What is the most cliché adventuring party you can think of?


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The party should be able to:
1. Kick in the door
i.e. a fighter type with high strength and big boots
2. Kill the monster
while the monster concentrates on the fighter, the mage prepares for the lethal spell to gate the monster to oblivion
3. Loot the room and take the treasure
can we spell rogue
4. Rescue the princess
Someone with high charisma and no obsession (that means no paladins or sorcerers) leaving only a bard to fill the final slot

I wanna take this moment to thank Steve Jackson for the creation of Munchkin that so accurately describes the course of adventure that we should follow

Kill the princess
Kick the room and rescue the treasure
Take the monster
Loot the door

or some other combination


1 female Dhampir Bard with the Dracula's Daughter Template. Spoiled little girl who wants to be free, but also wants to be pampered. the bard eventually learns oracle exclusive sealing spells

1 male human oracle whose powers are sealed until the second half of the campaign, has max Ranks in Profession (Photographer). has the Jeigan Eye Bearer Template. the Dhampir bard expects him to cowtow to her every need, using such terms as "Slave", "Big Brother" and various words for "Servant." Affectionately to control him

1 Female Vampire Sorcerer built around Swift Action Summoning, former slave whom gained freedom from her master

2 Venerable Male Human Oracles built around Sealing Demons

2 underage human Oracles whom are lower level versions of the Venerable Male Oracles

2 Experts with maxed Profession (Supernatural Magazine Writer)

1 Pixie Bard who happens to be the Dhampir Bard's Familiar due to a combination of Eldritch Heritage and improved Familiar. Dham, she has a lot of feats for a mere Dhampir Bard

and 1 Male Human Oracle in his late 20s built around Sealing Demons. has knowledge (Supernatural) and spellcraft maxed out


Marthian wrote:

most cliched

Fighter, Cleric, Rogue, and Wizard.

Thread over after one reply, but since the OP used the word cliched instead of iconic, of course it's not REALLY over.

Carry on...


Yo Snowleopard, its Kill the monsters, take their loot ,stab your buddy


No one has mentioned the male drow 2W fighter-wizard-rogue with not enough vowels in his name, have they?


KenderKin wrote:
Vod Canockers wrote:

Barbarian with a magic flaming sword.

Wooki er Big hairy sidekick barbarian
Human Female Noble Sorcerer.

Thundarr the Barbarian

Ariel
Ukklah.....how is that actually spelt?

UCLA (after the University)


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female human ranger(undead and demon favored enemies)
female human lesbian witch
male human expert(carpenter)
male middle age human adept
male vampire fighter(with a soul)
female fleshbound demon


Jucassaba wrote:

female human ranger(undead and demon favored enemies)

female human lesbian witch
male human expert(carpenter)
male middle age human adept
male vampire fighter(with a soul)
female fleshbound demon

Don't forget the Werewolf.


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Hmmmm.... All i could think of is:
Male human fighter (warrior) - uses Broadaxe
Male human wizard - constantly using magic missile
Female human fighter (valkyrie)
Male elf ranger (archer)

And one or more of them constantly "Needs food....badly!"


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Kazaan wrote:
Jucassaba wrote:

female human ranger(undead and demon favored enemies)

female human lesbian witch
male human expert(carpenter)
male middle age human adept
male vampire fighter(with a soul)
female fleshbound demon
Don't forget the Werewolf.

Good call.

Add male halfling werewolf bard.


  • one human male white-haired tactician
  • one half-elven male fallen paladin
  • one not sane (or at least not criminally responsible) male gnome gunslinger who can drive anything
  • one dark-skinned male half-orc barbarian


One or more fighting men
A magic-user
A cleric
An elf
A dwarf


Four halflings
One human Ranger
One human Fighter
One elf Archer
One dwarf Axe fighter
One outsider Sorceror

One small metal band to bind them all.


Eternatural 1 wrote:
Yo Snowleopard, its Kill the monsters, take their loot ,stab your buddy

I know, I know, I was happily combining some ridiculous combination to form a new concept. So al I was doing was making 'clerical errors' ;)


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GozrehTime wrote:

Human female bard/ commoner with Perform: Oratory.

