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Dudley's dungeon -- Wednesday, 22 November, 2006

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Wednesday, 22 November, 2006 by Nameless
k) a cursed ring ofThree Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
        [ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]

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regeneration (on left hand) %|.|.|.|.|..^....|.| ...|.|.|.|---.------ ----.|=|@p.(..|..... .].%...|.|---.|.---- --.|.---?|....|.%... ...|.|.^.|.---------
You are now wearing 
a blindfoldThe blindfolding was performed by binding a piece of the
yellowish linen whereof those of the Amahagger who condescended
to wear anything in particular made their dresses tightly round
the eyes. This linen I afterwards discovered was taken from the
tombs, and was not, as I had first supposed, of native
manufacture. The bandage was then knotted at the back of the
head, and finally brought down again and the ends bound under
the chin to prevent its slipping. Ustane was, by the way, also
blindfolded, I do not know why, unless it was from fear that she
should impart the secrets of the route to us.
        [ She, by H. Rider Haggard ]

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. You can't see anymore. %|.|.|.|.|..^....|.| ...|.|.|.|---.------ ----.|=|@p.(..|....e .].%...|.|---.|.---- --M|.---?|....|.%... ...|.|.^.|.---------
Some food spills out
f) a food ration    
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...|.|.|.|---.------
----.|=|@p.(..|....e
.].%...|.|---.|.----
--M|.---?|....|.%...
...|.|.^.|.---------
The punchline flees 
in terror!          
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...|.|.|.|---.------
----.|=|@..p..|....e
.].%...|.|---.|.----
--M|.---?|....|.%...
...|.|.^.|.---------
@ "Hey! Get back here you!"


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Number of ratings: 26

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SomeoneElse November 22, 2006 00:29
First comment: 11 September, 2006 143 comments written
Huh?
The Bard of Blasphemy November 22, 2006 00:44
First comment: 13 May, 2005 46 comments written
Eh?
shel November 22, 2006 01:13
First comment: 19 August, 2005 107 comments written
What?
Tux November 22, 2006 01:16
First comment: 6 November, 2006 9 comments written
lol I found this funny!
Gadora November 22, 2006 01:24
First comment: 21 September, 2006 88 comments written
????
snafu November 22, 2006 01:39
First comment: 3 November, 2006 15 comments written
Nicely done!
Rose November 22, 2006 02:11
First comment: 3 July, 2006 79 comments written
reference to greek mythology - prometheus
Kernigh November 22, 2006 05:52
First comment: 6 April, 2005 349 comments written
"Flees in terror" is a reference to Angband; is that not so?
Simon Richard Clarkstone November 22, 2006 10:20
First comment: 6 February, 2005 18 comments written
Erm, This one is really obscure. And I don't see what it has to do with Prometheus, except for the ringThree Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
        [ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]

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. You really should put a note underneath it to explain. Also, it is not clear what the food ration is spilling out of. The blindfoldThe blindfolding was performed by binding a piece of the
yellowish linen whereof those of the Amahagger who condescended
to wear anything in particular made their dresses tightly round
the eyes. This linen I afterwards discovered was taken from the
tombs, and was not, as I had first supposed, of native
manufacture. The bandage was then knotted at the back of the
head, and finally brought down again and the ends bound under
the chin to prevent its slipping. Ustane was, by the way, also
blindfolded, I do not know why, unless it was from fear that she
should impart the secrets of the route to us.
        [ She, by H. Rider Haggard ]

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?

I'd rate it terrible, but I will almost certainly change my mind when I get the joke.
A November 22, 2006 10:34
First comment: 24 October, 2006 70 comments written
I don't get this one...

