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What do you get when you get a bunch of guys from Channel Awesome to play Dungeons & Dragons with Spoony as the Dungeon Master? Pure undiluted awesome.

Spoony's Campaign was an Actual Play with sessions streamed live and then archived on LordKaT's website. The site is now offline, but fans have uploaded the videos elsewhere.

The Dramatis Personae:

  • Spoony as the Dungeon Master
  • Lord Kat as Grae, a Human Ranger
  • Angry Joe as Lord Commander Vane II, a Tiefling Swordmage
  • Y: Ruler of Time as Viktor, a Human Fighter (re-speced to Barbarian in December 2010)
  • Skitch as Garrett, a Half-Elf Bard
  • Sean Fausz as Darstine, a Dragonborn Rogue
  • RolloT as Juliet, a Human Druid multiclassed into Shaman (re-speced into the Essentials Druid in December 2010)
  • Iron Liz as Lilea, an Elven Cleric
  • Linkara as Bayban, a Human Paladin
  • Paw Dugan as Andraste, an Eladrin Cleric (former party member)

Spoony's Campaign contains examples of:

  • Analogy Backfire: When Vane II goes into town alone to buy supplies, the group jokes about him screwing up somehow, with Spoony saying he'll spend all their money on a bag of magic beans. However, as the people in the chat pointed out, the beans really were magic and buying them was a good idea in the end.
  • Atrocious Alias:
    • When Angry Joe first joined the campaign, he had difficulty deciding his character's name. It went from Jonah to Youst Kempfer to Matrix, until it was changed to Lord Youst Matrix Vane Kempfer. Joe instead chose Lord Vane.
    • Skitch drops this trope's former name, Fail O'Suckyname, in response to Vane's warhorse, Lord Mane.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The game was played on Sundays, so on occasion the guys can get distracted by football. It probably doesn't help matters that most of them are part of a Fantasy Football league.
  • Author Catchphrase: Spoony is fond of having the monsters refer to the players as "pink meat".
  • Badass Boast: Delivered by Bayban when a drunk spat on him and started badmouthing the gods, blaming them for the monsters:
    Bayban: Excuse me sir, but if you think the monsters are coming, then you clearly are too drunk to see anything clearly, because the monster's right in front of you! So I suggest. You. RUN!
  • Berserk Button: Spoony hates a Burger King jingle ("New breakfast, new breakfast") and Soulja Boy's "Anime" (which basically the entire group hates, though they will bring it up to mess with each other).
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Juliet, the hippy nature girl, threatening to torture a captured assassin to death if he doesn't tell them what they want to know. Even Victor was somewhat disturbed.
    • Juliet also has a moment where she yells at the other party members for being selfish for not burying the dead and that if they want to continue without performing a proper burial, they will go on without her.
    • Garrett, having the highest diplomacy and a power called "Words of Friendship", disemboweled a guard quite violently. Admittedly, that was under the control of the Scorpion Queen, but still... Disembowelment...
  • Big Damn Heroes: Bursting into King Donovan's castle in order to save him and overthrow Talbot while being wanted.
  • Big "NO!": Done by Lord Vane when he learned that his father has little chance of being resurrected.
  • Black Comedy:
    • Elven Anne Frank— she failed her stealth check!
    • In the aftermath of a massacre, Grae tells Juliet to go comfort the children. Upon being told that the only survivors were in their forties, he responds that "well, they can just suck it up then."
  • Death Trap: Bayban and Garret got bloodied by exploding crystal pillars
  • Disney Death: Via Destination Defenestration, Lord Talbot. Subverted when [[spoiler: Talbot makes a saving roll and instead hangs off the edge of the building. Double subverted when he is attacked and knocked backward enough to finally fall.
  • Distressed Damsel: King Donovan's daughter, in more ways than one.
  • Door to Before: In the Black Library
  • Enemy Within: The Scorpion Queen, to Garret.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Alice.
  • Evil Chancellor: Talbot.
  • Expy: In the 2/20 session, the guys run into a Halfling Honest John who talks about cutting his own throat for money...
  • Failed a Spot Check: In the 7/12 session, Juliet asked where to find the Library of Logwyn...while standing inside it. Later on, Grae asked how to leave the town, only to be told there was pretty much just one road out, and they were standing on it; he hung his head in shame. (Both instances occurred because RolloT and LordKaT didn't hear Spoony saying the relevant information.)
  • Fantastic Racism: Grae and Elves. Woo boy, Grae and Elves.
    • Also, Halflings.
  • Faux Yay: Garret and Grae's response to being hit on by the king's jailbait daughter.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Done to Garrett after he panics from seeing the dark void in the ruined tower.
  • Glad I Thought of It: Princess Elena's fawning over Garret after the group defeats Lord Talbot dips into this territory.
    Viktor: What about me? I push him out window!
