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HackMoor 2018/01/18 BlackMoor Dungeon - Down to Level Nine

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 04:04

Games are (usually) on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601. (Note I just upped this an hour to reflect reality.)

It has been over 5 weeks since the last session due to illness by me and several Players. What follows is a session that occurred on Jan 18 (I think, if not it was a week later). I hope I remember it correctly.

​PART 1.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

On level seven, the Party had just fought some Ghouls and Ghasts (the Ghasts were more problematic as one couldn't be Turned, and paralyzed Huang for a bit. They could have continued on to the next room but they went back the way they came. Going past the stairs they had previously come down they went past a door down another hall, finding another set of stairs going down.

Now on level eight.

Upon arrival they had a long and drawn out fight with some Beast-like men. They killed one but reached an impasse. So rather than continue the fight they hired and healed the survivor by offering a better deal than its current employer, a tribe of Goblins. They also holed up in a storeroom the Beastman led them to, so they were able to catch some Z's and re-memorize some used up spells.

Asking their new guide which way was down, it led them towards yet another set of stairs.

Now on level Nine.

The Beastman informed them sometimes the Goblins raided another large storeroom for foodstuffs nearby and he took them to it. As advertised, they found barrels full of strangely enough, fresh food.

Going south from the room they came to another set of locked double doors. But they were challenged on their approach with a "Who goes there?"

To make a long story short and my memory fails me, they negotiated their way past some guards and became the welcome guests to some cultists for the Temple of the Id. Who were actually quite friendly, notwithstanding the party had to put up with the cultists constant proselytizing. Oh and the cultists forgave them for nicking some of their foodstores.

The party gained little information notwithstanding the Cultists told them this corner of the dungeon was a dead end. And if they didn't mind could they accompany the party on the way out? All they want is to reestablish their lost Temple outside Blackmoor.

Anyway there is more room for negotiation on this that may continue next session.

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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PART 2.

++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

CHARACTERS
Grok the Dwarf, a third level ​WitchRanger​ (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Fingersmith (Thief class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the West Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass)
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Friar (a Ranger 5th and Cleric 6th level).

NPCs/Proteges:
Serena 2.0 - First Level Battle Mage​ Second​ (a Protege of Jacko).
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome ​Adept​ of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).

CAPTURED CHARACTERS (both PCs and NPCs)
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus, abandoned to the Blood Cult in the City of Brass on the Plane of Fire.

MISSING​/OFFLNE/RETIRED​ CHARACTERS
​Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
​Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Master Espion (Infiltrator, subclass of Thief). ​
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

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HackMoor 2018/01/11 BlackMoor Dungeon Down to Level Seven

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:12

Games are (usually) on Thursday nights sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

​We skipped the 4th of January due to excessive snow.​ Today should be a good day.

This time I am definitely certain I got an extra large Meat Lovers Pizza with the pepperoni out substituted with philly cheese steak meat.

​PART 1.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

For the nonce, ​I eschewed a suggestion that the previous encounter had a twin brother get reinforcements.​ But that doesn't mean it could later happen.

The party mucked about on Level Six for awhile. They went to Northwest from their last encounter to a really, REALLY dark area where even their battery powered DA3 module technology could barely pierce on high beams and decided to back out.

They went back through the fallen Orc and his mutts of their last battle and Southwest, to where they found some more big dawgs, feeding on some fallen corpses. They barely managed to attract the attention of these Worgs, who momentarily looked up from their feeding then went back to chowing down.

Whoever one the dawgs, apparently the smallest one of three approached. Starting with a minor growl.

"Nice doggie."

The growl became a pitiful whimper and he came trotting up wagging his tail.

One of the party members patted him on the head.

So, gaining a new friend, the party backed out again ignoring the other two doors off this feeding trough and moved South. Passing up an up staircase they came upon a corner with a door on either side and a passage going West. Going through one of the doors, they continued Southeast to a dead end.

Returning to the Westward passage they came to the first corner turning South past another firepit and about 55 feet, it turned East again ending in a door on the left.

25 feet past the door they found another left hand door. Past it, there were another set of stairs going down.

Now they are on level 7 as indicated by the huge painted number 7 at the bottom of the staircase. There was also an outline of a zoo animal so residents can remember where they parked. Next to this landing there was an immediate door on the left and another double door sixty feet to the right past an intersection, going through the immediate door they found an empty passage. Seeing nothing they turned around and headed for the double doors.

