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Newbiespud 31st Jan 2017, 5:00 AM edit delete
Story Time: Stories involving misuse of the word "unrelated" or similar transitions. Blatant lies/sarcasm in segue form, essentially.

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Background Horse 31st Jan 2017, 5:18 AM Pipe-Bomb! edit delete reply
As a DM, I've uttered the words "Just going to roll these for no reason..." a few times. One party member usually responded with "Just going to not believe you." pretty much every time.

The lesson is to actually roll for no reason sometimes.
Digo Dragon 31st Jan 2017, 5:47 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Heh heh, nice response by the player. My kind of snark. :D

On occasion I've rolled for no reason. Once in a while if I'm feeling particularly evil, I'll ask a PC to roll a check that sounds relevant and then hand them a note that reads "you notice nothing odd" or even "I'm just instilling Paranoia, don't mind me. Have 10 exp to buy your silence". XD
Joe the Rat 31st Jan 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
As a player, I've always been a dice-fiddler: When I'm not "on turn," I'm sorting by size, making patterns, setting up clusters for different uses, making Insight checks to see which d20s are going to behave well, etc. I'm still attentive, I just have twitchy hands.

I've carries this over to my DM roll as well. So when we're playing, I'm rolling my d30 around in my hand, or making idle rolls any time I'm not actually talking. I use my "notes" as a rolling surface, so it's relatively muffled, but the sound of rolling dice is something I have habituated my players to.

Mind you, we play online. I can just *look up* the relevant numbers on character sheets.
It's when I use the online roller, or ask "So what's your AC again?" that people start freaking out.
AximusLokar 31st Jan 2017, 8:40 AM edit delete reply
During a segment at the bar where the players worked between adventures I laid out the bar in sections and put down a bunch of d6 to represent people. I put them all down with the 1 pointed up. Then, while they were talking, I would occasionally move the facing on one or two dice back and forth between one and two.

After doing this a few times one of the players noticed and asked what I was doing. 'Nothing.' I followed that statement by changing three dice from one to two and one die from two to three. He repeated the question. 'Nothing, continue.' He declared he was making a perception check in regard to the person represented by the die that was currently at three, and I allowed it on the premise that his job is security and hunches exist without actually meaning anything. And also because his perception was pretty bad.

He rolls poorly, and I once again change several dice. The three is now a four, two of the twos go back to ones, and a one goes to a six. He is freaking out, and some of the other players start calling for perception checks too. I deny them because they are preoccupied with their own conversations.

Some stuff does end up happening eventually, but the dice never had anything to do with anything. I just get fidgety sometimes and mess with things. The latter half was just me messing with the guy's head, and loving every moment of it. And he can't even dismiss it either, because that event helped me identify him as the paranoid one, and so I sometimes will do things like that and have them mean something, just often enough to keep him wondering.
Digo Dragon 31st Jan 2017, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Haha, I should try this sometime. I do use a lot of d6s to represent mooks.
SupaBigMac 31st Jan 2017, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
Lots of rolls have been made when no roll was required, and some of those rolls would end up becoming parts of the game's canon. As one example, I'll roll a d20 with tags like "(I roll to see if Other Character will finally get laid or not)" or other silly and dumb things. I'm sure that were I to ever DM, I'd do so.
aerion111 31st Jan 2017, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
Nah, I prefer to be quite explicit with a 'related to that' or some such - more amusing to be bluntly obvious, though both styles of sarcasm have their merits.
Robin Bobcat 31st Jan 2017, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
Mine is always 'Speaking of'.

Me: "Speaking of chocolate pudding, does anyone here have a pencil I can borrow?"
Them: "What the heck does that have to do with chocolate pudding?!"
Me: "It doesn't. But we *were* speaking of pudding, yes?"
Digo Dragon 31st Jan 2017, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I like to use that phrase with a subject that was never part of the prior conversation. THe nonsequitor tends to grab the party's attention back to me when I want to move things along.

Party: *discussing how to disable an alarm*
Me: "Speaking of my father's old Pinto, gimme perception checks."
NexAngelus405 31st Jan 2017, 8:53 AM edit delete reply
Just wanted to let everyone know that an interview with the creator of Tails of Equestria is up revealing more details about the RPG system.
Elbbsas 1st Feb 2017, 2:06 AM edit delete reply
Yay! Glad to see that the people who are awake when the comic pages show up are promoting this video too.

Adding on to that, the person who interviewed the creator is releasing a review of the game itself on the 14th of February (hopefully).
albedoequals1 31st Jan 2017, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
I sometimes roll a d100 when I want to create tension. I've had the monster ready to go since a month ago, but the players think they are now facing a random encounter that could be anything from the bestiary.

Similarly, if a player starts to talk OoC about how they're invincible, I'll ask them about their save with the lowest bonus.

"By the way wizard, what's your fortitude?"

"Two, why?"

"No reason."

It gives them a little healthy fear. :P
evilauthor 31st Jan 2017, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to guess that the only one to fail their roll against enthrallment is going to be Rarity herself. It would certainly explain the "admiring her own reflection" scene.
Guest 31st Jan 2017, 5:43 PM edit delete reply
"the effect hits everyone who looks at it, right?"

"yes, so unless you all make the savings throw.."

"I cast blind on the entire party. except the dwarf."
Xelmon 31st Jan 2017, 10:51 PM edit delete reply

Many many maaaany moons ago we had one-weekend campaign going on and the party went down into a hall.
Death was everywhere, bodies decaying and such... Then the GM said "Saaaayyy... Everybody roll a D20"

One of the guys was a tad older and more experienced with DnD and he caught on, immediately covering his mouth in-game. We followed his actions shortly after. Of course we still rolled D20's, and then we moved on.

On the post-game recap I did ask the GM what my 7 had entailed for me and he went "Oh yeah, you caught a horrible disease, it would've set in in a matter of in-game days. Depending on your throw you had a *chance* to survive."
Pablo360 1st Feb 2017, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
In a one-shot I played, I got boiling soup poured on my leg and then had it amputated. In a setting with medieval-level technology.

Ironically, I was the only member of the party to survive that day, but I did die later of tuberculosis. After giving it to the doctor who treated me, and then to the local cult leader.
Xelmon 2nd Feb 2017, 12:22 AM edit delete reply
Talking about taking everyone with you...

At least you took out the baddie. xD
Dusk Raven 1st Feb 2017, 4:34 AM edit delete reply
Funny that they mention plummeting to one's death...
Digo Dragon 1st Feb 2017, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Trying to get the... drop on that bit of foreshadowing? ;)
Dusk Raven 1st Feb 2017, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
I think that pun fell a little short.
Stranger 1st Feb 2017, 11:27 PM edit delete reply
There was a time when I had a rogue who specialized a lot in stealth and going unnoticed. One time while he was sneaking through a noble manor I had him roll his hide, move silently, and then asked him to roll spot and listen.


"Just to be sure."

". . . 18 and 17. Why?"

"You don't think you notice anything of importance."

"Oh come on."

"You may proceed."

". . . I don't wanna, now."

"If you keep standing here in the hall, there's a higher chance of getting noticed."