    Spoony (as Elena): And then Garret told the big Russian man to push him out the window!
    Viktor: What?! Aww...
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Andraste, essentially.
  • Guile Hero: Garret convincing Tamier to not only leave them all live, but also delay the attack on Sarmanath and let them go to search for the Orb of Galendread unattended.
  • Honor Before Reason: Tamier tells the party that Morgana offered mercy if he sided with her against the Witch Queen, but he refused. It ended up costing him his life.
    • When the group comes upon some High Elves slaughtering the inhabitants of a farm, Lilea runs up and starts chewing them out; at the very least, though, she split off from the rest of the group beforehand so she didn't attract attention their way.
  • House Rules: Spoony has one of these where player's don't go up to 0 before healing from negative HP.
  • Jerkass: Lord Vane stomping through Morwaytha's turnip patch.
  • Kick the Dog: According to a couple of offhand-remarks made on Lordkat's stream, Grae hates elves so much because they killed his dog "Pongo". And then raped it. And then set it on fire. It is entirely possible that this is actually his canonical backstory.
  • Killed Off for Real: In this setting, the gods are either dead or vanished, so The Magic Goes Away is somewhat in effect; in particular, resurrection spells are treated as rare and mythical. Too bad for Lord Vane Senior...
  • Kill It with Fire: Attempted during the Throne Room fight, using a burning mattress; it did not work out quite as well as the party had hoped.
  • Kill It with Ice: Two of Bayban's abilities invoke this trope.
  • Kill Steal: Spawned its very own Memetic Mutation..
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: After engaging in a chess themed puzzle involving shaking the hand of a king piece, our heroes start contemplating to steal the sword and crown of the king. They successfuly stole a +1 Luck Blade as well as the crown.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: When faced with a door, their greatest challenge yet, Angry Joe comes up with an ingenious solution: Hit the door with lightning. It didn't work.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Morgana lich
  • Mistaken for Gay: Happens to Lord Vane II once
  • Mook Promotion: Subverted with Bob the Minion.
  • Mundane Utility: Averted when the group absolutely refused to let Joe use his Daily Power on a particularly stubborn door. Played straight when Juliet used her Grasping Tide power to put out a burning farmstead.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Grae seems fond of advising that the party "just kill everyone [they] meet" (but especially Elves and Halflings).
  • Mythology Gag: "Fuck you and your clown shoes religion," which is a reference to a campaign LordKat DM'd which included a cleric affectionately named Brother Walken, so named because LordKaT's New York accent was exaggerated while voicing the character.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Galendread, Morgana
  • Never Found the Body: Double subverted with Lord Talbot. They did find the body, and in fact had it in Sarmanath's morgue...but then somebody stole it during the night.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The party travels across the world, outsmarts an army, and defeats a great demon only to wind up enabling Morgana to snatch the artifact of soul stealing power that they were questing for while they were distracted. Now the reborn demi-lich has taken control of one of their party members, her powerful book of spells, and an artifact that can devastate armies. Whoops.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Tamier is so blindly fixated on getting the Word of Morgana to the Witch Queen that he screws himself over in a big way. Not only does he delay the attack on Sarmanath, not only does he release the captive heroes to let them look for an cure for Garret and Darstine's respective curses, but he insists on taking his entire army with the party, a journey through scorching hot plains that destroys a sizable chunk of his force as the soldiers die from exhaustion and heatstroke and the Warforged bog down in the arid land. And then after all that, he let the party go into a castle to find the cure with no fixed time table for their return. Almost makes you wish you could be there when he tells the Witch Queen the "good" news...
    • Unfortunately, that last wish will never come to pass: Tamier was killed by Morgana-in-Darstine in the 12/19 session.
  • The Nicknamer: Grae.
  • Not Himself: Garrett when he is supposedly possessed by the Scorpion Queen.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    Natiri: Don't you understand? That book is Morgana! She has bound her soul within its pages! That book is her phylactery!
    Garrett: I under—
    Grae: (nonplussed) Ah.
  • One Size Fits All: The group pokes fun at D&D's use of this trope when Liz joins the game. Nik offers her a suit of chainmail armor he found but didn't need; when she accepts, Spoony says "It's a perfect fit!" in a facetious tone of voice and Nik adds (in his Viktor voice) "No wonder it didn't fit me, too generous in bust!"
