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Red Hand Of Doom - Part One: The Witchwood
Anonymous
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No.133942
133953
Greetings. Welcome to the first session of /mlpol/'s first running of the classic third edition d&d campaign Red Hand Of Doom.
On this adventure, our heroes, currently three strong, will encounter dozens of trials that will test their strength, cunning, and friendship as they face an army of goblins.

If you'd like to join, there's still room for more in the party. Don't be shy to ask.

Our story begins in Elsir Vale, with our three heroes on the road to the town of Drellin’s Ferry. The three are seasoned adventurers, and exated heroes to boot. Having fought many battles together before, they are confident in their strength. Legend has it of a vast treasure in the Vault of Vraath Keep, hidden deep in the Witchwood; our heroes, have journeyed all this way to seize the vault for their own.
Despite that, they all have their own motivations to travel to Drellin's Ferry:
Sir Whiskers, a cunning and charismatic Tibbet Jester, is travelling to meet up with an old friend of his: Princess Princess Bagel Jennifurr Fluffykinz the fourth. He hasn't met his old friend since he was a kitten, and he's eager to meet with her again. She has arranged to meet up with him in Drellin's Ferry, and to accompany him on his adventure.
Sir Brozal, a mighty Orc Crusader of Pelor, has received a mission from a high-ranking Cleric of his order has received a powerful vision of war descending on Elsir Vale under the banner of a clawed red hand, and has sent Brolaz to the far reaches of Elsir Vale to avert impending disaster... Brozal isn't exactly sure if the vision was real, or if his master just wanted to get rid of him for the year, but he never turns down a good crusade.
Brother Chad, a wise and powerful Druid, has chosen to accompany his companions on their hunt for the lost treasure in the Witchwood. Sir Whiskers requested his aid because Chad is the most experienced woodsman he knows. Chad is wary of this region, for he's heard that it is ruled by a fierce and territorial Druid, but he embarks upon this jouney nonetheless, the secrets of the Witchwood too tempting to ignore.
...So tempting that he seems to have drifted off somewhere with his horse; probably fucking it again or something. Stupid hippie.

And so, let's begin:
>The afternoon sun beats down on you; the air is hot and still. The sparsely settled lands of Elsir Vale are starting to grow monotonous, with a seemingly endless line of dusty flyspecks of towns. The town of Drellin’s Ferry lies a few miles ahead of you. It’s a settlement hard on the borders of the Witchwood, and the best place from which to begin exploring the nearby forest.
This is the part where the players ask obvious questions that I thoughtlessly ignored in the first post, as well as implore about their surroundings.
965 replies and 41 files omitted.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
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No.135475
135476
>>135472
I already made rolls
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135476
>>135475
Want me to reroll the attack and then roll the fort save?
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135477
135478
24 on attack, 18 on damage, I heal 17 HP. I rolled 22 on fort.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135478
>>135477
20 on the attack without a charge
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135479
I'll attack the guy to the north instead
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135480
Okay, after some confusion, you redirect your attack towards the guy who wasn't behind the wall.
He takes the damage, and coughs blood.
He responds by drawing his katana and slashing you, but it misses. It then takes a 5 foot step back and moves 20 feet east.
The other two goblinoids have by-now clambered over the crumbling wall to avoid Chad's wall of smoke. From their elevated position, they fire black rays towards you. Only one hits.
The other Goblin who took the potion earlier has travelled back across the hallway to shoot you in the back with his own ray.

As the rays hit you, you take 9 strength damage, the spells sapping your strength.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135481
135484
It should be Whisker/Bagel's turn again.
The two worg riders are dead, but their mounts are still alive, albeit wounded.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135482
135483 135490
Brozal slumps a bit as beads of sweat roll down his pale blue face.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135483
>>135482
I have 9 str
Anonymous
bfd7c80
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No.135484
135485
>>135481
Would standing up plus Iaijutsu one of the worgs be possible in this turn?
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135485
135486 135488
>>135484
You already stood up, iirc.

I'm going to have to put the game on pause due to some irl obligations that sprung up... I'd like to return to this in an hour or two, but I understand if that's an unreasonable request.
Anonymous
bfd7c80
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No.135486
>>135485
Understandable.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135487
Yes, the worg is balancing (flat-footed), so you can iajutsu it.

