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The DnD Heroes of Horror book had a table of "Creepy Effects." It's one of my favorite tables of all, and includes effects like:

-A PC's Holy Symbol begins to weep blood from nonexistent wounds.
-PC discovers pieces of the last monster or person they killed mixed in with their rations.
-Everyone in a town the PC's are passing through stops what they are doing and intently stare at the PC's. If questioned the entire town continues moving, working, having conversations etc. and act as if nothing ever happened.
-The sound of a whetstone sharpening a blade not far off can clearly be heard, yet neither the direction nor location can be discerned.
-A PC awakens hearing chewing noises inside their bed, with no sign of what had made them.
-After a few hours in a new town, it slowly dawns on the PC's that there are no children.

ITT, we make our own list of "Things to make your PC's Shit Bricks."
>> Anonymous 05/21/08(Wed)23:53 No.1791083
Sounds that gradually get louder, but the source never actually comes into sight.
>> 05/21/08(Wed)23:55 No.1791092
a locked room with a keyhole, lockpicks won't open it and it can't be broken down, if a pc looks in the see only red. if they ask around they hear a story of a brutal murder of an albino woman in that room.
>> Anonymous 05/21/08(Wed)23:55 No.1791093
Wizard goes to write new spell in spellbook, finds that all remaining pages are filled with scrawly, incoherent ramblings, seemingly written in blood.
>> Anonymous 05/21/08(Wed)23:56 No.1791099
Any reason she has to be Albino?
>> Anonymous 05/21/08(Wed)23:57 No.1791100

Who takes a shit with the lid down? Even if it is brix that they're shitting...
>> Anonymous 05/21/08(Wed)23:57 No.1791106
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From page 9 of Heroes of Horror:
>Spiders (or some other innocuous vermin) are attracted to a particular PC; they act like overfond pets who nestle into his clothing, attempt to share his bed, bring him tiny gifts of food (web-wrapped living flies), and the like.

I found this one rather cute, actually.
>> Anonymous 05/21/08(Wed)23:58 No.1791108
I know that table. My favorite is "PC's wake up without their shadows. Shadows return 24 hours later without explanation."
>> 05/21/08(Wed)23:58 No.1791109
lack of eye pigmentation makes eye red.
>> Anonymous 05/21/08(Wed)23:59 No.1791115
Hell, if I had to shit a brick, I'd consider myself lucky if I even made it to the bathroom.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:00 No.1791120
-A slain human opponent dies in a manner reminiscent of a monster--crumbling like a zombie, for instance, or letting out a certain horror's death-rattle as he falls.

- The character is asleep in his bed, and he wakes up to the sound of drops falling on water. He looks around and the bedroom floor has turned into a black ocean in which he can see things moving underneath the, tentacled things (and they're not octopi).

- When the PC fires a round from a gun, he is thrown back 10ft with a "noisy cricket" amount of recoil, and the gun spews out a massive, pressurized gout of blood.
Damage for the shot is tripled. Later analysis of the blood reveals that each individual cell is from a different species of creature.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:01 No.1791123
-When walking down a hallway (mansion, hotel, whatever) the players suddenly notice a set of bloody footprints being imprinted on the carpet, passing from one wall to the other, as if an invisible person just walked through one wall and continued across the hallway through the other wall.

-Call for a will save from all players once in a while, and those who fail will begin to hear a low whispering chant that repeats a few times. "Sath Ar Kathool. Ie mthach Agh-Mnyorliathep." (This event works well if you use it frequently during a game.)

-The woods are completely silent. Utterly silent. And empty, for that matter, even of mosquitoes. As a counter: the woods are filled with chirps, and the sounds of thriving life. But every creature seen is dead, and in a fairly advanced state of death.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)00:03 No.1791135
of course its kind of a stretch because albino humans tend to have pale blue eyes more than red but anyway they see red because the ghost of the woman is looking out the keyhole.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:03 No.1791139
-When an enemy (should be a normal cultist, thug, etc.) misses a PC with a gun, roll damage as if it were a critical. Apply the damage and ask the player to make the massive damage save. The damage should be enough that the player fails. Describe in detail the bullet passing through the character's head. Then the process reverses. The PC can feel the flesh, tissue, and bone being put back together at high speed. The bullet flies out of the wound and leaps back into the gun.
Time restarts. This time, the gun jams and explodes in its owner's hand. The man is killed. Seconds later, the PC falls to the ground and begins to vomit. The mass contains, blood, shattered bone, and brain tissue. If this is run through a lab for testing, it is found to be an exact genetic match for the PC...

-The party turn the corner into a fairly long, nearly empty corridor, with occasional bits of furniture. As they walk down it they see spectral figures approaching from the other end. If they stop, the spectres stop as well. The closer they get to the centre, the more clear the figures become: they are the parties own reflection, in a sheet of glass, placed inoccuously, near invisibly at the centre of the corridor. when a player get close enough to examine this, the reflection glares at the player, grabs a nearby chair and hurls it through the glass, causing it to shatter completely.

• A group of screaming men, all wearing street gang clothing carrying knifes, guns, etc. Their legs and arms are all bent out of position and erupting from their faces are long, bloddy, bone-colored stalks that have remnants of their faces wrapped all around it. They make noises as though they were starting a fight or shouting obscenities, though they not speaking any human language.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:04 No.1791142
These are good.

For that matter, just call random Spot and Listen checks. The party isn't rolling against anything, but they'll wonder what they've missed.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:04 No.1791144
-In an abandoned building, the lights turn on and off, as if someone is walking around the room, turning the lights on as they enter, and off as they leave. If the PCs wait until it approaches them, the lights will be on in their room, the adjacent room will turn off, there will be a pause of complete silence, before the light in that room turns off, leaving the players in darkness....

-For any, any reason, the PCs reach a seemingly silent and beautiful hill somewhere in the wilderness. They encounter the "village's fool", who claims that the hill ate his herd. Let them laugh and continue on their way, just as the hill opens his eyes and his gaping maw...

-The players befriend a shy, agoraphobic girl who says she can help them. She claims to be in love with an Angel, but being in an asylum its likely that she is just insane, that it is just a split personality or method of soothing her trauma. She escapes from the asylum after something particulary upsets her (a new uncaring counciler, the players doubts, etc). The players eventually find her in an abandoned, run-down house. A shadowy, tentacled being is holding and caressing her tenderly as she cries tears of relief.

-A vagrant claiming to be Jesus (or some other religious figure) returned to Earth is killed. All of the icons of that figure are seen weaping that evening.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:04 No.1791146
-While the PCs are walking down a street at night, a power shortage takes all the lights out, leaving them in darkness. As their eyes become used to the dark they realise that every streetlamp on this street has a dead body hanging from it, and the streetlamps themselves look a lot like gallows, and that the stars and moon are nowhere in the sky anymore...

-When the PCs are in a facility, expecting resistance from guards, give it to them. When they're in a place with only one exit, which they came in from, and just outside the reactor or virus vault or whatever, have the last set of guards die violently or step aside to let them pass, anwering any questions or violence with a headshake. If the party is expecting resistance, a clear path for them for no reason will really throw them off.

-One of my favourites, just because it's useless and cruel: the characters find a small, smooth cube covered in incomprehensible runic writing and made of some black glass or onyx-like material that they can't identify (the bait). If a character examines it closely enough (maybe a Spot Hidden roll or whatever), he or she realizes that, inexplicably, it only has 5 sides. 1/1D6 sanity loss at this realization. Could be a major plot-artifact, or just a cruel joke.

-While exploring some dark area through use of torches, lamps or flashlights, all colors slowly and steadily greenshifts from a pale tinge of green to a very deep, malevolent green. After the players panic, an audible pop is heard and everything is back to normal.

-Upon cutting a fruit, you find meat inside.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:04 No.1791151
The PCs are told to oversee the digging of a large trench by bulldozers on an isolated part of the base away from public view. Trucks drive up - the PCs help unload barrels of gasoline and drums of quicklime. Next to arrive are trucks containing heavy machine guns -The PCS have to set them up on tripods so they will sweep the edge of the trenches. A staff car turns up - A Five star General gets out along with two men in Black suits and sunglasses and makes a short speech - the substance of which is that sometimes a soldier has to obey orders without questioning them. The next vehicles that pull into sight are a line of buses, yellow school buses with shades drawn over the windows. The sound of the coach engines cannot quite mask the sound of children’s voices singing "There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name-o"...

-A king offers the PCs dates. The dates are horribly addictive, and the king uses this to his advantage.

-The moon is alive.

- Strange writing on the walls (choose your medium) says "come home (PC's Name)", however, the PC can not see or sense the text, and must be informed by friends of the message.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:04 No.1791153
>The character is asleep in his bed, and he wakes up to the sound of drops falling on water. He looks around and the bedroom floor has turned into a black ocean in which he can see things moving underneath the, tentacled things

>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:05 No.1791157
These are some favorites I picked off the interbuttz. Use them well, fellow horror RPer.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:06 No.1791159
i thought it was her blood covering everything >.>
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:06 No.1791161
>A group of screaming men, all wearing street gang clothing carrying knifes, guns, etc. Their legs and arms are all bent out of position and erupting from their faces are long, bloddy, bone-colored stalks that have remnants of their faces wrapped all around it. They make noises as though they were starting a fight or shouting obscenities, though they not speaking any human language.

