When is too much too much?
Our playtest sessions with D&D Next have been going along swimmingly so far, though the PCs have managed to remain relatively scratch free. It’s not from want of trying on my part, I hasten to add – last session they faced off against ten freakin; Zombies, and even the evil Cultists’ Unholy Maces (I do love describing them being encased in worm-like shadows as they hit) have so far only done single-digit damage.
I suck at rolling dice and my players are awesome. That’s the reason, I swear.
The next session is tonight, and I plan to ramp things up just a little. If you’re a part of the game group, there will be minor spoilers below.
Previously, our heroes had seen an ornate tapestry on the wall of a room which depicted a baby being held aloft above an altar with demonic hordes watching on. These cultists guys have a thing for babies and sacrifice, so I considered running with that theme.
The players already know they are going to face off against a large number of skeletons next session (they saw them leaving through a side door), but didn’t really get a good look at them. Rather than just being another battle against low-level undead (10 zombies was enough last session) I considered having each skeleton contain the another skeleton inside, that of a baby.
This inner skeleton could leap out and attack, giving each skeleton a Close Range single-use attack for, say,1d10 damage, DC13 DEX save to avoid. The baby skeleton is destroyed on impact.
Now, awesome as that sounds, we’re talking about our heroes fighting corpses of pregnant women whose unborn fetuses leap out to attack the PCs.
Is that a bit, y’know, too much for a D&D game, especially with a bunch of folks (many of whom are otherwise total strangers) on a Google Hangout?
What do you think? Is this fitting game material? Would you feel comfortable playing in a game where this occurs?
Dear reader, over to you.
UPDATE: We played, I used the skeletons, they were awesome and the players won through after a hard fought battle. Full write-up will be posted tomorrow. Thank you, all!