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BootStrapTommy
2015-08-22, 09:53 PM
Other than a tavern. You know, for science.

1. At a mentor's funeral.
2. On a ship.
3. At a gathering of clerics.

And so on...

Oberon Kenobi
2015-08-22, 10:06 PM
4. In the gallows, about to be hanged.
5. At a wedding.
6. Hell.

Draconium
2015-08-22, 10:07 PM
7. In a ruined city.
8. On the moon.

Vercingex
2015-08-22, 11:20 PM
9. In the middle of nowhere.
10. Within a demiplane
11. In a menagerie.

TheThan
2015-08-23, 12:23 AM
12. in the queenís bedchamber
13. in the back of a wagon.
14. the abyss (since someone already got hell)
15. Dead
16. tied up after being attacked by goblins on the road (did this)
17. lost in the woods (did this)
18. in a pillory (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillory)
19. In a bar maidenís bead chamber (did this).
20. passed out drunk in an alley

gadren
2015-08-23, 12:32 AM
I chose to start one campaign by sending the following out to the players:

How this game starts depends on how the group answers the following 5 questions. The whole group must agree on the answers, instead of them being individual:

At the start of the first adventure, your group is hiding from something.
1. What are you hiding from?
2. Why are you hiding from it?
3. Where are you hiding?
4. How are you hiding?
5. Who else is hiding with you?

Think about possible answers for these. Hopefully you can all come to a consensus. Try not to constrain yourselves in your thinking: for example, your first instinct may be to think you are hiding from sort of monster, but you could also be hiding from a storm, an organization, your fans, your responsibilities, etc.

Draconium
2015-08-23, 12:36 AM
21. In the middle of a haunted swamp.
22. In a dragon's lair, with the dragon's dead hatchlings surrounding you, and most of the hoard missing.
23. Atlantis.
24. The top of the world's tallest mountain.
25. On an iceberg, watching a ship sinking nearby.

dream
2015-08-23, 12:50 AM
26. Wilderness outside the city: hunters and the hunter.

Knaight
2015-08-23, 02:04 AM
27. On a sinking ship.
28. On a battlefield, behind an earthen mound used for cover being slowly eroded by enemy artillery.
29. In an airlock, and about to be vented.
30. In an airlock, just found with your suit oxygen running dangerously low.
31. In a throne room with a corpse on the throne - and you're the suspects.
32. In prison.

Ryu_Bonkosi
2015-08-23, 02:55 AM
32. In prison.

I'm surprised it took that long to be mentioned.

33. On a train.
34. At a festival.
35. At a play.
36. At a crossroads heading into a town.
37. In the local Guild Hall.

Eldan
2015-08-23, 05:41 AM
38. In Media Res (it's a city in one of my campaigns).

CWater
2015-08-23, 06:49 AM
39. At the murder scene
40. In a desert
41. In a dream

Lurkmoar
2015-08-23, 07:08 AM
42. New Year's Day celebration.

DigoDragon
2015-08-23, 08:05 AM
43. Reporting for you first day on the job at 935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
44. On the beach of an uncharted island, the site of an Airbus A380 crash.
45. Awaking in a plastic prison on board a spacecraft bound for an intergalactic zoo.
46. At the 'Pearly Gates' where you are informed there has been a mixup in your paperwork.

Yora
2015-08-23, 08:11 AM
47. At home.

Tiktik Ironclaw
2015-08-23, 08:53 AM
48. Within the dragon's maw.
49. Somewhere...
50. The local cheesemaker's shop.
51. Dangling from a cliff.
52. In a blazing inferno.
53. Within cyberspace.
54. Your mother's basement.

The Insanity
2015-08-23, 09:06 AM
55. A few miles in the air.

Talyn
2015-08-23, 09:12 AM
56. In the wagon of a traveling show, about to pull into a new town.
57. Sitting around the fire in the mayor's house, listening to the storm rage outside.
58. At the gates of an abandoned castle, clutching your strange invitation.
59. On the crumbling barricades, as the nigh-endless armies of the living dead surge forward again.
60. At a poetry reading in your local coffee shop.

