DM’s Notes: Episode 14 – Inspired Hands

WARNING: SPOILERS for both Waterdeep: Dragon Heist the module in general and the story arc for this campaign in particular. If you just want to follow along the campaign but don’t want to have the plot spoiled for you, read no further.

Link to this episode’s podcast.

This episode, we expected Jack (Hal) to be absent and then he showed up part way through. If there are some inconsistencies in the narrative it might be due to that. The scene with Elzerina and Terenzio Cassalanter is actually two scenes spliced together. The first time when I thought Jack wouldn’t be there and the second time with his input. I put that scene in there just to remind the party about the Cassalanter kids and how cute they are, so that later on, they will hopefully be more invested in saving them. We shall see.

I have read very negative reviews of the “Nim’s Secret” chapter of the module, so it was very gratifying indeed for me when the entire party reacted so positively to Nim and the whole experience. There is a story about a woman who took her young son to Rome. They saw the Vatican, the Parthenon, ancient works of art and architecture. When she asked her son what his favorite thing was on their trip to Rome, he went on and on about a three legged dog they had seen in a plaza. Sometimes that’s how D&D is. You hope that they will see the beauty and wonder that you create for them, but sometimes your party is just captivated by the three legged dog in the corner.

At the end of this episode the party runs into Jarlaxle in disguise as Laeral Silverhand. You may notice that I don’t do a great job of convincing them that it is really Laeral. They immediately suspect that something is up. That’s fine by me. I feel that it is more interesting for them to have their suspicions then to go half the game having no idea that something might be up. As the DM, you don’t have to prove that you are so much more clever than all of your players. You hold all of the cards. It is not hard to beat them. Instead try to give them enough clues that they can figure out your deception and when they do they will feel a sense of accomplishment in doing so.

We were supposed to play a different campaign this week and I did not expect to run this session so soon. Because of the sudden change, I didn’t have any time to write any articles for the High Road Herald.

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