One Pewter Soldier

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  1. Ryufire

    Creepy friends indeed! 0.0

    • rtlstien

      The Dalmation looks like he was fangs… actually both of them do… so does Joey!

      OMG they’re vampires! Only by playing D&D are they able to live!

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        all dogs have those fangs if you look.

        • T-Squared

          Those aren’t fangs! Those are canines! 8D

          *cue rimshot*

          *pelted with sundried tomatoes and gummi bears, then hooked offstage*

          • rtlstien

            I’ll gladly take those gummi bears!

          • PHR16384

            That… was actually pretty funny. Both you and Rick get my approval.

            Dibs on the tomatoes.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Ironically, felines have proportionally longer canines than canines do.

      • AuvaAkita

        Those are called teeth :p

        • rtlstien

          I was only joking… no need to suck me dry ^_^

          • AuvaAkita

            Haha i see what you did there!

          • Robin Bobcat

            Shall we have more puns in this vein?

          • txteclipse

            Aww, that sucks. I was thirsty for more!

      • Jinxed

        That would also explain why they don’t go out into the sun.
        Oh wait.

        • rtlstien

          They’ve been reading too much Twilight!

          • Saphron Cat

            or they could burst into flames like proper vampires

          • Ryufire

            I would feel bad for those poor hot dogs!!

          • SilverZeo

            No, his collar tag says Trekie…

          • AflacMan13

            I agree, dalmation boy is trekkie maximum.

  2. IceKitsune

    wow they are nuts!

  3. The Wolf Kin

    And this is why I love D&D, the random rewards. I very much approve of the themed ‘loot’. It’s may be what the creepy friends deserve.

    • silverfang16

      That is what they get for looting that poor village. :(

  4. Yehoshua

    I hurt my hand the other day and inneed a level five healer, meet me at the foot of yonder volcano.

    • Insane


    • xhunterko

      You call?

  5. SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

    I see the other creepy friend is a trekkie.
    why don’t you just name him and get rid of they “Joey’s creepy friends” tag. may I suggest Tiberius.

    • McFly

      I think his name is Lester, correct me if I’m wrong.

      • McFly

        Wait, nevermind

    • spiritkitsune

      Wasn’t the name of Data’s cat SPOT ?
      That would fit on a dalmatian too.

      • Kohaku Nightfang

        Love Data :D Spot was the cutest cat ever and the only pet we have seen on board voyager except for Porthos the beagle. That is unless you count the tribbles hehe

        • C.S.

          I think you mean the Enterprise, not voyager

          • Akai

            Data had Spot the cat.
            Archer had Porthos the beagle.
            Janeway had a dog, named Molly, and you see pictures of her every so often, but she wasn’t actually in Voyager. ;)

          • Kohaku Nightfang

            Sorry typo derp. I know of Molly, but yes Molly was not on the ship. Those are the only two pets that have been on the ship that I know of though

  6. AuvaAkita

    Yay, we get to see Joey’s creepy friends!

    ….that doesn’t sound right XD

  7. TheCrimsonFox

    LOL, awesome. I’m glad to see Joey finally got others to join in :3

  8. Dissension

    Yay, Joey! *hugs*

    Also, Joey’s creepy friends is an awesome character. x3

    • Frank

      I usually make a joke about the character being freaked out by a hug that breaks the fourth wall, but you know something? I don’t think Joey would even blink at that

    • toboe

      Yay Joey!

  9. VOLK

    Looks like the sort of problem Pete would be having if he weren’t… wherever they put people for doing what he did…

    • AuvaAkita

      wWere they put “People”? Don’t you mean Griffins?

    • AuvaAkita

      *Where* Typo XP

  10. Elwood Blutarsky

    Ais the dalmatian’s tag the Star Fleet insigna?

    • Dissension


    • Salenstormwing

      I just noticed that too. I was like.. “Hey wait a minute, I’ve seen that before.”

    • Matthew

      Was i right?

  11. leaffly

    I would have just taken the grass dolls and just throw it at monsters,

    • Frank


      • leaffly

        That’s… an ideal idea…

    • xhunterko

      Oh, I just love voo doo elf dolls! Raise the undead with me!

      • The_Rippy_One

        Actually…if they were personalized, they might actually be used for that purpose…but child-like zombies suck…

        • leaffly

          ^ see this guy gets it!

  12. Matthew

    I need to play D&D i hear its good and frankly looks fun to me by the way they make me think of cannimals.

