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Newbiespud 21st May 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
I've done enough "sneaking and hiding and guiling around the powerful Big Bad" in my RPG career that sometimes I crave a chance to punch them in the face, even if we're doomed to lose, just to show that I stand for our cause instead of crawl.

...Crap, am I becoming a bruiser?

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Gamemaster80 21st May 2019, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
In the GM's defense, GM's don't have to tell you squat. Especially NPC levels.
Akouma 21st May 2019, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
If you wanted to know that information, you should've taken some divination spells!
Digo 22nd May 2019, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
Or gather some info on him from his associates. Or his personal records.
Raven 21st May 2019, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
Yup. That’s what the question “are you sure?” Is for.
Rainbow Dash 22nd May 2019, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Are you a spy?
HoHa 21st May 2019, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
"am I becoming a bruiser?" One of us! One of us!
Dakkath 22nd May 2019, 12:25 AM edit delete reply
If violence wasn't your last resort, you didn't resort to enough of it.
Zaranthan 22nd May 2019, 3:24 AM edit delete reply
If resorting to violence failed to solve the problem, you failed to resort to enough of it.

I personally prefer Vaarsuvius's version:

As the size of an explosion increases, the number of problems it is incapable of solving approaches zero.
Digo 22nd May 2019, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
I generally prefer a sniping position, but lacking the element of surprise then sure, I'll wade into the thick of it with others.
Malroth 22nd May 2019, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
I'm not sure if i agree about that. The Apocolapse from the sky spell in 3.5 had a 10 mile per caster lv radius and the number of problems it solves for anyone capable of casting it is exactly zero.
Queensarrow 19th Dec 2019, 8:31 PM edit delete reply
"If violence isn't the answer, then rewrite the question so it is."
albedoequals1 21st May 2019, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
That philosophy is not an exclusively bruiser thing. The wizard in my game was such a person. Of course, it's lucky he had a bruiser backing him up, or the first time he started combat on the big bad would have been his last. :p
ANW 21st May 2019, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Story time

"I almost got my entire party killed. Yet for some reason, my regret levels have not gone up"
CrowMagnon 21st May 2019, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
Not me, but a little while back, my cavalier character was being grappled/swallowed by a predator that had camouflaged itself as a patch of floor, and would take half damage from any attacks made against the creature that came from the outside.

Now, I was in a decent position health-wise and had a cavalier's challenge on the creature, so I was all ready to Drax my way out, but my group's warpriest insisted on pulling me out himself, which of course resulted in him getting stuck in my place.

After it was over, he was pretty satisfied with himself because, in- and out-of-character, he's a good guy who thought he was making the situation better by taking the fall. I felt kind of bad about it, but had to explain that...

1) All he'd managed to do was take damage from my attacks while I was wailing on it from the outside.
2) As a greatsword fighter, he couldn't fight while grappled like I could, so he wasn't even able to contribute by dealing damage from the inside.
Luna 21st May 2019, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
Vampire Dark Ages game. The coterie went to scout a fortress that they knew belonged to Tzimisce. Scouting revealed to them that it was crawling with tzimisce soldiers, ghouls, war ghouls, zulos and pretty much anything ranging from dangerous to "you're already dead".

Having found out all that, instead of going back and plan some way to get in avoiding all the things inside, they decided to just ram the front gates right away. A couple "are you SURE about that ?" ignored later, only two managed to somehow escape with their unlives.

Regrets ? none after the last "yes, we ram the gates !"
Memorable last words ? "I thought we had a chance taking them by surprise."
Winged Cat 21st May 2019, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
As I put it in the art request for some fiction someone was thinking of publishing:

A large starship bridge, with crew stations around the edge and a central holotank. At the sole entrance, a barricade has been set up where most of the party is taking cover, shooting at a robot boarding party or applying first aid to their downed members. The holotank has taken several hits, and most of the crew stations have slumped-over shot crew. At the far side, the ship's pilot is entirely focused on his station, which is displaying large "COLLISION IMMINENT" warning signs (the holotank may be repeating this warning, as best it can).

For this Story Time, the "I" is the pilot.
aylatrigger 21st May 2019, 2:09 PM edit delete reply
4th edition game:
CN Avenger for the God of Insanity, Randomness, and Chaos.
To be fair, the party called for it. Also I needed to be unpredictable (even in predictability). One of the other party members had their first action in the game stabbing the bartender in the face. ...The NPC bartender surprisingly did not die, and the PC established his alignment. We eventually worked out a deal with the authorities for that and transgressions of the other party members. And we were given a quest to do.
...Anyway, midway through the quest my letter to the Knights of Bahamut reached them, and they came to attack the group with a murderer 'getting off scot-free.' I then helped the party to slay the knights because I considered the knights to be douches who did not like change/chaos enough. Also because I am so loyal to my party /s. Plus, I just wanted an unforeseen battle to liven things up a bit! Make the world a more interesting place, as was my creed.
...So it wasn't a mistake and I did not regret it. If one or more of the party members died, I may have had some mixed emotions about liking them but also liking our situation changing in any way.
Freemage 21st May 2019, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
Arcanis: Fallen Empires game. Our group is running through the city on the trail of the Big Bad. We burst in on him in this long hallway; he starts to exposit.

My character (a holy champion of the god of death) lets him get about halfway through his spiel and then charges, scythe ready to cut him down.

All sorts of wards go off--one stopping me cold, another blasting me with damage, and several others releasing demons that lay into the party. Basically, I Leroy Jenkinsed the encounter.

It was a brutal fight after that, as I'd triggered all the traps at once, rather than having him burn off some of his resources before the demons emerged. But we did get the guy, so my PC felt fully vindicated.
ZhonLord 21st May 2019, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
I am SO loving the image of fluttershy's player doing all these Yona lines!