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Newbiespud 11th Oct 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Knowing how to say "you travel a lot and nothing happens" and "you've traveled a lot; now EVERYTHING happens" is still something I struggle with, personally.

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Digo Dragon 11th Oct 2018, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
You do much better than the previous D&D GM my local group had, who hits us with a surprise encounter NIGHTLY and always of a really high CR compared to what we'd be able to handle. And when I start using the terrain to get advantage, like hiding in a tree, the GM got mad and started forcing encounters to only happen in open-space plains. The insult to injury was that we never got loot on level with what we fought (we defeated two dragons and both times he cut the loot by 60%).

That got tiring quick and our group ditched his campaign.
Guest 11th Oct 2018, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
the GM we had for Shadowrun and D&D was always really stingy with loot as well, then we played in an Earthdawn game, with a different GM, where the economy is based on silver, so gold is worth 10 silver...
We got a chest of orichalcum coins, a HIGHLY magical metal where each dime sized coin is worth 10,000 silver coins. And they were ALL demonically tainted, so we couldn't spend ANY of it.
After that we got treasure on a more regular basis from our regular GM
Digo Dragon 11th Oct 2018, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Ouch! I played a little Earthdawn back in the day, so I feel sympathy for your party getting tainted cash.

But it's good that your regular GM is getting better about the loot! It's nice to hear when things improve and more fun is had. GMs are not easy to come by.
Akouma 11th Oct 2018, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Akouma
At the LARP I attend, one of the notable dangers staff loves to use is contact poison. Basically, if you touch something, and you feel vaseline on bare skin, you've been poisoned. You remain conscious for 5 seconds afterwards, and DIE in five minutes if you aren't treated. (Treatment comes in the form of a dedicated spell or potion.) It's real scary stuff if you're not standing right next to a healer, or someone who can bring you TO a healer. If you're wearing gloves you can touch stuff covered in it safely, but you can't CLEAN anything with it unless you have the skill for disarming traps.

So naturally staff absolutely adores putting it all over any loot that has any value. Bonus points if they put the loot in a precarious acid pit. See, if any part of you touches an acid/magma pit (represented by a green/red tarp), you die. No save, report to the gate to death as a spirit immediately. So now imagine you see a shiny of some kind in one of those pits. You gingerly, delicately fish it out with your sword (making extra sure that not even THAT touches because yes, that counts), pick up your reward aaaaand...

It's covered in poison, you fall unconscious into the pit and don't even have the opportunity to get purified. Seen it happen a few times. I've invested in a very sturdy pair of gloves.
Dragonflight 12th Oct 2018, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
I still recall a local LARP group I was part of a long time ago. The game was a mishmash of things from across different timelines and histories. So you had vampires, killer robots, and alien terrors all on the same gamesite.

Anyway, the vampires have obtained the services of a killer Terminator-ish robot. They did this when they realized the robot was programmed to obey one specific person, and they then vamped that person.

So, the vampires had their own Terminator. Yes, this was a thing.

ANYway... They find a chest with the usual stuff inside. The terminator character hands a couple of vials to one of the only living allies traveling with the vampire party. He also hands other loot to other people, but specifically handed the vials to the living guy. Then he turns to look at the Ref after a moment, and asks, "Has the living guy changed at all, yet?"

The Ref rolls a d20 they all have in transparent containers (usually old film roll canisters with my group,) and looks back at the guy holding the vials with a look of sick comprehension dawning on his face as the Ref says, "You definitely feel queasy and really want to sit down right now."

When he asks the party how they intend to fix this, the vampire just shrugs and says, "Well, as I see it, you've got about two minutes to decide if you feel like continuing with our party or not. If not, we can certainly use the health boost. If so, well, let's hope that poison doesn't spoil the taste, yes?"
Xanderman1201 12th Oct 2018, 11:20 PM edit delete