So, 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.
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.