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G1 in Tunnels and Trolls Game Report, Part 1

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Okay, the Sunday game is over. As I mentioned yesterday, we played Tunnels & Trolls as a break from my M75 Wilderness game (as I'm just not up to running it at the moment). T&T characters going through a slightly modified version of the old G1 "Hill Giant Steading" module.

After a very rocky start, the session was a blast. The rocky start was half the party getting killed or severely damaged in the entry hall facing two giants. It was the GM's first attempt at T&T and she gave the hill giants far too high of a monster rating. To be fair, T&T 5 doesn't list any monster ratings for any type of giants, so she looked at ogres and made them stronger. This turned out to be a very bad idea. Two 1200 MR giants were a "bit" much, even 8th and 9th level characters -- especially for characters who don't have a lot of over-the-top T&T magic items like those given out in T&T solos.

No harm done, we reset the game to when we were entering the entry hall. This time we managed to dispatch the two giants without waking either of them. Their MRs were apparently much more reasonable. LOL. We pressed onward. I'll press onward with the story tomorrow (or the next day depending on real life), but now I have to clean up the play area and get the trash out to the curb.

rainswept said...
September 13, 2010 at 4:00 PM  
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Anonymous said...
September 14, 2010 at 4:19 PM  

MR 1200?

That's 121dice + 600 for each giant!

Tell me that's a typo, and you meant MR120.

Anonymous said...
September 14, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

Well, it doesn't matter what the rulebook had put down in regards to MR for a given creature, as those are not in any way "official" or even rough guidelines, really. Just one GM's personal MR range for a handful on beasties.

T&T has no official bestiary, so if you want some giants to be MR75 and another MR20 and yet another rated as MR180 it's fine. Heck if you want MR15 dragons and MR200 orcs, you just plain do it. :)

Glad to hear a great time was had, as that's really what matters!

Come swing by the TrollBridge Forums sometime and say "hi". :D


Randall said...
September 15, 2010 at 2:56 PM  

@Gratuitous Saxon Violence -- No, the 1200 Monster Rating was NOT a typo. The GM had never played T&T before. She saw we were 8th and 9th level characters. She looked at a table in T&T 5 that show an ogre on the 6th level having a suggested MR of 900+. She figured that giants were worse than ogres and the "dungeon level" of the hill giant fort would have been 5th or 6th, at least and set the MR of the average giant as 1200.

After killing or maiming half the party in the first round of combat, she realized there was a big problem. We showed her how to figure how much damage we could do and then she was able to set more reasonable MRs for the monsters. We did a do-over on the entry hall combat and the game continued.

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