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20th Feb 2014, 6:00 AM
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Collateral Oopsie
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Newbiespud 20th Feb 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
To explain: The value of your Athletics skill check made to jump translates to how many feet you can clear in that jump. One square on most maps translates to 5 feet. So you divide your roll by 5 to figure out how many squares you can clear.

But sometimes, as some irregularly wise men once said, there aren't enough dice in the world.


Jennifer 20th Feb 2014, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie Pie is really having a GMing problem, isn't she?

Storytime about how the GM screwed up and made a task impossible for the players, and how he/she and the players dealt with this!

"Um, er, But the methane gas below bubbles so furiously that it might act as propellant to get you to the other side..."
Digo 20th Feb 2014, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
I had one GM who did that kind of screwy a lot because he simply had no skill in balancing encounters. It's like... if our team consisted of Iron Man, Wolverine, and Collosus, the GM would throw Magneto at us without thinking about how it would play out. :p

For me, I screwed up once with an encounter, but in my defense it was because I didn't think the PCs would be this bullheaded-- It was a D&D game and the party was fighting some elves who built golems you can sit inside and 'drive' around. The driver was magically protected by the golem, so all damage dealt would hurt the golem's HP first before overflowing to the driver.

The fight was a washout because the PCs kept tryng to figure out how to hit the driver directly and take them out. It wasn't even because they wanted the golem vehicles for themselves. They just... I dunno, like they were lazy and wanted a quick win, but instead made the fight twice as hard as it needed to be. Eventually I just fidged some dice and ruled that if a golem took X amount of damage, it explodes and kills the driver. Just to end the fight and get on with the adventure.
Newbiespud 20th Feb 2014, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
...For some reason, I really like the use of the word "fidged" there. Like, it's not even a verb, just an onomatopoeia of the sound dice make when they're grudgingly manipulated by the DM.

Digo 20th Feb 2014, 12:01 PM edit delete reply
Ahaha. I mispell 'fudge' so many times I stopped trying. But now I totally have a legit definition for it and will add it to my gaming lexicon. :D
Venellian 20th Feb 2014, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
Well it's not from the DM (me), necessarily, but when the human & the elf showed up to the racist elven town with the elf nearly dead (thanks to the human), it didn't help much for the human to attack the wedding party.

Um... Although there was the time when the party went into a land of total darkness (one wizard character now couldn't see or read his spellbook), and a bit thereafter that cat (now a psion instead) didn't run away when a local (a player who just got into the game) told them to, leaving them behind for the big, bad, insta-killing creature of mystery. He was somewhat pissed and that campaign ended that night, really.

Once while I wasn't DMing I was playing as a Shade, who can go through walls, cannot be knocked out, and rarely takes damage (also having fast healing 3 and greater invisibility once per day). I kinda messed with the DM's plans ranging from "making the princess go limp (Str 0)", to "talking to, and making the new king go limp (Str 0)". After that I was a succubus (same character, just brought back to life) who was a nudist 'human' that managed to seriously screw up a good & an evil church.
That campaign ended up ending due to a lack of interest, but it would've been a load of fun.
Raxon 20th Feb 2014, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
I just happen to have one! It's about one player screwing another one over, though. And doing it intentionally.

Once upon a time, there was a superhero known as Captain Sociopath. He was called this due to the reckless way he used his powers, and during his superhero debut, he showed up in his boxers and mask, barely awake, and more interested in the free coffee than protecting the bank employees from the gun toting thugs. Yeah, good times.

Apparently, another hero called Justice Warrior, decided she didn't like him. Sure, she had a couple good reasons, but mostly it boiled down to "That jerk treats me like I'm just a regular civilian, and not the very special snowflake I am!" Ten points if you can guess what site she blogged on.

Now, CS had the power to create wormholes. Basically, he was a living portal gun. While he wasn't exactly friendly with JW, he didn't treat her worse than anyone else. They happened to be teammates, and while he was mostly indifferent to all of them, she haaaaated him!

She started calling him out on every little thing he did, how he didn't stop the bomb in time, or how he failed to protect all the civilians during a gang war turned riot.

And she would berate him in full view of