Does anyone have any goofy, fun stories from playing D&D "back in the day" as kids and/or teenagers? Any Monty Hall treasure piles, any perversion of the rules, or ridiculously powerful or lucky PC's? I'll share a story.
As background, Sylvaeon had a discussion over on G+ about the Arduin Grimoire series from the late 1970's. I was reminded about how gonzo and fun that system was. Anything seemed possible in Arduin. I then recalled how we used to play AD&D but incorporated certain Arduin rules into our game. One such rule was "Critical Hits."
Arduin has a crazy critical hit chart. One particular roll on the chart equates to "Entire head pulped and splattered over a wide area. Instant and Irrevocable death ensues." I don't have the book in front of me, but it was very similar to that.
Anyway, here comes the stupid, crazy part. My brother was DM'ing, I was about 11 years old, and me and my friend had a party of 1st level PC's. We somehow ended up in Demogorgon's lair. :) Yeah, I shit you not! Well... the Thief in the party managed to steal a +3 Dagger from Demogorgon's stash, snuck up on him (undetected, apparently, amongst all of Demogorgon's demon minions), and backstabbed the poor guy. Well, somehow I miraculously rolled a "20," which allowed me to roll on the Crit chart. Seconds later, Demogorgon was dead - his entire head pulped and splattered amongst a wide area.
Amongst his loot, OF COURSE, was a Vorpal Blade. Our PC's got so wealthy that they were all elevated up to about 5th level each from the treasure XP.
Never mind that:
1. How did our 1st level PC's find Demogorgon?
2. How did we sneak around and find the +3 Dagger?
3. How much dice fudging resulted in the instant death Crit?
4. Where were Demogorgon's minions to protect him?
5. What about his 2nd head?
6. Why weren't we all slain on the way out of the joint by pissed off Demons?
7. Why weren't we held to the rule that you can only level up 1 level at at time?
Anyway - my brother and I rotated DM'ing - and somehow the treasure just flowed and flowed. :)