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Newbiespud 12th Nov 2019, 5:00 AM edit delete
Author: Winged Cat

Guest Author's Note: "Sometimes things just predictably happen, without being specifically set up. Story Time prompt: PvP that was no harsher than mild sparring, but which still had players rolling against one another, such as one player character trying to stop something another player character was doing."

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Digo 12th Nov 2019, 5:36 AM edit delete reply
Hee hee. "Vesna"...

As a GM I'm always nervous about PCs rolling against each other. I've had a few situations years ago where it led to bad blood between players so I try to get involved if I see it just to ensure their contest of rolls are friendly.
dziadek1990 12th Nov 2019, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
>to ensure their contest of rolls are friendly


*proceeds to bluff the DM that all his violent acts against a team-mate are equivalent to a Friendly Bro-Punch-On-The-Shoulder... even if the punch is so hard it makes the shoulder fall off*
Winged Cat 12th Nov 2019, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
So you mean among a zombie PC group, where the shoulder can be simply reattached?
Jhtpo 12th Nov 2019, 5:37 AM Checkov's Hair trigger edit delete reply
In our group is a player who is... prone to rash actions. Focused in their goals, it usually ends with "Shit, I did my math wrong" and hell breaks loose.

In one Tabletop where we were all Professional wrestlers, there was a multi-man match. My character was out of the ring, pissed off a little bit, but pulling out a table to set up out of the ring. Then I pulled out some chairs, to put around that table. I put a good 3-4 rounds into setting up this dinner table with the intent of putting someone through it.

The best part of a table outside of the ring, is the anticipation. Everyone sees it, most of the fighters know its there, but everyone holds their breath untill /someone/ forgets or gets weakened enough to get put through it minutes later. /Maybe/ even the one who set it up.

But not this player. I wasn't finished with this table for 30 seconds before they did all that they could to toss the third player RIGHT through that table as soon as it was ready, not opnly denying me the satisfaction of putting someone through it myself, but also removing any tension it may have brought to the fight as a whole.

I went on to pummel them. My character didn't forget that slight. It was Glorious.


We now call that Checkov's Hair Trigger. Its based off of Checkov's Gun, a trope that says if an author describes an old gun hanging on the wall in the first act, that gun /better/ be used to shoot someone in the third act. Why draw attention if not to use it?

Our variation is Checkov's Hair trigger. "If the Author describes a gun hanging on the wall in the --ah shit, someone just got shot."
dziadek1990 12th Nov 2019, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
>"--ah shit, someone just got shot."

XD *dies (metaphorically)*
Guest 12th Nov 2019, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
It's a good thing rituals don't consume spell slots.
Winged Cat 12th Nov 2019, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
And - as of 4E, at least - interrupted rituals don't ordinarily consume anything but the time spent before the interruption. Any material costs go unused.
albedoequals1 12th Nov 2019, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
I played a barbarian that worried early on in the campaign because the other characters were essentially civilians, according to their backstories. So she demanded that the mage demonstrate her fighting style, and proceeded to pelt the mage with rocks and whack her with sticks until rewarded with burning hands to the face. Barbarian then said she was satisfied and dunked her burned face in a nearby pond. They were best friends from then on :p
dziadek1990 12th Nov 2019, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
Blood Rock&Burn Brothers! :D
dziadek1990 12th Nov 2019, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
* sisters!
Matiekay_13 12th Nov 2019, 7:19 AM Pranking edit delete reply
The first thing I ever did in my first game of D&D - I was playing a Rogue, and decided to use Use Rope to tie someone's shoelaces together ^_^
dziadek1990 12th Nov 2019, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
Did they notice?

Did they trip?

Did they enact an overkill of a revenge?
tipulsar85 12th Nov 2019, 7:23 AM Undermountain edit delete reply
Undermountain is big enough that when it first came out, it was two boxed sets and three additional modules for 2nd ED. The Maps are huge! There is a reason that the place has remained an icon of D&D along side the Tomb of Horrors, the Temple of Elemental Evil and Castle Ravenloft.
dziadek1990 12th Nov 2019, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
Recently my party member rolled against me, to stop me from using my healing potion too early. They didn't want me to waste it.

The thing is, I play a Glass Cannon, and so soon after they prevented me from drinking it, I got hit and (once <i>again</i>) collapsed, almost dead.

I collected 10 almost-deaths so far. We just reached 5th level (D&D 3.5).
Toric 12th Nov 2019, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
Vibe check
Trambelus 12th Nov 2019, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
Wow. Ponies are stretchy.
Assembler 13th Nov 2019, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
One of the other players in my regular Pathfinder campaign is a crooked rogue who keeps robbing NPCs and lying about it IC. The rest of us often end up rolling Perception and Sense Motive checks to see if we can catch him, but if we do, he gets nothing worse than a chiding and instructions to return the stolen goods.
Firestorm100 21st Nov 2019, 12:27 AM NO ONE EXPECTS THE PINKIE INQUISITION! edit delete reply
Our chief weapon is surprise! Surprise and parties. Our two ...
CaeryCat 27th Dec 2019, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
I once played a druid, and I'd shifted into a dire wolf and the hobbit in the group decided that I was the perfect size for riding. I repeatedly rolled ones. So I got ridden until we met the werewolf god we were looking for. Then I dumped her on the ground while she was distracted.
Prism Smasher 3rd Sep 2021, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
Well, there was the time during an Ironclaw session when our party had a snowball fight. Not much too it, just generally a bit of in-character fun when presented with fresh snowfall.