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The Campaign: Adaptability

January 15, 2021 by Tim


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Pal87
Pal87
8 months ago

First.

I love you all.

k wolfe
k wolfe
8 months ago
Reply to  Pal87

okay, whats second?

Freddie
Freddie
8 months ago
Reply to  k wolfe

No member of the faculty is to maltreat the abos in any way whatsoever—if there’s anyone watching.

Felix
Felix
8 months ago

I once had a session where I wanted the PCs to sleep in a town after escaping from a horde of orcs. I didn’t expect the town to be anything more than a pitstop before the adventure went on. They did not like the innkeeper though, as I played him to be a bit of a rip-off, sleazy kind of guy. So they immediately started planning how to rob the guy. Not wanting to simply let them get away with that and at least trying to get some conflict involved I had the guy that was keeping the stable, a… Read more »

snrk
snrk
8 months ago
Reply to  Felix

Just stopped to get some rest.. Yeah, right 🙂

Ben
Ben
8 months ago
Reply to  Felix

They DID all get an alignment chabge, right?

TomB
TomB
8 months ago
Reply to  Felix

One Paladin kept going around villages and towns and scattered a few gold pieces around ‘helping the poor’. The GM, being a medieval history major tried to tell him the amounts he was shoveling out were more than some of these folk would see in months, but he ignored it. So the next time it happened, they started fighting over the golden coins – fists, clubs, knives… there were people dying. Rather than simply scattering coppers, he stopped tossing out money period. Sometimes your team surprises you… I had a party going to a swamp village (Nulb? in Temple of… Read more »

Jacob
Jacob
8 months ago
Reply to  TomB

Our DM once had to change a session on the fly because our party spared a group of enemies he had expected us to kill. Long story short, we were facing a Warlock who had hired a band of wererats (recurring villians) and things were set for a nice fight. Only, our party, knowing what the Warlock was after realized there was no way the Warlock was paying the wererats near enough and managed to persuade them to switch sides by convincing them how much they were being screwed and offering a better deal. The DM realized this was not… Read more »

Kaedys
Kaedys
8 months ago
Reply to  Jacob

Once had my group in a sessions completely preempt the DM’s planning with a villain. The guy, who was supposed to be a reoccurring nemesis, is like 1 sentence into his monologue when our archer decides to shoot him with a called shot on his head. And then proceeded to nat-20 *3 times in a row*. Villain’s head explodes. Oops. Later in that same campaign, we’re going after a dragon hoard. Enter lair, accidentally wake up dragon, it riles itself up for combat…and our druid, who has tried to befriend every animal she’s met so far, tries to do so… Read more »

SuperSyrias
SuperSyrias
8 months ago
Reply to  Kaedys

i get that not everyone would do it my way, but when i DM, i tend to “hard nope” some things that are, well, unrealistic beyond suspension of disbelief. in my games, a dragon that wakes up to strangers trying to take from their hoard will NOT befriend them to the point of going “sure, take my stuff”. the absolute maximum would be “GIVE me all YOUR stuff, then you may leave alive”. Save for some super duper magic “dragons are gullible idiots around this thing” artifact the group might have. on the other hand, im also strictly against “your… Read more »

Gorm
Gorm
5 months ago
Reply to  SuperSyrias

I mean, I’d let them choose an item for a couple nat 20s, maybe give them a quest to retrieve an item for the dragon to gain his friendship

Illsteward
Illsteward
8 months ago
Reply to  Felix

Fellow DM here. You never know what the players try to do. I once hosted a rather simple adventure as a part o ongoing SciFi campaing. Basically the whole idea was that there was a pirate operation smuggling goods from planet A to planet B and later on some greedy idiot realized that if they cut the pirates down as local army, they could run the smuggling themselves and no-one would be wiser. Except the local church got a whiff of it (Planet B was a theocracy), and wanted their shares so they declared the pirates (who at that point… Read more »

Some Guy
Some Guy
8 months ago

It’s important as a DM to have plans for every occasion. That way, you know exactly what your players *won’t* do.

