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My game group has been involved in a pretty good campaign for several sessions now. My character is a third-level dwarf barbarian glory-seeker. Given that my character hasn’t been killed yet (despite the best efforts of my dice), it’s time to reflect on some of the life lessons the little brute has taught me so far.
- Everyone has latent talents. Who knew that a dwarf barbarian could still be an effective hunter? Sure, the meat may look a little pulverized by the time I’m done with it, but it’s still edible.
- Everyone can contribute. One of our most effective fighters is a dog named “Chicken.” He has rather disgusting taste in snacks, but he comes through when it counts.
- You can never have too many tools for the job. Or, in my character’s case, battle axes, longswords, broadswords, daggers, shields and chain mail.
- Be careful with your tools. Throwing your battle axe in the heat of battle is a bad thing. Hitting yourself with it is worse.
- There’s a place for both strength and smarts. A good fighter needs the muscle to effectively swing a battleaxe when there’s a hobgoblin who needs discipline. However, making the right decisions can win the battle before it starts.
- Teamwork beats going it alone. Particularly when one is taking on a bunch of human-sized ants.
- On the other hand, don’t be afraid to step up. Sometimes a guy’s gotta take the lead by charging into a hoard of disagreeable orcs.
- Don’t let success go to your head. You may win a few battles, but there are a seemingly unlimited number of orcs out there, waiting to rip your lungs out.
- It’s good to be surrounded by friends who can take care of you. Particularly mages and clerics armed with healing spells when a nasty fight is over.
- Working and fighting hard are important, but so is playing hard. My character knows his way around a good tankard of ale. And a bad one.
We play again in a couple of weeks. If my character survives, there may be some new life lessons, along with orc guts on his kilt.