Behind the Game: Which Part of the Plan...?

Here is another example of the game reflecting the reality at the table. Because this was such big battle scenario, Rob (the DM) asked us to play all the defending NPCs freeing him to run the Fire Trolls. As you might recall from the note on the previous chapter, we had a whole week to plan out our strategy and we really planned. Because we knew exactly what the attack looked like, round for round, we knew we had to be very careful because, once we took action, all bets were off and we would lose the advantage of our insight. In brief, the plan was to lure the Fire Trolls in close so everyone could attack them at once, taking them by surprise, and subduing them quickly. However, as Field Marshall Helmuth Carl Bernard von Moltke is credited as saying, "No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy."

Actually, that's not really the case here. The plan went cah-cah NOT because of the enemy, but because of the player running Skald. For some reason that has never been clear to any of us, he decided to fire that arrow, alerting the enemy that we were on to them, thus dumping the plan. This made the battle that much harder as the floating invaders would not come in close enough to be hit by melee weapons (shocker!), so they could only be hit by magic and missile weapons which took longer and resulted in the bodies falling irretrievably into the water. That is why the greatest irony is that the player running Skald was also the regular payer of Ornrik … and the player most vociferously upset by the loss of the "goodies." Essentially, it was his own fault.

Well, there was some yelling and arguing at the table about his screw-up, so it translated into the write-up.

Personally, I think the saving of the bow was a concession on Rob's part to placate the player that was running Skald that night.

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