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DM of the Rings CXXXI:
A Profound Lack of Swooning

By Shamus
on Monday Aug 6, 2007
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DM of the Rings


Hail to the king, baby!
Gimli is sitting on Aragorn’s throne!

Even the most greedy and cynical gamer is willing to roleplay once they are the center of attention. That is, they are willing to roleplay when it’s difficult or impossible for anyone else to roleplay along.

Which explains why the DM is always so eager for a chance to kill them off.

Which explains why players are always trying to twink out their stats and build characters of ridiculous power.

Which explains why they get so uppity in the game.

Which explains why the DM wants to kill them so bad.

Comments (83)

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  1. roxysteve says:

    (Re: exploding runes): Of course, after the exploding rune had gone off, we would face another annoying problem.

    I speak, of course, of the plague of burst posts in the comments.


  2. Nogard_Codesmith says:

    your words ring true again Shamus. I think youve goot a handle on this whole gaming thing… maybe you should take on trekkies next.

  3. Evan says:

    “Twink” is a gay context is a variation of the word “Tink”, which is short for “Tinkerbell”.

    First time poster, btw. Great comic!

  4. Fickle says:

    Twinkerbell. That’s all I’m saying. XD

  5. Victor says:

    Its a vicious cycle that helps to feed itself.

  6. Corsair says:

    First time poster. Starting reading from the first comic .. err .. page … yesterday.

    It’s good to know there are gaming groups out there that all experience the same chaos and lunacy ours does.

    And yes, I’ve used the name Corsair because that is actually the name of my character in the current Star Wars RPG I’m part of.

  7. Jim says:

    This is what I think happened: The guys playing the Star Trek game got confused by the rules and decided to find the module their DM had and are now playing the game THEIR way, with one of them DMing and playing one of the PCs. The story can continue, but this time centering on the Hobbits, at the point they left the first time.

  8. Oh so good Shamus!
    I would love to see Aragon’s ‘To Do List’ :D

  9. Jurrubin says:

    It’s good to see that in the midst of his roleplaying, Aragorn still found time to loot the royal armory.

    Who said he doesn’t have his priorities straight?

  10. jabberwocky says:

    “I got the DM to allow me to be a Minotaur.”

    no fair.
    I play a wizard, and the dm gave me a stutter.
    I wonder how long it takes them to think up all these evil tricks.
    101 mind meltingly horrible DM tricks. What would be number one?

  11. DMCliffy says:

    @ jabberwocky and his stutter

    Get a new DM.

    DMs who imperically make decisions for or about your character are rarely worth playing under, with, or even near. Perhaps he’s new to this and is salvagable, but it’s rare. Try talk, but don’t be afraid to talk with your feet.

    The minotaur guy is a special case. Perhaps power balance isn’t an issue in that particular game, but when used at the appropriate ECL a minotaur is no more powerful than a human barbarian of the same level. Of course, a minotaur PC is about four to ten times more powerful PC than a 4th level character, but like I said, power balance may not be important in that game.

    Fun is important, though. If you’re having fun, you’re winning (and often, but not necessarily, the other way around). If the DM gives your character embarassing traits for no good reason, makes your decisions for your, and treats you like pawns subject to his whims, then you may be better off spending your friday nights with someone else.

  12. Thenodrin says:

    I agree with DMCliffy. I had a DM who had everyone in the world treat my female PC like a prostitute, presumabely because it was a female PC played by a male player. (The DM didn’t treat female PCs played by female players like that.)

    We had a talk, and the DM didn’t see the problem with it, even going so far as to try to justify each situation on a case-by-case basis. But, it was just that literally every NPC we’d ever met, and because of this even a few of the PCs had started treating my character with scorn, disdain, and were constantly making disrespectful, demeaning sexual comments about her.

    Since the DM wouldn’t see the problem, I left the game.


  13. Tola says:

    54 Scarlet Knight Says:

    August 6th, 2007 at 9:05 pm
    *Weeeooo* Eagle Lord One,come in, Eagle Lord One… this is White Tower…over…we have you on palantir…you are clear to land…

    ….Given that I remember hearing somewhere that the Eagles(at least in ‘saving the day at Mordor’) were meant to represent the RAF…that…is superbly fitting.

  14. Eric the vengeful says:

    Yeeeaaaaahhhhh!!!!! That was excellence in execution, but can you really blame the pc’s for wanting to be the center of attention. we’re the ones risking are asses for the benefit of the people, so were entitled to there booty, and also equipment and gold.

  15. Cynder says:

    That’s a lot of explaining there, Shamus XD Well done.

    If I’d been there when Aragorn had returned as king I prolly would have been the only one cheering and swooning. Mostly swooning. :P

    …oh, come on! Aragorn’s a hot king!!! :)

  16. Michael says:

    As for explosive ruins, just tell the other PC’s that you deliberately misspellled them, so that it wouldn’t actually go off.

    Threaten the NPC’s, and apologize to the other PC’s.

    Of course, if they want to read it and double check, they can :-)

  17. The Duke of Waltham says:

    Nice shot in the first panel, although I note that the absence of battle debris is rather conspicuous.

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