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Dudley's (New, Improved) Dungeon

< Jan 21st, 2009 >Dentarthurdent
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@ "The valiant champion shall soon arrive, triumphantly bearing the fabled Amulet of Yendor! Huzzah!"
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@ "I guess that guy with the Amulet will get here soon. Meh, either way."
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@ "Lemmings are coming from Oz to give me a potato pie! Crunchy!"
                    
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& "Rock!"

@ "Paper!"

& "Dammit. All right, I'll clean up the mess."

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17 Comments

#1 Quint Wed, 21 Jan 2009 06:01:07
Lol?

#2 Quint Wed, 21 Jan 2009 06:01:18
Ooh, we can edit comments here! Sweet!

#3 progo Wed, 21 Jan 2009 12:39:59
This was seriously cool. I don't know, the third panel cracked me up.

#4 slowpoke Wed, 21 Jan 2009 19:48:50
The first two panels seemed to be leading somewhere interesting, the third panel lost me, and I guess the fourth panel means Dudley is dead and won't be showing up in the first two panels. I don't suppose it was a Waiting For Godot parody? :)

#5 Dentarthurdent Wed, 21 Jan 2009 21:55:54
Something like that. Just a "failure to meet expectations"-type anticlimax joke. And a bit of a play on the alignments, of course. Mostly, it was just a stupid gag that came to me while playing with the color. :)

In other news, I've totally wanted to do a joke with these four panels for months. I has a fulfilled.

#6 DrSunglass Thu, 22 Jan 2009 03:31:55
This strip would've been better with just the first three panels. It's not obvious enough that the fourth panel is a non-sequitur.

#7 marcmagus Thu, 22 Jan 2009 05:05:35
I don't think it's a non-sequitur. There are four high priests, and all four panels are presumably simultaneous.

#8 MuJ Thu, 22 Jan 2009 09:50:20
Isn't it obvious?

The first priest is lawful, bathed in light and all happy happy joy joy.
Second one is neutral and makes pretty neutral comment.. Third one is chaotic
and obviously very bored too (quaffing potions of hallucination.)

It must be very boring to wait for the player character to get on the astral plane. And the wait continues as the high priest of Moloch just spread Dudley's guts all around the temple :P

#9 Thvor Thu, 22 Jan 2009 17:43:57
The third panel is the best.

#10 anther Thu, 22 Jan 2009 18:23:44
Not quite what I expected for chaotic...

#11 Looney Fri, 23 Jan 2009 20:29:13
The chaotic one is a pun. In addition to its meaning of evil in NetHack, "chaotic" can also mean random. Which pretty much describes the scene at the chaotic high altar in this strip.

#12 zanasj Fri, 23 Jan 2009 20:49:37
The random and unpredictable nature of chaos shown here, as opposed to the traditional evilness, makes this strip very refreshing. btw, for an interesting view on the nature of Law and Chaos, see The Sandman: Season of Mists :)
Last edited: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 20:50:12

#13 Sorceror Thu, 11 Feb 2010 07:40:24
Recasting G after explanations.

#14 DarthCliche Sun, 2 May 2010 16:54:26
E, but the joke isn't clear by itself (I thought that all of those temples were the same place, and that all the @s were Dudley).

#15 Anonymous Sun, 20 Jun 2010 17:34:55
#11: Chaotic does not mean evil in NetHack: "Alignment
Lawful, Neutral, or Chaotic. Often, Lawful is taken as good and Chaotic as evil, but legal and ethical do not always coincide. Your alignment influences how other monsters react toward you. Monsters of a like alignment are more likely to be non-aggressive, while those of an opposing alignment are more likely to be seriously offended at your presence." -Guidebook, section 3.1.

#16 DarthCliche Mon, 19 Jul 2010 20:11:08
That last guy was me.

#17 ThePathfinder Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:21:49
No Matter.

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