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Newbiespud 8th Oct 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Author: Nolan Benson (l3f4y)

Guest Author's Note: "On-the-fly house rules are a great way to keep the game going: barbarian wants an animal companion? Sure, everyone else has one! Unfortunately, they get harder and harder to keep track of the longer a game goes on. That's why I run my games like Calvinball: the only permanent rule is that you can never play the same way twice. Of course, this leads to a lot of awkward explanations when all the party supplies suddenly go stale in their bags of holding and the evil cleric they were fighting grows wings and gains all their spells back."

89 Comments:

Dugogn 8th Oct 2013, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
More calvinball rules here http://www.bartel.org/calvinball/

Can I declare (is that the appropriate term?) a storytime?!

Name the most ridiculous houserule you played with or introduced to the game.
Alene 8th Oct 2013, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
The party is cursed with Drow Syndrome, so the only race the players can see are Drow. The rest are all floating equipment and weapons.

Oh, hilarity ensued. Invisible invisible ghosts have ridiculous evasion, and floating greatswords are dangerous things.
DDDragoni 8th Oct 2013, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
That would definitely be the spell "Pig Bolt." All casters know it automatically, and it does not occupy a spell slot. When cast, it creates a single Magic Missle which when it strikes home, summons a Pig that disappears after 1 round. Oh, and if you hit someone (read as: a PC that betrayed the party but we had captured alive and didn't want to kill,) with the divine, arcane, and psionic versions simultaneously, you can reset their mermories
Digo 8th Oct 2013, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
The most ridiculous houserule? Sure:

"An NPC cannot be killed if they have a wand of Cure Light Wounds in combat."

This GM had a thing for certain NPCs, so to ensure we didn't kill his favorite "pets", he made this rule. Thus, we could not beat the BBEG or his DMPC at our lesure. We had to follow the tracks.
T 8th Oct 2013, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
I'm not familiar with rules but couldn't someone steal the rod and them kill the npc?
Digo 8th Oct 2013, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
Oh, we've tried disarming and sundering the damn wands, but this GM doesn't know when to let go. He hasn't run a D&D game like that since (to our knowledge), so I guess there's that.
Malroth 9th Oct 2013, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
cue escort the princess missions where they buy a CLW wand and sovereign glue it to her hands then use her as an immortal meat shield.
l3f4y 8th Oct 2013, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
Although more sensible than ridiculous, this one (3.5 edition) caused some conflict at the table:

The party sorcerer is walking the streets, alone, when he comes across a drunk man attempting to force himself upon two women. He intervenes and may have been about to fry him with a lightning bolt when he gets a beer-fueled punch to the face: critical hit.

The sorcerer has about twice as much health as that, but the DM then suggests that you become staggered/unconscious when nonlethal damage equals/exceeds your Constitution score, and not your hit points. Sorcerer goes down without a fight until we find him in the morning.

Cue debate about readied actions and the proper time to introduce new rules.
Digo 8th Oct 2013, 8:20 AM edit delete reply
I think that's a standard rule for d20 Modern, but our GM for that campaign changed it to reflect the D&D 3.5 rule. We were all low level anyway, so anything dealing our CON score in any type of damage would probably drop us regardless. :)

In your sorcerer's case, I feel bad that he went down so quickly. I'd at least give him a Fort/Will save or something to have a fighting chance of acting.
kriss1989 8th Oct 2013, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Home brew item, the Pants of Holding. There are no pockets.
nekollx 8th Oct 2013, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
nekollx
awwwwwwe but pulling a war hammer or great sword out of my pocket would be helarious
Digo 8th Oct 2013, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Wear a loose belt? ;)
InMyPockets 8th Oct 2013, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
They were stated to have no pockets. That didn't mean you couldn't pull anything out of them.

