At the last gaming session, my D&D 4E campaign had one of its teams hit second level. This is a big deal, because they have only played two sessions. Back in Castles & Crusades, getting to second level meant literally months and months of gaming, and after running the game for several years off-and-on the group barely broke the ceiling of third level.
I don’t know if this new pace is too fast, but its briskness and energy has certainly kept the player’s interest at a high temperature. I need to get the other half of the group playing now.
Side note: I need some sort of convention for naming these two groups, like “Blue Team” and “Gold Team” or something similar. I had sort of hoped they would name themselves, but we’ll see what develops. For now, I’ll call the group that has already got two sessions under their belt the Blue Team, and the other the Gold Team.
As a little backstory, the Blue Team had agreed to clean out a sunken fort (called the Sunken Fort) at the behest of the Lord Sheriff of Silverton. In the first session they had worked their way through five level 1 or 2 encounters without too much difficult. On the second session for the quest, they ended up with one level 2 encounter and two level 3 encounters. While the level 3 encounters went off fairly easily, the level 2 encounter nearly TPKed them. I noticed during that encounter that I was managing the battle a lot more than they were–drawing off defenders and hammering strikers with my artillery. When it got down to the ranger in single-digit hit points against a goblin blackblade with single digit hit points and who’ll hit who first and how hard? There’s your gaming drama right there.