As they approached the door, their new found mutt decided to whine and whimper again. Once opened they party was accosted by another ghostly apparition they could not Turn. They defeated it in combat however, and as it died its howl could nearly deafened the party. (I left that part out during the session, but its essential to the plot.)

Finding nothing of worth in that monster's room (maybe they could have but the party didn't look, I expect they'll want to go back after they read this report), they party backed up and went South at the prior intersection ending in a door.

Opening said door, they entered a stinky room with rotting corpses full of ghoul like creatures. They party's Adept, the Gnome named Gnomex turned them all save one, an especially stinky one that gained a hit on Huang. Huang failed his save and was paralyzed for a few rounds while the rest of the party had to kill this thing.

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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PART 2.

++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

CHARACTERS
Grok the Dwarf, a third level ​WitchRanger​ (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Fingersmith (Thief class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the West Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass)
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Friar (a Ranger 5th and Cleric 6th level).

NPCs/Proteges:
Serena 2.0 - First Level Battle Mage​ Second​ (a Protege of Jacko).
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome ​Adept​ of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).

CAPTURED CHARACTERS (both PCs and NPCs)
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus, abandoned to the Blood Cult in the City of Brass on the Plane of Fire.

MISSING​/OFFLNE/RETIRED​ CHARACTERS
​Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
​Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Master Espion (Infiltrator, subclass of Thief). ​
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

This is also posted on three forums, and a blog.



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HackMoor 2017/12/28 BlackMoor Dungeon - Down to Level Six

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 02:32

​Games are (usually) on Thursday nights sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

Next game is Tomorrow.

It would normally be our alternate game week but a key Player is still in town.

Again I forgot what pizza we had.

PART 1.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

Previously, the Party had butchered a group of four Dark Dwarves for their rumored and alleged alliance with evil and without a shred of forensic evidence... after all they had only been taking out the trash to the level waste bin. It seems their only crime was rehearsing a Cab Calloway routine.

During the chase the party passed some down staircases so they doubled back and took another flight down to level 5.

The landing ended in a long hall which turned right into a four way intersection. Turning left, the party encountered an area of pure darkness to which the party's light spells could not break. Even Numrendir's high tech torch could barely illuminate the ground they walked on. To top it off they party had to make saving throws versus fear, so the party​, rather than deal with it, ​turned back and went down what would have been right at the same intersection.

Passing some rubble, the party entered another large hall with more flights of stairs going down to level 6.

Immediately upon coming down the stairs they were faced with growling coming from three large hounds with glowing red eyes on leashes. The next words they heard were Orcish version of "Sic 'em!" as an overly large Orc let them go.

Again there was battle, I for this I even have the crib notes. Gnomex did the K/O on Worg one and three, while Honda got number two. As far as the Orc was concerned Junkbot did the majority of damage but Grok did the kill when it was down to just a few points.

After reviewing the material it seems I missed the intended tactics of this encounter, because the Orc was supposed to run away and get reinforcements.

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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PART 2.

++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

CHARACTERS
Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
Grok the Dwarf, a third level Doughboy (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Infiltrator (subclass of Thief).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Fingersmith (Thief class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the West Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass)
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Friar (a Ranger 5th and Cleric 6th level).

NPCs/Proteges:
Serena 2.0 - First Level Battle Mage (a Protege of Jacko).
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Brother of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).

CAPTURED CHARACTERS (both PCs and NPCs)
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus, abandoned to the Blood Cult in the City of Brass on the Plane of Fire.

MISSING CHARACTERS
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

This is also posted on three forums, and a blog.



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HackMoor 2017/12/21 BlackMoor Dungeon - Down to Level Four

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 23:12

​Games are (usually) on Thursday nights sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

Next game is Tomorrow.​ It would normally be our alternate game week but a key Player is back in town for awhile. It should be HackMaster this week and the next.

I forgot what pizza we had. But​ since we had a quorum,​ we actually managed to play​ ​and I'm happy for that.

PART 1.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

The Party picked up where we left off in the furnace room of Level 3. After they had dealt with a Fire Elemental who apparently was the HVAC for this level and above.

They took the northbound passageway on the northwest corner of the room, went past two down staircases and turned west at the Y intersection. They turned a corner and went west, bypassing another Y intersection and an up staircase. Next they went into a triangular room with another up staircase at one end. In the center there were two skeletons lying on the ground holding swords buried into the chest cavity of the other.

