Well, my hopes of having more games and posting a bit more before Christmas haven't turned out as planned, but never mind! I have at least managed a bit more dungeoneering down at the Old Buckenham Bone Crushers.
|Goblins guard a small treasure pile.|
Wizard, Halfling, Swordmaster and Elf venture into the depths.
|Up the stairs and over the bridge. Look out! A Chaos Warrior!|
The Swordmaster proves his worth, killing Goblins and Chaos Warriors.
|The Elf's bowmanship takes down an Orc.|
Deeper into the dungeon they explore.
|Uh-oh... Chaos Beastmen!|
Chaos Beastmen prove cunning! One moves menacingly towards the |Elf, swatting arrows from the air with his might sword and chuckling menacingly.
|Our heroes could be in trouble!|
It was all a distraction! While the Elf's attention was focused, another Beastmen crept round the side and now lunges to the attack! Halfling and Swordmaster try to hold off another Beastman.
|What's the Goblin guarding in that urn?|
Eventually the Beastmen are slain. Is there any treasure they were guarding?
|Death of a halfling...|
An ignominious death as the Halfling finds a magnificent suite of plate mail in the cupboard, but is crushed to death as it falls on him. (He drew the plate armour equipment card but also a TRAP card).
|Can zombies read? He seems interested in this book.|
Fortunately the nearby Wizard was able to revive the Halfling with a healing spell, so the quest continues.
|Hmm... lots of doors, which one to open next?|
Soon, the Halfling finds himself in a corridor full of doors. Which one to open first?
|The library! Oh, and some Beastmen. Oops.|
The first door he tries reveals the library. Unfortunately there are currently a couple of Beastmen here and they don't look happy at the intrusion!
|Ker-splang! Never stand on the decorative tile, always a trap!|
Disposing the the lurking zombie, the Wizard ventures into the room, discovering the hard way that one should never stand on the decorative tile in the middle of the room. It invariably causes a spring-loaded spike to thud into your leg. Ouch.
|Oh dear, shouldn't have opened that door!|
Despite his injury, the Wizard does his best to support the rest of the party. He uses his Genie spell to open one of the doors the Halfling discovered. A big, steel door that the Swordmaster was not strong enough to break down. Removal of the door reveals WHY it was so strong - it was holding in a Cockatrice.
|Rraargh! Cockatrice attacks! Can the swordmaster hold it off?|
Freed at last, the Cockatrice lunges for the nearest target - the Swordmaster!
|Erm.. no, it's killed him.|
The rending talons and slashing beak of the Cockatrice prove too much for the Swordmaster who collapses to the floor in a welter of blood and shredded armour. Before his death he just managed to weaken the Cockatrice for the combined attacks of the other heroes to finish the beast.
|The evil wizard is revealed!|
After a brief pause to regroup,heal their various injuries, re-animate the Swordmaster and share out the loot from the Cockatrice's treasure room, the heroes approach their final objective - the Evil Wizard in his lair.
|Our heroes pile into the undead hordes.|
Bursting through a side door, our heroes pile into the skeletal bodyguard.
|The swordmaster dies. Again.|
Skeletons are smashed to smithereens, but alas! The Swordmaster succumbs once more beneath their blows.
|Skeletons gang up on the halfling.|
Now the Skeletons turn their wrath upon the Halfling but this pause give the Elf his chance. Prising open the Swordmaster's cold, dead lips, he sloshes in some healing potion and his companion springs back to life! Our heroes press home the attack, destroying the last of the skeletons and slaying the Evil Wizard before he can escape.
|The evil wizard is defeated. Let's read his magical tome.|
Evil defeated, the Halfling is curious. What is this grimoire upon the Evil Wizard's desk?
|Aak! Eyes bleeding, brain hurts... aaaaagh!|
The words seem to move around on the page. The Halfling concentrates harder, staring intently at the page. His lips move as he mutters the strange words under his breath but it quickly becomes hard for him to see as his eyeballs fill with blood and he suddenly collapses, convulsing, to the floor.
A lesson for all - do not meddle with the arcane magicks of the Evil Wizard!