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Newbiespud 11th Jan 2022, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author's Note: "It's a personal favorite technique of mine to have NPCs call out the crap of other NPCs. It's not a technique that you can always get away with (because at the end of the day, as a DM, you wrote the other character to have that very crap in the first place), but when it works, the players get to revel in joking about what just happened both in character and out.

On the other end, a technique I don't especially like is survival type challenges. It's just not a form of gameplay I especially like to get into as a DM. I personally find that long-term survival challenges, like wilderness traversal, result in a few too many arguments about micromanaging things like rations and what sorts of saving throws are necessary. I understand why others like it, because I dig that sort of thing when I'm playing a video game by myself, but for group just doesn't appeal to me.

The actor prefers social snark and dislikes getting dirty who could have guessed."

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King Marth 11th Jan 2022, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
On one hand, I've been really tempted to run a logistics-heavy game where half the challenge is figuring out how to lug the golden idols and sacks of coins out of the dungeon, back through the desert, and over the mountains to where you can spend it. I particularly like the emergent idea of burying your own chests of supplies or treasure to get back to later. On the other hand, that sounds like something I'd like to play solo as a video game and would be miserable for a group in play.
GD 11th Jan 2022, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
The good news is, if you want to do this, D&D has had that as a part of its mechanical base since nearly day 1. There's a reason Tenser's Floating Disc is a spell!
Fan of Most Everything 11th Jan 2022, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Given the OOC context, I can't help but wonder if Spike's poking fun at Celestia. Especially after the Sombra incident.
Wulfraed 11th Jan 2022, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
Forty years of technology later and my first thought on panel 5 was "What are cell-phone/microwave-relay towers doing in this setting?" On closer look my thoughts are "That's taking 'Ships of the Desert' a bit too far" (since the party seems to be in a rather parched wasteland and not near oceans).
Anvildude 11th Jan 2022, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
I personally think that the trick to making Survival challenges interesting is to have them be SHORT term.

Sure, there's the good old 'wandering through a desert' bit, but that's sort of... one dimensional. Either you know how to survive in the environment you're in (without supplies- remember, removing the party's supplies is basically step one of good survival adventures) and you'll eventually get out, or you don't, and you die in a week.

What you WANT are short-term challenges.

Sinkholes. Storms (BIG storms. That last for days). Being hunted by something too big and bad to fight (Shai Hulud, anyone?). Fey forest mazes. Volcanoes. Tidal waves. Earthquakes. Shifting tunnels underground.

Stuff that you can't _fight_, but that require the players to succeed-or-perish _quickly_. (Or which inflict long-term problems on them.)

Another one is setting up a time limit, and then using 'lost in the woods' or 'very far away' as a way to run the clock down, and let the players try and figure out a solution. (Make sure to pepper the landscape/history with options, though.)
Winged Cat 11th Jan 2022, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
In this case, the sand starts to turn to glass as they proceed. As in, it's been hot enough to melt sand in this area, perhaps not too many days ago.

If the party doesn't get the hint, let them see, off toward the horizon in the direction of the rising sun, the glass begin to bubble. The region of bubbling glass slowly creeps toward the party.

How fast can they find or construct shelter? Or can they travel faster than the heat, if they are not headed for it?
albedoequals1 11th Jan 2022, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
I like making my NPCs contradict each other, be suspicious of each other, and similarly show that they are not a united front. It tells the players that the information the NPC just gave them is his opinion, not the infallible word of the GM.
Roguim 11th Jan 2022, 12:01 PM edit delete reply
I used a simple logistic in my campaign they have to buy supplies could use magic to make sure it was okay and could loot from the enemies. Only in a few case when the players like and wanted a more serious management I used. same from survival/environments no great issue except when it's a part of campaign setting. ( Like in Brazilian Tormenta )
Philadelphus 11th Jan 2022, 8:12 PM edit delete reply
One campaign idea that runs through my head every time I have to fly is having a campaign in a modern day setting, having the group meet in an airport on their way to some adventure on another continent, then a few hours into the in-game flight having the plane suffer a critical failure and make an emergency landing in the middle of some ocean. Now let's see how well everyone paid attention to that pre-flight safety briefing...
Digo 12th Jan 2022, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
When I was a kid watching this series, I never wondered about the orbital mechanics of this world; does it revolve around both suns, or tightly around one? Two-star solar systems are very unstable!
Chakat Firepaw 14th Jan 2022, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
It's simple: As the setting was Greyhawk inspired, you can assume it's geocentric.
belmontzar 12th Jan 2022, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
I love that this comic has gone full circle in the most wonderful way possible.
At first it was a bunch of D&D gamers playing as the ponies, now those same gamers are playing the characters from the CLASSIC D&D cartoon. I LOVE THIS!!!
Darkseide 16th Jan 2022, 12:32 AM edit delete reply
Dungeon Master invoking "Tuxedo Mask" power to "not do anything", lol