Oh god.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:07 No.1791165
>> 05/22/08(Thu)00:07 No.1791170
well the full story is longer. they actually look in and see a woman crouched in the corner but the next time they see red.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:09 No.1791183
>-The moon is alive.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:09 No.1791184
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>-The Moon is alive
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:10 No.1791186
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:14 No.1791204
Upon searching the library of a large house or mansion, the players discover that every single book in it is blank. If they begin flipping through the pages anyway, a word shows up here or there, in a way that makes them think they missed it before. If they continue flipping through the books they will encounter essays and stories about people that sound remarkably similar to them. If they keep investigating, the books start dropping their names, and eventually addressing them directly.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:14 No.1791205
is it in the dndhorrors book or could you tell me the story name? love creepy shit and reading it at 4am makes me paranoid
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:15 No.1791211
Archive this shit!
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:17 No.1791217
spend 5 minutes on /x/ and you'll find it
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:17 No.1791218
This shit's interesting. I'd like to read more.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)00:18 No.1791222
no i got it from /x/
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:18 No.1791227
lol no
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:18 No.1791228
After a player has a heated exchange with either an NPC or another player, his cell phone rings, displaying an restricted number as the ID. If he answers he hears a recording of the argument he just had.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:19 No.1791232
better caller ID: 000-000-0000
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:19 No.1791233
Someone should do a game with some sort of variant on the seed pods in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:21 No.1791237
thanks, lookin now, usually when i go to x its crap
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:22 No.1791242
Players continually encounter what appears to be the same homeless man over and over. He need not interact with the players at all, but if questioned, he denies knowing anything about it. If he is killed by the players he will keep showing up but will have an odd-looking scar that corresponds with the killing blow. If the players have some means of forcing the truth out of him or using clairvoyance to discover what's going on, it is revealed that he has no idea what the hell they are talking about.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:22 No.1791243
If your party is a Hack and slash kind try this

Things don't die when your PCs kill them, not in any supernatural extra challenging way but in that the skin is still warm, blood continuously trickles out, the eyes on the freshly decapitated foe follows you around the room, and no traces of necromancy is found. If your Party tries to bring any chunks such as a hand to a wizard or priest to figure out what is going on they will notice that the wounds are slowly closing. When they get to their destination and show the specimen it is comply rotten, never offer an explanation for this.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:22 No.1791244
no, because the players can actually dial that
>> 05/22/08(Thu)00:22 No.1791246
i saw it months ago so i doubt its there
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:23 No.1791247
The inverse could be equally scary: An extra shadow of a person,acting as if it was part of the group.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:24 No.1791255
well, it could just dialtone.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:24 No.1791260
The phone won't accept it when they press "send."
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:24 No.1791263
-There is suddenly a new pc in the game. To everyone else, he's always been there, been through all your adventures with you, but that one pc has no memory of this and knows it's a trick. The others chide him for it.

-The pc's reach a village in a forest. All seems well, except the pc's begin to notice that not a single villager is speaking to eachother. They'll speak to the pc's just fine, but otherwise the village is dead silent of the sound of voice.

-The sun doesn't come up one morning, and doesn't show up again for 3 days. The moon is also absent.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:26 No.1791269
last one = entire world ends, frozen over
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:26 No.1791271
Players are in an old hotel.

-One of the rooms has an opposite color motif than others. This room has no windows, and everything is obviously bolted or glued down.

-On one floor, a woman's voice can be heard singing softly. No matter what room the players visit, the sound shifts into another direction. As the players leave on the elevator, one of them spots a woman peering around the corner at the very end of the hall.

- Players find an old video camera left recording. Although the room is completely empty, the camera display shows that the room is full of people in the middle of a lively party. As the players watch this, the party guests take notice of the players watching them.

-When on board the elevator, scratching sounds and deep toned incomprehensible whispers can be heard. If examined, the elevator shaft is empty.
>> korik1 05/22/08(Thu)00:27 No.1791277

That first one would make a great prank on a new player. Have them join the party part way through a campaign and have everyone act like they've been there all along, even going so far as to reminisce about certain events.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)00:28 No.1791282
a library on a remote island is full of books bound in ancient leather save one spot. if a PC opens any book it will fling open and shout in strange and painful words. if it isn't wrestled closed fast enough the PC will be forced to take its place as a book written in his or her blood and bound in his or her flesh
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:29 No.1791287
ah heroes of horror, home to my favorite class ever

Dread Necromancer
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:29 No.1791290
Some of these are way too over-the-top. We're going for creepy, not brick-shittingly shocking.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:30 No.1791292
What if it was his own phonenumber?
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:31 No.1791296
Ooh, I got one.

Whenever a player moves his weapon, even sheathing it, blood sprays as if he had hit someone there.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:31 No.1791297
*The gm suddenly switches to a different dnd version. ie: 3.5e to 2e. character conversion required. That's scary.

*The alien's weakness is water

*the world the pc's know is actually an experiment by a far more advanced civilization on the other side of a barrier of some sorts

*the pc's suddenly find out they aren't the pc's.

*Suddenly you're playing darksun.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:31 No.1791300
A PC becomes violently ill and vomits. Visible in his vomit is whole bits of alphabet soup that spell out a message. The player has not eaten alphabet soup recently.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:32 No.1791301
>Players find an old video camera left recording. Although the room is completely empty, the camera display shows that the room is full of people in the middle of a lively party. As the players watch this, the party guests take notice of the players watching them.

That shit would be so cash. I can imagine the people on the tape commenting on the PC's attire and looks. Maybe call them different names, but goddamn that would be creepy.
>> korik1 05/22/08(Thu)00:32 No.1791304

- Then you are the demons.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:32 No.1791305
>*the pc's suddenly find out they aren't the pc's.
This isn't scary, it's fuckin' weird.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:33 No.1791308
See now THIS is good. Much better than my RESTRICTED idea.

I'm surprised nobody has called me on blatantly ripping this off from The Game. (Good flick, incidentally. Get the DVD.)
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:33 No.1791310
can someone deliver a pdf?
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:33 No.1791312
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:33 No.1791313
Players are invited to a dance club. All players are drawn to the dance floor except one.
As the strobe light kicks in, the last PC watches as the dancers randomly flash from regular people to long-decomposed versions of themselves.

This only happens briefly, then as the strobe light stops, they return to normal. Even when the strobe light turns on again, the others remain normal looking.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:34 No.1791314
>the pc's suddenly find out they aren't the pc's.

but when you play with DMPC's it's true ;_;
>> 05/22/08(Thu)00:34 No.1791315
a there mirror in a local inn room. the some of the PCs stay in that room. if one looks at the mirror and stares long enough he or she will see the reflection move without him/her moving. any other PCs in the room will just see a normal reflection of everything.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:37 No.1791332
I ended up having the players spotting the missing cameraman who was supposed to be filming amongst the phantom party guests. The party guests began to move collectively towards the camera.

The PCs shat bricks and ran.
>> Anonymous. 05/22/08(Thu)00:37 No.1791333
I remember a thread here a while back about this, and downloaded a 90+ page word document compiling things like these from various sources. I recognize a lot of them from >>1791120, >>1791123, >>1791139, etc.

Two of my favorites from that particular list are:

-A cat trots out from behind a corner, and lays a heart at the character's feet. It goes back behind the corner, and lays a liver there. It does the same with a pair of lungs, some kidneys, a stomach and a brain before imploding with a slurping noise. Autopsy shows that the organs were the cat's.

-A puddle on the road has a drowning woman hammering on the bottom of the surface as if the water was solid.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)00:37 No.1791335
PCs stop at a town. everything seems normal, food is good, people are helpful. once the sun goes down it is revealed the town is an empty ghost town.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:37 No.1791336
Sure, rapidshit forthcoming.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:40 No.1791351
Yep. I read it, took out my favorites, and posted them.
>> Dagda !hTbo821v7U 05/22/08(Thu)00:41 No.1791355
OP, you'll want to rapidsearch "creepy moments"
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:41 No.1791356
I'm a few bricks lighter.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:42 No.1791361
-One of the pc's comes across a kid who looks remarkably like them when they were that age. Upon closer inspection, the area is very remenisent of where the pc grew up, and further, he recalls witnessing this event from the child's perspective..

-The pc's wander in to a village, but after a while they notice there are no elderly or anyone above the age of 30. The local taverns on the other hand are providing very cheap meat based meals.

-The statue of the local hero in the town square has blood stains running down from it's eyes one morning. Long time admirers of the statue also complain it's position has shifted a bit.

-During the night, a far away field shows thousands of campfires. In the morning, there are no signs of them, but local legend tells of a large battle happening around here.

-Upon slaying a skeleton in a dungeon, it screams and collapses on the ground, a now dead, fully fleshed commoner.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)00:42 No.1791363
there is a knock on the door, when opened there is no one there. if this happens 5 time in a row the 5th time there will be a note saying "we are all inside now.".
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:44 No.1791380
Every time a person does an action numbers glow above there head, only the PCs can do this. If they try and investigate they start to take SAN damage. Guess what the numbers are.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:44 No.1791381
Ohhh, I like that one.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:46 No.1791388
The final countdown?
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:46 No.1791390
Go into an elaborate description of a room, but add a brief description of an NPC or Monster half way through your description. If your player(s) ask you about it, profess ignorance.

