Player Activity Record
The topic for this post is the initial Player Activity Record, compiled from the "archives" of the first nine months of the campaign. At this point, participants are identified by player name, not character name (this changes later on.)
The first thing to notice, of course, is that 23 players are listed! This includes John and Len---since both were DMing, both also got to play. The top paragraph gives a peek at what the tone of the whole campaign will be like:
This is the first report of the D&D campaign along the Ryth, published as a public service by the Yggdrasill papermill, and compiled by John Van De Graaf from the recent archives of Rythlondar. Please report any inaccuracies to your friendly referee so that he can feed you to a ravenous purple worm, thereby cleansing his records.
I doubt anyone in the hobby at this time was taking themselves too seriously...though they were very obviously having fun!
Even though nine sessions are notated (third week in Nov. of '74 - the third week of March '75), November has no details (I'm assuming that covered expedition A), so it really starts with Session 2 (game week 3). It looks like the "campaign time scale" mentioned on the first page was decided upon: one actual week = one game week.
Some quick math yields the following tally:
- Eight expeditions over 17 weeks of real/game time
- Several weeks had two adventures going on
- Total fatalities: 21
- Highest XP total: Two characters in Expedition B received 4999 XP!
- Lowest XP total: One character in Expedition M received only 115 XP (though it looks like he collected 360 GP, so I'm not sure what happened there...)
- Highest GP total: 1462, in Expedition E
- Lowest GP total: Three characters in Expedition C walked out with only 26 GP.
Current Questions for John and Len
- How were you determining treasure amounts?
- How much experience were you giving for monsters killed?
- Do you remember what date you bought the White Box?