There's more than one way to stuff a greatsword into your pants.
reynard61 9th Oct 2013, 12:05 AM edit delete reply
reynard61
I hope that they at least had a zipper (or buttons or snaps) or "Pants of Holding" takes on a *whole* new meaning...
nekollx 9th Oct 2013, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
nekollx
and for the TG fans that would mean you'd never see a boner, pretty easy way to hind a guys gender...quick time to go under cover in the Amazon LEague to steel the Brazier Gem! (its the size of my head you know)
kriss1989 11th Oct 2013, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Elastic wasteland. Be careful not to fall in!
The MunchKING 8th Oct 2013, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
Sharkerbob is that you??
Midnight Blaze 8th Oct 2013, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
We were playing a homebrew system in which I was playing as a midget with a beard (closest thing to a dwarf they would allow), and I had a habit of starting barfights as a distraction (why we needed one was usually determined later). So one
Midnight Blaze 8th Oct 2013, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Sorry, I accidently clicked "Post Comment". Anyway, one time I was fed up with the men in black that were in the bar, so this happens:

Me: Screw this, I cast barfight.

GM: *sigh* Look, I explained this at the beginning. No spellcasters, no clerics, no psions.

Me: Well then, how about making it a skill challenge?

GM: Hm, okay, fine. *pause* Make a stealth roll.

So, we basically decided that every time I wanted to start a barfight I had to do a skill challenge for stealth.
Indigo Steel 8th Oct 2013, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
Indigo Steel
You actually needed a stealth check? All the dwarf in the D&D movie had to do was flip a table, and shout "BARFIGHT!"

It NEVER takes much to start one. Heck, it's what they do when a live band's not available...
Digo 8th Oct 2013, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Wow, in my games you need a skill challenge to *Prevent* a bar fight.
Shiva491 8th Oct 2013, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
Wait. "DnD MOVIE?!?" What is this?
Robin Bobcat 8th Oct 2013, 2:07 PM edit delete reply
... aw crap, someone found out about the movie and hasn't heard.

*puts on sunglasses*

If you could look at this a moment?

*FLASH*

Now then... the D&D movie does exist, and it is absolutely the worst thing ever, second only to the Star Wars Christmas Special... aw crap.. could you look here again?

*FLASH*
Indigo Steel 8th Oct 2013, 8:35 PM edit delete reply
Indigo Steel
There's actually THREE movies and one choose your own adventure style animated movie...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeons_%26_Dragons_%28film%29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scourge_of_Worlds:_A_Dungeons_%26_Dragons_Adventure

The first movie was in theaters, but not well received. The second one was made-for-TV, and the third one I hadn't even HEARD of up until now that was released only to the UK.
Digo 9th Oct 2013, 4:49 AM edit delete reply
My wife and a couple friends who saw the made for tv movie (Book of vile Darkness?) said it wasn't as bad as the theatre movie.
Indigo Steel 9th Oct 2013, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
Indigo Steel
Yeah, the made-for-TV one (Wrath of the Dragon God) was better in that it seemed more like how an actual D&D campaign would play out.
Guest 9th Oct 2013, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
Oh man and that choose your own adventure one was a little annoying. Me and my friends watched it when we were younger maybe 4-6 times... we never got the good ending...
Indigo Steel 9th Oct 2013, 9:17 AM edit delete reply
Indigo Steel
I did! It was kinda tricky though, as it was reliant on earlier particular choices you made. Although getting there was, indeed, a bit frustrating. Still, it was very entertaining.
Wyvern 9th Oct 2013, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
There's also the Dungeons & Dragons TV show from way back, which is actually worth a look. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeons_%26_Dragons_%28TV_series%29
Digo 10th Oct 2013, 4:51 AM edit delete reply
Ah yes, the animated series was quite imaginative. I used to watch it when it first came out and a couple years back I bought the DVD set. I think it's worth a look.
Midnight Blaze 8th Oct 2013, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
Well, I was short and I was sort of nudging people into other people. The point was to start a barfight without getting noticed.
Indigo Steel 9th Oct 2013, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
Indigo Steel
Stealthily throwing peanuts at particularly unstable bar patrons could accomplish that nicely!
nekollx 9th Oct 2013, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
nekollx
fun fact: Dwarves in Elder Scroles are about as tall as other elves, the only thing the same is the Beard, that awesome beard....
Indigo Steel 9th Oct 2013, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
Indigo Steel
Yeah, you might as well just call them "Steam Elves" or "Iron Elves."

