Session 6 Field Report

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This week's game actually had some role-play that wasn't expected. Last week we ended the session immediately after combat since we ran over. As a result, this week the party freed the patients from the magic circle, namely Zan and Brother Satarin. The party didn't have any ties to the other NPC's so they did not become involved.The characters from last session that didn't show up this week helped Brother Satarin escort the survivors out of the cathedral to safety. I had the side doors to the main hall barred so they couldn't see in.

When the party finally opened the doors to the main hall, they found the intended scene and the combat began. The minions were killed very quickly by the Wizard. The initial attack from the dragon was fairly brutal and I thought it was going to be tough for them, but then I proceeded to massively under-play the dragon. I didn't use his instinct attack, I failed to issue miss damage and I overlooked the dragon's action points. In addition, I made a crucial mistake in the dragon's combat tactics by flying him outside the main hall to attack players out there, effectively negating his fly-by ability. Once he got out there, The Paladin was able to keep him there  and the rest of the party surrounded him. He did do some brutal damage, eventually causing the Pally and another player to have to back off because of aura damage so they woun't die. The fight did tax their resources for sure, and the dragon eventually was able to escape through the front door of the catherdral and fly away with only 24 HP left, which I was happy to see so I can bring him back in the last encounter 

I had never run a combat like this with so many conditions and monster powers to keep track of. I have to say that it was pretty tough to do when combined with new players asking about powers they were not familiar with and combat really bogged down. From what I hear from the DnD Next tables, combat is a little simpler. I think I may try running next season under the DnD Next rules.

That aside, this was a challenging encounter and fighting a dragon is always fun. The party had to work through issues of working as a team and everyone had a blast.
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Good session, the looks on the players faces was a treat when the dragon appeared, having not played the previous Neverwinter season this was their first encounter with such a beast during an Encounters session.

"Well that encounter was easy....er, guys, why is the DM grinning?" (party members last words)

It's not a party till the screaming starts!

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We had an excellent session at my FLGS. Traffic and end of school kept about half the players and a DM away (major freeway closure due to a suspicious package), so we ran 2 tables-- Next and 4e.

Our bladesinger is completely out of healing surges, but the rest of the party is doing OK. The dragon fight was tough-- the dragon ended up fleeing through the front door, rather than the window, because that's where he was when he got to his hit point threshold.

Our DM did a great job with some unexpected bait-and-switch. We have a "house NPC" in Lily the Wicked, who showed up in the sellboard in session 1, and then reappeared in session 5 in place of the Dominated Mage. We captured her (there's a reward!) but for session 6, she escaped and had switched places with Rohini using an illusion. So, Rohini is tied up somewhere, and the Tormentor's abuse of Lily is a sham (Lily isn't dominated-- she's a loyal follower of Asmodeus).

I run the game for my DMs the Sunday before, and I'm always pleased when this DM-- who is BRAND NEW to DMing!-- comes up with some way to surprise me at the table. 
I run the game for my DMs the Sunday before, and I'm always pleased when this DM-- who is BRAND NEW to DMing!-- comes up with some way to surprise me at the table. 



Awesome, sounds like you guys had a blast

"Well that encounter was easy....er, guys, why is the DM grinning?" (party members last words)

It's not a party till the screaming starts!

Follow me on Twitter @Vobeskhan or check out my blog http://vobeskhan.wordpress.com/

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