Oddest Encounter Ever


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What's the most random encounter you've ever come across in a game?

It could be weird a monster, a screwy social encounter, or just something you've never really gotten the point of.

Mine's the fork in the road.

Spoiler:
The Road tried to eat us.

We were just walking along, and bam there it was.


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A hobo in the street. Technically we weren't supposed to kill him, but things got out of hand.

Grand Lodge

I don't know if I'd call it THE oddest, but it is certainly up there...

In the Deck of Encounters for 2nd edition, there is an "encounter" with the PCs entering a town where all of the inhabitants are at some kind of rally, and a young child approaches them and asks if they bought a raffle ticket yet, because the prize is really good...

Assuming that they do, the mayor then asks the crowd to look at their tickets and see if it has a black dot upon it.

Spoiler:
Of course one of the PC's tickets does, so the PC is asked to come up on stage, where the crowd then proceeds to throw rocks at the character.

There is extra XP given if the PCs do not kill any of the townsfolk...


Reminds me of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. Definitely interesting.


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Discovering a hidden airship from Atlantis, that upon activation initiates an auto pilot sequence flying to a hidden moonbase.

On the lunar base, the survivors of Atlantis greet us, they are sentient and animate teddy bears, and they explain that long ago a scout returned to our world in an effort to make contact, but ended up being captured by unscrupulous humans. First to be used to advance scientific advancement, then finally made to appear in fabric softener commercials.

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LOL re: teddy bears Atlanteans.

Mine's not THAT weird in the grand scheme of things, but has become a party shorthand among my group of gamers for a random, non-sensical/poorly designed encounter appearing in a published adventure.

We were exploring an overgrown, jungle-vine-infested temple... come across a locked door... we disable the lock and open it...

Inside are four girallons, Large-sized, of course, as girallons are. We fight them. We win. Ultimately, however, we're extremely puzzled as we realize that the room on the other side of the door is... fairly small; I think it was, in fact, juuuust big enough to hold four large creatures...

How on earth did four giant four-armed apes wind up locked into an abandoned temple in the middle of nowhere? This puzzled us and we started throwing around increasingly convoluted explanations. At one point I remembered that parts of the temple roof had caved in, and thought I had solved the mystery-- that this room was one of those places, open to the sky, and the girallons had climbed in from above. No, said the GM; the roof here was intact.

We must have spent 20 minutes thinking that there was some serious in-game significance to this room-- a secret door, an illusionary wall, SOMETHING-- to explain the presence of these four crammed-in angry apes who had been here for ages unknown. Nothing.

Eventually the GM had to just say "guys, really, there's nothing, it's just the encounter as written" before we would leave. Since then, however, "closet full of apes" is what we use to describe anything in a scenario that doesn't make sense.


Trekkie90909 wrote:

What's the most random encounter you've ever come across in a game?

It could be weird a monster, a screwy social encounter, or just something you've never really gotten the point of.

Mine's the fork in the road. ** spoiler omitted **

We were just walking along, and bam there it was.

We fought a pie golem once.

The player that had read the adventure paths and knew where everything was found himself very confused. I think the dm enjoyed his confusion. Ha!


DM Under The Bridge wrote:
Trekkie90909 wrote:

What's the most random encounter you've ever come across in a game?

It could be weird a monster, a screwy social encounter, or just something you've never really gotten the point of.

Mine's the fork in the road. ** spoiler omitted **

We were just walking along, and bam there it was.

We fought a pie golem once.

The player that had read the adventure paths and knew where everything was found himself very confused. I think the dm enjoyed his confusion. Ha!

In 3.0, I fought a calzone golem once, must be a mad baker wizard out there.


Was that in a pre-made mini adventure?

I threw a calzone golem at my players. They freaked right out. I think we played the same quest, or your dm took it from the same place I got it.


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I entered a tardis that was on the map and was immediately killed by a cyborg dwarf with a machine gun that shot jellybeans... At least I went out with dignity.

Grand Lodge

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Trekkie90909 wrote:

What's the most random encounter you've ever come across in a game?

It could be weird a monster, a screwy social encounter, or just something you've never really gotten the point of.

Mine's the fork in the road. ** spoiler omitted **

We were just walking along, and bam there it was.

We were once attacked by gelatinous cubes shaped like gummy bears.