Ben
Ben
8 months ago
Reply to  Some Guy

Yeah, you keep telling yourself that 😉

foducool
foducool
8 months ago

programming TPKs for the next 10 sessions

Lauren
Lauren
8 months ago

Half-*baked*? Got one last pun in before the end! Loved it. 😀

Bart
8 months ago

Love this. Really glad to see Yellow stopped running a DMPC.

Eldest Gruff
8 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Not strange; kinda sad. It’s fairly common to see bad DMs use DMPCs to kinda ‘god-mode’ the game, so I usually assume that when someone believes it to never be good, it’s ’cause they’ve likely had multiple bad experiences.

Me-me
Me-me
8 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

“They don’t think my DMPC is cool? They’ll see. They’ll all see!”

ExcentricDragon
ExcentricDragon
8 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

That’s why I give a skilled player a PCNPC. They can do whatever thye want and craft the character as they see fit, I just request they achieve certain milestones via notes I will pass towards them regarding what I need the party pushed toward and only when the party is loafing around with their thumbs up their collective arses.

TomB
TomB
8 months ago
Reply to  Tim

There’s also the issue of the DM character ending up, by design of character or just luck, too much spotlight while the players’ characters are struggling. That never feels right. Sometimes a DMNPC can arrive as the result of a player choice. We had Bob the Ranger who ended up being a bodyguard for the party’s mage (because all the sneaks and tanks constantly rushed at the big threats letting the mage get slammed). Another time, we had a lizard man that was a survivor from a battle who converted to the war god the party’s clerics espoused and he… Read more »

Bartholomew
8 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Sorry if the comment felt backhanded; that wasn’t my intention. I’ve been reading your stuff from the very beginning and love these D&D comics. The other commenters pretty much nailed why I am not a fan of DMPCs. It’s not that 3 or his cleric are bad; it’s that they unavoidably remind me of some really iffy tables I’ve been at. I played a Curse of Strahd game where the DM ran Ireena as a DMPC. That was interesting, and shook up the way we treated that character. So you’re absolutely right that it can be done well. It’s just… Read more »

Robert Loughrey
Robert Loughrey
8 months ago
Reply to  Bart

this story line is what happens when you dont have some sort of helping guidance to get them to the prepared story.

Rolan7
Rolan7
8 months ago

Crust falls, everybody’s pies.

Cragfast
Cragfast
8 months ago
Reply to  Rolan7

Rock cakes, surely?

BakaGrappler
BakaGrappler
8 months ago
Reply to  Rolan7

No way I can come up with a better pun. I propose we celebrate this one with a toast.

Unagiman
Unagiman
8 months ago
Reply to  BakaGrappler

This is clearly coming from a well bread gentleman who is also a man of action and not one to loaf around.

Doodm4n
Doodm4n
8 months ago
Reply to  Rolan7

The Cake is a lie.

Merendel
Merendel
8 months ago
Reply to  Rolan7

OK now this game is no Bun.

drraagh
8 months ago
Reply to  Rolan7

Be careful that these puns don’t go stale or else it’ll take a cruton of time to sort our tbe flamewars baking this thread.

Norbert
Norbert
8 months ago

My favourite DM-screw-over was the following: Starter characters, lv 1. We got into a inn, then a howl was heard in the distance. Now all people in the inn started to frantically boarding up all entrances. Half an hour later we found a chewen-off body inside the inn, showing that a werewolf already in the inn. Later we found the werewolf eating a victim. Oversight of the DM was, that my starter equipment for my rogue always consisted two equipment: a two-layered leather armguard with thief tools between them, and a silver dagger hidden in left boot. I rolled the… Read more »

Gabz
Gabz
8 months ago
Reply to  Norbert

We just had one werewolf, right. But what about second werewolf?

DAK
DAK
8 months ago

I had a session where the PCs started off being tied up in the brig of a ship, while they should overhear some NPCs talking, giving them exposition necessary for the whole session. Foolish me, thinking that was going through. Before the NPCs could get more than a sentence out, the PCs managed to free themselves and slaughtered everyone aboard. Including anyone who could sail the ship through the storm. Had to come up with a whole new session on the fly. But it turned out to be really fun.

