- Cliché Storm: Even the tropes that weren't made by the books become RPG cliches in the hands of the DM.
- Crowning Moment of Awesome: It's rare, but any time the group manages to outsmart the DM.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: Just about any strip, but notably:
DM: The walls crack open, and thousands of skulls are unleashed!
Gimli: I'll bet this was a robust culture. Imagine their funerals. "Oops. Granny's dead, let's lop off her head and chuck it into the big bin to be dropped on adventurers."
DM: The skulls continue to pour in, filling the room and threatening to crush your nitpicking, over-analyzing characters.
Boromir: This is the first time in the whole campaign I've felt really free to make my own choices. I kinda like it.DM: But you're dead!Boromir: And you can't force me to do anything!DM: And decomposing!Boromir: Of my own free will!Aragorn: That never happened, man. Sounds like you forgot.DM: You mean I didn't?... OH CRAP!DM: Okay, suddenly Lord Elrond shows up at your camp.Elrond: (with a completely serious face) Hi.DM: He gives you the sword.Elrond: Here is the sword. And keep your hands off my daughter.DM: Then he leaves. Okay, so now you wield Anduril.Aragorn: SWEET SMOKING CONAN! Will you look at the stats on this sword! I was supposed to have this all along?
- Also, Aragorn's brilliant military leadership.
- Boromir, completely fed up with the railroading, decides to die and leave the game and gives this gem:
- Gimli vs. diplomacy:
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Despite the other players wanting to leave as soon as possible, the person who roleplayed Gimli is fully willing to give the GM another chance and play another one of his campaigns, and says "Just get some better source material. I'm sure it'll be great."
Friends! I will not keep you long. I am writing this to you for a purpose. Indeed, for three purposes. First of all, to tell you that I am immensely fond of you all, and that one year is far too short a time to write a webcomic for such excellent and admirable readers. I don’t know half of you half as well as I would like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.Secondly, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of this strip. I should say, OUR strip, since the comments and suggestions you’ve given over the last year have been as entertaining as the strip itself. Together the strips score one hundred and forty-four. One gross, if I may use the expression.This month is also, if I may be allowed to refer to ancient history, the two-year anniversary of the start of this site. Two years ago this site began in utter obscurity, with me posting a narrative of a D&D campaign to nobody in particular. But today the site is thriving and I can now say, “Thank you very much” to the thousands of you who read this.Thirdly and finally, I wish to make an ANNOUNCEMENT. I regret to announce that, though, as I said, a year is for too short a time to spend on a webcomic, this is the END. It is over now. GOOD BYE.
- And in the rant at the bottom of the final page, the creator of the comic, Shamus Young, puts a goodbye speech styled after Bilbo's speech at the beginning of Lord of the Rings:
- Just Here for Godzilla: With the exception of Gimli, none of the players give a damn about the story. And even Gimli loses his patience with the horrible pacing and railroading (don't tell The Roleplayer how his character feels.)
- Shallow Parody: The "Gimli son of Groin" joke — as the Dwarvish family tree in one of the appendices reveals, according to Tolkien it really was "Gimli son of Glóin son of Gróin" in The Lord of the Rings.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Enforced and lampshaded in this strip. The author notes how there are a lot of good jokes that can be pulled in this scene, but the Nazgûl and Éowyn are NPCs played by the DM, who take it very seriously.