I have to step out. Sorry guys...
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135488
>>135485
that's fine
Anonymous
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No.135489
135491
Okay, I'm back, but I can't be sure if I'll need to step out again.
However, I'm committed to DMing today. I can go all the way to midnight if you guys are up for it.

It's whisker's turn.
Anonymous
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No.135490
>>135482
Oh shid, your strength is only 9 now, isn't it?
I'd better check your carrying capacity...
Anonymous
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No.135491
135492
>>135489
Eh, let us go for an Iaijutsu attack with retractable paws and seekrit cat play powers.
[1d20+7 = 15]<Attack
[1d20+5 = 20]<Iaijutsu Focus
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135492
135493
Okay... Looks like Brozal is now carrying a medium load, and his speed is reduced to 15 ft.
>>135491
Hit. Roll damage (3d6 Iajutsu).
Anonymous
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No.135493
135494
>>135492
[1d2 = 1]<Damage
[3d6 = 16]<Iaijutsu
Anonymous
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No.135494
135495
>>135493
Hmmm, looks like that wasn't enough to put it down.
The Wolf attempts to stand, you get an AoO.
Anonymous
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No.135495
135496 135497
>>135494
I'll take it.
[1d20+7 = 9]<Pap
Anonymous
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No.135496
>>135495
Cats for the win
Anonymous
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No.135497
135498
>>135495
Miss, even while flat-footed.
Anonymous
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No.135498
>>135497
Darn
Anonymous
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No.135499
The remaining worg attacks Jorr's dog again, tearing into the prone canine.
Jorr's dog yelps out in pain before going silent.
Jorr REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEs a mighty REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE As he stabs into the beast with his dagger, and follows up with a punch to the monster's head. The worg collapses.

The last worg is able to stand, but in that moment succumbs to the flames.
Anonymous
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No.135500
Okay, we've lost a dog and Brozal is at 9 str. So far we've defeated the worg riders.
Anonymous
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No.135501
It is Brozal's turn.
Anonymous
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No.135502
135503 135505
What’s the battlefield look like?
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
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No.135503
135504
>>135502
In terms of where we all are and if there are any doors we can go through to escape the courtyard.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
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No.135504
>>135503
Also the enemies that are present
Anonymous
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No.135505
135506
>>135502
Enemy casualties: Two dead worgs, two dead goblins, two wounded Veterans.

Party casualties: one dying dog.

Chad is on top of misty, not far behind you. Whiskers, Bagel and Jorr aren't far behind, just past the gatehouse.

An Ominous rumbling sound emanates from the top floor.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
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No.135506
135507
>>135505
I walk up the stairs towards where the noise is coming from. “I want to talk!”
Anonymous
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No.135507
135508
>>135506
There's a goblin Veteran in your way that you would need to move past. He stands fast, brandishing his katana and shield.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
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No.135508
135511
>>135507
I stop and lower my trident. "I only wish to speak with your master. I acted in defense when you attacked us."
Anonymous
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No.135509
135510
You sure you want to move past him? It would mean an AoO, and you only have enough movement speed to move right up to him.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135510
135512
>>135509
Currently speaking to him and I'll do total defense just to be safe.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135511
>>135508
Yeah, that's oing to need a diceroll.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135512
135513
>>135510
What do I roll?
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135513
135517
>>135512
Diplomacy, I would assume.
Doing it as a full round action would mean a -10 penalty though.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
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No.135514
135515 135518 135537
Rolled a nice 26 on diplomacy. 16 with the penalty.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
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No.135515
>>135514
Sure
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135517
>>135513
I am doing that and I understand I can't use total defense while doing so.
Anonymous
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No.135518
>>135514
Yeah, that's not going to fly.
But, i guess it's good enough for him to consider healing himself instead of killing you.

The seasoned goblinoid looks at the Orc with a sadistic grin.
"You'll speak with the master, but not standing!" He growls, uncapping and taking yet another potion.

