Ivan and Rocky stand in the front rank, with Crater supporting them in the rank behind with his spear. Calvin (who actually probably holds on to his sling because of the narrowness of the area, but it's up to you!) and Gus bring up the rear.
The carnage of the initial assault is impressive.
The oil goes up in flame all around the goblins, killing four of them outright and setting the net and the upper wolves on fire. The surviving wolf, however, hurls himself through the flames, and his massive jaws are barely caught on the dwarf's shield as he pushes the line back.
Three more goblins rush - or, more accurately, are pushed by the swelling line - forward into the flames, where they die, but their bodies and hot blood make a slick bridge for the horde that rushes out behind them. Calvin's slingshot goes wild; Rocky and Ivan swing ineffectually at the wolf, who champs back at them without scoring a hit; and the line of goblins moves forward...
(wow, am I getting a lot of distractions...that is another melee round though...might be time for Gus' sleep spell!)
I'm not sure about standing behind people and trying to fire a sling past them. I've used a sling in real life (just once, but there was a guy there who used to hunt small game with one.) It's a direct fire weapon, with a pretty flat trajectory -- up to the DM. If I have a clear line of fire, I'll keep using it.
I'm hoping Crater can get the double damage for a set spear, should one of the wolves charge him. If not, he'll support with the spear from the back rank. But if he ends up in front, he'll pull out the sword.
Likewise Calvin, with the mace, should it be needful.
Also, I still have a Cure Light Wounds on hand.
Dieter the Deathless, anger-fueled fighting machine.
The wolf's huge head and foul breath distracts Rocky and Crater, who can find no purchase to slay the beast. But then, in the center, Ivan raises up his sword and strikes the wolf a terrific blow, almost killing it with a single stroke.
Twisting aside, the wolf sinks its fangs into Rocky, hanging on with a ferocious snarl as blood seeps from between the dwarf's armor. The doughty demi-human does not fall, however; instead he raises his axe up for another blow.
Goblins rush forward into the fire, which is starting to smoke black. Several die, but the line appears to be crossing when Gus intones his magical words. The foremost eight goblins fall into the fire, burning and cursing; the net above them burns through, and the flaming wolf-husks fall onto them as they rise from the pain of the burn.
Four more goblins with pole arms move to the front, using the wide blades as makeshift brooms and grabbers to push the dead bodies out of the way. The sound of drums echoes from behind them, and they look at you spitefully from behind their shields, waiting their chance to charge!
What do you do?
(Rocky wounded, sleep spell used, everyone else fresh; wolves down except for the almost-dead one attached to Rocky's leg; 8 goblins down; things going well....so far!)
(DM: Blearg, stomach flu after Thanksgiving. Back in the saddle now.)
Rocky brings his axe down on the wolf attached to his leg; it lets out a rattling exhale and dies, leaving the three front-line warriors ready to face their foes.
The bodies are cleared, and the goblins rush forward! They come with their spears, but the warriors manage to take the charge without incident; the thrust of Calvin's spear and the broad sweeps of Ivan's sword claim no initial victims.
The goblins range far back, thronging the passage; you can see a dozen or two in the line rushing towards you, and there are more to follow.
(DM: Basic situation is the fire is cleared and a stream of goblins is pouring into the front line. I'm inclined to start having the front lines trade blows until something happens, but I wanted to give you all input into that process in the meantime. Calvin, I'll go ahead and let you time a sling shot every other round if that's what you want to do, figuring you can find a safe opening in the line about that often.)
I would just like to point out that it was Crater's spear, not Calvin's. (It would probably be easier if we didn't have similar looking names!) (Hell, people were always confusing us for each other when we were children...)
Dieter the Deathless, anger-fueled fighting machine.
Calvin's sling beans a goblin in the head with a loud noise, and it falls dead (9 goblins down now). The line moves forward. Ivan swings with a punishing blow and takes the head of the next assailant clean off its shoulders (10).
The line surges forward, and only Ivan's massive strength and Crater's prodding spear keep the party from being overwhelmed entirely. Two thrusting glaives find their way past the sweep of the long weapons, and impale wounded Rocky on their ends; the dwarf is lifted from the ground and thrown aside, his armor bouncing and rattling deep down into the depths as he goes.
(Gustavus and Calvin are now co-callers.)
The others keep their assailants off. How do you handle the line? Ivan and Crater can probably hold it with their big weapons, but they're outnumbered 3-2 at the front unless you do something here. Let me know what's next.
And, I hope the other group posts (not that I can blame them for being slow given my recent record), because you all happen to be pretty close on the map here....
Gus' money pouch goes sailing over the front line of battle and crashes in the middle of the goblins. Their eyes go feral at the sight of gold, and many forget their duty, dropping to the ground to snatch at coins. One is trampled in the rush, and none can reinforce the front line for a moment as they run for the money.
Ivan and Crater attempt to take advantage of the ensuing confusion, but do not succeed; Crater takes a minor wound from a goblin's slash. The numbers are on your foes' side, but at least the gold is slowing them down; Calvin has a sling shot now if he wants to take it.
The fire's basically burned down at this point, they waited for that to advance. The actual choke point on the ledge is behind you some but where you are is pretty narrow; still, a battling retreat might cut down the number of gobboes who can attack you from 3 to 2.
The battle continues! Calvin's sling strikes another gobbo in the head (without fatality, alas) while Crater and Ivan continue to fend off the front line with their great weapons. The goblins cannot break past their guard yet; the battle continues.
(I'd normally do multiple rounds until something happens, but I'm trying to pace you with the other group now. Gus, you can throw daggers, but that's about it - do you want a dagger shot? Anything else? I'll get the next round for you guys as soon as I get it for group 1.)