Draconium
2015-08-23, 10:17 AM
61. Playing tennis with the BBEG.
62. At a mansion party, where everyone who isn't a party member is a vampire.
63. The center of a labyrinth.
64. Running from a herd of angry wildebeest.
65. Stuck on a giant piece of flypaper.

Thisguy_
2015-08-23, 11:10 AM
66. Dangling above a pit of acid, up-side down.
67. In a mercenary camp whose cover is that they're a small village.
68. Frozen in a block of ice.
69. In bed with a hangover and a dwarf you don't recognize.
70. On the Internet, in a chat room or forum.

Razanir
2015-08-23, 03:02 PM
38. In Media Res (it's a city in one of my campaigns).

71. In media res

BootStrapTommy
2015-08-23, 05:30 PM
Media resolution is best resolution.

72. At the academy you just joined
73. Under the sea
74. In some dude's basement
75. In a chaotic plane where nothing makes sense

chrisstpeter
2015-08-23, 06:15 PM
76) Inside someone else's body
77) Inside a bank vault, at night
78) As a statue in a beholder's lair (still aware)

Lord Raziere
2015-08-23, 06:32 PM
79. Over the corpse of a god
80. In a spaceship perched on a meteor heading towards Earth
81. In the middle of the Last Castle, Of The Last City, of The Last Empire, Of The Last World Orbiting the Last Sun
82. On a platform on the top of a tower overlooking the world
83. At an important political place just after it exploded.
84. On The ceiling of the Tardis
85. In a damaged spaceship going at FTL speeds, that is about to crash.

Milo v3
2015-08-23, 08:18 PM
86. In a Drop-Pod shot at a planet from space.

Hbgplayer
2015-08-23, 11:56 PM
87. Encased in ice in the Wampa's cave.


4. In the gallows, about to be hanged.
5. At a wedding.
6. Hell.

Those are all the starts from the first three Pirates of the Caribbean, right?

Oberon Kenobi
2015-08-24, 01:44 AM
Those are all the starts from the first three Pirates of the Caribbean, right?*blinks*
:smallconfused:
:smalleek:
Well I'll be damned. They are!

Kami2awa
2015-08-24, 06:19 AM
87. Heaven.
88. In front of the Fourth Wall.
89. In the capsule of Apollo 11, just before launch.
90. On the Titanic.
91. After having just bailed out of an aeroplane.
92. At the end - the campaign is figuring out how you got there.
93. At the blast of Gabriel's trumpet.

VoxRationis
2015-08-24, 02:10 PM
71. In media res

Technically, it's in medias res; res is accusative plural and media has to agree with it.
Anyway:
94. In a dying city, preparing to emigrate over a dangerous road.
95. In one's deathbed, having been awakened from an eternal slumber.

Lakaz
2015-08-24, 04:25 PM
96: At a three-way air vent junction in the town hall.
97: In an abandoned lab, with amnesia, with their hands on the 'self destruct' button.

98: In the ruins of a recently-exploded set for the play 'a midsummer night's dream'
99: In a castle which is in the process of rapidly sinking into a swamp.

100: Breaking into the prison of a town you are mayor of
101: Being held hostage by the town guards.

All ones i've really ran, except 97 which i planned and never ran (But hope to eventually). Every pair of two were the same campaign (Seems i only get two really interesting openings per campaign apparently XD)
Sorry for taking the prestigious 101 spot by the way, guess we'll need to change the title to accomodate future posters XD

Lentrax
2015-08-24, 04:34 PM
102: In the middle of a cannon volley between opposing airships, just as your ship took a broadside.

BootStrapTommy
2015-08-24, 04:50 PM
101: Being held hostage by the town guards.

Sorry for taking the prestigious 101 spot by the way, guess we'll need to change the title to accomodate future posters XD
Well this thread succeeded in meeting its expectations.

