Field report for D&D Encounters: Search for the Diamond Staff (Week 1) now available at Dungeon's Master.com.
I ran the encounter at two different FLGS. My tables in both places decided to move to D&D Next for the season. Most of our regular players were at Game Day and carried those characters forward into this season. It made the transition to Next a lot easier and smoother.
This week's session was short (1 hour 15 minutes each) as neither of my groups really felt any need to do the "get to know you" role-playing with the locals. After all, the players assumed they'd be leaving Hap soon and didn't want to slow things down with dialogue that wouldn't advance the game. Combat was fun but very quick even with a few additional monsters thrown in. The players liked that they could hear the sounds of combat in the distance, clearly indicating that there was still danger about. It was a good tease for next week.
We discuss the ups and downs, what worked and what didn’t in this week’s Recounting Encounters Podcast (also available through iTunes).
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