DM of the Rings CXL:
Leave Everything to Chance

By Shamus
on Aug 29, 2007
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DM of the Rings


The last roll. Legolas is excited

When it comes to rolling dice, there are two types of players: One likes to avoid risk, and takes comfort in the cold, hard reality as defined by the shape of the bell curve and their advantageous position on it. The other kind wants to defy death and live against the odds at every possible moment.

These two types almost always end up in a game together. Sooner or later the death-defier rolls badly and dies spectacularly. Odds are that the more reserved, practical members of the team will follow suit moments later.

I find this to be hilarious.

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  1. Andrew Jensen says:

    I am just posting to make the post count stop being a power of 2. Mwahahahahahahaha!!! Great comic, this one was one of my favorite episodes.

  2. Robin says:

    “Whoa. How did Frodo get there without Gollum?”

    He was captured by orcs, brought into a Mordor orc stronghold, and rescued by Sam after the orcs started killing each other, just as before. The only difference is that Frodo was caught by a different group of orcs, and wasn’t poisoned by a spider.

    One would almost think you believed that Gollum was actually trying to *help* Frodo, rather than leading him into an ambush.

    To misquote Shamus, “An NPC is never late. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when the plot dictates he should.”

  3. DenverT says:

    and the other makes a level 1 theif who, while he dies in two its and can barely do any damage gets a +17 to bluff… level 1

  4. Nami says:

    That sounds INTENSE!

    Another perfect screen cap.

  5. […] In play, lack of caution / creation of complications. Whenever a player decides to take an action and the rest of the table goes "No! Not the lever! / Shouldn't we do some chemical analysis on that before we try breathing it? / Don't charge the chaos beasts! / *facepalm*" I am rendered unable to restrain my glee. Granted, I tend to encourage such behavior by allowing things to work out better than expected, but the risk-takers are just fun. Kind of exemplified by Legolas here. […]

  6. LazerZ says:

    According to the book at least, Sauron isn’t supposed to be a disembodied eye-thing. He actually had a physical form as witnessed by Gollum.

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  1. […] In play, lack of caution / creation of complications. Whenever a player decides to take an action and the rest of the table goes "No! Not the lever! / Shouldn't we do some chemical analysis on that before we try breathing it? / Don't charge the chaos beasts! / *facepalm*" I am rendered unable to restrain my glee. Granted, I tend to encourage such behavior by allowing things to work out better than expected, but the risk-takers are just fun. Kind of exemplified by Legolas here. […]

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