So, this evening I just ran my second Meetup TB session with three players (another one dropped a few hours before the session…), among them a returning player from the first session, playing Beren again.
This time I was caught off guard with something unexpected from the start which resulted in random calls from me.
Ulrich, having noticed tracks of “someone” that emerged from the crypt and returned, decided to set a snare trap and waited in the dark.
I had them make an Ob 3 Carpenter to set it up on the yew tree for tension and the ring they had as a bait. Then an Ob 2 Survival for waiting at night in the cold. These increased the grind enough to become hungry/thirsty.
Eventually Jora got caught, they noticed her eeriness, gagged her and brought her back to Skogenby. Everyone greeted them in the morning, when the sun washed the curse away, and were invited by Jora’s family to rest in their home (they had no checks to spend for recovery).
Obviously, I wanted them to get some dungeon action so the next morning, one of the village elders was found dead in his home, its body mangled without a trace.
While people where gathered in the village, Marius’ mother showed up looking for her son who disappeared, one of the kids who disturbed the crypt revealed that Marius secretly kept a ring with him.
This time it was about saving Marius and putting an end to this curse.
Somehow, while looking for another entry, they came across bandits and wanted to use them as porters or guards, this led to a Convince Conflict they won but with a minor compromise, the bandits would only take loot, one of them will only help in fights.
They managed to earn a check to camp but not enough to recover the numerous conditions.
The session took 3.5 hours, one of the new players was getting the hang of it while the other dropped a little bit of attention, finding the rules quite dense, so I reassured them all that it was ok for a first game. The returning player was really enjoying it.
Yet I was hit with a double whammy, first the whole trap situation with the premature return to Skogenby, then the convince conflict I wasn’t prepared for.
It definitely was a more challenging session although I thought I was better prepared having tied down some concepts and anticipating their moves.
I’m still wrecked from it yet curious how any of you would have handled these off the rails situations, ie. trap making, dealing with hires outside of the Town recruitment, etc.
Thanks for reading !