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Sadistic game master mangle encounters

Written by Expy - Published on August 24, 2007

My players should be afraid, very afraid

I was writing an article today – I haven’t posted it yet – and wasn’t sure how I would tag it. Tags are keywords that make it easier for search engines and social bookmarking sites to find and classify my website. So I used an online Yahoo service that reads the content of the article and suggests keywords.

Yahoo’s suggestion of keywords: sadistic, game master, mangle, encounters.

These are definitely not words players like to hear from their dungeon master!

Is your DM sadistic?

I’m scared to ask actually. It seems to be something all successful DMs have in them. What’s the most evil thing your dungeon master has ever done to a character?

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7 Responses to “Sadistic game master mangle encounters”
  1. DM Caleb says:

    I once killed one of our PCs characters, and he quit playing based on the death. (PC deaths are common in our campaign, and everyone just rolls up new since the party is largely to selfish to spring for a rez when they could hire someone new instead). He was furious with the other players for not rezzing him, and with me for his death, which was mostly based on his stupidity.

    Next time we gamed, he was down at the comic shop browsing over some stuff. So I had his Wizard’s corpse appear reanimated as a zombie and battle against the party so they could kill him again. He was irrate, even though he wasn’t even a part of the adventure. This then became a reoccuring hook. That same wizard kept reanimating as more and more powerful forms of undead and became the regular antagonist against the party in the campaign. It grew into an incredable series of adventures where the party feared killing him again, knowing he would only come back more powerful. In the end, they had to travel into Hell to recover the original Wizard’s soul from it’s place of torment and finally put him to rest so his body would stop plaguing the prime material plane. It was sweet.

    And it was awesome to say every time David walked into the shop (a little extra loud) “And the corpse of Davitte Doen shambles into your camp…” I’d say that’s about as malicious as I’ve ever got.

  2. Yax says:

    Great story. Definitely evil but it turned out well!

  3. Stûnibu says:

    that do sound like a good campain, even if it was a bit harsh, might eve steal your idea :P

    the worce that was done 2 me was probably wen my dm desided that our party was to rich, he had us informed that our bank acount had been robed and on returning to our home town we found our house empty!! (and my guard dog named “winter” dead, spose i should have thought bout the fact that he would need feeding! :P)

  4. Yax says:

    I think DMs taking away stuff from the PCs is a bad idea unless there’s an exceptional or plot-driven reason. “The PCs are too rich” is not a good reason because the DM made them rich in the first place.

  5. Stûnibu says:

    yeah i know! it pissed me off nd there wasnt even a way to track down the theifs! it was because he gave us this sword that would give us three wishs but if they were really good things it wouldnt work. i wished for a really good fishing rode, thats wat i got nd i made a shit load of money selling fish!

  6. Finnan Tûk says:

    My party and me was killed yesterday. Okay, its a normal thing, but not when the party is lvl 10, 4 peoples, dont have any magical item higher than lvl 8 and face a huge motherfucker crocodile, plus two chulls and a bog hag, in a all dificult terrain.

    We was fighting well, but the crocodile eat the soldier (who remains inside it, fighting) and we killed the bog hag, but the chulls killed everyone, except the fighter. And when the crocodile goes back to lake and the chulls were gone, the fighter killed the crocodile from inside and when he swan to the lake’s edge, the chulls come back and killed him.

    what a huge mot***fu****…

  7. Finnan Tûk says:

    And I forgot to say: we only hit the enemies rolling a minimum of 15 in a d20, while them, rolling a 5 hit us. Our group was formmed by a fighter, a paladin, a wizard, a rogue, a ranger and a warlord, but yesterday the paladin and the wizard couldnt go to the game… and died with the rest of us, even not participating in the game. =P

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