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What Was Your Strangest GMing Experience?

Positive, negative or just plain weird, what was your strangest, most unusual experience as a GM?

What made it so odd, and what happened afterwards?

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#1 Comment By Benjamin On April 21, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

It would have to be while DMing the D&D 2nd Edition Mark of Amber adventure for Mystara. I was much younger and running the adventure off the cuff without having read it and while also playing in it. My brother was the only other PC. The funny part was when some of our havoc around the mansion came to fruition right in front of our eyes. The Werewolf rampaging about in one particular encounter busts out into the hallway. We’re far too many levels too low for this beast and about to role for initiative. Reading the description as I go, I notice the werewolf’s rampage is triggered by a potion of madness slipped into its food. “Huh…” says I. “The same potion of maddness we coincidently mixed with the adjacent vial while in the man’s secret chambers without knowing the contents of either?” Well, that other potion was poison. Shocked as we were, yet another encounter went under out belts overcome by sheer dumb luck as the werewolf dropped dead in front of us.

If you know of it, the additional ending to the adventure with the beam of sunlight coming down on the real hero was just perfect given that our characters escapaded through the whole quest in the above fashion, starting at level 1 and masquerading as wealthy noblemen the entire time.

#2 Comment By Telas On April 22, 2007 @ 8:37 pm

I’ve posted about it before, but a “fight club” tournament with a barbarian I ran (Fergon), and a Red Wizard (his hated enemies). It was like the dice were in character – Fergon shook off a Hideous Laughter spell, charged, full power-attacked, and then critted!

Same die, a bit later on… One of the players’ wife talked in her sleep the night before, saying “beware the blue dice”. My dice were blue, and I rolled an amazing series of 1s (three 2-in-a-rows, one 3-in-a-row), and nothing above a 17 all night, ending up in a near-TPK.

…”law of averages”, my ass… 😉

#3 Comment By Walt C On April 23, 2007 @ 10:16 am

My strangest GMing experience happened a long time ago. Another GM and I regularly swapped GMing duties for our little group, and we had a group of superheroes that we’d play as PCs or NPCs, depending on which side of the screen we sat on. We also played a lot of one-on-one gaming, as we lived around the block from each other in our teenage, pre-driver’s license days.

One session, I was running a one-on-one adventure with him. I had an NPC trying to sneak past his PC. Without realizing it, we’d switched places. I was describing my actions like I was a player, and he was determining chances of success. This went on for a few minutes until we both burst out laughing that we’d switched sides without skipping a beat.


#4 Comment By Martin On April 26, 2007 @ 8:54 am

This makes me wish I’d had more odd GMing experiences. 😉 Heck, I might have to say any odd ones — I’ve been wracking my brain for oddball war stories, and I just can’t think of any. Ah well — at least I get to read yours!