Playing D&D 5e. I always like to come up with a good story explanation for what really happens when an attack roll is 1. Some of them are easy (e.g. dropping a sword which causes them a delay to retrieve it on the next round, or the archer who is firing over the halfling's head accidentally hits the halfling).

However, I'm running out of new and interesting crit fail explanations and would like some of your interesting suggestions.

One that I've used for casting spells: When the wizard crit fails on the attack roll for Frost Bolt, their hand freezes up a bit and their next attack roll has a -2 because their fingers are hard to move in subtle ways.

The mechanics don't always need to be different, but I'm looking for fun story explanations.

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    I'm relatively new around here, but I think that this is a bit open ended for this site. What may be better is giving a list that can be evaluated – L0neGamer Dec 6 at 19:07
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    You need to specify which system you're using. This site handles lots of TTRPGs, not just D&D, and even for D&D, the rules for Critical Failures vary depending on which edition you're playing. – Xirema Dec 6 at 19:13
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    @L0neGamer Is correct: the site could possibly handle a question like Is this list of critical failure results balanced? or something similar. And, yes, like Xirema mentions, this question needs a system tag. Finally, you should be aware that many folks are resistant to house rules about critical failures in games that don't normally feature critical failures. (But that's not to say your fun is wrong or anything!) – Hey I Can Chan Dec 6 at 19:15
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    I feel like it needs to be said: even if you specify system this is almost certainly the sort of idea-generation question that is off-topic and we've found the Stack doesn't handle well. (I'm leaving open the possibility that OP is playing some game I don't know where there's actually a small, proscribed list of the sorts of things that might happen on a critical failure; or a system that has gm-facing instruction for how to handle these things where people's experience could be brought to bear.) – nitsua60 Dec 6 at 19:16
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    Unfortunately, this site isn't built for suggestions or idea-generation, as has already been mentioned. These types of questions are better suited for a forum so consider checking out our curated list of recommended forums and maybe try asking on one of those if you like. – Purple Monkey Dec 6 at 21:52