Strip 037 - "It's a very common name around these parts..."

26th Jun 2014, 2:02 AM in Forest of Doom
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LostDeviljho 26th Jun 2014, 4:41 AM edit delete reply


I have nothing funny to say so I will have to wait for someone else...

Raxon, I Summon Thee!
Malroth 26th Jun 2014, 4:57 AM edit delete reply


I don't believe that's the proper Raxon summoning ritual I believe you need to say his name backwards 4 times in front of a mirror while spinning then present the sacrifical offering of cheetos.

Or maybe its just the cheetos.
Raxon 26th Jun 2014, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Mortal fools! Do you think me a lowly youtube 4chanite?

I require onion rings for my sacrifice!
LostDeviljho 26th Jun 2014, 7:34 PM edit delete reply


well, you're here aren't you?
guy 26th Jun 2014, 11:05 AM edit delete reply


Oh no, a DMPC! Quick, run away before he can join the party and Upstage/Backstab us all.
Because that is all DMPCs are ever for.
Also, exposition can be very frightening. Just look at what it did to el goonish shive. {Shudder}
Silentking 26th Jun 2014, 11:24 AM edit delete reply


My party don't seem to mind my GMPCs. Probably helps that they are more like placeholders until more players join the group and that they are just as useful as the other members of the party. No more, no less. Of course, it is a Marvel game, so having Daredevil be there to back up the group whenever they might get sued. Or the time the New Masters of Evil showed up, humiliated everyone, and sank a Helicarrier and Iron Man (the GMPC in this example) was just barely able to help keep the carrier in the air long enough for everyone to get everyone off of the ship. And that was just the opening to the Second Event.

Hey, that gives me an idea. Tell a story about a time that a GMPC tried to join the party.
CRNRaizer 26th Jun 2014, 6:52 PM edit delete reply


I like EGS's exposition though..


On the topic, Yeah, upstaging and backstabbing are the main uses of DMPCS
Disloyal Subject 18th Nov 2014, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
"I Like Shive's Exposition Too"
That makes me sad... MY GMPCs exist to provide support in the form of filling empty party roles. So far I've only needed two: a Half-Dwarf Archivist who originally hired the party to protect him on an expedition into undead-infested ruins of the crumbling Dwarven Empire, and a Knight who was sent along by his liege, the party's employer, to assist and observe in their adventures. Both provided ample exposition on what they had knowledge of (so EVERYTHING for the Archivist, because who would pass up Knowledge Devotion?) and acted in a non-flashy support capacity, the Archivist providing buffs and healing while plinking away with a crossbow while the Knight served as a counselor, tactical advisor, meat shield, and occasional distraction. The Dormer's personality was geared towards advancing the first plot thread, and the latter's towards bringing any shy characters from the batch of newbie players out of their shells. It turned out to be unnecessary, so mostly he just complimented the Ranger's soup and stood in the path of enemy lines.

A DMPC joining the party? Well, in one of my first campaigns the DM caved and made a Wizard to support the party's five existing martial characters, alongside the DMPC Rogue he'd already made. Since they were all lv2, the half-drow Wizard and my newly minted Orc Favored Soul had got a side adventure to catch up, and met while out drinking, where someone even drunker than us told us his sob story about kobolds stealing his entire stock of mercbandise and stumbled into a gutter, ranting about how he didn't even care about his product anymore, so long as those dirty thieving Kobolds got what was coming to 'em. What self-respecting, slightly buzzed, level one caster duo would turn down a hook like that?
Raxon 26th Jun 2014, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
I got one for you.

One time, the GMPC and the big bad were one and the same. They all knew he was the big bad. It caused such glorious paranoia as he tagged along, being all casually sinister.

"Oh, don't thank me. I have plans for you, my dear. Such big plans. Death would be such an inconvenience to them."

Needless to say, it was not a situation they were comfortable with. The reason he went with them?

To tamper with the macguffins, and to learn all the party's secrets. But not to kill anyone. No, that would spoil his plans. Such wonderful plans.
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