Doghouse Rules
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  1. Majin-Wolf

    King is back wOOt!!!

  2. Ebly

    I never could understand D&D

  3. Sylum

    My god Majin that was quick…..

    lol King playing D&D XD

    • Majin-Wolf

      I know i just can’t help it lol!!

    • Caleb

      I agree with Joey 4th edition sucked.

  4. Dissension

    I know your pain, Joey… I know your pain

  5. zrofyre

    absolute awesomeness! Poor Joey . . . it’s hard to be a gamer.

  6. loudhawaiianshirt


  7. Sylum


  8. toboe

    Joey! =3

    Samurai vampires… like Shiba-Inu’s with rabies?

  9. GameCobra

    Rule of thumb Joey: Take it slow sometimes =3

    I hope these two get along again in the future. feels like a childhood moment there.

  10. Ruduen

    See, this is why you don’t want to use too many sourcebooks.

  11. Clockwise

    I used to play with a COLLIE too.

  12. S

    Haha, you gotta avoid overwhelming the newbies too early, dude! Start them off with a simple premade character, and work up from there!

    I actually like how 4th edition D&D has helped make the game easier to get into, and my group’s enjoying it (playing a summoner druid now). On the other hand, we probably still look like Joey here to the two new-ish people.

  13. HonorèDerazey

    I don’t have any idea what Joey is talking about. ^.^

    I don’t play D&D. (yes I know, I suck because I don’t play it) I really don’t play any games unless I can blow up/burn everything using fireworks, air freshener, a lighter, and a WHOLE BUNCH of petroleum jelly and jet fuel!

    …Am I a pyromaniac?

    • Snowmon

      Is your cat black?

    • Sleet

      Depending on the setting and/or strictness of the DM, technically YOUR CHARACTER can do those things in D&D… I’m not sure if that counts.

      • HonorèDerazey

        No, I mean actually burning/blowing up stuff. :P

        • Frank

          Read Sandra and Woo. There’s a russian pyromaniac in the cast. (Any similarities between her and the Disaster Girl meme are purely coincidential. No, seriously.)

          • HonorèDerazey

            The pyromaniac is RUSSIAN? This book interests me already…

          • Frank

            It’s a webcomic. The Project Wonderful ads here sometimes show it up

  14. Snowmon

    This is why I stick with card games and video games. Old Maid anyone?

  15. ObscureDragom

    Conform to a rule set! Or run the risk of people thinking your the next Byron Hall.

  16. Severedevil

    I’d have left when Joey mentioned powergamers, too.

    • Sleet


    • Noir the Sable


  17. crazyredemu

    Ha! and I am about to go play a game of…savage worlds…I’ve not played it before I hope it is fun. But when I first started playing I felt like King

    • Frank

      You felt you had played it with a collie?

  18. Nightfirex

    Oh silly people and your games.. see we the people of Pathfinders have taken 3.5 and elevate it to the next level.. but those commoners that don’t understand our ways.. we scoff… and roll a 20 sider die to make sure we scoff successfully. ^_^

  19. Sleet

    I have no idea what half of that meant, and I’ve played and DM’d D&D before. Joey and his friends are weird.

    • Frank

      You know what’s wierder? I have never actually played D&D, yet I knew what half of that meant!

  20. Knaveofclubs

    This tops it…I know someone just like Bino….in every way except the fur and ears

    • Indagare

      You mean Joey here or Bino in another strip?

  21. Shaboigan

    Wheres he pulling all those books from?

  22. TD

    I wish I knew someone that played D&D; I’d LOVE to join a session.

  23. Cthulhu

    I want to say that I miss playing D&D, but I really don’t.

  24. Icharus

    I love how far collars have come in terms of detail since earlier comics. Just sayin’.

  25. RockstarRaccoon

    lol, some people take D&D too far… Powergaming is no fun either… I prefer Scion right now anyway: you can use cars as clubs against giant insects.

  26. Fuzzypaws

    King is even more adorable than usual! And I love the title of the strip. :)

    • Valerio

      *hugs King* he makes you do that. It’s the griffin magic!

  27. Awesome Sauceome

    Oh for the love of GOD, man, just play Pathfinder.

    Also, please please PLEASE go somewhere with the D&D game. D8

  28. Nyrufa

    Heh, at least he didn’t try Oriental D&D with the honor system.


