Strip 041

5th Jul 2014, 1:35 AM in Forest of Doom
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Mysterious Commenter D 5th Jul 2014, 2:15 AM edit delete reply

Plotspeed travel.
Denying its users access to FTL signaling since we realized FTL signaling could theoretically be a thing.
Raxon 5th Jul 2014, 2:32 AM edit delete reply
Plotspeed cannot compare to the glory that is...

DeS_Tructive 5th Jul 2014, 7:03 AM edit delete reply
Thanks to Terry Pratchett, we know darkspeed is the fastest thing in the universe.
Guest 5th Jul 2014, 8:26 AM edit delete reply

"Plotspeed... meh"
Nothing compares to Ludicrous Speed!
William.Thompsonj 5th Jul 2014, 8:27 AM edit delete reply

"Forgot Name"
Sorry, the guest above was me. I forgot my name for a moment...
Malroth 5th Jul 2014, 3:09 PM edit delete reply

Meh Plot Speed is just as unreliable as Plot armor, the moment you say you have it is the moment you loose it.
Otaku 5th Jul 2014, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
"System of a downer =P"

Depends upon the system. ;)

Same as for the initial issue with weapons. Obviously I get it; this comic is based off of D&D/JRPG style trappings... but fortunately some gaming systems actually allow you to "buy" plot armor with whatever the system uses for such things, like Character Points, even to the level of "If the GM deprives you of it, the GM is breaking the rules!"

Of course, the GM can forbid you purchasing it if its going to be an issue, and it isn't an all or nothing thing and the highest level of plot armor/plot speed is very expensive, so I don't think I've ever taken it. XD

Does a dagger actually use a different "skill" in d20? My gaming experience is such that all systems (pencil and paper or video game) would use the same underlying skill for both... either way, I favor gaming systems where having magic doesn't restrict your access to weapons.
Luminous Lead 6th Jul 2014, 1:46 AM edit delete reply

"Knives vs Daggers"
Daggers count as simple weapons, which most casters can make use of, whereas knives aren't listed under there at all (given they're more for the preparation of meat or for, y'know, a table dinner) and would likely count as an improvised weapon, conferring a -4 to attack for anyone not proficient with improvised weapons.

(And thinking about it logically, too. Something that's designed to cut through steak and potatoes likely won't do so great at punching through leather armour.)
William.Thompsonj 6th Jul 2014, 3:18 AM edit delete reply

"Good Point"
You have a good point there Liminous Lead. I'd never considered it that way. I always played campaigns where they were essentially the same weapon. With this argument in mind the distinction is very clear and it's quite obvious why a knife shouldn't get the same to-hit rating as a dagger or the same damage roll. Thanks!
Otaku 30th Apr 2015, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
So I finally discovered how to track responses to my comments.. hence why I am posting this nearly a year later.

The difference you speak of does not exist in the gaming systems I use. Out of curiosity I checked Wikipedia and while that is hardly an infallible source, it too merely lists "dagger" as one kind of knife weapon. Some knives are not intended as weapons but some indeed are.

Getting back to the above comic strip, I certainly can't tell from the art that the knife is supposed to be a kitchen knife and not a dagger. Or Candle or broken sword or probably a few other things. XD If D&D insists that knives are only kitchen tools, that is just another reason for me to not use that system.
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