Sunday, December 7, 2008

Old School Fun in the City State

I put my new AD&D folder to good use today--Alex came over and we ran his gnome thief through the City State of the Invincible Overlord. My intention is to have the City State function as a sort of city-based West Marches campaign, with PCs coming and going, sometimes teaming up, most of the action player-driven, etc. It was a whole buncha old school fun--essentially just bouncing around the City, picking pockets (using an old Dragon Magazine article), seeing what the random encounter tables threw the intrepid thief's way...

...and man, did he get a lot thrown at him! Maybe it was our new Gamescience dice that arrived this week ensuring a broad range of results, but that poor gnome had a giant leech drop on him from a water-clogged rain gutter, accidentally killed a passing merchant during the ensuing struggle, failed two pickpocketing attempts (and barely got away), had a dead body fall on him from a second-story window (yeah...), and was finally arrested by the city guard (ironically he was picked up for a crime he didn't commit--"Yes, they're hanging Joe Bean for the one shooting that Joe Bean never did...."), and, after a series of disastrous dice rolls during the ensuing appearance before the magistrate, was sentenced to be drawn and quartered!

We left off there. I figured Alex's gnome deserves a chance to escape or get rescued (Des has a fighter she wants to bring into the City State--great chance to bring him in, I'd say!). Alex and I were talking about the old school approach afterwards. He said he felt both disturbed and strangely exhilarated by the whole experience, and was looking forward to more mayhem in the future.
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