This Friday’s D&D Session Bumped Up to Tonight

The Summer of vacations and reschedules continues! Just a small one this week. Instead of our usual Friday evening session, we’ll be going live tonight with “Storm King’s Thunder” at the same 7pm Central/10pm Eastern time. Catch us on YouTube as always.

I will try and get the recap up Friday morning.

We should be back to our regularly scheduled programming after that.

Thank you!

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D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 13 Recap

We stumble upon the living ice just outside of Caer-Dineval, then return to Bryn Shander to report our missions.

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Previously on “Storm King’s Thunder”

The inn had a nice warm fire crackling in the corner. I practically flew over to it, warming my body after the chilly encounter with the creatures of living ice. I’d only been embrace by one for seconds but I was still chilled to the bone.

“….giant snowy beasts! Nails as long as daggers. Teeth as sharp as….daggers.” I glanced over and saw that Bryseis had saddled over to the pair of loudmouths in the middle of the inn. It took me a few seconds to realize they were bragging about destroying the Yeti, the same ones who had nearly ended my life. I absently scratched at the scars on my chest.

Bryseis had called Korinn over and the two were feigning interest and fawning over them. I couldn’t help but grin.

“Let’s buy these ladies some drinks!” they declared. The ladies toyed with them like a cat toys with a mouse. Bryseis pressed them about the giants and the lads’ chests puffed out. Suddenly one of them gave out a slight yelp like a puppy. I looked over at Bryseis’ hand had disappeared beneath the table.

“Korinn I could’ve sworn we were the ones who fought the Yeti?” Bryseis said sweetly, flashing a devilish grin. The young men let out a whimper, his eyes wide.

Korinn nodded sagely and turned to the young men. “This one is a bit crazy, a loose cannon,” her hands waved casually at Bryseis. She lowered her voice to a steady growl as she leaned forward. “I suggest for your own good you tell us who you are and where you’re from. Because we know you’re full of shit.” Continue reading “D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 13 Recap”

D&D 5E “Den of the Rotten Kings” Recap

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We interrupt our regular programming of “Storm King’s Thunder” with this special broadcast! Due to some of our usual players being out of town for the week, we decided to gather together for a one-off side-venture starring new (pre-generated) characters and a pre-built adventure.

Welcome to the “Den of the Rotten Kings!”

I can now add “threw together a 4 hour D&D adventure in a day” to my list of DM accomplishments. The only way I had a chance of doing this was by using a pre-built adventure.

I already had a number of good sources. I thumbed through my Book of Lairs from Kobold Press, a fun collection of over 20 monster lairs and dungeons, many of which can serve as good one-shot dungeon crawls. As a Kickstarter backer I also got a .pdf of all the battle maps, which I could convert into Roll20 pretty quickly.

I settled on the 3rd level dungeon, “Den of the Rotten Kings.” It felt like the easiest to run, with simple foes like bandits, thugs, and wererats, and some classic traps with tripwires. It also had a few fun role-playing and dialogue opportunities with two different potential allies who can be rescued.

It’s impossible to say how long a mini-adventure will last, and we ended up starting very late since we were still scrambling to get our character sheets done by our usual start time. It took us a solid four hours to defeat the leader of the Rotten Kings, but I think it was a fantastic adventure that did a great job telling a complete mini-story. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Den of the Rotten Kings” Recap”

D&D Back On Tonight – With a Twist

I just posted a sad update a few days ago that we were going to have to cancel our weekly D&D session this week. I’m pleased to announce that we will go forward with our session – but it won’t be “Storm King’s Thunder.”

Since two of our players are gone this week, we opted to take a page from our last campaign, when Chris ran an excellent one-shot adventure when we had a player out. Like that one, we’re bringing on another party member to bring us up to four players, and this time I’ll be DMing again!

I can almost guarantee we’ll be starting late and running later tonight and have all kinds of problems as we scramble to plug in our pre-gen characters into Roll20 and try to wrap it up in a single session. I’ve lightened much of the burden by adopting a pre-made adventure, one of the mini-dungeons found in the Book of Lairs by Kobold Press.

So tune in tonight as your slightly altered group takes on a brief side journey with a new cast of characters!

No D&D This Week

I mentioned in last week’s D&D recap that’d we have to reschedule this coming session for tonight due to some of our players being out on vacation for a week. Unfortunately our schedules conflicted with tonight, so we ended up having to cancel this week’s session.

Summer can be tricky with everyone taking time off and traveling, and we’ve been hit especially hard in our group these past few weeks.

Our Storm King’s Thunder campaign should resume on Friday, July 21.

D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 12 Recap

We reach level five and discover the grisly source of the missing people around Lonelywood.

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PROGRAMMING NOTE: Due to player vacations, next session will air Tuesday, June 11 in lieu of Friday. Friday sessions will resume June 21.

Previously on “Storm King’s Thunder”

The muffled crying behind us rose into choking sobs as the first zombie shuffled over the snow. We recognized it instantly – the younger brother, freshly murdered by his own undead father as punishment for bringing us here. 

His father, now a monstrous frozen wight was the murderer, but I couldn’t help but feel guilty. We had pledged to protect them even when the brothers lead us to him. They had helped their father out of misplaced duty, but they didn’t deserve this fate.

There was still a chance to protect the other son and destroy this undead fiend. I unleashed a double TK blast at the nearest zombie, shoving it backwards through Halfred’s bramble trap. While Halfred and T.I.M. kept the others busy, the wight approached me with a grim resolve. I readied my psi-glaive for attack, relying on my icy shield that I worried wouldn’t do much good against a creature of frozen death. 

The wight caught me off guard by lowering its axes and reaching out with its ghastly hand. Its grasp seemingly grabbed my heart, freezing me from the inside. I felt the warmth of life drain from my body and my teeth chattered.

The wight’s eyes glowed blue, then looked up sharply at something behind us. I risked a glance backward to see Bryseis casting a spell. As she did the ground around us shook violently and the sky tore apart. I threw myself to the ground as a violent explosion whipped around us, hoping whatever power she unleashed was aimed squarely at our foes. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 12 Recap”

D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 11 Recap

We defend the town of Bryn Shander and receive several shiny new quests.

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Previously on “Storm King’s Thunder”

The front gate finally exploded, throwing shards of wood and metal fragments into the entrance of the town. The frost giant pulled his greataxe back and barreled inside. We were like annoying flies buzzing around him as he ignored our combined assaults.

That would prove to be a fatal mistake.

As the heavily injured giant charged forward I readied my psi-glaive in a hamstring maneuver to slow his assault. Sir Baric was quicker, bellowing a war cry as he brought his maul down on the giant’s foot, causing the mighty frost giant warlord to careen into the wall. He lurched forward and smashed his face into the ground.

I could only stare as I saw T.I.M., having charged the giants outside the gates earlier in the fight, suddenly tumbling off the giant’s back.

From behind me I heard another giant begin to shout, “Drufi is dead! Drufi is dead!” Continue reading “D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 11 Recap”