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Newbiespud 3rd Mar 2020, 5:00 AM edit delete
Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author's Note: "I'll just be blunt here. This is one of my favorite types of gag in pretty much any media. Explain all of the terrible parts of a plan, agree to it, and then nominate someone else to take the brunt of the damage. It can be just as much fun without the explanation, but you need a lot more wiggle room to show everyone understanding the problems with the plan than this comic format gives me.

I especially love this as a DM, because I frequently get to point out the problems from a pseudo-omniscient perspective, and the players have to take the brunt no matter what. What's the worst that could happen? They go through with it?


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aylatrigger 3rd Mar 2020, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
One time I had similar, I nominated myself because I served the god of insanity and chaos.

...Though this was nominating for being the distraction. We needed to seduce the magistrate so the rest of the party could bypass him and talk to the baroness.
I chimed in: "My diplomacy is crap, but my athletics is excellent." So we decided I would do pole dancing to seduce him. Our alchemist added "I have zis feromone..." and got 20 on a roll to make it. The DM generously said this would give +20. Then I got a 20 on my athletics check roll, with +14... So 54 to seduce him. It worked overly well.
Mordenheim 3rd Mar 2020, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
She's been voluntold. :D
Digo 3rd Mar 2020, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
A friend and i broke a campaign with this. Our party was questing for an artifact and we ran into an enclave of Valkyries. They wouldn't let us past them to the castle the artifact was stored in unless one of us challenged them to one-on-one melee combat.

So Im like, "oh so in order to stop a lich from destroying these lands, which happens to include the forest the Valkyries live in, with a blight, we have to actually win a combat against said Valkyries because that's the way this dumb railroaded plot has to go? Sure, I nominate the party monk. He always wanted to go out this way."

And my friend was totally on board. So the fight happened and he gets killed, and made this cheesy death speech about Rosebud and my character gives up the adventure and leaves. This flustered the GM because I refused to continue the adventure and really he was the one that didn't think it through if we lost this fight. The party monk was the reason MY character was with the party so with him dead I left. The other players gave up too because now we were down 2/5ths the group.
CrowMagnon 4th Mar 2020, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
I get being annoyed with what you see as a stupid plot element, but don't you think taking your ball and leaving the DM and the other players like that was needlessly harsh?
Digo 4th Mar 2020, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
Not in this case, because it was a toxic GM that enjoyed killing off our characters. This encounter was designed to kill one of us off.
Achtungnight 3rd Mar 2020, 4:15 PM edit delete reply
I nominate Fluttershy!
Akouma 3rd Mar 2020, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
In a game I'm in, we recently decided to formally elect a leader for the party. Everyone agreed that we liked the idea of having a leader, but no one wanted to be that leader really. (Well, no one except the dumbest member of the party. His HAMMER literally has a higher INT than he does, without exaggeration.)

We ended up electing the one who least likes this whole adventuring business because she is going to make choices that result in being alive.
BuffaloBrony 3rd Mar 2020, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
That is pretty much how my wife gets wrangled into being party leader in almost every game she plays in...

"Pick her - she's the only one who ISN'T a murderhobo!"
Dakkath 3rd Mar 2020, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
I would've elected the hammer
Thud 4th Mar 2020, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
Th best part is you can just engrave the seal of office on the striking surface and massively simplify the paperwork.