Welcome back, whoever is reading this.
Second game was this past weekend. A bit too short, and a bit too disorganized, but still fun.
The characters present:
- Nox/Karen, Female Changeling Swordsage
- Elias von Rasenberg, Male Human Ranger, favoured enemy: goblinoids
- Mao Swiftpaw, Female Tibbit Rogue
- Nonnie Killing van Huttington, Chaotic Evil Male Halfling Sorcerer (“Killing is my middle name”)
- and introducing Reza, Dwarven Cleric of Desna
This game had some warning signs from the start. We normally start around 2:00-ish, but nobody arrived until almost 4:00. (Not due to anyone’s fault, as morning work schedules caused trouble.) Additionally, I had homework to do for uni that night, so the session wasn’t going to be a long one.
But we also had another player join this week. Now, our group is a bit odd, both demographically and socially.
Firstly, we have 5 players, 2 male, 3 female, for a 3:3 split including myself.
Second, the makeup of the group has been in flux for a while. A few years back, schedule conflicts mandated the change of group structure, and we brought in our Tibbit’s player. A short time later, there was a falling out in the group, and both Elias’ and Mao’s players ended up leaving for a while. Eventually, Raza’s player joined up with a couple others. Those others are too busy these days, and the falling out has been over for some time, so Elias and Mao came back since we had room.
Now, what this means is that while Myself, Nox/Karen, and Nonnie have played with everyone here, Elias, Mao, and Raza have not played together yet.
As such, the night became similar to the formation of a new gaming group, where players are beginning to get used to each other. Our friend ChattyDM would call it Storming.
Distractions came up too frequently, attention spans were short, and play time was limited. I was as guilty of this as anyone, of course, but it was all still there.
That’s not to say we didn’t have a good game, however.