"The room is filled with dust, simply opening the door sent enough into the air to make a thick, if temporary, fog. Only a small amount of moonlight filters in from the room's only window, hindered slightly by the thin moth-eaten drapes. The scant lighting makes it difficult to make out the details of any of the room's paintings, or the face of the crying child in the corner, and in fact the small amount of light may account for the way the mold growing on the walls seems to shiver and crawl ever so slightly. Across the room is a door with a small bloody hand-print which seems to be beckoning you."
"Alright, I'm going to approach the child cautiously with my hand on the hilt of my sword, and ask her what's wrong."
"What little girl?"
"The... The little girl crying in the corner?"
"What the hell are you talking about?"

Only try this one once or twice in the course of a campaign, it's pretty risky and hard to pull off properly.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:47 No.1791394
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.-One of the pc's comes across a kid who looks remarkably like them when they were that age. Upon closer inspection, the area is very remenisent of where the pc grew up, and further, he recalls witnessing this event from the child's perspective..

pic very fucking related
>> 05/22/08(Thu)00:47 No.1791399
a large puddle appears after a rain storm. if you look down into it you see a full town submerged underwater.

a tree falls in town. when examined closely it didn't fall by being cut or break, it appears about 1/5 of the tree just vanished.
>> korik1 05/22/08(Thu)00:48 No.1791407

Oh shi-
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:48 No.1791408

I just thought this up upon using my 'new' keyboard.
It's an old style, with mechanical keys so it's all 'dakka dakka dakka'.

PCs going around doing stuff, have them make listen checks, really hard at first, but then easier and easier until they don't even need em anymore.
The sound they hear is typing/writing.
Basicly it's an unseen force recording their actions verbatim.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:50 No.1791418

You are everything wrong with horror gaming. LOL YOU FIND A CUBE, YOU REALIZE IT HAS 5 SIDES, TAKE A LOAD OF SAN DAMAGE! I mean, fuck, how is that scary? Its just abusing Lovecraft's hatred of geometry.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:51 No.1791421
Whoops, meant to clear that. Failed anyway.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)00:52 No.1791423
a chest of gold is found. on closer examination the gold is a foil covering. expecting chocolate one my bite into only to discover the coins are actually foil covered flattened eyes.

"help me in buried alive" is heard from under the mayors house. after ripping up the floor and digging as far as possible nothing is found.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:53 No.1791426
Then they just think you slipped and told them something you didn't mean to.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:56 No.1791431
The party comes across a town void of people, but in the place where they would be working normal, their clothes are neatly folded and piled.

The party finds a picture that seems to be watching them. They turn it around, but if they lose attention on it and later look at it, it will be facing them once again.

The party comes across a town that quaries a neighboring dead town. The people from the old town were turned to stone, and the neighboring town uses the stone to build with. (perhaps if the curse that turned the town to stone is reversed all the stone taken will turn into blood and flesh).
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:56 No.1791433
If there's a cleric in the party. Have all enemies take the form of his deity.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:57 No.1791435
>While the PCs are walking down a street at night, a power shortage takes all the lights out, leaving them in darkness. As their eyes become used to the dark they realise that every streetlamp on this street has a dead body hanging from it, and the streetlamps themselves look a lot like gallows, and that the stars and moon are nowhere in the sky anymore...

Reminds me of a certain short story by Philip K. Dick, where a man goes to town and sees a horribly mutilated corpse hanging from a lamppost in the center of town. Everybody he meets ignores it, but they all start to get more and more hostile to his questions until the police come after him.

At length he's finally caught and being interrogated, and manages to croak out the same question, why there was a corpse hanging in the center of town. The chief of police says, "To catch any we missed." And then his face opens up.

The story ends with another man spotting a fresh corpse on a telephone pole in his town.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:58 No.1791440
-Every time one of the pc's close their eyes, for but a moment, they see eyes staring back at them.

-The pc's feel a strong cold wind, but nothing in the room/forest/village responds. plants don't move, clothes don't flap, hair doesn't flow.

-One of the PC's awaken with a black line tatoo'ed onto their arm. Every day, another line is added until MINE is spelled out.

-The pc's enter a dungeon, ahead they see shadows of horrible beats and the like, but upon rounding the corners, they find nothing but house cats that quickly hiss and run away, a few may hang around the adventurers in a friendly manner. Further delving finds the dungeon filled entirely with house cats, but shadows of horrific beats still lurk around corners. Upon grabbing the dungeon treasure and heading out, suddenly the cats are gone, and in their place, horrible monsters casting shadows of cats around the corners.

-The pc's discover a chest in the woods. Upon opening it, they find a painting of the party with an unknown marks painted on their foreheads, each with a different mark.

-In a village, one morning a second well appears next to the main village well, an exact copy, but only black water comes up from it's bucket. Should anyone drink it, they see the villages (and only this village, not the pc's either) people replaced with monsters and demons.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)00:58 No.1791442
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>> MonkeyToho 05/22/08(Thu)00:59 No.1791443
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I'm totally pulling this on my players.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:00 No.1791446
PC's see a town in the distance, possibly from the top of a hill, but the closer path to it blocks the view of the town. As they walk towards it they can hear sounds of life. As soon as they are within sight of the town again they notice that the whole town is corpses in various stages of decay that appear to have "paused" in their normal daily routines.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:02 No.1791450
Remind me never to visit small towns.

>> anonymouse !r9w.Zv6o7o 05/22/08(Thu)01:02 No.1791452
Weird shit like 5-sided cubes and stuff freak me the fuck out. The scariest moment in my entire life was when I was cleaning my room once and found an old pair of shoes of mine I'd stopped wearing. As I was about to move them into the closet or whatever, I noticed they were both left shoes. Identical, not a pair.

I freaked. The fuck. Out. Instantly put them in the trash outside, I was so freaked out.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:02 No.1791453
Metroid music (Prime 3 - Gandrayda) started playing when I clicked this thread.

Fuck you winamp.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:03 No.1791455

Shit, the tattoo one would be great, especially if they were playing a Barbarian...

I'll have to save this shit.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)01:03 No.1791457
the rooms the party is staying at is fine when they go to bed. when they wake up it is covered in bloody hand prints. no party members or towns people are dead.

the party camps outside in a forest. in the morning all tree will be gone from around them in 30 ft radius none of the night watches will notice anything that caused it.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)01:07 No.1791466
after removing armor for a while the PCs will realize all the boots and gauntlets are now right only.

a scarecrow made fun of by local towns people will one day be found wearing the skin of the farmers.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:08 No.1791467
A better way of pulling off the second one may be to tell them that they come across a small clearing in the forest when they're about ready to set up camp.
In the morning have them realize that the clearing is a perfect circle with their campfire in the middle.
If they decide to investigate the campfire they find bones mixed in with their firewood, and maybe either one of the character's possessions or a small likeness of one of the characters.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:08 No.1791470
Siv, please reveal yourself if you're reading this. I wish to speak with you.

For those who don't know, Siv is the compiler of the Creepy Moments document, and should be praised.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:09 No.1791475
Your party enters a town. Your party's paladin/cleric has an uneasy feeling. Upon further inspection, none of the inhabitants happens to be evil/malevolent in any way. On your way out of the gate, you spot check a wall, and you vomit. You just realized that the mortar for every single building in the town is made of caked-on blood.
>> MonkeyToho 05/22/08(Thu)01:10 No.1791477
The players find an old cassette tape in a shoebox. When put into a tape player, they get only a few seconds of heavy, wet breathing before it cuts out. Upon inspecting the tape afterwards, there is no magnetic strip inside.

One of the PC's shirts is bloody. It starts off as a small stain, but over time gradually covers a wider area, as if they were bleeding. This begins at dawn and ends at dusk, and the effect persists no matter how often they change clothing.

The moon winks, suggestively.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:11 No.1791480
- The party is traveling in the open wilderness. They are miserably slogging through a collossal rainstorm, and they are hoping for some shelter, but there is no sign of civilization or even a cave for miles around. As night falls, they stop and make camp on a small hill. The hill has no unusual features. The moment the sun sets, call a Spot check. Those that succeed, inexplicably discover that they made camp no more than thirty feet from the front door of a handsome inn, firelight radiating from the windows. Those that fail, cannot and will not see anything, and assume its a sinister enchantment, or that the other PCs are making some kind of joke, . Those that see the inn may stay inside if they chose, and get a nice meal and warm bed.

The rain stops, and at dawn, all PCs awake on the ground, with no inn in sight. A Spot check may reveal that some of the PCs, and/or a large area of ground, are, inexplicably, totally dry.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:11 No.1791483
>> 05/22/08(Thu)01:11 No.1791484
good show if i was a DM i'd use something like that.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:12 No.1791488
-All the pc's flesh and muscle suddenly fall off leaving bone. Only one PC notices. The others don't notice a thing and can't be brought to notice it. The flesh and muscle, as a big pile attacks the one, and he must fight it.

-Upon looking in a mirror, the pc's see themselves as they were a year ago, in the same gear as well.

-For one night, there is an extra moon in the sky. It's fully visable and pockmarked with craters. It's gone the next night. The pc's have dreams of this moon the night before it appears, and for one week after.

-During a particularly dark and stormy night, upon looking up at the sky during lightning flashes, huge shapes can be seen moving behind the clouds illuminated by the flashes.

