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Newbiespud 7th Feb 2019, 5:00 AM edit delete
Author: ChrisTheS

Guest Author's Note: "I wanted to emphasize that despite everything that's going wrong, everyone (well, almost everyone) is actually having fun. Especially Pinkie, who I felt was the one who most enjoyed her 'cursed' personality in the last arc.

This is the same dragon from this cover (, which is also the same dragon from 'Dragonshy'. Poor guy's been trying to find a quiet place to nap for centuries and keeps getting interrupted."

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: February 20th.



Digo Dragon 7th Feb 2019, 5:07 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I own the Colossal-sized red dragon from the old WotC miniatures collection. The day I plopped that sucker down on the battle mat, my entire party shat a brick and thought I went mad with power.

Well, they weren't wrong. XD

However! It was the best final campaign boss fight they've ever had and the fact they all retired rich as kings says that it was worth the thirty bucks I spent on it.
FanOfMostEverything 7th Feb 2019, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
I'm not usually one for elaborate minis—one campaign saw us use Lego minifigs and it was quite fun—but the Niv-Mizzet figure they released to go with the Ravnica D&D supplement is very tempting.
Digo Dragon 7th Feb 2019, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
When I first started up my old gaming group, I used LEGO for the figures and set pieces. They work very well, but the problem is that we all would end up just playing around with the LEGO instead of running the game. XD

The old WotC plastic figure collections were pretty nice and I was able to find them on the cheap. And their cardboard dungeon tiles were pretty good too.
ChrisTheS 7th Feb 2019, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
The sizes on those Ravnica minis are a little disappointing... I'd love to have a sphinx that takes up most of the tabletop.
Norgarth 7th Feb 2019, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
re: going mad with power 8)
ChrisTheS 7th Feb 2019, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
Been there, done that, incinerated the T-shirt :P

Less shock factor than with the Final Fantasy Bahamut figure (mentioned below) because they already knew I owned it. And then the other GM borrowed it a few years later. And for the most part people were more interested in playing with it than with actually doing the encounter.

Plus it's really hard to move. If you're doing a dynamic combat arena it's almost simpler to just redraw the scenery around it.
Digo Dragon 7th Feb 2019, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I'm not allowed to incinerate anything. I borrowed a roommate's lighter in 2003 so I can give a treasure map that 'burned edge' look for my D&D campaign. Instead I got a 'charcoal in the fireplace' look and a 1/3rd degree burn on my fingers.

The really big figures are clunky on a small combat map, yeah. I find anything bigger than Huge category might as well just sit in place.
Dakkath 7th Feb 2019, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
I'm still looking for a good excuse to break out my colossal+ great red wyrm 'mini'
you know that guy 8th Feb 2019, 4:31 AM edit delete reply
30?? Wasn't it listed at 60 and went up from there?
Joe the Rat 7th Feb 2019, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
My favorite that I'd ever seen was this lovely 24" tall Cthulhu. Pull *that* bad boy out and watch the players squirm!

Okay, technically it was a statuette, but the scaling wasn't too far off...
ChrisTheS 7th Feb 2019, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
For me it was the Bahamut figure from 'FFVII Advent Children'. That was a good encounter...
Wyvern 7th Feb 2019, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
Have you seen the six-foot inflatable Godzilla? That's to scale for tabletop miniatures, too. :-)
Norgarth 7th Feb 2019, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
Took me a while to track this down. it's a vid of a GM who went above and beyond for his campaign's end-boss. Make sure the volume is on.
albedoequals1 7th Feb 2019, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
I love how the transition from panel 5 to panel 6 has the blue pony making threats with her bolas and then tied up with her own bolas without anyone commenting on it. Apparently some dice happened.
ChrisTheS 7th Feb 2019, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
Extended commentary

I could still use a couple dragon or griffon characters if anyone's got one they'd like to see appear in a cutesy-but-disturbing space fantasy...
Winged Cat 7th Feb 2019, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
That is a rather tall and lanky (teenage?) Spike.
Winged Cat 7th Feb 2019, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Still accepting guest comics through January 30th? So there's still time to time travel back and submit them? ;)

(Translation: I think you can take that note down now, NS.)
Newbiespud 7th Feb 2019, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
Whoops, thanks for the reminder.
Kaze Koichi 8th Feb 2019, 3:41 AM edit delete reply
I never have fun with PvP, but sometimes I feel that I must, that's what my character would do at this moment. That leaves other people confused: if I don't like it, why am I doing it. So they probably think I secretly like it no matter how much I protest.
ChrisTheS 8th Feb 2019, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
The only time I've ever actually done it was when we created a customizable deathmatch arena in the castle we'd magically conjured out of a swamp. So, no actual rationale whatsoever.