It’s a Trick

Sometimes I have something semi-profound to say in my comic strips. Some insight on gaming culture or interaction between gaming tropes and common assumptions. Other times an idea just amuses me. This is one of the latter.

Magic Missile always hits its target. That’s what makes it magic missile opposed to the lesser known variants mundane missile and pretty good missile. When I played my wizard, I always liked to imagine my missile would take the most round about route to the target. It’d whip between legs, dodge through a brawl, and home in on the bad guy like the arrow from Gamers.

The magician’s show presented above might actually be a little boring. You know it’s never going to miss. When you watch a knife thrower you’re also pretty sure they’re not going to miss but there’s always that secret dark hope that this time, this once, there might be an accident. That’s where the thrill comes from. Of course… that presumes the wizard isn’t aiming for the assistant.