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Lair Assault at the Goat Anyone?

From: Jack K.
Sent on: Friday, February 15, 2013 12:59 AM
I mentioned this at the end of this week's Encounters program on Wednesday, and said I would throw it open to the group to see who was interested in starting up the Lair Assault program at the Gaming Goat again.

As some of you may know Lair Assault is one of Wizard's Organized Play options, and is scheduled as a single mega-encounter like some of the tournament games from Conventions of Yore.

The idea is that you create a characters of a certain level (the current Lair Assault is Level 7) using all official options in 4th Edition (Essentials, pre-essentials, from Dragon magazine, etc but not 3rd party material - just Wizards stuff).  Then with 3 or more of your friends, you attempt to survive a mega-encounter that is designed to kill you. 

The idea is that you go in with limited knowledge of the setup, make the best character you can (perhaps in consultation with your fellow players) and try to beat the encounter.  The expectation is (and has been proven to be true in many cases) that you will fail the first time, and then take what you know of the encounter at that point, rebuild your character (or change to something completely different) and come back at it for a second go, with the encounter reset to the start.  Usually on a different day, though I know a few cases have ended very quickly, and the players did a quick update and reset to start again right away.

We used to run this at the Gaming Goat in Elgin on Saturday in the early afternoon, but haven't for the past few seasons.

The current season is going to wrap up at the end of this month, and the next Lair Assault is going to be the last, and it brings back an old D&D foe (Tharizdun) that I remember battling in my youth....

I have a copy of the current season, which is called 'Temple of the Sky God' and wanted to find out if I could get enough interested parties to schedule a session or two before the end of the month.

If you are interested, let me know, and let me know what times are best for you.  Due to the nature of the Lair Assault setup, the time to run it can vary from very short to over 4 hours (it takes time to run battles when you get higher in level in 4th edition, especially if not everyone is familiar with their characters).

I've had a request for Saturday late afternoon/evening, so if that works for you, say so.  If not, please, suggest alternatives.  

Once I have at least 4 who can meet at the same time, I'll schedule it at the Goat and post the time on the calendar here.

More details on the Lair Assault program can be found at:

If 4E D&D isn't your thing, not to worry.  I've got demos for a bunch of different games, and will be bringing them out little by little to see what might have some following in these parts.  In addition to the Marvel Heroic game I posted about last week (which I have several demos for), I've run the current Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space game, and I used to write for the Buffy and Angel games, as well as the Stargate:SG-1 RPG and have some unpublished material I have been itching to run for folks.

But first things first, let's hear who is interested in reviving Lair Assault.


Jack Kessler

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