Had the rare privilege last weekend to travel to Western MA. to GM an afternoon of Nightwatch for a group of friends. My host informed me the last time they had all been together was at his wedding, some 25 years earlier. It was very cool and quite humbling to be a part of a reunion like that, pushing miniatures, rolling dice, and slaying the undead.
I’m also pleased to note no one’s character died while doing so, so double win there.
Most everyone in the group was a long time RPG player, but tabletop war games not so much. And Nightwatch not at all. This would be a real test of just how ‘easy to learn’ my game was. So I hammered out three simple missions, created some PreGen Hunters, and brought all the minis and terrain to spruce up the event. If nothing else, the day would serve as an excuse to hang out, eat pizza and snacks, and catch up on lost time. But I was determined to make it as fun and cool as possible.
AMBUSHED BY ZOMBIES
Never a good start, eh?
The Party was attached to a regiment of soldiers sent to investigate civil unrest in a border province. Wouldn’t you know they got ambushed while strung out in a narrow valley and crossing a river. (Hate when that happens, don’t you?)
Mission One was to defend the bridge as long as possible to allow some of the soldiers to escape to safety.
TAKE THOSE DOWN ON YOUR WAY THROUGH
Frying pan to fire, after a narrow escape the Pact fled through the hills pursued by skeleton warriors and ghouls. Battling for survival, they needed to weaken the grip of the necromantic energy choking the area by destroying two of their adversary’s vile totems. Hilarity ensued.
A LUCKY BREAK
Chopping down those totems had some effect after all. Mission Three gave our heroes a chance to strike down one of the evil mages responsible for the slaughter at the river. A mob of Zombie Brutes, a scourge of Hell Knights, and one Giant Skeleton later, they took him down.
Our heroes win and live to fight another day.
When all was said and done, evil was defeated and everyone left victorious and well-fed. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
Thanks for stopping by. If you’re interested in running the three scenarios yourself, there’s a link below to a free pdf. There’s more coming – a full campaign is in the works.
That’s it for now. Have a good weekend. Good Hunting. Game Hard.