Strip 051 - "It's what he's here for..."

29th Jul 2014, 12:00 AM in Forest of Doom
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Raxon 29th Jul 2014, 12:03 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
I think I have a larger grasp of the group dynamic now. Tell a story about someone desperately wanting to do their task, despite being entirely unnecessary.
Mr. Finch 29th Jul 2014, 12:38 AM edit delete reply


A friend of mine once rolled up a lizardman fighter, a former merc who had been chased out of his old haunts by the law. He was fairly unremarkable in all respects, save for one-he took the Apprenticeship feat in order to have Perform: Dance as a class skill. The group got a laugh out of it at character creation, then promptly forgot about it. Months passed IRL, and we were eventually face-to-face with an evil sorceress, the lieutenant of the campaign's Big Bad Evil Guy. The moment the DM mentioned her, a light appeared in my friend's eye, and he proceeded to rock the house in what had to be the greatest instance of roleplaying I have ever been witness to, culminating in a sensual invitation to dance. One nat. 20 later, and the sorceress left without fighting us, her heart too conflicted by confusing emotions.

She'd been struck by a smooth-scaled criminal.
Rentok 29th Jul 2014, 10:53 AM edit delete reply


To do that, I need to explain something.

Not every player plays the game for the same reason. Our group has, and has always had, powergamers, and roleplayers. Some to various degrees. Some of us powergame to help prevent bad dice rolls from messing up the story we want to tell. Some of us don't powergame at all because we only care about the story. Some of us just do what feels fun. There is one player in our group who optimizes every single one of his characters with the intent of being gamebreakingly overpowered and capable of soloing threats that would be a challenge for the entire rest of the party to handle together.

One time, he made a wizard.

The rest of the campaign for that wizard's life was the story you asked for. At least, whenever he was paying attention to the game enough to actually play. Luckily for the rest of us he was often absent, or absentminded, and reliant upon the rest of us as far as understanding plot and such. So he couldn't often really go to town with his character. That said, the character was eventually written out of the story.

And then he made a Psion.

Two stories for the price of one!
Hurricane Ivan 29th Jul 2014, 9:56 AM edit delete reply


This really reads like a narrativised tutorial to dungeons and dragons in places. Was that intentional?
Zaerosz 29th Jul 2014, 10:29 AM edit delete reply


It certainly appears that was the intention. Personally I'm all for it; it makes understanding the whole thing much easier, having never gotten to actually play it myself.
deltarayedge 29th Jul 2014, 10:50 AM edit delete reply


wait, is that background from harvest moon?
DragonTrainer 29th Jul 2014, 11:25 AM edit delete reply
DragonTrainer
I dunno. I grabbed it off of OpenGameArt.org

In fact, all of these sprites are from OpenGameArt.org
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