Gnome male rogue/ ranger (favored enemy: fey).
Big, hairy ogre male with Int 3 and Stone Call as an SLA.
Awakened tiny dog male cavalier with riding dog mount.

Their opponent is a sexy wizard.

Dance Magic Dance...all the way to the goblin city baby!


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Most cliché party:

A frothing optimizer obsessed w/the numbers

A spotlight-hogging roleplayer

An oddball loner just trying to fit in

A stoner/anarchist

Oh, wait...you wanted the characters right?


Male Human Expert (Sailor) and his cohort
Male Human Commoner (Sailor)
Male Human Aristocrat
Female Human Aristocrat
Female Human Expert (Actress)
Female Human Commoner (Farmer)
Male Human Alchemist
Broken ship.


Grumpy gray mane elder (any class), teen fan boy death and murder based fighter rogue, female talkie talkie bard or Druid, and any the cute and quirky halflng (any class)


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A bard with negative charisma named Beiber.


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Snowleopard wrote:

The party should be able to:

1. Kick in the door
i.e. a fighter type with high strength and big boots
2. Kill the monster
while the monster concentrates on the fighter, the mage prepares for the lethal spell to gate the monster to oblivion
3. Loot the room and take the treasure
can we spell rogue
4. Rescue the princess
Someone with high charisma and no obsession (that means no paladins or sorcerers) leaving only a bard to fill the final slot

I wanna take this moment to thank Steve Jackson for the creation of Munchkin that so accurately describes the course of adventure that we should follow

Kill the princess
Kick the room and rescue the treasure
Take the monster
Loot the door

or some other combination

In a published adventure for Rolemaster, ICE put in some seemingly innocuous flavor text about a pair of large mithril doors. As soon as the descriptive words were out of my mouth, I knew I'd made a dreadful mistake. The party immediately abandoned any pretense of caring about the adventure and focused solely on the acquisition and marketing of the immense wealth represented by those precious, precious, precious metal-clad doors. Loot the door, indeed.

As for answering the thread's question.. considering the idea is to go nuts, 80s Arnie-style.. Pluck out any 4 characters from The Expendables and call it a good day to die harder with lethal weapons.


Dr. Wholmes wrote:
Snowleopard wrote:

The party should be able to:

1. Kick in the door
i.e. a fighter type with high strength and big boots
2. Kill the monster
while the monster concentrates on the fighter, the mage prepares for the lethal spell to gate the monster to oblivion
3. Loot the room and take the treasure
can we spell rogue
4. Rescue the princess
Someone with high charisma and no obsession (that means no paladins or sorcerers) leaving only a bard to fill the final slot

I wanna take this moment to thank Steve Jackson for the creation of Munchkin that so accurately describes the course of adventure that we should follow

Kill the princess
Kick the room and rescue the treasure
Take the monster
Loot the door

or some other combination

In a published adventure for Rolemaster, ICE put in some seemingly innocuous flavor text about a pair of large mithril doors. As soon as the descriptive words were out of my mouth, I knew I'd made a dreadful mistake. The party immediately abandoned any pretense of caring about the adventure and focused solely on the acquisition and marketing of the immense wealth represented by those precious, precious, precious metal-clad doors. Loot the door, indeed.

As for answering the thread's question.. considering the idea is to go nuts, 80s Arnie-style.. Pluck out any 4 characters from The Expendables and call it a good day to die harder with lethal weapons.

While playing Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil we were fairly disgusted with the general lack of treasure. At one point we came across an iron bridge, which we were trying to figure out if we could remove (a 50000 lb bridge at 1gp per pound was worth the work). We changed our mind when we came across a tower made of adamantine. We defeated the door, and took it.


I nearly fell of my chair laughing.
Thanx Dr. Wholmes and Vod Canockers.

And Kazaan? why does Beiber sound so familiar? and why do I suddenly remember I have a 14 year old daughter? Weird, did we just enter the twilight zone???

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I Hate Nickelback wrote:

7 Dwarves.

Their classes are irrelevant.

7 Samurai.

Their races are irrelevant.


