RPGaDay August 21

Funniest misinterpretation of a rule in your group?

The first one that comes to mind is from my Monday Knights group, back when we first started. This was in the Before Times, when we were still playing D&D 3.5e. One of the players, let’s call him Ben, had rolled up a ranger. Every time he would be asked to track something, he seemed confused as to why he was being asked to roll. The rest of us players, along with the GM, were confused as to why he seemed to be so bad at it, but we chalked it up to bad rolling. This went on for a number of levels, I want to say three or four? Finally someone (it might have been me) asked to see his character sheet. It turns out Ben had not put any skill ranks in Survival. You know, the skill tracking is dependent on? He had just assumed that rangers could just track anything, no roll required, and hadn’t seen survival as being important otherwise. The GM took pity and allowed him to backwards engineer his character, and suddenly Ben’s ranger went from tracking less like a blind-drunk halfling, and more like Strider on meth. To this day we always check Ben’s characters to make sure he’s taken the really obvious stuff.