Writing RPG Scenes

“A little help?” called Angie. “I’m down sixty-four hit points! This thing is killing me!”

Cassandra didn’t even look up from the figures on the table. “I know! That’s why I’m about to hit it in the head with a mace!”

“Cassandra, you’re the cleric! I want some healing.”

Cassandra glanced at her character sheet. Morningstar or broadsword? She should have buffed the sword. “Quit your whining, I’m busy.”

Angie’s voice was insistent. “Healing?”

“Fine, fine.” Cassandra raised a hand overhead and pointed at Angie. “Cure moderate. Take—” she rolled two dice— “twenty-two points back.”

The GM frowned. “Hold on, her character’s twenty feet away from you. You can’t cure from there.”

“Faith’s reach! I took that feat. I can touch from range distances.”

“Thanks,” said Angie. “Now I can run away screaming.”

“And leave the cleric alone in the front line?”

“There shouldn’t be a cleric in the front line!”

“Shut up, you.”

“Right, then.” The GM sighed. “You’re that kind of cleric. This is going to be a rough game.”

Writing RPG sessions feels like cheating, because I basically just polish our own game transcripts.

I am that terrible non-healing healer. You may commence empathy for my party.

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  1. LOL! It’s not cheating to use life experiences. It only feels like it when your life experience lends itself so beautifully to your work. Imagine how Kathy Reichs feels. She writes things very few people would have the experience to write that well, that detailed.

    I think half the fun of reading is getting that beautiful blend of imagination and life experiences from authors. It often inspires me to stretch my comfort zones so that my life is richer… to enrich my fiction. :-)

  2. I would say I feel Angie’s pain, except, wait, I have over 200 hit points. ;) Still, our cleric does tend to forget she’s there for heals…

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