I have some fun D&D stories from this weekend, I will post when I have a little more time.
I forgot to get around to posting about this...
So that past weekend... it was my best friend's son, 21st birthday... so we all went camping. And along with camping, we played D&D, where I was the DM. Rather than use characters from the main campaign
, since a lot of the players were going to be absent - I downloaded Level 1 pre-generated characters
and had the players pick a character to play (so all they had to do was pick a name). The first night, we had a new player (Matt's girlfriend) - who has NEVER played D&D. Wasn't even sure how it worked. So we explained it - and that was why I picked Level 1 characters. Not a lot of powers and skills and feats to try and understand. So I made up an adventure, right off the top of my head based off of looking at some monsters in the Monster Manual and tying them together. (A grave had been dug up and a ring taken from the body; causing the ghost to haunt the area, and freak out the local farmer's animals - the party has to go recover the ring). Well, Matt's girlfriend that night - literally, hardly ever rolled below a 12 on her D20 dice. She was hitting things left and right - and she was an Elf Fighter, with a Rapier - so at one point she shouts, "I rape them with my rapier!" And all of us laughed, and I was like, "You went... really dark there." She ended up having an amazing time and wants to play again!
The next night at the camp site, Matt & his girlfriend turned in early (well, 10pm), but Justin and Travis (Jake's friend - the husband of Matt's sister) were there. Now, in stark contrast to Matt's girlfriend - these two had some pretty horrid rolls. Travis played a bard, while Justin played a Monk. As a Monk just got two attacks - he typically hit with his first attack, but almost ALWAYS missed with his second attack - so we all started saying that there had to be some background story that his left arm was wounded
... Travis on the other hand was the King of 1's. This party is set to recover a merchant's family heir-loom, a magical dagger, which was last seen going into a "haunted" forest (it's called haunted, but everyone knows it's ruled by giant spiders, and their ilk). So on the way to the forest, the party is attacked by Kobolds on their first night. Travis rolls a 1 to hit. So I have him roll some dice and say, "Let's see if you hit anyone. Starting with you, 1, 2 is Justin, 3 is Jake, 4 is Sami, 5 or 6, the bolt breaks and hurts your hand slightly." He rolls a 1. So I go into description how as he loads his crossbow bolt, his hand slips, and the bolt fires directly down into his foot. Have him roll damage. 4 damage. His character screams in pain. The Cleric (logically not knowing what's going on because she had moved into combat) comes rushing back to see his has a crossbow bolt in his foot and is puzzled, because the kobolds aren't using crossbows (only primitive bows and spears). Seeing the bard with the crossbow, the cleric pieces it together. Later, they're in the forest trying to flee from the spiders, and have them all roll Dex checks to out run the spiders. Travis rolls a 1. I talk about how he feels the spider's web hit his back. Jake goes back to cut him free, spider's web gets him. I explain that Travis' character is running slow from the crossbow bolt to the foot earlier. The party eventually gets everyone away from the spiders and reaches the river bank where they see tracks of the suspected thief. They notice the tracks step into the water, but then resume in the muddy riverbed just ahead. Rogue checks for traps, spots none. Cross, passes Dex check. Travis goes next. Rolls a 1 on his Dex check. Trap springs. Does double damage. Knocks Travis to -4 HP (I always do -11 HP is death, then System Shock Survival if someone attempts to stabilize; HP -1 to -10 is you bleeding out, profusely, and unconscious). Cleric is forced to use a major healing. By the time they get to the thief's den (who is a wererat), they're all in pretty bad shape, but win the fight. Travis and Justin, both first time players, had a great time, despite dice rolls and want to play again!
My DM notes are here
- because everyone had so much fun playing these characters, I kept the character sheets and will be introducing them as NPCs in a future adventure.