On March 4, 2008 CE, E. Gary Gygax, one of cofounders Dungeons and Dragons passed away. In the years since his passing, the day of his death has become known as GM’s Day or Game Master’s Day. (I may be incorrect on the origins of GM’s Day.) Many gamers choose to run special or retro-style games in Gary’s honor. Game outlets often offer special deals. I’m going to post about my Big 4E game and plan on starting a DnD Next game, tonight, with my wife and younger daughter.
The “Giants in the Earth” game went off well. We had to cut in the middle and plan on finishing it on Saturday, March 16, 20014. The two groups blended smoothly. I gave the party a glimpse of the Qalibar and its “black hole sun.” Qalibar is remains of a worlds that were devastated by the Paradox Wars. (I lifted both Qalibar and the Partadox Wars from game I read, but do not own. I’d like to find this game and buy it, but my Google-Fu is very poor.)
They encountered Linden, Mistress of Time at the Centre of Time. They declined her offer to help them navigate the Infinite Paths that lead off from the Centre of Time and used their own powers to get where they needed to go and do what they needed to do. I got to show them the remains of Spellguard, as it hurtled backwards through Time and the Elemental Chaos – the Body Luminous. From there, they retrieved the Ivory Pine of Sestus, after fighting past a pack of white slaadi and a lone black slaad.
They used the Infinite Paths to collect the Seed of the Dreaming Tree and they chose to not awaken the rust dragon, sleeping in the hollow interior of the tree.
They returned to the Centre of Time to make their way to Galen’s Tomb hidden beneath Sceptre Tower in Spellguard. There, they fought two Galens. One was corporeal, while the other was an insubstantial phane. During their fight, the dragon Dhivanara appeared and cried for help. She was laying her, now hatching egg, and being attacked by Time Killers (Linden’s Temporal Assassins). The PCs prevailed and Chonepsis was born, all three of him. One time-jumped to the Past. A second one jumped to the Future, leaving a third one to introduce himself as Chronepsis and ask for a gate key of 100 platinum coins to use to pass through the Living Gate.
While Chronepsis was returning to his lair, E3 Plus painted the lintel of Galen’s Tomb with his blood and went to Castle Timeless. There they found their way to the Key to Time and retrieved their ship, Enterprise, and collected the Holly-Oak of Melikki from Oseric Magnis of Laurant. After all the trees were collected, Bollenboch, the figurehead and dragon bonded with the Enterprise took the crew to Occiptus and collected Eldwar’s consort, Iomaudra. Once the “team” was complete, Bollenboch plane shifted to the Inner World.
It went well. Fights were long and I got bored on occasion, but the players were on the top of their game and I could not have asked for a better or more attentive group. I’m hoping the final encounters will be as engaging and rewarding.
Until next time, Game On!