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14th Jun 2015, 8:00 AM in Zabuza Arc
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RandomRex6 14th Jun 2015, 8:00 AM edit delete
There comes a time where you need to deliberately screw with your players.

In fact, Story Time! Share a story about a comment that led you to believe there was an oncoming threat that turned out to be nothing.

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emmerlaus 14th Jun 2015, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
emmerlaus
I was the GM of that game. They were exploring a graveyard and I made a cat appear on and off (the gravekeeper pet) and, as I suspected, they were going paranoiac about it be a wizard familiar. Once they got a good sight of it, the player decide to kill it.

After they did, I told them the truth: it was a completly harmless cat. They didnt care and/or believe me until the game was over.
Keirgo 14th Jun 2015, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
In a WWII game set in Hollow earth the party had scaled down a destroyed mountain base to the fringes of the jungle occupied by the Nazis.

Leading into the jungle (and their destination)was a river, on which sat a small boat. One of the party proceeded to roll a search check (out of caution) to see if it was safe. I told him that it was safe, as far as he could see. The 'As far as he could see' part was enough to render the whole party paranoid. Everyone took turns searching the boat, thinking and scheming over what possible thing I could be hiding from them. Several even began to suggest that they would be better off just swimming down stream rather than risking the 'death boat'.

The boat was perfectly safe.

The river, however, was full of piranha.

Eventually one of the party became paranoid enough that they dropped some of their rations into the water, just to see what would happen. The discovery of the killer fish was amusing as they all realised how close to death their paranoia had brought them.
FanOfMostEverything 14th Jun 2015, 11:25 AM edit delete reply
"What do I see?"
"Nobody."
"And who's named Nobody?"
"D'oh."
kwak 14th Jun 2015, 3:07 PM edit delete reply
Z-corps, survivor side.
Back in my character's house, searching for my NRA approved uzi, the closet up the stair was shaking madly as i approached.
When it opened, i bashed my dog's skull with a bat as it barged out.
Otaku 15th Jun 2015, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
Otaku
If I could explain why I was wrong all those times I thought there was an oncoming threat but it turned out there wasn't, I'd be a better player! XD

So instead I'll invert it a little. This happened nearly 20 years ago when I was part of my first RPG group; we were all in High School at that time and we were using GURPS Third Edition (Revised). For various reasons, I was retiring my previous character and for the new one, I took advantage of the GM declaring you could break the usual Disadvantage (...think "Flaws") limit and through that I had a lot of Character Points to build my character. Of course that meant I had a lot of issues that would come up over the course of play (or would have - sadly this campaign ended the next session while I was unable to attend).

I created a very powerful but very messed up mage. This was a GURPS mage: if you're unfamiliar with how that differs from D&D just know that it is pretty different and far easier (well, for the character - not sure about the GM XD). Spells are just a special kind of "Skill" and while they have a casting time and Energy cost and usually require specific gestures and words, there aren't typically physical components, you don't "memorize" specific spells ahead of time, there are no "slots", etc.

The party knew they would be running into my new character eventually. Since I hadn't entirely wanted to retire my last character but had due to group politics, the GM agreed to (and liked the idea) of my character not trusting the party and... having a little fun with them. I came up with the basic game plan ahead of time and the GM carried it out.

As the party approached the small cave where my mage and his siblings had been living, suddenly a large, magical shadow appeared. It took on a vaguely human shape and spoke with a booming voice, trying to scare them away. The party assumed it was an encounter but had no way of knowing that while it wasn't natural darkness, it was only "magical" in that it was being created by the spell Create Darkness and shaped by Shape Darkness. That the booming voice was provided via spell and that there were appropriate spells to allow my mage, who was hiding, to see what was happening.

The more spells a mage has going at once carries a penalty to casting skill so I was getting close to my limits, but I had just enough left to use Create Fire to cause an yard diameter orb of flame to appear in the air and as it started falling, I had time the next turn to cast Shape Fire to control its motion and shape it into a large bat that (slowly) chased the party tried to attack the shadow and bat which... were largely pointless. None of them could do something that would easily extinguish the flames or dispel the shadows. I don't recall if they had any appropriate spells to cast but if they did, no one used them... instead getting into a long combat with the GM and I struggling not to burst out laughing.

After a bit we took a short break and both myself and the GM headed to the restroom (not suspicious because leaving the group outside of such breaks was discouraged so usually multiple people had to go at once, and we were gaming someplace with multi-person facilities). We came to the conclusion that the party had to have figured it out by now and we fessed up outside of game...

...turns out their annoyance was because they thought the GM was setting them up for a total party wipe, not because they had realized that the "threat" they couldn't kill but that had barely (if at all) harmed them wasn't real and that something else must be going on.

I probably didn't do it justice, but it was quite entertaining.
Enyalius 16th Jun 2015, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Rule #43 of every rpg ever... It's not the totally harmless things that will kill you, it's the things that are specifically stated to be "Completely harmless" that will kill your party horribly.


...Well either that or the incredibly deadly monster creeping up behind you all while everyone is focused on the harmless creature.
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