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Newbiespud 21st Jan 2017, 5:00 AM edit delete
You know what? To heck with it: A Story Time about naps. I could certainly use one.

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Specter 21st Jan 2017, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
Napping in college, a worth while experience I will never remember.

Napping during a game session, a time I will never let down.

Napping in character, the best hour I have ever spent.

As for an actual story... maybe after I get some sleep.
Digo Dragon 21st Jan 2017, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
While my character was sleeping through a cybernetic procedure, he was contacted through a dream by someone who needed his sister rescued. So my PC was essentially gaining quests for napping. XD
Dragonflight 21st Jan 2017, 2:27 PM edit delete reply
Napping is ugly, because I don't recall doing it. I recall once in high school. I just sat up, looked around the class, and checked my notes, which is when the teacher looked over at me, smirked, and asked if I'd had a good nap. I sort of look confused, ask what she means, when the bell goes off. Everyone else had a good laugh, but boy was it embarrassing...
Anonpony 22nd Jan 2017, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
So my friend and I had the same history teacher, different periods. This teacher had a golf club that he'd use to wake up students by hitting the top of their desks. My friend, fully aware of this, decided to take a nap, but made sure every inch of his desk was covered. A couple minutes into his nap, the teacher grabs the golf club, and gives it a gentle swing into the bottom of my friends desk, making bolt upright. Teacher asks, "are you sleeping in my class?" To which my friend replied without missing a beat, "not anymore!"
Jannard 21st Jan 2017, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
Like (unintentionally) napping on the bus, and ending up several cities beyond your destination, which was actually only about 20 blocks away.

Or going to the upper part of the auditorium to take advantage of the fact nobody goes there and one can just lie down without anyone taking notice, because the lecture is both boring and unnecessary.

As for napping and gaming, well, a 16 hour long session usually requires a nap somewhere around the 8 hour mark... I never actually fell asleep during a session, but I did have a character (an unruly sorceress) who was very fond of napping, along with idling, lollygagging and of course, loitering. She was fun to play, too bad she died a gruesome death exposing herself to activate the device that saved the party from a bulette.
Lalli-is-Best 21st Jan 2017, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
I have a bad habit of falling asleep whenever I sit still for too long. This is a problem during game sessions, which by nature include a lot of sitting still. Several times, I've dozed off while other characters were playing out personal scenes.
This has led to me missing some vital info occasionally. I justify my ignorance in-character by saying "my character wasn't there for the scene" so things have to be repeated for me.
My group is very understanding about it, luckily.
Digo Dragon 21st Jan 2017, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
That's good that your group is patient. We had a player in ours that fell asleep a lot too, and we did our best to be accommodating. He had an hour long drive to and from work and when he got home he'd have to cook his own meals as his wife was going through law school. Plus he had to take HER to and from school, so sleep was a luxury on weekends for him. He's doing better these days, as he witched jobs to something within 30 minutes.
Greenhornet 21st Jan 2017, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
Have your character take the disadvantage "narcolepsy". How many points would that be worth?
Digo 22nd Jan 2017, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
I've had that sleepy player do that once. AND take deep sleeper so they're hard to awaken.
Bombom13 21st Jan 2017, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
My old 4e group used to use naps/sleeping to give other players a shot at being a DM for a while. We had dream sessions, where the DM would trade control of one character for a little while so that player could DM. We were pretty new to D&D at the time, so they were mostly combat. Nobody was too worried their character would be played wrong.

The DM usually loved it too, as he was getting pretty burned out on running that campaign (It had been going for a few years at that point), so he welcomed the breaks.
Anon 21st Jan 2017, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
Question from someone whose native languange isn't English: What does "Far be it from me" men? I know the words, I just don't understand the phrase.
DrVillainous 21st Jan 2017, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
It basically means "It's not my place to X".
Crystalite 21st Jan 2017, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Far be it from me to let you be ignorant.

The phrase is used to suggest things the speaker would not do - for instance, just now I was suggesting that I wouldn't want your question unanswered - such a thing is "far from me".
Anon 21st Jan 2017, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
So the DM is being sarcastic, then? Because making sure their players are integrated into their world does sound like something this DM would do (or at least want).
DB 21st Jan 2017, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
Yes indeed, the DM is being sarcastic and more than a little annoyed.
CCC 21st Jan 2017, 3:39 PM edit delete reply
Along with what the others have said, "far be it from me to X" is the sort of overly formal, longwinded phrasing that really lends itself to being used sarcastically. Aside from sarcasm, it's pretty much only used when one's being exaggeratedly polite and formal.

