D&D General 1 in 1000 chance

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
Today while I was DMing a PC took 3d10 damage from a Hellish Rebuke.

This is what I rolled.

Eog6or6WMAA85O_.jpg
 

log in or register to remove this ad

DND_Reborn

The High Aldwin
It happens. 🤷‍♂️

In 3E when we used exploding crits on d20s, I rolled 7 natural 20's in a row, which is 1 in 1,280,000,000.

Another time back in high school I rolled a d10 and it landed on it's side! It was perfectly balanced when it finished rolling and we waited over 5 minutes and it didn't fall over.

So, strange things happen. :)
 



jgsugden

Legend
The oddities happen every once in a while. In the 80s, while playing AD&D, I had a wounded paladin in a hot air balloon dive out of the balloon from 100 feet up, only take 16 damage on 10d6, and then proceed to hold the line, single handedly, against a small army of orcs and ogres while the villagers fled. After taking an insanely improbably low amount of damage after the fall, he took about 40 attacks without being hit before he fell. The odds against him surviving as long as he did were staggering. He still died, but it is still the single most improbable series of events I've seen in 40+ years of D&D and stands out as one of my top 3 moments all time in D&D.

I've also been there for a 5E Wild Sorcerer 07-08 TPK before a PC had even taken a turn - the goblin shot at us, the sorcerer cast shield, the DM rolled a 1 on the wild surge, then the player rolled an 07. 36 damage versus first level PCs. The front line types failed their saves and 2 PCs didn't even roll as they'd be at negative their hp total even if they made the save. We rebooted and called it a bad prophetic dream.
 

It happens. 🤷‍♂️

In 3E when we used exploding crits on d20s, I rolled 7 natural 20's in a row, which is 1 in 1,280,000,000.

Another time back in high school I rolled a d10 and it landed on it's side! It was perfectly balanced when it finished rolling and we waited over 5 minutes and it didn't fall over.

So, strange things happen. :)
In 3e when we played Night below, my players at first level killed some random goblins. We rolled tresure. I used to let players roll in the open. And they started with something between 96 and 100, were allowed to also roll on one table higher. Did so again. And again. So the found a treasure hoard of 3 levels higher. Luckily it was mostly money IIRC, but they were effectively millionaires only adventuring for fun at that point.
 

Roll enough times and eventually you'll see these kinds of things. In a different RPG I rolled 6d10 and got all 1s; since I was summing up a powerful fire spirit with that roll, it burned me alive instead :eek:
 

We had one of those a few sessions ago. 6th level rogue rolling damage, light crossbow with sneak attack. Rolled absolute minimum - 1, 1, 1, 1 on 1d8 + 3d6. One in 1728 chance
 

TheSword

Legend
I always wanted to be the guy in online poker who had four aces and got beaten by the Royal flush... and there while losing the game instead won the huge accumulating pot they had put aside for it. Millions. Ah to dream.
 


TheSword

Legend
You know, 4 Aces can't be beaten by a Royal Flush...
Ahahah. I spent 5 minutes looking at that sentence before I saw what I had done wrong! Lol. If you were beaten in those circumstances you would have a very legitimate grievance!

I checked the poker site and it was any four of kind beaten by either a straight flush or Royal flush. Still very unlikely!
 




Ahahah. I spent 5 minutes looking at that sentence before I saw what I had done wrong! Lol. If you were beaten in those circumstances you would have a very legitimate grievance!

I checked the poker site and it was any four of kind beaten by either a straight flush or Royal flush. Still very unlikely!
When I was first told, I also neded quite a while... probably longer than 5 minutes.
 


Mad_Jack

Hero
Back in the old days, my thief one-shotted a troll by jumping down off a ledge about twenty feet above its head and brainstabbing it with a flametongue longsword...

In elementary school I taught my Catholic Catechism teacher to play D&D after our classes - Sister Maria played a cleric named Sister Maria and walked around wearing nothing but a robe and carrying nothing but a walking stick.
She'd given all her gold away to the poor. :cool:
(Shh, don't her she was wearing chainmail and had a staff...)
The party came upon a large handful of orcs led by a shaman blocking a road and demanding a toll to let them pass. There was no way that the small low-level party could beat the orcs, but I made the mistake of having the shaman arrogantly boast that his god was more powerful than hers.
Sister Maria brandished her walking stick over her head like a +5 holy avenger, yelled, "BLAAAASPHEEEEMERS!!!!", and charged the orcs... o_O

The orcs went down like chumps.
So I threw another wave of orcs at them.
And then another.
Close to 30 orcs later, the rest of the party was beaten and bloodied but still (just barely) alive.
Sister Maria was completely unscathed.

Never roll dice with the clergy - that woman could roll a nat 20 on a D6... :p
 

I used to let my players roll for treasure themselves when I DMed 3rd edition.

Long story short. Party of level 1 in a fight against goblins:

00
00
00
And some other high roll.

Luckily it only was art objects, but they started their carreer with about 25k worth of treasure. The jewelry of some rich woman that was lost and found by random goblins.
 

Gray Lensman

Explorer
Got kinda an opposite for ya ... a human fighter with str 28 can't throw a halfling across a 10 foot gap between rooftops?
just for gigles and grins i rerolled it 10 times after the failed attempt, still didn't succeed SMH
 

TheAlkaizer

Game Designer
The craziest odds I've seen are last year. I don't exactly remember the context, but three rolls in a row (few seconds apart, from three different players) landed on 20. It was a dramatically important moment. I was hopping around and losing my naughty word. "What are the odds!"
 

An Advertisement

Advertisement4

Top