In this topic, I would love to hear what some of your favorite moments are, from roleplaying with your friends, and some of the craziest things that have happened in your roleplaying games.
I will start, with what is undoubtedly the craziest thing I have EVER seen happen, in my roleplaying gaming career.
I was DMing this game. I had about 8-10 players I think, it was really too many in my opinion, but they all wanted to play, and we never turned any friend down, that wanted to join us and play. The setting was AD&D, and it was a typical fantasy adventure.
Back in those days, we did a lot of communicating by notepad. Every one of us had a notepad assigned to our character, and we could write stuff on it, and give it to someone else, or the DM, if we wanted to have a private conversation, or let someone else know something that you didn’t want the entire group to know. It was way more fun if you didn’t know everything, even in real life. Like if the group was in a room, and only one character noticed something from the die checks, I would write it on their notepad, and it was up to them if they wanted to tell the rest of the group what they noticed.
So we had been playing this campaign. One character, we will call him M, had been secretly trying to join the local thieves guild. I don’t remember the story, and I don’t remember why, I just remember he was trying to get in, and impress them for some reason. But he had done the whole thing via notepad. Nobody in the rest of the group knew anything about this. Things came to a head one day, when the group decided to break into a warehouse and steal from this thieves guild. So this put M in a very precarious position. He was trying to join this guild, but his party wanted to break in and steal from the guild. Of course, they were caught, when they broke in, a confrontation was about to happen.
Now, a side note - When I DM’d, my first and foremost role was, to continue the story, and make it fun for all my players, to stay in control of everything, but make them believe they had total freedom and control. I did all my rolls behind a screen. I was honest 98% of the time, but I will not lie, (to you, hahah), I had been known to fudge on a roll here or there, but ONLY IF I thought the outcome would break the storyline, or cause some game breaking problem. Sometimes I would already have made my decision, but I would roll a die behind the screen, just so they would hear a die being rolled. Those die rolls were secret. The players all did their own die rolls in the open. My rule was, if you roll a die on the open table, then that die roll counts. You don’t get to re roll. As such, if they announced that they wanted to do something, and I thought it was a bad idea, I could ask them before they roll, are you sure you want to do that? Or if they did roll, and it was something that would have went horribly wrong and game breaking, I always figured I could just fudge the stat they were rolling against. Until this-
Back to our story. M was wanting badly to impress the thieves guild. The rest of the group had broke in, and was caught. A fight was getting ready to happen. Later on, after this, he told me that he had to do something that would impress the guild, and make them think he was on their side, so he decided to do the most flamboyant outrageous thing he could think of, knowing that I could apply enough modifiers that even a high die roll could be made into a miss. The big mistake was, he didn’t give me any warning, or any time to think about it, or control it.
All of the sudden, before the fight starts, M, draws his sword, and other do the same. M says he wants to do another action. Everyone is tensed up, so I nod and let him. M shouts, I turn to P, the player IN HIS GROUP, beside him, and with my long sword, I want to do, (and he roars this out in real life), CALLED SHOT! DECAPITATION!!!
And before I could say a word, he throws the 20 side out across the table, and it lands on a natural 20.
You could have heard a pin drop in the room.
I could not think of any way to change that. That one moment splintered that particular D&D group, and all but 5 players ended up leaving. They were so mad at M, they turned on him, killed his character, and had it drawn and quartered, and then hid the pieces secretly in different parts of the kingdom. They raised enough money to have P resurrected, but it was chance, and he came back as an elven girl, and he lost interest and stopped playing the character with a few weeks.
Like I said, craziest thing I’ve every personally had happen. What about you guys?