If you want to survive any D&D adventure you need to plan ahead. The better your advanced planning the more likely your chances of survival, and in the case of the Ultimate Dungeon Delve, the better your chance of victory. At this year’s GenCon they are running the next Ultimate Dungeon Delve: Fall of the Tower at Windrock. I’m signed up to play and I’m looking for an adventuring company.
For those who don’t know what I’m talking about when I say Ultimate Dungeon Delve you can read all about them at Wizards of the Coast. But in a nutshell here’s how it works. You create a 6th level PC and form a party of five adventurers. The delve consists of six encounters and you have 45 minutes in which to complete each one. If you don’t complete an encounter in 45 minutes or everyone is killed you loose, game over. For those who complete the entire delve they stand to win fabulous prizes.
Part of the fun of GenCon, or any gaming convention, is meeting new people. Normally I wouldn’t have any interest in forming an adventuring party ahead of time; I’d just show up at the Con at the designated time and look for the first empty seat. However, the Ultimate Dungeon Delve is not only a game but a competition and I want to win. Or at the very least I don’t want to loose horribly.
A few days ago I read Dave Chalker’s Ultimate Dungeon Delve experience at Origins 2009 over at Critical-Hits. This was a real eye-opener for me. Before reading his article I hadn’t even considered trying to coordinate a group before GenCon. But I’m of a very different mind-set now.
I want to do whatever I can to ensure that I’m part of a balanced adventuring group come GenCon. Dave’s party didn’t make it past the first encounter of their delve and I don’t want that to be the case for me. Dave offers a lot of suggestions on how to survive the delve. The part that really struck a chord with me was his advice on party make-up. He suggests the following party composition.
So what I’m looking for are a few heroes willing to put together a party consisting of these roles.
If you’re going to GenCon and have Fall of the Tower at Windrock scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 13 (event RPGA0905740) I want to hear from you. Leave a comment below or email me.
If you’ve participated in the Ultimate Dungeon Delve at Origins I’d appreciate hearing all about your experiences. Specifically what pointers might you offer those of us who will be attempting the next delve at GenCon. I’d also appreciate everyone’s input on character creation, whether you played in the Ultimate Dungeon Delve at Origins or not. What kind of characters do you think will be valuable? What feats and powers would you take? Over at Mike’s Mind he recently put together an excellent Player Shopping List. If you have something else that you think is a necessity for this kind of adventure please share it with us.
At this point I’m starved for information and want to hear everything our readers may have to share on this topic. When I finally have my character built I’ll post him for your feedback and ridicule.