-All the clerics and paladins in the land vanish, but reappear a month later with no memory of being gone, in fact they can recall everything they've done that month including interacting normaly with everyone.
>> korik1 05/22/08(Thu)01:14 No.1791493
This needs to be archived.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:15 No.1791496
Better, the second moon appears, and the first moon disappears. No one ever notices the difference.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)01:16 No.1791499
one of the PCs find blood pouring from the arm. there is no wound and no way to stop it.

every page of a wizards spell book is replaced with "I'm already in your head I'll have you soon enough"

stories of a small child dieing in a house is overheard. upon investigation at night they see a child. the child looks like what a 5 year old would if you grew him to adult size and the skin did not grow any larger.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:16 No.1791501

the promised rs.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:17 No.1791502
>All the pc's flesh and muscle suddenly fall off leaving bone. Only one PC notices. The others don't notice a thing and can't be brought to notice it. The flesh and muscle, as a big pile attacks the one, and he must fight it.

>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:18 No.1791507
Show the party a page you "read" the room description from (obviously, it does not contain the information about the little girl)
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:19 No.1791510
PC's finish a battle, only to find that the blades, edges, and heads of every weapon have disappeared.

PC's head to a smith, and buy new ones. On the way back, they decide to rest at the inn.

In the morning, Spot Check. Those that succeed look up to find a body pinned to the ceiling with the blades/heads forming the words "LOOK WHAT YOU MADE US DO"
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:20 No.1791512
>> 05/22/08(Thu)01:20 No.1791514
PCs arrive at a seemingly normal town. if they stay the night the next day they will realize that there are no adults and a children only say "mommy and daddy had to go" when questioned.

PCs find an out of place artifact showing how their world will end.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:20 No.1791515

Same person. Ugh, had a better idea after I posted.

After finding the body. PC's come to realize that the person on the ceiling is the smith.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:21 No.1791519
- In a decrepit abandoned building, the lights go out for a moment (or a sudden draft extinguishes the party's light source), and when they come back on all the furniture is in its place, only on the roof instead of the floor.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)01:24 No.1791531
a town refuses to sell weapons. in the mayors basement is all the old town resident impaled on all the weapons. the town is currently filled with doppelgangers.

the party is sent on a quest to find a flower for a potion. they reach the field where it should be to see hundreds of decaying bodies surrounding the flowers.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:25 No.1791533

The PCs gets sick during a night's sleep..
Each one has a symptom:
Sore throat, Ear infection, Fuzzy vision, Bloody vomit, or Rash.
They start off very minor, something that could be brushed off as something else.
As the symptoms get worse, it turns out to be more than being sick.

Sore throat becomes crackily then mute, and when s/he tries to speak: the sound is like the cries of a abused child.
The Ear infection becomes hard of hearing then completely deaf, and finally begins to hear things that are not human.
The Fuzzy vision becomes blurry and then like TV static, not long after images appear in the static, images that should make the PC want to rip his eyes out.
The Bloody vomit just continues, but the PC loses all will to eat, despite being weak and on the brink of starvation s/he will never succumb to it.
The Rash starts as a bug bite, then poison ivy, then something along the lines of an STD, the skin will not blister or fester on its own, but the PC will need to make more and more throws to prevent himself from scratching his neck with his own long sword.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:27 No.1791541

Damn, Anon.

These guys either got warpsenses or were corrupted by daemons.

inb4 40k fag
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:28 No.1791545
Blessings of Nurgle upon ye.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:28 No.1791546
Heroes of Horror is one of the only books I DON'T have.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:29 No.1791551
In one room of the dungeon, all the furniture in the room has been Animated and Awakened. The chairs greet the PCs when they enter, and tell them to make themselves comfortable. They offer themselves up as amenities, and willingly oblige any whims the PCs may come up with, as long as they are not violent in nature.

However, if the PCs ever try to leave the room, the objects begin to cry and whine, complaining of being lonesome. After a while, they devolve into curses, and scream and yell at the PCs, driving them out.

If the PCs try to enter the room again, they find the objects have piled themselves up, blocking the door until the PCs apologize. If the PCs refuse... they set themselves on fire, blaming the PCs for their suicides. The door catches fire very quickly, and the inferno becomes nearly impassible.

After an hour or so, the flames die down, and among the ashes are charred, blackened human skeletons...

If the PCs kill the furniture instead of putting up with their drama, they find that the furniture bleeds when hit.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:31 No.1791552
-The pc's enter an Elven village, but all the children are pure human, though they have a resemblance to their elven parents. The villagers don't notice.

-The party wizard is gone one morning and replaced with another, possibly even a sorcerer, but claims to be the same person, can even desribe in detail only what that pc would know.

-After a fun night in a tavern on the trail of their adventure, one of the PC's discovers a diary hidden under one of the beds. Each page describes the same series of events that the PC experienced that night in exact detail and in their handwriting, over and over again, each time described different (ie: not the same paragraph over and over) The last few pages have additional stating "I can't tell how many days it's been, we have to break free of the cycle before the sun rises or it'll start again!"

-It's a bright and sunny morning, but there is no sun in the sky. It shows back up the next day.

-One of the pc's left eye suddenly starts seeing things. monsters off the edge of their vision, hidden attackers, things moving in the distance coming for them, but only with the left eye. the right eye doesn't see any of this.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:31 No.1791553
-When the church bells signal midday, every person in the town turns to the party, and appears to have had their jawbone ripped out violently, leaving ragged wounds with stringy chunks of flesh hanging from their lower faces. When the bell stops ringing, they carry on with their day, faces intact.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:31 No.1791554
At a garden party guests begin disappearing one by one (they should be disappearing from the PCs are not in) by the time the player's arrive to investigate they find no signs of foul play, no blood, tracks, residual magic, only the lone gazebo sitting in the garden.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)01:31 No.1791555
an old inn is found outside town. the PCs stay there pay the nice couple who feed them breakfast and head into town. the villagers say that the inn burned down years ago. They return to the inn only to see it a burnt husk. on the table they see their gold coins and whats left of the breakfast they didn't finish.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:31 No.1791556
Honestly, I don't know where I got that from.
I probly ripped someone off without realizing it, but oh well..
It's not that bad is it?
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:35 No.1791570
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:35 No.1791572

Haha, I wasn't saying it was bad or copied, it just made think of something that might happen to someone in WH40k
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:35 No.1791575
Nah, they're just commenting on how horrible that is for the PCs, rather than creepy.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)01:35 No.1791577
at a town there is a festival. during the festival the PCs realize it is actually a demon summoning ritual and they are the sacrifices.

standing on a dock an arm grabs the leg of anyone close enough to the edge.

PCs stay at a roadside inn. when they wake up they discover there was no building there.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:36 No.1791579
You know alot of these are only scary if you find out why such a thing occurs. Or only scary if it was a movie.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:39 No.1791585
I ought to stop reading this shit at two thirty in the morning....

Especially with The Faceless playing in the backround.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:39 No.1791586
oK so basicaly its like this. youare at a friends house for like the night or whatever and then you guys are making out on the couch (yeah!) and then like... her dad calls on the phone and says "no man she likes it more if you use the other hand.... yeah" and your alllike "oh dude your dad is trying to give me advice on how to diddle you" and then she'l like... "i don't have a dad.." or whatever... but what!? WHO WAS PHONE?
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:41 No.1791593
>at a town there is a festival. during the festival the PCs realize it is actually a demon summoning ritual and they are the sacrifices.

Wait, Whicker Man much?
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:41 No.1791596
-The pc's discover sheets of paper describing them and their stats, with numerical values assigned to their skills, strengths and weaknesses. (they find their own character sheets.)
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:42 No.1791598
Is today opposite day?
If you discover why this stuff is happening, then it isn't creepy anymore.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:42 No.1791599
The setting is a rather large building with several rooms devoid of life. When you enter a room, every time, you barely miss someone that is leaving the room. You spot the movement blur of a guy walking out, you see a door quietly closing as if someone just left, etc. Sometimes when you check one of those door, it leads to a dead end such as a closet. If you check the closet and then exit, as you enter back the room, you barely miss someone leaving that room.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:43 No.1791600
They find their character sheets if they were 2E characters.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)01:44 No.1791603
outside a window at night you see 2 large eyes staring in. if anyone goes outside to investigate there is nothing out there. if they go in front of the window you will see the eyes turn to the person outside and they will be stabbed by an unseen force.

the clerics mace drops blood. no cleaning or spell can identify or stop it.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:45 No.1791607
I worded that poorly.

The party of PCs find a list of numerical values, describing their stats and weaknesses, but the sheet they find is a completely different roleplaying system.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:45 No.1791609
Man, fuck you /tg/.

I have a hard enough time going to bed after reading creepypasta on /x/ and /b/, and now I find it here.

>> korik1 05/22/08(Thu)01:46 No.1791613
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Thinking with portals?
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:46 No.1791617
Make a will save before hopping into bed. DC-15
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:46 No.1791620
the characters themselves wouldn't find the difference in system creepy; they may even pass the sheets off as a prank if they're not spewing magic like artifacts
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:46 No.1791621
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:47 No.1791624
Gee, sure is The Gamers in here.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:47 No.1791626
I know.
I've nearly shat brix from reading this topic, but I can't seem to give enough back, maybe its more about the course of the event rather than the ends.

Maybe a dream within a dream thing?

