DM Secrets
DM Secrets

They can doom you, or they can doom the rest of your group! Such fun!

News: Posted February 7th, 2017 by Alina

^ 11 Comments to “DM Secrets”

  1. Dean Says:

    “Sarah, your character is now under the mental control of the elder myconid. Your orders are to arrange the deaths of your companions, and not get caught.”

    Posted February 7th, 2017 at 5:18 am
  2. Chakat Firepaw Says:

    Sometimes secrets aren’t bad, were I to run the Shattered Star AP there is a good chance that I would be taking one player aside after her character dies to “brief her on an NPC she can play” because it will be a while until a replacement PC can be brought in.

    Of course, as those of you who have read/played that AP might know that NPC is really gur cynlre’f bja punenpgre va n arj obql naq gung fur unf gb punatr ure punenpgre’f enpr naq cbffvoyl frk.

    Posted February 7th, 2017 at 9:19 am
  3. curiousquirrel Says:

    Those are the best moments in rolplaying, when the DM takes one of your buddys to the kitchen and the rest of you is just sitting there: “Oh crap, oh crap, oh crap!” 🙂

    Posted February 7th, 2017 at 10:05 am
  4. N0083rP00F Says:


    I Love / Hate that game as much as Diablo but I do feel affection for the kitty. XD

    Posted February 7th, 2017 at 10:34 am
  5. MajorDanger Says:

    I had a player play a relief team for the others. They didnt know about it, their faces when we got back to the table and he got four initiative rolls on top of the guys they were facing were priceless.

    Posted February 7th, 2017 at 12:50 pm
  6. Calvsie Says:

    The best way to mess with a party is hand out notes.

    Posted February 7th, 2017 at 1:31 pm
  7. Weatherheight Says:

    Once, year ago, the Gm took a player outside the apartment for a few moments. Over the course of the evening, the rest of us also got taken out of the apartment – in my case, the GM wanted to ask me a question about his girlfriend (yes, I know…).

    Turned out that one character (whose player got taken outside first) had picked up a cursed magic item that made her believe I was a werewolf. Over the course of the evening, she convinced the rest of the group this was so – the player, not the character, truly believed my character had become a werewolf (several comments of mine made during the game actually strongly reinforced the notion) and she convinced the other players. However, I didn’t seem to be actively attacking so the party took the “enemy of my enemy is my friend” stance.

    When we finally confronted the bad guy, he ambushed us with a 10d6 fireball. I was running a druid, and the Protection from Fire spell (modified for the campaign) was still going; I took no damage, everyone else failed their saves. I then turned to the villain, stated “You know, you should never Fireball a demon!” and charged. The horribly damaged and now completely freaked out players watched as the only character who ended up making his surprise roll (mine) closed the distance and killed the villain in a single round (two natural twenty rolls turned into a lot of damage).

    My character turned to the party and said, “it is demons that are immune to fire, right? Or is it Devils?”

    Worst beating of one of my PCs ever. If we hadn’t had a Lawful Evil cleric in the group who decided my PC could be useful to him if my PC owed his a favor, my PC would have died.

    So much fun. 😀

    Posted February 7th, 2017 at 2:39 pm
  8. Thorin Schmidt Says:

    My favorite trick was to give “nastygrams” as we called them, to all but one of my players… the notes all said “look up at then look at me and say “ok”…. or something along those lines. of course, those were interspersed with REAL notes… so no one ever *quite* knew….. 🙂

    Posted February 7th, 2017 at 4:33 pm
  9. Notes are great fun.

    When refereeing, I do not allow players to show notes to other players. Usually, they are free to tell other players what a note says, but showing is out.

    Posted February 7th, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  10. Dancergirl Says:

    Oh man, this is really getting good! I miss playing D&D so much 🙁

    Posted February 7th, 2017 at 8:32 pm
  11. Ozzi Says:

    I have something that tops this. “Please bring your sheet and your dice.”

    Posted February 7th, 2017 at 11:01 pm