DM of the Rings XXI:
The Epic Sounds of Battle

By Shamus
on Oct 25, 2006
Filed under:
DM of the Rings

Tomb of Balin, Chamber of Marzubal, Loot, Dice Rolls, Critical, To-hit, Damage Rolls, Totally retarded.

This happens all the time. No matter how epic the battle, once begun, the thing sounds more or less like a bingo game: People shout out numbers and other people get excited about them.

Enjoyed this post? Please share!


is a programmer, an author, and nearly a composer. He works on this site full time. If you’d like to support him, you can do so via Patreon or PayPal.

2020201272 comments? This post wasn't even all that interesting.

From the Archives:

1 2

  1. Andrea Schamoz says:

    check out this one……

    Keep up the g00d work man!…

  2. Taz says:

    Invariably, whenever you get a one or two, your dm makes it obvious to everyone.

  3. subzero21601 says:

    I’m DMing a 3.5 adventure with some college buddies. there are 7 of them playing. 6 however at the time something like this happened. Basically, I had 3 hobgoblins using 3 wargs as mounts, mind you these guys were level 3 and 2. most of them were 3 though. well, they killed the hobgoblins and 2 of the wargs easily. But, after they started surrounding the last warg, things got really entertaining… for me. The players rolled 7 natural 1’s in a row. they were doing more damage to each other than to the warg and what the warg was doing to them combined. Plus, I am turning the adventure that I am sending them on into a book. :D, by the way, your stuff here is absolutely amazing and inspiring.

  4. […] lazy, or just plain tired after a long day, the game can very quickly turn into nothing more than complicated Bingo calling. Also, there can be a real disconnect when the narrative that the player has decided upon becomes […]

  5. Mackenzie says:

    Gimli leaves a good point. Why didn’t the dwarves make the door out of that stone instead? They may not have died then.

    • WJS says:

      They clearly have the skill to make doors out of stone, the entrance was after all. Unless the increased cost over a wooden door is incredibly high (by the standards of a Mithril mine) I would expect they would appreciate the extra durability. I mean, it’s not like they’d never heard of orcs before, is it?

1 2

2 Trackbacks

  1. By Andrea Schamoz on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 5:17 am

    check out this one……

    Keep up the g00d work man!…

  2. […] lazy, or just plain tired after a long day, the game can very quickly turn into nothing more than complicated Bingo calling. Also, there can be a real disconnect when the narrative that the player has decided upon becomes […]

Leave a Reply

Comments are moderated and may not be posted immediately. Required fields are marked *

*
*

Thanks for joining the discussion. Be nice, don't post angry, and enjoy yourself. This is supposed to be fun.

You can enclose spoilers in <strike> tags like so:
<strike>Darth Vader is Luke's father!</strike>

You can make things italics like this:
Can you imagine having Darth Vader as your <i>father</i>?

You can make things bold like this:
I'm <b>very</b> glad Darth Vader isn't my father.

You can make links like this:
I'm reading about <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darth_Vader">Darth Vader</a> on Wikipedia!

You can quote someone like this:
Darth Vader said <blockquote>Luke, I am your father.</blockquote>