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* AwesomeEgo: Tandem the Spoony, hands down. His exploits include:
** On the journey to Wonderland, he rescued his party from a CompellingVoice with some quick thinking and an oft-forgotten bardic skill, won a duel with a twentieth level monk[[note]]Which Spoony misidentifies as the Dormouse, it's actually the March Hare in the published module,[[/note]] and slew a ''lich'' at the end of the journey.
** Early in his career, he boasted that his character was the greatest swordsman in the world. This earned the ire of a master swordsman, who challenged him to a first blood duel... and lost.[[note]]The master swordsman botched, resulting in him dropping his sword. Spoony rolls a crit and the swordsman player decided to role-play this as getting disarmed.[[/note]] The swordsman would latter parrot this boast around similarly powerful foes, hoping to get Tandem killed, but the bard bested them all through luck and guile, finally shutting him up after slaying a ten-foot, tree-wielding gladiator.
** On a comeback adventure, he initiated the fight between the party and the Black Dragon by insulting it. Tandem ended up striking the decisive blow by [[CriticalHit stabbing it in the spine,]] crippling it enough for his fellows to finish it off [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill by shooting lightning through Tandem's rapier directly into the dragon's spinal column.]] To top it off, [[FlawlessVictory the entire party was unscathed by the dragon's attacks.]]
* AwesomeMusic: There are now EpisodeTitleCard intros for the videos featuring [[HeavyMithril "The Bard's Song (In the Forest)"]] by Music/BlindGuardian, sometimes replaced by the Music/VanCanto cover.
* BrokenBase: His "3d6 In Order" video and mindset has its fans, while others strongly disagree with an old-school thesis that, by Spoony's own admission, doesn't really work for any version of ''D&D'' after Second Edition. (The game is currently in its fifth iteration.) Similarly, some agree with his assertion that the use of other systems of stat generation that result in generally higher and stabler stats caters to powergamers and munchkins and encourages a toxic mindset of play, while others complain that using {{Honest Rolls Character}}s frequently screws over players who come to the table with an idea of what class they want to play, since the chance of rolling up stats completely opposed to their concept is high. Notably, an HonestRollsCharacter [[https://muleabides.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/you-must-be-this-lucky-to-play/ has a less than one percent chance to qualify for some classes even in the editions of the game more friendly to it]].
** His review of 5th Edition D&D was full of BackInMyDay and TheReasonYouSuck against modern players. His NostalgiaFilter is turned UpToEleven when he complains about the lowered lethality of the game compared to 2nd Edition. [[note]]Considering that 1st level characters 2nd Edition, even the warriors, are at risk of being [[OneHitKill one hit killed]], this is suspect to say the least.[[/note]]
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* CriticalResearchFailure: Whenever Spoony wants to see how "the Original Dungeons and Dragons did things" he gets out the Rules Cyclopedia. The Rules Cyclopedia is part of the Basic Dungeons and Dragons (aka BECMI) line, which are actually a separate product. The Original Dungeons and Dragons (OD&D) rules are only contained in the booklets of the White Box set, which is actually on Spoony's shelf in some of the older videos.
** He also didn't really research the Castle Greyhawk module, which he attributes to Gygax to demonstrate how poorly the man made modules, was in actuality written by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Greyhawk_(module)#Table_of_Contents numerous people]] with no contribution from Gygax himself.
* CrossesTheLineTwice:
** In the ''Thieves' World'' saga, after [[spoiler: Tempus Thales skullfucks an innocent woman to death]], the [=PCs=] decide to make their rebellion against the Prince a bit more brutal. [[spoiler:So much so that Spoony himself is wary of his companions' mental stability.]]
** Inverted in ''Shadowrun: The Code''; rather than the players being disgusted with their DM, Spoony was horrified by the players executing helpless security guards and hurling their bodies outside, calling in the GodzillaThreshold immediately thereafter.
* HilariousInHindsight: He recounts in "Tandem's Last Ride" that he dislikes when players refer to each other simply by their classes and/or race. Many years earlier in the board game ''Dragon Strike'' that he reviewed, the game itself does not assign names to the characters other than the villain and the king; they are simply Warrior, Wizard, Thief, Elf, and Dwarf.
** Half-this half "embarassing in hindsight", at the age of 10 he created a D&D character named [[Wrestling/LanceStorm Lance Stormshield]].
** In "Thieves's World Part 2", when discussing how to kill [[spoiler: Tempus Thales]], he quotes an NPC who asks "How do you want to do this?" Fast forward a few years and that becomes [[WebVideo/CriticalRole another DM's]] signature PreMortemOneLiner.
* MagnificentBastard:
** After being harshly [[RailRoading rail-roaded]] in a ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' {{LARP}}, Spoony's response was to create and sneak a massive quantity of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semtex Semtex]] into the clan's headquarters and blow the building and all the offending players to Kingdom Come. '''''And''''' he did it all within the rules.
