This evening I ran a Living Forgotten Realms game at my friendly local game store, Enchanted Grounds. The amazing thing is that it wasn’t a big deal.
You might remember my post from July where I ran my first LFR game at the store. That was a big deal to me. I spent a month preparing for that game. I talked on the blog and on EN World, asking for advice about running a game in public. I had to work to create paper maps and tokens for the bad guys. I read and re-read the adventure to make sure I understood the ins and outs (even though I had been through it already as a player). I over-prepared. And to be fair, I had a blast running the game.
This time I realized at some point over the weekend – oh yeah, I’m running a game on Tuesday! No problem. It helps that I had already run this particular adventure at TactiCon and I therefore had all of the files I needed on the laptop in MapTool, ready to run with the projector. (This is TYMA 2-1 Old Enemies Arise.) Still, I really didn’t stress about it.
Fortunately, I didn’t need to stress. Aside from my accidental unplugging of the projector during the game (twice – but fortunately never in combat), it all went very smoothly. The party battled some kobolds by the side of the road.
The first battle was fair – the defender took some serious damage, but never dropped. The spike cave battle was lots of fun – I got to push and pull players into spikes all encounter long, when they weren’t stumbling into them on their own. The final battle was kind of boring – I really need to find a way to spice up that encounter if I ever run this adventure again.
Part of what I enjoyed about this particular adventure was that two of my players are DMs whom I respect – Rich and Aarun. You might remember Aarun’s name from my very first experience with Living Forgotten Realms – he was the dungeon master for my first game, and I absolutely LOVED the experience of playing under him. He mentioned this evening that the blog post where I mentioned his name (with its unique spelling) shows up when you Google that name. Well, Aarun – here’s another Google hit for you!
Anyway, it’s great to run a game for people you respect and for them to clearly have a good time. I also hung around the store afterward to chat with Wes, another DM I greatly respect. I’ve already signed up to play in some LFR games in December, and I specifically sought out games that Aarun and Wes are running. If I can run a game for that type of person and they have a good time, I feel good about my dungeon mastering!