So, yes, it's being used in sarcasm here.
Jellybean 21st Jan 2017, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
I have random difficulties staying awake at times - partly due to my sleep schedule, partly due to health and partly, I think, just because I like sleeping - and so I end up randomly taking naps at game sessions sometimes.
Pablo360 21st Jan 2017, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
One time I took a nap. That time was ten seconds from now.
Digo 22nd Jan 2017, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
You... probably should live life in chronological order.
Blueblade 22nd Jan 2017, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
Why do that when you can just use time travel and mess with all of the things!.. Or use it to get extra nap time either or really.
Digo Dragon 23rd Jan 2017, 5:42 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
If you create a paradox that collapses an alternate reality where you napped, does that make you tired?
Blueblade 23rd Jan 2017, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
Depends... were you napping when it happened?
Jackobol Trades 21st Jan 2017, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
In one campaign that I was a player in, we had a player suddenly stop attending games. For the first few sessions, we just said his character was asleep, and stuffed him in a bag of holding. At the end of the campaign, his body was still napping in that bag.

On a real-life note, one of my players raises birds, and just like a bird, once it gets dark she gets sleepy. Of course, we played late at night, so about halfway through the campaign she started to fall asleep. To fix this, at the start of the night we'd turn on all the lights, bring in every lamp in the house, and pointed a directional lamp directly in her face. And lo, she didn't fall asleep anymore! We did have to take away the directional lamp eventually because she couldn't see her character sheet and dice through the glare.
Philadelphus 21st Jan 2017, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
I took a nap once, but the police made me give it back.
Guest 21st Jan 2017, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
I tried to take a nap once, but I chickened out before I even got my hands on it.
albedoequals1 21st Jan 2017, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
One of my players has a character that is a devoted follower of the goddess of the moon, night and dreams. She has visited him in his sleep on two occasions. Once to rebuke him for getting trigger happy, and once to warn him he had an evil artifact in his backpack.
Malroth 21st Jan 2017, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
The first time i parsed that story I read it as the player entering the Gods Dreams.
Winged Cat 21st Jan 2017, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I have occasionally, over the past year, found my self meditatively zoning out during work meetings - eyes closed, focusing on listening because there's nothing interesting visually going on (but also making sure to follow the conversation enough that I can answer quickly if someone thinks I've fallen asleep and asks me a question), paying attention while daydreaming - and when I snap out of it a few minutes later I feel like I have just had a good nap. Now if only I could more consciously control it.
loyalChaos 21st Jan 2017, 1:32 PM edit delete reply
I work on F-16's for the US Air Force. Now, in my area of the world, its really fuck off cold right now. So, whenever I can manage to sneak into the cockpit of an f-16 and close the canopy, like during certain types of ops checks (ones that take hours, with no real input from me) I blast the heater, and I may or may not fall asleep for hours. ^^
Kira 22nd Jan 2017, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
this is only ok if your blasting Danger Zone while doing so.
DoubleXXCross 21st Jan 2017, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
Here's a fun nap story: a couple of months ago, I took an hour's nap. This single nap resulted in somewhere around ten consecutive false awakenings.

When I finally did wake up, I kept looking around for the nurse who'd been tending to the "hospital" bed.

She didn't have a face.
KSClaw 21st Jan 2017, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
First and second D&D sessions, where my older half brother was the DM and my sister and myself, and two of my brother's self-defense students were players. The sessions were at my brother's place at a late hour because it had to be after school on a friday or thursday, and being very new to D&D, I just couldn't get into it because my brother went with a "learn as you go" kind of attitude, which is rather frustrating when you've never tried the game before. I literally fell asleep at the table and ended up crashing on the couch instead until we got picked up by my dad. I think my brother eventually gave up, because he couldn't figure out the rules himself (I don't even think we had character sheets.)
KSClaw 21st Jan 2017, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
It should be added, that I was about 13 or 14 at the time, which could make D&D more frustrating than fun (I didn't even know there was such a thing as a D20)
NexAngelus405 21st Jan 2017, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
I remember on the first day of Everfree Northwest last year I participated in a session of the MLP CCG. It was a session for people new to the game. However, because I had gotten up way too early and driven for three hours from Portland to Seattle I kept dozing off during the game and had trouble following along. Eventually after the game was over it was no less confusing to me than before I had participated in the session.
Venseyness 21st Jan 2017, 10:27 PM Naps! edit delete reply
Naps! Oh, wonderful naps.
I used to use naps as a strategy to avoid my parents at all cost. I'd go to school, fall asleep as soon as I'd come back, wake up after they'd gone to sleep, repeat. Basically, my sleep schedule revolved around one simple truth; Can my parents talk to me right now, if the answer is yes, then I'm asleep.
reynard61 21st Jan 2017, 11:55 PM edit delete reply
Not a story about me, but about my mom: She was in the Air Force stationed at Lackland AFB in Texas in the 1950s. She and a boyfriend used to take rides on his motorcycle in the desert late at night. One day these late-night rides caught up with her and she fell asleep while she was taking notes at a meeting with several of the Brass (Officers) present. She woke up several hours later with the meeting over and her notes in a folder beside her. When she asked a Sergeant what had happened, he told her that the meeting had concluded when one of the officers noticed her asleep and would she please type up her notes and never, ever fall asleep at a meeting again.

