DM of the Rings CXXXIII:
Strategifications

By Shamus
on Aug 10, 2007
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DM of the Rings


Aragorn comes up with a different plan. No not really.

The best sort of player revolt is when they refuse to listen to your advice, but end up doing what you wanted them to do anyway.

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  1. Lune says:

    haha I like the look of Gandalf’s face in the third last frame. he’s like “My god, what an idiot.”

  2. Overlord says:

    That was great.

    And the Aragorn screencap for the “…until he cries like a little girl” line was awesome.

  3. Catbunny says:

    Bwahahaha!!!

    Primus Postum, indeed. :-D

  4. James Walker says:

    Before the finish, any chance of avenging everybody who hated all of the bad poetry in LotR? (And for that matter, that most hated of GMs, the failed poet who puts execrable rhymes into his game?) This trio would probably shoot any NPC the GM used to spout poetry, yes?

  5. Doug Williams says:

    That “until he cries like a LITTLE GIRL” face is priceless!

  6. Juice says:

    Pah, everyone knows Sauron’s place is called Barad-dûr. Mordor is the country it’s in.

  7. Obfuscato says:

    And this Aragorn’s going to be able to find his way to Mordor?
    Bwahahahaha! Then maybe we’re gong to see the scourging of the Shire by his army. But wait, no, since I said it, Shamus will make sure that won’t happen. But then, the perfect thing would be for Shamus to do just that because we will no longer expect it, and nobody expects . . .*urk*. But Shamus will KNOW I’m metagaming him and then take a different tack. but he’ll know that I know he’ll do that and what was I talking about again?

  8. Little Gen says:

    …awww… The “…Oh?” look on Big G:s face… can’t stop laughing… exploding *squirt*

    Okay, that was it. Next strip, please?

  9. Proteus says:

    A little off-topic, but somehow I wanted LOTR to end with Elrond striding out of the entrance to Mt. Doom and wearing sunglasses, saying: “Mr. Baggins! Surprised to see me?”

    But I’d settle for Dave’s Star Wars game bleeding over into this one.

    Great stuff, Shamus!

  10. victor says:

    Primus postem made my day. The comic is dead on truth too.

  11. oldschoolGM says:

    Awesome! I can’t wait until Aragorn and Co. realize they will never get near Sauron, but the (now NPC) halfling character get to off him. The ultimate XP steal!

  12. Ogreman says:

    Props on the title, Shamus. Made-up words are generally better than actual words.

  13. superfluousk says:

    Wow! This has got to be the first time in the campaign that the DM got the stick far enough out of his ass to actually think forward a few moves — namely, to come to the realization that Aragorn’s way would have the same effect as his proposed way. Hey! He’s learning. A few more months and this campaign might actually improve.

  14. Raved Thrad says:

    #7 imhyper Says:

    > cant…stop…laughing…
    > lol
    > i hope sam and frodo have finished star wars…

    Makes you wonder what would have happened if the hobbits had stayed on as PCs. Especially considering how a few bad d20 rolls could have easily wiped out that party of 2 (Frodo + Sam + Gollum == 2 people). What *would* have happened if, all this time, the Ringbearers were dead and Sauron had actually gotten the Ring back? >:)

    Very nice Gandalf scans, especially the 6th panel where it looks like he’s holding in a smirk. Ahh, yes, the railroad goes ever on and on, and this time the pesky players jumped onto the train of their own free will!

  15. Raved Thrad says:

    Quick followup: Now I’m wondering if we’re going to see a pic of Les Claypool’s band when Shamus next fends of the firstposters :))

  16. Tola says:

    What *would* have happened if, all this time, the Ringbearers were dead and Sauron had actually gotten the Ring back? >:)

    Then the White City would be dead and gone-likely due to Sauron marching on the place HIMSELF. The power-boost would be sufficient that no-one in Arda would be able to take him down.

  17. Hendrake says:

    Great comic. Made me laugh. Thanks, Shamus!

  18. Tyler says:

    i think it would be funny when that orc ambassoder guy came out and aragorn immediately sliced his head off! lol

  19. Scarlet Knight says:

    Hmmm, Aragorn in a leather speedo yelling, “THIS IS GONDOR”!

  20. Rickster says:

    Hiya Shamus,

    Get another classic. How many times has a DM almost pulled his hair out coz’ some dumbass player is about to ruin everything only to do the same thing anyway, minus the ranting and raving. Gandalf’s expression was the perfect mugshot. Great work Shamus, this has been entertainment plus right from the beginning. Seriously You should do the Frodo and Sam part of this, coz’ I reckon the people out there would love you to do it!!

    Rickster

  21. Raved Thrad says:

    80 Tola Says:

    > Then the White City would be dead and gone-likely due to
    > Sauron marching on the place HIMSELF. The power-boost would > be sufficient that no-one in Arda would be able to take him
    > down.

    Ah, but that would be anticlimactic >:) The DM’s sense of melodrama’s been twitching for so long that he’d have to draw it out.

  22. Dan says:

    Wow. Legendary status achieved.

