I'm running this season of WotC's Encounters, War of Everlasting Darkness, for my local 4e group and I was wondering if anyone else around here is playing through it as well as what they think.
This season is supposed to focus more on exploration, skill challenges, and roleplaying encounters than the previous seasons, which are often criticized as being nothing more than a string of combats - a "fight a week."
However, perhaps due to the "snapshot" formatting, the skill/RP content, and my own personal DMing style (
) I'm having a hard time getting my group interested and engaged in the sessions. Table talk seems to be at an all-time high.
This session the party was primarily supposed to be involved in a discussion/debate with the orc king and his court regarding their involvement with drow-inspired raids. However, no one really engaged in the conversation and so I mostly ended up glossing over most of it (and easily passed the skill DCs when they bothered to try). They were a bit better at getting involved in the following combat encounter, but because it focused more on a single party member (even with the other characters being able to influence the fight), most of the players spent the time chatting or having their characters roam about doing other things - examples include looking for peanuts & funnel cakes and the halfling hitting on "hot orc chicks."
Is anyone else having similar experiences with this season, or is this issue isolated to my group?