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March 05, 2008

-10 hp

On a recent expedition to the Basement of the Parental Units, I found my character sketch for my first ever D&D character; I was a bit unclear on the concept. "Sauron" was a first level magic user but - in my mind - was already fairly represented as a pillar of smoke surmounted by a lidless flaming eye. Graph paper at the ready, I sent Sauron, his three hit points and supply of ten foot poles into the dungeon. He never made it past the first room. He fell into a hidden floor trap falling ten feet into a pit. One hit point down... when the Kobold guard appeared at the edge of the pit it was all over. My magic missile failed to work for some reason while the Kobold's first arrow did the rest.

I still think that Dungeon Master was a complete dick. If I could remember that velour wearing jerk's name I would publish it. Scott something. Who sends a first level magic user into a dungeon on his own? And he was really directive about my dungeon mapping too; as if that was going to make the slightest difference. Plus I was at 0 hit points, not -10 hp. Sure I was immobilized but maybe the Kobold wandered off and I - that is to say, Sauron - could have recovered. Then the poles could have been improvised for an escape; I had plenty of rope on hand to tie them together. But no.

Sauron, rest in peace. Also, Gary Gygax.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 5, 2008 06:47 AM


I know a certain neutral-with-evil-tendencies hoopak-wielding kender out there who is kinda sad today.

Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 5, 2008 11:51 AM

Ha! Great post title!

I think that DM sounds like a dick, too.

Posted by: Solomon [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 5, 2008 12:11 PM

i'm observing 1d4+1 moments of silence

Posted by: urthshu [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 5, 2008 12:51 PM

I might have been pointed to this website by yourself...or not.

Anyway, if you were/are a D&D geek, this comic strip rocks.


Posted by: Gareth Igloliorte [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 5, 2008 01:17 PM

I am thinking I should have mentioned this incident took place in grade seven.

Vampire: The Masquerade is a different story.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 5, 2008 05:49 PM