Dark Paths 1

Dark Paths of Riddleport
Session 1
February 5, 2012

Cheat the Devil and Steal His Gold

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Session Summary

Everyone has, for one reason or another, ended up in the port city of Riddleport. A known haven for pirates and bandits and others of ill repute. As dangerous as it would seem, the Riddleport actually ends up being a fairly safe haven for those who have nowhere else to go. Thieves honor, or something like that.

Many recent arrivals to the city have come to see the strange cloud that formed in the sky about a month ago. The Blot, as it is called, seems to be some sort of magical creation, but none of the local mages have been able to figure much of anything out about it. It moves around the sky in very erratic patterns, sometimes it is there, sometimes it is gone.

The locals have all but forgotten about this Blot and pay it no mind anymore, though to newcomers, it is still quite fascinating.
More importantly, the talk on the street is about an upcoming gambling tournament. Cheat the Devil and Steal His Gold is to be held at the Gold Goblin and the winner will walk home with 10,000$!!!
Something about this tournament draws you to it, whether it is the thought of winning all that gold, the chance to meet and see all manner of Riddleports 'finest' or just the thrill of the game. You arrive at the Goblin, as it is referred to locally, ready to join the party.
Most of the characters are unfamiliar to each other at this point, though Aethel and Aragon know each other, being Elves, Aragon had met Snargash previously and Bodi, Shayla and Ajax have run into each other around Riddleport before.

The event at the Gold Goblin is quite the spectacle and everyone has a grand time eating, drinking and gambling. The owner, Saul Vancaskerkin appears and gives the background and rules of the tournament, stating that one big winner will leave with 10,000$ in gold and silver!

A few of the characters were not too keen on signing the "Deal with the Devil" to join the tournament, but soon enough the gaming was disrupted by a sorcerer backed by some thugs who were intending to rob the tournamnet.

And of course, being the heroes that they are, the characters all step up to fight!

Session Notes

This was the initial session of our new GURPS campaign. Most of the characters had a bit of backstory leading up to the session:
Aethel's Background
Ajax's Background
Aragon's Background
Bodi's Background
Guy's Background
Shayla's Background
Snargash's Background

Aragon (link) and Snargash (link) also spent some time developing stories immediately before the beginning of the campaign.

We spent some time introducing the characters and the setting and location. We played some of the games featured in the casino like Bounder.

Then the obligatory campaign starting fight started with an NPC wizard firing off a Flash spell that mostly messed up everyone else in the casino.

The session ended with the fight still going on so we planned to pick up the campaign in 2 weeks.

Players Present: 

+Amergin O'Kai as Snargash Windblown - Half-Orc monk
+Arne Jamtgaard as Aragon Whisperwind - Elven Bladedancer
+Ben Zittere as "Ajax" - exotic Human spear-fighter
+Daniel White as Aethelarian "Aethel" Flitterseed - Noble Elf wizard
+Gren Drake as Guy Greystone - Gnome telekinetic
+Mike Biancone as Bodil "Bodi" Jantzen - Human swashbuckler, sailor and lady's man
+Stephen Kolmetz as "Shayla" - Tiefling archer
+Jason Woollard as the GM

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