Friday, December 12, 2008

Something from this time last year

For some reason, I found myself thinking about The Dungeon Master of Lord of the Rings last night. I sent it out a year ago via email to a bunch of people, but it bears repeating on the blog as well. This one takes a little explaining, so bear with me.

The author of DMLoTR has taken photos--lots of them--from "The Lord of the Rings" and redone it all as if it's a D&D campaign. If you haven't played D&D (or hung out with bunches of people who do), this probably won't be very funny. It may be a bit slow at first, but it picks up as you go along. There are a couple of running jokes, notably "Where's the loot?" and "I hate this campaign." There are wonderful comments by the author about DMing below many of the strips and a lot of the blog comments are very funny, too. This will suck up a couple hours to look through the WHOLE thing, but it's worth it.

If you just want a couple of examples of why I think this is so funny, try out these two pages:

http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=721

There's a comment a while later in this strip (it's really kind of a running observation throughout) about the total lack of loot in the LotR campaign (true). The author in one of his bottom-of-the-page comments said "I can't add much to the stuff on sparse loot. The idea has become a sort of zombie joke at this point. It just keeps getting back up, no matter how dead it is. Sooner or later a cleric is going to cast turning on my loot jokes and half of my material will be obliterated in a blinding flash of holy, humorless light. I suppose the next joke needs to be Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas standing on a corner with a crude cardboard sign, 'Will fight Sauron for food.' "

And this one cracked me up for the best part of an hour and still makes me laugh whenever I reread it:

http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=1165

I simply cannot stop laughing about this one. Couldn't tell you why, but the timing on it's perfect.
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1 comment:

HR Mitchell said...

I see far too much of the past35 years of my life in those pages.

Thanks for sharing!