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Geeks Next Door – Smackdown

Written by Geeks Next Door - Published on July 28, 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 – MAGGIE JUST OPENED A CAN OF WHOOPASS, BOO-YAH!  One of the things I love about RPGs is being able to beat things up.  Everyone has a favorite fight – tell us yours!  Was it one-sided or a well-fought match?  Was it against a few enemies or a lot?  Were tons of gigantic explosions involved? (The answer to that one should be yes.  If it’s not, it clearly needs some!)

MATT – Gentle readers, you may all thank me this time around, for preserving you from Jessi & Maggie’s beer-related one-liners.  You know, the sort of thing that’s funny… …at 1 AM… …while drunk.  You’re welcome.  And when it comes to combat, as a DM, yes, it’s complicated.  But really, as various grognards and Old Geezers may tell you, when you get right down to it, you’ve just got to kill things and take their stuff.  That’s something that I think we can all agree upon.

MAGGIE – I should be saying a clever beer-related one-liner, like, “IT’S MILLER TIME” or “THIS BUD’S ON YOU” or “WAZZUUUUUUP”!  A girl’s gotta protect her beer, it’s important (especially if it’s an American craft beer).  I bring the pain.  I also bring the noise.  …and the funk.  That’s a fact.

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7 Responses to “Geeks Next Door – Smackdown”
  1. Mike E. says:

    As always Jessi and Matt you hit it on the nose about RPG.. What would a game be without a bar fight, explosions, an annoying coward of a player (Barry), and beer.

  2. Adrian says:

    In my 2nd first try at DMing, once again with completely new players who had only slightly less experience of D&D than I, I was running Keep on the Shadowfell. Something like 3 hours after we started, we finally beat the first encounter (I was running the character of a missing person, and basically telling them what to do). When we got to town, and went into a tavern, where the lord of Winterhaven was, the ‘instigator’ (read disruptive person) decides to slap him. To teach him a lesson (ie STOP DISRUPTING MY GAMES), I turned it into a combat situation, calling 3 human guards on him. All three failed their attempt at grabbing him, and almost everyone was smart enough to leave, except the Wizard, who realises in a flash of brilliance (and my help) that he can hit all three guards with Scorching Burst if he puts the origin square on Void! He rolled the attack for Void… and got a 20. Absolutely priceless. Eventually, Void attacks one of the supports of the tavern, and I decide to put the campaign out of its misery and just have the tavern fall in and kill everyone as opposed to giving them an escape route. I am happy to say, Void’s player will not be playing again.

  3. ColoQ says:

    My favorite fight was my first attempt at running a D&D 4 session.

    Basic setup was a 60ft room wide, by 90ft long room, a narrow (barely five foot)path runs along the outside of the room, the center of the room has fallen through to the cellar below. Some of the column supports from the wine cellar below still hold up, so people can try to jump across that way if they want.. the path on the right-side will crumble with any weight on it, about mid-way through the room. no lights in the room.

    The far side of the room some critters (goblins?) with darkvision hang out behind a barricade made of the dining tables. 3 brutes to block off movement around the pathway, like 6 ranged to harass the party, and a controller to basically screw with the party. after three people get in the room, the ambush happens. To mitigate the darkness, the wizard casts light on a rock, and throws it across the room.

    Long story short, the tank got stunned/dazed, fell through the floor to the cellar area, and incapacitated. The light stone got thrown back and forth (as the goblins’ main advantage was darkvision), like 8 times, and the party used all of their dailies and about half of their Healing surges. The party ended up just barely defeating the goblins.

    First fight in the dungeon too. The end fight actually was anticlimactic by comparison.

  4. DandDGuy says:

    Hay, Jessi, Matt, and Maggie do you Guys remember Christie Golden’s Book “Vampire of the Mists”. If you old school like myself you probably do. Well, Christie Golden happened to be in our shop that day looking for Ideas for a new novel that she was working on. Anyway, the group that I was a player in at that time was in ravenloft and the DM was running the AD & D 2nd ED adventure with lord Strahd von Zarovich and she was interested in what we were doing so we let her sit in and watch. THIS IS NO JOKE IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED, I HAVE THE PICS AROUND IN MY STASH SOMEWHERE! Jander Sunstar the character that I was playing was going to be the main character in her first book which was the above mentioned “Vampire of the Mists” That fight at the end of the adventure was the best one I have ever had and its no joke, my character Jander was the main character in the book and I still have the original copy signed by Christie Golden to this day.

  5. Terrak says:

    Just had an awesome fight in my world. The pc’s had been captured by a Pirate Lord while trying to rescue a prophetess that he also held. Anyway they were about to be thrown from the priate lord’s ship into the sea as a sacrifice to the “Sea Goddess” (only seen as a huge dark shape moving under the water) as a blessing for the forced marriage between the priate lord and before mentioned prophetess. All the sudden while eveyone on board is distracted by the unveiling of the more than humanly possbile beauty of the prophetess, the very frustrated pc’s are freed and re-armed by a halfling henchman of the guy who double crossed them and got them captured in the first place. The battle quickly ensues (aided by the sorc who had turned invisible and escaped capture then used illusion to gain entry to ship). It was a glorius battle, in which the pc’s used eveything at their disposal ,all their spells and even all ther potions were used and it still came down tot he dice. They won but it could have gone very badly. Their sword and board fighter went down, and in the same round the two-handed fighter got down to 2 hp luckily he stayed up and still got his atacks that round which dropped the pirate lord and turned the tide of the battle. Another 2 points of damage and I might have killed them all. Very memorable.

  6. LeClair says:

    My favorite fight? Has to be back when I played second edition. Our group had been sent to collect white dragon scales from a glacier, and we ran into a live specimen, Being only secon level, we, of course, decided it wou;ld be smart to stay and fight. I was the only survivor that day…

  7. Micco says:

    It was my first time DMing, and it was “Spire of Terror” (or something along those lines) and the first encounter was with cochroaches as they were descending into the Underdark. It was supposed to be an easy encounter to get them into the game, but it ended up being about an hour battle, with the cleric using nearly all o his healing spells, the Half-Orc barbarian almost dying, and basically the party was completely decimated. They didn’t even get the treasure hidden in the coves. Their final battle with the Medusa and the bloodhulk was easier than these cochroaches.

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