Narrated D&D Story: How The Selfish Rogue Blatantly Ruined A Campaign


[Channel Teaser] How The Selfish Rogue Blatantly Ruined a Campaign This story was submitted by our viewer, Doug! A few years ago a bunch of work friends and
I had a Pathfinder and DnD group where we would switch DMing games, but we had one player
in our group who consistently would bring these sessions to a flaming wreck of a close
because of excessive trolling. The session that broke “the DM’s back” so
to speak was when my friend Kevin was DMing and we always played with one rule in all
our games — “Actions have consequences” — be it things said out loud without indicating
if it was in character, out of character, or actions by players. There were five of us playing this particular
campaign. I was a Half Elf Gunslinger and I was joined
by an Elf Cleric, Human Cavalier and Bard, and our troll who was playing a half elf rogue. Early on in the campaign, his play style was
causing some friction such as purposely setting off traps and saying he was “learning their
mechanics,” or after an encounter, announcing he would either take all the loot available
or throw a vial of acid on it, destroying it so we could not attain it. At first, we shrugged it off as the Rogue
being a Rogue. You know, under the excuse that we were all
just getting to know each other in character and our reasons for meeting. And so we just went with it. Alas, it was all in vain, as I will highlight
the main story now. Word of our adventures had reached the ears
of a King whose lands were in danger of being overrun by their neighboring kingdom. That kingdom had recently invaded the surrounding
lands in the name of “One King, One Land” and was well known to be executing dissidents
after the wars were over. The king spoke on behalf of several other
nations and asked us to stop the invading king, for which we would be rewarded justly. After the meeting our Cleric had gone to the
local temple to verify this tale, while we found an Inn to rest and gather information. The cleric returned and told us atrocities
committed at the hands of this king by the priests who spent days burying the dead and
tending to the wounded refugees. The Bard also caught wind of rumors from refugees
as he was playing for coin on the street, but our time was cut short when the rogue
was caught trying to steal from the refugees and then failed his bluff to the city guard. At this point the DM was becoming a bit concerned
with the Rogue and had asked him in sidebar what his motivations are, his response being,
“I am just being my character. It’s nothing big.” He was placed in jail and when word had reached
our characters about this the Cleric spoke up, “Leave him. He is a stain on us and I will not suffer
him any longer.” The Cavalier was in agreement, but the bard
was on the fence, stating that the rogue should be given the chance to redeem himself. But my character was the deciding voice, “He
is going to be a liability to us on this job. He is stealing from the people we are trying
to help and even I can not abide by this.” A little background here: My character is
a sniper in essence, having spent his time roaming battlefields as a gun for hire, but
had limits as to what jobs he would take. So he was Chaotic Good. The rogue was sitting the whole time at the
table, staring daggers at us, and seemed to really not like my answer. He had asked to see the DM privately and a
15 minute pause began. After the pause, the rest of us began our
plan of attack. The bard had heard that the rival king’s army
was camped at the border of the two countries and was to begin their invasion in two days. We would make our way to the camp where I
would set up at an elevated position and try to assassinate the rival king when the armies
met all while the Cavalier, Cleric, and Bard were in the employing king’s camp as sell
swords. Before we left we did one final supply run
and my character happened to find a vendor selling potions and whatnot. He gave me four potions for free, stating,
“For your fight ahead.” I used a sense motive as I asked him what
he meant but my roll only got me, “The Bard was singing of the battle to come last night.” Hmm. What I did not know and what the rest of the
group did not know was that the sidebar the rogue had with the DM was about getting back
at the party for not coming to get him. What he did was roll separately to escape
the jail cell and disguise himself as the potions vendor, knowingly giving us four poisoned
bottles that could kill us if we failed 2 save rolls. The DM cautioned him to think this over but
allowed him to go ahead stating, “actions have consequences.” Fast forward to the battlefield. The party had arrived the day before and was
greeted in camp by the commanding general. He told us of recent troop movements and warned
that they had been hit with scouts earlier, indicating the attack would be imminent. No sooner had that been said than a horn sounded
and a group of light cavalry was spotted approaching. The Cavalier got on his horse and joined a
group of riders going to intercept. I had also offered to provide cover. The engagement lasted a few turns, but I ended
up taking a few hits due to some of the light cavalry having crossbows and knocking me down
to 4hp. I decided to use a potion before heading back
and here is when it went to hell. The DM asked me to roll a D6. “Huh? What’s up?” I asked as I did this. It was a 3. The DM looked at me for a moment of not speaking
and I could tell that something agitated him. “You drink the potion and you feel nothing
at first, then you double over in gut wrenching pain.” The rogue at the table starts to laugh and
I immediately realize what has happened. Out of character, I yell, “Dude! what did
you do?” He looked at us and feigned innocence. “Me? I didn’t do anything, but my Rogue is teaching
the party a lesson about loyalty.” The other players at the table became visibly
upset with him and asked what he was thinking. He then went on to tell us that these games
are boring and he wanted to spice them up. Kevin had remained silent the entire time
but I could tell he was on the verge of exploding. At this point, the Cavalier rode to my position
and saw my character doubled over. He rode back to grab the cleric but by the
time he got back, I failed my two saving throws and my character was dead. I had to excuse myself from the table as I
went to regain my calm. This was only a game but the rogue took it
too far. I came back after 5 minutes later to find
out that the Rogue somehow had reappeared in camp and passed his bluff telling everyone
that he was let go. The tension in the room was thick as the Rogue
then went over to my body, looted it, and took my rifle, saying, “Hmm How hard can this
be? We kill the king and get our pay. I will do it.” The rogue had ZERO skill points in firearms,
so he would be shooting at a major disadvantage, but he insisted he do it. The day of the battle arrives and the DM throws
a curveball. The king who employed us is taking the field
to challenge the rival to single combat. The rest of the party is trying to figure
out what to do when Kevin calls out, “Make a perception check” and everyone realizes
to their horror that the Rogue is missing. He had snuck off during the DM’s monologue
for the kings and had taken up position overlooking them. The bard tried to speak up “Uh has anyone
seen the Ro–” “I pull the trigger and fire!” The rogue yells out before anyone can get
a word in and drops his dice on the table… a 5, but as he was at a penalty he had to
roll a nat 20 so this was the equivalent of a negative 5. Kevin just sits there a moment before slowly
folding up his DM screen and speaking, “Having not gotten the feel of a rifle that was customized
to be used by its original shooter, you misaligned the shot. The bullet sails across the field and into
the back of the first king’s head, showering the other in blood, brain, and bone. All eyes now turn to the party.” “They killed the king! Assassins! Betrayers!” With those words being said, the army descends
on the players, killing them and allowing the rival king to claim the land. Killing and murdering. There was a dead silence in the room before
the DM looked at the troll and said, “I want to speak to you privately outside.The campaign
is done, guys. I am sorry.” It was about a month before that I got a call
from kevin letting me know that the troll, even though he was a friend, was no longer
welcome at ANY of our games anymore and we set up a new DND Campaign a week later. It still blows my mind to this day why he
did what he did. If you were not having fun, then why ruin
it for everyone else and then purposely sabotage it for the DM? I don’t know why people are like this. Insecurity? Bitterness? A false sense of what DND should be? At the end of the day, don’t be this person
and don’t ruin the fun for others. Please let us know what you think and comment
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31 Comments