103. In a dungeon. A real dungeon. With gaolers.

Vercingex
2015-08-24, 05:32 PM
104. Buried alive.
105. Having just come into existence
106. Drunk.

BootStrapTommy
2015-08-24, 05:38 PM
105. Having just come into existence
107. Being birthed from the womb.

Draconium
2015-08-24, 05:41 PM
108. Inside of a dead monster.
109. Having dinner at a friend's house.
110. Running from a horde of ninjas. At least, you think you are...
111. Flying away from a dying star.

Thisguy_
2015-08-24, 06:34 PM
105. Having just come into existence

112. Having just been constructed by a Wizard, you handsome warforged.
113. In a dream. Belonging to someone else.
114. In bed with the local royalty.
115. Shrunk on your own front lawn.
115a. Shrunk in myriad other places of comedy's choosing.
116. In a book, words-wise. Have fun being conceptual until you can Wish to be real. Then, have fun paying your taxes.

MrZJunior
2015-08-24, 10:02 PM
117) At the races. (Planing on doing this one in the future.)

Raimun
2015-08-24, 10:55 PM
118. At the site the final battle of the campaign will be. You'll get back there at the end.

TheThan
2015-08-24, 11:09 PM
119. Asleep in your bed
120. At the foot of a sleeping god
121. Adrift in the astral plane
122. On a life raft in the middle of the ocean
123. At a D&D session with your buddies
124. In the police station, being questioned
125. In the morgue
126. On the roof of a house
127. On the road hitchhiking
128. In the library, with the candle stick.

JAL_1138
2015-08-25, 01:15 AM
129: At your faction(s') headquarters in Sigil.
130: Mazed by the Lady of Pain.
131: On the Infinite Staircase.
132: At the base of the Spire.
133: At the top of the Spire.
134: On a Spelljammer ship about to be overtaken by a Beholder, Illithid, or Scro ship.
135: At the exact spot where all of existence first began.
136: At the edge of the universe--the last physical place where existence is possible, beyond which there is only pure nothingness.
137: At a fort in the wilderness, little more than a guard station with a token force, that mainly serves as a pilgrim shelter.
138: In a little shack in the middle of nowhere, the owner having died long ago (and whose skeleton is moldering in the ruins of the only bed), just a place to find shelter from the terrible storms.
139: At the door to a tomb, with a little business card on the ground outside it, which reads
E.G.G. ARCHITECTURE
Castle, Keep, Donjon, Temple, & Tomb Design & Defense
Suite 786, Castle Greyhawk, City of Greyhawk
Ask About The "ACERERAK SPECIAL!"
Reading the card triggers Explosive Runes, which the back of the card claims is a free sample.

Draconium
2015-08-25, 01:17 AM
140. At the beginning. Of everything.
141. In the center of a star.
142. Atop a falling meteor.

Fearan
2015-08-25, 01:32 AM
143. At the party in the domain of the Cat Lord
144. At the Hogwarts-express
145. Attending the burning of a local heretic (who is a fire mage, lol)
146. Being summoned by high-as-hell teenager cultists in a wet and stinky basement

rocketfrog
2015-08-25, 05:50 AM
147. On a model ship, inside a glass bottle.
148. Waking up in a shipping crate, mid delivery.

Lvl 2 Expert
2015-08-25, 06:31 AM
149. In a hotel room with a tiger and a massive hangover. Also: with clues to who killed your wife tattooed all over your body while we're at it.
150. Having just jumped out of an airplane, with 3 minutes to improvise a way of landing.
151. In front of the real life location the game is being played at.
And if anyone ever names their character "Beauty": 152. In the eye of the beholder.

ArcanaFire
2015-08-26, 03:20 AM
153. With your heels against a massive drop off getting ready to fight a manticore.

