Okay, judges, what are some of the evil, nasty things you have visited upon well-deserving player characters over the years? Share here, so that other judges may be educated and amused.
I shall begin with an anecdote of my own...
I ran a 3E game for some youngsters a couple of years back, and was able to catch them with some classic pit traps that more seasoned gamers would never, ever be caught up on. Eventually, they had the idea to take one of the local bugbears prisoner, and have him guide them through the lair, as he would be sure to avoid any traps himself (knowing where they all were, of course).
The bugbear, tied to the end of a (short) rope, led the party safely through a good piece of the lair, pointing out the traps and enabling the rogue to disable them easily. The players were quite jovial, feeling they had gotten one over on the old DM... Eventually, the bugbear got real angry at the party laughing at his predicament, and kneeled down in the middle of the corridor, saying he would not reveal any more of his people's secrets to the players. He wouldn't budge, even under threat of death, so two stout dwarven fighters grabbed his arms to pull him forward.
Of course, the moment they stepped in front of the bugbear, they set off the pit trap... in their surprise, they let go of the bugbear and fell 20 feet to crunch on the ground below.
The gnome sorcerer grabbed the rope, which one of the dwarves had dropped to pull the bugbear by his arms (to this day, I don't understand why he hadn't tried to drag him with the rope), and tied himself to it (it was a 20' rope, so there was, after tying to both, only about 10 to 12 feet between the bugbear and the gnome).
The gnome then pointed his finger at the head of the bugbear, pistol-like, and told him that if he didn't do as he was told, he would get a magic missile to the brain-pan. The bugbear told the gnome where to go and what to do when he got there, and so the gnome zapped him in the head. The gnome's player cackled with glee as I described, in slow motion, the bugbear's body falling into the pit...
A cackling that stopped the moment I described the rope being drawn in with him, upon which the player THEN asked, "Wait, how long was the rope?"
I described to the party how the gnome player's screams were echoed in those of the gnome as fell in after the body of the bugbear he had slain... and both landed on top of the only dwarf to survive the fall, killing him, too...
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