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Gaming => WotC D&D => Topic started by: Shiftkitty on December 28, 2018, 11:35:23 AM

Title: Off To An Awkward Start! (Good Start to a session)
Post by: Shiftkitty on December 28, 2018, 11:35:23 AM
Just wanted to share this one because of the group's reaction.

Christmas Eve game, 3e, we're all level 1s. We start off having been stranded thanks to a nasty wolf attack. Our horses were dead and we had to walk to the nearest village. On the way there we encounter a group of orcs who demand gold or goods as payment to safely use the road we're on. Aha! We're no ordinary travelers! We're HEROES! We hack and slash our way through the orcs and rack up a small amount of gold and some saleable greatswords. (Poor condition, nothing we'd keep, but should fetch some coin from someone who knows what they're doing with metal.) We get to town and our party leader boasts about having handled the "orc problem" on the road. Far from cheering our great victory, we hear:

"Oh, great! NOW who's going to keep those ogres at bay?"

Seems the orcs were allowed to charge a toll in return for keeping a pack of ogres at bay and away from the village. There was an uneasy silence at the table as it sank in that our brand new characters were now going to have to deal with an unknown number of ogres! I just loved our stunned "Oh, fuuuuuuuudge..." looks. (Only we didn't say 'fudge'! ;) )
Title: Re: Off To An Awkward Start! (Good Start to a session)
Post by: RobJN on December 29, 2018, 04:07:16 PM
Awesome-sauce! (With extra fudge!)

Love it when the cliche'd expectations are subverted :D
Title: Re: Off To An Awkward Start! (Good Start to a session)
Post by: Fjw70 on December 30, 2018, 10:43:26 AM
I love it.
Title: Re: Off To An Awkward Start! (Good Start to a session)
Post by: Dizzy on January 01, 2019, 01:36:31 AM
Hah! Brilliant. Thank you for sharing SK. Definitely some good inspiration for our own games and how to flip the tables on the players like that. Love it.