  • Over Used Running Gag: RolloT's references to Lost, especially because everyone else in the group hated (or is indifferent towards) the show.
  • Pungeon Master: Lilea.
    • Oh Jesus yes.
  • Put on a Bus: Andraste, the group's cleric, after his player (Paw) dropped out of the game.
    • Unfortunately, this looks to be happening more, with Angry Joe now being too busy to play due to running Blistered Thumbs, Sean having dropped out for his own reasons, and perhaps most tragically with , who has decided to leave due to falling victim to unseen drama and troubles. Le sigh.
  • Regent for Life: Attempted by Talbot.
  • Retcon: How Vane II joined the party. Spoony's acknowledgement of this serves as the quote on the main article.
  • Running Gag: Several.
  • Serious Business: Before the 11/28 session, someone in the chat said sucked and everyone, player and chat member, started calling for blood.
  • Shout-Out: Several.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: The party didn't even give Talbot the chance to say anything when they confronted him; they just threw his ass out the window.
  • A Simple Plan: Vane's plan to steal gold from a drug dealer, which ended with Juliet passed out drunk in a tavern, Viktor getting pickpocketed, and the rest of the party ambushed by halflings.
  • Smug Snake: Talbot.
    • Lord Esgalion was kind of a sly one as well. His former squire Tamier seems to shaping up into this, too.
      • Or was, until he got killed by Morgana.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: At the start of the 9/12 session, Joe and RolloT are discussing poop. After Joe says that he hopes Heaven is like the feeling you get after taking an epic dump, and Rollo insisting that this is all in-character, Spoony responds with this:
    Spoony: Lord Vane's all, "I know not if there are gods or demons. I know not where one goes when one dies. But if there is indeed a Valhalla, I hope it to be like the feeling that one gets after taking an epic poo."
  • Sorry, I'm Gay: When Princess Elena starts falling for Garret, Grae covers for him by kissing him on the cheek and calling him "honey". (Of course, when they speak with the Princess after killing Talbot, she's still fawning over Garret, so perhaps it didn't take.)
  • Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: During the final showdown with Lord Talbot, he holds Princess Elena at knifepoint, and Spoony (in a slip of the tongue) says "he has a knife at his throat". This lead to the group wondering if he was doing this, which they said would have been kinda cool.
  • Time Travel: The players discover that this happened to them in the 11/28 game. Grae may have royally screwed up by bringing Alice (see Chekhov's Gunman above) back with them.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Grae, who has been affectionately nicknamed "Elven Hitler."
    • Maybe not, though. When LordKaT said that he had Grae as evil, Spoony remarked that he wasn't sure an evil teammate was acceptable, meaning Grae may just be an Anti-Hero.
      • Darstine-Morgana, though she's not really a teammate as of 12/19.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Word Of Morgana.
  • Unfortunate Names: Juliet's daily power: Fairy Fire. For a while, she was trying to get people to call it "Super Awesome Blood Death Murder Fire," but she now seems to have given up on that.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Inverted. For a while, Angry Joe didn't realize Darstine was female. He then started to ask about Darstine's dragon-breasts.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: John and Sayid. It's a shame, because Sayid apparently had an interesting backstory.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We may never know what happened to that Elite Guard who was disarmed and left in the wilderness at the end of the second throne room fight.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Darstine's curse from the Word of Morgana gives her access to rituals and magics far greater than any her allies could cast, but every spell used causes a piece of her mind to be lost to Morgana. Might cross into Blessed with Suck.
    • Given that as of the 12/19 session, Morgana has completely taken over Darstine, and has started turning Darstine into a lich, the effects are *FAR* too negative to come under the Cursed with Awesome category.
  • World of Ham: With Spoony's DMing, this is par the course.
    • And the game being played by people who all have being Genre Savvy as their job doesn't help the Hammyness either.
  • You All Meet in an Inn: Played straight. As mentioned by RolloT in his sessions 1-3 recap:
    "So our game began with our characters outside of the Kingdom of Sarmanath for one reason or another... Anyway, our group entered a tavern in town so we could acquaint ourselves with one another."
  • You Have to Burn the Web: Played straight when the party opens a door to reveal a room full of cobwebs with a creepy giggling in the distance. Grae, without a moment of hesitation, throws a flaming bedroll into the room to clear it out and take out the monsters. Unfortunately for the party, said monsters can teleport.