Lincoln Hills wrote:
I Hate Nickelback wrote:

7 Dwarves.

Their classes are irrelevant.

7 Samurai.

Their races are irrelevant.

well one is a robot ....


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pick any grouping of the following concepts

a sickly little girl who runs around in her Pajamas and casts powerful spells, has an incurable cough that fails to interrupt her spells. could be anything from a wizard or sorcerer, to a bard or oracle. bonus points if she has purple hair.

a big hulking (and possibly hairy) yet developmentally delayed and socially crude male warrior who fights with large weapons, speaks in words of 2 syllables or less, and sentences of less than 10 words. carries stuff in both hands, may be slow, or weak to magic. bonus points if he has a badly faked Russian Accent

a lithe and effeminate male whom is obscessed with his appearance, carries a slender blade in one hand and moves gracefully. though any shield or weapon of similar size works as a viable off hand. you get bonus points for an empty offhand, and bonus points for having the elf subtype. can also be subverted by making the character a proper female of ladylike stature

an annoying yet infinitely wise pixie who gives all the info, shouts orders, and motivates everyone. floats over the dumb brute's shoulder. always tells the group what to do. a voice of the DM incarnate.

a man in white silken robes with a silver crucifix around his neck, likely has other religious memorabilia, such as a holy sword, a shepard's staff, or a crucifix shaped firearm, most likely a spellcaster whom preaches, often a pacifist, bonus points if his name includes "Father" "Brother" or "Friar" as a prefix. this concept may also be genderswapped to a female counterpart, using "Mother" or "Sister" in place of "Father" or "Brother." female counterparts are more likely to wield staves

a young male in his early adulthood, whom awakened and found out he was the chosen one, he carries the sacred sword of his people, a rare artifact weapon of great power, that grows as he advances, he is a callous and idealistic youth, whom fights to protect his friends, if he uses his second hand for something, it's likely a magic shield with which to protect his friends

a weasly young elven girl clad in darker hued leather garb, carries a bow and sword, excellent archer and decent meleer, has a cute pet she commands in combat, often turns her foes into a pincushion, she may end up using the sword, depending on build. can also wear leafy dresses in place of darker hued leather if desired

a japanese schoolgirl clad in a sailor schoolgirl uniform, has very western features, small framed, carries a katana, focuses on being a badass, might possibly be a tsundere. never cops to being a ninja, but she usually is.

a rich young noble girl who wears fancy clothing, usually a count, earl, or princess, who travels alongside the heroes, and contributes with supportive magic, often uses her connections to help the party, party never benefits from her wealth though.

the last survivor of her ancient race, a youth descended from a long and dying bloodline, wanted by the main villain, heroes work to protect her, and she works to assist them using magical means.

the knight in shining armor, a hero in the midst of early adulthood, the young knight whom was sent by his order to assist the chosen ones. honorable, chivalrous and idealistic, carries a sword and shield, lets his foes make the first move, thinks he can beat his foes honorably and refuses to lie cheat or steal.

a middle aged veteran soldier, clad in the heaviest of armors, whom wields a lance and shield, reknowned for his honor, a master diplomat, and a beast on the battlefield due to his excessive defenses. he is slow due to his old age, but compensates with timing and tactics

an old man in a robe with a pointed hat, carries a staff, solves mathematical equations to cast spells, serves the party as a mentor. eventually dies early on, suprisingly tough for an old man, mostly overpowered due to his superior levels and better gear

a middle aged man in Samurai garb, carries a Katana, master of the quick draw of instant death, happens to possess on Iaijutsu to the point he can drop most foes in a single round if he desired.

a man in peasant robes with a belt of hemp, carries no weapons and wears no shoes, fights unarmed and focuses on negating the need for weaponry, usually inferior to a proper weapon user. quotes proverb and claims to be wise and peaceful. a complete lie since he rushes in unarmed and pummels the snot out of his foes like a savage

a man clad in nothing but a loincloth, skirt, pair of pants or similar garment, with unrealistically well toned abs and massive muscles, carries a massive weapon, emulates totem animals, often tiger, jaguar or lion. goes into frenzies, flips out and kills stuff

a young girl in loose fitting garb, whether a modest fitting dress, a cloak, or a robelike garment such as a kimono, often carries a knifelike weapon, or a crossbow, focused on stealth, may also be a mage, though it isn't needed. though cloaks and kimonos are common, gothloli dresses aren't unheard of. could also be a weasly young man as well, favoring a cloak for sure.

the buxom and oblivious young woman, all breasts and no brains, a healer is a common choice of profession, tries to be cute, has a verbal tic, can also be flat chested as a common subversion, but is still just as oblivious.