PC1 is sleeping in the Inn, when his friends rise and advance on him.
A - He jumps out of bed to defend self and does quite well, only to be woken up by his friends standing over him [in pieces] saying that it's not nice to fall asleep in the middle of a meal, only to wake up to find that is really was a dream, but the dream is set a day from now.
B - He gets his ass kicked, wakes up screaming and attacks his friends thinking he is still dreaming.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)01:47 No.1791628
when the midday bell tolls in a town all the towns people appear to have their joins bent in impossible way but act and walk normally. this continues till the dawn bell tolls.

a statue in the center of a town stands up and walks off. only they party notices or cares.

a baby asks to be hugged. when you look at it you see it is normal except its face is a massive mouth with bent teeth.
>> Schrödinger's Monster!! !A1j/vqM3nA 05/22/08(Thu)01:48 No.1791629
Fuckers need to archive this shit, goddamn.
>> korik1 05/22/08(Thu)01:49 No.1791637
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- One of the players finds a VERY plain white mask. Whether they take it or not, it keeps appearing in unexpected places, even if it's presumed destroyed.

- A sound like a thousand plates wobbling on a floor comes from the next room over, but there's nothing there, let alone any plates.

- When a PC is trying to sleep footsteps can be heard coming down the hall towards their room door. The door then opens and the footsteps continue to the side of the bed, but nothing can be seen.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:50 No.1791641
lol Bleach
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:51 No.1791646


One of the PC's eyes start bleeding (as in from the tear ducts), it's easily cleaned away, but never really seems to go away.They head into town.

The party spends the night in town. The next day, the town is attacked by a necromancer and a small army of undead.

Your party heads out to fight the oncoming threat, and when said character locks eyes with the necromancer, the 'mancer smiles and the rest of the party notices that the character's clothes are covered from eye level to toe with dried blood. But when he cries, the tears are clear.

(a bit long winded I know)
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:54 No.1791664

Thread is Archived.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)01:55 No.1791672
down a hall PCs hear the sound of someone in plate armor. when they investigate they find a suit of armor on the roof.

PCs find a bag. anything put in the bag and then take out is increased to 3. if a copy and not the original are put in though it will come out as a intelligent murderous version of the item.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:55 No.1791676
Every time a PC wakes up, they find a flayed corpse at their feet. Nearby (written in blood on the wall, burnt into the ground or even carved into the chest or face of the corpse) is the message "I BROUGHT THIS FOR YOU".
This happens even if the PC is just knocked out during combat, and the other party members will see the corpse and writing simply appear out of nowhere. If the PC in question dreams, it will always be of vague terror and desperate feelings of insane love and they will awake with peals of mad laughter still ringing in their ears.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)01:58 No.1791690
Have NPC's disappear from the sight of the PC's at first very rarely, and then frequently. (e.g. The Shopkeeper smiles and hands you your weapon, you reach into your pouch to pay him but as you look back up the Shopkeeper is gone. As you turn around you see your friends in the shop still browsing, the door closed. A hand taps you from behind and the Shopkeeper asks for his payment) Eventually have one of the important NPC's disappear completely and when the PC's question on the NPC's whereabouts everyone does not know who they are talking about.

Leave if for a few sessions and then start the PC's losing line of sight to each other.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)01:58 No.1791691
a spellbook is found filled with the secrets of the universe. the pages are written in the blood of those who have read it before.

a spellbook is written in a odd language. if anyone still remembered what the language was they'd know it is a cook book for human flesh.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:04 No.1791714
ohh that could be good if it went on a bit more

I like
>PCs find a bag. anything put in the bag and then take out is increased to 3. if a copy and not the original are put in though it will come out as a intelligent murderous version of the item.
But how about if they copy something twice or make a copy of a copy they get a note warning them "not to 'try that shit again'" and when/if they do they get such a grotesque item.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)02:06 No.1791728
can't copy a copy it'll turn into the murderous thing once the first copy is put in. the original can be copied as long as you can figure out which one it was. remember the items are an exact copy of the original down to any markings faults and other things.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:06 No.1791729
>"not to 'try that shit again'"

I lol'd at the thought. A completely serious campaign, but with such a note saying "hey, don't try that shit again", word for word.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:07 No.1791733
-The pc's wake up each morning wearing a set of gloves and shoes that are not theirs. They smell of rotted meat and are stained.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:08 No.1791737
To each their own I guess.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:09 No.1791738
*drops some very large amount of gold in the bag*
*drops the same pile of gold, now three times larger in the bag*
*Gets killed by murderous gold coins*
>> 05/22/08(Thu)02:10 No.1791743
well its not like its a real item from a book
>> Random Death Star-Sized Sapient Disco Ball of Tzeentch !4T1uHiOuyE 05/22/08(Thu)02:11 No.1791744
Okay, now this one is fucking creepy. FUCKING. CREEPY.

If I might expand on the idea, the DM should insert pleas for help and the like into his normal descriptions, preferably without a tone to emphasize it. For example:

"You walk into the library. Everywhere around you, you see dusty old books, covered in dust and mold, the wear and tear of ages help me covering the undoubtedly valuable- yes, what? I'm not done yet."

"What was that you said?"


"You said help me."

"No I did not."

More points if the rest of the players heard it too, and you convince them that either they're all going nuts, or you have. Even more points if you say this after the 'little girl' thing; make the players think you're possessed or something.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:14 No.1791756
needs more updates
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:16 No.1791761
The PC gradually becomes aware that something is trying to help them, but it's ideas of 'help' differ greatly from their own.
A 'simple' (read: clearly as dumb as a brush) country yokel sitting on a fence jokingly pokes fun at the PCs strange attire, but when he gets to the 'chosen' PC he cracks a joke and then goes down in a spray of blood as he is horribly gutted by some unseen force.

The PC is moving through an area that is extremely cold and the party is forced to make camp for the night. The PC thinks he's in for a hard night but sleeps surprisingly easy, dreaming that he's being held in the warm embrace of a loved one. When he wakes up he feels a hand stroking his forehead and his face is wet and covered by a warm blanket; on removing the blanket he finds it is a human's skin. There is no sign of anybody for miles, but the PC senses a pleased presence nearby.

While walking along, the PC senses constantly that there is someone behind him. If he looks around, there is nobody there, no matter how fast he turns. However, if he stops suddenly or otherwise moves backwards, he bumps into something and falls over.
If he does neither of these things, something treads on the back of his shoe and he feels a burst of sympathy from somewhere.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:18 No.1791768

Updated as of


Fukken' saved.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:19 No.1791772
Of course, all these are kind of concentrating on the one player. The basic idea is some insane force is desperately trying to get the PC to love them, so it follows them around, keep them warm, brings them 'presents' etc. I just included the whole PC somehow sensing its mood thing because I thought it was more creepy than having something invisible step on the back of your shoe and whisper 'sorry', but hey, who knows.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:21 No.1791781
I realize this isn't about RPing, but the story about the shoe reminded me of this.

There was a pair of socks that I had and I liked. I remember this pair of socks because they had a little silhouette sewn in on the ankle. A d00d. I purchased this pair of socks for myself at a Target when I was driving to Colorado to visit some friends over Spring Break. With cash.

Nobody knew about the socks. Unfortunately, I tore the new sock at the heel on the second day of the trip. Threw the first one out when I got home. Did the laundry, and as expected, the other sock in that pair came up without its partner. Knowing its partner's fate, I threw it away in the kitchen trash and took the trash out. Then it shows up in my desk drawer. I throw it away again, this time in the bathroom trash. That trashcan is full as well, so I take it out. Sock shows up in my pocket a week later.

Frustrated, I cut the sock into pieces (roommates had moved away for the summer, nobody saw the ritual) and threw it away in the dumpster outside.

One week later, I get a letter in the mail without a return address and with no stamp. In it is the sock.

To this day I still have no idea what happened. And, yes, I still have the sock.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:21 No.1791782

If the force is continually ignored, have it grow frustrated and then angry.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:22 No.1791785
Not in three days.


Upon awakening the PC's notice that something isn't right, but they can't immediately place what is wrong. A particularly observant PC might eventually realize that the entire world seems to have reversed its orientation, now appearing exactly as the world does when looking through a mirror. If the PC DOES look through a mirror they will see the world in its "normal" orientation as they are used to. Everything else however is completely normal, including the PC reflections looking back at them through the mirror with the same perplexed expressions on their faces.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:24 No.1791788
I hate that bullshit "sense" though. You're a goddamn human being, not a fucking tricorder.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:26 No.1791802
There are spells that use empathy, and you get an empathic link with your familiar. It's no different.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)02:27 No.1791804
PCs break a sacrificial alter to a sun god, going outside they realize there is no sun. they sacrifice a party member. when they leave they realize it was only an eclipse.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:28 No.1791813
Thats fair enough, you could have it speak or write how it's feeling on the walls or something just as easily. I just meant the 'sense' as a kind of psychic way of it letting the guy know how it's feeling.

Exactly. If the PC embraces it and welcomes the assistance it becomes overjoyed but become steadily more erratic as it does more and more insane things to keep him happy, and if he rejects it then shit goes down.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:30 No.1791816
PCs go through a forest, or otherwise uninhabited area.
The land becomes dead, slowly, as if they were approaching a site of a large disaster.

