Tabletop Thursday – Critical Thinking

Our game session got off to a late start Monday night, because the party had all gained enough XP to level up.  So we had to go through the requisite period of everyone looking over all of the new options that they could choose from, update their characters, printing out the new characters, and cutting out their new power cards.  So I knew by the time we got through all of that, we were only going to have time for a single encounter.

The party set out to explore the graveyard where it was reported that the undead had started to rise.  Looking at the fact that the characters were newly upgraded 3rd level characters, I decided to juice up the encounter a bit, and add in three more skeleton minions and an additional 2 gravehound zombies.  That should give them a bit more challenge.

Entering the graveyard cautiously, the party was not surpised when the skeletal minions started rising from the ground.  They started dealing with the minions when the four gravehounds came streaking out from a crypt at the back of the cemetery, bone-chilling howls filling the air.

Who's a good little undead doggie???  YOU ARE!!!

Who's a good little undead doggie??? YOU ARE!!!

My daughter, the wizard, looks at the gravehounds, with the two running for the ranged characters, and the other two heading for the fighter and cleric.  She looks at her cards, and pulls out Force Orb and casts it at the hounds heading towards her and the rogue and warlock.  She pulls out her 20 sided die, and rolls it across the table.  “20!” she shouts.

“20 with your modifiers?”

“No, I rolled a 20!  With modifiers that gives me a 25!  And isn’t a natural 20 a critical?”


“Yes, yes it…” I pause, my eyes scan down my sheet, and see the notation:

Zombie Weakness

Any critical hit to the zombie reduces it to 0 hit points instantly.

Well, crap.  I reach over onto the map, and tip the gravehound over on its side, and say “Your force orb flies right down the throat of the zombie canine and explodes within it, instantly showering the area with undead dog.  OK, because you hit, you can make an attack against the gravehound next to it.  Roll to hit.”

She picks up her die, and rolls it across the table, and I am instantly hit with a squeal of joy. “Another 20!!!”


Son of a… “The force of the explosion of the first shot was so great the it instantly pulverizes the one next to it,” and I tip over the second dog figure.

There was great rejoicing on the part of the party, but I still had about 12 minion skeletons advancing on the party, as well as the other two dogs.  I’ll show them!

The skeletons continue their advance, peppering the party with arrows but doing minimal damage (as minion skeletons should.)  The rogue moves over behind some cover, and pulls out a shuriken and flips it at one of the gravehounds.  I wasn’t too worried, because she blew her stealth roll and couldn’t get combat advantage and do a lot of damage.  She grabbed her die, and rolled…a 20.


Mother f…

Cheers erupted around the table as the 3rd zombie dog was decapitated by a shrunken.  3 gravehounds down, with none of them doing a single point of damage to the party.  Well, the last one wasn’t going to go down THAT easily!  He charged into the fighter, I picked up my die, and rolled…a 1.

More mental curse words flew through my head.  The warlock cursed and targeted the gravehound with an Eldritch Blast.  He rolled the die…




And yes.  Another 20 was rolled.  I removed the last gravehound with as much dignity as I could muster, as the players celebrated their obscene streak of luck.  We finished the encounter with the players taking nary a scratch.

Needless to say, the session ended a bit early that night.  As we were cleaning stuff up, my daughter looked at me and with a smile said “So…was that supposed to be hard?”

Just you wait child.  Just you wait!  Luck is a fickle mistress.

3 Responses to “Tabletop Thursday – Critical Thinking”

  1. Woman of the House Says:

    Maybe Lou Zocchi was right. In any case she should totally hold tight to that magical die, and roll it often! 🙂

  2. Woman of the House Says:

    I’m wondering how many 20s are coming up tonight.

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