|The party arrives in town|
|Meets some of the locals...|
|And gets right to the plotting and conniving...|
Coverage of this game was a little spotty, due to the very severe head cold I was suffering from on the day. (I almost didn't think I was going to be able to go, actually.) The game did not go the way that the GM had expected, and she had to play it entirely by ear and on the fly as the afternoon went on...
So, the idea was that the party had been hired as 'private investigators' by the kingdom's government to find out what, if any, skeletons were hiding in the anterooms of one of the local nobles, who was being tipped as the Queen's next husband. (Apparently, discussion of just what happened to any earlier ones is strongly discouraged.) The 'investigators' were given some information, but not much; the GM had labeled all of the buildings in the town with names, put the shops' owners on the table, and was expecting the players to mosey around and ask questions in the best "Maltese Falcon" style.
The players, however, noticed right off the bat that the locals all seemed to be sentient ducks and got very suspicious very quickly. I was startled by this development, as I hadn't expected to take a detour into Gloriantha, but the GM's Assistant GM explained that neither of them had even heard of Gloriantha or even "Runequest". This got me even more suspicious about what the GM had planned, and I had to move away from the table a) to get some fluids in me, and b) not to give anything away to the players who were already looking behind the curtains for suspicious persons.
Sure enough, they found one. A gent by the name of Carl Barks, to be exact.
Yes, that's right; we were in Duckburg, and the party was talking to three ducks of the names Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Mayhem ensued, as they got caught up on the local situation and gossip. The party never did look into any of the GM's carefully prepared shops and businesses, as they got wind of what dear old Captain Harchar would have called "A Personal Wealth Enhancement Opportunity"...