  29. Majin-Wolf
  30. Valerio

    Go Sacred 2, Joey!
    (For a moment, I thought it was actually Bino who was asking King to join a game)

  31. Valerio

    also, king NEVER stops being so darn ADORABLE!!! ^_^

    • Majin-Wolf

      Seriously indeed! ^.^

  32. falconthefox

    when you have to quote sub sub paragraphs of sub paragraphs of what ever volume of whatever version….the games way too bloated

  33. Pokeblue

    Oh, yay, we get to see King again. ^w^

    Lol, kinda makes me wonder what my friends are gonna tell me. I told them I’d let them teach me how to play D&D.

  34. Valerio

    It is somehow worrisome that Joey goes around with a pile of handbooks. Well, worst case it’s good exercise

  35. Indagare

    Someone needs to get that dog Pathfinder or, better yet, World Tree. Or Shard. Shard is also cool. Shard and World Tree also involve anthropomorphic animals.

    • toboe

      cool! thanks for the heads up

      • Indagare

        Welcome! :-) I’m not sure how available World Tree books are anymore, but it was a pretty neat system. It is *very* different than D&D, though, since it is mostly skill-based rather than class-based. Info on Shard can be found on it’s homepage, which I linked below for Silver Guardian.

    • Silver Guardian

      What is Shard and where can I find it?

      • Indagare

        The homepage for Shard is here: from there you’ll find links telling you more about it.

  36. 2MK

    Poor Joey, he never wags his tail for a long time.

  37. FeatherT_C

    Love d&d… hate complex rules… Being a dm with multiple players that have photographic memory makes it a lot easier… tons of me saying “roll what you need to” and them saying “well this, this and this, or possibly this,” often resulting in “well, that rule is stupid. roll once, add the crap that makes sense, and let’s get on with the game.”
    Being one of the only actual role players in a group of power gamers can get annoying. Being a roleplaying cleric in a large group of OP McGee’s is a riot. “Sorry, my character didn’t know the jerk that keeps making fun of his lack of combat skills was critically wounded. Maybe he should have said something.”

    • Frank

      So, you hate complex rules Feather T_C, but what about complex languange given the setting in a blue folder? Nothing beats a blue folder, especially when it needs another folder to describe it! A setting like that surely deserves complex language rules! … wait, what’s the setting again?

    • MrMutt

      I used to DM. I never actually read any of the books. Fortunately, the players loved it because we didn’t have to rule lawyer everything.

  38. Legendario 777

    Poor Joey……
    King has reappeared !

  39. Caleb

    All right more King!

  40. Zlashdrive

    Joey has reached nerd level five…

    • Frank

      No, no, no! It’s level 7! (Panel 3, sub-bubble 3). Weren’t you paying attention? :D

    • NobodyYouKnow

      the expression on your avatar is perfect for that comment

  41. Spirit Studios 2010

    I’ve always wanted to play D&D, never have. But thanks to Joey I think I’ll just stick to computer RPGs.

  42. 1PlayerD

    woh lots of expanation

  43. Robin Goodfellwo

    ha ha! Thats exactly what happens when my brother asks me to play D&D with him. I love it, but I’m not willing to spend five hours pouring over that kind of stuff.

  44. tigergulp


    • NobodyYouKnow


  45. Takkisis

    My family is a bunch of nerds pen and paper aka table top minitures games rule

  46. siddy

    Jezz one thing hearing someone tell you about D&D and get confused by it. But trying to read what Joey is saying and im still getting lost. @_@

  47. jack

    King needs to run in to an old girlfriend so he can bark at her with out her knowing it’s really him! Or since he was one of those peta guys he should probably run in to his long lost blow up doll! LOL

  48. mamoru

    wow king is back and like d&d lol

  49. zane2099

    awww I would play with you

    • Valerio

      me too!
      And there are advantages in being a neutral barbarian: just roll a dice & slaugher your enemies :D

      • Frank

        But if you’re “neutral”, you don’t have any enemies! Or do you mean “chaotic neutral”?

        • Valerio

          chaotic neutral, yup that’s right.

  50. MrMutt

    Like King, I’d walk away from that too.

  51. Gamerkitty

    Joey just needs to look into the Pathfinder RPG, Its basically 3.75 rules.

    • gatherer818

      Ugh, Pathfinder. It’s not 3.75, it’s “hey let’s just ramp up the power level on the old classes”. Now the reason I play 3.5 is missing from Pathfinder (the awesome character customization, where you can make ANY character by combining the hundreds of available classes) unless I’m willing to run a super-gimped character that can’t hold up to the other characters in combat, because all the classes from the splatbooks don’t hold a candle to the Pathfinder core classes. Wu Jen, Swashbuckler, Favored Soul… *poof* all useless.

