I am in a "noise rather than signal" mood today, and if Andy thinks this thread is too frivolous by all means shut it down!
But I always laugh at those silly RPG.Net threads about character death. I figure: Story-Gamers, tell me about the Big Sleep. One anecdote per person, please.
TPK's a plus but not required.
Game: AD&D 2e + Dragonlance
Character: Zan-Caff, the Minotaur Ranger
GM: "Okay, you guys are on your boat, and you're attacked by this other boat!"
TIM & HOLLIS: "Fight-fight-fight!"
GM: "Okay, but it's the boat of the Minotaur Empire!"
ME: "Minotaur Empire?! They're probably the lawful authorities. I surrender!
TIM & HOLLIS: "?!?!?! Agh we're getting killed without James's guy, we'll surrender. James, you suck."
GM: "Okay, y'all go to the capital, and they make you fight in an arena! James, it's minotaur vs. minotaur!"
ME: "Okay, I climb up on this platform, and when the guy passes near me, I jump down on his head and get a leg-lock around his throat!"
GM: "Umm - okay. So, you jump, thighs first, onto a minotaur's head... roll damage."
TIM & HOLLIS: "How could you forget you're fighting a minotaur? You play
ME: " "
GM: "Okay, because you lose, they make y'all go on a quest to the desert. There are draconians! A lot! You get wounded, but there's a temple. Do you stop to rest?"
TIM & HOLLIS: "Yes, we rest!"
ME: "No, dudes, come on! We have a deadline to save the world! GM, we don't stop to rest."
GM: "Oh.... okay. These draconians surround you!"
GM: "James, Hollis, your guys go down. Tim, it's all up to you: a duel against the Boss Draconian."
TIM: "Aw man, I've got 5 HP. If I don't kill him now, it's all over."
ME: "Dude! Don't swing your sword: throw it right through his chest! Like in Ladyhawke! It'll be awesome!
TIM: "Uhhh... okay."
GM: (looks up sword-throwing rules) "Okay... and, you miss. You all die. Um, and I guess the quest fails and the world is destroyed."
ME: " "