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Episode 1589: Weighty Deliberations


In reality of course they wouldn't even have time to hold this conversation before being obliterated by the impending Death by Landscape. But arguing about how to get out of time-critical life-or-death situations is all part of the fun of any decent gaming session!

Alternative strip title: "Massive Deliberations". Which may be better, depending how pedantic you are.

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

So... will this be Jim's first character death? A heroic sacrifice? I guess that means we might see him take over Bria soon.

And in Jim's defense, he is sacrificing himself for something. He's sacrificing himself to save the GM from the complex mathematical calculations of the airspeed velocity of a Rebel ship laden with a Kyle Katarn.

— aurilee

If you have rope that is rated to 500 kg, and you need to carry something that weighs 780 kg, do you:

Seriously: rope is not going to be uniformly strong. As much as people want to say that all you have to do is divide the weight by the rope capacity and say this is the number of times you need to tie it, real-world physics says use N+1.

Jim knows this. The only logical conclusion from this comic is that Jim has simply grown tired of this character. He's trying to give a character a heroic out, a heroic death, so that Jim can choose to play a character that he's more interested in.

In other words, he is intentionally trying to talk the GM into his own death. Watch him fail; watch the GM come up with a way to keep the character alive even as Jim tries to kill him off.

— Keybounce


Cassian: Kyle, we'll carry you to our ship!
Kyle: With my mechanical limbs, my weight is... 780 kilos.
Cassian: ... We'll drag you to our ship!
Chirrut: We'd need a combined Strength of... more than we have.
[SFX]: rumble...
Cassian: We'll tie you to the ship.
Chirrut: Our rope is rated to 500 kilos.
Cassian: It's worth a try!
GM: The rupturing terrain rises ever closer to the fortress.
[SFX]: rumble...
Kyle: I'll just slow down your ship. No, I'll have to heroically sacrifice myself!
[SFX]: rumble...
Chirrut: You're not sacrificing yourself for anything.
Kyle: But at least it's heroic!

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Published: Tuesday, 19 December, 2017; 02:11:02 PST.
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