154. Waking up in the middle of an ever-changing labyrinth with no idea why you're here.

155. Gathered in the middle of town to hear whose names are being drawn from the lottery to be sacrificed this year.

156. At a museum, casing the joint to be ready for your next big heist.

BootStrapTommy
2015-08-26, 03:52 PM
157. Where there is a mystery afoot!
158. Inside a whale.
158. Hanging from the side of a cliff.
159. In a small swamp village.
160. Trapped in a magical circle, deep in a cave
161. Shipwrecked, on the beach.
162. In a caravan, making its way through the desert.

goto124
2015-08-26, 08:01 PM
163: Tied up in a truck.

Lvl 2 Expert
2015-09-01, 11:05 AM
163a With a 350 pound man in a dirty white sleeveless shirt and shorts wearing a pig mask sitting on top of you and staring at your face as you wake up.

Nothing creepy here folks, move along.

JAL_1138
2015-09-01, 11:45 AM
164) In a runaway stagecoach that has just plummeted off a cliff. You have two rounds before it hits the ground.

NRSASD
2015-09-01, 02:08 PM
165. In the middle of the Great Plains as the lightning storm of the century rolls in, wearing metal armor.
166. In the emergency cloning room of a badly damaged spaceship with no idea who you are or where you're from, as the room begins to flood with water
167. Boarding a Nazi destroyer in WW2
168. Running from a swarm of Firefly-esque Reavers on foot in the Sahara
169. On a leaking sloop days from land on the seas of 2nd Edition AD&D as the first mate is eaten by a hydra
170. As a slave soldier in the front lines of a cannon fodder pike block
171. Wrestling a cave bear

Used all except 170

BootStrapTommy
2015-09-02, 05:01 PM
172. In a lighthouse.
173. Outside a lighthouse.
174. Polymorphed into a lighthouse.

TheThan
2015-09-02, 06:35 PM
Continuing the vaguely nautical theme:

175. Rowing a slave galley/trireme
176. Leaping off your Trireme as you fight for a beachhead, during the opening moves of the Trojan War.
177. Leaping off your longship at the beginning of the Viking attack at Lindisfarne
178. In the monastery at Lindisfarne; looking out at the beach as the Vikings begin their attack
179. On the beach after your ship was attacked by the kraken, surrounded by the bodies of crew and the wreckage of the ship.
180. In a airboat cruising through the Bayou

Lvl 2 Expert
2015-09-02, 06:41 PM
181. On the shoreline of Normandy on D-day.

Deified Data
2015-09-02, 06:44 PM
182. Pressed in a sweating mass against fear-stricken soldiers as they prepare for the gates to finally give, unleashing whatever hell awaits behind it.

TurboGhast
2015-09-02, 08:06 PM
183: Inside a fire.
184: In the middle of a highway.
185: In a crashing space station.

JohnnyCancer
2015-09-16, 04:02 AM
186. In what was your house before the timeline was changed.
187. Inside a crematorium's combustion chamber.

sovin_ndore
2015-09-16, 08:19 AM
188. In an asylum.
189. Getting stone-to-flesh'ed back after losing a fight with a Medusa... a thousand years later.
190. In a dark corner of a generic tavern.
191. On the table for a ritual human sacrifice.

Lvl 2 Expert
2015-09-16, 08:56 AM
192. At a table, after their party wiped in the Tomb of Horrors.
193. In the bat-cave, cave climbing 300 years after Gotham city was buried by a large earthquake.
194. Buried alive, and you get the feeling you're not alone in here.
195. You actually have no idea. "Hello, is anybody there?!"

ThinkMinty
2015-09-16, 09:19 AM
38. In Media Res (it's a city in one of my campaigns).

71. In media res

Technically, it's in medias res; res is accusative plural and media has to agree with it.

Ah, Latin conjugation debates. This brings me back to high school, when I was entering certamens and making unnecessarily lascivious references to Catullus 16 in the middle of class, like a facetious little bastard.

I looked it up to be sure, and it is technically in medias res (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/InMediasRes). If you wanted some of that vintage, authentical Latin, it'd look like this: INMEDIASRES, because they had no lower case or spaces between words.

