So tonight I started my brawl campaign. There were four players.
Seth-played a Musket wielding Gunslinger, I couldn't help but call him Pilgrim
Tabby-played a straight up greatsword swinging fighter.
Gretchen-played a paladin archer
And Adam played an axe throwing chain ball swinging dwarf
They were all introduced to the Arena for the first time, playing against each other, some Stirges, and a Tian rogue, that acted suspiciously ninja like. A good showing and some stirge mopping was had by all. In the end The gunslinger emerged victorious. Felling Tabby with a lucky blow as both were grievously injured.
After the event they were approached by the event organizer and offered a chance to look into a strange outbreak of huge bugs that the stirge catcher noticed on his last excursion.
The chance at lucrative income, reknown, and a chance to work together was too much of a sweet deal, and the group soon found themselves out in the country side killing huge centipedes, an ankheg, a big angry spider named peaches, and the demented halfling druid that made it all happen.
Using a fast XP advancement they were all able to level, which will move them up quickly in the brawl arenas...
They also conveniently found a map...that might highlight another explorable attraction.
This arena was small and fairly simple...mainly because the characters were so low level, as they advance the arenas and side dungeons will get elaborate and the enemies insane. Expect underdark exhibitions..imagine voluntarily brawling with the local mindflayer bad-ass. Or perhaps a vampire with a couple of class levels. Then there's the Burning Island championships, a huge arena helmed by some of the greatest mages, in the world....
By 20th level the characters will be mighty, brutal, heroic, rock start heroes.