12 Days to New HOLE!

Last year my D&D group was attacked during the midwinter festival by a trio of demonic snowmen who were looking to upgrade their temporary bodies with more permanent ones… a Champions game I was in once involved rescuing a kidnapped Santa from an evil robotic Santabot bent on ruining Christmas… one GURPS game I was playing occasioned a visitation from a jolly elf on a sleigh tossing out candy, magic, and curses for bad little boys and children.

What about you? Do you or your DM do anything special for the holidays? Tell your story!

28 Responses to 12 Days to New HOLE!

  1. My group doesn’t do anything “festive” in our games. But we usually have an all night session. The current DM is always scrambling to make sure he had enough to do for about an 10 hour session. Their always really fun.

  2. Nope.

    But then, I don’t celebrate Christmas (or any other December-related holiday) either, so take from that what you will.

    Oh, hey, grumble times: I work at a hospital, which means that we still have to work during Christmas. I am always up for working these shifts, because see above. I attempted to trade shifts so that I would work Christmas (and get the nice fat stat pay) and my coworker would have Christmas off for family-related reasons.

    One of my supervisors blocked the shift trade.

    I talked to the supervisor, and she refused to back down from her decision.

    This makes no sense to me. I’m not terribly broken up about it (a couple extra tens of dollars won’t kill me) but it really, really doesn’t make sense to me.

    • Yeah, had the same thing working in the gas station(only we also got extra for each Saturday…do folks get extra for working on Sundays in the USA?), but the manager bitch usually accepted changes within limits. Just don’t change everything on her stupid shift list or she’d get mad. Damn but I wanted to brain the bitch with something heavy(for other reasons).
      Anyway, I made it clear I’m more than willing to work on weekends, any and all holidays and even on Yom Kippur if they’d let me(they gave that one to a more veteran worker who was also a Druze). Since the country literally shuts down during that day all one has to do is sit and watch that nobody comes stealing the station, and you get 150% pay for it. For each and every damn hour of the day(technically it’s a bit over a 24 hours shift). Sure, that’s a very long shift, but you’re basically just not going to sleep or wandering off, no work done.
      That one single day of sitting on your ass in the office is worth about 4.5 normal days’ pay.
      And he had his rather hot girlfriend(now wife) come over and just spent the whole day with her, probably making out the whole damn time. Some people get all the fun. πŸ˜₯

      Oh well, I did get to do mostly night and Saturday shifts once I was veteran enough(since I always requested more hours, no matter the day or time of night…the Druze and me were probably the only ones who wanted to work 7 days a week and get as much pay, but he did take a few vacations from time to time, unlike me).
      At the height of it I was making almost double the minimum wage(yeah, for a “real” job this wouldn’t be much, but frankly that’s a whole lot more than I needed, and if people didn’t throw away money like they do so would they) on a job that paid said minimum wage.

      Oh, and I still wonder why secular and atheist people still celebrate these holidays so much. Seems undecided to me, but I already ranted about it a few days ago.

      • “Oh, and I still wonder why secular and atheist people still celebrate these holidays so much. Seems undecided to me, but I already ranted about it a few days ago.”

        Some of us still celebrate because we have family that celebrates. Not all of us hate our families.

      • orald wrote: “Oh, and I still wonder why secular and atheist people still celebrate these holidays so much. Seems undecided to me, but I already ranted about it a few days ago.”

        It has nothing to do with “undecidedness”, but I don’t expect you to understand that. I’ve come across that argument before, usually from religious types, “If you still celebrate a religious festival you cannot be a real atheist. You’re probably just pretending to feel cool.” The idea behind it seems to be that atheisms must be like a religion, only inverted, because that is a concept that they can understand. That’s why I’ve often heard atheists and “unbelievers” (aka believers in a “heathen” religion) lumped into the same category.


