Page 315 - This Isn't Difficult Enough?

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Page 315 - This Isn't Difficult Enough?
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MagicMixture 18th Aug 2018, 8:00 AM edit delete
MagicMixture
Taunting the GM is just asking for trouble. Do it at your PC's peril.

Next page on Monday. Have a good weekend!

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Stein: Is there any way I can tell how much damage the upper level has?
Taylor: Through the security cameras. The ones that are still working.
Taylor: It's a real mess, but the overall structure of the building is okay. For now.
Taylor: The bulldozer backs up for another go. If Yumi wants to get out, now's the time.
Rachel: I'll throw Ulrich over my shoulders and carry him off.
Taylor: Strength Check from you.
<ROLL>
Taylor: You lose balance halfway over. Roll Tumble.
<ROLL>
[Yumi rolls across the floor with Ulrich's body. Rubble falls on the area where they just were a second ago.]
<SMASH>
Rachel: Too easy.
Taylor: Too easy?!
Eric: Can this wait until after we're out of danger?
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Vanacan 18th Aug 2018, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
Not just your own characters peril, but the whole party too sometimes.
I was once playing a game where a player acted particularly stupid, and the dm had no choice but to give him what he asked for.
The game in question was Curse of Strahd for 5e, and we had just started. Literally two sessions in and we had just ran into Strahd for the first time as he proceeded to kick everyone’s ass to establish dominance. After that he was about to walk away, until one player decided to say “Ha, running away?” Needless to say, that character was turned to ash.
MagicMixture 18th Aug 2018, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
MagicMixture
<facepalm>

Unbelievable.
Vanacan 19th Aug 2018, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
He realized what he just did a few seconds later while we all stared at him in shock, but he took it pretty ok. He was working on rolling up a new character before the dm interrupted him and gave a dm fiat reason for saving his life.

Basically, he was the student of another player who was going to exhaust himself bringing him back from the dead by overcharging everything and using the power of “you were my son/student I can’t let you die”.

Of course this proved moot, that was he last session we did of that game I think. Maybe one oafter it. I’m not complaining since there was more than just that player causing issues. A game with a kenku mystic from the Star Wars galaxy called “JewJew Banks” (the player isn’t racist, but definitely went too far with that joke) who was the brother of Darth JarJar Binks. Who turned out to secretly be Darth JarJar in the end anyways. And then there was the guy who disbelieved everything and only trusted his phone, because it was an elder god texting him metagaming points about why dnd logic doesn’t make sense. The player that died was the student of Darth JarJar, but was a lizard man who took his character photo from some porn site on purpose, just to make us look at his dick.
I was a villager from barovia living in the woods who could shoot arrows. I could shoot them pretty far, and use a bit of magic with them, but i was the only sane man there besides the dm, who wasn’t prepared to dm for these people.
They quieted down once I started DMing for them, and got in their heads that dnd is more fun when you break the rules by following the game and not by being stupid.
Cloy552 19th Aug 2018, 2:18 AM edit delete reply
In one campaign I'm in the DM added a bunch of 'snake' basdd spells because the main enemy is Yuan-ti. So the spells work as normal except they're based on the snakeness of the target. I.e. enlarge snake vs enlarge person works on snakelike beings instead of humanoids or Cure light snake vs Cure light wounds where the heal or harm is based on snakeness.

Anyeay. We were fighting our way through a bunch of asshole dwarves and got to their main meeting place where we were going to fight their king. They'd pissed us off for several sessions and we'd just recently leveled up so I cast my first ever polymorph on the ranger and turned him into a 7 headed pyro hydra. Then our cleric cast Enlarge snake on him since Hydra's fall under the 'snake' category for the spell this caused a fuckhuge pyrohydra to rain destruction on those damn dwarves. Unfortunately, those damn dwarves were apparently not nearly as good at stoneworking as you'd expect from dwarves since the building we were fighting in started to cave in and the ground started to crumble. So we had to make sure our ranger avoided dying from the collapse until he reverted to normal since he was too big for the doorway.

It was awesome.
Cloy552 19th Aug 2018, 2:20 AM edit delete reply
As for what that has to do with this strip? I feel like we probably made some comment somewhere thst made our DM decide to fuck with us with the whole collapsing building issue.

I mean they're dwarves! Surely they regularly build their buildings to withstand 64+ tons and who the hell builds a meeting place over an abyss anyway?
Vanacan 19th Aug 2018, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
Read some Lord of the Rings, the dwarves there could build a castle inside a hollow mountain that would hold up to a big ass dragon. A simple hydra is nothing, although the “built over an abyss” is more common than you’d expect, they have a bad habit of digging too see and thinking a silly little door will stop the creatures in the abyss from attacking them.
Anvildude 20th Aug 2018, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
Not enough DM's play with magic this way, I think. All too often the whole "Wizards claim spells from other places" thing is just ignored, or the whole "multiple magic traditions" thing.

Good on your DM, there!
Guest 1st Nov 2018, 6:45 PM edit delete reply
Once had a player say "we're safe now. Safe forever". after we just escaped from a hord of undead.
another said "look, i like a 8 bit theater reference as mush as the next guy, but did you forget how it turn out for them everytime they say this?."
"come on, nothing can happen to us now."
Me "wait, why would the undead suddenly stop following us? i don't think they all lost track of us."
The GM "Good reasoning, but too late."
they just stopped following us because we had entered the territory of something that scared them. the undead giant wolf. and it was a very territorial animal.
MagicMixture 1st Nov 2018, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
MagicMixture
HAHAHA!
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