Tonight I ran my game one person short... after last time I decided I was fast-forwarding through this module to "cut to the chase." Though really, it was more like cutting *out* the chase. Turns out I can run a pretty decent vampire combat. The guy's really smart, so he did smart things. Which meant going off of what was written in the module :)
It's nice to kinda wing it and kinda plan ahead and discover that you got the mix of the two kinds of playing down just about right. Players seemed to have fun, and I know I did.
But if they had had worse luck in saving throws, or hit rolls... that could have been a rather different experience. I'm glad it ended up how it did.