        I am an atheist (although baptized and confirmed as Lutheran, but it’s not like a baby gets a choice) and looking back I always have been. Emotionally I can manage spirituality that stems from being a natural scientist. Even as a small child, before I knew as much as I know today about the origins of religious thought and the history of various organised religions, something about those Bible stories thing felt vaguely wrong to me. I could never get into that New Age/Old Religion crap either, and I’m too cynical for Buddhism. My passions run in other channels.

        Yet I still celebrate Christmas, and I had a wedding in a Lutheran church. Heck, why not. It’s a social custom. And it pleased my parents, although they would not have objected if I had decided to have a wedding at Stonehenge or whatever.

        For me, anthropologically speaking, all of religion is primarily a social construct that societies used as a framework of certain rituals, behaviour and values (mislabeled as virtues). Historically there used to be only the choices of religion and the tribe to give people identity. Later came nation states and thus nationalism. Unfortunately it’s often a story of in-group harmony (as it worst manifesting as group think) plus out-group hostility (or outright xenophobia). As any sociologist can tell you, people value things more the more they had to invest in it, be it time, committment or money, even if the whole thing is bullshit when viewed through the eyes of an outsider. So the trick with religion, or society as a whole is, you invest in all these little rituals, and your neighbors do to, no matter how silly or symbolical (like pilgrimages and baptisms, or village festivals and football World Cup) to show that you are willing to play along, follow the rules, can be trusted etc. That’s why atheist secular humanists and freethinkers lack this group cohesiveness… we lack rituals of our own; instead we’re usually embedded in some greater social group.

        That said, I was never very good at embedding myself in any group. Not even with all the wanna-be rebels and anarchists. I’m too contrarian to be an anarchist. So I stuck with the secular humanists because they at least don’t annoy me with silly superstitions.

        • I’m familiar with that “you’re pretending” claim, and believe it or not, a lot of people do seem to try and grab both ends. There’s a big group, perhaps the majority, and I’m guessing it’s nothing unique to Israel, that don’t observe the Sabbath, some of the Kosher rules etc and call themselves secular. But they still want the “bigger things” to go in the way of Judaism, like marriage, funerals, some of the more notable aspects of Kosher laws(like no pork, but they’d eat dairy and meat together). Coming from a religious family I’m familiar with those idiots who come to the synagogue in Yom Kippur, put on some cheap kippah they bought for a “dime a dozen”(and they’re always white for some reason, so you can easily tell who’s out of place) and pray.
          There’s a proverb about ritual impurity laws that goes something like “immerses(in a mikveh) with a vermin in hand”. The point being that you’re impure if you touch certain things(vermin, dung, dead people etc. I guess they were trying for some hygiene) and so the mikveh doesn’t purify you if you’re holding that thing.
          You can’t piss on god’s laws every day and then come praying one day only to get back to sinning the next day. It’s false repentance.
          So those are not secular people, those are stupid, cowardly, lazy people who can’t bother following a religion on a daily basis yet evidently still believe in this god and think they can beg their way out of punishment with one cheap prayer. Contempt is the only thing I can feel about them. You might laugh at true believers and their stupid rituals but at least they have conviction(in the case of Catholic priests even more than one, for each choir-boy, unless the Pope pays the police to look away πŸ˜› ) and principles.

          Now, I do get some of the reasons why people still go through these rituals, my “wonder why” line was more of a figure of speech. Like you said, people go through with it to get along with their family and friends, or they’re just looking for any excuse to party and enjoy(which is what it seems to really be all about in the USA…shopping, eating and partying, and I’m sure it’s not the USA alone in that regard).
          And family or no family, I find it silly that grown people who never acknowledge any god would go through all the silly festive-meal&tree-murdering routine every year.

          Bah! humbug! to you all. πŸ‘Ώ

      • I don’t know about the Americans, and I don’t know about everywhere in Canada, but I get paid extra on the weekends (sat / sun). I think some places even get the weekend bonus on friday nights or evenings or something as well, but I don’t.

