Tales

Definition of a Hit Point

Posted on May 14, 2018

Back in High School, I was reading the 2nd ed. Player’s Handbook in study hall. A "friend" who had never played before asked to read it. He came back the next day and said he’d read it ALL and wanted to play (I've never read all of a PHB).

He came to his first session with his own character class. Not character, but character class. Our group’s first real introduction to a Munchkin.

It only got worse from there.

We were fair roleplayers, but he never tried. It was metagaming/munchkining all the time for him.

After one particular battle he turned to me at the table and asked, "How many hit points do you have?"

Without missing a beat I responded, "What's a hit-point?"

Blank stare from him.

The rest of the table started to laugh. We tried to explain what had just happened, but he didn’t get it, ever. "What's a hit-point?" became a catch phrase of our group.

Nineteen years later I can say, "What's a hit-point?" and still get a laugh from one of my friends.

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