Huang went over to check out the skeletons and a pit trap opened up beneath him. Being a Monk with quick moves he was able to avoid falling in but a ghost like apparition rose up and took a swing at him. Battle ensued, both Huang and Honda fighting back with their magic swords without the apparition making a hit. Finding nothing else of import they declined going up the stairs and doubled back, going southeast down the other branch of the Y intersection.

Although it came to a dead end, Jacko found a secret door and the party passed through, finding another door in about 20 more feet. Going through they found themselves back at the rapidly cooling fire pit.

Having noted the first down staircase they passed going northbound the Party decided to take it down where it ended up in a square chamber with one other exit that was also a garbage pit. And yes, there was a tentacled stalk peering up from the garbage, but no, the walls were not going to compress them. Once again Huang and Honda took the brunt of the fight to the monster, which apparently could stand on three stumpy legs and fought with other tentacles and a huge gaping maw. They only got bit a couple of times, but they were only flesh wounds.

After the fight the Party heard marching footsteps coming from the exit and a hearty "Hi-dee-hi-dee-hi, hee-hee-dee-ho, ... man."

Piqued by curiosity, members of the Party who had not retreated up the staircase decided to hide in the garbage to see who they where. They espied four small-statured, dark-skinned guys wearing wide long legged trousers, long overcoats with wide lapels over their chainmail, complete with wide brimmed floppy hats and a gold looped chain hanging from their vests. Thereupon they tossed in several bags of garbage. Shuffling their feet then doing an about face in unison, they changed their routine to sing Minnie the Moocher and departed. Grok recognized them as his tribal cousins that turned to evil, dark dwarves, Duergar.

The Party decided to ambush them from the rear.

Waiting until they got some distance down the hall from the garbage pile. Grok sent down a Phantasmal Fireball spell, none of the made their saving throw and the four Duergar took eleven hit points of damage. Taking the hint that it must have been a magic user, they fled. The party gave chase, albeit their slow movement rate meant the party caught up. Huang and Honda did some leaping moves as though from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (but without wires), they leapt ahead and cut them off.

The party simply butchered them without quarter.

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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PART 2.

++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

CHARACTERS
Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
Grok the Dwarf, a third level Doughboy (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Infiltrator (subclass of Thief).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Fingersmith (Thief class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the West Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass)
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Friar (a Ranger 5th and Cleric 6th level).

NPCs/Proteges:
Serena 2.0 - First Level Battle Mage (a Protege of Jacko).
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Brother of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).

CAPTURED CHARACTERS (both PCs and NPCs)
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus, abandoned to the Blood Cult in the City of Brass on the Plane of Fire.

MISSING CHARACTERS
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

This is also posted on three forums, and a blog.



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HackMoor 2017/12/14 Fallen Gods Placeholder Report

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:59

​Games are (usually) on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601. I've been running late recently as two of my players are sans vehicles and I have to run through opposite ends of town to pick them up. (Takes about an hour.)

Next game is Tomorrow.

We had a ground beef pizza with extra cheese.

PART 1.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

This is a placeholder report to indicate the campaign is still active but we are having a lull.

We had a quorum and as announced some weeks ago we are going to alternate between mine and another Player's campaign. He is running a "Gods of the Fall" game. We spent the evening fashioning new characters.

Since this is not my campaign. ​This will be the only time I post on this subject.​ It should be the responsibility of the other GM. (And if he does, he won't use the same forums.)

Apparently this campaign espouses the idea that all characters are really some sort of god but they don't realize it. My guess it was written by an L. Ron Hubbard aficionado. As a player I can always take the tack by perpetuating the lie in that "Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."

My character has some sort of "Destroyer" personality I'll probably end up like Krishna.

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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PART 2.

++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

Skipping character roster as this is not my campaign.

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

This is also posted on three forums, and a blog.



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HackMoor 2017/12/07 Placeholder Report

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 01:45

Games are (usually) on Thursday nights sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

Next game is Tomorrow.

We had our typical Meat Lover's pizza (yet again) with the Pepperoni out and substituted with thin slices of Philly steak.

​PART 1.​

​++++ START OF SESSION ++++

This is a placeholder report to indicate the campaign is still active but we are having a lull.

After a two week absence, the third week we did not have a quorum, so we ended up playing three games of "Ticket to Ride". Each game took 45 minutes and of the three Players present (including myself) we each won one match.

