the gates, the dark dwarves attempted to ambush the group from a secret passage that ran parallel to the main tunnel. Luckily, our heroes spotted the secret door, and pushed it open, foiling the surprise. They still had to fight a squad of dark dwarves in close quarters, which the spellcasters in the group disliked, but they managed to defeat their attackers without much trouble.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Link Dump 10/24/14

I can't really claim to have found this one online recently, but an often overlooked source of Magic: The Gathering strategy is PureMTGO.com. I'm a big fan of some of their writers, and I even wrote a few articles for them a few years ago.

I'm not exactly awesome when it comes to map creation, so a program like this one would go a long way toward making my games look better.

A compilation of RPG bloggers on G+? Sounds good to me. As I write this, Outsyder Gaming isn't on the list yet... but I just fired off an email, so hopefully it will be soon. I can't believe it has been there for two years, and I just saw it this week!

Noble Knight has started sending out emails whenever they get rare games in stock, and their last one clued me in to this little gem. If I had the money, I'd scoop this up in a heartbeat. It even comes with miniatures!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Underdark Campaign Log #19

When we last left our heroes, they had just defeated the last of the enemies standing between them and the surface world: a drider, its xorn minions, and a strange ice golem.

Cast:
More of Jake's artwork here. As we
have grown in number and changed
characters, this image is only 60%
accurate at this point.
  • Blue, Human Fighter (Jake) 
  • Rurik, Dwarf Barbarian (Stetson) 
  • Mercy, Half-Orc Ranger (Jammie)
  • Temerith, Tiefling Wizard (Andrew)
  • Himo, Drow Fighter/Cleric (James)
  • Rasa, Nagaji Cleric (Rurik's Cohort)
  • Beltin, Aasimar Summoner (Temerith's Cohort)

After the battle died down, the group tried to free Blue from the block of ice. Their efforts were unsuccessful, but after some time passed, he burst forth on his own with an icy hue to his appearance that had not been there before.

With an even bluer Blue, the group stepped out into the sunlight again, the first time in over a month that they had been in Daggerdale. Their first stop was their tower to drop off all the trophies they'd collected along their way, and then off to Dagger Falls to sell some loot and buy some magic. On their way, they were surprised on the road by a particularly nasty bulette, but they dispatched it quickly.



Once their shopping trip ended, they went underground yet again - this time to hunt down the Shards of Day that the old dwarf had been urging them to do for quite some time.

Once underground, they made it all the way to the dark dwarves without incident, but it didn't take long for the duergar to begin their attacks. First a small group of guards accosted the heroes, but they were hardly a challenge.

To save some time, some in the group hopped on mine carts and hurtled through the near-abandoned mines. Some deft reflexes saved them from certain death when they encountered a stretch of collapsed tunnel, but the stopping point at the end of the line turned out to be too abrupt to avoid injury.

Not long after their cart rides, the group came upon the lower gates of the ancient dwarf city, and it too was guarded by dark dwarves... but we ran out of time, so the fight for the gate would have to wait until the next session.

Note: I am almost a whole month behind on posting. My immediate goal is to at least get campaign logs up to date so that I can start getting them out regularly on Mondays again. Sorry, guys!
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