And the beards are, in fact, awesome.
Destrustor 10th Oct 2013, 4:46 AM edit delete reply
Destrustor
In-universe, their official appellation("dwemer")literally translates to "deep elves"
Most folks call them dwarves, though, but it's the same thing in the end.
Digo 10th Oct 2013, 4:53 AM edit delete reply
In-Universe sepculation is that the name "dwarves" was given to them by the race of giants that interacted with them on occasion.
Tatsurou 8th Oct 2013, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
The most ridiculous houserule ever made? You mean not including the rules of things I'm not allowed to do anymore?

Well, there was one rule we made for 'Lady Luck's Play Day' (named thusly because NPC's had a habit of getting nat20 strings) where we could swap controlling our character to controlling any NPC that managed to one-shot a boss, as long as we made up a believable character sheet that explains how they were able to do that.

That campaign, I wound up playing as a vorpal kitten named Chester, capable of teleportation, human speech, and claws enchanted to ignore level, AC, and DR of the target. For flaws to balance that out - since I was also the brains of the outfit that point - I was lazy and both addicted and allergic to seafood. I also added in a bit of insanity. He couldn't recognize fish when he saw it, and was convinced that someone had stolen all the fish in the world.

The party barbarian (a god-blessed parakeet who could only speak in questions) made a habit of suggesting that whoever we were about to fight had stolen the fish, possibly?

...strangest campaign ever.
Siccarus 8th Oct 2013, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
WYSIWYG
Our guy forgot the miniatures so all we had were the Miniature tanks I had in my gaming bag.
We went from an ambush by Orcs in the woods to a Battle with T43s ambushing a Tiger, Sherman, Hellcat, Panzer IV and Churchill.
Letrune 8th Oct 2013, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
In a chat RPG, I made up one to myself in a magical setting: "No cat out of the first fur may tell direct truth." - so, until I get to know someone, I can not tell anything true or false outright, only sidestepping, evading or circumventing the answer.
Ended up in others declaring I should put the following sentence in: "rings her bell and plays with a ball of yarn, despite talking.". It worked up until I landed in a body of water...
FanOfMostEverything 8th Oct 2013, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
I may have told this story before, but I have to mention that time I threw in Rule 16 of the Internet: If you fail in epic proportions, it may just become a winning failure.

Our story begins with King, a goblin who lived in a trash heap until he found a minor crown of blasting and decided that he was king. Of everything. He found himself in the kitchen of the first dungeon, a manor renovated by an old wizard who'd decided that, given how many dungeons he'd survived, he'd earned the right to make one of his own. The rest of the party had gone back to town to lick their wounds, since I hadn't really been prepared and had thrown far too powerful encounters at them. Also, the NPC they'd been asked to rescue had gotten herself killed, so they needed to resurrect her posthaste. (They started at level 6 and one person didn't buy any equipment, so they had gold to burn. [Melt?])

Anyway, King was alone in the kitchen. A bit of searching found about ten pounds of chocolate hidden under one of the floor tiles, but other than that, the cupboards were bare. (The wizard didn't want to stink up the place with rotting food. That was the carrion golems' job.) King was lonely, so he decided to get a subject to exalt him. He went about this by trying to summon a demon, melting the chocolate with his body heat to draw the appropriate runes.

"You don't even know where to begin," I told his player.

"Sure I do," he answered. "I have a point in Knowledge (the planes)."

"A point."

"Yup."

"...Why?"

"Why not?"

Couldn't argue with that."What's King's Intelligence?"

"Ten."

