What's the worst thing that's happened in your game?

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What's the worst thing that's happened in your game?
In the most recent session of my campaign, the actions of the players (unintentionally) led to the exsurgent infection a significant portion of the population of Locus through a basilisk hack. Depending on how things go in the near future for them, it's fairly likely that Locus will fall, with a potential threat of transhuman extinction looming extremely close. So what's the worst thing that's happened in your games, or that the players have done?
ShadowDragon8685 ShadowDragon8685's picture
Wow.
Wow. The worst my players ever did was spark off an african warlords-style blood feud aboard iZulu.
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Trappedinwikipedia wrote:In
Trappedinwikipedia wrote:
In the most recent session of my campaign, the actions of the players (unintentionally) led to the exsurgent infection a significant portion of the population of Locus through a basilisk hack. Depending on how things go in the near future for them, it's fairly likely that Locus will fall, with a potential threat of transhuman extinction looming extremely close. So what's the worst thing that's happened in your games, or that the players have done?
I believe that's the game I'm in. Let's see... worse thing that's ever happened in a game was on my first EP campaign, being stuck in cargo on a transport due to being a pod and as such a second class citizen, being packed in a crate with one of the other party members, and long story short wound up being unpacked in a compromising position in front of prudish habitat security. Then again, I don't consider things like failing to stop an x-risk or burning down the largest building in Elysium to be bad things. Nobody I cared about got hurt!
SquireNed SquireNed's picture
It's hard to come up with a
It's hard to come up with a list of things that my players have had happen. The worst thing that happened in the campaign I ran over the summer was when my players decided to take all of their intel gathering mission and ignore everything, rather getting in a fight with an exsurgent, getting one of their own infected, and winding up eating several thermobaric blasts throughout the whole process. Medichines are wonderful, but they shouldn't be the only thing keeping the (incapacitated to the last man) party alive.
Maudova Maudova's picture
Shredder Jokes.
Have a player repeatedly make shredder jokes about killing every NPC they meet until you got sick of it and made him roll initiative. Then he proceeds ruin the morphs of several important NPC's and compromise their own mission. The worst thing I have done is allow my players to drink at games...
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Thantastic Thantastic's picture
We were playing a game that
We were playing a game that started during the Fall as a team of Bletchley Park operatives that ended up being some of the first Firewall recruits. After a rather harrowing couple of sessions we finally managed to limp our way into orbit with instructions to meet up with friendly contacts on Vo Nguyen. Sadly, when we got on the station there was an active coup de main going on between the vestiges of the Air Division that was managing the station and trying to stay in the fight against the TITAN orbital forces/ accepting refugees, etc, and the remnants of several state militaries that evacuated to the station and were trying to take over to seal the station and basically try to weather the storm themselves. Friendlies controlled only limited pieces of the life support and power supply, and had less than a day before they were going to lose life support. Enemies controlled most of the station's firepower, main power generation, and a good chunk of life support. The price for being taken in and helping us move on, and keeping the station in the fight against the TITANs was a (possibly) suicide mission to do a surface walk to the part of the station that was under enemy control, and get close enough to the main nuclear reactor to cut power to the station long enough for the life support to fail and oxygen to start causing the enemy forces to start passing out and the friendlies to regain control in vac gear. We got through the hull, started getting into the insides, and blew through a room full of neotenics in the service shaft. Only they weren't neotenics. The enemy forces were using civilians and kids as unwilling soldiers. We ended up killing almost 100 civilians - lots of kids - before we could seize the reactor and get the revolutionaires to stand down. Everyone came out of that with at least one disorder. Bad times.
Ex unus plures.
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Thantastic wrote:We got
Thantastic wrote:
We got through the hull, started getting into the insides, and blew through a room full of neotenics in the service shaft. Only they weren't neotenics. The enemy forces were using civilians and kids as unwilling soldiers. We ended up killing almost 100 civilians - lots of kids - before we could seize the reactor and get the revolutionaires to stand down. Everyone came out of that with at least one disorder. Bad times.
Yeah. I might have gone too dark there. Memo to self.
