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We started the campaign tonight with great expectations!
The characters are:
Fulgora - Female Dwarf Druid of Gozreh
Name: Prince Darhrehn
After having 4 negative levels from Acrietia the dread wight monk, he failed his fortitude saving throw against Auren Vrood's Circle of Death in the 1st round of combat.
Name: Sir Tiberius Kane
The werewolves bullrushed him from the top of the ancient Desnan temple and he fell to the ground taking 100hp damage (aka braking his neck). Also the wizard did not prepare a feather fall spell.
So, in your opinion, the "given opportunity" is the full attack action?
We're just rebooting the campaing after almost 3 years, at the start of Broken Moon. Of the original party composition only two characters survived the battle at Schloss Caromarc.
LG Human Paladin of Iomedae
The new members are:
Let's hope they have a better chance than the original party (although I don't think so..)
Having returned to the game after 3 years (give or take) I have to remember a lot of stuff!
The question is regarding attacks of opportunity and the feat Combat Reflexes. The rules clearly state "If you have the Combat Reflexes feat, you can add your Dexterity modifier to the number of attacks of opportunity you can make in a round. This feat does not let you make more than one attack for a given opportunity, but if the same opponent provokes two attacks of opportunity from you, you could make two separate attacks of opportunity (since each one represents a different opportunity)."
So what exactly constitutes a "given opportunity"? Does a character with combat reflexes makes two attacks of opportunity in the same round, against the same opponent who fires two arrows?
I've ran this module in 3.5 about a year ago. It was great, although a bit tough. Now for your questions:
1) We didn't level up during the adventure since it all happens during one night.
2) I used the NPCs to help my players during battles. I think it makes sense for everyone to contribute, since they are all in a dire situtation together.
Just a few thoughts on the modules I've ran or played:
Tomb of the Iron Medusa: An excellent module featuring interesting combats and a rich backstory. Well done!
No Response From Deepmar: Couldn't find anything interesting in this module. Especially the story seemed bland..
Crypt of the Everflame: A tough dungeon-crawl, not ideal for inexperienced players.
Masks of the Living God: A great module not for combat-oriented players. Really enjoyed it!
Fangwood Keep: Played it recently, and had fun with it.
The party decided to open all three doors leading to a certain black pudding at the same time (aka splitting). The poor fighter failed to close his door when everyone else did, and got devoured by the ooze. They didn't even find his bones...
Alezandaru was the first to descend and was ambushed by 4 ghasts. He failed his second paralyzation saving throw, and two of the ghasts kept biting him until he died.
Well it's not entirely free will.. I strictly forbid evil alignments, and I strongly discourage even neutral ones. I like my players to be heroes! As Pendagast says used to be the norm back then.
What dartnet ment, from my point of view, is the idea of running only Shattered Star, but in game at the same time as the other three campaigns.
I would wait to read the entire Shattered Star AP before trying something like that, but for now, I think the intention of ths AP is to revisit old locations, meet old friends etc, so your idea kind of ruins this intention.
Posting only about the APs I've ran as a DM, played as a PC or read:
Shackled City (PC): Flood Season
Name of PC: Gerald Arrowswift
Trying to defend Sandpoint against the giants, the dwarven ranger Gerald spotted Teractinus searching the Old Light. He quickly moved in to investigate along with Dienekes, the human fighter. Unfortunately for them the stone giant found the time to bury Gerald under a heap of rocks (favored enemy: dwarves helped a lot).
After selling everything they had, and calling favors here and there, the PCs managed to cast a raise dead spell on their fallen comrade, the wizard Alinica. The moved once more for Thistletop. This time they didn't fall from the bridge. But when they arrived onto the island, the goblins unleashed an attack on them. In the aftermath of the battle, 3 character's laid down unconscious, and the dwarf ranger tried to heal them. He started with the paladin, then the cleric. When he arrived at Alinica's body, he found her dead...
During the initial investigation of Thistletop, the party tried to cross the bridge disregarding its state. Three PCs fell to the water, but only the wizard Alinica drowned, since she was not healed after the encounter with the druid.
Indeed, favored enemy: humanoid(giant) is a must. I want to make it a prestige class, despite the fact that it is not prestigious - due to the nature of who signs up - because this certain player loves the idea of joining a Golarion-specific prestige class.
I'll just wait and see the outcome of their visit to HM, and give my players the choice to possibly rebuild the Order.