I have the story arcs prepped for some time now and that was fine, I just didn't have the fun hat tied on. However the kids were excited and the new format of three hours worked great. We had our new player today and instead of trying to go slowly with him I got him involved in the actions right away...though I think he has forgotten a very important item. ((Hint hint Tim if your reading he needs to take notes during the game.))
The battle against the orcs went as expected, they almost stopped them from getting the chalice out of the temple but alas the orc leader got away and now they are in pursuit!! At the end it was fun and they are in one of the orc caves trying to find the chalice...one of their number has been "quested" to do this, it was fun. We even had a good old fashioned debate on party treasure split. :)
Next week...I need to set the time, I think 1pm till 4pm will work but I need to get the word out!