Tonight's the night!!! Hallo'week aka Halloween D&D AL game tonight at my FLGS! I just looked at the sign ups on their website & it's a full table of 5 people!! Wahooooo, it's been awhile since we've had a full "table" for D&D night. We've capped the games at 5 people on the acount of COVID & social distancing rules. Looking forward in terriorizing their precious characters!!! Muahhhaaaaa!!
Ok now that I've got that out of my system. Game will be a Ravenloft adventure I found on DM's Guild called Luna Lake. It's a story about a mysterious riverboat appears & offers the party treasure beyond their wildest dreams if only they step aboard. Now being this is Ravenloft, the boat is actually a flat-bottom heap that with normal view, doesn't even appear to even float, let along carry passengers somewhere. The party will get that reveal once the the boat leaves the river & enters Luna Lake.
Luna lake is a lake (near the lower left corner) in Barovia, home of the namesake of the 5e campaign, Strahd Von Zarovich. While this map doesn't show the village, where they'll be heading, they do pass a village in the hardback campaign called Barez. This area is one of the hardest areas of Curse of Strahd campaign. I will enforce they don't stop here. As this game doesn't focus on this area, besides it would wipe them out almost as they set foot on dry land.
They will encounter wet scarecrows as they come out of the river & climb aboard the boat (note why I ordered so many Reaper scarecrow minis......) while they pass. Upon entering Luna Lake itself is when the boat transforms & they come upon a soggy, half-drowned village of Lunatown. This is where, this adventure is at!
While they explore the village to find a way to get out of here, they will encounter Strahd zombies (zombies that don't die but fall apart & each part has it's own abilities before you have to kill it), skeletons, will O'wisps (seriously, Reaper make W'oWs!!!!) & even worse vampire spawns. There is one encounter with 5 Vamp Spns! I was going to cut out some of them, but with a full table, I may have to re-think this!!
All of these are former residents of this forsaken village that was wiped out when Strahd unleashed his anger upon Barez. Along the way they find a villager that is half-starving (I'll be using the cage prison from the Nolzur's hanging cage mini) as the bosses of this village are going to sacrifice him to Luna River goddess (name I'll have to come up with, or just go with that) on the next full moon.
The bosses are the burgomaster (leader of a village) which is now a wraith & his head river captain, which is now a wight.
Hoping everyone has a good time tonight, now I catch some Zzzzzzzz as this is my long day/night, no sleep for me before work!!