Monday, February 3, 2014

D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 3

Day 3: First dungeon you explored as a player-character or ran as a DM.

Strangely enough, I don't remember exploring a dungeon at all in my first campaign. My dad must have had a thing for wilderness encounters, because I remember a tavern brawl, goblins and stirges in a forest, pixies that were probably in a forest too, and fighting bugbears on a hill... but nothing underground at all.

I believe the first real dungeon I ever used in a game was the sample dungeon from the 1st edition Dungeon Master's Guide. While the first few rooms were described in the example of play included in the book, the rest were free for me to populate however I wanted, and I did just that! Regardless of what I added, the best part was having a giant spider fall onto the shoulder of one of the PCs the same way it did in the book. There were more spiders in my dungeon than there were in the original, and I recall a conversation about how many the players could try to stomp on in each round of combat. One even demonstrated how he could fling one giant spider from his shoulder while simultaneously jumping on and squashing one more with each foot. I think I even gave him a roll to see if it worked, but while I don't remember the results, I doubt I'll ever forget that demonstration!
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