For the next phase of the Come Endless Darkness campaign, I am going to do a flashback episode. I am taking the characters all back to first level, or more to the point 0 level, and they are going to meet for the "first" time in Hommlet.
Here they are going to meet other adventurers such as Morgan Ironwolf, Rufus, Burne, and Aleena. I might even throw in Emirikol the Chaotic just for fun.
Why go back and do this? Well, I wanted to run Temple of Elemental Evil now for a while. But T1 Village of Hommlet is for brand new characters. I also have been dying to do some Basic D&D again. I have picked up all this really cool Basic-era related stuff lately and I think it would be a blast.
So this flashback episode will serve to introduce the party, give them a reason to be together, and uncover the reason why they had forgotten it to start with.
I am going to throw this out there, but despite my own personal objections to the women-in-refrigerators like plot device, I am still going to kill Aleena. Partly because I want to later use The Shrine of St. Aleena, but also because of my stated goal of giving my kids a full D&D experience.
Though I also admit I have always wanted to run a game called "They Keep Killing Aleena" as a time-travel adventure.