Two engineers & a physics teacher vs. three porn chicks, a hairdresser, & a stripper

Playtested a dungeon that will appear in Vornheim. Richard “The Crocodile Hunter”, Tom “Dances with Octopodes”, and John “No clever nickname” pretty much kicked its ass, which was a bit of a relief given the other feedback from playtesters had been Too hard.

(Zak’s response to that led to this post’s title; all I’m saying is my party could beat it too so being hot and/or gothic is not actually a prerequisite to enjoying or succeeding in Vornheim, apparently; likewise it can apparently be run by a librarian, you don’t need to be whatever it is Zak is. And in all fairness, I had my players use 8th characters, each with at least one nice magic item, but Zak said it was for 4th-10th level characters, so maybe Raggi’s players’ characters were 4th level, right? I have no idea if the comparison is fair but hey, it’s still a sweet title for a blog post and will net me tons of traffic and spam!) 

Without going into spoiler territory, I’ll just say my players made good preparations based on the very short (two or three sentence) introduction, and the whole thing was a lot of fun, partly because of the “mindf**k monsters” as John called them and partly because the players just went at it with wild abandon (it was a one-shot outside our regular campaign and they callously expended charges and hit points).

On the other hand, after a quick back & forth with Zak via email, I think I was a little easy on the party, giving too much info at the the start about what the location was, and not taking full advantage when I could have unleashed more monsters.

But if this is any indication of the sort of thing Vornheim will contain, it will be the one purchase I make next year (I’m imposing some austerity measures on myself regarding game purchases until I finish all my lead. ALL OF IT. Anyone who’s seen my basement knows this is a Herculean task and may well mean no more gaming purchases for years. Except in emergency cases, like when David finally finishes his Heritage USA book.*)

*Wha-wha-what? There is now a real publisher interested in his book?!? Get on it, man!

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  1. ‘whatever it is Zak is’ I think that needs to be worked into all future comments made on Zak’s blog at least until the end of the year.

    • It’s no disrespect, of course. Good for him that I can’t summarize what he does in one word!

  2. Hey, your link to Vornheim is messed up. Just wanted to let you know.

    • Doh!

      • Still treating it like a link to another of your posts.

        • I never actually fixed it the first time…been busy; I can reply to comments on my phone but editing on my phone is a big pain. Anyway it should work now. Forgot the “http://” before the links. So, seriously, Doh!


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