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18th Apr 2013, 6:00 AM
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Mixed Messaging
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Newbiespud 18th Apr 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
Of course, a reasonably clever player will say that the silly faces Rainbow Dash makes in this scene would only ADD to the Intimidation factor, or at the very least the incendiary factor she was going for. And if it was in any way intentional on Rainbow Dash's part, I'd have to agree. Unfortunately, that's not the scenario that's unfolding here.


FanOfMostEverything 18th Apr 2013, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
I appear to be first. Hmm...
Story time! Tell us about a hilariously low roll and what came of it.
...if that's OK with all of you.
Zuche 18th Apr 2013, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
I'm afraid I told that story here already, possibly twice. Maybe even thrice.

Last night's players were greatly relieved when I got a pair of 1s on attacks I rolled against the party's seeker. The poor guy deserved the break, seeing as a similar combo had knocked him unconscious in the first round and left him at 1 hit point right after being revived in the second. He went on to score the first kill of the night and net the record for enemies taken down by the end, so it all worked in the end.
Eonas 19th Apr 2013, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
I'll never forget the time our party's wizard fumbled a lightning bolt. He basically passed out right then and there.
Nikas 18th Apr 2013, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
In a Mythus campaign I had to try a default roll (percentage dice based system)for stealth without the skill and got something in the low single digits.

The GM had mercy and had the other party members notice and tell me to try again ("psst! Try stepping out of the light.")

My second roll was shockingly high. We joked I took one step back and disappeared into 'The all concealing shadows'.
Digo 18th Apr 2013, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
Scene: Party is on a field mopping up a squad of Hobgoblin goons that were hired by a blue dragon to kill us.

Blue dragon shows up with "Tucker's Kobolds" to correct his vetting mistake in goons.
I played an elf cleric of Tamara.

Blue Dragon: "I will offer you all a chance to beg for your lives."
Me: *Diplomacy roll- 1* "Rather pointmess seeing as we're all currently using our lives. I could give mine to you for begging, but I've already prmised to give my life for my goddess some time next month."
Blue Dragon: "SURRENDER!"
Me: *Intimidation roll- 1* "What? You wish to surrender to us? Very well we gladly accept!"

The icing on this comedy cake was that we curb stomped the kobolds in two rounds with critical hits and nearly killed the blue dragon because I had accidently set him on fire when I accidently set myself on fire.
Froborr 18th Apr 2013, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
So, in the Slayers d20 campaign the players acquired a magical weapon, an apparently ordinary hilt of red metal with a blade FORGED BY ELVEN MAGE-SMITHS OF THE PUREST GROUND BEEF. It was a +2 longsword that poisoned enemies, because raw hamburger.

Unfortunately, only one of them had sword proficiency, from his Noble base class. (They had two Rogues with fighter-y prestige classes, but one was whip-focused and the other gun-focused.) The Noble could have used the sword, but his Warrior of Justice prestige class forbade the use of poisons.

So while the rest of the party was out, he and the Magic User came up with a zany scheme: combine the Magic User's Craft Magic Item and the Noble's other prestige class, Dragon Chef, to COOK the hamburger of which the sword was made, eliminating its poison aspect.

So the Noble makes his first Cooking check. Natural 1.

I turn to the Magic-User. "Roll Arcana to prevent the spell from going haywire." It was a pretty easy check, since they'd only started: DC 20 to make it just a fail instead of a small explosion that trashes their equipment. And they were level 11 at this point, so a DC 20 on a core skill should be child's play.

Natural 1.

Did I mention that while the blade was a mere mortal magic item, none of the PCs had yet noticed that the HILT was the legendary Sword of Flame, a living fragment of the demon-god Shabranigdo that generated a blade formed of his burning wrath, the same power that fuels the magic nuke spell Dragon Slave?


A quarter of the city gone, and four sessions ensued of the party being hunted as black-magic terrorists. And they STILL didn't figure out what the sword was for a dozen more sessions.