Pull up a chair, friends and neighbors, it's storytime:
My lucky psion...
Once upon a time, when I was still a freshman at Wittenberg, I played in a D&D 3e game run by a friend of mine named Silas. In the first session of that game, I was utterly worthless. Playing a psion, I managed to knock myself out from psionic feedback in the first round of combat, and spent most of our first session unconscious. However, at the final end battle, I managed to pull off a phenomenal feat...a lucky blow that turned my character from a feeble level 1 caster into a powerhouse of psionic might. After rolling no higher than an 8 all night long, one well-timed Natural Twenty manged to slay a foe far beyond our scope, and turn Silas's campaign on its ear.
So, let's fast forward to our Deadlands game from last week.
After destroying Rock Island Prison while searching for the mysterious "Heart of Darkness" diamond, we found ourselves in the Lost Angels Cathedral on the infamous Bloody Sunday. Reverend Ezekiah Grimme, leader of the Church of Lost Angels, called down hellfire and brimstone...quite literally. Demons swarmed through the cathedral, killing innocents by the score, with our heroes in the crossfire!
I looked at The Journeyman GM and said, "You know what I will be doing with this...should I take it?"
His reply, "It's the Weird West. That's all I'll say..."
As carnage broke out in the Lost Angels Cathedral, Ramon Perez Francisco Villa-Nueva leapt atop a pew, drew the Cutlass of Estevanico, and challenged Grimme to pay for the crimes he had perpetrated at Rock Island Prison.
From there, things went downhill steadily. Ramon spent the next several rounds being swarmed by demons, hovering around two wounds and trying to throw off his "Shaken" result. Grimme himself, though, answered the challenged, attempting to use a hideous rite to snuff out Ramon's life-force. However, Ramon persevered, took some healing from the PlatinumChick's "gun-nun" Maria Pilar Vasquez, and then lunged for Grimme...
An ace! Not familiar? In Savage Worlds, if your die roll on a skill or ability test gets the highest possible result (a 10, on a d10, in this case), you roll it again and add the results. Raising his cutlass high, Ramon slashed downward through Grimme with a 19 to hit, and an absurdly-massive 46 points of damage--resulting in Shaken and 9 Wounds, penetrating Grimme's Invulnerability and slaying him instantly!
|Ramon Perez Francisco Villa-Nueva|
rides into the Wasted West...
It just goes to show that the dice are a fickle, fickle mistress. Sometimes they hate you, and sometimes they give you a gift that'll provide for "gamer-stories" for years to come...
We just managed to finish the last segment of the "Devil's Tower" plotline this evening, with Ramon (and the huckster companion, Skippy, that the posse broke out of Rock Island) escaping far into the future, with the dangerous Stone in hot pursuit. While the Weird West was saved, and the future altered, who knows what dangers await Ramon in the not-so Wasted West?!