Telengard, the season finale (session 32)

As I told my gaming group Telengard is not dead, just sleeping.  My brother wants to run some AD&D for a couple of months (he has a baby on the way and that will give the campaign a deadline!), and I could use a break from DMing,  and I look forward to playing for a while.

So for the final session this “season,” the party was approached by a gnome from the nearby gnomish village (Gnomestead).  I think this may be the first time an adventure in Telengard followed such a stereotypical “hook” as a request for aid, although there have been a few other “missions.”

One of the first Telengard adventures involved exploring an “abandoned” mine that was being worked by gnomes and dwarves enslaved by a fungal disease, and one of the rescued dwarves would become the leader of a rival adventuring party; the gnomes were all rescued and posted an invitation to party on a bulletin board which they never quite followed up on.  But the invitation had turned into a plea for help and the party obligingly went to check out Gnomestead.

I was hoping to make the session challenging and rewarding, and I’m afraid the challenge was not really as great as I thought it would be.  The general set-up was that the gnome mayor has been sending gnomes in the village away to disappear every new moon.  The mayor and his “bully boys” have scared most of the gnomes into silence, but try to maintain appearances of normalcy, and gladly throw a feast for the party, as they’d been promising to do for a few months.  So the party had to figure out what was really going on, and stop whatever evil was gripping Gnomestead.

I tried to incorporate some Norse tropes (tale-telling, contests, and similar feast-hall activities, including the setting of the first part in a “great hall”) so that Gnomestead would feel like a tiny Viking kingdom, but with pointy felt caps instead of horned helmets and woodcrafts instead of feat of arms.  The funniest moment for me was when the players were discussion how a Richard’s halfling would feel in the Gnome village. (Tom: “You’d still be the tiniest guy there” Me: “No, gnomes are no taller than a halfling, just fatter, you’re not shorter, just thinner than everyone.” Richard: “So it’s like being in America then?” Richard is from England.)  The party played along with the festivities but then got to serious investigation, finally beating up all the bully-boys and breaking into the mayor’s room in the hall.

I’ve been on vacation for a week and I can’t really remember all the details of the session, but basically it turned out the mayor had been bespelled by a fire giant, who carved a rune into his chest and controlled him like a puppet.  The gnome victims were worked to death and then eaten by the giant’s hell hounds.  The party decided to impersonate a group of “victims” and defeated, in succession, three hell hounds and two fire giants.  Grumble’s dwarven thrower made the fights very short, and I had abysmal luck rolling for them, so the fire giants never landed a blow.

The party walked off with a reasonably large haul and the adoration and debt of Gnomestead.  Calloo! Callay!

So I see this as the end of “Season 1” of the campaign.  While I have many dungeon crawls available for the future, I’m hoping that the next “season” or two will involve some hex-crawling (or island-hopping, or air ship travels…) and after that, strongholds, mass battles, and “endgames”.  The party is mostly level 5-7 right now, so I have some time.

I still aspire to take the Labyrinth Lord RTF version and use it as a skeleton to develop a document that will contain all my modifications, rulings, and so on, so that I will have single booklet for reference, but since I never seem to find time to work on that.  Maybe this hiatus will enable that. Watch this space.

Advertisements
Published in: on July 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm  Comments (1)  
Tags: ,

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://mikemonaco.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/telengard-the-season-finale-session-32/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

One CommentLeave a comment

  1. […] have already been saved by a band of human and dwarvish heroes at least twice in the past – long ago from a fire giant, and more recently from a witch who enslaved their astral bodies to work a mine in the […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

This Stuff is REALLY Cool

Young scholars enthusiastic to tell you about COOL RESEARCH STUFF

Fail Squad Games

Tabletop RPG Products

Cigar Box Battle

An online resource blog for gamers and geeks focused on wargames miniatures and board games and role playing games

terribleminds: chuck wendig

Chuck Wendig: Freelance Penmonkey

Save Vs. Dragon

"We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different."--Kurt Vonnegut

POWER WORD KILL

Old School Roleplaying and related musings

Hobgoblin Orange

My return to the world of miniature figure painting and RPGs

booksandopinions.com

The Book Reviews You Can Trust!

Dawn of the Lead

Zombies and Miniature Wargaming

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

hosercanadian

Miniature Motivation

Take On Rules

Jeremy Friesen - a poor soul consumed by gaming.

Age of Dusk

Roleplaying, reviews and associated paraphernalia.

Roll to Disbelieve

"We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different."--Kurt Vonnegut

A Book of Creatures

A Complete Guide to Entities of Myth, Legend, and Folklore

Making the Past

Diary of an apprentice swordsmith

Ancient & Medieval Wargaming

Using De Bellis Antiquitatis, with the odd diversion...

Riffing Religion

Prophets should be mocked. I'm doing my part.

Cirsova

An encyclopedia of the Cirsovan empire, thoughts on Gaming, Music and more.

2 Warps to Neptune

Surveying the Gen X landscape and the origins of geek

Inside the Shadowbox

Rolling the dice. Writing the words. Pushing the buttons. Eating the bacon. Smiling and waving.

Dagger and Brush, Daggerandbrush, dagger brush

Miniature painting, wargaming terrain tutorials, reviews, interviews and painting guides

Fractalbat

A lair for gaming, sci-fi, comics, and other geekish pursuits.

tenfootpole.org

I bought this stuff and read it so you don't have to.

Role Play Craft

Crafting ideas, options, and modules for your role playing campaign.

The Rambling Roleplayer

A collection of advice, essays, and rambling rants about tabletop gaming and other geekiness. Often updated Monday-ishly.

Sheppard's Crook

The occasional blog of a closet would -be wargamer and modeller

10 Bad Habits

Probably not the Justin Howe you were looking for

The Weekly Sift

making sense of the news one week at a time

inthecitiesdotcom

Just another WordPress.com site

Lost in Time

"What happened to Claw Carver?"

chieflyill

gaming, graphics, and genrefication

Stuffed Crocodile

Mazes, Martians, Mead

Metropollywog

Role-Playing Games, Medieval History, Assorted Legends and Myths, and My Stupid Life.

%d bloggers like this: