This officially concludes our foray into the Outer Planes. While we can assume that our various adventurers have made their way from the far-flung corners of the cosmos and back to the safe harbor of Handbook-World, our sanity may not be so lucky.

As we established way back in “In Your End-O!” it it scientifically impossible for gamers to resist a pun-off. But at least when you’re punning and word-playing, it’s possible for everyone at the table to join in on the anti-fun. Unfortunately, there is an equally sadistic, groan-inducing form of comedy floating around the hobby. And it’s one that only GMs have access to.

See that little shit on Druid’s tree-shaped bough? That’s what you call an “imp.” And I’m not talking about the little red devils that chain pact warlocks like to pal around with. I’m talking Bat-Mite. I’m talking The Great Gazoo. That OP wanker Q from Next Gen. Any time you have an all-powerful, indestructible companion character, you’ve got an imp on your hands. And you can be damn sure that they’ll speak in the most annoying, high-pitched voice your GM can conjure.

Last time I ran one of these things, it was a fae named Anomander. He’d set up a giant circus tent in the middle of the ocean. When the PCs’ pirate crew sailed inside, they found themselves in a Tunnel of Love. I believe that the major obstacle was clearing a path through a mound of erotically-flavored jelly beans. At the time, I thought my joyful antics and nonsense non sequiturs were comedy gold. Imagine my surprise when, after the session, my players made it plain that this wasn’t a love-to-hate character. This was just regular type hate.

“His constant pop culture references are a bit much. And that voice you do… It’s like Foamy the Squirrel scraping on a chalkboard. Plus that manic grin you get is slightly scary. Could Anomander maybe make a return appearance never?”

This was quite the blow to my ego. Naturally, I made Anomander the campaign’s BBEG on the spot.

What about the rest of you guys though? Have you ever encountered an “imp” in a game? Did you enjoy the silliness, or was it a case of “a little goes a long way?” Tell us all about your fae tricksters, obnoxious demigods, and persistent intelligent cursed items down in the comments!


CONVENTION TIME! We’re at the Atlanta Comic Convention this weekend! We’ve got some convention-only merch and special prizes for anyone who can roll at nat 20 in one go!

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