Well the party has set off into the Witchlight. This is an adventure designed for level 1, and I’ve got 6 level 12s. We’ll see what happens.
Firstly, their hook into the carnival is that they all snuck into the carnival as children, and losing items. Not together, just each when they were younger. I had prerolled all of these and let each player know at the start. This kind of started the game off on the right footing as our seductive tabaxi rogue it turns out, has no fashion sense… This got a few laughs. Our paladin discovered they had no sense of direction (actually might explain stuff from earlier campaigns!)
The carnival has arrived at Leilon where the party are resting up following their work saving the town. A carnival seems a pleasant way to wind down as well as an opportunity to perhaps regain those lost things.
The party started off quite excited. So far they’ve ridden the Mystery Mine, played hide and seek with pixies, ridden in a bubble and on a dragonfly. They’ve chatted to some of the friendly workers and generally had a good time. They’ve won a cupcake eating custard, though the cleric took significant custard damage doing so. From the custard filled cupcakes of course!
They are however starting to get hints that not all is well. They spoke to a rather unhappy person who’d made a poor deal with a hag. They’ve saved a dwarf from falling from a startled dragonfly and witnessed someone heckle a singer (a mermaid) until she fled her stage in frustration. So perhaps, all is not well in the Carnival.
Overall the players are really enjoying it. The games and rides are handled really well with good use of skill checks and saving throws (though they didn’t save the cleric from his custard damage). What the players don’t know is that some of these “skills” may come in handy later in the adventure.
I’m enjoying running it. At this stage, only tiny modifications for the group level have been needed (I doubled the cupcake damage). There are little Easter eggs to other things. The entrance to the Mystery Mine is the same as the roller coaster in the old Dungeons & Dragons cartoon. A bard in the Feasting Orchard is (apparently) the same as a character just introduced into Magic the Gathering. There may be others, but I don’t have the background to see them.
A really fun start.