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The Campaign: Adaptability

January 13, 2021 by Tim


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foducool
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foducool

subtly trying to send them to the place he wanted them to go in the first place?

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

That’s what any good DM does, when the players have taken things entirely off the rails – slap a new coat of paint on your old plans.

Kenju
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Kenju

Personally, I’ve found those campaigns to always be the best ones ๐Ÿ™‚ When a good and creative DM is able to work with and weave the yarn given to them by the players it makes the story so much better because they are directly tapping into the thinking of the players themselves and letting the players help write the story itself ^^

Unagiman
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Unagiman

I’ve taken some cues from efficient/lazy video game developers in DM prepping. Instead of planning out twenty different paths you set up events/set pieces/moments and swap bits in and out as appropriate.

Merendel
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Merendel

Ya have a few encounters setup and ready with the option to reskin the exact enemies based on where the party decides to run off to. a handful of new locations ready to go and just see where the winds of party insanity take ya. That said a neat trick if your players will do it is encourage them to keep notes of intresting tidbits of information they run accross in the sessions and then get them to show you their notes later. Pick a few items from the list and weave them back into the story later on. Anything… Read more »

TomB
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TomB

I ran a 19 real year campaign… from AD&D, AD&D, Kit builds, D&D 2.0, Skills and Powers, 3.5E and 5E. One fond memory was watching players piece together limited data and draw conclusions. At one point, a player suggested to the group an association and motivation to jusify tying this encounter back to the larger story arc. DM thought: Wow… that totally fits. I wish I had seen that option. (Pause, players proceed to further speculations). GM thought: They don’t know I did not see this….. (Smile) Months later, they discovered the hidden connection. They were soooo pleased about spying… Read more »

Andrew Mitchell
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Andrew Mitchell

Is this story arc just an excuse for baked-goods related puns? If so, I 100% approve.

jaelte
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jaelte

This arc is going to be filled with copious amounts of bread puns, isn’t it? Well I, for one, am here for it.

ArdentSlacker
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ArdentSlacker

Bread puns will soon be the yeast of their concerns.

Or that’s just my rye cynicism talking.

Kenju
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Kenju

Hopefully they won’t come up shortening the quest ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pocket Astronomer
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Pocket Astronomer

It’s just what we kneaded right now.

GUNnibal
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GUNnibal

That’s the way the cookie crumbles, I suppose

Bwauder
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Bwauder

It will happen whether you like it or not, just don’t rise to the bait.

Vandril
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Vandril

Sorry, but that one was kind of stale.

Tracker
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Tracker

I’d say it was half baked.

BakaGrappler
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BakaGrappler

Yeah, pretty crummy.

ThatOneGuyThatSaidThatThing
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ThatOneGuyThatSaidThatThing

I thought it blended in pretty well.

Smiffwilm
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Smiffwilm

Hopefully the next one is butter.

Corned Beef
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Corned Beef

can’t you at least give them some brownie points?

Blue Griffin
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Blue Griffin

Good. I havenโ€™t had my fill of them since Cat Loaf Adventures finished.

ToB
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ToB

The Dark Elf was clearly caught with his hand in the cookie jar. His floury demise left the heroes sour, dough. Perhaps their mix of ingredients will turnover a lead or perhaps they will find muffin more of use.

GUNnibal
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GUNnibal

Panel 1: I think this is the closest this comic has ever come to the greatness of “put that cookie down!”

Scott
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Scott

Once again proving that an empty stomach causes hilarious comics.
(dude… You should eat before sitting down to work. You’ll waste away on us… but then… funny…)

NiteZ
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NiteZ

Well, since we’re on the related note of.. well bread, and pastries. Time for a TF2 quote!

“I have done nothing but teleport bread for three days!”

Mordred
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Mordred

You have to give it to 3… he can certainly make a baking conspiracy exciting!

D Harshman
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D Harshman

Maybe it is just the contrast to the darkness of the rest of the world, but the dialogue in panel 3 is SO funny to me, I could not stop laughing. I haven’t laughed like that at a webcomic in months!

Jason Tompsett-Ince
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Jason Tompsett-Ince

Just so you know, this may get stolen for my campaign!

Vergil Tanner
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Vergil Tanner

Is it bad that this is giving me an idea for my own game that I run?

Kenju
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Kenju

Holy carp i actually guessed right o.O

Martin Seeger
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Martin Seeger

Until now my baking circles were well separated from my RPG fans. I’m afraid the barrier is weakening …

Verdiekus
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Verdiekus

Love the bread puns, keep it up!

RuneS_77
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RuneS_77

This…might be my favorite arc yet! XD

Leon
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Leon

And so begins our most delicious adventure yet

Him.
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Him.

[After the campaign]
“So, how much did you have to change the story after the whole pie thing?”
“I added a bunch of lines about bread puns, invented 2 new words, and renamed the fortress the “Dark Mills”. Nothing else changed.”
“Nothing?”
“Nothing.”

Steve Rogers
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Steve Rogers

Okay, now Iโ€™m invested.

Corned Beef
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Corned Beef

Tim, you’re on a roll. The way you knead those puns into the dialogue, it’s great.

Kaitensatsuma
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Kaitensatsuma

:laughs in Yakitate! Japan:

Calibus
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Calibus

Talk about SHORTENING his life.

Cephandrius
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Cephandrius

Is it just me or did he miss the opportunity to have it be “even if you beat one batch, another will rise to take its place!”

Jake
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Jake

thank you for all the free comics over the past 9 years