I shrugged. Eh, it'd be funny. "Fine, but it won't be easy. Improvised tools, none of the usual magic, you're looking at a lot of penalties. Still going to do it?" I assumed he'd say no.

"King needs disciples" was his answer. Then he rolled a 2. Before modifiers.

That's when I implemented Rule 16. I decided that King had, in struggling to remember the appropriate ritual, had accidentally (and successfully) performed the ritual needed to summon not a demon but a devil. Thus, he had a lemure, a miserable pile of mindless, semiiquid flesh. He commanded it to kneel.

Of course, King had done nothing to protect himself, so the lemure tried to kill him. He destroyed it. Because he'd managed to call the thing, not summon it, it was dead, not just sent back to Hell. This insane goblin pulled a devil out of Hell without magic, then ended its existence. Naturally, this did not go unnoticed by the local lawful evil gods. The full ramifications haven't been realized quite yet.
Malroth 8th Oct 2013, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Don't the respectable Devils with more than 1 HD use Lemures as a food source? It'd be like some interdimensional hobo stealing your chicken.
Brickman 9th Oct 2013, 4:34 AM edit delete reply
The important question here, of course, is: Did he get XP for killing it?
FanOfMostEverything 9th Oct 2013, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
Of course he did! And he didn't even have to split it with the rest of the party.
Z2 8th Oct 2013, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
I've implemented a few as fun DMing:

Every time you level up, in addition to your normal benefits, you MUST roll on the 'mad science table'. What you roll results in a strange experiment that will be done to you by nearby NPCs.

This was in a fantasy campaign, some of the results are fairly hilarious; from a PC dissolving but remaining motile to the PC who seemed to make ALL the craziest rolls and ended up as a sentient marshmallow with nine scorpion tails that have explosives and poison in them.

Earlier in the campaign, the players came across mysterious ducks that moved a little bit like Doctor Who's weeping angels; I made up rules for appearing and utilizing them and the party started rolling 'Duck Checks'.

Also: Persuasion checks CAN cause the targets head to explode if you get them high enough.
Malroth 8th Oct 2013, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
You must post this table !!SCIENCE!! must be shared
Dragonflight 8th Oct 2013, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
Sheep.

And Mass Sheep.

I'm fairly certain they're actually from an article or maybe a Con somewhere. But it's been in every game we've run since a GM in an old game I was in introduced it. A farming community was asking our PC party as we were walking through town how they could deal with this medium sized dragon that was occasionally terrorizing the populace, swooping down, eating the cows, and so on.

The group was actually in the middle of a major story-arc plot and we couldn't deviate to deal with the dragon problem, so the team's ranger suggested (somewhat as a joke, we later discovered,) that the solution was to get a whole herd of sheep drunk, so that the dragon would eat the drunk sheep, get drunk, go to sleep, and be easy pickings. When they said they didn't raise any sheep locally, the ranger said (with a perfectly straight face) that he was *certain* there was a mage spell out there called Mass Sheep which would summon a whole herd.

When we finished the major plot event and were walking back through the village, they were proudly displaying the dragon hide they'd taken from the dragon they'd killed. Apparently they took the suggestion to heart and used a flock of sheep to lure the dragon.

The capstone on that was the villagers thanking us with spare copies of these spells they'd bought from a wizard down the road who apparently had a hungry griffon to feed on a regular basis. So as not to be a strain on the local economy, he had researched and developed a pair of spells that would provide all the food it needed.

We sort of gave the GM a "Really?" look, but went with it. It was just worth it for the ridiculous image of a bunch of farmers trying to figure out how to get a whole flock of sheep drunk to lure the dragon down.

Ever since then, Sheep and Mass Sheep have always been in the game somewhere.
Digo 8th Oct 2013, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
I once had a nutty wizard BBEG use a "Cone of Lobsters" spell against my PCs. Despite trying to harm my players by exploiting a weird save (Fort) and a longer-than-standard cone length, this spell backfired very badly.