*At first I thought of a STALKER idea, but it seemed to cliched*

The PCs arrive at a town modeled after a graveyard/tomb/etc.
As they approach the main gate a eerie bell and wails of the dead can be heard along the lines of
"The town is under attack"
Bum rushed by skeletons/ghouls they take refuge in a building where they find a larger 'adult' female ghoul blocking them from smaller 'child' ghouls.
They catch a glimpse of their reflection in a mirror or pane of glass and see an introverted reflection.
[They look undead and the town looks normal]

PS. And then John was a Zombine.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:35 No.1791838
Excellent music for getting in the right mindset for this kind of shit. There's undoubtedly better, but frankly I just like Voltaire more because his music has a sense of humour.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:37 No.1791844
- The PCs enter a crypt thats incredibly dusty, however it doesn't matter where they are as long as its certain someone will sneeze.

Whenever any PC sneezes unwillingly make them blink, their vision becomes vivid images of dæmons or mutated beasts about to strike them. However it is only for that short duration when their eyes were closed during the sneeze, not when they regularly close their eyes.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:37 No.1791845
One I've used in a horror campaign before.

Characters come across a hallway choked with thick cobwebbing(not sticky webbing). Instead of burning or cutting it away, they just pushed through it. I had the characters roll fortitude saves when they passed through, but then "nothing" happened to the characters.

The next morning I had them all roll fortitude saves again. Those that failed this save took 1d4 points of constitution damage and were sickened. Later on that day the characters that failed thier second save had to make a final save. The ones that failed this save were nauseated for one minute, afterwhich they each vomited up a swarm of spiders which promptly attacked the party.
>> Random Death Star-Sized Sapient Disco Ball of Tzeentch !4T1uHiOuyE 05/22/08(Thu)02:38 No.1791850
Pity my office blocks YouTube :(

That being said, I find the soundtrack from American McGee's Alice a highly atmospheric soundtrack for horror; anyone have anything similar? Music that *seems* okay, but with a sense of things being off-kilter?
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:45 No.1791878
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Every now and then the PC's can faintly hear three distinct but unfamiliar voices making sarcastic jokes and snide remarks about them.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:45 No.1791879
In a snowy, mountainous pass, the players happen accross an abandoned campsite. The tent appears to have been violently torn open on one side. On close inspection, it was opened from the inside by numerous frantic slashes. Several hundred meters away, two fresh bodies are found beneath a tree, shoeless and dressed only in underwear. Another three bodies are found between the tree and the camp, dressed partly in strips of clothing cut from the other victims. Tracks in the snow make it clear that they were trying to return to the tent. If the players search carefully they may discover four more bodies that were deliberately buried in the snow: naked, toungeless, and with their eyes burned out. There are no tracks or any other indications snowing any outside involvement at all.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:45 No.1791880
>>1791850 :(
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:48 No.1791886
This would work better if all the undead in the city fled, the PCs, like townsfolk would do from normal undead.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:49 No.1791893
not sure i get this one, other than maybe stranded group goes batshit? or is somthing going straight over my head
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:49 No.1791896
>The party turn the corner into a fairly long, nearly empty corridor, with occasional bits of furniture. As they walk down it they see spectral figures approaching from the other end. If they stop, the spectres stop as well. The closer they get to the centre, the more clear the figures become: they are the parties own reflection, in a sheet of glass, placed inoccuously, near invisibly at the centre of the corridor. when a player get close enough to examine this, the reflection glares at the player, grabs a nearby chair and hurls it through the glass, causing it to shatter completely.

Crap, I just walked by the hallway mirror to grab some cereal and it seriously FREAKED ME OUT to see that my reflection was mimicking my actions. Perfectly.

I'm done with this thread. Time to eat my cereal with the shutters closed and my back against a wall.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:52 No.1791907

lol, spartan masonry much?
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:52 No.1791909
>FREAKED ME OUT to see that my reflection was mimicking my actions. Perfectly.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:53 No.1791912
>The party turn the corner into a fairly long, nearly empty corridor, with occasional bits of furniture. As they walk down it they see spectral figures approaching from the other end. If they stop, the spectres stop as well. The closer they get to the centre, the more clear the figures become: they are the parties own reflection, in a sheet of glass, placed inoccuously, near invisibly at the centre of the corridor. when a player get close enough to examine this, the reflection glares at the player, grabs a nearby chair and hurls it through the glass, causing it to shatter completely.

Variation on this: An ax hangs next to the mirror. When the PC comes too close to the mirror, he sees his reflection reach to the side of the mirror, pull out an ax, and swing at the glass. The glass shatters, falling to the ground at the PC's feet. Behind the mirror is a wooden wall, now with an ax head half protruding from the wood, coming from the other side. The ax to the side of the mirror is gone.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:56 No.1791919
im pretty sure its the part where the mirror doesn't mimic you that makes it creepy
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:56 No.1791921
>>1791637 - One of the players finds a VERY plain white mask. Whether they take it or not, it keeps appearing in unexpected places, even if it's presumed destroyed.

Here's a bit extra: Every time the mask is found again, there is a new red dot on the inside, eventually the dogs start forming rows
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)02:59 No.1791934
Begin passing notes to your players saying things like "You get the feeling <fellow PC> is setting you up," or "You catch <fellow PC> eyeing the weak spots in your armor."
Turns out some villain is filling the PCs with Hostility and Paranoia. By the time they find this out, however, it's already progressed to "Will save versus entering a Rage, DC 18"
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:01 No.1791942
The innocuous should be frightening.

One morning your characters wake up to to find the world veiled in a coloured haze in hues of blue. This becomes more and more prounounced over time until the whole world is blue. Themselves, the sky, the clouds, everything is a differnet shade of blue. Except for one red rock in the middle of the road.

The rock never moves, never reacts to them, but no matter where they go, that same red rock is onscene.

The next morning, everything is back to normal. Thier very next random encounter, though(should be with something weak like goblins or kobolds) the first one they kill, instead of dying, shatters into dozens of identical red rocks. The other goblins scream in abject, soulcrushing terror at seeing this and flee screaming somethinga about "not letting in the colour".
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:05 No.1791960
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:05 No.1791962
Note: This is for high level adventurers.

The paladin is an extremely respected member of his church. Maybe somewhere up around pope-levels, he carries a lot of weight and has actually been in the genuine presence of his deity more than once.
One morning, when praying for spells, the paladin feels something... absent. If he's ever Fallen before, it feels a bit like that. When he opens his eyes, he sees in front of him a rolled up piece of cloth.
Rolled up in the cloth is a humanoid finger with a strange golden honey-like liquid oozing out of the wound instead of blood.
Written on the cloth, in the same honey-like substance (Know Religion/Arcana DC 24 to realize it's Ichor, the blood of gods), "WheRE iS YOur GoD noW?
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:05 No.1791963
The Warrior's arms have become semi-intelligent and aggressive. While unable to compel the warrior, when donned or wielded, they'll often try to drag him (damn near literally) into killing. Holding them close to your ear will reveal that they're constantly snarling.
>> thoughtfullurker 05/22/08(Thu)03:07 No.1791971
While traveling, a storm forces the group to seek shelter in a small town. In the evening, one of the PCs is summoned by the lord/mayor and asked to perform a small service on behalf of the town. (seems like a standard enough plot hook) hands them a scroll detailing the mission. after the PC goes back to bed and awakes in the morning, they find the town in ruins, and it's been that way for a long time. Everything has completely rotted away, except for the unopened scroll
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:08 No.1791977
The stars are literally 'star' shaped.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:10 No.1791985
haha, when i first read this i literally thought arms, as in the things with fingers...
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:11 No.1791990
The current dungeon is the place where a mad scientist type has been performing horrible experiments.
The party finds a young boy, age 7-10 or so, on a stone slab, a blanket pulled up to his chin. He's sobbing and shivering. If they try to help, he rolls away from them on the slab, curling up and crying more.
If they take the blanket off him, they find a long line of stitches bisecting his torso, with a cross-line at his gut. He starts screaming about how <villain> put something in him, and why won't it come out?
After the party has had enough time to absorb this and start discussing what to do, the boy starts screaming "It's coming out, oh gods!"
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:11 No.1791993
Haha, me too. What's funny is that could work just as well.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:12 No.1792007
The PC's may notice one morning that all the beverages are flat and that the food is tasteless. Further inquiries will reveal that no sounds echo and that despite a fairly strong breeze the clouds never seem to move.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:13 No.1792009
Yeah, me three. I think it literally being the fighter's arms that are attacking is much better.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:13 No.1792010
While at a manor or other place of residence for the rich and noble, there is one room they are
forbidden to enter.

Every night, at midnight, they wake up at the exact same moment, and hear two footsteps. each night, their one step closer to the room.

Once they reach the room, they footsteps come from inside the room, and they hear a scream.

when they go into the room, they find a sickly noble girl, scared out of her wits.

She tells them that the footsteps have followed her all her life, and noone else could hear them until now. She desparately asks them to get her out of there, to take her away.

When they try the door, its locked and apparently barricaded.

Next midnight, a pale man flickers into being, takes two steps towards the girl, and touches her arm. She dies instantly.

The door is unbarricaded and the PC's are freed, asked to never mention this to anyone.

The following night, the PC's hear the footsteps, far of. but, every night, coming one step closer...
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:15 No.1792021
The PC's are aiding a self proclaimed humanitarian gormet who's cooking has earned him accolades from all over the kindgom, who is trying to use his money and fame to help ease the hunger of the poor classes, and send the party to retrieve an item for him, supplying them with a map and supplies, including preserved meats.

As they work thier way down to the item, they contend with tribes of canabalistic humanoids of varying types. There should be plenty of descriptiosn of tearing the flesh from bones, blood and flensing tools laying around rust-stained sluices in the floor, etc. Eventually the recover the item, a 'leather' bound book deep in the temple that is penned in an unknown language.

