Wizard Needs Sleep Badly

Discussion (113) ¬

  1. Ryufire

    Oooh new Pooch! :P

    • senorpie7
      • Zenaku

        He just needs a name.

        • volkoseba

          I think his name is “Joey’s creepy friends.”

          • Dissension

            Almost as though he were destined for it…

          • Xane

            Lester was also nameless for quite awhile (granted he’d only shown up a few times). I think his name first appeared in the anime Movie Night arc. Hmm, I never noticed Trekkie Doggie was actually in the first “Joey’s creepy friends” strip.

        • Warhammer

          Well looking at his dog tag it (to me anyways) looks like a Star trek Badge. So I think his name should be something like “Trek”.

          • ShadowclawFC

            No way, Star Trek is a chevron (upside down V shape, for those who don’t know)
            If I had to guess, I’d say the tag is some sort of (generic, most like) game card. Almost looked like a domino, but it’s green (I guess that probably doesn’t matter much, though…)

          • ShadowclawFC

            Wait… -facepaw- which new pooch is the new pooch? @.@
            Spotty there is trek, yes.
            Not sure about brownie.

          • Tynach

            ShadowclawFC, brownie is named “Lester.”


          • ShadowclawFC

            Yeahhh, I realizd that about five minutes after saying something. That’s what I get for trying to think and type at the same time while mentally exhausted… ^^;

          • ShadowclawFC

            And I still can’t spell, it seems. *realized

      • thefirstonethere

        jeeze! do have like your own catalog of every comic?

        • IceKitsune

          He just clicked on the tags at the bottom to find the comic.

      • Ryufire

        Ah you’re right I knew that :3 Thanks senorpie7! ^^

        • senorpie7


  2. Xane

    Someone ran out of Expeditious Retreat!

    • Drew

      Quick! Someone cast haste instead!

  3. IceKitsune

    lol Love the title

  4. Cristian100n

    Wait! What?!

  5. Zaitsev

    Huh, weird…I just started a new campaign with some friends today and we had a similar conversation. Of course I’m more of the malevolent DM but…

    • Zaitsev

      Also I can’t figure out what the brown dog’s tag is. Kind of looks like a dollar bill.

      • Vince Velcen

        Either that or Paper money for a board game of any kind.

    • Sansash

      Bad dungeon master!

      • Zaitsev

        They wont let me be a character anymore, they forced me to be DM >.>
        It’s their fault all of their blood turned into sand.

  6. Yehoshua

    Ah yes, complaining gamers, the only bad part of any good game.

    • Alucai Vivorvel

      Especially online games. Well, I’ve never experienced them in traditional games, as I’ve never played one (unless you count board games like Life as “traditional”). But man, are they whiny! And people wonder why nobody has a mic on Xbox LIVE?

    • legendario13

      you just say that cause’ you are a really bad player and you never win….
      AND if you do is because you had luck and i wasnt really trying….

      Does this sound familiar for any of you ¬¬
      This is worse than a complaining gamer…at least for me.

  7. Draven

    I do love instant karma.

  8. xhunterko

    And our roll is….

    • YoyoDude


      • xhunterko

        Let me call Picard. I think I have him on speed dial.

    • Vince Velcen


    • Elwood Blutarsky


      • xhunterko

        You must either pay attention to my jokes or your a Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fan. Either way, you get a cookie.

    • Draven


      • Trefoiler

        It’s too late; you’ve awakened the gazebo. It catches you and eats you.

        • Draven

          But I was wearing my spiky armor, so as I am swallowed the Gazebo it takes massive damage for each spike.

          • Aerion Snowpaw

            Unless it’s Pathfinder, in which case spiked armor does nothing when swallowed, and a Barbed Vest does just 1 point every turn until you die – so you better hope you can survive their stomach-acid.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I rolled “double”.

      • xhunterko

        Oooh, snake eyes! Roll again!

    • Indagare

      7 on a 6-sided die.

  9. thefirstonethere

    lol this is comparable to all of our childhoods

    • Yehoshua

      Noooo!!! It’s not fair! No fair no fair no fair! *kicks the board and storms out to tell mommy*

      • Aerion Snowpaw

        If you outright LOSE at DnD, either your DM is rather freaking harsh, you’re at a convention (and even then it’s kinda harsh), or you’ve got to be the worst DnD player ever o.O

  10. kztxl7

    The strip title makes this 10x better as I immediately got the reference.

  11. Xane

    “It’s only fun if it’s a challenge AND makes me feel powerful simultaneously! Why can’t you do that!?”

    Yay, Trekkie Spotty Doggy is back!

    • Big Fan

      Been done. Fight Sephiroth, any game.

  12. efhosci

    Hmm. Enemies in the exact range of my poison cloud spell, poison cloud spell prepared…*deep thought*…I…search for treasure?

  13. Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

    Heheheh! “Joey’s creepy friends.”

  14. Valerio

    Make room, Les! *I* am gonna take your place!

    • Ryufire

      Its interesting to be around creepy folks! :D

      • Valerio

        No, I want to be around THESE creepy folks.

