How My Father Used Semantics to Break the Game

TL;DR: A lot of things qualify as fish.


I’m joining a D&D Campaign soon and was reminded of this story.

Not my story but my father’s from back when he played the game. I don’t remember it perfectly, so excuse any inconsitencies. He was in a group with a decent amount of people, but the three main characters are the DM, my father and his Half-Orc Barbarian, and my father’s friend and his Wizard, who I think was Human. Because repeating the latter two would take a while, and because I’m a Kirby Nerd, they will henceforth be known as Bonkers and Kawasaki respectively.

The party was on a boat, heading to another location (I was never told where). Suddenly, the party was attacked by a group of barbarians that were completely separate from my father. They were coming from a separate ship and jumping or swinging to the ship where the party was on. Now, Kawasaki had a bit of a…unique ability. He had a spell that could conjure any creature that qualified as a fish. His plan was to summon a school of flying fish that would either hit the barbarians or cause the deck of the ship to become slippery.

That was when Bonkers passed the note.

Kawasaki looked at the note and began to laugh. He then passed the note to the DM, saying “Can I do this?” The DM looked at the note…

Bonkers wrote “Is a Kraken not a fish?”

The DM asked who’s bright idea this was. My father said honestly “Bonkers did.” The DM then said he’d allow Kawasaki to summon a Kraken IF AND ONLY IF he rolled a Nat 20 when casting the spell.

Nat 20.

The Kraken appeared beneath the Barbarian’s ship and slowly pulled it under. Those Barbarians who weren’t on the ship were grabbed onto and they all were taken to Davy Jones locker.

So yeah, a Kraken is a fish.


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