(I will do the same thing as "Simon Richard Clarkstone": rate later)
GreyKnight November 22, 2006 14:13
First comment: 24 March, 2006 48 comments written
It's possible the food ration could be a reference to Prometheus' liver, but that is pretty tenuous (tripeIf you start from scratch, cooking tripe is a long-drawn-out
affair. Fresh whole tripe calls for a minimum of 12 hours of
cooking, some time-honored recipes demanding as much as 24.
To prepare fresh tripe, trim if necessary. Wash it thoroughly,
soaking overnight, and blanch, for 1/2 hour in salted water.
Wash well again, drain and cut for cooking. When cooked, the
texture of tripe should be like that of soft gristle. More
often, alas, because the heat has not been kept low enough,
it has the consistency of wet shoe leather.
        [ Joy of Cooking, by I Rombauer and M Becker ]

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'd be better), doesn't explain the blindfoldThe blindfolding was performed by binding a piece of the
yellowish linen whereof those of the Amahagger who condescended
to wear anything in particular made their dresses tightly round
the eyes. This linen I afterwards discovered was taken from the
tombs, and was not, as I had first supposed, of native
manufacture. The bandage was then knotted at the back of the
head, and finally brought down again and the ends bound under
the chin to prevent its slipping. Ustane was, by the way, also
blindfolded, I do not know why, unless it was from fear that she
should impart the secrets of the route to us.
        [ She, by H. Rider Haggard ]

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, and there's no B around.

I think the last panel is the key one here. Rate for post-ironic humour, ladies and germs!
Nameless November 22, 2006 14:20
First comment: 29 December, 2004 281 comments written
Oh for the love of...
1 - This comic has no references whatsoever. Any thing that resembles a reference is either a) a coincidence or b) my poor memory of Nethack having not played it for a while at the time I wrote this comic.
2 - The whole point is that the first three panels are so random that any punchline would be so ridiculous that it would fear being heard. Yes, it's very stupid, but for some reason I found it rather amusing.
3 - I haven't actually left any comments in ages. I should do that more.
Nesman November 22, 2006 14:31
First comment: 4 January, 2005 112 comments written
I totally missed the Prometheus bit. Maybe if he wereIn 1573, the Parliament of Dole published a decree, permitting
the inhabitants of the Franche-Comte to pursue and kill a
were-wolf or loup-garou, which infested that province,
"notwithstanding the existing laws concerning the chase."
The people were empowered to "assemble with javelins,
halberds, pikes, arquebuses and clubs, to hunt and pursue the
said were-wolf in all places where they could find it, and to
take, burn, and kill it, without incurring any fine or other
penalty." The hunt seems to have been successful, if we may
judge from the fact that the same tribunal in the following
year condemned to be burned a man named Giles Garnier, who
ran on all fours in the forest and fields and devoured little
children, "even on Friday." The poor lycanthrope, it appears,
had as slight respect for ecclesiastical feasts as the French
pig, which was not restrained by any feeling of piety from
eating infants on a fast day.
        [ The History of Vampires, by Dudley Wright ]

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being attacked by a bird instead of a puddingThese giant amoeboid creatures look like nothing more than
puddles of slime, but they both live and move, feeding on
metal or wood as well as the occasional dungeon explorer to
supplement their diet.

But we were not on a station platform. We were on the track ahead
as the nightmare, plastic column of fetid black iridescence oozed
tightly onward through its fifteen-foot sinus, gathering unholy
speed and driving before it a spiral, re-thickening cloud of the
pallid abyss vapor. It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster
than any subway train -- a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic
bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes
forming and unforming as pustules of greenish light all over the
tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic
penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its
kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.
        [ At the Mountains of Madness, by H.P. Lovecraft ]

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. Instead, I took 'p' to stand for 'pinata,' which covered the food spilling out, in my mind.
Alcari November 22, 2006 16:58
First comment: 11 September, 2006 93 comments written
If you don't know a punchline, don't make a joke????

or am i being shortshighted again?
GreyKnight November 22, 2006 17:17
First comment: 24 March, 2006 48 comments written
The whole point is that the first three panels are so random that any punchline would be so ridiculous that it would fear being heard.

