It was my youngest son's birthday last week so we spent the weekend having kids over and gaming.
I decided to run another session of my so-called "Second Campaign".
We had a variety of kids playing including some that have played before and some who never had played. I stuck with Under Illefarn since there other adventures in the book that would work.
Also, I had 7 kids between the ages of 13-14 so I needed something to keep them all busy.
So I ran the "Rescue Mission" mini-adventure. The conceit of having all the characters be part of the city guard is great and it worked out well for this group of mixed new and old characters. Plus we had three paladins, so that worked out well.
It took us three hours to play that adventure.
Overly caffeinated and sugar-dosed kids (birthday cake, ice cream) makes for some difficult times in focusing. Plus I was tired, having worked on my son's computer all week and weekend to get it running (I failed, but that is a different tale for a different day).
I will give the kids credit, they caught up with the Baron that had kidnapped the Duke's sister and instead of fighting him made a VERY convincing plea to the Baron that why kidnapping is not a good way to profess your undying love to someone. They managed to do such a good job that the Baron agreed to go back with them to the Duke and plead his case for the hand of Bronwyn (the Sister) to the Duke himself. By the end of the adventure, they Baron and Duke were already discussing wedding plans in front of an aghast Bronwyn. I know, not very forward thinking of me, but it was a time when people were married off for political alliances all the time.
Of course on the way they managed to fight some ghouls and rescue a band of pixies. One of the pixies is now part of the city guard. We had about an hour left so my oldest joined us and I had them take out a nest of ghouls. The nest of ghouls was added by me, it was something that I have used in the past to great effect.
I have decided that I am going to spend more time on the personalities populating the Realms than my usual games. I am still fairly sure that many of the "Big Names" won't be making an appearance, but it would be a shame if I didn't at least name-drop them.
One thing I am thinking of doing is have Demogorgon make an appearance or be a "thing" in this game. Orcus has what, 30,000 adventures out there, Lolth has at least as many. But no one ever does anything with the Prince of Demons.
It will be this campaign that I introduce the multi-verse to the players and characters.
One character, in fact, is coming over from our Come Endless Darkness game. Cynder is the daughter of one of the wizards of my 3rd Edition game. She made a brief appearance in the Come Endless Darkness game during one of the flashback adventures. The other characters had forgotten about her but when the flashback was done they remembered and began to wonder what happened to her.
She is going to wake up in the Realms and it will soon be discovered that she can wield Spellfire. Why not. It is an homage to first ever Realms novel I ever read and I love that cover art from Clyde Caldwell. How she got there is not as important as to why she got there. Spellfire could have changed the tide of the war brewing in Come Endless Darkness.
This is going to be a great time.