  15. AuvaAkita

    Joey has finally found someone to play D&D with! :D

    • Dissension

      He already had someone! He was presumably looking for someone else. = P

  16. SilverZeo

    Story of every game between siblings everwhere….

  17. Valerio

    and that’s why I am ALWAYS an uberstrong neutral barbarian. I NEVER complain meeting the enemy.

  18. Nohbody

    Sounds like Joey could use a house rule that some folks I used to do SW RPGing with used. They took one of those pairs of fuzzy dice you hang from a rear view mirror, and cut off the strings. If someone was being obnoxious (mostly the “rules lawyer” type of obnoxiousness), the GM had the option of “throwing 1 or 2 D6″ at the offender under Rule Zero (“the GM is always right”), depending on the severity of the offense. Not thrown like a fastball in baseball, mind you, just a light toss, but it got the point across. Heck, some times just the GM reaching for them was enough to quell a problem child.

    • Robin Bobcat

      Rule Zero is NOT ‘The DM is Always Right’.

      Rule Zero is ‘There is no rule that requires the DM to be an idiot’. That is to say, ‘don’t rules-lawyer past the point of common sense.’

  19. Avan

    HAHAHA XD And what timing too rick. I’m just starting up on a campaign with a party of mostly newbies (including myself, along with 2 experienced members and a DM who likes Dwarf Fortress). The dungeons are… full of !!FUN!! to say the least. Though one guy getting himself killed in the first dungeon (thankfully it was a practice run) resulted actually because he Leeroy Jenkinsed himself into a room with a CR2 ghoul (first dungeon practice run; we were all level 1. CR2 basically means its meant to be encountered by 4 level 2 adventurers, not a lone level 1; our party ranked 7 level 1’s), and we were all stuck behind a river without a bridge because none of us could make the jump except our bard (who had already lost his only weapon) and our resident Leeroy (who ironically, isn’t the character who is named after Leeroy))

    • silverfang16

      Constant song of rest from across the river. :P

  20. silverfang16

    I try to be a semi nice DM. : /

  21. Keldor

    To be fair, it’s totally not fun to play as a wizard with no spells left.

    “I attack with my dagger! *rolls* 19!”

    “You miss.”

    “Why can’t wizards have a higher attack bonus???”

    • Vince Velcen

      Because they lack the skills to control any weapon other then Staff.
      That and they love to Fire Magic Missiles into the Darkness.

    • Blue_Elite

      This is why scroll crafting is a VERY important as well as under-utilized skill. You can essentially extend your daily spell allotment in a pinch so that you don’t have to use your weapon (you should be using a wand instead of a generic weapon anyway; which is also something you can craft).

    • Akisohida

      I once played a major railroad compaign.

      Monsters were kidnapping the princess (Surprise, the DMs character. Also a goddess in mortal form *eyerolls*)
      The Paladin-In-Training was told to safeguard her, so the player figured he would get a fight, get in a few hits, and lose. NOPE! He rolls a NAT BLOODY TWENTY..and the DM said he missed.
      Oh, and her monster rolled a 2, and knocked the Paladin out. He did nothing in his own fight.

      So later we are freeing a giant gryphon, when a Balrog attacks us. The DM ment for us to free the gryphon so IT could fight while we..watched. Nope. Balrog used it’s whip, I got an attack of oppertunity, used Stunning Fist (I cannot remember if that is legal, we may have lied to the DM about the rules since she was hardcore railroading). I hit, which made him fall over. He was stunned, Paladin throws me his sword, and I claim I am going to coup de grace.
      Gryphon breaks the last chain we did not and, in her rage, knocks us aside to attack and kill the Balrog while we..watch.

      Needless to say, we, to a man, quit her campaign.

  22. Robin Bobcat

    You know.. the one thing I hate is the constant portrayal of ‘adversarial’ RPGs. I mean, sure, it makes for better comedy, but it makes people think that’s the way it’s supposed to be played.

    Ideally, the enemy the players are fighting should be those in the game, not the DM, and the enemy the DM should be fighting is the boredrom of the players. Sadly, too many folks on either side get caught up in the power trip aspects and they find it necessary to.. well.. be jerks.

    I’ve had to deal with a player who had been so traumatized by a killer DM that he spent hideous amounts of time detailing /exactly/ what his character was doing, in the most paranoid way possible, because the previous DM would say things like, “You’re bedding down for the night? Hah! You didn’t check your bedroll for spiders! You fail your saving throw and die!”

    • Rick Griffin

      If people don’t like it like that, they don’t play it like that, but some people do play it like that and so it’s fair game. I would be fine with having a non-adversarial joke about D&D but only if I was sure that I could keep interest for more than one comic about it.

  23. Tailz

    How does someone even play this game, I know I couldn’t :P

  24. Stray Cat

    I wonder if Rick’s creepy friends read this comic. I suspect they’d find Joey’s creepy friends somewhat familiar.

  25. WingedwolfGirl

    Joey is getting them back for village-pillaging last time.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      You might say they were ‘pillage idiots.’

  26. *White fang*

    I know some friends who play things like that……it gets. pretty boring

  27. MikuMickey

    wait..wha does anyone notice the start trek emblem on that other dog?