Shows what you know! ;-)
SomeoneElse November 22, 2006 18:16
First comment: 11 September, 2006 143 comments written
Why is the punchline a piercerYe Piercer doth look like unto a stalactyte, and hangeth
from the roofs of caves and caverns. Unto the height of a
man, and thicker than a man's thigh do they grow, and in
groups do they hang. If a creature doth pass beneath them,
they will by its heat and noise perceive it, and fall upon
it to kill and devour it, though in any other way they move
but exceeding slow.
        [ the Bestiary of Xygag ]

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? Does it pierce the comic and make plot holes?
Rose November 22, 2006 18:56
First comment: 3 July, 2006 79 comments written
oops - my random association. I was thinking p was a ravenBut the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered -- not a feather then he fluttered--
Till I scarcely more than muttered, 'other friends have flown before--
On the morrow *he* will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.'
        Then the bird said, 'Nevermore.'
                        [ The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe ]

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, for some reason. and the @ is next to a post and his liver is regenerating. but then i looked up the myth and it should have been an eagle and the hero should have been tied, not blindfolded.
Mikoangelo November 22, 2006 19:32
First comment: 19 October, 2005 82 comments written
Sucked.
Read comments.
Re-read.
****ING ROCKED!
  November 22, 2006 21:14
First comment: 1 April, 2004 431 comments written
Well, I thought it was funny, considering I didn't expect there to be an "actual" punchline...
Fathead November 27, 2006 16:37
First comment: 1 April, 2006 1136 comments written
Well, let's see. His ringThree Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
        [ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]

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that heals him is cursed, he's blind, and he's losing his food. I guess that's funny enough!

Thus, I rated it Gee.
Ristipisto-Risto December 7, 2006 09:24
First comment: 25 January, 2006 52 comments written
WEIRD.
Ana January 9, 2007 20:50
First comment: 9 January, 2007 14 comments written
"If you don't know a punchline, don't make a joke????
or am i being shortshighted again?"

Yes.




(though the commente deserved to be just like that, i need to add: come one, it's not THAT hard to understand. I got it at first. I feel somethime people are just stuck in the present a stituation - develop it logically - end with an easy-to-understand punchline. It's like only hearing music with the part1-chorus-part2-chorus-bridge-chorus struture! So YES you're being shortsighted. Voted Excellent.)
SomeoneElse May 12, 2007 12:17
First comment: 11 September, 2006 143 comments written
I just hit "Random" and got this comic. Not the definition of random I was expecting!
Grognor July 31, 2007 08:54
First comment: 4 April, 2007 1161 comments written
I'm confused. I KNOW I commented on this one. Did Dion delete it? Possibly.
Kerta December 14, 2007 17:49
First comment: 12 December, 2007 72 comments written
I think it's running away because he is purposefully making himself the easiest target in the game.
Quint Sakugarne January 2, 2008 18:17
First comment: 1 January, 2008 233 comments written
SomeoneElse: Why is the punchline a piercerYe Piercer doth look like unto a stalactyte, and hangeth
from the roofs of caves and caverns. Unto the height of a
man, and thicker than a man's thigh do they grow, and in
groups do they hang. If a creature doth pass beneath them,
they will by its heat and noise perceive it, and fall upon
it to kill and devour it, though in any other way they move
but exceeding slow.
        [ the Bestiary of Xygag ]

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? Does it pierce the comic and make plot holes?

This comment saves this comic.
Killheart January 3, 2008 11:56
First comment: 19 August, 2007 11 comments written
The first three panels is the warmup for the joke. It's so random that any punchline would be horribly absurd, so the punchline flees in terror in fear of the joke.

Also, 'p' is the first letter of 'punchline'.
Custard January 31, 2008 09:19
First comment: 1 December, 2007 10 comments written
I wish someone would delete Grognor's comments. It's not as if he does anything other than whine, preen himself, and generally trollThe troll shambled closer. He was perhaps eight feet tall,
perhaps more. His forward stoop, with arms dangling past
thick claw-footed legs to the ground, made it hard to tell.
The hairless green skin moved upon his body. His head was a
gash of a mouth, a yard-long nose, and two eyes which drank
the feeble torchlight and never gave back a gleam.
[...]
Like a huge green spider, the troll's severed hand ran on its
fingers. Across the mounded floor, up onto a log with one
taloned forefinger to hook it over the bark, down again it
scrambled, until it found the cut wrist. And there it grew
fast. The troll's smashed head seethed and knit together.
He clambered back on his feet and grinned at them. The
waning faggot cast red light over his fangs.
        [ Three Hearts and Three Lions, by Poul Anderson ]

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the place.

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