Tell a story about realizing something was tailor made to kill you.
I once proposed to my friends to play an evil campaign in wich we didn't care about killing other players. The plan was that each of us made a bunch of evil characters and see how long each lasted, but somewhere along the way my friends decided to make it an epic campaign. Being munchkins, we decided that the efort of making a level 26 character was too much to make a bunch of them, so the plan turned from doing a lot of characters to make one able to kill the others and survive. After half of us turned to undeath, all our efforts got centered around ways to bypass every and any immunities our peers could have. In the end my liche monstruosity is still undefeated, but my brother devised a character whose only purpose was to be able to control my mind. Interestingly enough, since my mind is only 1/4 of my mind (because i have multiple spells that allow me to exist 4 times at once and all my bodies share their mind to an extent that barely blocks individual control attempts from controlling them all, but cause the other 3 bodies to teleport to the controlled one and overreact with nuke-level epic spells), his build proved ineffective.
He might have outlined all the encounters before the campaign began, I dunno. What I DO know is that Ophilia is a lot squishier than her teammates (9 armor & 16 wounds is nothing to shake a stick at in Dark Heresy, but pales in comparison to the Guardsmen) and, like any good Dark Heresy character, knows to find & stick to cover.
So when I found out that Thallax combat automata can automatically see everything in a one-mile radius, stealth gear be damned, and shoot through walls, I was a little panicked. Fortunately, she's also hands-down the best at dodging, so that became yet another battle I took no damage in. I think I've only been hit twice when not piloting a vehicle.
Easy, it was called "Playing an RPG." ;)
Okay, okay I exaggerate, but if you've got characters that aren't desperate beginners OR a setting where the entire point is that you're the best of the best but you're facing the worst of the worst, most areas in between are going to require the GM makes at least some enemies that are designed to be able to kill you or else... where's the point?
Plus, it seems easier for a GM to fudge damage rolls down, send in a Deus Ex Machina to save you, etc. from something meant to kill your character than trying to safely "bump up" mooks initially meant only to harass, at least in my experience. Even if you're just as skilled at both, the latter is a harder sell to the players.
Unless you meant in real life, where nothing has been tailor made to kill me specifically (and being the sheltered gamer that I am, such things in real life tend to seem "cool"). I guess I am a bit concerned about abuses of power with the likes of drone strikes.
I think that Raxon didn't mean that you encountered something that had a good chance of killing you, but instead something that seems made to kill you specifically. Equipped with counters to your favorite abilities or something like that.
You know, like my bubble golem, and the druid that commands needle cacti.
My current character in Drakar och demoner is "kind" of of his rocker. He has admittedly come a long way from his origin of a dwarven non-drinker PTS rape-victim fighter rasist scared of fighting, loud voices and stern looks, instead preferring to pet kittens and make small childrens toys (in an attempt to nerf my char as hard as i possibly could, for fun).
Now, he is still the coward in most ways, but his mind has fractured even more, to the point where he singelhandedly have made the rest of the party demand more knowledge:demons cheeks than the demoncult, dragon lich, necromancers, a trip trough actuall hell, and our own sell-his-soul-for-power blood mage mage combined. (partially for registring slightly positive on demonic tracing magics ever since he took a bath in the mutilated body of a greater demon. but that is mainly because he can't get the blood out of his beard, and have long since given up all hope of ever maintaining a clean set of non-bloodied clothing. it had looked at him funny, atleast according to the voices in his head. and those guys (and girls) tended to know what they where talking about.)
Being a gentle soul, he simply hits the scary things with the sharp things, (or his bare fists in the case of one particularly unfortunate lich) untill it's gone, ground to dust, and his clothes are all wet and red again.
Now, seeing how he have officially screwed over the challenge rating for the rest of the party by having legally manufactured his own legendary armor and weaponry, to the point that any enemy that can stand up to him for more than 2 rounds will SLAUGHTER the rest of the party, and could match a horse at dead sprint, the rest of the party felt understandably worried when an evil gost-demon-thingy immune to all damage mind controlled him into attacking them. No save, just a "random" die roll for effect. oh, and having been told that my character would keep at it for oh, about 2-3 hours. and was standing 15 feet in-front of them, with his sword drawn, drooling like a slightly saner version of himself. No need to bother to toss the die for my initiative, seeing how overpowered my char had became by now...
Only for the firemage mage of the party to take on the country's most feared legendary berserking dwarven master swordsman, in hand to blade combat, and royally kick my overpowered ass. using no spells, and only average rolls.
my character later gave her a bouquet of dead seagulls to make sure that she wasn't still mad at him
I misread and was about to make a joke about a sentient golem tailor and strangulation.
Actually inspired by Luke in this comic, I created a character with as many reach increase feats as I could, and took advantage of my GM's goof in the dice pool rules for a small Epic campaign to create a 5th level Martial Artist with 38 Strength and 20 foot reach. He also used improved Unarmed Strike, and his starting feat allowed Regen 1 as long as he wasn't in direct sunlight, hence his hood.
I was in town, and a golem busts down the door to the inn the party is in. I go to pummel this thing, and discover that it's immune to blunt damage, which is what my fists did. It also broke the roof entering, meaning sunlight abound. Didn't take a genius to figure that one out.
This actually ended hilariously, because my character had recently taken the Snake Style feat. The GM just gaped as I proceeded to spear stab the thing into pieces.
I have a monk with a 15 foot reach. He is a half-halfling jungle giant. He's gigantic size, and can wield collossal sized weapons. He can move a weight of 36 tons, I believe.
He has a racial strength bonus of +10, but a dex bonus of +18. I also plan to have him take The Skiprock Champion prestige class as soon as he possibly can. A small stone for him weighs maybe fifty to a hundred pounds. This would allow him to turn a dead enemy into a finely ground paste. And he can do this to several enemies per turn. He can bounce this boulder off of up to four enemies per shot.
The only catch is that he's too big to enter most dungeons.
1 lv Psionic warrior dip for the Reduction power should take care of that.
He's my second character out of two in that, and his effective level is so high, he wouldn't get any xp with the group, anyway. Think about it. He can drag 36 tons on a sled or wagon. His job is to dismantle the dungeon brick by brick for easy sale. We also take ALL the corpses back to town for sale. I'm sure butchers, alchemists, and necromancers will pay top dollar for them.
The first is a pixie with dwarfism, gigantism, and oversized weapons. She has basically can't be hit by anything that has to compete with her AC or dodge reflex.
Luffi's face looks like he is actually trilled GM found a way to give him a challenge.
Luffy is a rubberman, there's no way Bludgeoning damage bypasses his reduction, it'd have to be slashing or piercing.
Not sure about the fire though?
The fire damage was put there to get around Luffy's resistance. Bludgeoning is for everybody else.
Combined damage type. Need both DR types to resist. Like DR 10/Lawful and good. And being the important distinction. Such attacks and resists are rare. Resists are more commonly seen like this: DR 5 magic,slashing, or evil. The second example is a list where anything on it penetrates. the "and" example is not a list entry.