What Pratchett really does… did… is excise and excite human nature, and everything else is ironmongery – but it’s brilliant, ornate, detailed ironmongery, with sniggering orang-outangs peeking out of the pattern, done by someone with a name like Calumny Jones. Continue reading [Off Topic] Terry Pratchett, OBE: 28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015
“I’m dead, aren’t I?” “You’ve fallen a hundred and thirty feet. You tell me.” So, when last we left off, Anura (Hark’s Paladin) and Svinish Ingmov (Erin’s Cleric/Thief) were parked in Strahd’s dining room and had flung abuse (and a chicken leg) at the “it’s all done with mirrors” Strahd, provoking his ire and pitching all things into stormy darkness. Unbeknownst to them, the spectre of the powerful evil cleric from the Chapel was still active, and would return after five hours to deliver its deadly screech at an inopportune moment. They pressed on, huddled in the Continual Light from … Continue reading [OSR D&D] Actual Play Report – Social Justice Warriors vs. Castle Ravenloft, Session 3
This is the most female-run D&D ever. We’ve made sure the gypsies were packed off safely, grief-counselled a working-class mother and, for the record, I still think we should fuck off and wait for the army.
In line with my new philosophy of actually playing games and following through on promises and generally being less of a bone-idle turd-burglar, I’ve been running some D&D for Hark and Erin like I promised I’d do two years ago. In fairness we did start but it didn’t really work too well at the time: for this go around I was encouraged not to think too much and just pick something and run it in a finite number of sessions so it could be tried, completed, and a decision made. With that in mind I decided not to invest loads of time and energy in something that might keel over and die, and say to myself “self, you handsome dog, this is exactly the right time to run a module.” Since I’d been reading a lot of Anne Radcliffe at the time I was feeling a bit capital-G Gothic and that meant there was only one choice.
Obviously I’ve been buggering around with it, because that’s the way of me, but I’m trying to stick closer the book than is my usual wont. I’ve built two ninth-level PCs, who are sliiiightly too powerful according to the module itself, but that should compensate for the finite number of characters (they didn’t want to control multiple PCs each, you see). To alleviate the numbers issue further I’ve made it clear that recruiting henchpersons from the village of Barovia is par for the course and will be none-too-subtly indicating that both Ismar and Ireena should be going with them. Other than that it’s basically core rules out of OSRIC (a searchable PDF being infinitely preferable to the dodgy scans and retypes of AD&D that are doing the rounds).
Anura Toadarov, a Paladin of the Church of St. Thoggua (this is what happens when you let Hark pick her own Paladin mounts), played by Hark. Notable features: +1 Cursed Bastard Sword which doesn’t seem to go away.
Svinnish Ingmov, a Cleric/Thief of same Church, played by Erin. Notable features: CG alignment, a distinct lack of sneaking skills and AC2 Bracers of Protection.SContinue reading “[OSR D&D] Actual Play Report – Social Justice Warriors vs. Castle Ravenloft, Sessions 1 & 2”