Last Minute Concerns

WARNING. THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR WIZARDS OF THE COAST’S “LOST MINE OF PHANDELVER” INCLUDED IN THE DUNGEONS & DRAGONS 5th EDITION STARTER SET.

There are three things that have me a little worried for Session 02 which is due to take place this evening.

Firstly, the first part of Lost Mine of Phandelver is quite linear. There are certain circumstances where it’s possible to go slightly off-quest but this takes place at a point in the story where the DM can easily set the party back on track.

However, once the party moves into the town of Phandalin, the module opens up significantly and the party can pick and choose where they go. This means there is significantly more preparation required as a Dungeon Master. I’m genuinely worried the party will head to a location which might be beyond their means or where I’m not quite prepared.

The second issue plays very much into the first – I’ve had a very busy, and very stressful week caused by the loss of a family member and I’ve had very little time to do that preparation.

The third issue is that tonight’s session will really be the first point where the party are expected to roleplay and this is going to be a totally new experience for them. In fact, I expect that at least 25% of tonight’s session might just be conversation.

Couple of positives though. The party will move up to Level 2 quite early in tonight’s session. Also, I’m looking to introduce one of my first homebrew characters into the adventure tonight – a bard by the name of Gabriela who they’ll run into in Phandalin’s tavern.

Nervous, but excited. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to do so more reading before we begin.

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