    This is Gilbert Godfried nailing the Aristocrats on television. Just when you thought it couldn’t go more over the top, Harry Potter shows up. Every frame was perfect, built to a crescendo, and paid off.

    If Time Bandits married MP Holy Grail and hired The Jerk as a live in nanny, this is comic would probably be a lot like what their kid would turn out to be.

  23. Wtrmute says:

    Then the White City would be dead and gone-likely due to Sauron marching on the place HIMSELF. The power-boost would be sufficient that no-one in Arda would be able to take him down.

    If you said “no one in Middle-Earth”, I’d be forced to agree. Tulkas can still bend him into a Pretzel, Ring or no Ring. I just wonder how much more of Middle-Earth would sink beneath the waves this time; it’d probably be your chance to buy that cool beachfront property in Northfarthing you always wanted…

  24. Jeremehovah says:

    I can see it now, the two players of Sam and Frodo decide to join one last session, only to “steal the show” of the other PCs.

  25. roxysteve says:

    I think people ought to stop calling for Shamus to waste time on any movie screen-cap comic after DMotR is done. It almost certainly isn’t going to happen because a) He’s already done the “movie as the rpg that it inspired” gag with DMotR and 2) there is almost certainly no potential to go commercial with the idea a-la OOTS.

    If people truly want a “Star Wars” screencap comic, then let someone who is so fond of the Star Wars thing that they live the movies for great portions of their day and play the game when they aren’t do it. For that’s what it takes: A genuine love of the material and long experience gaming.

    And the observational wherewithal to make it pithy, ironic and fun.

    And an almost fanatical devotion to the pope. (Oblig. MPFC joke)

    Shamus has shown the way, now let your own creativity shine.

    Anyway, “Judge Dredd” would be better than Star Wars. :o)

    Steve.

  26. Vicky W says:

    I love it! A Burger King commercial quote FTW! “have it your way. King.” snicker snicker snicker

    loved it!

  27. IronNerf says:

    Yeah, how ARE Sambag and Frodito doing with that Star Wars campaign, anyway? We should drop in on the furry-footed bastards and see what they’re up to. Because it’s quiet… too quiet.

  28. Thenodrin says:

    “Terminus Postum on this subject, please?”

    I dunno. I think that point five contridicts itself.

    It says that the next webcomic WILL be role playing, NOT be Star Wars. But it does so as if the two are mutually exclusive.

    With the 3rd (or 4th) Star Wars RPG system on the horizon, even if Shamus didn’t know of the previous systems, surely the new one will provide plenty of role playing hilarity?

    Theno

  29. Jasper says:

    I hate to be a g33k, but shouldn’t it be “primus postus”?

  30. Toil3T says:

    Possibly the best strip yet. And even though your next comic isn’t Star Wars, I’d still like to read it.

  31. […] Furst Post This is a picture of Stephen Furst as Vir Cotto from Babylon 5 I thought it would be appropriate as my “Furst” post on my new blog. To be honest, I stole this idea from the comments page of DM of the Rings where there was a rivalry between commenters about who could get the first post in. Finally, Shamus, the creator of the strip, started making his own “first posts” to put an end to the rivalry. For an example of one of Shamus’ first posts, click here. […]

  32. Archgeek says:

    87 Wtrmute says:

    If you said “no one in Middle-Earth”, I’d be forced to agree. Tulkas can still bend him into a Pretzel, Ring or no Ring. I just wonder how much more of Middle-Earth would sink beneath the waves this time; it’d probably be your chance to buy that cool beachfront property in Northfarthing you always wanted…


    Actually, if I’m remembering my Silmarilion correctly, Valinor, and indeed the whole continent of Aman, was excised from Arda by Iluvatar himself, sealing the last of the silmarils deep in the the earth during the fall of Numenor after Sauron had corrupted their government and convinced them to forcibly make a naval assault on Valinor. Thus, none of the Valar were in any position to do a thing about Sauron during the war of the ring. Though if he could’ve, no doubt Tulkas would’ve punched him the face…kinda like when he struck Melkor’s arm, but funnier.

  33. The best part is how much more blue Ian McKellen’s eyes get in the frame. The GM is just saying, “Yes. Yes, that wasn’t what I wanted at all.”

  34. dyrnwyn says:

    Is there going to de some awkward silence at the end or something or is frodo going to appear out of nowhere like elrond and drop the ring in mount doom.

  35. Kris says:

    Holy Crackers! I nearly died laughing so hard at this one!!! Also, the “Primus Postum” made me bol irl!

  36. Andrew Jensen says:

    Castle Sauron! and post number 100! Yey, a D100!!

  37. xyphileous says:

    101! and every thing is good about these comics

  38. Michael says:

    How is Colin able to post? Simple. Neither Bluey nor Enigma have rigged up any internet blocker yet.

    And, I loved “Primus Postum” too.

  39. Nacata says:

    In terms of avoiding railing, an inexpierinced DM won’t try to railroad you. Maybe. Ok, 40% chance.

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