      • Gamerkitty

        yeah but it also stops from horribly breaking a character too. I know and loved making 3.5 characters and it was way to easy to make a bunch of ultra powerful characters.

        • Tarith Averin

          Well, then it just falls to the DM to rebalance the game, either by stepping in and asking the player to avoid taking exploits, or to increase the difficulty of encounters accordingly.

          Even if you’ve got godlike stats, the fun can be preserved by accorded adjustments to the narrative.

          • Severedevil

            Increasing the difficulty of the encounters to match an exploiting powergamer’s hundreds of damage or no-save win spells often requires breaking the setting, and leaves any partymembers who aren’t exploiting as useless lackeys.

            Just lay the hammer down.

  52. TallenMF

    I wonder how many of Joey’s friends actually play with him…

    • Frank

      At least two. See June 19th, 2009

  53. Mystery Ezekude

    Dungeons and Dragons again? For some reason, I’m not surprised…

    …Oh! And I noticed that Joel/King’s more enthusiastic here even though he might not play an important role in this arc. I’m curious about whether or not he still remembers his true identity…

    • Noir the Sable

      It’s a little apparent that he does, hence the Freudian slip about playing D&D in college.

      I mean, I doubt many pets go to education higher than obedience school…

      • Zekermeme

        I think there’s a slightly more obvious Freudian slip here.

        “In collie”.

        Think about it.

        • Zekermeme

          Ah… “obvious” was not the word I intended to use there. But I can’t seem to think what was.

      • Corjoth

        Freudian slip: when you say one thing while thinking about a mother

        • Spirit Studios 2010

          When you say one thing but mean your mother.

          • Mr. Moonchylde

            I want to get a pair of Freudian slippers… that way I can really put my foot in it.

  54. Valerio

    King with improved ears! *noms doggie ears*

  55. Frank

    Awww. Poor Joey. But I guess that’s what happens when you change the rules so that your friends actually want to fail their will-saving throws!

    • Frank

      On second thought, that may be just what makes them as creepy

  56. Refinance

    Do chickens think rubber humans are funny?

    • NobodyYouKnow

      random, but yes

      • NobodyYouKnow

        my gravatar changed! finally!

        • HonorèDerazey

          What comic is your gravatar from again???

          • NobodyYouKnow

            jack. really awesome, but graphic

        • HonorèDerazey

          I took a look at the comic! It looks great! Can’t wait to read all the archives!

          • NobodyYouKnow

            another converted

          • HonorèDerazey

            I’m now a minion of Jack!

            Bwahahahahahaha! AHA AHA AHAAAAAAAAAAAAA*inhales*AAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

  57. Niwa-Tora

    This is so my friend Sean. >.<

  58. The game

    King looks….off for some reason….

    • NobodyYouKnow

      first time he’s smiled

    • NobodyYouKnow

      Darn! I mean oneth time he’s smiled

      • Argent Stonecutter

        He smiled when he thought he was gonna get changed back to human.

        • NobodyYouKnow

          yeah, but this is a less exited smile from a different angle. also, where are his white eyebrows in panel 1?

      • Frank

        King smiled after his original transformation (December 2nd, 2009 “I will come to a greater understanding of Peace, Love and Solar Power, or some other new agey junk”)

        We have him smiling again after Fox invites him to the Christmas party (December 18th); at the thought of, yes, being turned back into a human (December 25th); and finally, when saying,
        “Is at least one section of Bino’s body currently inoperative? Then I’m good” (December 28th)

        • NobodyYouKnow

          well, i think this is the dopiest smile yet

          • Frank

            No argument there!

  59. NobodyYouKnow

    i am prepared for whatever nasty replies I will receive

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Yeh, RuneQuest! is way better!

      • NobodyYouKnow

        was that a joke?

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Can’t you tell?

          • NobodyYouKnow

            sorry, i couldn’t hear what infliction you were using through all the cyberspace between us >->

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Life is a mystery.

          • NobodyYouKnow

            hold on
            sorry, i couldn’t hear what infliction you were using through all
            the cyberspace between us >->
            now you can see the sarcasm dripping off that

    • Corjoth

      i’m still surprised how the most social game, D&D is nerdy and yet the “cool kids” play WoW, Halo, and Runescape which locks then in a room all by themselves for hours on end. Beleive it or not i play D&D have a hot girlfriend and great friends that will watch my back as opposed to stab itgiven the chance. Pardon mah rant ^.^

      • FuRrY321

        Hey, I love Halo! (mostly because the only M-Rated games I can play are ones where you’re shooting aliens, not people, and the aliens don’t look too realistic – like in Gears of War.)