The other wounded hobgoblin takes his own potion. The two Veterans on the walls fire more rays, one of them hitting.
Brozal takes another 2 strength damage, putting his score at 7.
Anonymous
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No.135519
Alright, diceroll says reinforcements are confident to sit and watch while the Veterans take care of you, for now.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135520
135522
That means it's Whisker's turn.
Anonymous
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No.135521
135522
Followed by Bagel.
Anonymous
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No.135522
135523
>>135520
>>135521
Yeah, I have no idea what to do, honestly.
Could you describe the battlefield for me once more?
Anonymous
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No.135523
135525
>>135522
Two hobgoblin warriors a wall 40 feet away, zapping Brozal. One on the worthwest corner who just took a potion. The voice of a hobgoblin out of sight yelling something at Brozal. A wall of smoke blocking off half the room. Chad some 20 feet in front of you conjuring lightning. Bagel Beside you. Jorr near kneeling over his dying dog. Two dead goblins and two dead worgs behind you.

Behind you, to the south, is the gatehouse. In front of you leads further into the courtyard. There are rooms around the courtyard, and stairs to your left (being blocked off by a hobgoblin).

And darn it, I have to step out again for 30 mins... Sorry.
Anonymous
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No.135524
Wait, nevermind. I was mistaken. Still here.
Anonymous
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No.135525
135526
>>135523
Whiskers moves the necessary amount of steps to cast Glitterdust on the two veterans to stop their incessant zapping.
Bagel, meanwhile, takes the tiny kitty's healing belt, going towards the dying dog in the hopes of either Jorr using it himself or applying it on the dog.
Anonymous
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No.135526
135528
>>135525
You could only blind two of them (the two on the ledge) with that attack.
Anonymous
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No.135527
it's a 10 ft radius spread.
Anonymous
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No.135528
135529
>>135526
If they're the two of them that keep zapping Brozal's Strength score, then it's worth it.
If there's more of them however...
Anonymous
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No.135529
135530
>>135528
I mean, it wouldn't hurt.
Anonymous
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No.135530
135531
>>135529
Well, it is Glitterdust.
Sure, I'll go with it.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135531
>>135530
Alright, what's the save DC on that?
Anonymous
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No.135532
135533
Both the hobgoblins are covered in golden dust.
However, neither appear to be Blinded.

Bagel's move?
Anonymous
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No.135533
135534
>>135532
Bagel, meanwhile, takes the tiny kitty's healing belt, going towards the dying dog in the hopes of either Jorr using it himself or applying it on the dog.
Anonymous
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No.135534
>>135533
The Doggo gets up.
Jorr is very much pleased.

He promptly gets up and fires two arrows towards the Veteran in the northwest corner, the Veteran is staggered.

Brozal's turn.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
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No.135535
Brozal attacks the goblin at the bottom of the staircase with his trident, jabbing it through with seemingly renewed vigor. Translation: I’m using Mountain Hammer on the goblin at the bottom of the staircase to get him out of the way.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
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No.135536
“The body fails, but Pelor gives it new life!”
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
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No.135537
135539
>>135514
Rolled an 11. I assume that doesn't hit.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135538
Shit. I skipped chad...

I'm going to assume he called down another bolt of lightning, dropping the hobgoblin
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135539
135541
>>135537
Nah...

The hobgoblin charges you, and lashes out with his katana. The chilling arcane blade further diminishes your strength, dropping it to 5.

You take 10 slashing damage.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135540
Okay, the two golden-gobbos fire at Chad, only one of them hits. He takes 7 damage.

3 enemies remaining.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135541
>>135539
Sweat and blood dribble out of the cracks and freshly made openings in Brolaz's banded mail as his legs tremble and the grip on his trident begins to slip. He slumps over- using his trident's polearm for support. "Fire is coming! It will swallow us all! Gaze into the incandescent inferno! Give yourself to it!"
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135542
135544
Jorr shoots back at one of the hobgoblins, both of his arrows connecting. It is wounded, but does not drop.

