Thursday, August 12, 2010

less a party and more like a circus

I run an open table.  If you can make it to a session, that's super-keen.  If you miss four runs in a row that's unfortunate but you're not treated any differently than any of the regulars.  Last night we saw an unforeseen conseuquence of this laid back policy: the least human party I've ever seen.  I don't mean only the people play dwarves, elves and halfling showed up.  Rather, I mean that more than half the party were animals.  As you might recall Carl and Nick died last run and inexplicably ended up with a pet white ape and grizzly bear respectively.  The only other player to show up last night currently plays a dire wolf.  The marching order scribbled on my notes reads something like this:

wolf
bear
M-U
ape
cleric

This smellier-than-usual band of adventurers continued plundering the Dungeon of the Unknown, which they finally discovered is actually the Rat On A Stick Dungeon.  Or at least my version of it.  Not only did they sell some dead rats to the local franchisee, they were able to make some extra money on the side.  The rats in question were a nuisance to the Chaos Party-affiliated halflings, so they bartered free printing services (using the machine the Party prints leaflets and manifestos on) for ridding them of the vermin.  In turn they resold the printing services to the Rat On A Stick stand, who used it to print up advertising.  As Carl put it "arbitrage is less dangerous than fighting monsters".

The party also ambushed a completely harmless Oaf (a neutral demi-giant race with silly cartoon-style stupidity) who was trying to find his lost bag of gold.  They killed him and found the gold.  Poor stupid bastard.