Building a Better PC Trap
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 36
Date published 4 February 2004
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Haley warns Roy that the door may still be trapped. Roy asks, "How bad could it be?"

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Panel 1

Still in front of the door from Rogues Gone Wild!
Haley (addressing offstage right): Geez, what's the big deal? It was just a wardrobe malfunction...
Roy: Focus, Haley. You said there were no traps?

Panel 2

Haley: No I said didn't find any traps.
Roy: Uh, what's the difference?

Panel 3

Haley: When I say I didn't find any traps, it might mean there are no traps to find. BUT! It might mean there are traps, and my Search score just wasn't high enough.

Panel 4

Roy: But you took 20 right? So you should have found them if they were there.
Haley: That is an entirely valid perspective.

Panel 5

Haley: But it's just as valid to assume that if Xykon was going to trap this door, he would use traps that I couldn't find.

Panel 6

Haley (pointing stage right): So I'm going to wait all the way over there while you open the door.
Roy: Ah, I wouldn't worry. I mean, I have a lot of hit points.

Panel 7

Haley heads of stage left as the panel zoom out revealing the space above the ceiling and below the floor where a series of complex and grizzly traps are set. Next to some spring-loaded harpoons, there is a bottle labeled "Poison" to apply to the tips. Next to a series of giant saw blades on articulated arms is another bottle labeled "Even Nastier Poison", connected to a blower. Below the floor next to some scythes is a spiked pit with applicators labeled "Honey" and "Fire Ants".
Roy: How bad could it be?

D&D Contexts Edit

  • Certain dungeons, or DMs, have a reputation for complex and grizzly traps, like the classic 1e D&D adventure module Tomb of Horrors and or the more modern system-agnostic supplement, Grimtooth's Traps.

Trivia Edit

  • Wardrobe Malfunction is a reference to Super Bowl XXXVIII's Nipplegate halftime show.
  • This is the first appearance of the Fire Ants.

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