Lukafio wrote:The Gazebo
A true story of a DM and a paladin during a game of AD&D.
DM: You see a well-groomed garden. In the middle, on a small hill, you see a gazebo.At this point, the increasingly amused fellow party members restored a modicum of order by explaining what a gazebo is.
Paladin: A gazebo? What color is it?
DM: (Pause) It's white.
Paladin: How far away is it?
DM: About 50 yards.
Paladin: How big is it?
DM: (Pause) It's about 30 feet across, 15 feet high, with a pointed top.
Paladin: I use my sword to detect whether it's good.
DM: It's not good. It's a gazebo!
Paladin: (Pause) I call out to it.
DM: It won't answer. It's a gazebo!
Paladin: (Pause) I sheathe my sword and draw my bow and arrows. Does it respond in any way?
DM: No. It's a gazebo!
Paladin: I shoot it with my bow (rolls to hit). What happened?
DM: There is now a gazebo with an arrow sticking out of it.
Paladin: (Pause) Wasn't it wounded?
DM: Of course not! It's a gazebo!
Paladin: (Whimper) But that was a plus-three arrow!
DM: It's a gazebo, a gazebo! If you really want to try to destroy it, you could try to chop it with an axe, I suppose, or you could try to burn it, but I don't know why anybody would even try. It's a @#%$*& gazebo!
Paladin: (Long pause - he has no axe or fire spells) I run away.
DM: (Thoroughly frustrated) It's too late. You've awakened the gazebo, and it catches you and eats you.
Player of dead Paladin: (Reaching for his dice) Maybe I'll roll up a fire-using mage so I can avenge my paladin...
To be fair the DM should have explained what a gazebo is when the paladin player asked to detect whether it's good or not. The DM was cruel with his player's ignorance.