Lincoln Hills wrote:
I Hate Nickelback wrote:

7 Dwarves.

Their classes are irrelevant.

7 Samurai.

Their races are irrelevant.

Technically, 6 Samurai and a Rogue who wields a Katana, presuming we're going with the original story.


Goblin Barbarian
Goblin Paladin
Old Goblin Monk
Goblin Cleric
Goblin barbarian/bard/cleric/druid/fighter/monk/paladin/ranger/rogue/sorcerer/wiza rd


Darigaaz the Igniter wrote:

Goblin Barbarian

Goblin Paladin
Old Goblin Monk
Goblin Cleric
Goblin barbarian/bard/cleric/druid/fighter/monk/paladin/ranger/rogue/sorcerer/wiza rd

human fighter

dwarf cleric
snake lady


Barbarian
Old Wizard
Rogue
Female Barbarian


Umbriere Moonwhisper wrote:

pick any grouping of the following concepts

a sickly little girl who runs around in her Pajamas and casts powerful spells, has an incurable cough that fails to interrupt her spells. could be anything from a wizard or sorcerer, to a bard or oracle. bonus points if she has purple hair.

a big hulking (and possibly hairy) yet developmentally delayed and socially crude male warrior who fights with large weapons, speaks in words of 2 syllables or less, and sentences of less than 10 words. carries stuff in both hands, may be slow, or weak to magic. bonus points if he has a badly faked Russian Accent

a lithe and effeminate male whom is obscessed with his appearance, carries a slender blade in one hand and moves gracefully. though any shield or weapon of similar size works as a viable off hand. you get bonus points for an empty offhand, and bonus points for having the elf subtype. can also be subverted by making the character a proper female of ladylike stature

an annoying yet infinitely wise pixie who gives all the info, shouts orders, and motivates everyone. floats over the dumb brute's shoulder. always tells the group what to do. a voice of the DM incarnate.

a man in white silken robes with a silver crucifix around his neck, likely has other religious memorabilia, such as a holy sword, a shepard's staff, or a crucifix shaped firearm, most likely a spellcaster whom preaches, often a pacifist, bonus points if his name includes "Father" "Brother" or "Friar" as a prefix. this concept may also be genderswapped to a female counterpart, using "Mother" or "Sister" in place of "Father" or "Brother." female counterparts are more likely to wield staves

a young male in his early adulthood, whom awakened and found out he was the chosen one, he carries the sacred sword of his people, a rare artifact weapon of great power, that grows as he advances, he is a callous and idealistic youth, whom fights to protect his friends, if he uses his second hand for something, it's likely a magic shield with which to protect...

Wow. That is one comprehensive collection of clichés.


I'm going to revise my previous.

1 human or planetouched fighter or barbarian with epic tiers and leadership.

His cohort and/or (human fighter, barbarian, rogue, expert, or warrior) followers or the haunting memories of their death(s).

Gilgamesh and Enkidu
Achilles and that idiot who tried to impersonate him while he was sulking
Jason and the Argonauts
Hercules and the dude with the torch that helped him with the hydra
Odysseus and a whole bunch of doomed sailors.


