The party approaches an old keep. There is a crumbling out wall. The party has discovered footprints and a wily character among them has determined that kobolds are in the are. The party is pretty sure the kobolds are guarding the small courtyard leading into the keep but aren’t 100% sure of their location.
The party consists of 1 Elf, 1 Magic-User, 1 Halfling, and 1 Cleric. The person playing the halfing is the noob, but you already guessed that.
The party stops and listens. The elf makes the listen check and hears the kobolds moving. They know where they are so the party moves in. The DM rolls for a surprise round, the kobolds are surprised but he ignores the roll because quite frankly he wants the party to have some challenge. They roll initiative. Silently the DM curses because the party won initiative. There are 4 kobolds. The elf attacks and kills one. The cleric attacks and kills one. The Magic-User throws a magic missile and kills one. The Halfling misses. The remaining kobold fails his morale save. The party loots and turns up 13 cp. The party curses the magic user for wasting his magic missile, they go back to town to recover the lost spell.
1st/2nd edition AD&D
The party consists of 1 Elf Fighter/Magic User, 1 Dwarf Cleric, 1 Human Magic-User and 1 Half-Elf ranger.
The party stops and listens. The elf makes the listen check and hears the kobolds. The DM rolls for a surprise round but nobody is surprised. Everyone rolls initiative. The DM re-explains THAC0 to the half-elf. The Half-Elf takes one out with a bow. The DM re-explains THAC0 to the elf. The elf takes one out with a bow. The Magic User sits on his but not wanting to waste his only spell. The DM is about to re-explain THAC0 to the dwarf but he rolled a 2. The kobolds hit the elf for four damage. Next round the kobolds run and the dwarf gets one on the way out. The party loots and finds 13 cp and a cursed sword which turns the dwarf into a fairy.
The party consists of a gnoll barbarian, githzeria monk, sun-elf wizard, and goblin rogue.
The monk makes a listen check and hears the kobolds. The rogue sneaks out and scouts their exact location. They get behind the gnoll who charges in with his guisarme. In the surprise round the gnoll slaughters one, the monk kills another and the rogue kills a third. The wizard offers sarcastic commentary and checks his email. The party loots and finds 13 sp which they ignore.
The party consists of a tiefling warlock, a dragonborn fighter, a Halfling rogue and a half-elf ranger.
The half-elf makes a listen check and they figure out where the kobolds are. The DM has them playing on full scale battle mat so they lay out their positions. In the first round the ranger shoots but misses, the fighter charges but his attack also misses. The Halfling has no ranged weapon but is scared to engage. The warlock scores a hit and does some damage. The kobolds proceed to severely damage the fighter while keeping out of his range. By now the players have figured out that kobolds have more than 3 hp. They keep it up for another 4 rounds until all of them have burned their daily powers and the fighter and rogue have both dropped. The ranger managed to drop the last one. The part loots and finds a potion of healing and 130 gp. They decide that three strikers in the party wasn’t a good idea after all. They decide to re-form the party.
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