  1. Asbestos Fish February 23, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Do Desirebro, I implore you.

  2. Omega February 23, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Man I love this channel!

  3. Ticon Of Ruger February 23, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I just love this channel.

  4. Orion Hood February 23, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Sorry I missed the premiere =<

  5. Zac Howard February 23, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Damn edgelord rogues…

  6. Josiah Tatum February 23, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    A selfish character ruining something.
    FLASHBACK INTENSIFIES

  7. MonkTHAC0 February 23, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Oh hey this is my character 🤣. Almost selfish but damn I feel called out 🤣. Exceeeeept I try my best to keep the campaign going and try not to take over the campaign. Also I LOVE your channel and all these stories you post.

    Edit: I would NEVER intentionally do what the Rogue did. Like look, I'm all for playing to my character but there's certain things you don't do. And what the Rogue does is not cool.

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  9. Jesse Nightingale February 23, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    These types of videos allways piss me off because how bad these types of people can be… Idk why I click them.

    Bro this player had small dick ego problems lol

    People being petty irl is annoying but in a game being a petty bitch like that idk that's just sad xD

  10. Rust e February 23, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Great video as always! Your channel deserves more subs.

  11. Jaq Neebe February 23, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Well that was… wow.

  12. Ghost Kaiser February 23, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    I really love this channel and its stories. You guys are great and so are the sharers of these stories.

    This 'Troll-Rogue' is just terrible. Who purposefully ruins everyone's fun just because 'they were bored' or it wasn't going 'their way'? No offence to anyone who has played a Rogue class Troll race character.

  13. Blue Zero Libra Pizza February 23, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    If it didn't go my way, I would make it worse and worse for myself because I always need more consequence.

  14. Corrosive_Edge February 23, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Am I the only one wondering how the Rogue heard them agree not to come free him?

  15. FatedGamer February 23, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    The DM is an idiot for letting any of it happen to start and then also killing the players. If you were going to take it that far I'd just say the rogue loaded it wrong and it exploded killing him instantly. But if it was actually me I would have already kicked him from the game for being a dick.

