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Old 10-25-2017, 03:48 PM   #11
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You know, I don't think I find this sort of thing to be a rare surprise. It's actually nearer the truth to say that's what I call "game mastering." At least, I run a lot of sessions where I confront the PCs with something, see how they react, and make something up.

If I want to make sure that the PCs deal with X, I have them assigned or hired to deal with X. That's what bosses and clients are for.
I normally have a similar style (I call it "don't herd the PCs into the plot, drop the plot in front of the PCs"), but in this case I foolishly established the existence of a large city without fleshing out any city adventures, since I thought I had at least as long as it would take for them to get to the city on foot.

I solved the issue by having the horses run away during the fight, and then a thunderstorm roll in, which caused them to seek shelter instead of searching for the horses.
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Old 10-25-2017, 11:17 PM   #12
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This is one of the reasons I donít go to cons anymore. Most of the people who run the cons know me and consider me family. So, if I show up, Iím put to work. Sometimes on games I donít know a thing about . . ..

Several years ago, when Star Wars Miniatures was a thing, I had purchased the AT-AT (because I wanted a freaking AT-AT!). One of these people asked if I could bring my AT-AT to (specific con) so he could re-create the Attack on Hoth. I said ďsure,Ē knowing that Hand of Bobb would love to stop by the dealerís room.

The day arrives and we head to the con. I find my friend (who shall remain nameless) and he tells me that one of the other event's runners didnít show up and he was going to be there, running that, so Iíd have to run the SW Miniatures event. I tried to remind him that I didnít play the game and had never read the rules. He wandered off, and with fifteen minutes before the game I read the rule book.

I apologized to the players, and they were really understanding. And they wound up having a great time as I played fast and loose with the rules and aimed more for a Star Wars feel then an accurate reflection of the rules.
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Old 10-27-2017, 11:29 AM   #13
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The time I agreed to run someone else's scenario in a CALL OF CTHULU tournament at a small local con.

I read the scenario, thought 'OK, I can do this....' and then about two thirds of the way through the allotted time I hit a bit that Made Absolutely No Sense.

I don't now remember what it was: just something that didn't fit with the rest of the scenario and invalidated everything I'd told the players up to that point.

I'd like to tell you that I improvised magnificently and wove a seamless illusion of competence in the eyes of the players...

But it wouldn't be true. I had to say 'Oh'. And then 'I'm sorry fellas but....' and end the scenario early putting as much blame on the author the piece as I could.

I prefer nowadays to run something I wrote myself. At least I know what the idiot who wrote it meant that way.
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Old 10-31-2017, 12:49 AM   #14
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Prey: you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032,but the space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted.Everything what you see maybe mask by the monster,it is impossible to distinguish between reality and fiction.
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Old 11-01-2017, 04:13 AM   #15
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mine involve leaving my dice, rules, or meeples & blocks at home...
... I've not run a fully FTF game from home in almost 3 years.
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:42 PM   #16
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I'm pretty immersive and serious with my RPG's so when I found myself the GM for a group of players who thought that "Dalorious & Associates" was the pinnacle of the art of RPG, I began to panic.

Nope, I don't do Beer and Pretzels with my RPG's.

I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did.
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:25 PM   #17
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I didn't panic as a Game Master, but I did cause the DM to panic.

The Monday Night Gaming Group had been working our way through the Red Hand of Doom. We'd saved Brindol, defeated the Horde, and stormed the Fane of Tiamat. Thanks to some recon, some good prep, and some decent rolls, we crushed the high priest and his lackeys. We had won.

Then the planar veil ripped, and an Aspect of Tiamat stepped through.

"Oh, $#|+!" went the group.

"And we'll meet next week!" grinned the DM, evilly.

"Wait a minute," says I..."I cast Dimissal!"

The DM looked poleaxed. "You can't *do* that!"

"She's an outsider, I'm a cleric, dismissal's on my prepped list, and you need to roll a save."

Five minutes of back and forth, rules consultation, and wailing and gnashing of teeth later, the DM threw his hands in the air and said, "Fine!"

He rolled the save.

Darn Aspect of Tiamat made it by 1. I'd failed, but the DM's momentum had been broken. Next week we steamrolled the Aspect.

Good times, good times.
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