I had a gas. We explored, we laughed, we cried, we fell victim to traps, and we *almost* got some good loot. Ganlant just about fell down a pit to Hell (narrowly saved when one of his friends grabbed his backpack and pulled him back), and later one of the party was killed drinking from a fountain which made him melt "like a Nazi from Raiders of the Lost Ark." I scooped up some of this deadly water in a bucket for later use.
While trying to wedge the lid of a wizard's sarcophagus open using iron spikes, we attracted the wrath of a giant golden spider. I threw my bucket of deadly fountain water at it, while the rest of the party threw flaming oil. We managed to hurt it some but it seemed to laugh at normal weapons, so it was time to beat a retreat. In the process of escaping, Ganlant was hit by the spider and I heard Jeff say: "Can you survive 4 damage? I'm just looking for my Arduin grimoire."
Oh crap... He had four fingers on his right hand sliced off in a single critical hit from the golden spider's scythe-leg! Ganlant made it out with just 1 hit point, climbing a 60' ladder to safety with his mangled hand. Yeah, this is D&D all right.
After the adventure, I made sure to add some extra equipment, not least of all a crowbar for the next sarcophagus we happen to find. Life's going to be pretty tough for an adventurer with only 6 digits, but I'll figure something out... probably strap a torch or holy symbol to the stump so it's always ready, and fight with the left hand.
Also, inspired by some posts around the interwebs, I thought I'd post up some artwork and images that I enjoy for gaming inspiration. I'm not very well versed in visual art, and my tastes are simple, and these pictures aren't quite as good as the ones that happen in my imagination. Which probably means I need to spend more time checking out new art.
(A lot of these are really big/detailed, click to expand)
|In thirty years they reduced the civilized nations to carrion and ash...|
|How do you like stone golems now? - The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)|
|"Of course I go adventuring for the chicks!"|
|Some more Terrible Sorcery.|
|Best skeletons ever - Jason & The Argonauts (1963).|
|Hydras are in my Pathfinder wilderness game. Somewhere.|
|Is this what "creature type: Outsider" means? A thousand times yes.|
|In terms of "total playtime hours inspired," this is easily #1.|
|But many men say that there is written upon his tomb this verse: Hic iacet Arthurus, Rex quondam, Rexque futurus|
|Not pictured: my young mind, completely blown - King's Quest 6.|
More play reports soon!