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Geeks Next Door – Lawful “Good Enough”

Written by Geeks Next Door - Published on September 13, 2009

Jessi, Mattt, Barry, and Maggie share their adventures with Dungeon Mastering readers. Follow them on Twitter: Barry, Maggie. You can read more GND @ GeeksNextComic.com

This is a guest post from Geeks Next Door. They agreed to write D&D-related strips for Dungeon Mastering and share their thoughts on their creative process, as well as their Dungeons and Dragons adventures. Enjoy!


Thoughts from the Geeks Next Door

The GND crew agreed to give their thoughts and comments on the strips they write for Dungeon Mastering. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment. I hope you enjoyed the webcomic.

JESSI – I SWEAR I was out of character on that last comment!  Honest! I’m sure there’s been many a time when your real-life self has alignment issues with your in-character self – it’s just a part of roleplaying.  In real life, I’d like to think I’m more of a “neutral good”, but I have the most fun playing characters that are “chaotic neutral”.  Being evil once in a while is great, though.  No one expects it from me, mwa ha ha.  What alignment do you have the most fun portraying, and why?

MATT – In real life, I’m probably Neutral Good, but most of my characters in D&D tend to be True Neutral.  It’s just more liberating to have the choice — “Do I want to be good or evil today?  Decisions, decisions.  Oh, Takhisis is offering me a blessing?  Evil act it is, then!  I’ll just save an orphanage tomorrow to balance it out.”  I’m either the best or worst Red Robe ever.  The jury, I fear, is still out on that one.  But at least I’m honest about calling a meatshield a meatshield.

MAGGIE – You’d BETTER not be getting me to be your damn meatshield, Jess.  I don’t know if I’d take a bullet for you in a comic OR in real life.  I gotta protect my “assets” – – especially my face (you know, the money-maker).  Barry’s ugly enough that it wouldn’t matter.  Not trying to be mean, but that’s the truth.  I’m also not in this comic, so who’s gonna read it, anyway?

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22 Responses to “Geeks Next Door – Lawful “Good Enough””
  1. Hammer says:

    This is exactly why I don’t like alignment. You can be good and require meat shields!

  2. KnowItAllDM says:

    I’m definitely Chaotic Good IRL. My Characters tend to follow that alignment to some degree or another, like my LG Half-Orc Monk, Tremor Fist, who turned NG around 10th level(on purpose, of course), and started taking Barbarian levels. Of course, being a DM, I can run a character of any alignment, Chaotic Neutral, Lawful Neutral, Lawful Evil, Chaotic Evil, Lawful Chaotic Evil… Well, from his point of view anyway, that NPC followed the law of chaos to the letter, and was evil… Anyway, Lots of fun with alignments(it’s been said my favorite magic item is the Helm of Opposite Alignment).

  3. Sean Holland says:

    Alignment can be used well in a game but it is difficult. But it has a nice ‘shorthand’ for explaining a character’s morality in gaming groups, no?

  4. Eoghan Fallon says:

    IRL, I’m probably Neutral Good. Inherently good with the freedom of neutrality!

    I’ve only played in two games thus far – DMing one and a Dwarven Fighter in the other. He was Neutral Good too, but his natural dourness made this less obvious!

    As a DM, I get to portray all types, but my favourites have to be Chaotic Neutral and Lawful Good. Pyromaniac Rogues vs. Shining Paladins, ho!

    Neutral Evil are scary. I’ve defined NE a bit different from the book version; Lawful Evil desire to be tyrants, Chaotic Evil desire to destroy for the pleasure of destroying. NE? They just destroy, without thinking of how others feel or how they feel. Creepy gods, NE alignment make :S

  5. Expy says:

    Chaotic Evil, baby!

  6. Swordgleam says:

    Hey now. Where I’m from, “meat shield” is a term of HONOR.

  7. AlgaeHydra says:

    I’m Lawful Good/Lawful Neutral in real life, and have a good time portraying solidly Lawful Good characters. I’ve also found I really enjoy playing Chaotic Neutral characters, as well as evil alignments.

    I’m Lawful Good every day in real life… playing a villain is pleasant break from all the do-goodery.

