DM of the Rings II:
Been There, Done That

By Shamus Posted Friday Sep 8, 2006

Filed under: DM of the Rings 29 comments

Lord of the Rings, D&D campaign – Village of Bree, Prancing Pony, Strider the Ranger

A couple of people were foolish enough to encourage me yesterday, so now I’m inflicting another one on you.


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29 thoughts on “DM of the Rings II:
Been There, Done That

  1. David V.S. says:

    Heh, this one is even better! More humor about fantasy role-playing (vs. gaming in general) and humorous rule awareness!

    As a slight tangent, hooray for OOTS returning from Summertime irregularity. Characters thinking like players need never get old.

  2. Bogan the Mighty says:

    Bah! I had a quick flash back to our campaign at the very beginning with that. Well actually it summed up most of it.

  3. Evil Otto says:

    “I start gutting Gandalf!”

  4. Here’s one way to win that particular campaign.

    1. Anonymous says:

      I’d just like to update Steven Den Beste’s link with the new Dork Tower link to the comic:

  5. BeckoningChasm says:

    “Encouragement! Encouragement! Nya ha ha ha! I offer Shamus Young more ENCOURAGEMENT! Ha ha ha ha! Let the heavens bellow their darkest fears and bring forth more comics! Ha ha ha ha!”

    …What? No, I do NOT laugh like Mandark. I laugh like that scary guy, you know, what’s his name. Never like Mandark. Stop saying I sound like Mandark!

  6. Irishspongie says:

    This reminds me of playing the old 8-bit computer text adventure “The Hobbit”…

    > kill gandalf

    You attack Gandalf.
    Gandalf breaks your skull with one mighty blow.
    You are dead. You scored 2%.
    Would you like to play again? Y/N


  7. Nicki-Joe says:


    I say sack the town or die trying!

  8. Bad DM; No donut. says:

    I refuse to post anything about not being able to see the webcomic, as I am a unique individual with thoughts of my own.

    Wait… doh!

  9. RPD says:

    Heh, cliche. What make that especially funny is that most of the cliche’s in LoTR are cliche’s because Tolkien made them up and everyone else adopted them.

    Kudo’s for the in joke.

  10. George says:

    @RPD: And kudos to you sir, for getting the joke. And making sure everyone knows you got it. And for making everyone who didn’t get it feel dumb. They do feel dumb, right? I hope they feel dumb. What’s the point of being smart, otherwise?

  11. FlameKiller says:

    i would want to sack the town too after seeing that innkeeper!

  12. TheLight says:

    I didn’t think I had earned my geekcard until I saw this site! Lovin it

  13. Aragorn says:

    only 15 comments??? Cmon you guys can do better then that! This comic is much better then 15!


  14. Klodin says:

    Does 16 make it better? Aragorn could use a bit more dialogue, since he’s the only one around at the end.

  15. ChuckNorris says:

    very funny!!!! i love it!!!

  16. Aragorn says:

    lol@u klodin XD

  17. TheBeardedOne says:

    Ah, this has to be one of my favorites in the series.

  18. Somebody's Watchin Me says:

    “Just wait. We’ll be back when I hit level 10”

  19. Sir Robin the not quite as brave as Sir Lanceilot says:

    total cliche

  20. Sir Robin the not quite as brave as Sir Lanceilot says:

    Most every single time I go on a quest it starts out in a tavern, even when we are in the middle of nowhere we find ourselves in some random tavern or inn

  21. Alice says:

    2019, still new readers ! (I read The LoR in 1977 for the first time…)

  22. JK says:

    This comic remains the best ever!

  23. Simplex says:

    If by any chance anyone else reads this, there’s a remastered version now:

  24. Wide And Nerdy says:

    Wow. I just realized, Shamus made an even bigger leap than Peter Jackson did. The theatrical cut at least shows Bilbo’s birthday and Gandalf explaining his findings about the ring to Frodo and has a way of putting the Four Hobbits together (even if he skips the 17 year time jump, all the planning that actually went into Frodo trying to inconspicuously depart the Shire, the fact that Merry and Pippin were in on the business the whole time even if they didn’t tell Frodo, the move to Frodo’s fake new house, the Barrow Wights, and Tom Bombadil, to get us to Bree and then get us to Rivendell in a hurry.) Shamus skips over everything before Bree to try to get the party together faster. To be fair, with this group of players, they would have quit the game if it started with Bilbo’s birthday party.

    Still love this comic.

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