In other RPG news, the Ravenloft campaign has been going well. My friend Eric Palmer brought his niece Renee to the game, and she's since taken up the role of Ireena Kolyana. Among other events, Ireena had a religious conversion and dedicated herself to the god Myrionar (of Justice and Vengeance), undertaking a small but difficult quest to prove her dedication and culminating in winning a special favor (a mystical weapon) from the god. (in Ravenloft, you'd darn well better have good weapons).
I'll also note that I had to beef up all the NPCs. It sometimes strikes me that the people doing these modules focus on writing the plotline but don't apply logic to the characters. Ashlyn, for instance, a Paladin (of Pelor originally, though of Myrionar in mine), had at best blah stats, and at worst actively STUPID ones. I mean, really, a major NPC warrior-type with an 8 dexterity???? Ireena, Ashlyn, Sir Urik, and others needed major boosting.
As the characters have also been getting higher level, I had to boost the baddies too, but I rather expected that. What I *didn't* expect was that they'd have both extraordinarily good AND bad luck. They've made considerable progress in the plot, but during the battle with the coven... well, they caused the coven to do a critical spellcasting fumble when they interrupted the summon, and unleashed the FULL-form demon. That damn near got them all killed, and only some extraordinary luck in counterspelling by Carl Steivesen, the Cleric of Terian, saved their bacon at all (and as it was they were damn near dead). Said demon is still at large and will be seeking revenge later, once he's assembled a force he feels is worthy.
In writing news, I'm up to around 75,000 words done in Grand Central Arena. No word yet on whether Toni likes it or not.