this shit is on fire


Context - the party are dungeon-delving into a rather mischievous vampire’s underground ‘lair’. They spot a door at the bottom of a pit.

DM: There’s a ladder you can climb down.

Rogue: Okay, I’ll go down and check for traps *succeeds*

DM: The ladder’s fine…

Rogue: I reach the bottom and yell up –.

DM: … but as your feet hit the floor, you trigger the trap hidden on the ground. Fireballs explode from all around you and those on the ladder.

*4d6 fire damage*

DM: Roll to keep hold of the ladder.

*NPC companion nat 1s*

DM: Anton falls and …


 DM: … lands gently on the floor…….. triggering the trap again.

Party: FFS

*3d6 fire damage*

DM: Again, roll to keep hold.

*Ranger-druid fails and hits the ground*

Party: NO

*2d6 fire damage*

DM, gleefully: And again?

*Cleric fails and falls*

*1d6 fire damage*

DM, is far too happy: Once more?

*everyone succeeds and makes it down the ladder, but only because the trap is exhausted*

Party: *is totally wrecked and on its last legs purely because of fire and fall damage*

Rogue: *took absolutely no damage because of evasion* Well that wasn’t too bad. Let’s look at this door…

DM: The door is painted on the wall. You’re literally in a dead end pit.

Party: …………


“If it were me in the final round, I’d probably kick your ass, y’know.”

“I know.”

Race features are important

Our tiefling warlock went down a long hallway covered in vines because he saw a skeleton caught in the vines holding a fancy looking sword. He fails the strength save and gets caught in the vines. The player chooses to leave the table while the rest of the party tried to figure out how to help him. He comes back to the table and this conversation ensues:
Tiefling Warlock: So, did I die?
Tiefling Paladin: No, but you are down to one hit point.
Tiefling Warlock: What? How did that happen?
Dwarf Druid: Well, the paladin tried to cut you down, killed you, healed you by touching you, then took your sword.
Tiefling Paladin: He wasn’t dead, he was only unconscious, and I healed him! It was a better plan than what the others had, they wanted to set the vines on fire. Imagine how much worse it would be if you were on fire.
Tiefling Warlock: I have resistance to fire damage!
Tiefling Paladin: Oh?
Tiefling Warlock: SO DO YOU!
Tiefling Paladin: … oh.