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Newbiespud 31st Oct 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
Happy Halloween! If you've got any kind of spooky D&D stories, feel free to share them in the comments!

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: February 20th.



Digo 31st Oct 2019, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
I once played in a one shot adventure based on the book/movie 'The Mist'. We got to make whatever character we wanted in a modern setting. Our PC group was:

A fireman
A news reporter
A police officer
A computer tech
A UPS delivery driver

We had some NPCs with us and started in a grocery store when the fog hit. The most notable thing about the adventure is that we would never see what attacked us or killed NPCs. Either the fog gave total concealment or it was "off screen" if we left an NPC alone to long.

Also, most of us had some dirty secrets. The cop was crooked, the computer tech a hacker, the reporter had a rap sheet of break-ins...

It was hard to trust each other but if we didn't, we were dead because being alone at any point was pretty much a death sentence. And a bunch of us did die.

So the GM had another mechanic in play: if you die, you take control of one of the NPCs, upgrading the stats to PC status.
Anvildude 31st Oct 2019, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
That's actually one of the mechanics of the "Planet Mercenary" system.
BackSet 31st Oct 2019, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
Wait! What dirty secret did the UPS guy have! I've got to know!

I just love the idea of a UPS guy as a PC. Like, all these other characters seem like they'd definitely have useful skills but a UPS guy of all people!
Robin Bobcat 31st Oct 2019, 10:10 PM edit delete reply
They're pretty fit from all the walking and lifting, know how to drive trucks, know their way around the city, know how to avoid biting animals..
Digo 1st Nov 2019, 5:45 AM edit delete reply
The UPS guy was stealing packages and reselling them on eBay. He had mad driver skills and some auto mechanics ability to fix things.
Klimpaloon 31st Oct 2019, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
So starts the journey to Alicorn Princess Twilight...
andreas002 31st Oct 2019, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
Truly, only the most horrible of plot twists are discussed on Halloween.
BackSet 31st Oct 2019, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
That was supposed to be a plot twist?
Striker2054 31st Oct 2019, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
Always struck me as how it was going to go down. Why else would Celestia take such a heavy interest?
Guest 31st Oct 2019, 5:56 PM edit delete reply
Never got why people were so bottom-bothered by this.
Dusty the Janitor 31st Oct 2019, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
A lot of reasons, really. There's a lot about that entire plot thread that was really poorly handled. But nobody ever really seems to want to listen when people bring up criticisms of it.

Either way, it's far enough in the past that, even though a fair share of people still don't like how things have turned out we've somewhat settled into the new status quo.
zimmerwald1915 31st Oct 2019, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
Look, it's very important that Spud gets access to an additional six seasons' worth of screencaps.
Newbiespud 31st Oct 2019, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
It is, though!!
zimmerwald1915 31st Oct 2019, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
Indeed it is.

(I was, and remain, sincere.)
Digo 1st Nov 2019, 5:47 AM edit delete reply
I figured that. Though what I want to see is a player discussion if a pegasus would get at horn or extra wings. Because that sounds like a real PC debate.
Wulfraed 1st Nov 2019, 9:22 AM edit delete reply
I believe conventional view is that Cadance started as a pegasus.
Jannard 31st Oct 2019, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
About time, innit? She isn't one, but she's always about to become a full fledged min-maxer, so having a conversation about her character gaining more power sounds pretty darn sensible
Guest 31st Oct 2019, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
If this was 5e, Twilight could get her wings by leveling as Celestial Warlock.
Dakkath 31st Oct 2019, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
Had the skeleton (no pun intended) of a one-shot lying around for a while. The party must investigate a series of robberies at various butcher shops. Whole animal carcasses just up and disappearing overnight. It's end up in a battle vs a 5th/6th level cleric or oracle and their army of chicken skeletons and cow zombies. Because regular grave robbing is so blase.
BunBun299 4th Nov 2019, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
So, our party had camped out in a barn for the night. I think I should mention that in this campaign, the world around us is slowly dying, the gods have already perished, and the people are left lost, confused and afraid. Our party is on a quest to obtain a relic that will enable a shaman we met to at least allow some to escape to another world. In fact, all of our PCs have already come from other dead worlds. There are still living worlds out there, if we can reach them.

We kept watch in shifts. In the middle of the night, everything around us falls silent, not even the chirping of crickets. Our GM drives home the point quite effectively that things are spooky right now. Being in a dying world, and everything falling silent, I can't help but comment to the GM that I am reminded of the TV movie Langoliers. The GM says, "Would I do that?"

I answer, "Yes. Yes, you would."

Though, thankfully, we do not face meatballs with teeth eating the world around us. Just an Anthro Parrot Vampire, and a couple of living Anthro Parrots.

Our party was an elven thief, a snow leopard bard, a kitsune mage, and my character was a female human monk, who dresses like Kasumi from Dead or Alive. We realized the vampire part of our main baddie after our mage torched him with spells, and my monk pummeled him with her fists, doing quite a bit of damage, but not even slowing him down. Game mechanics require us to pierce the heart or severe the head, anything else at most shakes him so he can't act that round.

Eventually we almost decapitated him, and he retreated. He's actually still out there, we hope he doesn't come back. We're busy trying to deal with our Kitsune Mage's evil sister.