Man, D&D be tedious sometimes... or perhaps I've simply lost my touch.
session completely stalled out after the PCs decided to climb down a
well (after the ranger and barbarian noticed and examined explicit
signs that a big fucking snake probably lived in the well) and the
barbarian got bitten and poisoned and fell off the rope. With a third of
the party on the rope, they couldn't effectively fight. They managed to
scare off the snakes and barely save the barbarian from
drowning/bleeding out. Since nobody in the party has any healing spells
or potions (and they missed the potion in one room because they aren't
very careful searchers), they had to retreat and drag their party member
back to town. They got laughed at by some townfolk. They then spent an
inordinate amount of time doing whatever they possibly could to avoid
paying a few silver for a room. We called it there.
sure there' s a lesson about caution in exploration and the learning
curve of new players, but for the most part I was just kind of... meh.
Maybe next session will be better. Maybe I actually just don't like
D&D very much anymore.