AvocaD&D and Tabletop RPG Thread: Curse of Strahd Campaign Journal, Week 33

Welcome back to the weekly D&D and Tabletop RPG thread!  Here’s a place where we can talk about Dungeons & Dragons or any other tabletop RPGs that you nerds might be into.  Tell us about the games you’re playing, speculate about future expansions, recruit your fellow Avocados into new groups, whatever you want.

I’m on vacation, so I didn’t think of a discussion topic.  I guess this week will just be a free-for-all.  What could possibly go wrong?


Our AvocaD&D group is playing through the Curse of Strahd adventure module.  Our version takes place in a pseudo-historical 19th century Earth, and the group is playing as representatives of a railroad company sent to the tiny Eastern European nation of Barovia (ruled by Count Strahd von Zarovich) to negotiate the expansion of the railway through the country.

Dramatis Personae

Our Dungeon Master is The Hayes Code, and the party consists of:

  • Txan Einreique, a Half-Elf Stone Sorcerer; the Company Representative and nominal party leader (Josephus Brown)
  • Kissi Farwood, a Human Fighter; a former solider hired as a bodyguard by Txan (forget_it_jake)
  • ENGR-23, a Warforged Artificer; a living machine employed as a railway engineer (our only non-Avocado party member)
  • Peter Peregrine, a Human Barbarian; a Professor of Antiquities with a rage-filled alter ego called Kragen Tempest (The Wasp)
  • Wickerwelt Tanglewood, a Halfling Ranger/Rogue; a Barovian native brought along as a guide (TheCleverGuy)
  • Carabelle Longstride, a Halfling Cleric of Lathander; a Southern-accented American on a personal mission of her own (Wafflicious)

As mentioned, I’m on vacation this week, and spend the weekend at a cabin with my family and no internet.  Which means, I didn’t get to play this session.  The recap below comes from the one and only forget_it_jake!

Spoilers for Curse of Strahd

Last week, we killed an evil tree, freed (and pretty much destroyed) a winery, and ascended to level 8. This week we decided to pursue the remaining druids to recover the magical gem that was stolen and let the people of Barovia day drink again. We elected to attack the druids at night because we are not particularly good people. The druids were gathered around a fire, and we sent Wick in to investigate, but he was captured and about to be dinner, so we rushed in to save him. There were some wolves, some druids, and some berserkers. Kissi attacked a wolf and was attacked by a skinny druid. Peter attacked and was attacked in return as well. A buff berserker and Peter exchanged blows, and Kissi fought-flirted with a blonde berserker. Cara cast blindness on the buff berserker, and ENGR cast something that turned one druid on another. There was some discussion regarding whether it was cruel to refer to the druids as “mangy” and “skinny,” but then we decided that cannibalism was probably worse and got back to trying to kill them all. Txan committed to this in spectacular fashion, turning himself into a dinosaur and laying into our foes, while Cara cast spiritual weapon to materialize a large, sharp parasol, which she promptly swung at the skinny druid. Meanwhile, ENGR maneuvered a column of ghostly flames around the battlefield. Peter finished off the buff berserker, and Kissi sadly did the same to the blonde berserker. Dino Txan bit the mangy druid and shook him like a rag doll, while Cara swung her parasol at the skinny druid, just missing, before casting hold person on her but missing again, causing her to curse in a very ladylike manner. At some point during all this, Wick got free and joined the fight as well. Cara cast guiding bolt, Peter hurled a javelin, ENGR continued to move the ghostly flames around, Dino Txan stomped, and the last druid was murdered most effectively while trying to flee. We found a blood spear that allows its user to gain health when attacking with it; Peter took that, as he’s the only one who can use it, and he passed the plant axe on to ENGR. Cara declared herself sick of the smelly druid hill, so the party headed back to the winery to crash.