** His response to a player trying to "beat" the Lady of Pain [[LoopholeAbuse by getting sent to a maze that he'd automatically know how to get out of]]. The maze was just a straight line from start to exit. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor That was a hundred million miles long]].
*** Which gets funnier when you watch his Finaly Fantasy XIII review, in which he compares the game to an endless path you can't move away from. Essentialy making the game a playable representation of the Dungeon he made up years earlier.
** The DM of "Die a Hero & Die Long Enough to See Yourself Become the Villain", who ran a ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' game that utilized {{Batman Gambit}}s to [[CorruptTheCutie manipulate a paladin into working]] for an EvilOverlord by means of [[ToBeLawfulOrGood having the villain recruit the Paladin to do technically good things]].
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Once again, Tempus Thales [[spoiler:''skull-fucks'' a LoveInterest NPC to one of the PlayerCharacters]] to death. In the ''eye.''
** The leader of the ''Shadowrun: The Code'' group executes two hostages to ProveIAmNotBluffing, and then executes the rest once he gets the information he wants, purely on grounds to LeaveNoWitnesses because "[[DisproportionateRetribution They saw our faces]]." What's worse, ''this was the plan all along'' after the burglary went awry.
* MostAnnoyingSound: The guy sitting near the camera in the WebVideo/D20Live session, who spends about a half-hour repeatedly making forced and unfunny references to ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' in a blatant attempt to draw the players' attention.
* MrFanservice: As a character, Tandem the Spoony generally portrays himself as a dashing, swashbuckler type. In the [=ConBravo=] WebVideo/D20Live game, the party is tasked with escorting their host's daughter - an attractive young woman - around town. Spoony's reaction? Without saying a word, he removes his hat and [[TheCharmer shakes his hair down]].
-->'''Big Mike:''' Good God, man, tone it down a notch!
* NauseaFuel: All of "The Toilet Pizza."
* PetPeeveTrope:
** Spoony is obviously no fan of {{Villain Protagonist}}s, feeling that they're usually created an excuse for player(s) to act like [[ChaoticStupid violent, psychopathic assholes]] and disrupt the game ForTheLulz. He devoted one whole video ("So You Want to Be Evil") to shooting down the concept[[note]]Though he says he's be okay with Evil characters who still have a conscience[[/note]], spends portions of several ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' videos complaining about how the current ''WorldOfDarkness'' setting practically forces you to play a completely unsympathetic character, and of course "Shadowrun: The Code" is all about him taking his revenge on a party who went kill- and torture-happy for no good reason.
*** To a more general extent, he has difficultly putting up with the ChaoticNeutral alignment altogether because people tend to abuse it as the "do anything they want" alignment without dipping into the "evil" categories. He even admits to turning down one player's character of said alignment, even though it was very well made and appropriate for said alignment... even though he follows up with stating that, like most Chaotic Neutrals, said character really had no motivation to join an adventuring party.
** He also hates the attempts to add balance and prevent death later editions of ''Dungeons and Dragons" put forth, feeling that making things too easy takes away from the accomplishment of actually getting a high-level character.
** {{Munchkin}}s and MinMaxing. Spoony feels like an interesting, flawed backstory makes a great character, not high stats. He even has a book for using 3d6 dice rolls to determine a character's backstory and flaws virtually at random. He even notes, the few times a player got undesirable rolls from that book, Spoony told the player they didn't have to keep it. The players inevitably chose to keep the bad rolls anyway, since it got their wheels turning.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: At the start of "The Jedi Hunter", Spoony says that he hesitated to tell the story for this reason, remarking that his character's anti-Jedi tricks seem a lot less clever nowadays because later ''Franchise/StarWars'' media like ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' popularized a lot of the same ideas.
* StopHavingFunGuy: Spoony can be hard to watch when he gets into a grind of shouting about how spoiled modern gamers are and how much less challenging modern games are... even though cooler heads would generally say this is because modern tabletop games are [[FakeDifficulty better-designed]] rather than simply easier.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: For better or worse, Spoony is firmly a child of ''AD&D'' second edition. Many of his complaints about modern versions of the game sometimes struggle to stay on-topic and avoid going into great detail about how modern players are mollycoddled babies who don't have to ''[[StopHavingFunGuy earn]]'' their fun.
* ToughActToFollow: Some fans recommend watching the ''Literature/ThievesWorld'' episodes last for this reason.
* UnfortunateImplications: Discussed in "Beware the Woman, For They Come From Hell", where he talks about the trend of female [=NPCs=] in D&D being AlwaysChaoticEvil (''especially'' if they act attracted to any of the players) and suggests that [[FreudianExcuse the DMs who do this have some issues with women]].