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January 16, 2012

At the first get-together of 2012, I gave each of my players a copy of my session reports from our “Stonehell on the Borderlands” game, packaged as a 24-page A5 booklet with card covers.

The booklet documents the first eight sessions of the campaign, played in summer and autumn last year.

For purposes of prettifying it, I included some sketches I’d done as visual aids during the game, as well as the players’ own PC portraits from their character sheets.

At the back of the booklet is a list of the dead from those eight sessions: eight PCs and seven retainers slain by brigands, berserkers, orcs, and a variety of undead horrors.

It took a bit of work, but it’s nice to have a permanent record of things like the thief Frack’s victory dance celebrating his first homicide, the time the party was chased by a burning berserker, the transmogrification of Randlebar the fighter (resplendent in pea-green burqa) into a squeaking mouse, the cleric Throtnik using the last of his three questions to an oracular stone head to ask, “Could you be more specific?” (“No”), and the occult blinding (and later healing) of the intrepid dwarf Meikle-Clangour. I only wish I had kept similar (or indeed any) notes during the games I ran in my long-gone youth. Sadly, memories fade with the relentless passage of years. Lost in time, indeed.

Anyway, onwards and … well, onwards. Tonight will be our sixteenth session. Will Frack make it to 3rd level? Will Foreion Thacqspule decipher any more spells from that grimoire? Will new boy Ibn Falcón last longer than his predecessor “King” Angrybear, or will I be adding his name to the In Memoriam list in volume 2?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2012 9:26 pm

    Very nice. It’s always good to keep records of adventures and these seem perfect. Good job! It’s inspired me to think about doing the same – when we have some adventures under our collective belts, of course!

    • January 24, 2012 9:28 am

      Thanks. I handed out text-only versions of the session reports and asked the players to comment on any mistakes, omissions, or things they remembered differently. After editing, I decided to add maps, pictures, etc., partly for decoration and partly because some of them made us laugh during the game and seemed worth preserving. The finished booklets were well received.

  2. January 28, 2012 1:27 am

    This is really great work. I’m sure your players got a kick out of it, and will enjoy it again every time they run across it in the old gaming box.

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