        And since when are the “cool kids” the ones who play Runescape? That’s the nerdiest game of all!

        I don’t know why people play WoW – it’s pretty much an endless amount of wandering around, doing variations of the same quests and collecting variations of the same items to unlock variations of the same spells.
        Now I’m going to get lots of ‘hate comments’, aren’t I?

        The only reason I think D&D is “nerdy” is because I can’t be bothered to learn all those rules :D

        • NobodyYouKnow

          I was kind of speaking of those types of games in general. not halo, the other ones

      • Sleet

        Things like Halo and World of Warcraft are new and topical, so it’s easier for them to be accepted by the general public. D&D is old, so it’s much harder to shake its stigma worn in from all these years.

  60. Poplick

    Where are the white things above King’s eyes in the first panel? :|

    Also, I feel kind of sorry for myself that I understand what Joey’s talking about.

  61. Celysus

    Is it just me or has he NEVER drawn King’s tail? Or does he not have one? O_o

    • wingedwolfgirl

      he would have a corgi’s tail

    • Frank

      The closest we get is when Fox gives him a hug (everybody! “awww!”) on December 28, 2009

  62. wingedwolfgirl

    *Nods head as Joey explains*
    …I wanna know more about the Samurai vampires.

    • wingedwolfgirl

      This is unrelated to Housepets, but…

      Spirit Studios 2010,
      if U read this, check “Notes” on Ur DEV-ART page.

      • Spirit Studios 2010

        Awesome. Though I must inform you that I hardly ever use my DEV-ART anymore. I mostly use FA.

        Check ur notes 2

        • wingedwolfgirl

          Glad U like!
          Yes, I know U don’t use Dev-art to often;
          would there be a better way to contact U?

          • Spirit Studios 2010

            If you start an FA account I have two, one for myself and the one you can get to by clicking on my name.

            Otherwise it’s probably just best to get a hold of me via Housepets like you have been.

          • wingedwolfgirl

            Might look into that (the FA account).

  63. kusanagi-sama

    Never played D&D, never will. Looks too complicated.

    • Corjoth

      its simple after you finish your character sheet actually>.> its mostly acting and being smart about your situation

      • Manix

        i want to lern how to play it but idk were to go to learn it=/

      • Aetherfilledskies

        Simpler, maybe, but not simple. : P
        Unisystem is simple. D&D, however much I enjoy it, is not ever what I would call simple.

        … Except 4.0, which I really don’t mind, but have no real interest in either.

  64. Ada

    Peanut needs to share the wisdom of console gaming with Joey.

    Just so long as neither of them get sucked into a mumorpagur.

    • NobodyYouKnow

      I hate to do this, but I must harass you.
      what could you not unsee!

  65. icarus

    ha, i grok…my SO just joined our D&D game as a shaman and the dude’s never played D&D before in any capacity. it’s only slightly overwhelming.

  66. Wanderer

    Eek! How’d a young dog channel Old-School D&D so well? I bet if he knew about it, he’d implement THAC0…

    That said: Anyone in the Dallas, TX area looking for a game? We’re on D20 Modern, Urban Arcana Setting, and we’re losing a player in a few weeks. (He’s going back to school. Again.) If you don’t like D20 Modern, we’re flexible, and looking at the latest edition of Star Wars RPG, as well as3.5 standard…
    Sorry, I’ll shut up now.

  67. James319

    *3rd panel* woah…just WOAH O_O

  68. FuRrY321

    That is an overwhelming amount of information. If Joey asked me to play, I think I’d get lost at the version numbers. I’d be asking him what the differences between versions is, what the different classes are in the different versions, etc. I think he’d run away from me, not me away from him. :D

  69. NobodyYouKnow


  70. Sigwion

    I’ll play with you!
    I am actually getting ready to run my own 3.5 game,
    so I pretty much understand where he’s coming from…
    Do we get to play as Anthropomorphc Animals?

  71. Spirit Studios 2010

    Random fact of the strip:

    D&D has been banned in prison.

  72. Argent Stonecutter

    Kill the spammer! Burn it with fire!

  73. Melody

    AWWW…. poor Joey…. I’ll play with you even though you talk WAY to much about the rules and other stuff T^T

  74. ShadyKitsune

    Powergaming munchkins, driving GM’s to drastict and over complicated rule changes since Version 1.0

    Never played D&D, but I would be interested to try. I’ve been called worse things than “nerd.”

  75. Hoheh

    Joey overdid it a tiny bit, eh?