Like I said before this is going to be by the DM perspective. If you want the actual story see my other post -] (that’s a cyclops smile)
I spent a lot of time trying to prepare for this first session. I was looking around YouTube videos and just trying to find tips in the internet.
I went with bringing an outline of the game play, a small white board to help with explaining things, the miniatures I bought, the DM screen, and index cards.
I am using the index cards for initiative, bending the card in the middle and having it hang on the DM screen. I got that idea from a YouTube video of people playing horde of the dragon queen.
I thought being really prepared was the right way to go…..I was wrong.
Don’t try and guess what the players will do. You will be wrong.
I knew going into the first session I wanted to add a character that I played from an old campaign. Some of the players will notice him because he is a Dwarf with multiple personalities named Thorin.
I thought it would be funny and I really miss plating him. So I put him in Tavern to see if at least one of them would talk to him, but no they didn’t. I made sure he stayed in it though
I wanted so start with a chase scene, having the players run from the BBG, Big Bad Guy, and his minions.
After some pretty cool RP in the the tavern, I had the BBG try and burn down the place but the cleric decided to help put the fire out and not run.
That’s fine I’ll put a bunch of kobolds and ambush drakes with the BBG so they would run away.
The fighter had a different idea, I had the BBG insult the fighters God and that made the fighter charge…
I was really hopping they would run and I could have kobolds jumping off buildings and pushing carts in there way and stuff like that.
Everyone would have to make rolls and stuff.
So all that turned into a combat encounter, no big deal ill roll with it, I just hope they don’t die.
The cleric tried getting NPCs to help fight, and with that I stuck Thorin there to get captured by kobolds , Ha successful NPC infiltration.
After fighting for a bit, I realized the BBG needed to go so I had her and a wizard go invisible and run as the guards showed up.
BOOM all the players didn’t die in the first encounter.
The rest went as planed…mostly.
They figured out the owl puzzle relatively easy enough, And brought back the gift from the ghost to his son.
And at that we called it a night.
I now kind of know that being really prepared isn’t a good idea and improvising is KEY.