Our buddy Foner celebrated his birthday today! I decided, “Hey, I’ll run a game, and because it’s Foner’s birthday, he’ll get to fight a Dragon!” (Oddly, Dragons occur very rarely in our games.)
To save preparation time, I dusted off the last two levels of Dyson’s Delve, and created a party of characters, each with 30,000 experience points. They would arrive by means of an enchanted boat, sailing across the Sunless Sea on Level 11, in pursuit of the nefarious Bargle the Infamous. To those who began playing with Frank Mentzer’s Basic Set, Bargle has been a wily foe for almost thirty years after slaying our friend Aleena.
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Dang it, Foner ended up playing games with other guests, so I guess it wasn’t really a birthday treat for him after all! But we had a great time, and I kept offering to drag him in, and he kept demurring. I think he was delighted that we were just one part of a zillion guests having a good time at his place. Next time, Foner… next time.
The boat didn’t survive contact with two Cthulhu Monsters that live in the lake, and the party lost their only known exit route. They encountered Bargle almost immediately, and while exterminating the warlock and his charmed Ogres, ended up inciting a small army of Troglodytes.
The Troglodytes summoned their lizard-god, a Black Dragon. The party began a desperate retreat, plunging right into the maw of Tuatara Lizards who mauled them from ambush. The two survivors likely envy the dead.
|Cleric||Melted to death by the Dragon’s breath when Potion of Invisibility turns out to be a Potion of Delusion|
|Fighter||Ripped to shreds by Tuatara Lizards (wow they are tough)|
|Thief||Ripped to shreds by Tuatara Lizards, corpse pulverized by a rockslide|
|Magic-User||Spells depleted, 3 hit points left, invisible, three levels away from nearest exit|
|Extra Fighter||Naked to flee faster, 4 hit points left, heading straight toward a Purple Maggot|
|Bargle||Thirty years after his heartless murder of Aleena the Adept, was webbed, held, impaled by the Fighter’s spear, and then decapitated|
- We didn’t play all the way to a TPK because I wanted to socialize with the other guests, but there couldn’t have been any other outcome. The two survivors had a total of 7 hit points between them, no armor, and no spells. In the next three rooms: a Minotaur, a Purple Maggot, and three Owl Bears. Good luck!
- Dyson’s Delve is jam-packed with monsters, dude. We never left the combat system, because either waves of enemies would join the fight or the group would barge into more trouble.
- So: this was my first time in 25 years of play to use a Dragon in play—and the party ran away terror. They were never on the same level at the same time. Do Dragons have penises? I don’t know, but they sure get blue balls.
- Chris, who hadn’t played D&D in twenty years, had a good time.
- Ann, who had never played D&D at all, had a blast watching.