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.
They met with some farmers to investigate the kobold menace.
They fought in a cave full of spike traps.
And they battled the big bad guy in another part of the cave.
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!