Before starting this post, I want to apologize for the unavailability of the Senex campaign blog on line. Several blog participants, including those who played the cleric Andrej and the bard Delfig, have revised their nicks on the blog to "Anonymous," as clearly they are not enjoying the deconstruction that these posts are offering. This was done without any heads up to me. Since I do not want to lose the content entirely, by having one or the other systematically go through and destroy content, I have removed the blog from public availability.
|These are relevant further into today's post. I'm just putting them here as a teaser.|
Let's talk about hooks that don't work. On the whole, this post will be about why ideas I had didn't pan out, and why that was my fault.
Let's start with a situation from 2010, which for some reason managed to hook a lot of readers, but not the players themselves. The players were moving along a road in southern Switzerland, when they hear a scraping sound nearby. Andrej hears a scraping sound that suggests metal scraping on rock. When investigating, they arouse the attention of a hippogriff, hiding among the rocks above them:
DM: Andrej catches sight of something big - and black - about ten yards up the mountain from where he's standing right now; Avel is about halfway between Andrej and the wagon, and Delfig and Serafina a few yards further away than Avel.Its body has the appearance of an emaciated horse, showing ribs, covered with dark grey hair, long and matted in clumps over its body. The front legs extend so as to be horse like, but end in hooves that are longer and more narrow than a horse's hooves, claw-like but falling short of being claws. The head of the animal is predictably avian - except that it is the head of a large, black crow, with sleek feathers, a strong, slightly hooked beak.It is a fair guess that it is one of a many breeds of hippogriff - the animal is not limited to eagles, when mixed with birds.
The party engages with the hippogriff, damage is done back and forth. The beast is seriously hurt, so it flies away; the party licks their wounds. As my experience system does not require the actual death of the opponent, the party picks up some experience. In the character department, I was able to demonstrate that the woman attending the party, the bride the party was sent to fetch for their benefactor, was able to look after herself pretty well. The encounter was exciting and threatening enough; and the player fell for the hook afterwards ... or so I thought.
continued elsewhere ...
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