196. At a card game, where one of the PCs lied about not having a quest they needed to go on.
197. In a treehouse, while playing cards.
198. When a drug dealer you beat up to get him off your back shows up at your house begging you to help his slow cousin, the florist.
199. At the bottom of a pit.
200. When you get hired by a pretty man who likes watching you kill people.
201. When the tsar Mr. Jones of Manor Farm forgets to feed the proletariat animals.
202. Because some girl with magical problems crashed into your life, and probably skirt-first into your face.


196. Big Trouble in Little China
197. Stand by Me
198. A particularly good episode of Burn Notice
199. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
200. Berserk
201. Animal Farm and/or Russia ŗ la 1917.
202. A lot of the anime I've seen.

Lvl 2 Expert
2015-09-16, 03:21 PM
I looked it up to be sure, and it is technically in medias res (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/InMediasRes). If you wanted some of that vintage, authentical Latin, it'd look like this: INMEDIARES, because they had no lower case or spaces between words.

Nor did they have more than one S to use in any given sentence?

ThinkMinty
2015-09-16, 08:24 PM
Nor did they have more than one S to use in any given sentence?

FACK! I gotta go edit that now.

Update: I fixed that nonsense.


Nor did they have more than one S to use in any given sentence?

It's not a sentence in Latin, it lacks a verb; it's a just clause and/or phrase.

Pedant street cred: Restored!

Reltzik
2015-09-16, 11:42 PM
203: In a modern day park in a nice suburb, looking up at a corpse that has post-mortem been hung from a tree and disemboweled.

....

Yeah, my players don't know wtf to make of it either.

Lvl 2 Expert
2015-09-17, 09:25 AM
204: In the library of Alexandria (or any magical fictional equivalent), as a big fire is spreading through it.

BootStrapTommy
2015-09-18, 12:16 PM
204: In the slave holds of a ship.

JohnnyCancer
2015-09-18, 07:48 PM
205. At the glitzy IPO of an evil start-up company.
206. A perfectly intact Krispy Kreme mysteriously orbiting the sun.
207. A normal suburban living room, but you're the size of an ant.
208. On a hovercraft in the Everglades.
209. While running from a monster/disaster, you suddenly emerge from a movie theater screen faced with a bewildered audience in glamorous clothes. The party sees analogues of themselves in their red carpet best.
210. Facing a congressional/parliamentary inquest.

Orrmundur
2015-09-21, 12:57 PM
211. On a ship heading towards the New World.
212. Shipwrecked on an unfamiliar island.
213. On a train that's being hijacked.
214. In a dwarven mining camp in the Underdark, having been hired as guards for a dangerous expedition.

DigoDragon
2015-09-21, 01:18 PM
148. Waking up in a shipping crate, mid delivery.

This actually happened in one campaign start. One of the players, a security guard for a secret government warehouse, wanted to do something silly for his introduction. Another player was a DC-3 pilot. So I arranged it where in mid flight during a cargo delivery, the pilot heard something thump in his cargo. He has the copilot hold the controls while he checks it out. Opens the crate that made the noise and the guard immediately bolts upright.

"No sir I was not sleeping on the job again, sir!"

Hilarity ensues.



109. Having dinner at a friend's house.

I have found the place to start my Fallout campaign.


205. At the glitzy IPO of an evil start-up company.

And my Shadowrun campaign. :smallbiggrin:

Bard1cKnowledge
2015-09-21, 03:30 PM
216) getting off a bus and being greeted by an AI and a funny little Robot
217) Being ambushed on a train that was a preemptive trap planned for your death.
218) on a rocket to the moon while the station that hired you is being attacked by military forces.

TheTeaMustFlow
2015-09-21, 04:14 PM
219) Chained to a bed.
220) With a bag over your head, zip-ties round your wrists, hearing a *click* behind you.
221) Some place called Balaclava, having just been given a rather unclear order to attack.
222) Six-forty in the morning of a March day in Paris, about to be executed by firing squad. (It's cold.)
223) Horsell Common, 1897, looking at a strange cylinder from Mars.
224) Really, really lost.