  16. Dr Squirrel February 23, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    I’m very proud of myself after last nights camps, long story short we had slowly escaped a dungeon like basement in the tavern as we slowly at lvl 1 mind you. We made it to the final room investigating the tavern we find a large abyssal beast from pathfinder called a valhana for those unfamiliar their mounts sent by the gods this one being a mix of crocodile and mammoth well long story even though the thing we in a rage being contained and being such a dangerous creature me party wanted nothing to do with it but something told me my charcter could not leave the thing no matter it’s origins imprisoned like this so after much discussion between me and the beast as I was amazed to find it knew common I battled in a series of persuasion and intimidation checks til finally the dm crit failed against my highest persuasion of the night a 25 causing the creature to join me and that my friends is the story of how my lvl 1 Paladin gained a mount with a certain of 9

  17. Austin Smith February 23, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    The dm could have said no

  18. Ben B February 23, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you for posting. I listen to your tails for ideas for my own games.

  19. Shy Slow Ghost February 23, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Honestly this is the DMs fault

  20. Gugenjo February 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    My question is this, why did the DM allow the troll to do any of that? Like, he's the ultimate voice, if someone is ruining the fun then kick them, friend or no. I get that can be a hard choice but that doesn't mean that DM is blameless in this.

  21. thunderdrae February 23, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    I think it would've been hilarious if the bullet bounced off of something and nailed the rogue in the head.

  22. Sylvia Dalestra February 23, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    I had similar situations in my campaigns. In my book, when a player is being a dick, I just go with something like "A couple dozens of dead men's hands appear from beneath you and drag you into the silent abyss. As the void slowly melts you, you realize you can't even let out a scream of agony. No saving throws. You're not allowed to roll a new character and henceforth not welcome at this table. Buh-bye." Consider this just a variation of "Rocks fall", but it is still better than a troll/toxic person/bully at the table.

    Because I don't tolerate it when players act like dickweeds. Dnd must be an entertainment for the entire table, not just "tHiS gAmE iS bOrInG I WaNt To SpIcE tHiNgS uP".

    Never be that guy, please. Or that girl. Just don't be a dick in general.

  23. Jack Agonis February 23, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    I think the dm should have made the gun explode in the rouges hands for getting a -5. That way he gets removed without the rest of the party being dragged in to his consequences.

  24. TheTrueBrawler February 23, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    I've seen and heard of terrible players, but everything about this story absolutely baffles me.

    – The troll was either taking loot all to himself and never sharing it or outright dousing bodies in acid before other party members got a chance to search them.
    – The troll tried to sell the party poison disguised as potions because he was mad about the party's decisions despite the fact that he (in character) knew nothing about what they were doing.
    – The DM allowed him to sell poison to the party, deceive them into thinking it was a bunch of potions, and didn't immediately ban him once it led to the death of a party member.
    – The troll thought using a ranged weapon with no proficiency would go well, and t he shot he made killed a king resulting in a TPK for what seemed to be for literally no reason.

    Why was this person allowed to continue playing? It seemed like they had several chances to identify this person as a terrible one given the fact that he "consistently would bring these sessions to a flaming wreck of a close".

  25. Thage February 23, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    I have to agree with Ben B , this is ultimately on the DM for not putting his foot down when the shitlicker was obviously just trolling the group for kicks. He should have been banned from the group for life at that point.

  26. Greater Grievobeast 55 February 23, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    I’d hate to admit it but if I was in that situation There would be some meta choices influencing my decisions and I’d pRobably avoid drinking mysterious free potions given by a pissed of player. Where did thus guy even find such lethal potions I’m such a short time?? IT really makes you wonder yadadyadaaa YIRBEL LIVES!

  27. TsoSai February 23, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Seems like a wasted opportunity to me. Given that the rogue broke out of jail and those in the court could see that the party left him there, effectively separating ties, the man in charge after the king, a general perhaps, should have given them the chance to chase this guy down and redeem themselves. That way the players get the chance to put a stop to it. Once caught? Have him crucified. As for the campaign, seems a shame to not give the party a chance to escape and over throw the new king from the shadows.

  28. Alejandro Padilla February 23, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Man that campaign looked so fun why nobady plays dnd with me TwT

  29. Pointless Ink February 23, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    The DM was right to cut the campaign short after the roll and avoided a prolonged suffering of other players.

  30. Rory Donaldson February 23, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Not only should you not be that rogue who messes with your party in terms of theiving and roguish bs but to 'get back' at your party for them not busting you out of prison that you got yourself in by killing them all. Smh

  31. clericofchaos1 February 23, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    Meh, I see what the rogue was going for and I understand why the dm allowed it to go as far as it did. Rogue was a troll, but he was still part of the game and still had agency even after the party had left him behind. He had every right to try and escape, and he certainly came up with a great revenge scheme.

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