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A Dungeons & Dragons
roleplay group based in Minnesota who have been around since 2013. They revolve a bit less around the nitty-gritty of gameplay and a bit more around roleplaying, character development, and complex world building. There are several campaigns going at once with various different DM's, though the plots and character are often interrelated. The website
gives descriptions of all the players, characters, and worlds, and hosts livestreams of most of their sessions. Their podcast
covers the sessions MINDND and DNDASH weekly.
Tropes are broken down by session.
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Short for "Quouse DND", this campaign began in September of 2013. Season 1 is complete and available on Youtube
, and season 2 is being streamed weekly. It follows a set of heroes as they try to stop an evil cult and eventually a war. Arnam is killed repeatedly. The original adventuring party consisted of:
- Joaquin, a human fighter who has been elected the party's highly unwilling leader, played by Ashley
- Havi, a cowardly & germaphobic half-elf cleric, played by Emily
- Jojo, a bumbling barbarian half-orc, played by Shad
- Caranthir, a really chill drow druid, played by Tim
- Ireth, a tough-as-nails elf ranger, played by Kayla
- Daliah, a hot-tempered human rogue
The session is DM'd by Ben.
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QDNDOS takes place 15 years before the events of QDND and has been running since winter of 2013. The two sessions have tied together in some unexpected ways, though QDNDOS in general has had some fairly rotten luck. To what degree they're responsible
for the events of QDND is still unknown. The original adventurers were:
- Alexei, a vampire ranger who is uncomfortably into romance novels, played by Ashley
- Sophia, a human cleric with a self-righteous streak that's more like a highway, played by Dee
- Ader, a dwarf fighter who isn't quite sure if he's in the right place, played by Jay
- Eli, a high elf paladin who wandered into the group and was too lazy to leave, played by Emily
- Issa, a drow wizard who's a naive, lovable nerd, played by Shad
- Penny, a high elf cleric who joined the group a bit later, played by Mia
QDNDOS contains examples of:
- Androids Are People, Too: The conclusion of the second plot arc, after the party is tasked with tracking down the Warforged.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Eli is quite an intelligent person, it just takes a lot to get him to use his brain on something that isn't strictly helping his own situation.
- Character Alignment: Ader and Sophia are lawful good, Issa is chaotic good, Alexei is chaotic neutral, Eli is neutral evil, and Penny is chaotic evil. There is some conflict.
- Combat Medic: Sophia.
- Dismotivation: Eli actually hurts himself in his attempts to be lazier.
- Dysfunction Junction: Most of the group falls under this in this session as well.
- Alexei is a vampire.
- Ader has a lot of issues from being in a dwarven war.
- Issa is another runaway prince.
- Elijah has had some issues with Nifty in the past, as well as whoever cut his hair and scared his face.
- Sophia has her sister die prior to the start of the session.
- False Friend: Boatman.
- Holy Burns Evil: Sophia, the party cleric, can't do anything for the undead Alexei.
- Inverted in that Alexei is the only party member covered in crosses - although, of course, Pelor's imagery looks nothing like any of that.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Although she's the cleric, Sophia has a longsword and an array of holy spells that put her on the front line regularly (especially when the party include legitimate squishy wizard players like Issa).
- Immortal Immaturity: Eli is over 400 years old, but generally has the attitude of an apathetic high-schooler.
- Important Haircut: More of a traumatic experience for him, Eli's long locks were chopped off prior to the campaign starting. He is still very bitter about this.
- Innocently Insensitive: Issa, to the point that the group now knows better than to let him talk first. Or at all.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Clint has a fair share of this in the god trials, where he either has to be killed or run the chance of being the cause of a huge war that will kill millions of people in the future. And he's 15 now.
- Race Name Basis: Eli doesn't care enough to remember his teammates' names, and generally refers to them by race or some sort of stereotypical or derogatory title.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: The entire warforged plot of QDNDOS. It makes a certain amount of sense - the 'robots' were originally built to house souls, so huge amounts of realism make sense. The fact that these robots can apparently reproduce, though ...
- Reluctant Hero:
- Clint during the god trials.