Needless to say, her nocturnal rides ended after that.
aylatrigger 22nd Jan 2017, 12:07 AM edit delete reply
So...In one session of Ponyfinder, we were exploring an old, ruined hospital filled with undead and bugs. Mostly bugs. Undead were next floor down in the crypt/necromancer lair.

Anyway, at one point when the party was split up to explore the rooms, Flash Cracker decided to jump on a bed.

He rolled a 1 on his roll (which I as GM didn't even ask him to roll for), ended up banging his head and falling unconscious.

The party was split up. Both physically, and out of character weren't really paying attention either. My GMPC, Trick Shot, was the closest to him...but was deaf, and auto-failed any perception check to hear this. So Flash Cracker decided he would do the perception check. While unconscious.

I started describing a psychedelic dream he was having. Eventually the rest of the party was clued into him being missing, and searched for him, and woke him up. We decided the bed had knocked him out and he had a weird dream because the bed was a psychic.

A few levels later, I bring in the bed as a cohort, plot NPC, and a lawyer (turns out killing necromancers still counts as murder). Eversheets Quire Esquire (ESQ Esq.) became a Telekinetic Monk/Psion/Aegis. I had to make the race by hand, but it was glorious. Without any class abilities, they can't move, talk, or hold things (they can equip some magic items by draping them in places, but are quadriplegic). I was hoping later on he could get the body snatching power and class to leave his foes helpless in a almost useless body. ...Though since I was GMing, if we had continued that campaign I would probably have come up with a counter to that by the time he used it...
Michaela 24th Jan 2017, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
By any chance, did you base Trick Shot off of Marvel's Hawkeye? The one that wears a hearing aid and had a big brother that took the villain name "Trickshot"?

Asking because huge Hawkeye fan girl here.
Laurence 22nd Jan 2017, 4:09 AM edit delete reply
Okay, so one time the night before a gaming session set to start at noon, I had joined a high level raid in a MMO. One slain boss lead to another, and before I knew it my character had hit max level (finally!) and was also several new and potent pieces of equipment richer... and I was out an entire night of sleep, as a quick glance at the clock showed that it was now 11:30am. I did my best to freshen up and look presentable, and drove to where our D&D group met.

I distinctly remember showing up. I sort of recall getting out my character. I fuzzily remember having to roll for something, I think it was initiative. At that point, my friends told me, I just slumped forward, hitting the table head first with a very audible THUNK, and then started snoring. They wanted to take pity on me, because I was so out of it I was snoring right away, but they found themselves faced with a conundrum; they wanted to have someone else run my character, but as luck would have it, my character sheets were pinned beneath my forehead.

So, the DM ruled that my character had suddenly developed narcolepsy, and in game did the same as I had in person at the table. No biggie... except that the narcolepsy stayed with my character for the rest of his adventuring career. From then on, at the start of every battle, if I rolled a 13 on my initiative die, my character fell asleep for a random number of turns. Needless to say, I learned my lesson, and I always make sure to get at a good night's sleep before role playing now.
Kira 22nd Jan 2017, 5:19 AM edit delete reply
Naps are just as effective as regular sleep as long as you get the same total time

and yes I nap a lot. infact ima nap right now
Blueblade 22nd Jan 2017, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
A story time about naps? I got a good one for this! *Ahem*
Guest 23rd Jan 2017, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
Playing in a LARP, as a Tortoise-Changed - essentially, a humanoid snapping turtle. Had a shell (made out of a cannibalized shield, some dark green cloth and a friend's patient hand with a brush) and everything. Thanks to the help of one of the 'Game Gods' (high-up Staffers) who loved the concept, we'd crunched the numbers to make my shell darn near indestructible to non-magical means.

So, on the night of my first day in the game, there was an incident involving an evil sorcerer mind-controlling a few people, raising ghouls and generally being a real nasty guy. Long and short, I was running around all night, effectively serving as a mobile wall, and eventually ended up actively carrying one of his victims away over my shoulder, ignoring her ranting, kicking and fist-knocking the whole way back to the tavern.