If Tucker's kobolds had a weakness, I never expected that to be it.
Onyxjew 8th Oct 2013, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
Heh, most absurd house-rule you say?

I have a stack of stories for this one, all with the simple theme "Crit tables".

Every game I'm in has one, usually more than one, and rarely do we recycle one of them without it being the source of a legendary event.

Like the time the half-orc bard(The boy can dream, can't he?) accidentally punched a bar-maid so hard her pancreas shot out of her tear duct and knocked him out.

Or the time we carved the hearts out of a queer hybrid T-rex beast that exploding dice gave about sixty hearts.

Or the time any "Item of Oblivion" was used in any way at all. That was another house rule, basically anything enchanted with the title "of Oblivion" was given a crit-range of 10-20, but only a x1.5 damage. Not bad in and of itself, but with crit tables every battle became a torrent of blood, vomit, and various internal organs that were strangely not missed by their previous owners.

In the new game starting in about two days we're introducing crit fumbles.
DanielLC 8th Oct 2013, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
So a keen, vorpal dagger of Oblivion would kill on every hit? Add in greater two-weapon fighting and greater cleave, and you get three attacks per round, plus one for every kill, which happens whenever you manage to hit your opponent.
Midnight Rush 8th Oct 2013, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
One of the more fun rules we've played with was a system I invented while I was DMing called "Challenge God", which is where I gave the players a chance to call out BS on my rulings for a random new result, should they make the rolls.

I made it to where it was only a 1% chance of coming up, and damn did my players try it a lot. Most of the stuff they initiated the rule on was stupid, and just because the regular rules stopped them from doing the stupid shit that popped in their head. Like my friend that wanted to sleep with one hundred virgin elves all in one night. I mentioned that even with his con score, he didn't have the stamina for that...and in predictable fashion, he chose to "Challenge God", just so he could have the chance at this...I'm just glad he didn't win, he wanted to make it a side quest...I think he did it just to piss me off...I have some douche friends. ;p
SpiritfChaos 9th Oct 2013, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
My DM houseruled a deity that our sorcerer immediately picked for shiggles. One of the deity's, whose name was BOB, granted his followers the ability to know a language that could only be learned in such a way. When speaking said language, the sorcerer, along with the DM voicing NPCs of the same religion, would speak in an incredibly high-pitched and annoying voice. To anyone not a follower of BOB, the exchange just sounds like screaming.

BOB has been a part of every campaign we've played with that group.
aerion111 8th Oct 2013, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
aerion111
There really isn't a problem with having a non-magical pet, though...
My Pathfinder Magus has a rat in a cage with her wherever she goes.
It's just the ordinary rate - there's rarer breeds, but it didn't seem worth the expense - but there's no laws against pet-keeping.
Kynrasian 8th Oct 2013, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
Kynrasian
Not so much ridiculous, but in our group the rule is that if you attempt to read the DM's notes, you take XdY psychic damage for attempting to comprehend the inner-workings of the universe.
Zuche 8th Oct 2013, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
You're all faggots for not siding with me on the last comic. You should know this.
Guest 8th Oct 2013, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
Something tells me someone is abusing the "Name" field in commen entry...
Zuche 8th Oct 2013, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
Guest is right, that's not me. I would never use "faggots" to describe you all. "Assholes" is much better.
Totally not DragonTrainer 8th Oct 2013, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
Wait, you can do that? Holy crap, you can!

