Finally we have started a campaign that I have wanted to play/ run for some time. Admittedly it is not the sandbox game we really want to play - although I intend to bring to it as much sandbox as possible.
I love my gothic horror - and with Carrion Crown, we get this in spades.
Kingmaker was great fun at lower levels - and at higher levels, the game had evolved into a different kind of game: tactical - with awesome fights - but sometimes we could play out the session with some big fights and the roleplaying had sometimes gotten pushed to the wings....
|Or is this a better image of Nicodemus? ;)|
|This image doesn't quite fit the scene El Kel created for us!|
I have to say that El Kel's entrance as Nicodemus Eldritch, the playboy & rich Necromancer, in his big fur coat, gold chain/ medallion, and escort of 2 beautiful women, turning up like this at his mentor's (Professor Petros Lorrimor) funeral, was one of the most memorable & insane moments in my relatively long gaming experience! Fantastic!
After the funeral, at the wake the pcs made each other's acquaintances... and they are a mixed bunch. An interesting dynamic is that between the LG Paladin of Iomedae, (the goddess of valour, justice, and honour) and the LN cleric of Abadar (god of protecting the First Vault, wherein are perfect examples of items).... at the moment they are colllaborating - with the Paladin and Cleric each having one important key, one key to the chest in which are the Prof's dangerous (and evil?) tomes, and the other key to his study and library..... much to Nicodemus' annoyance!
The adventure is following a classic Call of Cthulhu investigation/ murder mystery which of course is about to present them with some classic problems, including do they exhume the body of their dead friend to speak with his spirit? Investigating the haunted prison on the hill over looking the village of Ravengro of course is a no-brainer. ;)
Can't wait to the next instalment on Friday. :)