    • YuanWolf

      It’s an Okay game. But it does get a little stressful later on.
      And also, sometimes a little confusing.

  13. Zen

    Does anybody know what lester’s tag is supposed to be?

    • Matthew

      WHich on the star trek one or the dollar bill one?

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        Lester’s the brown one with the orange collar and dollar bill tag. The Dalmatian is unnamed as yet.

        • Dissension

          The Dalmatian’s name is “Joey’s Creepy Friends.” ;3

          • 1boredcanadian

            So what happens when his owners call him?

          • silverfang16

            That’s oddly specific. XD

          • Zarvain

            Depending on how upset he/she/they were at the time may be rather short and to the point: CREEP! GET OVER HERE!!!
            I wonder what nick names would be like: creeps, creeper, creepsie?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            “… next time I won’t call my dog ‘Trouble’…”

        • Matthew

          Well the dalmatian must like star trek because thats the star trek badge

          • Indagare

            Unless some pets are allowed to choose their own tags, the dalmatian’s *owners* must like Star Trek.

          • Robin Bobcat

            I’m willing to bet that there’s a certain degree of geekiness rubbing off from the ‘parents’.

            It’s entirely possible he used to have something mundane, like a fire hydrant, as his tag, but is enough of a geek to have talked his owners into changing it.

            As for a name, I’m thinking ‘Bones’.

          • Matthew

            Yeah if i had a tag it would be a wrench!

          • Draven

            If I had a tag, it would be a fork.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            If I had a tag, it would be <EMBED>.

  14. 1boredcanadian

    Maybe it’s the life I live but I am completely lost in this scene. It does look fun though or I’ve lost my mind. I’m not really sure.

    • Frank

      Oh, come on! You’ve never played a game where there’s treasure that’s unusually hard to get and apparently worthless? Or games where there’s lots of overly friendly NPCs you really want to just kill?

      • YuanWolf

        That, I would have to agree with.

      • 1boredcanadian

        Treasure no, killing harmless NPCs yes many…and now that I think about it I don’t think I’ve ever played a game where the goal was looking for treasure. I do live in a small town that I have done scavenger hunts with cars, like The Bullrun only not as fun…or fast.

  15. Profesor Rod

    Players are real monsters. Really!

    I’ve seen this happen so many times that I actually quit as DM =/

  16. Firewolf

    rgh >_< maybe it's just me, but lately I don't get the comics.

  17. ZV

    This is the best work Rick has done with drawing Joey. Always fun to watch his art improve over time.

  18. TheFoxWolf

    Awesome, it’s always great to see Joey and his creepy friends!


    So uh . . . is the dalmatian a guy or girl?

    • Dissension

      Yes, it is.

      • jacruz666

        it is what?? A guy or a girl? D:

        • McFly

          It’s a guy.

          • Robin Bobcat

            Dude.. can you imagine ANY female, of ANY species, wanting to hang out with Joey and company while gaming? Not happening.

          • McFly

            I know right?

          • Kohaku Nightfang

            I would totally join in and play. I have only played world of darkness games, but i want to play d&d so why not with Joey?

          • SamBlob

            @Robin Bobcat: Yes I can. Her name’s Squeak.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Yes, it is a guy or a girl!

  19. Gamerkitty

    why roll? if they cleared the village they should just take 20 for searching.

    • Cuckoo

      I think they’re specifically rolling a d100 on a random table of treasure to specifically find which treasure they’ve uncovered.

    • R-One

      A lot of games use a d100 loot table system to determine random treasure / junk. This started back when TSR (the original creators of D&D, including Gygax) first created D&D, and carried onward into Advanced D&D, Gamma World, Advanced D&D 2nd edition, and finally into 3.0 and 3.5 D&D (with a similar system used for 4th edition as well).

      Even if they take a 20 for searching, there’s no telling what they might have found if loot wasn’t already pre-set in the module, hence the d100 rolls on another chart for “random” stuff.

      • Gamerkitty

        yes but its the DMs/GMs job to usually roll that

        • Cuckoo

          It depends on the preferences of the group and the GM. Or, a pushy player will make a really good roll without asking to roll for it first and the GM just gets pressured into using that result. A natural 100 fits the bill.

  20. Smallfoot

    I didn’t get the paper with the “Peace on Earth” until I read the title of the comic.

    One Tin Soldier ref. Nice :)

  21. gaboris

    Ummm… Ya know NOW I kinda understand why do game developers tend to make NPCs that can’t be hurt and the such. >.<"

    • Dena

      Or give no XP and have no loot.

