#25 See No Evil

By Shamus Posted Friday May 24, 2019

Filed under: DM of the Rings 10 comments

(No after-comic commentary for this on in the original run.)

Shamus Says:

I love this strip. The whole thing. I love Josh, stalking the hapless goblins in panel 1. The rationalizations in panel 2. Chuck’s wry truth in panel 3 and Fitzpatrick giving raspberries.

Shawn Says:

Oh hey! I should comment here! Oops.

I’m a big fan of this one as well. I’d say it’s one of the high points of the run. I should note we had a few people complain about how cute and doomed those poor goblins were, which was rather the point.


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10 thoughts on “#25 See No Evil

  1. Mephane says:

    Heh, “ignorant enough to not be complicit, involved enough to get XP” reminds me of “very specific level of tired” in DMOTR. :)

    1. Joshua says:

      This strip actually reminded me of the DMotR one where Gimli’s player makes fun of Aragorn’s for having absurd amounts of items including weapons and armor stashed conveniently in his pack and refers to it as his portable Tardis.

      1. Sleeping Dragon says:

        How about the one where Gandalf confronts the Balrog and Gimli’s player (wasn’t that actually Chuck? I always get player names confused) argues how abandoning Gandalf (for those unfamiliar in the comic he’s “GM’s pet NPC” of the very annoying variety) is within their alignment?

        1. Chris says:

          that was my favorite. Gimli was the most experienced roleplayer and showed everyone else how you can do what you want if youre smart about it.

    2. Mersadeon says:

      That might still be my absolute favourite joke from DMOTR. I think of it so often when my DM or my players end up resting in conveniently epic places.

    3. Benjamin Hilton says:

      Yeah, maybe I’ve been reading Shamus’ stuff too long, but I honestly expected that to be the punch line.

  2. BlueHorus says:

    From the D&D&D Players Handbook:

    Ethical Contortionist
    Ability: Int or Cha, whichever is highest.

    This skill describes your character’s ability to bullshit, blag, distort, fib, evade, misrepresent, fabricate, tell porkies, finesse the truth, spin or otherwise ‘creatively interpret’ a situation in a way that suits them best. Characters skilled in Ethical Contortionist understand that there’s always another way to view something that has happened and everything is up for debate.

    It is mostly used by the following classes: Rogue, Thief, Warlock, Wizard, certain Clerics (depending on deity), Weapons Merchant, Mad Scientist, Lawyer and Politician.

  3. Syal says:

    Huh. Forgot about this one, but it’s the funniest one so far. Nice to see Marcus leaning into the player nonsense, he feels like part of the group here instead of a newbie pariah.

  4. tremor3258 says:

    I also find Josh’s stalking of the goblins one of the best compositions in the webcomic

  5. Asdasd says:

    If I remember right, one of the random lore books you can find in Icewind Dale 2 is called Face It, You’re Actually Neutral Evil or something similar.

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