One of the new pieces to the game that opened up before this session was a planning stage by our party without the DM. Before the end of arc 1, there was a clear way to go, sure we’d do a little deviation here and there but our course was basically set, now with so many possibilities it seemed necessary to discuss our options at length outside of the game. I wanted to do this for two basic reasons: 1) to keep the game moving instead of us spending an entire session deciding what to do next, and 2) to keep things interesting for our DM. Since some of our party are playing via Google Hangouts, we don’t have a lot of time outside of the game to talk about it. The meeting ended up being super helpful and allowed us to brainstorm without the added pressure of being in session.
That being said, I could not have predicted the turn of events upon starting again. The party was generally able to go down the path we planned beforehand, but the results were very unexpected; nothing turned out how we imagined. After it was over, I realized that is probably the ideal scenario; planned up still surprising at every turn!