I was away from home doing field work for my job this last week...and I took along some hobby things... I did some painting at nights and when we had a weather day I decided to try something new...actually playing a game with some of my figures!!??! I know its a crazy idea...But even this old dog can learn new tricks!
Since Gareth the Grot announced his self written set of rules for dungeon crawling called "Cavern Crawl" (see here) I've been itching to give them a try. They sound like a good low stress and fairly fast set of rules. I have no experience with Hero Quest or any of the other Dungeon Crawl type games so this is a first for me.
The first order of business was to pick some characters...both good and bad. As I had grabbed figures fairly quickly as I left on this trip I simply picked four of my favorite dwarf figures and a selection of Orcs and Goblins for them to slaughter...for the Big Boss BadDude I picked a recently acquired Chaos Wizard and a nasty chaos hound for his pet. The choice of a party composed entirely of Dwarfs kind of misses one of the great points of the Dungeon Crawl games...the diversity of races and classes...but I had to work with what I had. So I made one of my Dwarfs a "Knight"...one a "Mage"...one a "Barbarian"...and one a "Ranger." This way I would get a feel for most of the classes...if not the different races.
So lets meet our Heroes (Fair warning...I'm terrible with making up names...sorry about that...) Covering the slinging of spells for our heroes is Magnison the Mage
Wielding a a large axe and looking for some heads to crack....we have Yorin Yellowbeard ...the Dwarf Knight
Filling out the Head Bashing section of the party is Yorin's slightly unbalanced brother Florin Flamebeard...Dwarf "Barbarian"
Along for the ride...and handy with a bow is their cousin Dorek...the dwarf Ranger...
On the Side of Darkness...we start at the Bottom with the near worthless minions of the evil tyrant our heroes will be attempting to kill...a couple of Goblins...
Slightly bigger...slightly meaner...and slightly stupider...are the Orc minions... both archers and warriors.
trying to keep a handle on these minions are two slightly meaner Orcs....namely ....Larlog the Lasher (chieftain) and Uorglock (captain)
Defending our villianous leader...and keeping is feet warm at night...is his faithfull pet Fluffy (direwolf)
And finally...the master of disaster himself....Drakenhoff the Dark (Archmage)...
Now that we have met our cast of characters...lets look to the playing area. As I wanted this to be a fairly fast and furious game I choose to keep the playing area quite small...only a few rooms and hallways...Here is the layout.
Quite a small "Cavern" but it should be big enough to allow me to get a feel for the mechanics of the game...and have a bit of fun in the process.
In the next post we can look at the beggining of the gane in Earnest!
Cheers for now!