…Major Spoilers Flying Query! *fanfare* With the latest episode of Critical Hit still haunting our collective consciousness, I thought I might try and turn our thoughts to a more pleasant bit of gaming minutiae. Throughout the many years that I’ve been roleplaying, throughout many different games and gaming systems, there have been a few utterly unbreakable rules:
* Don’t call the game-master a “scuzzbag.”
* Don’t attack your party (unless you’re sure you’ll win.)
* Never give Tiltowait the money.
* Most important of all, never EVER reference Monty Python unless you’re ready for the entire game to devolve into a sea of “NI!” and “I got better!”, derailing any and all questions of game-play into a quagmire of Chapman and company.
The hysterical virulence of a single Monty Python quote puts the plague in ’28 Days Later’ to shame, and one utterance of “DINSDAAALE!” can break up not only the drama, but the game itself (and, in one unfortunate situation in the late ’90s, a marriage.) Still, there’s something wonderful about the absurdity of the Pythons’ work, and sooner or later, even the Rodrigo has been known to throw in the errant “WITH A HERRING!” here and there, and you have to appreciate that a 45-year-old sketch program has such lasting impact on our nerdly vernacular.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks we should get it all out of our system and forget the horrible events in the Feywild, asking: What’s your favorite bit of Monty Python ridiculousness?*