Kazaan wrote:

Male Human Mobile Fighter/Elec Sorc w/ Katana

Female Human Empereal/Ice cross-blooded Sorc w/ Crossbow
Female Human Fire Sorc/Pistolero Gunslinger
Male Grippli Paladin/Marid Sorc w/ Greatsword
Male Android Paladin/Monk
Female Human Barbarian w/ IUS
Male Human Wizard w/ Scythe

I see what you did there, Noice. (Though on that topic I'll ask how on earth you'd make any of these actually work)


Wizard: LE Raistlin clone, because black is always the new black
Rogue: CE Belkar clone who steals all the things
Paladin: LG Dudley Do-Right clone (Int 7, wis 7, zero ranks Sense Motive)
Ranger: N Drizzit clone and Legolas clone in one package
Swashbuckler: CG Inigo Montoya clone (complete with slurred speech)
Barbarian: N Grace Jones ("Conan the Destroyer") clone; high-decibel/high-octave screamer!
Fighter: LN Gimli clone (poster-child for martial/caster disparity)

Liberty's Edge

Quote:

super nerdy dude with a perfect recollection of the rules

dude who daydreams during the roleplay stuff but loves killing things
slightly less nerdy dude who goes out on dates now and then so can't play
token girl player

The Knights of the Dinner Table


Marthian wrote:

most cliched

Fighter, Cleric, Rogue, and Wizard.

Be sure to choose the most stereotypical race/class combo. Then give them stereotypical personalities. The fighter is dumb and only thinks with his sword, yet he's a successful military officer (and a commoner, so rising through the ranks required tactical skill that his Int 8 character sheet does not support). The cleric preaches all the time, and is more loyal to their church than their party. The rogue is a kleptomaniac, and is more loyal to the thieves' guild than the party. The wizard is a classic scholar, with no charisma, and no common sense, due to his or her ivory tower upbringing. They talk too much and "know" they are smarter than you, and will remind you of this at every opportunity. They have no Strength, no Constitution, and no skills such as climbing, jumping, or swimming.


DrDeth wrote:
Fighting Man, Magic User, Cleric.

Add a Thief, and you're it!


TAKE A GUESS

1) Berserking Orog Brawler that understands but doesn't speak common, teams up with a an attractive sorceress & a barbarian wading into combat screaming their names, swinging the hilt of a sword.

2) This Slayer 2 / Barbarian X has the natural weapon combat style and has a ring of regeneration.

This Tiefling Swashbuckler/Shadowdancer carries a rapier and uses acrobatics and teleportation.

3) Android Investigator equipped with a travelers any-tool, wearing a robe of useful items among numerous other random item giving magic items, is followed around by a young template human rogue and a intelligent dog animal companion who try to keep him alive.


That X-Men? I can't quite pin them all down


MageHunter wrote:
That X-Men? I can't quite pin them all down

two of them are;

2) This Slayer 2 / Barbarian X has the natural weapon combat style and has a ring of regeneration. WOLVERINE

This Tiefling Swashbuckler/Shadowdancer carries a rapier and uses acrobatics and teleportation. NIGHTCRAWLER

BUT WHO ARE THE OTHER TWO?


I am Nemesis wrote:
MageHunter wrote:
That X-Men? I can't quite pin them all down

two of them are;

2) This Slayer 2 / Barbarian X has the natural weapon combat style and has a ring of regeneration. WOLVERINE

This Tiefling Swashbuckler/Shadowdancer carries a rapier and uses acrobatics and teleportation. NIGHTCRAWLER

BUT WHO ARE THE OTHER TWO?

No clue about the first, but the last is Inspector Gadget.


very good, you got it.

as for the first three, Ookla the Mook, Arieal the Sorceress and Thundarr the Barbarian


A human gestalt paladin/bard, who probably has the Leadership feat, wielding a major-artifact-tier warhammer;

A battleaxe-wielding cyborg barbarian, apparently trained in Perform (Act);

A living hologram fighter;

And a suspiciously long-lived human commoner.

They're all fighting against a very high-level, probably mythic, sorcerer; a wizard cult; and an army of goblins and demons.


1 God Wizard and 3 carry ons.


Any character wearing a beer dispensing helmet.


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Grimniir wrote:
DrDeth wrote:
Fighting Man, Magic User, Cleric.
Add a Thief, and you're it!

Well, DrDeth's cliche party literally predates 1st Edition - no thief in the old White Box, 3 booklet setup - I think thieves showed up with the Greyhawk supplement that came later.

Nice call out to the early days, DrDeth!

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