|Top Picture: A surprisingly sombre snap of Pete video chatting in from Glasgow; |
Bottom left: Kevin's K'Nex construct; Bottom right: The construct in play, tilting the laptop at a useful angle
In a first for the Tuesday Knights, Pete joined our game last night remotely. He was in Glasgow for work, as he often is, and so we experimented with having him "video call in".
Kevin, our tech guru, had created a stand out of K'Nex to tilt his laptop up so Pete could actually see down the table.
After about half-an-hour of fiddling about, text communications between here and Glasgow, and a couple of false starts, Pete was "in the room" with us (placed at the far end of the table so he could see as much as possible).
We all prefer having our gaming buddies with us in the flesh, obviously, but now we've ironed out the issues with this style of "remote gaming" (little things like making sure we addressed Pete by name, rather than just saying "you", so he knew when we were talking to him!) we know it's a tool we have in our back pocket to employ when a player's absence will be felt - and they're willing to "call in".
We decided to eschew the wedding dress quest request from the end of our last session, and instead head to the amusingly named Wizard Of Wines to follow up on the reports we'd heard from several sources of shipments not arriving.
Their leader introduced himself as Davian Martikov, the owner of the vineyard.
He explained that he and his family had been driven out by a plague of "evil druids and bogglings".
While Ragar was sceptical about the concept of "evil druids", we - naturally - agreed to go in and sort out the problem (because that's what we do... and one of Madam Eva's card readings appeared to relate to a particular cask at the winery, so we needed to check that out).
Davian sketched us a map of the layout of his winery.
Approaching the open delivery doors, hordes of tiny stick creatures (which we later learned were called "blight") appeared out of the mist-enshrouded vines and so we hurried inside - only to find more of them, emerging from the empty casket that we had our eye on.
Not only that, but there was a crusty druidess pouring something unholy into another of the caskets.
We tried to initiate discussion with her, but she started to weave some wicked spell at us - and ended up riddled with arrows and javelins!
The battle was brutal and seemed to go on forever.
At one point, K'Ao urged the rest of us to retreat upstairs so she could try some magic, but sadly it wasn't as successful as she hoped, and she ended up disappearing under a mountain of twigs.
Ragar and Syr Edvard had to fight our way back to her, so the dwarf cleric could prevent her from dying.
One thing we did discover is that Norman rages into a dire badger when he gets into a fight. That was a big surprise to all of us - except for K'Ao, of course!
Upstairs, Dolly and Rufus got into another fight with a different druidess and more twig creatures.
Syr Edvard, now decked out in his newly discovered magical plate armour, was getting pissed by the amount of times he was getting scratched up by the blight creatures - and is now half-convinced that this new armour is actually cursed.
He's considering changing back into his old chainmail.
Eventually, we zapped, shredded, dismembered, crushed, and battered the blight to splinters...
In the bottom of the cask we were so interested in was an old book entitled The Tome Of Strahd.
This was obviously what Madam Eva's card was referring to as, we hoped, it would give us some insight into our enemy.
|The secret diary of Strahd von Zarovich|
And that's when a large, growling, hippie-druid strode in waving a mighty staff (which K'Ao said he called "the staff of the vampire" or something like that).
We all attacked him (as is our wont), but he seemed intent on battering Syr Edvard with his life-draining magical staff.
Quite spectacularly though, I managed to smash the staff in two with a mighty blow from my family's greataxe, Foulbane, following through to sever the druid's head from his shoulders.
With the death of the druid (or was it the destruction of the staff?), the remaining blight - those outside - reverted to piles of sticks.
In the aftermath of the conflict, Ragar disposed of the pieces of the staff, and we bathed in the adoration of Davian Martikov and his family.
|The evil druid that Syr Edvard slew!|
To be continued...
The Tuesday Knights:
- DUNGEON MASTER - Simon
- Rufus Longhole - Pete
- K'ao the Welf - Erica
- Dolly Spartan - Clare
- Ragar - Kevin
- Syr Edvard of House Dobbin - Me