Heh heh heh... XD
Zuche 8th Oct 2013, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
Stop impersonating me, you are a tasteless plebe.
Newbiespud 8th Oct 2013, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
I'd almost think this was amusing if the Guest name-stealing wasn't being used as a platform for delivering cheap, petty, annoying, and really just unimaginative insults.
Zuche 9th Oct 2013, 12:15 AM edit delete reply
Zuche impersonation comment chain, go!
Zuche 9th Oct 2013, 12:55 AM edit delete reply
. . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T55ArHjeR1c i am totes not an imposter
Zuche 9th Oct 2013, 2:28 AM edit delete reply
Wait, who's the plebe now?
Zuche 9th Oct 2013, 5:05 AM edit delete reply
Stop doing this, or I'll punch you in the soul!
Zuche 9th Oct 2013, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
I have no soul to punch. You'll have to punch me in the hip-hop.
Zuche 9th Oct 2013, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
No way. I love the commenters.
Zuche 9th Oct 2013, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
No way. I love the commenters.
Zuche 9th Oct 2013, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
You're ALL PLEBES!
Zuche 9th Oct 2013, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
But I am sparticus!
Newbiespud 9th Oct 2013, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Much better.
Digo 10th Oct 2013, 4:54 AM edit delete reply
...I just remembered why clone spells are banned in my games.
kriss1989 12th Oct 2013, 3:29 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
And this is why I register and include an icon.
emmerlaus 9th Oct 2013, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
emmerlaus
I will log on just to say that the impersonation thingy didn't happen since the beginning of the comic release, which is pretty awesome by itself. It proves MLP fans are mostly polite and don't include trolls.

"Looking at DefinitlynotRaxon" Well, I mean IMPOLITES and total UNCOOL kinda trolls, not the nice and cool ones.
Zuche 9th Oct 2013, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
Interesting. I should come late to the show more often. Newbiespud, I apologize for my part in this nuisance. If you would rather I withdraw from Comments in the future, please let me know.

As for the rest... if Snarkville wanted to address issues with l3f4y's work, that would have been fine. If Snarkville is going to come out blasting everyone in sight instead because he thinks he's entitled to fling crap where he pleases, I'm not going to ignore it.

By all means, I'm sure there are clearer ways to present the initial comic while still retaining the format l3f4y uses in his own comic. It's worth noting, however, that no one critical of that choice suggested any means of doing so. Laziness is not a valid critical position. Why should anyone respect complaints of being lost from people that can't be bothered to check the map they were given? Now if you looked at the map and found that confusing, sure. That's why I recommended a character page.

Charges of white knighting don't apply when addressing comments directed at yourself, nor taking the philosophy that prompted it to task. The idea that 321 words should be compared to a novel is... well, I don't know what to make of that, really. I do know that I get to decide what's worth my time and effort.

So does Newbiespud, which is why an apology was due to him and why he gets to decide if Comments should be closed to me. My apologies as well to anyone annoyed by yesterday's mess. While I had no part in it, I acknowledge that it was triggered by my comments on Sunday.

Apologies to Snarkville are not forthcoming, though he does have my sympathy if he was not involved in the current Mirror Pool incident. If we needed further demonstration of why crapping all over someone doesn't get useful results, well, here we are.
Comrade Benevieu 9th Oct 2013, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
I like the false martyr thing you're going for there at the beginning. You apologize, try to make yourself better by stating you will leave is if asked to do so... And then you spew out another essay of a post defending yourself. I you really gave a shit about being a nuisance you would have just left it at the apology.

And you were White Knighting. Hard. Snarkville, (what a name, huh?) was more likely firing his comment of "does not look promising" to the original comment in that thread of "This looks promising." You just took it personally because you, as your most recent post clearly shows, are REALLY friggen full of yourself. His insults were directed mostly at L3f4y, with a minor amount directed at everyone else in general. Not just you.

And the fact that you felt the need to count out, (or at least use a word counter,) how many words were in your "novel of a post" is astounding. To be frank, it shows an enormous amount of "butthurt."

Snarkville wasn't crapping all over someone. What he did was more akin to ranting. There were no direct attacks, there was annoyed ranting.

If you had bothered to read the rest of the shitstorm that happened, you would have noticed that L3f4y actually accepted the criticism. If that isn't a useful result, I don't know what is.

