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A Sure Bet
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0106
Comic no. 106
Date published 26 September 2004
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Rule #39 of encounters: The good guys are always gullible.

Cast Edit

Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Roy: V, start blasting. Durkon, start turning undead. Belkar, protect the casters.
Belkar: Lame.
Roy: I'm headed for Xykon.

Panel 2

Elan: Hey, what about me?
Roy: I'll leave you up to your own initiative.

Panel 3

Elan: Wow! You really trust me after all.
Roy: That, or I don't think there is any possible way you could positively influence this battle anyway.

Panel 4

Vaarsuvius blasts some goblins with lightning, "zzap!", while Roy runs through them.
Goblin: Crap.

Panel 5

Xykon: OK, time for a Bluff Check.

Panel 6

Xykon: Gosh, minions, don't let any of those big scary adventurers touch my poor little gate, located to my left with significantly less guards than the rest of the room. Just a touch would destroy it.
Xykon: Wink, wink.

Panel 7

Redcloak: Sir, I hardly think that is going to accomplish anything.
Xykon: You'd be surprised.
Redcloak: Sir, you actually said the words, "wink, wink." I mean—

Panel 8

Roy: Change of plans! Elan, why not try to touch that gate thing over there. Xykon seems to want to keep us away from it for some reason.
Elan: Hooray! I'm useful!
Zombie #1: brains!
Zombie #2: brains!
A goblin blocks Roy's strike with a "clang!"

Panel 9

Xykon: See? Never bet against the gullibility of the good guys, Redcloak.
Redcloak: I had no idea you put so many skill ranks into Reverse Psychology.
Monster in the Darkness: Wait, what gate?

D&D Context Edit

  • Bluff checks are used to lie to other characters.
  • Skills are improved by putting ranks into them.
  • Reverse Psychology is one of the comic's fictional game features.

Trivia Edit

  • MitD continues the running gag where he doesn't know what the Gates are.

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