The scene depicted above is derived from one of the photos I took as I prowled around Dragonflight 2013. I couldn't really tell what was going on, because I wanted to remain unobtrusive to the game master and players. So I didn't know if the man with his head in his hands was:
2, Hung over, or
3. Dreading an impending encounter.
I thought Option #3 was the funniest possibility, so I went with that when I created this comic strip. (Although gaming while hung over could be full of comedic possibilities too).
Role playing gamers know the feeling--a band of player-characters (PCs) have careened from one deadly enounter to another and are facing a TPK situation.
Then the game master announces: "Roll for initiative!"--The standard procedure for determining who goes first, which can be critical in a violent encounter.
Such an announcement is often enough to plunge PCs, barely clinging to life, into despair.
Are there any memorably despairing moments in a game you've played?