​++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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PART 2.

++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

CHARACTERS
Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
Grok the Dwarf, a third level Doughboy (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Infiltrator (subclass of Thief).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Fingersmith (Thief class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the West Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass)
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Friar (a Ranger 5th and Cleric 6th level).

NPCs/Proteges:
Serena 2.0 - First Level Battle Mage (a Protege of Jacko).
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Brother of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).

CAPTURED CHARACTERS (both PCs and NPCs)
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus, abandoned to the Blood Cult in the City of Brass on the Plane of Fire.

MISSING CHARACTERS
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

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PART 3.

This is also posted on three forums, and a blog.




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HackMoor 2017/11/09 Into Castle BlackMoor Dungeon

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 02:01

​Games are (usually) on Thursday nights sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

That being said​, there was no game on U.S. Thanksgiving day nor on 30 November, as I ha​d​ an evening seminar at ​some​ haute taute restaurant with one of those companies that tries to sell you on 'maximizing' your retirement accounts. (Which is probably worth the free meal, if nothing else.) Hey, I'm looking seriously at retirement these days the thought of ceasing all work now seems appealing.

It has been so long I have forgotten which kind of pizza we had.

I'm dropping the possessive "Tracy's" from the subject line. No one else puts up with this and posts it on social media.

For the record, the following week on the 16th of November we merely commiserated and welcomed a possible new Player. Obviously, there was no game on U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday (which is always on a Thursday). We discussed changing the main plan to wit:

Retiring everyone and re-rolling all Players to level one.

Going bi-weekly, so that on alternate weeks, we'd play in someone else's campaign.

While is not a big problem, I have had to think long and hard about .

One one hand, the Party has just started delving down Castle Blackmoor, which is the pièce de résistance of everything Blackmoor.

On the other hand, starting everyone at an equal footing when a new player appears solves the issue of the 'new guy' getting saddled with the most difficult (and deadly) tasks.

​PART 1.​

​++++ START OF SESSION ++++

This was over three weeks ago so forgive me if I gloss the details, it will also make it woefully short. I will also state dungeon levels if obviously known.

Jacko released the 6 Icosahedrones from their contract.

The party opted for the annual Backmoor Dungeon festival which was option four from last month's posting.

The doors of Blackmoor's castle dungeon were opened amid much pomp and circumstance and ceremony. Before they descended, they were given instructions on how to reopen the doors before they were shut again and locked in. This was basically to stand in a certain spot and knock a certain way.

Entering the grand entrance the party and skipping anything on first level they took an obvious door to the left which led downward to second level. They mucked about in circles finding nothing of import (or at least nothing I remember) until they found the Giant Centipede hiding under a flight of stairs going up. They easily killed that.

Staying on level 2, they went down the merry path turned right at a "T" intersection and found another flight of stairs to level 3. Blocking the stairs was a giant skeleton of a Troll. Testing it with a few pokes and prods they found out it was not animated so they went down.

They found the area quite hot as there was a large firepit to their right of their landing. What they found was a Fire Elemental which they fought and killed with a little damage, mainly because they all had Rings of Fire Protection due to their purchase prior to their recent visit to the City of Brass. (Except Junkbot and Fundisha, who were rescued from the same place and did not have opportunity to make such a purchase.)

The party may have done something else but I remember little. It seems like a good idea to pick up from here next session.

Oh by the way the party noticed over the fire pit a large pipe, radiating from the pipe were smaller pipes. Apparently the Party killed the central heating element for this dungeon level and up.

​++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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PART 2.

++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

CHARACTERS
Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
Grok the Dwarf, a third level Doughboy (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Infiltrator (subclass of Thief).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Fingersmith (Thief class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the West Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass)
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Friar (a Ranger 5th and Cleric 6th level).

NPCs/Proteges:
Serena 2.0 - First Level Battle Mage (a Protege of Jacko).
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Brother of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).

CAPTURED CHARACTERS (both PCs and NPCs)
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus, abandoned to the Blood Cult in the City of Brass on the Plane of Fire.

MISSING CHARACTERS
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

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PART 3.

This is also posted on three forums, and a blog.




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Tracy's HackMoor 2017/11/02 Beaucoup Experience and Racial Limits

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 04:59

Games are (usually) on Thursday nights sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

If it seems like more than a week since last report. We played a board game.

We had a large meat-lovers pizza with the pepperoni taken out and philly cheese-steak added. However after it was brought in, we found out the pepperoni was not removed.