Now I fully expect another massive post from you in response to this one. Perhaps it's length will rival my own! But if you REALLY want to apologize, and not just use apologies as a way to squeeze in more defensive pouting, you'll read this, and let it all go. Be the bigger man and walk away. You'll be bigger than me, bigger than Snarkvill, and bigger than anyone else who argues on the internet.

Alternatively you could just respond to me under a different name. Really easy way to abuse the comment system we have going on here. It's what I would do, anyway.
Newbiespud 9th Oct 2013, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
I'd almost think this was fair, honest, and balanced discussion of the comic if it weren't being used as a platform for obvious flame-baiting.

In all seriousness, though, I think the occasional argument with valid points is healthy. The moment things turn into personal attacks (see above) is when everyone involved just needs to stop and walk away. But I understand that that doesn't always happen.

Zuche (the real Zuche, that is), you've been here quite a while and I value your presence here in the comments section. But for future reference, sometimes it's best to say "You may have a point; let's agree to disagree" instead of "You're wrong; let me explain why."

On the other hand, Snarkville was pretty harsh in his criticism - a valid opinion presented, perhaps, there's no spinning how harsh it was compared to how he could have said it. Jumping to the defense when you disagree is a perfectly understandable reaction in that case - goodness knows I had the urge to jump into that discussion myself when I saw that comment.

But again, what's unnecessary is the angry ranting and attack/defense of personal character that followed. That kind of thing has no end and cannot be won. That's what actually gets a flamewar in the comments section going, regardless of the spark.

But I don't think I'm saying anything anyone here hasn't realized already. Let's just get over it and move on, shall we?
Wesleeeey 9th Oct 2013, 1:50 PM edit delete reply
tl;dr: A Troll worked it's way in here and everyone took the bait. Be more careful next time.
Grey Pennies 10th Oct 2013, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
Say it with me, people. "I will not feed the trolls. I will not feed the trolls."

Say it ten times for every time you've feed the troll.
Grey Pennies 10th Oct 2013, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
Say it with me, people. "I will not feed the trolls. I will not feed the trolls."

Say it ten times for every time you've feed the troll.
Grey Pennies 10th Oct 2013, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
Say it with me, people. "I will not feed the trolls. I will not feed the trolls."

Say it ten times for every time you've feed the troll.
Zuche 9th Oct 2013, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
Now that two comics are up, is anyone still finding it difficult to follow the narrative?
AlternateUniverse!Zuche 9th Oct 2013, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
No, but that may be me having a cursory glance through the Mass Effect comic.
Charles1974 9th Oct 2013, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
you just had to get that one last little comment in didn't you?

i never realized how full of yourself you are zuche. wow.
Newbiespud 9th Oct 2013, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Frankly, after the whirlwind of confusion that was the last comment section, that might actually be a valid question.

(Zuche's question, that is... If he IS the real Zuche. DUN DUN DUNNNNN)
Digo 10th Oct 2013, 4:56 AM edit delete reply
I think it's valid. And to answer it I say... a little. I'm trying to figure out who has what color'd box.
CelestDaer 9th Oct 2013, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Summoning Raxon, and maybe his alter-ego, Raxoff?
Raxon 9th Oct 2013, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
I have been hard at work. Sorry, very little time to spare. Also, reddit.
CelestDaer 10th Oct 2013, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
No worries, just hadn't seen you in the comments yet, and imagined you had some interesting house rules to share.
Guest 9th Oct 2013, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
The most insane house rule I've ever implemented was "If you can explain how it works in universe, you can do it."

Queue my party suddenly having flamethrowers (alchemist fire, a big tank, and some pressure valves) and one of our party members made himself a vulcan raven style gattling crossbow.

They actually drew PLANS for these, and I couldn't deny it.

Needless to say, the trollmire or whatever it was in Faerun was burned to the ground.
Olon 9th Oct 2013, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
I have a similar rule. A railgun firing at speeds that would not be out of place in Mass Effect is good for blowing up everything, not so good for anything within about half a mile of the target. Magical lightning is weird.