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“I’ve been kicked off a bus, half-drowned, train ran, train wrecked, drugged, woked up, shot at and tazed. My head hurts and I’ve got splinters from a goddamned train bridge. I probably have the monkey AIDS and I ain’t even been kissed since this whole thing started. I’m in the middle of the fourth worst day of my life, and I would really appreciate it if everybody just shut the fuck up and put your guns down or shut the fuck up and commence to shooting."

How did all that happen? Only one way to find out....
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This is an older and excellent blog post about some rookie DM mistakes. You should read it some time, but I'm curious about Mistake 4: Purposefully Frustrating Your Players.

Doing that on purpose is a Douche Move...but every honest GM will tell you about time he or she accidentally frustrated players.

Example: When I play, I prefer deeply challenging fights where my character abilities aren't up to the task of winning. I want fights where I have to apply those abilities well, and come up with creative tactics if I want to survive.

For the first many years of DMing my current group, I threw those kinds of fights at them. After almost two years, I found out they actively liked softball encounters now and again. Turns out some (most) players enjoy simply kicking ass and flexing those character abilities.

I have to admit that confuses me to this day, but I've dialed back the difficulty of many encounters to serve that need.

What are some ways you've accidentally frustrated players, or been frustrated by a DM? How did you solve it? What was the conversation like?
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+Lord Khaalis Awesome! But I can't take the credit. Came with the blog. 
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We have a hammer shattered D20 sitting around our table to persuade other dice that, if they screw up this could happen to them.
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In-depth planner review for writers and entrepreneurs.

In 2016, two Big Bad Planners go head-to-head. Which will emerge victorious?
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Awesome +Ripper X . I'll go with that. So, now that you've made Swords of Dragon Control a thing, all you have to do is find a dragon to control.  Also, you get the strangest feeling you're being followed by a cat...
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A good discussion of cons and why they're important, written by +Chuck Wendig and brought to my attention by +Diana Hauer.

I disagree with zero of the points Wendig makes here.
SEE WHAT I DID THERE? PROS CONS OF PRO CONS. I tickle myself inappropriately. Anyway, so, last week Authorbeing Marko Kloos wrote a post about the cost of his trip to Confusion, an SFF con in Michi...
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This is an older and excellent blog post about some rookie DM mistakes. You should read it some time, but I'm curious about Mistake 4: Purposefully Frustrating Your Players.

Doing that on purpose is a Douche Move...but every honest GM will tell you about time he or she accidentally frustrated players.

Example: When I play, I prefer deeply challenging fights where my character abilities aren't up to the task of winning. I want fights where I have to apply those abilities well, and come up with creative tactics if I want to survive.

For the first many years of DMing my current group, I threw those kinds of fights at them. After almost two years, I found out they actively liked softball encounters now and again. Turns out some (most) players enjoy simply kicking ass and flexing those character abilities.

I have to admit that confuses me to this day, but I've dialed back the difficulty of many encounters to serve that need.

What are some ways you've accidentally frustrated players, or been frustrated by a DM? How did you solve it? What was the conversation like?
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Nothing is more frustrating than the weak roll, simple drop, whatever. That shit is annoying.
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RPG Thought of the Day: Greyhawkian Gladiators

How many games have we played in where the PCs end up prisoners, fighting in a gladiator pit of one sort or another? It’s a common enough trope that it's close to being cliche.

But there's good reasons for it. It's a place to encounter interesting critters and challenges someplace besides a dungeon. For XP-based games, it lets PCs grind through a few levels in short order. Also, fights are fun.

Still, seriously? Another gladiator pit?

Thing is, blood and sand in the slave pits ain't the only way to apply this trope. The pod racer scene in Phantom Menace was a great variation on the theme. How about televised smuggling in a cyberpunk campaign, or some kind of superlympics in a supers world?

What sorts of gladiators-who-ain't-gladiators action have you seen or thought about in your games? What worked well? What didn't work, and why did it fail?
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In the City of Greyhawk there is a place called the Pit where they have such blood sports. I used it as an introduction to my latest campaign to help with the transition over to 5e.

One of the players decide that they wanted to become a gladiator after that, so I set up “monthly“ events for him. The other PCs could spectate and place bets, and sometimes cast spells to help

Several times he fumbled his attacks, killing members of the audience (I used fumbled charts); he became known as the Crowd Killer.
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RPG Thought of the Day: Greyhawkian Gladiators

How many games have we played in where the PCs end up prisoners, fighting in a gladiator pit of one sort or another? It’s a common enough trope that it's close to being cliche.

But there's good reasons for it. It's a place to encounter interesting critters and challenges someplace besides a dungeon. For XP-based games, it lets PCs grind through a few levels in short order. Also, fights are fun.

Still, seriously? Another gladiator pit?

Thing is, blood and sand in the slave pits ain't the only way to apply this trope. The pod racer scene in Phantom Menace was a great variation on the theme. How about televised smuggling in a cyberpunk campaign, or some kind of superlympics in a supers world?

What sorts of gladiators-who-ain't-gladiators action have you seen or thought about in your games? What worked well? What didn't work, and why did it fail?
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I always wanted to have a band contest in werewolf, my players created an awesome rock band, and I guess it would be fun for them to go all crazy on stage. ..
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    Freelance Writing Services, 2008 - present
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    English Teacher, 2001 - 2002
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Martial arts teacher turned freelance writer with a passion for good board games and bad paperbacks. 
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