Last week we asked about your age, and we’re going to continue to do so this week!
We’re coming up on our 4th anniversary this week (expect our usual yearly wrap-up this Thursday), and this year, we thought we’d do something fun. At gaming conventions this year, we asked our interview subjects about their favorite critical hit story (from any game.) We got some great responses, and will be typing those up this week, but we’d like to open the floor to you!
If you have a favorite critical hit story, please share it here, and we’ll compile them into a page along with the responses we have already.
Here’s the first one that comes to mind for me: It was running “Book 2” of my first real D&D campaign. Book 1 involved following a magic scroll to various bad guys and taking them out to finally confront the big bad guy (who, in no uncertain terms, was Darth Vader… keep in mind we were pretty young.) Book 2 was going from planet to planet (Spelljammer-style) finding pieces of a mysterious artifact to stop some other bad guys. During Book 2, there were also moving of players around (for various reasons I won’t get into here) and so we had new players we were meeting in High School pretty regularly. One of them was our friend Sion who told me he wanted to play a Wizard named “Splatt the Wonder Tribble.” (Remember, young.) I’m not sure I introduced him in any way beyond “this guy wants to join your party.”
Anyway, on the planet they landed on, they tracked down a powerful old wizard who had his hand practically grafted to the piece they needed and was drawing on it for power. The wizard had plenty of magic defenses up, and I expected a big old powerful magic-user versus the party fight. Spells prepped and everything.
Well, Sion had just started playing D&D, and I’m pretty sure didn’t know what his spells did, and the only items I had given him to start was a robe and a staff. But as everyone else prepared to fight, it came to his turn in the initiative, and Splatt opted for the direct route: “I use my staff to try to knock the item out of his hand.” I laughed, and let him roll the attack roll.
You know what it came up.
Piece went flying out of his hand, another PC scooped it up, mission accomplished. So much for that fight… but it was awesome and memorable, many years later.
That’s mine, though maybe I’ll remember another. What are yours?