  22. R-One

    ROFL, oh, nicely done… I run some D&D and Gamma World games myself (2nd edition and 3.5 D&D, 3rd edition Gamma World), and without fail, it always seems the players do something like this before too long.

    Example; DM: “The peaceful villagers welcome you.” Players: ‘LETS LOOT THE TOWN!’ DM: *Facepalm*

    Love the Tin Soldier reference as well. XD

  23. bollythewolf

    We come in peace!

    Shoot to kill!

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      there’s Klingons on the starboard bow

  24. Argent Stonecutter

    I’ve given players treasures like that.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Also, magic items that do something useless… like a scroll of “detect air”.

      • xhunterko

        Now, if they happened to be in an underwater cavern and actually needed to find air bubbles…

  25. Shady Kitsune

    I’m guessing they’re playing Chaotic Evil, or atleast jumped off the Good alignment path just now.

  26. Tara

    I love the speckled dog’s coat coloring. :D

    I’m surprised everyone is calling him a dalmatian with his brown speckles though. What about like a springer spaniel or something?

    • Tara

      Plus dalmatians with blue eyes are known to be blind. ;)

      Well, generally speaking at least.

      • Tara

        Actually I found a few pictures of ‘lemon’ (why is it called ‘lemon’ when it is brown? o.o) spotted dalmations and they do have the brown speckles.

        But still, the eyes rare blue and I didn’t see any pictures (I looked at a lot) of a lemon spotted dalmation with pure brown ears. SO HA

        … I really want to know what breed he is, lol. :3

        • Robin Bobcat

          He may be a mutt, of course.

          I’ve heard of brown-spotted Dalmations being called ‘Liver’, too.

          • Kohaku Nightfang

            I agree with the liver coloring. Dalmatians are my favorite dog and though I prefer black spots, liver ones are common. Not so sure about the eyes though. Maybe he is a mutt, but it also reminds me of how white cats with blue eyes are often blind. I think it depends on the genetics. if the genes were those like the albino where it takes color away then blindness is almost absolute, but if it comes from the normal white gene then blindness is only as likely as with any other color fur.

        • Elwood Blutarsky

          Perhaps with the eyes it’s different for talking Dalmatians? Or maybe he wears contacts? Or he’s a mixed breed, minus King and Tarot none of the dogs in this comic have their breeds actually stated. Him being a Dalmatian is just a fan assumption.

  27. WingedWolfGirl

    So (in the game) they destroyed a peacefull village and can’t find any treasure? Ahh, oh sad. XD

  28. Kitch

    You can tell even Joey is annoyed by his friends.

    • Dena

      Also, predictable, given he took the time to make out the random loot table for the peaceful NPC villages.

  29. Tensa Zangetsu

    Comical, thy name is Lester.

    • Tensa Zangetsu

      wait, i mean “comedy”

  30. Griff the Wolf

    Heehee. Heroes are jerks. They always break jars as well. But they are great at cutting grass!

    • Dena

      If they just don’t use a candle to burn down the bushes…

      Pyromaniacs, the whole lot of them!

      • Griff the Wolf

        Fire is fun! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! *runs around carrying a flaming torch*

        • Kohaku Nightfang

          I agree *laughs maniacally racing around with fireworks*

          • 1boredcanadian

            All this talk of pyros, and no flamethrower. Are you for serious?

          • Grip the Wolf

            *grins evilly, and pulls a flamethrower out of pyrospace* You rang? *looks completely insane*

          • 1boredcanadian

            To quote my friend the Pyro “hur hur hur” I can’t understand anything else he says. You are asset to team!

          • Grip the wolf

            Um… yay? *derp face*

          • 1boredcanadian

            Your response means one of two things.
            1. You don’t want to be an asset to the team.
            2. You don’t get the tf2 reference.
            Choose your fate!

    • Shady Kitsune

      I swear, the only way to not have players break into houses, smash property, steal halpless peasants life savings or harass farm animals is to give them an Achievement for it.

      • Shady Kitsune

        I meant an Achievement for NOT doing any of that.

    • Griff the Wolf

      I still can’t believe nobody linked to this:

  31. Your Obedient Serpent

    … oh, my goodness. I’ve wanted to run the “One Tin Soldier” adventure for thirty years now, but never had a group sufficiently obnoxious to deserve it. Kudos to you, sir, kudos.

    The grass dolls were a masterstroke.

