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*Sigh*




3rd Jun 2015, 12:04 AM

Sometimes just wanting something hard enough can sway even the most hard-edge GM (it helps if you're cute), tell a story of getting a GM to let you have something, not by tricking them, but by being sincere enough in your ministrations.

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Zilfallion

Zilfallion




3rd Jun 2015, 6:24 AM

My GM let me play a 12-year old Neko Assassin who dreams of being an idol. He even let me design the race using Pathfinder's Race Builder Point thingy. I clearly laid out exactly what I was wanting to build, and it didn't take nearly as much bugging as I was expecting. Although he did completely hijack my backstory and gave me a mystery backstory to unravel. I'm still convinced I was kidnapped when I was younger, but have no proof. I think it helped that I was the only one in the group actually considering backstory, and I at least got to do the guidelines of my backstory before he stole it and ran with it.

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FanOfMostEverything




3rd Jun 2015, 8:23 AM

I can tell such a story from the perspective of being the GM.

Okay, so it's the first major fight of the campaign, a fairly standard raid on a goblin fort (which means a bunch of scrap lumber and rusty nails in a rough rectangle around the collection of huts, lean-tos and tents.) There's a lovely choke point at the gate where the goblins have to come out one at a time.

Well, one poor soul got enlarged and shouted a challenge to the leader, who wasn't supposed to show up until much later in the encounter, but pretty much had to to maintain his cult of personality. Out comes the boss, who sees this ten-foot tall human magus screaming his head off, and tries a blindness/deafness.

The save DC was 16. The player rolled a 15. Blind until the cleric says he isn't.

So, between the spell and blindness penalties, the character has a single digit Armor Class and a 50% miss chance with his attacks. So, what does he do? Grab the top of the gate and heave himself into a flanking position inside the fort. By which I mean he is being flanked by the boss cleric and the mass of raging barbarians. The sorcerer then follows him in in the hopes of getting off some shocking grasps and actually ends up getting trapped in a corner by the aforementioned barbarians. Also, a pair of rogues are stealthing their way towards the magus, who doesn't get his Dex bonus to AC because of the blinding.

So, the magus, who is at six hit points and will die come the next enemy action, decides to decry the workmanship of the fort. Players of Persona 4 will be amused to know that he essentially threatens to renovate their asses.

Again, first major encounter of the campaign. I really don't want this to end in two PC deaths, but it looks like it's going to. However, I see a way around that, especially since the blind giant gets a natural 20 on Intimidate. See, these goblins worship King, a PC from an earlier campaign in the same setting who performed such great feats as starting a holy war with prestidigitation and has gone on to become a heroic legend to local goblins. I decide that the priest falls to his knees and begs for forgiveness, because the only person with such a poor sense of priorities as to criticize craftsmanship while on death's door must be an avatar of King.

Of course, the player started to deny it. I gave him a look and asked him how many hit points he had. He went with the idea after that.

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MFG




3rd Jun 2015, 5:35 PM

"starting a holy war with prestidigitation"

I had to double check that this wasn't a Raxon story.

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FanOfMostEverything




4th Jun 2015, 8:15 AM

Well, when you turn the temple of the goddess of art and beauty baby-crap green, the clergy doesn't really care that it only lasts for an hour. Especially not after you've been declared a hero and a friend by churches they have highly tense relations with and an enemy of one they're close to.

This was par for the course for that player. Sadly, I haven't seen him for more than a year.

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Solokov




3rd Jun 2015, 6:28 PM

you are now a raxon in training for the day.

...That's how this works right?

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Disloyal Subject

Disloyal Subject




3rd Jun 2015, 7:35 PM

Hmm. 'Raxon' would be an interesting title for one of the ranks in a holy order's hierarchy.

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Spoony Viking




3rd Jun 2015, 10:28 AM

I can't remember if I ever managed to sway a GM, so I'm going to add a story where I was the GM. :-)

So, I was starting a D&D 3.5 campaign, and one of my players asked to play an Elan Psion. Now, I strongly dislike the psionics system - not because of the mechanics, which I like, but on a conceptual level (may the pulp writers forgive me, but I'm a purist when it comes to fantasy). So I asked him to play a Sorcerer, instead. But we had just finished playing a campaign (run by another GM) in which he HAD played a Sorcerer all the way to the epic levels, and that was my first campaign for that group... He actually agreed to play the Sorcerer, but he looked so disappointed I couldn't help but cave in and let him play his original concept.

The character worked beautifully, so I never regretted that, but he was actually quite powerful because of my GMing style: since I rarely add more than one combat encounter per session (and even then, it's often one that can be bypassed), that meant he could almost always nova every encounter without any concerns.

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Disloyal Subject

Disloyal Subject




3rd Jun 2015, 7:38 PM

Avoidable combat is confusing for me: in-character, I'll usually bypass the encounter, but out of character, I mourn the chance to get murderous.
It's still one of my favorite things for a DM to include, but confusing.

