Seems as most of the posts in this forum are by and for DMs. I'd like to hear what other players think of this season. Are you enjoying the new direction this adventure is using? What have you and your party been doing? Whatever...
I don't care much for this season's adventure and have considered several times just dropping out. I think it has a little too much in the role-play end, at least for an Encounters game. I like that WotC tried to put some more character driven elements in (I'd actually complained about a lack of RP in the Encounters sason I had played previously) but the randomness factor of Encounters sessions just doesn't fit well with this style. Where i play we have only one group but that group has been different every week, only I and one other player have been there every week. It's hard to develop a story where characters appear and disappear on a daily(in game) basis. Also our group is using 4E which I personally feel has some affect on becoming really involved with the plot outside of how well our character can fight.
The first few "hooks" just weren't compelling to get us involved in the plot. We start out with an assassination that turns into a monster fight and the next thing we get is some guys asking us to close down gambling houses. Uhm... what about that guy that turned into a monster?! Nothing, all npcs just blew that off and offer us odd jobs. It just didn't flow or interest me (or any in my group) at all. Over the last two sessions I have completely reimagined my character's motivation/background just to try to become involved in the plotline.
Our group basically avoided the first few events, partly because it took us two-three sessions to choose a faction to join. We had no part in the gambling house closings, the tollbooth guy, or the dress code laws. Our first interaction was a random encounter fight with some vandals which was forced in just because several of us complained about a lack of action (this was probably week four). The first thing we actively engaged in was the statue vandalism and that was drug out over two sessions and pretty anticlimactic. Besisdes attempting to bully some garbage collectors we've basically ignored the garbage strike. Which in our game isn't an outright strike, the collectors are just working at an extremely slow pace.
Our group has sided with Duke Silvershield of the upper city faction. In the latest session we played (which would be week six, I think we are one or two weeks behind the main storyline) we contacted a possible nominee for the empty duke position. This was the blackmail setup by Ravenguard, but since we are working with Silvershield we actually helped Caldwell and encouraged his election. I personally am going so far as to point out corruption within the Flaming Fist including Ravenguard to Silvershield.
I feel that as a player I know something bigger is going on but these events don't seem related in anyway. The day to day political posturings just are not interesting to play through and much more so in a venue that is supposed to cater to casual players.