Jun 16, 2024


This week I read:

Roleplaying Games

The Halls of Arden Vul

Back to a full house.

This week the party dealt with the goblin situation by assassinating Gislu, the rebel, and all his followers thanks to an ok plan and a few good reaction rolls. I need to decide what the fallout will be though: the Cult of Set were deciding how to capitalise on this goblin situation, then a few party members were seen asking around about the goblins and even visiting them mere hours before all the goblins suddenly dropped dead due to poison. Not very subtle, really.

Then they went to the surface, solved a puzzle which opened up a secret door to another level, and nearly got killed by animated statues. After making their escape they ran into an annoyed dragon who wasn’t too happy about their “landscaping”, as he put it, and demanded a pile of gold. I demanded so much I thought they’d have to go adventuring to find a haul to pay off the dragon with, but they could actually afford it with what they had in the bank.

On the whole, I wasn’t very satisfied with this session. The players spent a lot of time discussing how to deal with Gislu, I had to keep nudging them to actually make decisions and do things rather than discuss in circles. The dragon situation was intended to trigger a time-sensitive delve to find a new treasure haul, but it didn’t, so it just felt like I was arbitrarily fining them almost all of their treasure.

Well, next time they’re off to recover some magic items lost by previous dead PCs, which is something they’ve been looking forward to for a while, so that’ll be fun.


I think we’re starting to get the hang of the system, though we’re still doing a lot of rolling compared to how much narration there was. But we split the GM authority much better (I’d asked the others to help me keep myself in check), and we had a fun tropey adventure involving space cannibals and ancient alien labyrinths.

We failed in our first vow, so for the moment we’re working on one of the PC’s background vows; but I’m trying to keep an eye out for opportunities to swear new vows and so go on new adventures.


I upgraded my machines to NixOS 24.05, and everything seems to be going fine.