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DnD'breif - The End of Chapter One

There are only so many times in your life when you can turn to your players and say;

"And then the hydra makes eleven attacks."

God, that felt good. I am not a PC killing GM, as I've said in the past. I think of 'death' in DnD as a bit like KO in Final Fantasy. You're not really dead provided it's not in a cut scene ("Mommy! Mommy! Why doesn't Cloud just use a Pheonix Down on Aeris?") and provided that at least one party member survives the encounter.

No characters were killed last night, but a few were floored on up to -8 hp. And, quite frankly, I cam very close to a whole party death. But they persevered, and with some very, very clever ideas they eventually triumphed!

There is something remarkably satisfying about creating an encounter which tests the very limits of the characters, almost defeats them, but gives them enough room in the end to come through and beat the bad guys. All in all, I was very pleased with the session.

I remember that I was cackling maniacally for about five minutes over something, but I forget what it was. I think someone accused me of taking evil pleasure out of the whole affair. It was grand.


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Aug. 4th, 2004 04:51 pm (UTC)
The more accusations you get for partaking of evil pleasure, the better you are as a GM.
Aug. 4th, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
That was the best cackling I have ever seen. It was glorious and, as someone who was on the recieving end, more than a touch unsettling.

You could so get a job as an evil villainess.
Aug. 4th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
Well done, I think that's about the bullseye for GMs as far as combat goes. Especially for an end-of-chapter battle. I'm playing something similar at the moment, in a sort of "high-defense, high-offense, the first successful hit will turn the target into toast, no minor wounding here" way. I'm enjoying the tension.
Aug. 4th, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC)
Having been on the receiving end of that sort of statement... several times... I have patented a response to it.

1. Look at other players nervously
2. Look at DM
3. Open mouth, vocalise magic phrase "Oh Shit."

Note: if situation warrants (See: Level 1 characters VS. Tarrasque), replace "Oh shit" with Will Ferrel's "Oh Fuck Meeeeee" from the waterfall scene in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Aug. 5th, 2004 01:35 am (UTC)
I think someone accused me of taking evil pleasure out of the whole affair.

Oh no... everyone accused you of that. And it was true...
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