Tales Retold

Back in the 80’s I was running one of the Judges Guild modules (I wish I remembered which one), there was this one awful player who was playing a halfling fighter, he became so annoying the other players ganged up on him and threw him into a fountain with a water weird. After that it became a running gag that anytime there was a pool or a fountain in the dungeon, there was a water weird along with dead halfling fighter floating in the water, this has happened at least a dozen times in the last 3 decades. Recently in my current D&D game, I have been running modules written by M.T. Black, when I got to¬†Wizard in a Bottle, specifically¬†room four, I spewed my coffee out my nose and when I ran it, none of my players believed I was running it as written. There is something to be said for collective consciousness.

Oh if you want a short, easy to run, fun adventure, Wizard in a Bottle is a good choice, in fact M.T. Black is a very good adventure designer and I would recommend anything he has written, so far he has never failed to amuse.


  1. ok you left out all the good stuff, first it was a group of about 15 or 20 players so it was a long combat progression (the players I specifically remember are H.S. Darren, Ed, Bruce, Karl, Wade, Leigh, Me, Mike, Chris Olsen, Holly, Mary, but there were a few others there too). Second it was Mike Barrett and I who instigated it. Mike used some fire spell to weld the seams on the nameless players armor, which was plate mail, and I threw him in the fountain. it was over in one round basically. Which was probably a measure of how much he was hated. Third he was so mad he never came to another game as long as I remember and fourth it distracted the water weird enough that we were able to clear the room.

  2. I thought about writing more detail into my post, but I was kind of afraid that I did not remember the actual event the same way other people remembered it. For instance, I know Leigh believes he was the primary instigator, although I recall the events more or less as you described them, I think nearly everyone who was there probably remembers themselves at the very least more heavily involved than they were.