Monday, November 11, 2013

Great D&D Moments in History: The Death of Harold

"Great D&D Moments in History" reimagines famous historical events as episodes in a tabletop fantasy role-playing game. It doesn't get much nerdier than this.

England, 1066: a PC archer fighting on the Norman side at the Battle of Hastings rolls a natural 20 and then gets lucky on the home-brewed crit table, hitting King Harold straight in the eye. With only a few hit points remaining, Harold manages to pluck the arrow out but is subsequently ridden down by an NPC horseman, leading several players to complain loudly about DM kill stealing.
Death of Harold as depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry.  It is unclear whether Harold is the fellow at left clutching the arrow in his head, the guy being struck down on the right, or both. Source: Wikipedia Commons.