See, I’ve bitched about having unintelligent players before, but the problem with smart players is that they’re… smart.
There was a battle aboard a ship this week, and three sea serpents rose up from the waters. They were all snakelike and hissing, and biting, and my girlfriend’s just like “I bet that’s a hydra. Why else would they be so close together. Can I see their tails, or are they attached?”
The creature still got decapitated a few times, but the surprise had been lost.
At least there was a fairly cool moment when the druid turned into an orca and (with the help of her pet ape) ripped off all of the hydra heads and then burned all the stumps with a fire spell.