- Shades of Conflict: The entire premise behind The God Trials was choosing between two morally ambiguous options with massive consequences. This got further complicated by the group getting transported to different planes as the debate went on.
- Team Mom: Sophia, reluctantly. And at one point almost literally.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Sophia with regards to ... most of the group. Most specifically Alexei, though.
- Take a third option: How the group solved the God Trials.
- Talking Weapon: "YOU'RE MINE NOW, BITCH!"
- What Measure Is A NonHuman: The entire conflict of the second season after they're tasked with tracking down and handing over to their deaths some hyper-realistic robots. The players get more and more bothered by the task as time goes on.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Issa.
DDND was the first campaign played by the GiC cast and is the longest running; it began in fall of 2011 and is still going, albeit sporadically. The bulk of the campaign predates the livestream, but text logs of the early sessions are available. The group, in a sort of round-about way, are trying to stop an evil sorcerer from summoning the legions of hell to this plane. The original adventuring party consisted of:
- Artie, a half-elf cleric with a heart of gold, played by Emily
- Easton, a human fighter who's a prostitute but means well, played by Ashley
- Griel, a warlock who enjoys disturbing the party as much as possible, played by Joe
- Hazel, a gnome wizard who's only out here for the rare books, played by Dee
- Roshan, a human ranger who somehow got put in charge, played by Mia
- Morven, a gnome rogue who is only here to dramatically complain, played by Jay
- Teague, a half elf wizard and a huge nerd, joined the party later, played by Chloe
The session is DM'd by Alex.
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MODND, or Modern DND, takes place about 500 years after the events of QDND and has been running since Q1 winter of 2015. The original adventuring party consists of:
- Stiletto Margarita, a human rogue method actor con man, played by Ashley
- Marlowe, a human warlock fighter concierge, played by Jay
- Dolly, a dwarf warlock floor supervisor, played by Andy
- Nikkolai, a human getaway driver with a deskjob and a foot in the mafia, played by Emily
- Anise, an elf cleric who's currently a janitor, played by Shad
The session is DM'd by Ben.
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DNDASH started Spring 2014, and follows a dysfunctional group try to save the world from demons while accidentally becoming pirates. The adventuring party consists of:
- Julian, a shy, pink tiefling who was voted into a leader role for the group, played by Andy
- Nero, a paranoid & anxious half-elf illusion wizard, played by Emily
- Elliot, a shitty pirate elf who is currently a mailman, played by Shad
- Toivo, a lanky elf druid with an affinity for squirrels, played by Kay
- Aiden, a middle-aged gossipy human cleric who heals a lot of broken ankles, played by Jay
The session is DM'd by Ashley.
DNDASH contains examples of:
- Achey Scars: Nero and Toivo both got a little of this from theirs when demons were around.
- Apologises a Lot: Toivo. And Julian, to a lesser extent.
- Artifact Alias: Elliot, whos real name is Daevin.
- Blackmail: Nero had been blackmailed to work against the group in order to save his sister, Auka.
- Being Good Sucks: Elliot and Fair.
- "Be Quiet!" Nudge: Elliot does not have a lot going for him when it comes to social grace.
- Cat Girl: A crew member of Luck's ship, ironically named Wolf.
- Character Development: Everyone in the group gets a little nudge forward, though currently they're all still growing up.
- Julian grows a backbone.
- Elliot. A lot.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Fair, to Auka.
- Cool Big Sis:
- Nero's older sister Auka.
- Elliot's older sisters Brooke and Amelia.
- Coordinated Clothes: The whole group got matching outfits when they joined Luck's crew and then again when they got their magical girl outfits.
- Dressed to Plunder: Elliot. Even though he was trying to pass as NOT a pirate.
- Dysfunction Junction: The whole group. The whole fucking group.
- You know how DND groups are typically misfits that end up belonging within their group? Not this group, they don't even fit in amongst themselves.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: The group fails a lot, but still win at the end of season one.
- Every Scar Has A Story: Most of the group. A lot of the npcs.
- Familiar: Rocky.
- Femme Fatale: Vivianne is a teacher version of this.