  28. Kamike

    The party is still alive, mostly. Except for that guy, who’s a Zombie.

    • Rick-O

      heh – “mostly”

  29. Magnaliscous

    You know.,. there is a very simple solution to the first problem, RETREAT YOU MORONS! I wonder if the dogs machoness is getting in the way of playing. When the spellcasters run out of spells you kindly retreat to allow them to re-gain spells… still if they were intelligent we wouldnt have a funny comic now would we?

  30. Web_MST3K

    I once hosted a superhero RPG in which the players somehow got the idea that the heroes should not get hurt. One of the PCs could become insubstantial, allowing him to pass through solid objects. He faced off against a minion who was about to destroy his masters’ super-secret device to keep it from falling in to the good guys’ hands. The hero’s method of attack? Make faces at the minion because a real attack would entail becoming substantial and that would expose the PC to possible physical harm.

    And then there was the time the superhero party tried to sneak up on group of invading aliens while carrying a bus. They figured that the bus would do some serious damage if used as a projectile during a sneak attack.

    Think of the Three Stooges with super powers except there were too many Stooges.

  31. Frostfauna

    You know, Joeys creepy friends don’t seem that creepy to me. I mean, there was one comic that it seemed somewhat true. The one when they brought another dog in to play. But for the most part, they seem like “nerds” more than that. Of course, that doesn’t mean they aren’t. It only means they don’t SEEM like they are creepy.

    • Crackles

      I like to think Rick has done us a favor by not showing their true creepiness.

      • Frostfauna

        Too true. I have to agree with you there.

    • Xane

      Don’t forget their first appearance was failing their saving throw against the temptations of “Buxomina”, the tavern wench. Also the slaughter of the elf village. “Them boys ain’t right.” And Lester is epic-level creepy. Not that Joey the cat-dog-mouse-lover isn’t. But aside from his weird interests, he’s pretty normal most of the time.

  32. FerreTrip

    Yeeeeeeeeeesss…Too true…

  33. tomas aldrete

    i played DND once, i was a chaotic neutral paladin, i tried to rob a weapon shop, got shot in the face, tried to make a friend and lost my paladin status, all in about 5 minutes…

    • silverfang16

      Paladins aren’t suppose to be neutral anyway! :P

  34. Frostfauna

    What they need is a cute girl to join them. Oh, the awkwardness that would ensue would prove very entertaining.

  35. GrapeFan

    Who is Lester? Assuming that “Joey’s creepy friends” account for both of them and that the Game screen doesn’t actually have a name…

    • Leinad

      Lester’s the brown dog. the dalmation is only known as “Joey’s creepy friends”

    • Ozimul

      Lester’s the brown one; he’s also an anime purist.

    • GrapeFan

      So does Mr. trekkie not have a name?

      • Valerio

        spotty should be named Whorf

        • GrapeFan

          I don’t know about that…Whorf is quite the strong character. Honestly, I don’ think Mr. Trekkie deserves such an esteemed name. Maybe instead he could be named “red shirt,” or a reference to another very minor character

    • GrapeFan

      Or does the dalmatian count as two entities?

  36. Grip the Wolf

    Not shown: Joey reading “A Dungeon Master’s Guide to Annoying your Party” a few hours prior.

  37. Gary (from Radio free Housepets)

    For the last panel: You mad, bro? You mad cuz you bad? xD

  38. legendario13

    Aww.. is only funny if everybody is giving their best to win and then they lose pathetically against me X3

  39. Trefoiler

    Hah! XD

    Joey is adorable and the best DM ever! And I love the dalmatian with the UFP arrowhead every time I see him. Kudos!

    This game always sounds so fun! I’d much like to play it someday. Thanks for fueling my dream, Rick. Always a pleasure.

  40. nyathetexascat

    I have No idea what they are talking about

    • cheetahwolf

      nerd “WORD”

  41. Tailz

    This is one of those moments where you walk in and you realise you walked in at a weird moment and you have to walk out VERY SLOWLY O_o

  42. Erikuto

    Reminds me when I’m playing my witch on dungeon fighter throwing lava potions all over the floor in a PvP match having the other player rage since mages naturally have low physical defense.

    Is it odd that i mostly understand what they were talking about? O_O

  43. Adryan

    Wow. I went from the very first comic to here. It’s come quite a ways. I enjoy it. Moore!

  44. Draven

    I was always too nice to be the DM, it made things boring. Plus I could never think of interesting campaigns.

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  46. Nia

    Just imagine if he ran a Call of Cthulhu game, there would be entire pile of bodies and character sheets!

    • Tailz

      O_o Did you really have to go there? -_-

  47. Ezhnopallaton

    Hah. Yeah, I had a DM that made us fight 17 Encounters in one day, that was a pain. But still we had a really really good group going and decimated every single one, you know how awesome it feels to take down a dungeon boss in 2 rounds? The next one she also threw us up against 14 lessor enemies and one boss. only person who took serious damage was the fighter who decided to charge in swords aflailin.

  48. Argent Stonecutter

    Red Wizard needs Food, Badly.
    Red Wizard is About to Die.

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