When you get the Scoundrel as an ally, the game has forced you to have Leah with you as well.  The entire time the Scoundrel flirts with her in a way that’s obviously not wanted by Leah.  I quickly dumped him, and took the Templar back, but then I got this:

Templar:  I do not like the way he treats Leah!

PC(Female Wizard): He can’t help himself.

I can, somewhat, accept a character who is a scoundrel, who treats women badly.  But this however was jarring.  First, the obvious, where my character is made to excuse the Scoundrel’s remarks with, essentially, “Boys will be boys.”  The other for me, was the way it was voice acted, and the surrounding context that the Templar must by right of his White Knighthood protect Leah from this scoundrel.  (Never minding, of course, that Leah seems perfectly capable of taking care of herself.)

Sure, not all of the comments are problematic, and the game is delightfully fun. (And I’m aware you can like problematic things), but this in particular bothered me.  Last night I got to the Enchantress, and the Templar started going all bubbly on her.  I quit soon after because I was exhausted (and mainly just trying to fix my latency issues).  I’m a bit concerned about what happens next.

[I also want to play as a non-wizard and a non-female to see how these conversations play out, if it’s any different.]

I’m hoping to play some original D&D with the Riders of Lohan tonight, so I spent a very few minutes making a character.  This is an absurdly simple task in Dungeons and Dragons, which is good, because I think we should probably rename ourselves Strikeforce Morituri, if their previous adventures are any indication.  I used rolz.org for dice, which I’ve been using for my G+ Pathfinder game.  And thus Harry Barefoot, (of the Bigglesport Barefeet) was born:

Harry Barefoot

First, the stats. A quick repeat 5 3d6 on rolz.org, and I had the bad news: 11,12,10,14,14,7

Okay, maybe not so bad after all, there’s a couple of 14s in there, we can work with this. Only this is original D&D so that’s my DEX an CON.  My INT is 12, at least so I can read and write.  My WIS is 10, so I can find my ass with my hands, at least. And a STR 11 seems respectable for someone of the Halfling persuasion*.  I did note that halflings can only go to 8th level, but as I doubt I’ll survive that long, I think it’s probably irrelevant.

The DEX gives me an extra point of AC (or rather a lower one) and a +1 to missile attacks.  I guess DEX was always an overloaded stat in D&D.  Not complaining.

I get lucky and roll max hit points,  with a 14 CON I get a bonus point, giving me 7 total hitpoints.  Truly Harry is a halfGod among halfMen!  Next, I roll a 10 for 100gp, which means I even get armor too!

I got a short bow and 20 arrows; a sword, a backpack, a few torches, 50′ of rope (in case I need to be lowered into a pit) and some food.  Halflings always travel with food.

Harry’s family is really big in Bigglesport, but there was a minor (Seriously, it was no big deal!) scandal and Harry had to hi tail it out of town.  He met with someone who told him he was a Scion of the Cerulean Shrimp (and after beating the guy up for calling him small) moved on to wherever the adventure is awaiting, and joined it.  Treasure is good, right?

And here’s a link to Harry’s Character sheet.  Even back then they couldn’t fit the whole thing on one side of a piece of paper.

* By which I mean, someone who hides in a shadow and shoots arrows.