May 3, 2015

Ancients & Aliens: People of the Hills - Session 2

Extra Bonus Game Session: this Thursday 5-7-15, Armored Gopher 6:30pm
Then another one on the 14th and the 28th.

Just trying to get the word out since I don't have current contact info for one of my players.  Walk-in's are welcome too, so if you're in Urbana IL on Thursday go ahead stop by for a game.

Right, so session 2.  I ran the adventure "A Stranger Storm" from the LotFP Referee book, but altered a bit to fit my setting.  Now, I don't want to give too many details and ruin it for those who might play the adventure someday, so I'm leaving out the spoilers and keeping this one brief.  I'll just say that it involves people showing up even though they are already there, then confusion ensues.

I really wish I had spent more time prepping (tweaking) this adventure.  The adventure is set up as a kind of puzzle, but no real solution is presented in the adventure as written.  It seems that the PCs are meant to just choose randomly and hope for the best.  I should read through the adventure again, maybe I missed something.  It was a fun and interesting adventure, but by the end I worry that there was not so much a sense of accomplishment as just plain frustration.  This adventure did not seem to "awesome up" my players.

Even if it's not in the text I could have come up with some other gimmick, a tell, or a clue.  Maybe these problems are all in my head, the players did seem to enjoy themselves.  On my end though, this adventure made me feel less like an impartial referee and more like an active adversary.  That may not be a bad thing, but I will say that for me personally it did not enhance my fun.  I just wish that I had thought more about how the adventure would play out from the perspective of the PCs and maybe changed a few things.

I don't mean to say that it is a "bad" adventure, but maybe just not my style.  There was a nice little bloodbath though when people got all evil and murderous toward their copies all at once.  That was fun.

Near the end of the adventure I introduced the idea that there is a hag trapped in the well of a nearby town and maybe she is to blame for all of this.  So, there is a hook for another adventure if they choose to follow up on it.  The hag adventure might prove to be just as problematic for the PCs, but at least the motivations behind the copies should be revealed so that would be one less source of frustration I hope.

Good game everyone, let's try again this week. :)

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