Sith_Happens
2015-09-21, 06:19 PM
225. In a cave, with a box of scraps.

Reltzik
2015-09-21, 07:13 PM
226. Russia. In winter. I don't KNOW why so many great generals campaign there, it seems stupid, but somehow they keep on trying.

TurboGhast
2015-09-21, 08:39 PM
227: On a jet bike, careening int- NO?! WHY?! THE NPC DIED!?!?!? NPCCCCCCCCCC!!!!!!!
228: At the last base your army has, about to be attacked by bombers.
229: Surprise attacked by a superweapon wielding enemy army.

Sith_Happens
2015-09-21, 09:12 PM
229: Surprise attacked by a superweapon wielding enemy army.

I totally read this at first as "a superweapon wielding an enemy army."

Reltzik
2015-09-21, 11:56 PM
Yeah, mind-control drugs in the army's water supply can do that.

Lvl 2 Expert
2015-09-22, 03:52 AM
230 On an ugly planet. A BUG planet! A planet hostile to life-AAAAAAAH!!!!
231 On a hovercraft full of eels.
232 In the last place you'd expect the Spanish Inquisition.
233 On the last train to Awesome Town.
234 In a stadium, as spectators to a big sports event. Quick question, is there such a thing as Pokťmon battling hooliganism?
235 Surfing the internet.
236 Surfing while also on the internet.
237 Realizing (by means of bumping into the fourth wall) you're in a surfing video on the internet.
238 In the opening credits of a horror movie.
239 On the set of a horror movie.
240 Around a table, trying to come up with good places to start your adventure.

sovin_ndore
2015-09-22, 08:14 AM
241. Standing over your own dead body.

Garimeth
2015-09-22, 09:17 AM
I apologize for not citing all of them, I was compiling into a word doc for later use, but I really liked these:

At a mentor's funeral
In the gallows, about to be hanged.
5. At a wedding.
57. Sitting around the fire in the mayor's house, listening to the storm rage outside.
58. At the gates of an abandoned castle, clutching your strange invitation.
59. On the crumbling barricades, as the nigh-endless armies of the living dead surge forward again
95. In one's deathbed, having been awakened from an eternal slumber.
189. Getting stone-to-flesh'ed back after losing a fight with a Medusa... a thousand years later.
241. Standing over your own dead body.

FabulousFizban
2015-09-22, 01:54 PM
242. Blowed up.

Jay R
2015-09-23, 03:21 PM
243. In a burning building. [Yes, I started a game this way once.]

applepi2054
2015-09-23, 07:37 PM
244. Watching the fireworks of a festival

How my last campaign started.

Reltzik
2015-09-24, 09:56 AM
245: In a world where an insane wizard had twisted mathematics such that 245 is still less than 101.

EccentricCircle
2015-09-24, 12:06 PM
246: On the phone to you lawyer...
247: Clinging to the side of a speeding train...
248: Clinging to the side of a speeding bullet...
249: Trying to persuade a bunch of dwarfs that they haven't just met in a tavern...
250: Realizing that you're Call of Cthullhu group has just been locked in the creepy old house where your gaming club meets... and it's a long time till morning...

Jay R
2015-09-25, 10:42 PM
251. Having dinner in a hobbit's home, when he didn't know you were coming.
252. In a wardrobe, when playing hide and seek.
253. Visiting a zoo, accidentally making the snake house glass disappear.
254. In the nursery, when somebody flies up to the window to hear your mother tell stories.
255. Don't take the left toin at Albuquoique

Jelly d6
2015-09-27, 04:39 PM
256. In a hot air balloon when thick dark clouds start gathering ominously...
257. On a Death Star when enemy starts a sudden attack.
258. Stuck in the middle of a desert somewhere in a failed state in area filled with insurgents of several factions. The driver you hired claims the car needs some repair and he has already called to his friends. Or at least that's what you think because the driver barely speaks English. But driver's grin is suspicious enough to make you wonder who those his 'friends' are...

