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22nd Jan 2019, 6:00 AM
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Prison of the Mind
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Newbiespud 22nd Jan 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
Speaking of DM hubris, there's new RPG livestream/podcast content coming down the pipe, hopefully launching this coming Sunday. Multiple campaigns, in fact, under the broad heading of "Spudventures." The first is a short FATE mini-campaign that I'm running, and I'm also later playing in a 5th edition dungeon-crawl with a bit of a twist. More info on those things as they approach and solidify!


Randonimity 22nd Jan 2019, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
As a reader, I find one of the slightly confusing aspects of the comic is that the IC and OOC divide between what the characters say and what the players say is not immediately clear. The base "assumption" is that things being said in word balloons are always "in character", except there are so many panels where it's more of "out of character" discussion occurring.

This lack of separation/distinction reminds me of what a DM did to my friend during his very first game. Friend's PC (level 1 warlock, fairly squishy, still learning the ropes) gets downed by some zombies and Friend is sad that he's "dead."

The more experienced players assure him that he's just down, he can be brought back up and continue with the game. The cleric heals him while the others deal with the zombies.

Friend declares "Thank god!" in relief, because it's his first game and his first time getting downed so he still hasn't fully differentiated between being "dead" and "unconscious."

DM goes "Do you say that in character?" with this smug smirk.

Friend just seems confused but hesitantly goes "Y-yes?"

DM declares that the zombies hear him make a declaration of gratitude to "God" and they swarm him, ignoring the other PCs and killing Friend's character. All the while DM has this self-satisfied smirk on his face.

Friend doesn't play with that DM anymore.