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jackgraham wrote:
jackgraham wrote:
Yeah. I might have gone too dark there. Memo to self. [i]I must continue[/i]
Fixed that for you
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My players went on a (fairly)
My players went on a (fairly) badly planned infiltration run, breaking into a mining facility that a crazy researcher had loaded a TITAN into. They suited up at a nearby firewall cache that had six bouncer morphs on ice, ready to be used for emergencies, and used a shuttle to make their approach. Three party members, one of which was an infomorph with some serious social issues. Their tactic for the infiltration ended up being, "send the two biomorphs while the infomorph monitors via a QE link… then resleeve them into the next two morphs when they die… and the next two morphs when THOSE die, and…" The infomorph thought that things were looking grim for the second iteration of the infiltration team, and got a jump on resleeving them before they were *actually* killed. The end result was that one of the team members woke up from resleeving to *hear himself being eaten by a cleaner swarm in realtime* over the audio link. The infomorph's attempt to brief him on the status of things was so horrifying that both of the other players took stress just from hearing it. One took a trauma. To this day, they are very, very explicit about the circumstances under which the informorph is allowed to resleeve them, and the character who listened to himeslf get et has to roll WILx3 to avoid panic attacks when he simply *uses* a cleaner swarm.
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rofl }:D>
rofl }:D>
MrWigggles MrWigggles's picture
One of my players as an
One of my players was an uplifted gorilla, went to a local ape hang out to go get a bite to eat. The groups alpha decided to challenge the new ape, with the usual show of bluster, asking for a showing of cowing to the alpha. The player, despite playing a gorilla, didnt actually know much about gorilla behavior. So he whipped out his monofillament sword and dismembered the alpha gorilla, proceeding to piss off every single fucking gorilla there, and causing each and every one of them start chasing him. He manage to avoid them but they had his mesh ID, and knew which ship he came on. So they ambushed him, and the Alpha preceded to challenge him again, and beat him to death and took his cortical stack.
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::slow clap::
::slow clap::
ShadowDragon8685 ShadowDragon8685's picture
MrWigggles wrote:One of my
MrWigggles wrote:
One of my players was an uplifted gorilla, went to a local ape hang out to go get a bite to eat. The groups alpha decided to challenge the new ape, with the usual show of bluster, asking for a showing of cowing to the alpha. The player, despite playing a gorilla, didnt actually know much about gorilla behavior. So he whipped out his monofillament sword and dismembered the alpha gorilla, proceeding to piss off every single fucking gorilla there, and causing each and every one of them start chasing him. He manage to avoid them but they had his mesh ID, and knew which ship he came on. So they ambushed him, and the Alpha preceded to challenge him again, and beat him to death and took his cortical stack.
Uh... I'm pretty sure that an Alpha who makes a dominance display and gets his ass handed to him is no longer an alpha. And that all the others would, you know, immediately recognize that and GTFO to get the fuck away from the maniac with the monosword. I mean, really, dominance displays are all "I'm in charge here, you got a problem with that, I'll enforce it with violence!" There's only three ways to react to that. 1: Submission. 2: Retreat. 3: Violence. Your player chose option 3. Having violence used against you is one of the inherent risks of making a physical dominance display. Making such a dominance display against someone carrying a [b]fucking monosword[/b] is just stupid. A person does not carry a weapon like that unless they're ready and willing to use it. Also, you maybe should have interrupted and explained to the player about gorilla dominance displays and how this is a 'normal' part of some uplift social circles, and ask him if he's really, really sure that disemboweling the guy was what he wanted to do, rather than, say, making an intimidation check of his own, or submitting or something. I mean, assuming the player has been a gorilla uplift all of his life (and isn't just some rando human trying out an ape sleeve,) he should know this stuff, it's literally instinctual to him. Anyway, I don't think you really handled it well. First off, the alpha stepped to this guy and got wrekt as a result. That's kind of an inherent risk when you're going to make displays of physical aggression, it seems unlikely that everybody would try to tear the guy apart for defending himself against an aggressive asshole. If anything, the instincts they apparently like so much would be telling them that the player was the new alpha. Also, it's even less likely that the alpha could resleeve and get over the penalties in time to have a rematch. Furthermore, I have to wonder: where was the gorilla uplift player's team when this was going on? Shouldn't they have, you know, helped him out? Or did they decide to leave him to the mob looking for "justice?"
