Field report for D&D Encounters: Search for the Diamond Staff (Week 2) now available at Dungeon's Master.com.
I ran the encounter at two different FLGS using D&D Next for both. This was another very short session running only a bit over an hour at both stores. The first group went in through the cottage and then got bottlenecked at the narrow door. The second group burst into through the main doors. In both encounters I had the Orcs flee from the Golem leaving the PCs closer to it. One group refused to fight it, the other didn't hesitative. In the end both groups used healing magic to revive Imani and had him stop the Golem. The "Chasing the Orcs" skill challenge didn't translate well into D&D Next. My group felt it was an unnecessary excuse to roll dice.
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