Of course, by this point, I was well and truly wiped. Which made it even more fun when I learned the ghouls had broken through one of the doors before being put down, and they needed someone to guard it.

I basically told them, "Screw this, I'm done," and sat down in the doorway with my shell facing out, tucking my head in with a buckler over it, and went to sleep.

A few hours later, one of the Staffers running that scene woke me up to tell me I could go if I wanted, and that I'd been single-handedly integral in repelling nearly the rest of the ghoul waves, especially once some jerk threw a Lure on my unconscious self.

Score one for Power Naps.
Brainstorm 23rd Jan 2017, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
Oh man, me and naps have a long history in college. Although I was very active in tabletop roleplaying games in college, I have zero funny stories about taking naps in those sessions.

So instead, I will relay my most famous napping story.

Once upon a time I was a fresh-faced youngster in college who spent my first four years in a Japanese language class every semester, forcing the school to CREATE new course levels in order to keep up with myself and my classmates.

Around year 3 of this nonsense, our professor suggested we try out the first level of the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test). We got pretty hyped when we found out that the minimum percentile score to pass and gain first level proficiency is a measly 60%. So we registered for the test and studied until the test weekend actually came around in early December.

One of the aforementioned classmates lived close to D.C., our closest testing site, so she and her family generously offered to host us for the night so we didn't have to wake up at the asscrack of dawn to drive 2 hours into D.C. before we took a 2 hour exam. We had a fun evening reviewing, and then it was an early bedtime for all of us.

...I already mentioned I'm a chronic napper, right?

Of course I didn't really get that much sleep that night. Between my smartphone, a new/strange sleeping environment, and being charged up from hanging out with my friends, I didn't really get that much sleep.

The next morning our alarms went off before sunrise, we washed our faces and piled into the vans, and vroom vroomed into D.C.; meanwhile, I was a zombie.

We trudge (or everyone else strolled normally, I dunno) into the exam room, and the proctor explains the testing procedure and yadda yadda yadda. 45 minutes or so to finish the first portion, everyone turns in their answer sheets and there is a slight recess before the next portion. Also, my eyes are crossing, I'm having such a hard time staying awake.

The exam starts, and I plow into as many of questions as I can handle. I catch the eye of one of my classmates, and he's sympathetic but focused on his own test.

Well, all the kanji and hiragana just blur together and the next thing I know I've woken myself up when my head dipped forward too far over the desk.

Glancing at the clock: still 15 minutes left on the first portion. And boy, do I feel REFRESHED. I finish the remaining questions with aplomb and go back to check my previous answers.

Finally the first portion ends and everyone turns in their sheets, stands up and stretches. The friend who had caught my eye earlier stalks over and demands to know if I really took a fucking NAP in the middle of the goddamn JLPT. Well, of course I did. He shakes his head, and we all sit back down for Portion Two.

Two months later, we all compare results from the exam. Out of seven or eight classmates, only two passed: Myself, and the friend from the exam. The friend had just barely cleared the sixty percent needed; I had cleared at a respectable seventy five.

And that's the tale of how a power nap boosted my fluency in Japanese.
CaptJasper 24th Jan 2017, 1:52 AM edit delete reply
Oh goodness. Back in Highschool, I learned to sleep fully upright, without having my head sag, maintaining my face towards the front of the room, and with my pencil gripped properly in my hand. The only indicator at all that I'm sleeping is that my eyes were closed. Despite my stealth naps, I can still keep an ear open so I'd wake up whenever the lecture reached a point where I'd have a question. Best way to sneak naps I've worked out yet.

Stealth naps are a less practical skill in university though as I can just not attend a lecture if I'm tired or ahead on the material. Someday, it'll be useful again and I'll be ready to nap in the face of scrutiny.
Chronic Lurker 24th Jan 2017, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
First off, I can literally fall asleep anywhere so there are many stories I could tell. Most common place I would fall asleep was in math class in junior high and high school. Hasn't happened in college yet, but then I also tested into Calculus level and so was able to skip the easy classes. But the most INTERESTING story I've got is the time I fell asleep in band class during freshman year. I played clarinet and, with how our seats were arranged, that meant I was right in front of the rather enthusiastic percussion section and next to the brass section... Also, I was resting my head on the hard metal music stand with my clarinet resting across my lap. I slept through half a song before our teacher noticed I was asleep and had the person sitting next to me shake me awake. This was with all the ambient noise and an extremely uncomfortable sleeping position. Yet I was out cold.

Interestingly, this is a talent I come by naturally. My dad once fell asleep in a meeting with a cup of coffee balanced on his knee. No one wanted to wake him up for fear of making him spill the coffee, so they just let him sleep and continued the meeting.