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18th May 2018, 9:16 PM in Chapter 4
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Rocktopus 18th May 2018, 9:16 PM edit delete


Chippewa Ghost 18th May 2018, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
Chippewa Ghost
Someone is going swimming!
Rocktopus 18th May 2018, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
Fire, or sewage?
Tough choice.
Rudofaux 18th May 2018, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
Well a fire won't leave you with its particular odor for weeks on end.
Garth MindFeather 19th May 2018, 2:11 AM edit delete reply
the odor of burnt flesh and hair, you mean? have you smelled burnt hair? for me i have to agree it's a tough choice.
Dalton Westmoore 18th May 2018, 9:41 PM edit delete reply
Dalton Westmoore
Which would you prefer? A slow death via burning alive, or slow death via sewage sickness?

Plus, who knows what will show up to feast on all the corpses. Maybe it will be Dire Alligators...
Rocktopus 18th May 2018, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
Why not both?
Dalton Westmoore 19th May 2018, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
Dalton Westmoore
You mean dying by fire, sickness, and Alligators all at once?
Garth MindFeather 19th May 2018, 2:13 AM edit delete reply
that's the ticket!
Gatora 18th May 2018, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
looks like he might need to make his way into that vent on the left of the speech bubble
Rocktopus 19th May 2018, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
But who knows what's on the other side of that vent D:?
Worstcase 18th May 2018, 10:42 PM edit delete reply
Aaand the winner of the best party teamwork competition iiiis ... dramatic drumroll... not these guys!
Rocktopus 19th May 2018, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
But hey, at least the froblins are dealt with!
MooseHowl 18th May 2018, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
This is... exactly how player characters work. Absolutely uncanny.
Rocktopus 19th May 2018, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
lol I know that for a fact
Haegan2005 18th May 2018, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
Why does this remind me of my old party I GM'd?

However, they only fire balled once in a small room. Fireball teaches really really well. I think everyone survived, but they were not happy!
Rudofaux 18th May 2018, 11:40 PM edit delete reply
I think everyone has done this. It's an honest mistake.
Rocktopus 19th May 2018, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
If you want to REALLY be evil and punish the players, remember that a really loud explosion sound in a tightly compact area can easily blow one's ear drums out and make them deaf
Haegan2005 19th May 2018, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
iirc, the 2nd edition said that the fireball was not a forceful explosion, merely expanding to fill all the available space until there was no more space or the maximum cubic volume was reached.

I also do not remember any noteworthy sound associated with it in the spell description.

It has been awhile so my memory could be wrong.

Now, the lightning bolt also did not mention sound, but it made sense that it sounded like thunder. Good way to tell the dungeon that adventurers were meddling somewhere nearby.
ErictheTolle 21st May 2018, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
I remember back in old AD&D, when fireballs expanded to fill a 33,000 cubic foot area, we regularly saw magic users miscalculate the volume of rooms, so we would see the fireball going say 60 feet down a 10' X 10' hallway, incinerating most of the party.

Pretty quickly, whenever a fireball was needed everybody would break out their slide rules and Texas Instruments calculators. A fireball declaration could stop the game for a good 45 minutes.
Rudofaux 18th May 2018, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
Can't have an omelet without destroying a forest or something. -B.M.
Guest 19th May 2018, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
Just the one forest?
Rocktopus 19th May 2018, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
It costs at least 3 reefs to get me a few sunny side up eggs every morning
Auraknight 19th May 2018, 3:40 AM edit delete reply
Poor Ozzy. This'll learn him to ditch the cute, trusting protagonist!
Rocktopus 19th May 2018, 3:47 PM edit delete reply
I won't say too much, but I will say he's not used to associating with people he can trust.
padanew 19th May 2018, 5:36 AM edit delete reply
After Losing my home to a fire. I have a hard time dealing with it. Deep down I know the my fear is irrational but it still scares me to this day. I have been in ozzy's position before its not funny at all.
Rocktopus 19th May 2018, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
I'm sorry to hear that, don't know what to say
yetanotherguy 19th May 2018, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
Losing your home to a fire and being in that kind of situation sounds really or extremely bitter and stressful. I hope that you are doing well now, and that you did not lose anyone in the fire.