This is a late night entry, there may be grammar and spelling errors.

PART 1.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

We started the session with absolutely nothing to do. So I put out some possible job opportunities.

The first was simple, the Magicians at Blackmoor U wanted someone to obtain non-Blackmoor gems as "control samples" for their magical experiments. They have a suspicion that gems from the area of Blackmoor may contain properties that would make them better magical ingredients than normal gems. Costs and expenses would be paid.

The second was an offer to expore some caverns that somehow tie in to the grumpy old man from prior encounters.

The third was to investigate rumors the Skandaharian Vikings may be on the move and check against a posible invasion.

The fourth was the annual Blackmoor Dungeon festival.

The party chose the first. Since Jacko had a Mirror of Mental Prowess, allowing him to scry nearly anyplace on the planet, then step through it as a portal. He decided to take this mission to the capital of the Empire.

Which capital of which empire? Doesn't matter, could be Thyatis, City State of the Invincible Overlord, City State of the World Emperor, (pick one). Does anyone see anything wrong with using the Mirror this way? (If you can scry it, you can go there.)

In any case Jacko made his trade for the Non-Blackmoor Gems, one of each type.

As is the wont of thieves to do, Jacko also sold off his Orb of Abyssal Death to whatever empire he was in. Empires having a penchant for collecting doomsday devices. Blackmoor wouldn't take it, said it was too evil and had to be destroyed. Then Jacko had a stroke of genius.

He asked to be paid a million in copper pieces. Non-plussed, the empire paid it out. Filling up his portable hole several times over (he had to make more than one trip).

Taking his haul back to Blackmoor, Jacko completed his mission and cashed in the copper for the going rate. Because Willis Enterprises, run by the lone survivor from module DA3, had cornered the local copper market developing his off world technology, and run up the price of copper to the same price as gold. In one fell swoop Jacko relieved the Blackmoor copper shortage and made the price of copper pieces normal again.

It also made Jacko a multimillionaire.

This created a leveling-up problem. Due to my warping of the standard leveling rules with the original First Fantasy Campaign Hobby Rule. The players had figured out they can level up consecutively if they simply abided by the Hobby requirements. This meant Jacko could concievably level up umpteen levels.

As we we're calculating the possible experience one of the other Players spoke up.

"No you can't."

"Why not?"

"You're a Dork Elf, that's why. You have a racial 15 level limit for your class."

"Okay, I'll just add another class at Level One."

"No you can't."

"Why not?"

"That's dual-classing, only Humans can do that." "Elves can multi-class, but only if all classes start at the beginning."

After some sifting through the GMs Guide, even letting Jacko's Player look through it. We found the Racial Level Restrictions section where it says in no uncertain terms this must be so. To quote: "Should you be faced with the above mentioned situation, inform the player that the situation he has gotten himself into is the result of poor planning and greed. (Maybe he'll think twice before salivating over all the advantages demi-humans have over humans.)"

However further reading provided a way out to use unusuable experience points. The Protege system. While Jacko still cannot advance, any further he can channel half his experience points into up to four proteges.

As I write Jacko has had a week to roll up any proteges and channel half his unused experience points for Tomorrow's session.

This also calls for reversion to standard rules.

1. No more First Fantasy Campaign hobby rule. (Players had a tendency to choose the Wealth, hobby.)

2. Experience for money gained reverts to HackMaster standard. That is, only one fifth of claimed treasure value can go to experience points, FURTHER MODIFIED by HackFactor. (in other words, It can be much less than a fifth, say in the instance of a 20th level Wizard killing a rich weak Orc, you may only get 1/20th the experience for gold value.)

3. Characters can only raise one level up at a time, extra experience is lost and the Character must train, unless they take the double experience training exemption. No going back.

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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PART 2.

++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

CHARACTERS
Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
Grok the Dwarf, a third level Doughboy (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Infiltrator (subclass of Thief).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Fingersmith (Thief class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the West Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass)
D'Vine - A Druid Intiate of the 8th Circle
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Friar (a Ranger 5th and Cleric 6th level).

NPCs:
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class). RETIRED
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Brother of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Six Icosahedrones. (27B-stroke-6 contractors)
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).

CAPTURED CHARACTERS (both PCs and NPCs)
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus, abandoned to the Blood Cult in the City of Brass on the Plane of Fire.

MISSING CHARACTERS
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

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