Web Comic Darths And Droids Discussion

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01:37:54 PM Jul 25th 2014
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This comic has very recently unearthed a trope that TVTropes has yet to codify: the unexpected communication with a major antagonist. It's a real trope. It has examples. The author named one. I can name another. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire's opening chapter illustrates a connection between Harry and Voldemort, which is examined and even exploited in next book.
01:45:02 PM Jul 25th 2014
Huh. You may want to offer that up in YKTTW.
10:31:20 AM May 31st 2014
Is it just me, or did the comic kind of lost its way halfway through The New Hope? While still very funny and full of wit, the characters suddenly stopped being roleplayers and instead all turned into "actual" role-players. In the case of Jim it is understandable, since he is being influenced by Annie and all, but Pete off all people having in-universe conversations with others? Pete, the absolute munchkin? Corey also became a proficient roleplayer way too quickly and by The Empire Strikes Back he is doing as much acting as Annie of all people. In fact, everyone is doing too much acting and not enough actual gaming is the bottom line of the issue.

It just feels like the Comic Irregulars burned out and dropped the bulk of the RPG concepts, and while the comic is still far from bad, it still feels like a definite decline. Am I the only one who feels this?
10:27:11 AM Jul 6th 2014
I agree - it USED to revolve around the idea that a lot of things in the Star Wars universe make just as much - or sometimes even more - sense if they were Ass Pulls by RPG players, and along the way gave various commentary on RP Gs and/or advice to G Ms as well. But now the entire strip does virtually nothing but set up the commentary and advice. I felt it really jumped the shark with today's episode, which was a complete waste of a strip that literally did only one thing - set up a commentary that said "Sometimes it's hard to fit everyone's schedules together". That's it?
06:27:58 AM May 30th 2013
Darths & Droids and The Order of the Stick are both on their 890th strip. COINCIDENCE?! ... Yes.
09:11:51 AM Sep 4th 2012
edited by joepro9950
Does anyone know what movie today's comic (A new scope) is referencing? I can't tell if I'm just not getting the reference or if is this one of those time where they're going to give us more details later. To be clear I'm wondering what Jim's campaign was.
02:42:32 PM Sep 7th 2012
Unless you mean A New Hope, the original Star Wars film, I'm not entirely sure.
09:18:12 AM Sep 8th 2012
I mean strip 775, where they're talking about Jim's campaign that we didn't see. Like that The Princess Bride campaign they did in between movies.
08:42:54 AM Sep 9th 2012
Ah. Yeah, there's not enough information to be sure. TBH, being a campaign run by Jim, I could see any of them having two medics just to be sure they didn't get themselves killed immediately. I think we might have to wait.
01:13:22 PM Jul 30th 2013
It's referencing Airplane, "And don't call me Shirley"/"And stop calling him Shirley!". Pete was Ted Stryker, the shell-shocked pilot, Sally was Dr. Rumack, The GM was Rex Kramer, and Annie was Elaine.
08:49:24 AM Aug 29th 2012
edited by Gregzilla
Should we add a Tear Jerker section? I'm not sure, but Jar Jar's imminent death seems to fit (especially since it is JAR JAR, pretty much the epitome of Rescued from the Scrappy Heap as far as I can tell). I don't know if they got past that part in terms of the panels (the destruction of "Naboo"). Did they, and should we?

