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Newbiespud 11th Apr 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
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Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author's Note: "As a GM, I like to roll dice. It's just a thing I like to do. Sometimes I do it without any purpose behind it! So when the players have made allies of NPCs, I like to roll for them when they assist with skill checks or challenges.

I have switched to rolling behind a screen for that because I need to be able to fudge the numbers more with allies than anything else. For...whatever reason, my luck with NPC ally rolls comes in two forms; Useless and Showstealer. Either way can end up super funny! But only when it happens sometimes. Too much, and suddenly the players feel like their performing the worst sort of escort quest, or feel like they aren't the stars of the game. And both of those suck.

Story Time: Any stories about hilarious NPC rolls?

(Ha ha holy crap, I can't believe I hit 50 pages)"
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19 Comments:

BackSet 11th Apr 2020, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
Good going Twilight, you created a metaphor that will hopefully serve as a lesson of some sort.
Sensei Le Roof 11th Apr 2020, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
It's almost like friendship is... some kind of supernatural ability or something...
FanOfMostEverything 11th Apr 2020, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
Does friendship work in an antimagic field?
zimmerwald1915 11th Apr 2020, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
It turns out you can't make new friends in an antimagic field, but you can bring preexisting friends into one and they work just fine.
BackSet 11th Apr 2020, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
Anti-magic fields have a habit of lowering morale so I think it would be harder to make friends in an anti-magic field, meaning you've gotta bring pre-existing friends in.
aylatrigger 11th Apr 2020, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
Also magic doesn't work in an anti-friendship field.
CosmicPlatonix 11th Apr 2020, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
Just this week, something like that happened in my Thursday night gaming group, which usually meets in a comic shop but has now switched to the Roll20 VTT for obvious reasons. We've been going through Pathfinder's Jade Regent adventure path, and got to the battle early in Chapter 4 with a bunch of ninja who've all taken Potions of Displacement (giving attacks against them a 50% auto-miss chance.) One PC, who is built to excel at melee combat and certainly tanked an impressive number of sneak attacks from the ninja, could not get past that 50% miss chance to save her life. She missed over a dozen attacks in a row because of it. Then the scripted moment came when an NPC ally sent by the Kami shows up mid-combat to help the heroes... for reasons of enemy placement that only indirectly had anything to do with that PC's bad luck, the ally NPC chose her to assist, and promptly hit all the luck rolls against the ninjas' Displacement, never missing a single attack. The PC only got a hit in when the clock finally ran out on the Displacement spell's duration and the ninja lost the miss chance.
Scissors Rock Paper 11th Apr 2020, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
Had a group of three players and no one wanted to be a healer. She "miraculously" got max rolls whenever she healed.
Didn't even lie half the time. Of course, my dice only roll well when I DM. Last time I was a player I rolled 3 1's in a row. Even after I purified them under a full moon using kosher salt and water blessed by a native American shaman. Not even kidding about that last part.
A Quiet Reader 11th Apr 2020, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
1. Where did you get a Native American shaman?

2. Why kosher salt?
Ze Chef 14th Apr 2020, 2:10 AM edit delete reply
It's important to use kosher salt when following recipes. A given volume of kosher salt contains significantly less salt matter than does table salt due to its coarser consistency. Recipes are standardized using kosher salt, which chefs tend to prefer because it's easier to 'pinch'. If you use table salt instead, your recipes are going to be somewhat saltier than the chef intended.
Talyn 11th Apr 2020, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
The terrorist Zegmon Pent is assaulting Imperial Plaza to kill Chancellor Valorum. His airspeeder truck is hovering over the floating platform the Chancellor was giving his speech from.

We come speeding up, perfect piloting check, place our airspeeder right against the truck's back doors. The Soldier yanks open the door, underhands an armed Thermal Detonator into the truck, slams the door, we zip away.

Zegmon, piloting the truck, sees the thermal detonator hit the console and rebound. He manages a Dex check to unstrap himself from the seat as a free action. He manages a Str check to kick out the transparisteel[!] windshield. He manages a Dex check to wriggle through the windshield and throws himself from the vehicle, lighting his lightsaber as he jumps towards the platform the chancellor is on, with a scream of 'Death to the Supreme Chancellor!'

Fall damage knocks out all of his vitality, he fails his fort save, passes out in a heap with broken legs.
albedoequals1 11th Apr 2020, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
My players had rescued a shy ninja named Tiger Eyes from a city frozen in time, and she was following them around from gratitude as well as a lack of anything better to do.

One time, she just happened to be standing around when the player characters started openly discussing something really uncomfortable (I think they were talking about childbirth in-character). As a subtle hint that they were being weird, I had the ninja roll stealth to smoothly disengage from the group. However, she rolled a nat 20, and with her bonuses that made a stealth of 45, so I told the players, "Tiger is gone, and now that you think about it, you can't remember if she was ever really here."

After that, if became a running gag that she only used her supernatural powers of stealth to escape awkward situations, not actual danger.
A Quiet Reader 11th Apr 2020, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
Is...is Twi subtly critiquing/hinting to Sunset!DM about the problem between their group? I know we as the readers are supposed to recognize the parallel in her words, but I'm not sure if it's an in-universe double meaning.
Guest 11th Apr 2020, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
It was a running gag in one of our adventures that the Paladin's Mount had consistently better roles than the rest of us, particularly the Paladin himself. We decided that the horse was the hero and the Paladin was their trusty sidekick.
CrowMagnon 12th Apr 2020, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
So, basically Tangled?
Digo Dragon 12th Apr 2020, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
The party infiltrated a dragon's lair and reached the final chamber. The imposing elder red dragon laughed at the party's chutzpah and waved at his kobold army to attack. The party rolled initiative and every PC lost the initiative.

The kobolds charge at the party and I rolled several secretive attack rolls behind my screen. The kobolds... proceeded to miss with every attack. The Red dragon took a wide tail swipe at the party... and rolled a 1.

Huh.

So I narrated that the army charged forward with their lances, the great dragon bellowed a mighty laugh and swung his tail--then tripped on a pile of his treasure, flipped over and bowled over the entire kobold army. Which then rolled past the PCs like a dropped bucket of pennies.

The dragon sat up, looked around, and said, "Um, if we survive, let's never mention this part. Ever."
Quiet 12th Apr 2020, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
Is Pinkie Pie's little "...wait" going to go uncommented on? Much like Pinkie I feel like I'm the only one who caught that.
A Quiet Reader 12th Apr 2020, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
I noticed, but I'm not sure what significance it has. Maybe Pinkie will bring up whatever she noticed/though of the next time the PCs plan?
GD 13th Apr 2020, 7:56 PM edit delete reply
It's nothing serious. It was a joke about how phrasing it as "Who can't decorate now!?" is still sort of a backhanded compliment to herself.

She knows what she meant, but there were better ways of phrasing it.