Script Notes: GBB Episode 1

script-notesSo, Episode 1 is based on the true story. What is the real story behind what happened to Craig and his PC, Baymarc Volcare?

Here’s how I remember it. While the others involved aren’t here to defend themselves, then this shall become the truth of it all…

In my very early days of AD&D, there were three of us who played regularly, as we all lived within a mile of each other. There was me (as a player), Shane (as a player) and Eric (who was our main DM).


We were playing a game of 1e (I do not remember which module), not long after Unearthed Arcana had been released.

Fascinated by 0-level PCs and the Cavalier class, I made Bowmarc Valkeer, a name I totally ripped off from module XL1 – “Quest for the Heartstone.” He was one of the NPCs in the adventure.

Just as the episode played out is pretty much how it happened. Our small party encountered a band of orcs, and filled with a vast overestimation of my character’s abilities, I charged Bowmac into battle.

My very first roll of the dice for this PC was indeed a “1” and Eric ruled that I stumbled to the ground.  With no explanation, Eric had the orcs move forward to attack, with one taking a moment to swing at me, hitting and rolling enough damage to kill my 0-level Cavalier.


My anger over the whole situation was pretty much right on the mark, and Eric’s ambivalence and uncaring attitude toward it all are pretty much spot on.

At the time I was quite enraged, but now, 25+ years after the fact, it remains as one of the most memorable gaming moments I’ve ever had.

Ever had a similar experience? I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to comment below.

  4 comments for “Script Notes: GBB Episode 1

  1. Peetie
    January 1, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I remember when I was early where people play with enough. I remember doing Choose your own adventures. One of the choose your own adventures had a room you entered Filled with 25 cats… You reached down to pet a cat… The cat bites you , licks your blood, and you were overwhelmed by vampire cats. No choices, no decision, just enter cat room and you are dead. It then explain “you will understand once you’ve been playing longer.” 30 later… I still don’t understand I still remember that adventure passage and it still makes me mad still.

  2. January 1, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    AHHHHH! Yes, ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books sometimes were the worst. I understand why they had to have some choices that resulted in death like that, but it didn’t make things any less frustrating. It was at times like that where I would allow myself a few cheats or extra lives, so I could go back and try again.

  3. Iwouldliketotalk
    April 22, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    my buddy refuses to play a monk cause his lvl 1 monk in highschool died to birdmen with crossbows with electric enchanted bolts (pathfinder)

  4. April 29, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Ouch. What a way to go down. That’s too bad, though. The Monk has always been one of my favorite classes, even though mine never live very long either.

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