EDIT: Never mind, it seems it will be happening now. Once we have the death confirmed, we can decide on it.
08:16:42 PM Nov 23rd 2011
Way too many of the tropes here just lazily link to one of the panels in Darths & Droids rather than just writing a few sentences that are way easier to read than opening a new tab every time to see what the specific instance of that trope is.
05:36:30 AM Nov 24th 2011
well why don't you fix that then, make a few edits to explain the links? It's a wiki, so you can repair it easily.
10:54:44 PM Nov 24th 2011
Because cleaning up all of them would take an hour or so. And I also posted that so (hopefully) people would stop doing it if they added any further trope examples.
04:04:54 AM Dec 4th 2011
Basically the point is that we don't depend on the reader following an external link. Anyone writing any further trope examples should see How to Write an Example. I'll clean the current stuff up when I get the time to. :)
07:36:15 AM Dec 5th 2011
Everyone is limited in time. You noticed the problem, so you get first crack at fixing it.
03:42:35 PM Jun 16th 2011
There is a major problem with the description: No where does the page say what Darths and Droids actually IS! Is it a tabletop game? A web original video series? A fan fic? Something else?
08:00:56 AM Jun 17th 2011
You can edit it yourself. One click of the link shows it's a webcomic.
05:40:08 PM Oct 3rd 2010
Maybe Darths & Droids could have it's own page for Crowning Moment of Funny? Possibly Crowning Moment of Awesome as well?
05:47:05 PM Oct 3rd 2010
All articles may now have their own pages for these. Click the icons at the top. If it doesn't have one, you can create it.
11:05:30 AM Jul 19th 2010
Is there a trope for the fact that the worst acted character in the movies is played by the best actor and that the wise calm mentor is the Idiot Hero Real Man?
11:23:53 AM Jul 19th 2010
I don't know, but I didn't pick up on that until the most recent edit. It really is amusing. Also, it could be that some of the blame should go to Lucas for that performance; in the thread for strip #317 on the Irregular Webcomic forums, there's this exchange:

"Oh, and for all the hate Hayden Christensen gets, he does manage to pull this angry/sad/mourning thing. (in the pictures though...in the film not so much)."

"No, this is just incontrovertible proof that the prequel trilogies would have been much better with a better director at the helm. When a handful of amateurs can (essentially) re-edit your film and get a better performance from your actors than the "Hollywood" director did, the director sucks."
08:35:35 PM Jun 21st 2010
Look, folks, Pete is not a villain, even as GM. He's a Killer Game Master, sure. He acts as an antagonist to the players, sure. But he is not and has never been a villain. There's some question as to whether this story even has villains.
04:23:01 AM Jun 23rd 2010
edited by Darkmane
Dooku might fit the bill via Grey and Grey Morality, though.
03:26:47 AM May 16th 2010
Removed the following:

  • Logic Bomb: Meta-example; each strip has a written transcript for the vision-impaired.

I can't see how that is an example of a Logic Bomb at all. Firstly, Logic Bomb seems to deal with making a computer crash due to a paradox or similar, and putting text at the bottom of the page certainly isn't making anyone's computer explode.

Secondly, there are entirely logical reasons for adding a text transcript for the vision-impaired. Unlike the speech bubbles in the comic itself, the plain-text transcription can be read by text-to-speech programs. Most browsers also allow the user to alter font size, so the vision-impaired could increase the size of the text to the point where they can read it.
09:34:23 PM Mar 3rd 2010
Should we continue with putting spoilers whenver Jim as Amidala is mentioned? I can see why they were added at the beginning, but by this point Jim as Amidala seems a pretty well established plot point. It also seems wierd to have Jim as Amidala be a spoiler, but not Pete as GM (Since Pete as GM is even more out of the blue in some ways.)
06:17:47 AM Mar 4th 2010
Seems ridiculous to me. Nobody who hasn't read the comic will understand why that needs to be spoilered, and even for me it didn't come across as a major thing; just a recurrence of the gags that thread the comic.
06:28:40 AM Mar 4th 2010
I agree with removing the tags. By now Jim has spent about as much time as Amidala as he did as Qui Gon, so if you don't know this yet you probably aren't reading the comic anyway. Plus, the fact that Qui Gon dies in Episode I is pretty much common knowledge to anyone likely to read a Star Wars webcomic, so clearly he was going to have to switch to some other major character, and there aren't really that many options for who it could be.
10:16:56 PM Mar 11th 2010
All (Or at least most) of these should be gone at this point.
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