        I agree about the spending more-than-you-need thing, by the by. I do get paid fairly nicely at my job, but I only work 21 hours every two weeks (unless I pick up extra shifts, which I do often enough) and I use this job to pay for:
        1) Rent
        2) Food
        3) Tuition
        4) Entertainment. I have expensive hobbies, too (music, vidya gaemz, tabletop games, comics, etc.)

        I don’t owe anybody money, don’t borrow money from friends / parents / siblings, etc. How many people do you know work 10 1/2 hours a week for a loanless degree?

  3. Many years ago I adapted the “Dungeon Keeper” video game into a RPG form with a little extended universe to go along (Medieval Fantastic but the twist is that the monsters are the protagonists). A few of my friends started to DM it as well and one day in December (again many years ago) I was invited to play at a friend’s friend’s scenario.

    Our group of various horrible monsters assembled, we received the mission to infiltrate a human city and learn of their weaknesses to help the invasion force that was on its way. After much kidnapping, sewer travelling and other dark and stealthy activities, we learn that this particular city is going to celebrate an annual event during which there will be considerably less soldiers on duty. Indeed, apparently once a year, the local baron wears a red and white costume and distribute gifts to the populace.

    We transmit what we learned to the invaders who are as confused as we are by this strange and unnatural custom but agree that since the human city will be enslaved soon, it hardly matters. While the army was stealthily approaching the city under the cover of the night, we discussed and concluded that our Master would reward us handsomely if we did even more to advance his plans.

    Going back to the palace via the sewers, we launched a raid right after many guards left to reinforce the walls and try to repel the invaders. Storming the weakened castle, we made our way to the baron’s chamber were his red-velvet-and-white-fur-trim armor proved to be useless against swords and claws. The scenario ended as my character (which wasn’t even remotely humanoid) was shouting victory on the baron’s balcony, wearing the peculiar soft, warm, red-and-white crown.

  4. I want to run a holiday themed session one day. I’ve thought about it often over the years, but it never gets very far for one reason or another:

    It won’t fit into the schedule because the holiday will fall in the middle of a story arc and the session would disrupt the already fragile continuity.
    Someone else has the DM chair.
    I don’t have a game group to run for.
    I don’t have any ideas.
    I’m a slacker who only talks about running cool games.

  5. We don’t have holiday-themed adventures in running private campaigns, even if those groups manage to get together during holidays like Easter or Christmas (usually not because everyone is busy visiting parents etc). But I have played in holiday-themed adventures at RPG conventions or private RPG meetings with one-shot adventures, like an “Easter-egg hunt” for alien artifacts that were, coincidentally, egg-shaped.

    • How about the attack of the Ether Bunnies? (Little anthropomorphic rabbits that throw “Ether eggs” at you that knock you unconscious, then dip you in chocolate and then crack jokes about which part of you they want to bite off first)

  6. The goblins and elves engage in a fierce battle that rages across the lands for the one true ring… I mean tree, to rule them all.

    The battles between the Grinch army and Whoville whos is pretty epic too.

  7. Our group usually doesn’t have the free time in December to get together (family first), but this year, we even have some of the families involved in a side game of 3.5D&D. This is corny I know, but I’m running the game for some young girls who are first time players.
    Last weekend they were asked to help a small mining village. The mine was actually a nest of sentient crystals who called themselves the Cryst (original I know) who could make/grow crystal objects for the village, and in turn the village kept them a secret. A stranger was trying to destroy the Cryst in order to harvest them for their power. Thankfully the heroes stopped him, and saved the central mass of crystals.

    Thus, they saved the Cryst Mass and in return were each given a small White Cryst Mass to aid them in their continuing adventures. πŸ˜‰

  8. While back, DM ran a small plot where a half-elf hermit out in the woods typically built little toys and gifts for the orphans of the city to be distributed during Yule. His assistant golems, about 2 feet tall, with pointy ear and green outfits, malfunctioned and turned rogue, so had to stop them and still help the hermit get all the toys to the tots on time.