When they return, however, the find that the chef has been executed for horrific cirmes against his fellow man... he was using "Humanitarian" in the same an elf might use "vegitarian"... which includes the food he sent the party out with.

The government attempts to confisciate the book and other items recovered from the temple. If the PC's do surrender the item, the next time they come by this town, they notice a deffinite drop in the homeless and starving populations, though no legitimate reason for it is ever provided....
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:15 No.1792022
dude. i love the faceless.
leica ftw!
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:16 No.1792035
The Langoliers was awesome, and I'm pretty sure I've seen stats for them.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:17 No.1792038
- Upon staying in a new town for several hours, the PCs begin to notice that they always see the same townspeople outside, wandering, and they never see anyone entering or exiting a building. Further investigation will reveal that people inside rooms in buildings never leave the room that they're in, and no one ever eats or sleeps. If the townspeople are questioned, they deny anything is odd or strange. If the PCs try to force a townsperson through a doorway, the townsperson resists. If the PCs succeed in pushing the townsperson in or out, the townsperson vanishes, and no one in the villiage will acknowledge the dissapearance.

- On only one level of the dungeon, the PCs always have one extra shadow than the number of lightsources. PCs with darkvision or see all PCs having a single shadow. All other creatures and objects on that level of the dungeon have one less shadow than they should.

- If any of the PCs have a spiked chain, or shackles, fail, or any other chained weapon, the next time they use it in a fight, it collapses into a pile of metal links as the final enemy flees or falls. Inspection will reveal none of the links are broken.

- The corpse of a fallen enemy begins to twitch violently, and nothing anything the PCs do, even attempts to restrain it, can stop this motion. The corpse also seems rooted to a single spot on the floor and cannot be moved from that spot, as if it is stuck at that single spot with glue. Detection spells reveal no magic, no undead presence and that the creature is indeed dead.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:18 No.1792046
three days of absolutely no heat anywhere on the planet = major blow to life as a whole
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:21 No.1792061
exactly why it's so scary.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:21 No.1792062
Oh, there's heat. Just no sun.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:22 No.1792066
That last one sounds like a common glitch with ragdoll physics.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:25 No.1792080
>- Upon staying in a new town for several hours, the PCs begin to notice that they always see the same townspeople outside [...] and no one in the villiage will acknowledge the dissapearance.

lol, RPG NPCs.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:26 No.1792087
The Earth retains a little residual heat. So having the sun blotted out for three days wouldn't kill all life on the planet, but it'd be one hell of a long and chilly night. In some places at least.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:26 No.1792088
Yeah, someone would just make a crack about the game glitching and then suggest they restart the DM.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:31 No.1792110
>The corpse of a fallen enemy begins to twitch violently, and nothing anything the PCs do, even attempts to restrain it, can stop this motion. The corpse also seems rooted to a single spot on the floor and cannot be moved from that spot, as if it is stuck at that single spot with glue. Detection spells reveal no magic, no undead presence and that the creature is indeed dead.

>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:32 No.1792114
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:34 No.1792129
DM fiat.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:35 No.1792131
Upon entering town one morning the PC's find that things are... amiss. Very quickly they will realize that what was once considered lawful and good is now criminal and evil. If conversed with the common folk lament that these days it seems politicians are only concerned with the welfare of their constituents and are all too honest and forthcoming with their intentions.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:35 No.1792132
One of the towers in Sharn has an endless staircase. It goes down deeper and deeper until you come out in Argonnessen in a field of dragonshards.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:36 No.1792136

I shat so many bricks over these posts. I could build a freaking school out of them. It's now 3:30 AM and I need to sleep, but I'll be damned if I'm able to.

I need to learn to quit while I'm ahead. I have a mirror behind my monitor so I can always look behind me, and I always have to check whenever I'm reading a creepy thread. Also, I always have to check to the right of me in case there's a face staring at me.

Oh fuck, o fuck, o fuck. I hate you all. I hate you all.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:36 No.1792139
I'm not the original poster of that, but how about nothing?

The kid's stiches open and he dies, but nothing (besides blood) comes out.

This could then lead to some of the other "unseen forces" ideas on here. I like the "now we are all inside" and the invisible stalker ones, myself.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:37 No.1792143
Whatever you'd like. While something like a zombie faerie or such is immediately obvious, a pseudonatural half-dragon troll would really have a kick to it, wouldn't it?
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:38 No.1792148
The "now we are all inside" is somehow still the creepiest one in this thread. It gives me the chills just thinking about it.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:39 No.1792152
Thanks, /tg/. I just pulled my curtains and turned on an extra light on in my room. When I was turning around, the door opened by itself.

I shat bricks and jumped backwards with a yelp. Then I noticed that it was just my cat coming in my room. The door had been shut but not fully latched.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:42 No.1792170
I have a Machete within arms reach.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:43 No.1792172
Hi there, Call of Cthulhu will blow your mind.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)03:43 No.1792174
thats because they are all behind you
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:44 No.1792182
ITT: How many bricks have you shat just reading these?
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:44 No.1792183
If a female PC tells a lie and in doing so pretends to cry she will cry literal crocodile tears. They aren't at all docile.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:44 No.1792184
If that happened to me, I would fall to my knees, piss myself, and beg the entities not to harm me.

Not necessarily in that order.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:44 No.1792185
Every time the PCs go to sleep inside a structure, whether they are in an interior room, or if the building opens to the outside, they awaken to find the door to their rooms hanging wide open. Tent flaps are found unfastened.

If a party member stays awake, or someone is on watch, it doesn't happen (seeing it happen invisibly would take away some of the creepy). But if they ever let down their guard, it starts happening again.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:45 No.1792191

Hey /tg/, do you think i could write this one into a full piece of creepypasta? It was originally an idea for a short story, but i posted it because i thought it fit the theme of the thread.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:46 No.1792199
Oh jesus yes the invisible stalker
Have the stalker shred the poor boy to pieces clawing its way out of him, but seeing as it's completely undetectable (even with see invisible) the PCs can't really do anything about it.
Have it attach itself to a PC and follow them around, as if it were an animal following another animal it had mistaken for its mother. They go to kill the BBEG and it sees them hacking him to death and thinks 'Ah, thats what you're meant to do to people', perhaps.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:47 No.1792203
Hells. Yes.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:48 No.1792206
Do it, so I can build a garage for my house of bricks that I shat.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:49 No.1792209
- Have all the characters make spot/perception checks. Those that pass notice they can't remember the last time they shaved, cut their hair, or trimmed their fingernails, and none of those things have grown out at all since then.

- If the party has any animal companions, familiars or mounts, pick an animal at random. This animal refuses to eat or drink. This continues for weeks but the animal never dies. Any priests or vets insist the animal is perfectly healthy in every way.

- The shadow on a particular sundial in a town is frozen and refuses to move with the sun or moon. If questioned about the sundial the townspeople become flustered and will not speak of it.

- One of the PCs inexplicably find the first magical weapon or object they ever possessed. If they still possess this item, choose some other appropriately nostalgic lost piece of equipment that would be easily recognizable. The item should be found in a place where it should not be, such as a chest that has been locked for hundreds of years.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:49 No.1792213
I nominate "Now we are all inside" as the brix-shittingest idea so far.

I didn't have a nervous itch on my back until that one.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:50 No.1792216
NO, better idea. It comes out with blood dripping on its invisible body. If attacked it renders an ear bleeding screech which flings off the blood onto the PCs. It then does whatever you want it to do.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:50 No.1792218
This stuff is bullshit, if you want to creep your players out, work it into the campaign/adventure somehow. D&D is full of these "tables of random stupid shit" that are stupid and shitty because they are random and pointless. If you want to have a holy symbol bleed, that's fine, but it has to be bleeding for a reason, otherwise your players will get sick of the dumb special effects and start to ignore them. The mark of a master GM is that he weaves all the strange little coincidences and eerie moments together into a single narrative, not that he rolls on a table and announces the result. That's not running a game, that's playing a halloween-themed slot machine.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:51 No.1792220
I agree. Especially since my mother just opened my door to tell me to go to bed.

Fuck /tg/, what do I do?!
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:51 No.1792221
> One of the PCs inexplicably find the first magical weapon or object they ever possessed. If they still possess this item, choose some other appropriately nostalgic lost piece of equipment that would be easily recognizable. The item should be found in a place where it should not be, such as a chest that has been locked for hundreds of years.

I like this.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:54 No.1792234
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:54 No.1792238
The party is walking around outside, clear skies, sunny day, even terrain, no mountains even on the horizon, when someone notices a pebble drop by his foot. Then a few more fall nearby, then slightly larger stones, and then they begin getting bigger and bigger and...
rocks fall, everyone dies.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:54 No.1792239
go to bed; this thread is being archived.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:55 No.1792244
Well /tg/, I'm gonna try to go to sleep now, without envisioning all sorts of horrors murdering me in my sleep.

Wish me good motherfucking luck.