- Friends with Benefits: Elliot and Haden.
- Gender-Blender Name: Lesley, the prince of Solendale.
- Gratuitous Animal Sidekick: Toivo and Rocky.
- I Cant Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Julian towards Lesley.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Julian with regard to being a tiefling.
- Immortal Immaturity: Elliot is 40 but acts like he's 12.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Lesley.
- Just Friends: Elliot and Haden. Sort of. If you asked Shad, at least.
- Love Confession: Julian, to Lesley.
- Love Potion: Looking for a way to delay Lesley's wedding, Nero slipped Elliot a love potion to get him with Lesley, hoping to play off the existing feelings between the two.
- Never My Fault: Elliot has a hard time accepting blame even when it's blatantly obvious he is at fault.
- Port Town: Piraiya Port.
- Precursor Heroes: The unknown group who originally had the Magical Girl outfits.
- Prince Charmless: Lesley, though we find out most of that is just an act.
- Queer Romance: Basically all of DNDASH.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Which is mostly We ARE Struggling Together. There are a few in the group who get along okay, but they argue amongst themselves way more than they work together well. Nero and Elliot the most.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Lesley.
- Romance Novel: Of Sins and Virtues.
- Runaway FiancÚ: Lesley. Sort of. If you replace runaway with the fact that the group just ... never got Lesley to where he needed to go. Which, thank God, because it was all a set up.
- Scars Are Forever:
- Elliot and his arms, after Haden's death.
- Nero and Toivo's 5 scars around their hearts.
- Lesley's broken nose.
- Springtime for Hitler: Lexington and Nightingale picked the group because they were expected to fail; to go to Sillistone as a set up to get killed. Instead, the group ends up beating them both, as well as the rest of the seven.
- Stacy's Mom: Vivienne. Who is literally Stacy's mom.
- Stalker with a Crush: Toivo has a tendency to develop feelings for people, which inevitably turns into a bit of an obsession.
- Supernatural Aid: At the end of the first season, the group is helped by Jo Casta, who they find out in season two that she was basically an angel.
- Sword and Gun: Captain Luck.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Toivo was seduced by his teacher at age 15. An unusual variation of the trope, where the teacher is an attractive woman with a male student but the relationship is still unequivocally condemned.
- The Power of Love: Canonically, the power of love can fix even the worse curse in the DNDASH world.
- The Rival: Gary.
- The Unapologetic: Elliot often refuses to apologize, even when it's obviously something he's done to upset someone. It's often "not his fault" or they're "being too sensitive". Most the time, it ends in a Backhanded Apology and then an Ordered Apology.
- There are also times where he knows he's in the wrong and tries to avoid it until it hopefully goes away. Which doesn't work. Often end with an Ordered Apology and then he Cannot Spit It Out.
- Treasure Map: Elliot's got one now, which unfortunately leads to where Luck is making her new home base.
- Unholy Holy Sword: The demon killing sword.
- You Are Not Alone:
- Your Worst Nightmare: During a brief panic attack, Nero casts Phantasmal Killer on Elliot, showing only him illusions of his worst nightmares.
- Lesley, the whole time.
- Julian, very obviously
- Elliot, after finding out Haden was possessed, and then after Haden's death.
- Your Cheating Heart: Vivianne sleeps with Toivo while still married. It comes back to bite both of them.
MINDND started Q1 Winter 2015, and follows a bunch of special fucking snowflake half-races. The original adventuring party consists of:
- no-name, a warforged who is still learning who they are, played by Emily
- Ezra, a "quarterling" rogue on his way to be a master thief, played by Ben
- Althea, a tiefling sorcerer who is just getting into the real world, played by Kay
- Samson, a half-orc, half-drow fallen paladin of Lolth, played by Shad
- Rainbow, a half-orc/half-elf cleric who can't read and has a rainstick, played by Ashley
- Rostrix, a half-orc barbarian who can punch the magic out of doors, played by Chloe
The session is DM'd by Jay.
MINDND contains examples of:
- The Nameless: no-name, obviously. This is due to the fact that they were not programmed with a name, and have not lived long enough to find a suitable one. (Nor cared to.)