I must admit that I don't get the part regarding the irrational fear. Fire IS dangerous, so fearing it at least some makes a lot of sense. It's more about having a healthy fear of it rather than an unhealthy fear, and use that fear to more easily avoid danger in the future and knowing when to be extra careful, take precautions or avoid certain actions in the first place. A fear of heights can likewise help one avoid dangerous falls, and a fear of spiders is useful regarding being aware of and avoiding venomous spiders. A lot of fears can be good and very helpful survival heuristics and instincts regarding potential dangers, especially if used well. I also wonder if that is why many people sometimes get fears from horrible experiences - being able to get such fears might help them (and others around them indirectly) survive considerably better. But maybe that is what you mean by irrational - an unhealthy fear that hinders more than it helps. If so, I hope that you can use it and change it into something that helps more and is not as stressful. But it is really easy for me to write about stuff that I have little experience with myself. I hope I am not stressing you or similar; if I am, I apologize.
padanew 20th May 2018, 6:50 AM edit delete reply
It has been some time since it happened (13+ years). So I don't feel so bad about it. All things considered it worked out well. Just not those first couple of weeks. PTSD is a real mental disorder and not just one soldiers get. The first waking Hallucination you have will be very scary. Also, being homeless sucks. I was driving back from dinner and I turned my blinker on to turn to home. My mom asked where I was going. I told her after realizing what I had done "nowhere" and turned off the blinker. One very good piece of advice for everyone is Make sure you can walk out of your house completely blind. Turn off your lights close your eyes and go to the outside do it until you can do that in your sleep.

Also thanks all for the kind words.
Guest 20th May 2018, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
Wait, Ozzi's actual position? My morbid curiosity wants to know what happened but I wouldn't want you to re-live such an event...
padanew 21st May 2018, 4:41 AM edit delete reply
Not his actual position but having to leave out of a burning structure that is in the process of burning down. By the look of the where ozzy is he may not be able to see much more then a black/gray smoke fog. That fire is moving really fast in the panel. My position was I was woken from a nap by the fire alarm to a pitch black room and had to rapidly get out of the house. It was about noon and I could not see my hand in front of my face as I crawled out of the house on my hands and knees. I made it out with nothing more then some smoke inhalation and the smokey clothes on my back.
yetanotherguy 21st May 2018, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Regarding training getting out of one's home while blind, I was not really conscious of that issue, thank you. Visibility could be gone due to electricity dying, smoke, or both. It reminds me of a fire escape plan I saw on a door in a hostel recently. When it became dark, the plan lit up through phosphorescence, requiring no electricity. I think that is a very nice concept, though it might not work well if the smoke is too thick.

Not a nice situation Ozzy is in. At least he knew what he signed up for going into Marblegate. I do think he is going to have some very choice words with certain people if he makes it out of there.
Guest 19th May 2018, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
They're froblins; whatever loot they had probably stank worse than the sewer.
Rocktopus 19th May 2018, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
"Dirty" money is still money to the right vendor :)
Packless1 19th May 2018, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
(famous last words ;-))
Rocktopus 19th May 2018, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
Usually famous last words for someone else, though
Sturzkampf 19th May 2018, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Fortunately for him, Ozzi is carrying all the party’s treasure receipts, so there’s a pretty good chance he’ll get rescued.
pkrankow 21st May 2018, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
They are not getting any loot today...

I think Colleen and Randolph had more loot in hand at this point.
Lexi 21st May 2018, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
Very rough location to find one's self trapped within the clutches. The grating could be salvation but my money would be on death trap. Such a place would be excellent for ventilation in the larger chamber with the lower entry and grating feeding air in then rushing out through that vent. The flames in the final panel seem to indicate air pressure towards the grating as well.

Alas while the wall is stone and flame is physically unlikely to make it there, dangerously hot air akin to a flue would be a problem if one tried that. On the other hand, the upwards pull of the air could buy him a few seconds to take advantage of the insulating properties of his gambeson/coat to make a mad dash along the yet to collapse woodwork. On the other hand if the flue leads to another chamber entirely one could get away from the dangerous location. Neither is a gamble I'd ever like to take and have roughly the same odds of survival of a running jump towards the party--all of which terrible choices. Hopefully Ozzi will be more clever than I.
Bookeater 21st May 2018, 2:36 PM edit delete reply
Well, look like Ozzi can't go back, the only way is forward without the party.

Ozzi: Solo-ing a Dungeon. NOT how I thought I would spend this afternoon.
Worstcase 21st May 2018, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Maybe he has their town portal scroll, but the way things are going I wouldn't count on it.
Lurker 22nd May 2018, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
My wild speculation is that Ozzy will come out of this incident scarred and will ditch this dysfunctional party and join up with Colleen & Drunk Dwarf.
Grim 22nd May 2018, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
See now this is why you always prepare Feather Fall
Sharp 23rd May 2018, 2:03 AM edit delete reply
yes so you can slowly sink into the sewage rather then make a big splat.
Grim 24th May 2018, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Psh, that's why The Maker invented momentum son! Run in the appropriate direction, jump, let slow fall do the rest
DaveP. 27th May 2018, 1:28 AM edit delete reply
That's a Black Mage trick:
-Cast Feather Fall
-Cast Resistance to Fire
-Cast Fireball at the ground you're standing on
sharp 23rd May 2018, 2:06 AM edit delete reply
That third panel. "The Look" I have seen that from a lady before. It means you are sleeping on the couch, or you get last treasure pick.
chris-tar 18th Jan 2019, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
I think Ozzi may seriously regret choosing to be in this party....
chris-tar 18th Jan 2019, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
That second panel has me cracking up.