There are basically four ways a player decision can lead to something bad happening:
- Choosing to do something obviously risky, like walking into an open pit or jumping into a volcano;
- Failing to do something non-risky and routine, like picking up a dropped weapon after winning a fight;
- Choosing one risky action instead of another, like walking quickly down an unexplored corridor instead of slowing down and checking for traps (and risking wandering monsters;)
- Failing to do something routine because it is risky, like picking up a dropped weapon before fleeing an attacker.
- "As you backtrack to the previous room, you all fall into the pit you went around last time. You die."
- "You dropped your bow during your last rest and didn't say you picked it up again."
- "You dropped your bow and later said you were rushing out of the room when you heard a noise and didn't say you picked it up again. Make a Wisdom save, or you forgot it."
- "You dropped your bow and drew your sword in that last combat, before you were forced to flee. You have to go back and get it, if you want to use it again."