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taskforce5823 Sep 2013 5:52 a.m. PST

Saw this on reddit:

While the party was travelling from one town to the next I rolled a random encounter table and it came up with a vampire attack.

They were travelling during the day.

In the past when this occurred (it actually happened twice before) the vampire would leap out to attack then promptly burst into flames. Good enough for a comedic campaign. But this time was different:

This time the vampire sparkled.

So naturally the vampire immediately proceeded to passive aggressively assail the female characters in the party. Finally the Sorcerer (a female halfling,) sick of his Bleeped text, cast Erase.

I looked at her quizzically, then she read the spell description "…magically erase mundane writing…"

So the vampire disappeared and the party went on their way. Everyone applauded her.

Chef Lackey Rich Fezian23 Sep 2013 6:16 a.m. PST

One wonders when the inevitable lycanthropic romantic rival will make an appearance.

Pictors Studio23 Sep 2013 6:32 a.m. PST

In a party where things had become rather heated between a female elven mage and one of the fighters, there was a rest period in a tavern. The elf spent much of her night heating up a poker in the fire. She went up to the room where the fighter was challenging him. He came to smack her around, she cast command, held the poker up and said "bite."

richarDISNEY23 Sep 2013 7:26 a.m. PST

Points to the GM for making the vamp sparkle.
MORE points to the player with 'erase'!
I love it.

Zippee23 Sep 2013 7:29 a.m. PST

In the opening stages of Night Below (2nd ed) the party is faced by a mob of dock hands and barge men in a labour dispute. The ringleader, a vociferous and large docker, is rousing the rabble when up steps the party's rather feeble and weedy cleric and casts 'command' "Bleeped text" on him which rather took the edge of the edge off the rabble rousing. . .

Martian Root Canal23 Sep 2013 8:15 a.m. PST

Our party was fighting our way through an underground mining complex. The mine was controlled by hobgoblins and worked by enslaved goblins. We captured a goblin and offered him his life in exchange for leading us to a safe exit. He told us it was guarded by two large hobgoblins and he wouldn't do it. As the party's resident mage, I quickly informed our DM that I was casting 'Invisibility to Hobgoblins' on the goblin. "There's no such spell," he informed me. "I know," I replied, "but the goblin doesn't know that." The goblin led us to the exit, and boldly walked up to one of the guards and stuck out his tongue. The hobgoblin stuck out his sword…in the gullet of the goblin, unfortunately for him. Our party was able to surprise the distracted guards and make our way out.

Landorl23 Sep 2013 8:53 a.m. PST

I had a game end rather abruptly when a mage cast a fireball spell in a very small enclosed room. He killed the goblins, but also took out half of the party, himself included.

No one was very happy with the player for that.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2013 9:17 a.m. PST

I also had a fireball friendly fire incident.

richarDISNEY23 Sep 2013 9:36 a.m. PST

Same thing Landori and VCarter, but with a thermal detonator in Star Wars… Freaking hilarious!

MHoxie23 Sep 2013 10:18 a.m. PST

Not a spell per se, but an evil cleric's turn undead ability
can be used to create the "ghoul-cat-on-a-stick" club of
paralyzation/ghoul creation.

The "wight-cat-on-a-stick" is even deadlier, especially in
intra-party conflict if the other players hear "wight" as

Someone online once mentioned that his character owned the
most evil sword possible: sword +1, +6 vs. women and children.

RavenscraftCybernetics23 Sep 2013 12:17 p.m. PST

I hope you awarded her extra EP's.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2013 3:24 p.m. PST

We used Tenser's Floating Disk" as an archery platform for an elf. We also used it as a stepping stone over crevices, etc..

We also cast "Silence, 10' radius" on a crossbow bolt, and shot it into the opposing party's chief spellcaster.

There's also a tale (possibly apocryphal) about a mage polymorphing a purple worm into a chicken. The party then carried the chicken about, and when they came upon a small chamber with a monster inside, they tossed in the chicken, cast "Dispel Magic" on it, and slammed the door shut. POOOMFPH!

Not as funny as the sparkle story, but still fun.

BCantwell23 Sep 2013 3:51 p.m. PST

I did a similar thing to Parzvial, but instead of a single bolt which had to shot, I had a whole handfull of small stones permanetly magicked up with Silence 15' radius stored in a pouch of holding. The extra-diemensional narure of the pouch kept them from afecting us until needed and when needed, I didn't need to aim much, just grab a handful and sling them about the room/area.

Was also fond of casting walls of stone in "nonstandard orientation" such as in midair, parallel to the floor and adjacent to the ceiling. The resulting crash of stone was typically pretty brutal.

My favorite though was polymorphing things into other things biologically incapable of supporting their own mass (in games where shape changed stuff retains its mass). A troll turned into a 600 lb jellyfish on a stone floor is pretty much toast.

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2013 4:03 p.m. PST

I also had a fireball friendly fire incident.
You're not a real D&D player if you didn't!

Terrement: How well I remember "Typo" and A&E!

Meiczyslaw23 Sep 2013 10:29 p.m. PST

We were fighting a zillion kobolds, and one of our party cast a light spell on an arrow, and fired it downrange as a way to scout.

As it was in the air, my rogue (with bluff of YES) shouted from the other side of the room, "is that the delayed blast one?"

That room emptied faster than a Miley Cyrus concert at Historicon.

Ethanjt2107 Jan 2014 6:12 a.m. PST

I played a mage in my first ever DnD group (2nd Ed) and had my best friend irl playing a fighter, who would constantly start crap with my character and push him around. So i told him I could tame any beast he wanted with a spell, making it a mount. I'd give him whatever he wanted for a truce. (My DM wisely hid his smile, as we discussed this before hand) He said he wanted a Dire Bear, so off we went to it's cave and found it sleeping. I made a show of it, and told him it was safe. He hopped on, and a few short combat rounds later, I dragged his corpse from the cave and looted all his money before getting our Priest to resurrect him. Never Bleeped texted with me again.

Xintao26 Jan 2014 12:44 p.m. PST

I once played in a D&D convention weekend. All the adventure were tied together in a over arching campaign.

Before starting out on the adventure, I told the DM I had cast Continual Light and Continual Darkness on stones I kept in my pocket.

One of the adventures we were on, I was in front and opened a door and saw a Beholder down a hallway! I reached into my pocket, grabbed the Darkness stone and whip it at the Beholder.

The DM rolls, and I nailed it. And the Beholder shaped balloon pops and poison gas is released. Out of 8 players, I was the only one to make a saving throw…..

I was not popular, Xin

War Monkey15 Feb 2014 10:42 p.m. PST

Playing a long campaign game long ago, our group and army were up against an old frail wizard and his army, we lay siege to his castle and were getting ready for a long and ugly battle, and we thought just for giggles we would send a message by arrow over the wall, we wrote our message our mage cast "exploding rune" (a really low level spell) rolled it up sealed it in wax, and the wrote on the outside "For the Lord of the manor's eye only" and explained out intent to the DM that it was just a lame thing to just aggravate the wizard (the opposing player) he okayed it and off the arrow went, the Wizard read the message then "BOOM!", he failed his saving throw and took a the full hit points which just so happen to be just enough to KILL HIM! Game Over! hey who knew, right! it was to be a gag (man! he was really upset using lots of words one shouldn't use here grabed up his stuff and left) his troops surrendered and joined our army we took his treasure and goods and off to the next battle.

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