  8. Cat says:

    My Facebook says that I’m Chaotic Neutral, but I think I’ve developed beyond that to True Neutral (“I go both ways! – Julia Greenhilt, OOTS). Seriously though, I personally believe that I’m Neutral Good. That way, I can be good without adhering to law or personal code, but I can abide by the law to get the job done without upsetting my chaotic nature.

    I mostly play CG characters because they are party friendly. Everybody likes a Robin Hood. I don’t like party conflict, thus CG. However, my favorite alignment is CN. “The Complete Scoundrel” gives great examples of each alignment. The example for CN is Jack Sparrow. I didn’t choose CN because of Johnny Depp, but to play a type of character like Jack Sparrow is very enticing. The idea of “freedom”, from law, ties that bind, personal honor, oaths, all of it is an exciting prospect!


  9. Kalon says:

    Considering I DM, mostly and then again its with homebrew rpg’s i dont play a char much but when i do, its gotta be true nuetral, with my charcter being noble or ruthless chpping and changing like an antihero which makes for tenous relationships at best with other players, save the other ‘manic’ chars, whom find it it well fun. In Real life im i think roughly the same save more good then evil as its unexpected, but then thats why im knwn as a roguish knight (that and my mostly upper class english accent)

  10. Rahcaz says:

    NG in real life, but chaotic nuetral for gaming. Follow the law till it gets in my way.

  11. pitdroid45 says:

    I believe myself to be somewhere between lawful good and neutral good but I have the most fun playing chaotic neutral characters, specifically warrior/ beserker types . I find it hard to play evil characters because I’m not good at scheming and I always think “If I kill this guy I can take all his stuff, cool. But if I spare him the town might just give me a better price for all this plunder I have to sell….. “. It’s a problem but that’s why I try to stay good or neutral.

  12. DandDGuy says:

    I Did that once, My alignment changed. I will leave it up to you to decide what it changed too.

  13. starwind1985 says:

    IRL I’d say i’m cg but most of my characters have been cn

  14. TheyCallMeTim says:

    Gotta love how everybody says in real life they’re good-aligned. Kind of funny, that. It’s worth noting, I think, that characters would generally think of themselves as “good,” too, regardless of there actual alignment, with the possible exception of a few CE’s and NE’s floating around there.

  15. MegaMak says:

    well a lot of people tend to be “good”, but there are varying levels. a bajillionaire can donate thousands of dollars a month to cancer treatment; but what about the guy who has 4 kids and works 3 jobs, then donates $20 to a homeless guy on the street? who gains more “good points?”

    IRL i’m pretty sure i’m chaotic neutral. i tend to disrupt order just because i dislike people “being better than others”, but i end up disliking those who do well for themselves too.

  16. Minya says:

    I think I’m a bit between CN and CG in real life. Iove my friends and I love animals, but I don’t really give a lot about other humans. I won’t hurt them, though. I’m just really individualistic I guess.
    As a character I tend to play Neutral characters, depending on game whether it be good, true neutral, or evil. I like them.

  17. Anthony says:

    Id have to say that i’m chaotic good, i tend to to things for the greater good but if i can make a good dime on the way all the better, even if the dime is stolen dime…. thus i tend to play a bard thief multiclass… bardic knowledge lets me find the best treasures and keep it to myself.,,,

    also i would like to say the “next strip” button is broken and i would love yto see where the rest of this story goes…

  18. Gavin says:

    RL? Probably True Neutral, but I have aspirations to Neutral Good-ness. My characters tend to be Chaotic-or-Neutral Good (NG=best alignment evar!), but I do enjoy playing True Neutral or Chaotic Neutral from time to time.

  19. Ben says:

    True Neutral for sure

  20. CC says:

    I am lawful good, and I tend to play lawful good people(My Paladin, Cleric and Fighter were all lawful good)
    Personaly though, I hate CG, and when I play outside my alignment or personality, I play Lawful evil or Neutral evil. My Rogue/Assassin was fun to play as a killer with a sense of honor, but no sense of “Right and wrong”

    My best friend is Chaotic Good IRL and prefers CG to CN characters, including a Half-Orc barbarian with 6 inteligence. This is a guy with a IQ in the 140s

  21. FullovStars says:

    Good characters can use meat shields – they just don’t say the term out loud :-)


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