TPK: A Fantasy Universe
Over in another forum a discuss arose about TPK (Totally Party Kill) and I offered a little synopsis of what I did:
I TPK’d a campaign universe. We’ve been playing an AD&D for several years and the players were epic level god-like beings and I needed a break from it and do something else in order to get the creative juices flowing again. But, a couple players whined and didn’t go the break game with full interest knowing they could be playing their high level epic characters. So each break game I started would end after two or three sessions because the players weren’t into it.
So, I decided it was time to break free from the world I created and after several years it was time to hang up the hat and start fresh. So, when I announced that I would be starting up the ol campaign once again the players rejoiced knowning their 25th level characters would be conquering once again.
I ran the first three session given them hints as to what was to happen, the sun eclipsing, little solar flares happening in the night, but they all thought that was some magical effect going on from the main villain. And then during the fourth session as the characters were gearing up for a huge battle with the big bed and a boatload of minions…. I had the sun go supernova! Taking out years of campaign works in the stroke of a few moments… that’s my bad kind of thing.