Whisker's turn.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135543
Chad, I apologiz in advance, but I'm going to keep controlling Chad on auto-pilot, repeating his last action until you get back.
Anonymous
bfd7c80
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No.135544
135545
>>135542
Fuck.
Back into the 'I dunno what to do' field.
Guess it's time to break the cat form, wield a crossbow and start firing.
Can he do it all in one turn?
Anonymous
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No.135545
135546
>>135544
Transformation is a standard action.
Anonymous
bfd7c80
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No.135546
135547
>>135545
Eugh.
Don't got many choices, honestly. I gotta attack at a range for once to support our Pelor boi.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135547
135548
>>135546
Done.
Bagel's action?
Anonymous
bfd7c80
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No.135548
135549
>>135547
Reapply invisibility if applicable, then move towards Whiskers and give him the healing belt back.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135549
>>135548
Done.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135550
Sounds Chad brings down another bolt of lightning on an archer, which wounds, but doesn't kill, the archer.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135551
Wait, nevermind. It's she's dead. Forgot Jorr had those shots.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135552
135553
Brozal's turn.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135553
>>135552
Brozal lunges at the goblin at the bottom of the stairs again. "Fire is coming!" He shouts once more as he thrusts shoddily at the goblin. I'm using Vanguard Strike on it.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135554
135555 135556
Rolled 16 on attack. I heal 2 HP, and deal 8 damage.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135555
135557
>>135554
i miss and don't heal
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135556
135559
>>135554
Jorr fires at the last archer, wounding it.

Leathery flapping resounds from the sky, and pic related

Rain of projectiles rain down from the tower and pierce into impaling her and dealing 36 piercing damage. She shrieks and writhes so hard that Chad with his 7 Dex slips off of her back.
>>135554
That would have missed anyway.

Whisker's turn.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135557
>>135555
Based quads heal you 5 damage anyway.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135558
Misty is at half health.
Anonymous
bfd7c80
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No.135559
135560
>>135556
Whiskers unslings his bow while looking for a suitable place to hide from another volley of arrows.
Bagel meanwhile takes the healing belt again and insert some healing on Misty.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135560
135561
>>135559
That siant skeleton to the north looks like decent cover. I'd let you move and attack.
>>135559
Misty is healed slightly.
Anonymous
bfd7c80
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No.135561
135562
>>135560
Whiskers goes to it before attacking at one of the big Strength sapping bullies Brozal's facing.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135562
135563
>>135561
Roll to attack
Anonymous
bfd7c80
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No.135563
135564
>>135562
[1d20+7 = 15]<Pew
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135564
YOu know, i said I would only be an hour. I really wish I knew where Chad was...
>>135563
Miss.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135565
Okay, I got one vote to wait for a while and see if Chad shows up.

I cannot DM tomorrow. The best I can do is go for a few more hours tonight.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135566
I'm going to go for a 15 minute walk while I consider the monsters' next moves.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135567
Okay. I'm going to just eat dinner while I hope Chad shows up. Iirc, it's actually pretty late in the UK, so I don't know if he's even awake right now.

One if these days I'm going to have to address our communication issues...
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135568
Whiskers has gone to bed.

It looks like I'm going to have to freeze time for this week, again.. Oh well.
Anonymous
a897a3c
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No.135586
135588
I came to a realization that completely broke me last night, i was still reading the thread but i was really not in the mood to continue playing and i was going to post that i was going to give up this session but i felt like it was pointless to post anything so i didn't because i knew it would have disrupted our game, a lot of frustration was tormenting me yesterday.
I'll see how i am feeling by the next weekend.
Brozal, The Fire Bringer
44eee0f
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No.135587
We have a new player joining in as a melee wizard so that should help.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135588
135590
>>135586
Gee, m8. Are you alright?
I'm not one to judge. If you have something you want to talk about, or another concern, feel free to share it.
Anonymous
a897a3c
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No.135590
135591
>>135588
>Gee, m8. Are you alright?
Not sure at the moment.
>I'm not one to judge. If you have something you want to talk about, or another concern, feel free to share it.
It was a reevaluation of my experiences that caused my views to be shaken, i have not found what i wanted and was let down on dumb expectations, i won't go into detail.
Thanks for asking.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135591
135592
>>135590
Is this an issue with your personal life, or with this game?
Anonymous
a897a3c
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No.135592
135594
>>135591
Personal.
Anonymous
648ae9c
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No.135594
>>135592
Well, you have my condolences.
I won't blame you for taking a break if you're having meatspace troubles; we all have them.