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first dungeon solo play


so I wanted to try out a few warriors I had made and the runesmith apprentice by Peter Haresnape and decided to try them all in one dungeon!
seems like a terrible idea in hindsight.

priest of Ranald: homebrew based loosely around the priest of sigmar (I've made this into an almost entirely homebrew warrior dedicated to sigmar/ulric/morr/ranald/myrmidia/shallya and each has slightly different stuff)
runesmith
wood elf way watcher (another homebrew)
intrepid explorer (Indiana jones)

I think they all worked really well and the way I intended them to work.
I used my D100 events table and D100 traps table.
the adventure was uncharacteristically short as a T junction was found and the correct way was chosen.

first encounter was spiders which webbed the runesmith who promptly stayed web until all of the rest were slain.
the second was snotlings who thankfully divided themselves more or less amongst the party.

then the objective room was reached, 2 rolls on level 2 table
savage orc shaman and 8 guards (!)
3 beastmen (D6+2=3 means phew!)

first round all beastmen dead
took 4 turns to defeat the orcs
took another 12 turns to seriously wound the shaman! (all strength 3 players)
shaman spells at level 1 are seriously annoying, all are either
1 warrior drops to zero wounds
or
nothing really happens
or
wizard/spell caster is screwed over

then normal orcs showed up due to an unexpected event: 10 with swords
they were slain in about 3 turns and the shaman died!
hurrah!

what I learned:
you do need at least one strong/tough warrior to hit tough targets like the shaman.
my waywatcher did exactly as intended, level ups will be reviewed in due course.
intrepid explorer is a bit meh at level 1: combination of WS3 and s/t of 3 too.
runesmith worked brilliantly.
priest mostly had issue of one blessing being better than the other two, although it is "Ranalds blessing" so this makes sense.

(all priests start with scourge of chaos=one warrior has +1 to hit rolls or vanquish: one warrior has +1 attack. both last one turn. then the blessing of their own god.)

not sure what to do to intrepid explorer, do not want to boost WS makes no sense to me for him to be [sign in to see URL] ponder emoticon

(next time I will try to be more storyteller than this!)

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God
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Re: first dungeon solo play


Not a bad session report in my opinion. emoticon

A couple thoughts come to mind:

1. I would play several adventures with the party before judging them too much, though it sounds like you have a good head for judging these things.

2. Surviving against a Savage Orc Shaman that long speaks well of the usefulness of having a couple priestly characters along -- when lacking a Wizard, or course. emoticon

By the way, Peter's Runesmith's Apprentice is a big favourite with some of those in my gaming group.

Last edited by OldWarrior, 8/Nov/2013, 10:27 am


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Re: first dungeon solo play


I really like it, took a few reads through to be sure I got how it worked.
the mixture of battle runes and healing runes is good.
his chanting healing is nice too, could be good primary healer.

personally I try to have a primary healer (wizard or similar. typically not priest due to ring being too random) along with a back up healer (guaranteed healing but limited supply: pit fighter is great, but any warrior that starts with healing will do in a pinch)

maybe play testing 4 warriors all at the same time was not ideal, all being str 3 and mostly T3 was an issue in the end!

as for balancing/making warriors: I know what I want them to do, it's just ensuring I don't make them too hard.
too weak is easier to remedy in my opinion

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most of my posts may run into essay length. I find that for a lot of queries/feedback context is important and that is why this happens more often than not.

have a great day :D
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