BootStrapTommy
2015-09-27, 09:37 PM
259. Abroad your own modified "cargo ship" as the authorities board looking for contraband.

Kareeah_Indaga
2015-09-27, 10:11 PM
260. In a dusty attic.
261. Soul bound or otherwise trapped in someone else's jewelry.
262. Jammed in the chimney of the castle kitchens.
263. Chained to an altar as part of an elaborate shotgun wedding.
264. At the auction block.
265. In the delivery room where the new prince/princess is about to be born.
266. Traveling through an old battlefield.

Reltzik
2015-09-28, 06:35 PM
267: In a lunar-surface POW camp, trying to figure out how to escape back to Earth.

DigoDragon
2015-09-28, 07:16 PM
259. Abroad your own modified "cargo ship" as the authorities board looking for contraband.

259b. After you finished salvaging cargo from the derelict ship you found with no crew.

Odessa333
2015-09-28, 07:33 PM
Nice thread!

Things I can add:

One was an oasis in the desert that's nearly run dry, with 5 thirsty party members and enough water for three.

Another was in a major city, the players buying their gear, right before the sudden invasion of their neighbors.

One game in Middle Earth started in the Mines of Moria, with the players scattered and hearing a scream rip through the quiet.

One favorite was at the back of an army, running the other way with the players being deserters from an army on a suicide march.

Atarax
2015-09-30, 02:08 AM
268: the frozen tundra of Lambeau field

269: that restaurant in Seinfeld

270: the last supper

271: Candlekeep

Reltzik
2015-10-01, 02:46 AM
272: Called before the Board of Paradoxical Investigation to answer for and clean up the mess you made of the timeline while drunk. No, you don't remember it, because you made it unhappen the moment you made it happen and... look, it's called Paradoxical for a REASON.

TheThan
2015-10-01, 05:40 PM
Since it's October:

273: Tied to a stake, about to be burned as a witch
274; tying a witch to a stake, about to burn her for her witchcraft
275: Tied down to a stone alter, about to be sacrificed to an elder evil.
276: tying someone down to a stone alter, in preparation for a sacrifice to an elder evil.
277: Getting off the bus at Camp Crystal Lake
278: about to go trick or treating with friends
279: around a camp fire, telling ghost stories
280: picking up a hitch-hiker carrying a chainsaw and wearing a hockey mask, what could go wrong?
281: entering the haunted mansion/castle on a bet.
282: seeking shelter from a horrible storm at a creepy mansion
283: in a graveyard as the dead begin to rise
284: raising from your grave
285: at the prom, watching the unpopular girl set fire to the place with her mind
286: at the prom, setting the place on fire with your mind, youíre tired of being bullied so its time for revengance.
287: in a darkened room, watching an old horror movie, suddenly you hear something scrape at the window.
288: on the phone with the police, telling them youíve just been kidnapped, they donít believe you, sounds like youíve pulled one too many prank calls.
289: Pulling the stake out of Draculaís heart
290: on a stroll in the late hours of the evening, an obscuring mist rises and you hear the howl of a wolf.
291: in bed with a succubus
292: opening up King Tutís tomb.
293: at the opera, when a magnificent male voice interrupts the scene.
294: in a wax museum, did one of them just move?
295: investigating a strange aircraft crash site. Itís not any sort of plane youíve seen before.
296: Lying on your back in a crop circle, the only memory you have is a bright light from the sky, then nothing.
297: in the hospital after surviving a vicious wolf attack
298: in a hospital after being bitten by that weird goth chick you went on a blind date with.
299: in the center of the halo of light created by a street lamp.
300: driving down the street, in a brutal storm, the semi-truck flashing his lights behind you, panicking you accelerate, the truck keeping pace. Heís not trying to scare you, heís trying to warn you about the axe-wielding maniac in the back seat.

