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Glenn Manser
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Here follows the tragic tale of 4 heroes who braved the Dungeons of Dragonfire!

Four heroes set out to assault the Dragonfire Dungeon, seeking great wealth and fame, as well as bragging rights among themselves. A wager had been set between the four friends that the one who escaped with the most treasure would be named the greatest among them, and would be rewarded with all the treasures collected within the dungeon.

Challara was the first to enter the dungeon, accompanied with her companion Brightblaze. It went well for her at first, finding the corpse of a fellow adventurer just inside the entrance. On his body-20 gold pieces. She immediately felt as though her destiny would be fulfilled on this adventure. She moved further into the dungeon, but after only a few twists and turns, she realised she had entered a small, walled-off area due to a collapsed roof. The only other path open to her was to enter the catacombs and seek a new path to the dragon's lair.

Next to enter the dungeon was Hugo the Glorious, resplendent in his plate armour. Things did not go well for Hugo as only steps into the dungeon, he was faced with a thin, rickety bridge spanning a pit. Testing his resolve, he attempted to cross the bridge, but his mass was too great and the bridge gave way beneath him, spilling him into the catacombs as well.

Brother Gherinn entered next, and chose almost immediately to enter the catacombs, hoping for a quick path to the dragon's hoard. It was almost as though the darkness called to him, beckoning him with it's sinister whispers of pain and death.

Last to enter the dungeon, the adventurer Tatianna. Unlike the others of her group, she felt it wise to remain on the upper levels of the dungeon, perhaps fearful of what was to be found in the catacombs. She travelled only partway into the dungeon, when, through cracks in the floor, she heard the anguished wails of the fallen and defeated. Unafraid, she continued deeper into the dungeon.

Chalarra, now lost in the catacombs, and unable to find an exit, was beset by all manner of foul beast. The sting of the scorpion was to be her first of many wounds, but she continued deeper into the catacombs, following what appeared to be the light of an exit always one step ahead. At some point, Chalarra was assaulted from the shadows, although she was unaware of the full weight of this attack. With only the merest health available to her, she finally found the exit she was looking for. Behind her, scrabbling in the dark, was a horde of creatures she had not the health to overcome. Instead, she chose to climb up into the light, where the true horror of the bite of the vampire became evident. With a last, anguished cry, she succumbed to the light of the sun peeking through small cracks in the wall, and perished only steps away from the dragon's chamber.

Hugo also wandered aimlessly through the catacombs, although with his armour and martial training did well to resist all attempts to defeat him. That is, until a small spider found it's way into his armour, injecting him with a virulent poison that would sap his strength over the coming hours. Without ever finding his way out of the catacombs, Hugo collapsed to his knees, struggling to breathe, before finally dropping lifelessly to the ground.

Brother Gherrin would also find his end in the catacombs, albeit much quicker than the others. At some point his torch went out, trapping the brave monk in a small chamber, where he was constantly assailed by monsters, dragged down in the darkness.

And so, unbeknownst to her, Tatianna was the only hero left alive. The tortured screams she heard through the floors were the screams of her friends meeting their doom. Finally listening to her instincts, Tatianna made her way quickly back to the entrance and awaited the return of her friends. At nightfall, when the doors to the Dragonfire Dungeon slammed shut, she feared the worst. Tatianna waited hours, hoping to see some evidence that any of her companions had survived, before finally retreating to town, her victory an empty one...the lives' of her friends had earned her a mere 20 gold.

(The preceeding tale was played by 4 players, all new to the game. I had watched a few play-throughs of the game, so had a bit of information on how the game played. I knew, for instance, that there were cards in the deck that could instantly kill a player. I also knew that the catacombs could be a very dangerous place to travel, but not once during the playthrough videos did I see how deadly they were. It was almost as though the catacombs deck had been stacked against the players; after looking through the deck, beyond the one exit card found by Chalarra, all the other exit cards were in the bottom 1/3 of the deck. It was a quick, deadly game played, lasting no more than 10 turns, before three of the four heroes were dead. Tatianna then left with her 20 gold, claiming victory.)
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Fernando Santos
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I just love how brutal this game is! Good session report!
 
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Rob Deever
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Great recap! Love this game. We keep a log of our adventures into the dungeon but only capture those who make it out alive with any loot. The list is very short, but it gives us something to shoot for- often times testing our resolve with the dragon in hopes of becoming the player with the highest score.
 
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Glenn Manser
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I think I might do this as well...It'll be fun to see how much loot we can get out with, and see if multiple plays means we get better :)
 
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