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Subject: Prince Magnus' Gold and the Adventurers' Greed rss

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Ever since getting HeroQuest again earlier last year, I've been running a few games here and there with different friends to get back into the swing of things, try out new cards and rules, and get more experience before running a proper full campaign with my D&D group. The one constant through all of these games has been my wife and her Wizard, Greg. Last November was the first game with repeat friends playing their same characters again in two consecutive quests. Before that, the theme seemed to be Greg going in to the local tavern to see what kind of cannon fodder he could convince to come with him on some adventure that would probably lead to their deaths while Greg took all the gold and glory and they fought most of the monsters. Greg's a little selfish and, since he's not a great fighter, Greg's generally just looking out for Greg.

In the last Quest, Greg met Vinny the Elf and Larry the Barbarian. After the three of them successfully took down Ulag, the Orc Warlord, Prince Magnus was thrilled when these three heroes returned to assist him in reclaiming his lost gold. Of course there was a reward, but Prince Magnus was sure that these three were driven simply by their desire to help the Empire. After all, his father the Emperor had mentioned that Mentor himself had vouched for Greg. If these three were able to return all three chests still locked and unopened, Prince Magnus would probably even increase the reward.

So our Heroes ventured down into the dungeon in search of the stolen chests and Gulthor, the Chaos Warrior. Things got a little harrowing in places, especially with so many Fimirs popping out of dark corners to constantly attack them and pit traps seemingly in every corridor, but the Heroes persevered. They even managed to take down a particular menacing Bugbear with the help of a new spell that Vinny learned from researching at a Sorcerer's Table they found along the way. When, at last, they managed to find the chamber where Gulthor and his cronies were hiding the chests, Greg surprised everyone by charging in first and immediately destroying Gulthor with a Genie spell before anyone had time to react. The remaining monsters were handled in short order and all that remained were the three chests.

Unfortunately, this is where things took a turn.



Our Heroes simply weren't able to decide upon the best course of action for the chests. The three chests were locked and anyway Prince Magnus had specified that they be returned locked and unopened, and that all three would have to be returned for any hope of a reward. But at the same time, 240 gold split three ways seemed like such a paltry sum for all the work they put into retrieving these chests. And they were especially heavy. Surely there was more than just 240 crowns in each of the chests individually. But Prince Magnus was the son of the Emperor and they didn't want to be on the outs with him. Plus, Prince Magnus had already given them a few Quests, and if they angered him their leads might dry up (although, Mentor was still a pretty reliable source of information and he seemed to have some idea that Greg was some kind of savior).

After the utter devastation of Gulthor, Greg surprised even himself by wanting to do the right thing and return all three chests unopened back to the Prince. However, after discussing it more, this sudden turn toward virtue disappeared and the three all agreed to try to break the locks. They each took a chest and Greg and Vinny managed to open theirs revealing 250 gold crowns each. However, Larry, as hulkingly large as he was, wasn't able to open his, but they were able to guess that it probably held the same. And that's where the bickering began.

Greg proposed that they split the gold from two opened chests and return the last one unopened to the Prince, claiming that Gulthor and his men must have taken the rest since that's the way the chests were when they discovered them. Vinny, however, refused to share any of the gold from the chest he had opened. As far as he was concerned, he earned that full 250 and the reward paled in comparison. Meanwhile, Larry either out of loyalty or stupidity, sided with Greg and was happy to let him make all the plans.



With suspicion and anger filling the room, they each took a chest and began to make their way to a hidden door they found in the south wall. Unfortunately, Vinny misjudged the weight of the chest and his muscles, sore from a long trek through the dungeon, refused to work leaving him stuck behind. Meanwhile Larry and Greg made haste into the hallway hoping to leave the Elf behind. They hoped that if they could make it to the Prince first, they could explain that they were able to recover one chest but that Vinny had stolen the other two (leaving them to still secretly pocket the contents of their open one).

They were so sure of their plan that when they encountered a lone Orc on their way to the stairs, Larry was able to convince it to join their party and use the Orc to further their plan. In exchange for it's life, Greg and Larry to the Orc to carry out their empty chest and to exit the dungeon with Vinny, following him and making it seem like Vinny was in league with Chaos to steal from the Prince.



Vinny caught up and ran up the stirs first with the Orc on his heels while Greg and Larry split their money, got their stories straight, and went directly to the castle to speak with the Prince. They told him the tale of Vinny and the Orc and, while disappointed, the Prince was grateful for their honesty and the return of at least one of the chests. There would be no reward, but at least Greg and Larry were reliable. However, at that moment, Vinny barged into the throne room and told the Prince all about Greg and Larry's deceit, claiming that they had pocketed at least 250 and that the Orc had stolen all of his money.

The confused and angry Prince Magnus refused to take sides and demanded that between the three of them, the missing 500 coins had better be returned or they would all be sent to jail. As the party argued, the Prince motioned with his hand and the guards began to approach the three with spears raised. Greg offered what money he had on him, 214 gold, but the Prince refused to accept anything less than the full missing 500. Suddenly, as the guards descended upon the group, Vinny reached in this tunic and pulled out a pouch of Dust of Disappearance, throwing it in the air and vanishing in a puff of smoke.

The Prince put a bounty on Vinny's head, took Greg's gold, and bade the remaining adventurers to leave his sight and never return lest they be jailed. Larry and Greg made a hasty exit and returned to the tavern, thankful for their lives and wondering at the treacherousness of Vinny.
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Neil J.
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Great story. I have fond memories of light roleplaying with Heroquest back in the day. Thanks for sharing!

What are those "rest" and "lone monster" custom decks? Your design? Can you share!?
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Gaius wrote:
Great story. I have fond memories of light roleplaying with Heroquest back in the day. Thanks for sharing!

What are those "rest" and "lone monster" custom decks? Your design? Can you share!?


Thanks!

The Rest and Lone Monster decks, as well as the new room tile, I believe all came from folks at the Ye Olde Inn forums. There are some great people there making all kinds of fantastic content. I've been scouring the internet for almost a year now trying to find and collect awesome new stuff and there's a real treasure trove deep in those forums just waiting to be unearthed.
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Prince Magnus really had a hard time with adventurers recently. The last group he hired were led by a 4 year old boy. Losing interest after half an hour of dungeon exploring, the adventurers returned with a few healing potions and 100 GC of randomly assorted treasures. Warlord Ulag was able to escape and the missing gold was never found (never actually searched for...).

So even one of the chests is an improvement for Magnus. Maybe he has more luck with the next bunch of adventurers.
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So that's what you look like spooky?
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Anderas wrote:
So that's what you look like spooky?


Haha! That's what Vinny (my friend) and Greg (my wife) look like. Maybe someday I'll put a up a pic on the Inn if I find a good thread for self-shots.
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