Is everyone’s session like this? I’m starting to get paranoid about my own games – here goes…
So we had a 4 hour session lined up on Sunday just gone. Kicking off at 2pm on Roll20, I logged in with 5mins to spare to find one other player. As I said hello etc, I set up my screens as I like, and thinking about previous sessions, got out my paints and minis and settled in to play.
After spending the first 40mins listening as the DM couldn’t hear us but we could hear him and each other I got a lot of painting done. (I picked up a bunch more colours and have been finishing the minis currently partly painted)(I’ve also experimented with shading and other “fancy” techniques).
Right so we launched into the game.
And after 3 1/2 hours we had done this.
Marched down about 200feet of corridor, killed maybe 7 gricks. We mostly one-shotted these as well. Oh and this NPC that I didn’t realise was even with us slaughtered some guy we found in a closet. Apparently for revenge. Or something.
But I got a bit more painting done. At one point my wife came home in the middle of a battle. I let them know I was AFK but would be back in time for my turn. Went out, greeted her, checked the game, peeled some potatoes, checked the game, parked the car in the garage before coming back.
It was still the same players turn! Even my youngest (who on on the computer next to me the whole game) commented on it afterwards.
A few other things bothered me. He has this system where if you roll a crit (hit or miss) then you roll again to “confirm” it (though I’m not sure what he’s looking for to confirm it?) and then roll percentile to find the effects. That adds time. And not really a whole lot of flavour. He kept running the multi attack by the gricks incorrectly and changed their armour class during each fight (I had the stats open as I didn’t actually know what a grick was).
Now I’m not perfect either. I realised I’ve been swinging my war hammer 2-handed when I’m also packing a shield. Should be 1-handed or put that shield away. Also, I used 2 bonus actions in one round, attacking with my spiritual weapon as well as using my extra “War Priest” attack (my dwarf is a War Cleric).
So that’s his game.
Still, if I compare it to one of my own session I do feel a little better – compared to my own game. In two hours, not four, my party:
- finished negotiations with the Lizardfolk
- Returned to Leilon, reporting back to the Council
- Took up another job to escort goats
- Escorted the goats to Phandalin, including a near miss with some wyverns and defeating a group of ogres
- Investigated the desecrated Shrine of Luck in Phandalin
- And some miscellaneous role playing around the town.
When I put it like that, I don’t feel so bad about my own pacing. But the other DM’s is really starting to drag…. I would like to say something, but I want to talk to one of the other players first. I’ve never met this DM and I don’t know if it’s his first time DMing (I don’t think so) or other things like that. It would be pretty mean to go full vent on him when he’s less experienced than me!