Jay R
2015-10-01, 09:01 PM
301. This is D&D. It starts in somebody's parents' basement.

enderlord99
2015-10-02, 02:46 AM
302: Lying down on an altar, readying your casting of regenerate to use on your own heart's former location in the brief window of time between your fellow cultistpriest removing it and you dying as a result; the leader needed a fresh heart for a ritual and payed you handsomely for it, but your "friend" waited until you'd already volunteered before warning you that raise dead doesn't restore missing organs on its own and he's too low level to cast resurrection. Also, that knife hurts really bad; maybe you shouldn't have refused anesthetic after all. Wait, is that knife dull?
303: Cutting out your friend's heart for a ritual, and realizing that you forgot to sharpen the knife. He refused anesthetic, because he wanted to make sure he could cast regenerate on himself in time, and wouldn't be able to do that while unconscious; you'd actually meant local anesthetic, but he didn't seem to get that.
304: Watching one of your cult's foolish members cutting the heart out of another, and laughing in your head because they don't know that the ritual you intend to perform has the side-effect of preventing raise dead from working... Well, unless the "donor" is another of the three people mentioned in the Prophecy, but that couldn't be the case; I mean, you're part of the Prophecy, but the guy's a bumbling idiot who only knows about this cult at all because he knew your second-in-command (who is currently holding a rather dull knife.)

Lvl 2 Expert
2015-10-02, 04:57 AM
288: on the phone with the police, telling them youíve just been kidnapped, they donít believe you, sounds like youíve pulled one too many prank calls.

You know, that's a great idea. If I ever kidnap someone I'm going to prepare by prankcalling the cops from my house one too many times. When they let me go after a night in the lockup I kidnap some teenage girl (they make the best slasher victims, everyone knows that), take their cellphone, tie them up a bit too loosely and leave a my house phone standing in plain sight. I'm going to enjoy listening to their entire conversation with the cops from behind the curtains, holding my knife.

Note: yes, those would be DM'ing plans, why do you ask? I mean, who in the real world still has a land line anyway?

Jelly d6
2015-10-02, 05:10 PM
305. In a small crampy boat travelling down slow and deadly silent waters of river Styx. Strangely (or maybe not so strangely...), you do not remember the point of your destination, nor where you are coming from, nor the reasons for the cruise itself. And the hunched figure in a faded greyish robe guiding the boat doesn't look trustworthy enough to be asked such questions. Meanwhile, you are going past bountiful and hospitable banks of Abyss. Why, maybe you are here on vacation? Looks like a nice place to go sightseeing! And perhaps the local cousine has some delicious dishes?:smallwink:

BootStrapTommy
2015-10-05, 01:35 AM
306. At the Academy on the first day, as monster mysteriously appear and begin attacking your fellow students.

Mnemophage
2015-10-05, 02:53 AM
307: As children, in your parents bedroom, playing with their work stuff. There's dad's sword over there, and the big book with the funny symbol on it that your mom said never to touch.

308: Waiting for your favorite band to come onstage.

309: Four kilometers from the border, with the package in a hidden compartment under the back seat floorboards, while a cop looks over your paperwork.

310: Locked in the vault you meant to rob.

311: The general holding cell, ten minutes before the next round of testing.

312: 8:07 AM, July 31, 1984, three hours after the party ended. You can't remember falling asleep. There's beer, weed, coke and a gun on the coffee table. The guy who owns this penthouse is dead in the bathroom. And someone's banging on the door.

313: At the park, watching the kids, when this big blue flash lights up the eastern sky.

CrispyCriminal
2015-10-05, 03:09 AM
314: in a lawn, wearing garden gnome clothes while in the presence of a certain old man who is wearing sunglasses, smells of cannabis, and is cradling a shotgun in his arms.
315: The DM's screen. Apparently the players were caught passing papers and now the characters are sitting in the metaphorical Principal's DM's office awaiting return from confiscation.
315: Somewhere in the Nevada Desert...

BootStrapTommy
2015-10-11, 02:35 AM
316. In a submarine, deep in the ocean.