  32. anon_omis

    Can someone explain the tin soldier ref?
    Also, alt txt plz.

  33. SupportiveStatement

    You can never trust them knife eared Elfs.

  34. Matthew

    Youve added all the pets now add a guinea pig!

  35. Buckdida

    GM Rule #74: Always expect players to do what you don’t want them to do, and prepare for that.

    • Frank

      “Your options are to attack or defend. Or, of course, you could eat the Jalapeño peppers :)
      “Jalapeño peppers!”
      “What? But you’re about to get run through with a sword!”

      • xhunterko

        What, it’s my last meal?

      • Shady Kitsune

        “Your grave stone reads ‘Suffered a spicy fate.’”

        • darkgloomie

          “Death was hot on your heels (and tongue)”

  36. Devin Parker

    Oh, man, I’ve gamed with these guys’ owners. My heart goes out to you, Joey. Show them no mercy.

  37. Draven

    That campaign was stolen from somebody who writes ridiculous campaigns for the purpose of messing with people who would steal them.

  38. Gidget

    Ironically, some of my friends were talking about playing Dungeons and Dragons today. One of them was also wearing a Star Trek Shirt.

  39. xhunterko

    @Alt-Text: I hate it when games do that! Except, it’s every body else finds the easy source of revenue before I do and I only hear about it after the fact! And no one says a word! Seriously people. Have some love for the players.

  40. Cloudy

    they are all so adorable <3

  41. Carma

    I think I love the excitable dalmatian with the star trek insignia tag <3

  42. SilverZeo

    Maybe it tiem for Joey to try something different. I think he could do great as a therapy dog…

  43. Helinon

    The worst part about this is, that with my group, I actually have to worry about this happening. The PCs I DM for are consistently unable to have alignments other than neutral or worse. The only one I can to live with is the blackguard, because somehow he’s more lawful neutral than lawful evil, while the rest of the party is neutral with evil tendencies.

  44. Kohaku Nightfang

    Lol poor Joey. I would at least try to get the players to be nice. i mean seriously do they really have to be evil to the poor villagers? I don’t care if they are pc’s :P

    • Shady Kitsune

      MY bet is they were playing a Neutral campaign, but someone got it into their skulls that evil is more fun.

  45. Willmax

    Is D&D a real game? If not, Could you kindly create it for us, Rick?

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      Dungeons & Dragons. It’s been a game for almost 50 years. ^_^

      • Rick Griffin

        Almost 40 years . . . not that old yet!

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          can I pass that off as a typo or do I have to admit I really messed up my math?

          • 1boredcanadian

            Don’t worry I don’t think anybody saw it. It’s not like it’s typed on a website or anything……

      • Frank

        Universes and Unrealities, on the other hand…

      • spiritkitsune

        Thank you for making me feel old. “sigh”

    • Kohaku Nightfang

      Kohaku says her-der to you kind sir.

  46. Quin the husky

    Lol, poor Joey.

  47. [fades]

    Thank you so much! D&D AND 1960s folk rock references in the same strip? That made my five-minute time period :)

  48. bearKhan
    vote for Housepets as best comic… ever.

    • Dissension

      There’s a button for that immediately below the comic (on the right side of the page).

  49. GameCobra

    From my expreience (not to say i do this regularly of course.) raiding innocent villages doesn’t result anything but more money from selling junk.

    Legendary artifacts of awesome power is usually what churches have!

  50. Stravagante

    “Hey, I bet genuine elf-made personalized grass dolls would sell for a silver each! Let’s nab ‘em anyway! AND the chest. We can puts the dolls in the chest. And then sell the chest!”

    That’s my immediate thought. I mean; a well made treasure-chest is a useful commodity. I always wonder at the kind of mind who thinks a brass-trimmed mahogany chest with a secure lock and matching key set is NOT treasure.
    They’re antiques half the time too! And ALWAYS well-crafted.

  51. SilverZeo

    … are these guys part of the Good Old Dog Club? It would be a cheap blow to Joey’s … “social status” that he is considered to be the DORK of the his net of little friends…

  52. Stoke

    The comments on this page are surprisingly better than the strip itself

  53. Kalibri

    Jeez. xD Too true. Exactly why I had to stop DMing for a while. It’s boring for me if I don’t have some detailed story to share. But rarely do I get the chance because the undoubtedly ‘evil,’ half-dead gnoll, struggling down the highway, is certainly carrying a personal treasury in his pockets.