>> 05/22/08(Thu)03:55 No.1792246
there is an abandoned house on the outskirts of a town. it is the only place the PCs can afford to stay. on the way out of town the towns people say it is haunted, the PCs shrug this off and continue. they sleep soundly and joke about it. but when they leave the outside of the house is surrounded by dead animals. closer examination reveals that the bodied are forced in the shape of letters saying "Looks like we found some new friends to go with".
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:56 No.1792251
I lol'd
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:56 No.1792252
The PCs are fighting orcs or something in their lair, but when they return home, suddenly a veil is lifted and they realize they've been killing women, children, and old men and plundering a peaceful city. They all become chaotic evil immediately, lose any alignment-based powers and abilities, and are on the run forever after for their atrocities.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:57 No.1792257
Several days into the adventure, have the PCs overhear rumors that the moon has stopped waxing or waning. Several days after that, have them notice that the moon has frozen in the sky, and is not moving, even during the day. (And it is still perfectly visible even with the brightness of the sun.) Several days after that, have the moon vanish completely. It returns at the start of the next month, waxing, waning, and moving across the sky normally, with no explanation.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:57 No.1792260

"To play with" rather than "To go with" would work better i think
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:57 No.1792261
Reminds me of that fighter's guild quest in Oblivion.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)03:58 No.1792264
In after "Now we're all inside."

They would play perfectly together, and then followed by invisible stalker.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)03:59 No.1792268
yeah your right
>> 05/22/08(Thu)04:00 No.1792273
oh shi- we made a plot
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:01 No.1792274
Give the PCs a wallet of infinite coins that never runs out of gold pieces, but the money always has fresh blood on it. The magic doesn't create gold, it steals it from the nearest treasury, and in order for the magic to work it also must take the life of a bystander. Allow the PCs to figure this out moments before the authorities do.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:02 No.1792279
Mostly yes, but in case you didn't notice we just gave a perfectly good reason why the invisible stalker was following the player around by pairing it up with the mad scientist idea.
Not EVERYTHING in the entire world has to be related to BBEG Death Knight Steve and his plan to take over the world using an army of zombie whores, and a littl flavoursome morsel like having your own undetectable murder-machine desperate for your approval helps add to character development.

I'm sorry, I know I'm pimping the invisible stalker idea but I just love it so much. And am I honestly the only one who found the "now we are all inside" thing more of an 'oh, okay, fair enough' thing than anything else?
I mean, they can't be THAT desperate to do horrible horrible things to you. They freaking KNOCKED.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:03 No.1792284

That's a good one
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:03 No.1792287
I'd just think the DM was stupid.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)04:03 No.1792289
it can be related to towns or areas they visit. only a bad DM would over use it though
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:04 No.1792293
Its not really the "OHSHIT WHAT WILL THEY DO" that's freaky, so much as how you just let a bunch of invisible, unknown creatures in. "The Greatest fear is fear of the unknown" and all that.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:04 No.1792295
A PC drinks a mysterious potion that reverse his sensations: the daytime appears dark and the nighttime brightly lit, hot and cold are switched, as are pleasure and pain, wet and dry, etc.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:04 No.1792297
The PCs come across a normal looking Old English Town. Rumors of an old castle far to the north harboring a fierce beast abound in a tavern which the PCs will undoubtedly visit. Somewhere along the lines a burly man will enter shouting about some girl saying no to his forced proposal. She seems to have also run off toward that castle. After he loses hope and he refusing a glass of beer, the entire town breaks out in song about how great that man is. the song talks about how good he is at expectorating as well as how he is a man among men. The song ends with him heading off to slay the beast with the townsfolk screaming 'Gaston!'.

It doesn't matter what the PCs do now.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:05 No.1792306
When the PCs are preparing to bed down for the night in a small, isolated cottage, they are surprised by a loud clack sounding from the window. A ghoulish claw resting on the outside of the window is barely visible for a few seconds before withdrawing.

Searching outside reveals nothing. But if the PCs let their guard down at all, the claw returns for another few seconds, perhaps at at different window, or as a scratching sound across the door or the walls of the cottage.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:06 No.1792311
Aaaand hit autosage.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:10 No.1792325
I know, I just can't get over the fact that they knocked. For some reason that just transmogrifies all the creepy into 'quite polite really' for me.
Its like whatever the hell they were, they were just knocking because their friends were coming over, you happened to be there and they'd forgotten their keys, heh.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:11 No.1792332
If the villain of your campaign isn't interesting enough to be involved with these creepy effects, then your campaign sucks. It's like Batman Returns: tons of money for special effects and set design, not a dime for acting talent. So the movie blew.

What scares players is not surprise, is not confusion, it's suspense. When they hear footsteps in the mansion, if the players investigate it, they should be rewarded with something beyond a macabre scene that they have no control over. If someone leaves a note that says, "We are all inside" then they should do something once they're in there. Maybe it's drive the PCs out so they can't stay there again, maybe it's fight them with magic, maybe it's help them out and give them information, advice, or a gift.

The first rule of running games is: every random event is the opportunity for a meaningful event that got wasted.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:11 No.1792333
Fucking lol'd.

Thanks, I'm not going to have nightmares tonight anymore.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:15 No.1792346
It has the opposite effect for me. The "holy shit I inadvertently caused something bad but unknown to occur" factor is what makes it so creepy.

That's why that works so well with the haunted ghost house. They weren't following the PCs until they stayed at the house, and they weren't inside the room until the PCs let them in. What else might the PCs accidentally do to make things worse?
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:15 No.1792349
after saving the beauty from the beast, the party returns to town finding everyone missing, only to see thousands of animated objects hopping around, the largest and most handsome of the objects (a grand piano) is covered with blood of unknown sources, in the the town square are the human bodies of a group of merchants that came into town the day after your group arrived
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:17 No.1792357
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:18 No.1792368
Oh god my butt just sealed itself.

Go with means that the party can't just ditch them by leaving
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:18 No.1792370
the pc's could build a house on an ancient indian burial ground, which was right next to a pet cemetery. also, its in the middle of a forest and the group of 5 (with 1pc sho has a large chin) find a shotgun, book, and a recording in the basement.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:19 No.1792376
Meaningful does not equal 'directly related to the main plot'.
Did you not read what I fucking posted? If the PCs go for that sidequest, they take down a minor threat unrelated to the BBEG, earn the gratitude of whoever sent them there in the first place, and get a fanatically loyal UNDETECTABLE KILLING MACHINE following one of the party members around.

If EVERY SINGLE TINY EVENT that happens ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD is related to your BBEG then thats fucking retarded. Sure is a convincing world you have there, with the evil necromancer lord just happening to be best friends with/have murdered the parents of/secretly be the true father of everyone the PCs meet.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:21 No.1792394
Lol, somebody at school tried that once. He ran a high-level campaign and a mid-level campaign, and one day introduced both parties. The mid-level party when on with their quest to save the princess, knowing that in the meantime the high-level characters were off to save the world from real evil.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:24 No.1792414
It seems to me that having a BBEG in the first place doesn't mesh with some of the better ideas here. If a lot of the more subtle ideas in this thread ultimately turned out to be "lol it was a necromancer fucking with you" or "lol ghosts roll for initiative" it would completely kill the built-up suspense.

I think some of these ideas could be used for a campaign where something is increasingly "off" about the world as the players encounter more and more unexplainable happenings. Instead of hunting a BBEG, the players would have to investigate what is going wrong with the world/reality/the gods/the planes that is causing things to go haywire.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:29 No.1792441
i dunno, i think a world where a necromancer just spent time fucking with people(INCLUDING the BBEG) would be awesome, would the pc's kill him? why he was just having fun. "was that a kitty that i just saw leave the room? damnit, where did he go." and now your not wearing pants, pinned to the door is a note reading thanks for the shirt.
>> 05/22/08(Thu)04:29 No.1792445
the "off" could be used in a larger campaign arc with a BBEG trying to fix it but going about it in bad/destructive ways.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:35 No.1792497
It doesn't have to be everything that happens everywhere in the world, but doing otherwise will put the players' perspectives way out of whack. If there's a sidequest, it should be something to further their long-term goals, either to defeat the villain or to accomplish personal objectives like establishing an order of knights. If you're going to have them complete sidequests just to get money and experience, or having invisible stalkers follow them around for no reason, there's no point in pretending your campaign is anything other than a pale copy of WoW.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:44 No.1792602
The quests do not have to further anything but a story. There's nothing wrong with a "sidequest", as you call it, that simply scares the fuck out of your players and gives them nothing in return. I don't know about you, but I play/DM for the fun of it. If everything that occured in the game happened for the sake of furthering a central goal, I'd be bored. That's far too linear.

tl;dr I, sir, think you are an ape among apes.
>> Anonymous 05/22/08(Thu)04:44 No.1792610
It largely depends on whether you play low fantasy or high fantasy (or its approximate equivalents in other settings). If you're playing high fantasy with lots of epic conflicts between good and evil, you sort of need an over-arching enemy. OTOH, if it has more of a plucky adventurer feel, you don't really need that as much: players can go from smaller objective to smaller objective without having the doom of the world hanging over them.

And bizarre stuff doesn't have to be done by the evil overlord to be related; for example, in the "we are all inside" scenario, they could be invisible assassins that need to work in a team for a certain power to work, or they could be spirits that know something about how to defeat the ultimate enemy, or they could be the ghosts of people who he killed in that house many years ago, and can provide some more backstory.

Why is the woods full of dead animals and trees? Is it because the villain poisoned the land? Did he curse the forest? Is it an illusion? If it is an illusion, who cast it and why?

I guess what I should have said was that everything you add should prod the players into asking more questions, exploring things further, and eventually getting a better understanding of the situation. Just because it's a horror campaign, doesn't mean cause and effect don't apply.