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Tatsurou

Tatsurou




3rd Jun 2015, 3:25 PM

A story time of talking the GM into something through sincerity?

Well, when I was younger, I was really into the roleplay aspect of D&D. It wasn't enough to just say "My character does X". I acted it out, complete with voice inflection, gesticulation, and on occassion even full body movements such as actually falling to my knees when my character begged.

My character in this story had a long standing animal companion, a clouded leopard. The little kitty - marked on the sheet as "Greatfang/Mr. Bitey" - had been a great source of fun and quite a few saves throughout the campaign up until this point.

We were in battle with a dragon, and my animal companion took a mortal wound. The cleric was out of healing spells, we were out of healing items, and there was no way to save him. Since he was a purely mortal animal - just hand raised - he was going to die, and all of us shortly after in all likelihood (this wasn't an encounter we were supposed to be doing, and the DM had given us several opportunities to avoid it...which we'd ignored).

I pleaded with the dragon to stay his rage long enough for me to say goodbye to my longtime friend and companion. I managed to roll high enough that the dragon allowed it.

I then pulled out the plushy I'd been using to represent my animal companion, knelt down beside it while petting it, and began talking to it. I reminisced about all the happy times we shared together - hand raising him from when I was a child and he was a newborn kitten - talking about our adventures together, how much I would miss him...and how as much as he loved the name Greatfang as a fighter, I would always know and remember him by the name I gave him as a child. I finished my speech with, "Goodbye...Mr. Bitey..." and pulled the plushy into a hug.

The entire table was in tears at that point. The GM didn't even bother rolling. As soon as he wiped his eyes and blew his nose, he said the dragon was so moved by the strong bond I shared with my companion that he used his own blood to restore Mr. Biter as a half-dragon clouded leopard, as well as granting us the boon of the artifact we were there for (which we were supposed to negotiate for, not try and kill the dragon to get it), as well as having us all as his guests for the evening.


...with that campaign, sometimes it felt like I got away with things because the GM really enjoyed the show I put on with my character acting.

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Kagimizu




3rd Jun 2015, 4:14 PM

*sniffle* I'm not crying you're the one who's crying!

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solokov




3rd Jun 2015, 6:31 PM

Eh this? Oh it's nothing I was riding my bike in the raid just now.

*shakes off like a wet dog spraying everyone in the comments... except probably Raxon because of some obscure feat*

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solokov




3rd Jun 2015, 6:35 PM

*rain

...though I did raid bomb a snow shelter last week because of an infestation of all kinds of bugs over winter. 20 cans of bug bomb into the breach and then I taped the door shut..... need to go back and sweep it up...

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Disloyal Subject

Disloyal Subject




3rd Jun 2015, 7:41 PM

I'd more suspect a Survival-based Skill Trick than a feat, really.
And I should be fine too, albeit through a Trait.

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Raxon

Raxon




3rd Jun 2015, 9:08 PM

You seem to be ignoring the big question here.

DID MR. BITEY HAVE AN ADORABLE TOP HAT!?

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Guest




4th Jun 2015, 8:39 AM

I was playing a half giant ranger with an int of 4 or so I'd backstoried as an escaped wizard's experiment. After the first battle of the campaign we didn't find any treasure at all and my character was extremely disappointed and frantically started searching the roadside for anything that could count as treasure. Eventually the gm shouted out, "There's nothing around but rocks and rusty cans" to which I eagerly responded, "Rusty Cans? You mean like... scrap metal? I take them all."

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QuarianRogue




6th Jun 2015, 4:46 AM

Well, we're going to run a Mass Effect game in a homebrew system. GM said that there was no freakin' way that a Krogan could be an infiltrator. That it was totally impossible... funny thing about that word, it just makes me want to prove it wrong. I shelved the biotic quarian character I had in mind, and made my case: If Krogans can be engineers, scientists, or poets, they have the intillectual capacity to be infiltrators. They split the atoms before salarians were involved after all, they are intelligent, if violent. He relented, and Urdnot Kull was born. Between that victory and rolling the maximum for my skills, this game is going to prove very interesting.

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Raxon

Raxon




3rd Jun 2015, 5:40 PM

There's always violence. Violence is always an option.

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CDysonSphere

CDysonSphere




4th Jun 2015, 6:12 AM

Violence isn't an option. It's a prerequisite.

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Luminous Lead




4th Jun 2015, 5:56 PM

Violence isn't the answer, it's the question.

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thatonesungod




4th Jun 2015, 6:37 PM

And the answer is always yes

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Poker




5th Nov 2017, 6:35 PM

Hey, he got a bif eater flaw to take care of.

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Poker




5th Nov 2017, 6:36 PM

big eater*

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