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You have some valid points
You have some valid points there Shadowdragon, with giving the player a protocol roll or something to see if they understood the finer points of gorilla uplift dominance procedures. On the other hand, step off a little, would you? Breaking down and questioning a group you aren't even part of is a lame move, and as long as they're having fun who really cares? Lastly, a counterpoint to your suggestion for the player being treated as the alpha. To be an alpha, you have to be part of the group. If somebody just walks in, cuts apart your leader, and shows no intention of sticking around and ruling, alpha's going to fall to the next recognized guy at least for a bit. Then it makes perfect sense for the new leader to say the group's in danger of this individual and we'd better go hunt him down and make sure he doesn't kill the next guy to step up and lead the community. If you want to discuss this further, with me or Mr. Wiggles, let's take it to PMs and leave these nice people to their stories. [b]Back on topic...[/b] I've never actually gotten to sit down and play EP myself, so I find these tales particularly amusing. Keep 'em coming!
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MrWigggles MrWigggles's picture
My judgement, was the step of
My judgement, was the step of in deadly force. They're uplifts, not wild animals. The PC went directly to deadly force, and killed the leader of the group he wasn't a part of. The alpha didnt hold a gun to the PC held, or brandish any weapons. That to me is what made it from outsider bowing to the top guy, to an assault on the group as a whole.
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MrWigggles wrote:My judgement
MrWigggles wrote:
My judgement, was the step of in deadly force. They're uplifts, not wild animals. The PC went directly to deadly force, and killed the leader of the group he wasn't a part of. The alpha didnt hold a gun to the PC held, or brandish any weapons. That to me is what made it from outsider bowing to the top guy, to an assault on the group as a whole.
I think this is probably true. Part of the thing about dominance is that it may involve a stranger, but it doesn't involve necessarily going outside certain conventions. If you want to be an alpha, you can't bring a knife to a fist-fight, you have to be willing to go in swinging and come out on top. Sure, you may get the position if you knife someone for it, but that sets a bad precedent, and everyone's legitimized in doing whatever they want to knock you out of that position.
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MrWigggles wrote:My judgement
MrWigggles wrote:
My judgement, was the step of in deadly force. They're uplifts, not wild animals. The PC went directly to deadly force, and killed the leader of the group he wasn't a part of. The alpha didnt hold a gun to the PC held, or brandish any weapons. That to me is what made it from outsider bowing to the top guy, to an assault on the group as a whole.
Even so, the alpha started it. He provoked the fight, I presume, by getting loud and screechy in your player's face, and maybe issuing a few threats along the lines of doing anatomically improbable things to the player. They may not have "bowed down to him," but tearing him apart was probably out of line - after all, he clearly felt threatened, AND he was clearly armed and dangerous. Running him off the hab, maybe, tearing him apart was a bit much. You also probably should have told him about this. Really, this sounds like a classic case of GM-player miscommunication, the player reacting to what he thinks is a threat of imminent lethal violence, and the entire habitat reacting to what they perceive as an unprovoked attack. Anyway, where [i]was[/i] the rest of the player's team? Because frankly, "you ded and the guy who killed you is now wearing your cortical stack as a trophy" is a [u]fantastically[/u] shitty thing to do to someone who was obviously provoked, felt threatened, and didn't understand, on an OOC level, things his character would have understood ICly.
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NimbleJack3 NimbleJack3's picture
Could you guys please take
Could you guys please take this to PM so the thread doesn't get overrun with discussion over a single point?
Redroverone Redroverone's picture
Yeah
I've only run it a few times, and my players are kinda afraid of exactly what I'll pull on them, so they're very cautious. My best memory had to be at GenCon when running the game on Remembrance. The players got into the woman's house, poking around, the robot dog attacks. The hacker of the group decided that it would be best to hack the dog and turn it off. That went well.
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To be fair, that wasn't an
To be fair, that wasn't an [i]unreasonable[/i] reaction to an automated defence. Poor players.