It was dark and hard to see that the party scout, a centaur didn't even realise they were being eaten by an ooze until their hp started to go down fast.

So the party stares ahead at a centaur thrashing and jumping around stupidly. Everyone retreated.


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DM Under The Bridge wrote:

Was that in a pre-made mini adventure?

I threw a calzone golem at my players. They freaked right out. I think we played the same quest, or your dm took it from the same place I got it.

It was from that pre-made, yeah. In one of my extremely rare instances as a player, I took it completely off the rails. :P


Marculus wrote:


We were once attacked by gelatinous cubes shaped like gummy bears.

Oooh, I love re-flavoring things -- which color did they taste like? Or were your characters more intelligent/lucky than mine have been regarding our ominously-jiggling overlords?


What's a calzone golem?

I can't seem to find it on the net search.


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Fiend, when Dragon Magazine was still running they would usually print some humourous articles in each April issue. Sometimes, they would include joke monsters like the calzone golem, which is a golem made of calzones. IIRC, they included a giant gummi bear as well at one point.

Regarding the OP, what about The Gazebo?

And... what about the Old Man Katan and his band? (From an adventure in Dungeon magazine; issue 41, maybe?)


ericthecleric wrote:

Fiend, when Dragon Magazine was still running they would usually print some humourous articles in each April issue. Sometimes, they would include joke monsters like the calzone golem, which is a golem made of calzones. IIRC, they included a giant gummi bear as well at one point.

Regarding the OP, what about The Gazebo?

And... what about the Old Man Katan and his band? (From an adventure in Dungeon magazine; issue 41, maybe?)

I still have the issue where they introduced the werelagomorph (wererabbit) and the tin golem (old school toy soldiers). The April issues were the best.


Re: Gazebo + band: require additional context

Re: wererabbit -- my players have learned to fear the bunny. I may have to borrow the werelagomorph. Tin soldier golems also sound fun - definitely a must have for those steam-punk/high technology settings.

Grand Lodge

The Fiend Fantastic wrote:

What's a calzone golem?

I can't seem to find it on the net search.

It was in one of the free 3.0/3.5 adventures Wizard's of the Coast had on their web site. I believe it was an adventure for 3rd level characters, though I do not recall the adventure's name.


Trekkie90909 wrote:
Re: Gazebo + band: require additional context

Here you go - The story of Eric and the Dread Gazebo


Definitely the animate bear rug that explodes when you attack it. My party now quivers in terror whenever they see a bear rug.

Sovereign Court

Keep on the Borderlands. Seriously. How did that make any sense? Why did the ogre not eat everything else in those silly caverns?


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Scythia wrote:
DM Under The Bridge wrote:
Trekkie90909 wrote:

What's the most random encounter you've ever come across in a game?

It could be weird a monster, a screwy social encounter, or just something you've never really gotten the point of.

Mine's the fork in the road. ** spoiler omitted **

We were just walking along, and bam there it was.

We fought a pie golem once.

The player that had read the adventure paths and knew where everything was found himself very confused. I think the dm enjoyed his confusion. Ha!

In 3.0, I fought a calzone golem once, must be a mad baker wizard out there.

We went through that adventure once. That calzone golem was filled with piping hot tomato sauce that caused splatter damage when you hit it.

Found a pdf of the adventure (its very short) at this link.


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Thanks for providing the link, Tvarog.

Regarding Old Man Katan's band, well, they were intelligent singing mushrooms (maybe called campestri). Here's a link to the Dungeon issue they appeared in. You can click on the cover to see it more easily.


Randarak wrote:
Scythia wrote:
DM Under The Bridge wrote:
Trekkie90909 wrote:

What's the most random encounter you've ever come across in a game?

It could be weird a monster, a screwy social encounter, or just something you've never really gotten the point of.

Mine's the fork in the road. ** spoiler omitted **

We were just walking along, and bam there it was.

We fought a pie golem once.

The player that had read the adventure paths and knew where everything was found himself very confused. I think the dm enjoyed his confusion. Ha!

In 3.0, I fought a calzone golem once, must be a mad baker wizard out there.

We went through that adventure once. That calzone golem was filled with piping hot tomato sauce that caused splatter damage when you hit it.

Found a pdf of the adventure (its very short) at this link.

I remember the sauce because I played a Tiefling, so all the sauce did was stain my outfit.


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