Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Local Tavern In Dungeons and Dragons


We seldom made trouble in the local tavern in our D&D games. The tavern was our source of rumors and hirelings, and the last thing we wanted to do was provoke the DM into banning us from the local watering hole.

On the other hand, I have heard lots of stories of other Dungeons and Dragons groups engaging in conflict and combat at the local tavern. This Will McLean cartoon from the DMG speaks to that tendency: some players used D&D as an excuse to safely blow off a little steam or aggression by starting an in-game virtual bar-fight.

5 comments:

Brutorz Bill said...

I usually DM'd over the years, and my players very seldom "showed out" at the local tavern, they found out early that some of their fellow tavern patrons could be tougher than any old monster. One never knew who might (or might not) be sitting at the next table.

Christian said...

I recall some pretty epic tavern fights. Good times. Lots of people and furniture getting busted up.

R.R. Hunsinger said...

Bar fights are a staple! Thanks for the funnies...it brings back memories.....

Trey said...

In some of my high school games, tavern fights were a common occurrence. In fact, the owner of the usual watering-hole got killed in such a fight, and (justifiably at that point) fearful eldest son returned to town to take over for him. His appearances in games became sort of a running callback to the incident.

abhorsen950 said...

Love the cartoons and what an interesting point might kick one off in the local tavern too