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23rd Nov 2017, 5:00 AM in The Best Night Ever, Part 1
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Newbiespud 23rd Nov 2017, 5:00 AM edit delete
Ooooooh, we're getting close to the part I'm really excited about...!

Hey, remember my Dusk City Outlaws campaign podcast? Well, it's Tales of New Dunhaven now! We're playing with the full rules, going for 4-hour sessions, and releasing them in two parts on Thursdays and Saturdays following the livestream. Here's the first part of our first new session, and it's... Well. The title speaks for itself.
Tales of New Dunhaven - Session 8 - The Nut Job, Part 1: Libsyn YouTube

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Guest 23rd Nov 2017, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Your YouTube link doesn't work.
Newbiespud 23rd Nov 2017, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
Not only did I forget to fill in the link URLs, but apparently YouTube waited until the last second to throw up a "could not process" error on the video. Just my luck.
Broken_Gear 23rd Nov 2017, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Fluttershy aka. Old Man Henderson but whith fluffy animasl instead of shotgun
FanOfMostEverything 23rd Nov 2017, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Wait, Blueblood stole her lawn gnomes?
aylatrigger 23rd Nov 2017, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
SilverShadow4 24th Nov 2017, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
If I see a MindFlayer, I'm leaving lol
Digo Dragon 23rd Nov 2017, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah, that turned out about as I expected.

I'm reminded of the GM in our local gaming group who loves to railroad us into surprise attacks. One of the worst offenses was when the party was out in a lightly wooded forest hunting down a pair of Behirs. These are Huge-sized creatures weighing a couple tons each.

The GM didn't give us a chance to roll Spot checks as the two monsters approached us. The monsters just happen to "show up" within 10 feet of us and initiate a surprise attack round.

Two monsters.
40 feet long each.
Happen to surprise a party that has both a ranger and a druid actively tracking the monsters. No chance to avoid a surprise attack.
Sensei Le Roof 23rd Nov 2017, 8:13 AM random edit delete reply
At least you weren't playing Rifts.

A party I was in one time got surprised by a pair of 25-foot-tall fire-breathing gorillas.

It wasn't the GM's fault. Random encounter tables suck.
Skorzah 23rd Nov 2017, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
So my party was in a caravan of survivors going through the desert. This is the conversation.
Ranger: So what random encounters are possible?
GM: Well I’m just using the generic desert table so… *rolls* … well shit man.
And then there was a blue dragon. Against fourth level players. Lots of NPC’s died.
terrycloth 23rd Nov 2017, 2:08 PM edit delete reply
I got that same encounter once as the GM when the players decided to explore a random cave... so they were all lined up in the entrance tunnel when they first saw the dragon readying a breath weapon. I let them surrender and pay off the dragon with magic items, since their immediate reaction was to beg for mercy. q:3
Digo Dragon 23rd Nov 2017, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah, I hate random encounter tables.
Chakat Firepaw 24th Nov 2017, 8:45 AM edit delete reply
(Surprised by 25' tall apes.)

Yes it was the GM's fault: Encounters, random or not, should start at detection range, not combat range.
The Enigmatic Jack 23rd Nov 2017, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
Sounds like one of our GMs.

We were heading into a cave full of kobalds, and I was playing a Ranger/Rogue who hated kobalds. The whole way there, I was complaining in-character about kobald traps. We see the cave and there's a tree growing out in front of it, which I declare has to be a trap. I point out that we need to move very carefully, because the lone tree is OBVIOUSLY a trap.

Next thing you know, we're surprise attacked from the tree.

Wouldn't have been so bad if we then didn't go on to spring two more traps in the cave, without getting a chance to check for traps.

I tried to play it off in-character, though, with my character complaining about this being the reason he hates kobalds... they're always pulling sneaky crap like this.
Digo Dragon 24th Nov 2017, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
See, that's exactly the thing that bothers me with specific GMs that spring surprises on you. If you're declaring actions in-character about being suspicious on something, you should get a roll somewhere to avoid being surprised.
Dragonflight 24th Nov 2017, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
While I've run the occasional random encounter, silly ones just get rerolled.

I recall once in a Ravenloft adventure, the PC's are in Azalin the Lich's demesne. Anyone who knows that game module knows that this is probably the most dangerous place. Not because Azalin is dangerously affable if you catch him in a good mood, but because every possible kind of undead encounter is a legitimate wandering encounter.

So as the joke goes, the group is traveling across the grassland, when suddenly they blunder into 1d4 wandering *liches*. Because Ravenloft's stupid encounter rules.

It gets worse. It was theoretically possible to encounter 1d3 wandering *dracoliches* too!

Common sense prevailed that day, but it still became something of a meme we've referred to periodically over the years.
TheStratovarian 24th Nov 2017, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
This sadly, is one of the biggest personal irks i have. Plot Armor, which is something of an old yeller.

It needs to be taken out back, and given a couple rounds. Until its good and gone. Its a bad relic that honestly feels cheating of the players. You get to no sell something that would work because hey, 'gm fiat' yeah, that always goes over well.
GrayGriffin 23rd Nov 2017, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
Get him, Fluttershy!
Hariman 23rd Nov 2017, 3:13 PM edit delete reply
My current theory is that Fluttershy's question is "Can I have my new animal friends track Blueblood if he tries to run away?"

Although... I could be wrong, as the question could have been "Can I hear Rarity from here?"
Luna 23rd Nov 2017, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
Here comes the Fluttzerker ! Always loved that episode because of that part. XD
Hariman 23rd Nov 2017, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
Flutterdeath: You know what hit you. You know who hit you. And you regret everything you ever did to upset that poor sweet little pony!
Specter 23rd Nov 2017, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
Planning phase mk2.

Blueblood is found: Arrest and pin everything on him.

Blueblood is not found: Escape to local convenient bar under an alias and disguise and spread a fast paced gossip of how it was Blueblood's fault, and how epic the issuing battle was that he escaped from.
Rokas 23rd Nov 2017, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
Roaring Rampage of Revenge, Yellow Quiet edition.
Xaran Alamas 24th Nov 2017, 5:21 AM edit delete reply
Fluttershy: I am furious yellow?
Jobany 24th Nov 2017, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
I keep reading this comic and watching the show, and I realize that Fluttershy is a freaking Red Lantern just waiting to happen. Seriously the rage she carries...
Winged Cat 24th Nov 2017, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
So, what are the odds Elusive tries to disguise himself as one of Fluttershy's herd so as to survive and escape?
b-wolf95 24th Nov 2017, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
Blueblood is furry, confirmed.
Guest 7th Dec 2017, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
I really love the title to this page. XD
Guest 19th Dec 2017, 7:21 PM edit delete reply