#38 No Need to Thank Me

By Shamus Posted Sunday Jul 7, 2019

Filed under: DM of the Rings 15 comments

It doesn’t matter what the intelligence and wisdom scores of the character are, if the player himself is short in these areas, he’s screwed.

And he’s probably going to drag you down with him.

Shamus Says:

The world is looking more and more lavish in comparison to those first early strips.

Shawn Says:

The world is looking more and more like it exists compared to those first early strips. ;)


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15 thoughts on “#38 No Need to Thank Me

  1. Scampi says:

    Welcome to the battle of Minas Tirith, second take.

  2. Olivier FAURE says:

    I like how the evil soldiers and zombies are just hanging around this random town for no reason. They’re not looting or establishing a perimeter or digging for an artifact, they’re just waiting for the cutscene to end so they can ambush the heroes.

    1. Scampi says:

      I’d rather say they temporally forgot they existed at all, kept loitering and stinking up the joint, and then they suddenly got a memo.

  3. Abnaxis says:

    Ramgar’s spear looks like a panel border and it confused me. I think because I’m reading on my phone and it’s really zoomed in?

    1. DerJungerLudendorff says:

      It does kinda look like that. A long, thin bit of white space through the middle of the image.

  4. Nimrandir says:

    It feels like Marcus is about to get LARPed . . .

  5. Karma The Alligator says:

    At that point, the players should go “oh, we forgot, we’re actually still outside the village”.

    1. Scampi says:

      You mean, they got all the exposition from a farmer who just managed to wander out of the village, sword in gut? Interesting interpretation of events. I don’t think anyone would buy that. Except maybe Casey.

      1. Karma The Alligator says:

        I mean, the dude managed to say all that as his dying words, it’s totally believable that, at worse, if he couldn’t move, he just shouted so loud that they heard him outside the village. Totally.

        1. Scampi says:

          Great. Now I want to see this scene acted out.

  6. Joe Informatico says:

    The Three Little Pigs rule of D&D construction: The typical DM can picture buildings made of thatch, wood, or stone, but unless your DM is a history nerd or watched a documentary once, they’ll never have wattle and daub houses in their game.

    1. Karma The Alligator says:

      Is that an actual rule called that way?

      1. evileeyore says:

        More trope than rule, and wattle and daub is really primitive so not likely to be seen in civilized lands (unless you’re playing Stone/Bronze Age D&D). I mean, frontier towns might just use one of the many easy and cheap ‘wattle daub’ construction methods, but then lush full forests are a fantasy trope thing and that really makes the inclusion of a “non-wood centric” construction style out of place.

        I think what he’s alluding to is a distinct lack of ‘pierrotage’ and ‘lathe and plaster’ showing up in most euro-trope fantasy. Also Joe is missing that ‘thatch’ is a roofing material… a ‘thatch’ house is probably wattle daub… or woven reed or sod which is just as primitive.

        1. Amstrad says:

          *metal scream* Thatched roof cottages!!! ~

  7. RCN says:

    Of course, the true DM tip here is “always ask a character with high wisdom or high intelligence ‘are you sure’ before they do something decidedly unwise and stupid, so it is at least deliberate when they inevitably say ‘of course I am'”

    Then again, Marcus’ new boobarella is probably low on both and jacked in charisma.

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