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The Campaign: Adaptability

January 13, 2021 by Tim


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foducool
foducool
2 years ago

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

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
2 years ago
Reply to  foducool

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
Kenju
2 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

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
Unagiman
2 years ago
Reply to  foducool

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
Merendel
2 years ago
Reply to  Unagiman

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
TomB
2 years ago
Reply to  Merendel

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
Andrew Mitchell
2 years ago
Reply to  foducool

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

jaelte
jaelte
2 years ago

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
ArdentSlacker
2 years ago
Reply to  jaelte

Bread puns will soon be the yeast of their concerns.

Or that’s just my rye cynicism talking.

Kenju
Kenju
2 years ago
Reply to  ArdentSlacker

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

Pocket Astronomer
Pocket Astronomer
2 years ago
Reply to  jaelte

It’s just what we kneaded right now.

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
2 years ago
Reply to  jaelte

That’s the way the cookie crumbles, I suppose

Bwauder
Bwauder
2 years ago
Reply to  GUNnibal

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

Vandril
Vandril
2 years ago
Reply to  GUNnibal

Sorry, but that one was kind of stale.

Tracker
Tracker
2 years ago
Reply to  Vandril

I’d say it was half baked.

BakaGrappler
BakaGrappler
2 years ago
Reply to  Tracker

Yeah, pretty crummy.

ThatOneGuyThatSaidThatThing
ThatOneGuyThatSaidThatThing
2 years ago
Reply to  BakaGrappler

I thought it blended in pretty well.

Smiffwilm
Smiffwilm
2 years ago

Hopefully the next one is butter.

Corned Beef
Corned Beef
2 years ago
Reply to  Vandril

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

Blue Griffin
Blue Griffin
2 years ago
Reply to  jaelte

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

ToB
ToB
2 years ago
Reply to  jaelte

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
GUNnibal
2 years ago

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

Scott
Scott
2 years ago

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
NiteZ
2 years ago

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
Mordred
2 years ago

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

D Harshman
D Harshman
2 years ago

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
Jason Tompsett-Ince
2 years ago

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

Vergil Tanner
Vergil Tanner
2 years ago

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

Kenju
Kenju
2 years ago

Holy carp i actually guessed right o.O

Martin Seeger
Martin Seeger
2 years ago

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

Verdiekus
Verdiekus
2 years ago

Love the bread puns, keep it up!

RuneS_77
RuneS_77
2 years ago

This…might be my favorite arc yet! XD

Leon
Leon
2 years ago

And so begins our most delicious adventure yet

Him.
Him.
2 years ago

[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
Steve Rogers
2 years ago

Okay, now Iโ€™m invested.

Corned Beef
Corned Beef
2 years ago

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

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
2 years ago

:laughs in Yakitate! Japan:

Calibus
Calibus
2 years ago

Talk about SHORTENING his life.

Cephandrius
Cephandrius
2 years ago

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
Jake
2 years ago

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

Jake
Jake
2 years ago
Reply to  Tim

oops, my bad