Unagiman
Unagiman
8 months ago

As a HS teacher I have occasionally had opportunities to play D&D with students. Fortunately there’s never been a group that went full murder hobo, but if that happens I’m going to introduce them to the idea of “Consequences in an RPG” because they’ll stumble upon a sleep picturesque town that just happens to be where a famous adventuring party retired 5-10 years ago.

Thomas
Thomas
8 months ago
Reply to  Unagiman

Ahahahahaha!! Good one. I’d almost pay money to watch that 😀

Drew
Drew
8 months ago

I’m kind of disappointed. Four hasn’t tried to stabby-stab anyone recently. It’s as if she’s been satisfied with the blood-flow from her fellow players.

Herr_Underdogg
Herr_Underdogg
8 months ago
Reply to  Drew

She was too busy vanquishing baked goods with her mighty system of organs…

Leon
Leon
8 months ago

Is it okay to eat a wereyeast?

SBlack
SBlack
8 months ago
Reply to  Leon

Why not turn Green into some wereyeast monster? Or have the wereyeast be a kind of parasite that changes her?

Leon
Leon
8 months ago
Reply to  SBlack

Or something busts from her stomach, like in Alien

Duane E Naulls
Duane E Naulls
8 months ago

Your stories keep getting better. You should submit some ideas to Viva La Dirt League…

Scrysis
Scrysis
8 months ago

As a DM, I feel this little side story so much. Although, there needs to be another session where the players wait to be led by the nose through everything and don’t show any initiative. . . ever. THOSE are my players. >_<

Arcatus
Arcatus
8 months ago

Just me, or is anyone else getting the autoplay esport “ad”? Both in the sidebar and above the comments?

Timmeh
Timmeh
8 months ago
Reply to  Arcatus

It has been there for months. And it is the same video. For months. “daily” my eye…

Drew Jarrett Hoskins-Smith
Drew Jarrett Hoskins-Smith
8 months ago

In our campaign, we checked out the Adventurers’ Guild of the city we’d just entered and on the notice board our DM described three fearsome monsters: a giant worm we’d escaped from on the road to the city; a giant in the nearby mountains; a likely kraken, which would be our first ship-based challenge. For flavour, off the top of his head, he added that there were minor quests, only mentioning in passing a little girl’s missing cat, for which a few gold was the reward.

Guess what we unanimously decided we really wanted to do?

James Not-A-Zombie Jameson
James Not-A-Zombie Jameson
8 months ago

“Half-Baked.” Doo-doo doo doodoo doo *Bonk*

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
8 months ago

Next up? Dwarven Bread!

Bwauder
Bwauder
8 months ago
Reply to  Crestlinger

I hope you’re referring to Cheery Longbottoms famous Battle Buns, nothing else is worth considering.

Drew
Drew
8 months ago

The last line made me rage. DMs work so hard that even a mediocre one should be encouraged.

SCIENCE!!
SCIENCE!!
8 months ago

Remember: a DnD group is still ‘unchristened’ until it has its first TPK.

SiliconWolf
SiliconWolf
8 months ago

Rule #1: The DM is the god of this tiny little world. Do not piss off the DM.
Rule #2: Work with the DM. This is a creation they worked hard on.
Rule #3: The DM actually IS out to kill you. So… bonus points if you can piss them off by ‘accident’.

Del Cox
Del Cox
8 months ago

This one made my DM wife laugh for a good two minutes.

Tonkin
Tonkin
8 months ago

Please tell me that the bbeg is the great british baking dark elf

Vukodlak
Vukodlak
8 months ago

Blue’s character was later killed when by a wereyeast infected green.

Nick
Nick
8 months ago

For some reason a Daily Esports Weekly Recap started autoplaying when I opened the comic today.

Tomn
Tomn
8 months ago

Betcha blue actually DID like the campaign, he just couldn’t resist slipping in a “half-baked” pun.