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TOEE: Session 1 - 0-Level Funnel Recap

Funnel Avoidance

Toee session1

The foolhardy band of peasants recruited as construction workers for a small keep has managed to thwart the DM’s funnel start. Extremely lucky not to have experienced a TPK, the party counterattacked the ambush of their caravan that was all part of the DM’s master plan for them to get captured by brigands as the beginning of the funnel adventure.

I love it.

I’ll be busy coming up with a new plan before the next session as the party now arrives in the village of Hommlett with some (small) measure of respect and wealth having defeated and in-turn robbed the robbers.

Above is a picture of the ambush. Who charges crossbowmen under cover up a hill with a dagger?!

Impressive but unlikely to work very often. (hint to players) However, only 3 of the 9 peasants were slain.

All told, each character gets 4 XP, so this funnel isn’t over yet.

Total loot:

(1) Longsword, Scabbard
(1) Suit of fine studded leather armor
(4) Daggers
(5) Crossbows
(3) Bolt cases
(14) Bolts
(2) Shortswords
(4) Spears

1 iron skeleton key on leather lanyard (was on brigand leader)
1 silver armband
1 silver chain necklace
1 copper ring

12 sp
38 cp
4 gp

Captain Fergus, the caravan master has told you that there is no charge for the caravan and since you essentially saved his bacon and his cargo from the brigands, that you can keep all of the loot from the brigands.

Total xp: 4


Seriously guys: sometimes it’s part of the adventure to get captured or more importantly, sometimes you just can’t win. If you fight every fight, eventually, regardless of level, you will TPK. This ain’t D&D where every encounter has been “designed” to match your power level.


A bravely fought battle indeed. Why, some might think we have the makings of heroes. However, lest you good men forget, the butcher’s toll also included the cook, a skald, the 3 drivers and 3 of the 4 caravan guards. (Strom Verbobonc doffs his hat in respect.) Our escape was a close run thing.

By the way, it was a boatload of fun, too! When I started nibbling nervously I knew I was hooked…


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