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Who would you take into the dungeon?

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The Odd Fox
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Joined: 01/19/2017

This may seem like a random question but I heard Geoff Engelstein ask this question to a guest on his Ludology podcast and thought it would be interesting to get your thoughts.

If you were to delve into a dungeon and could choose 3 others to take with you who would you take and why?

My choices
1. Kelsier from the Mistborn series. Unconquerable spirit and drive. Always has unique ideas to get us through tight spots.

2. Cable from the Marvel universe. Lots of weapons, doesn't get intimidated and he's just plain awesome!

3. Locke from FFIII (FFIV Japan). Treasure hunter extraordinaire, positive attitude, even when things get tough. I know he'll look out for me because he's got a good heart (the other two might see me as a liability).

Though my question may appear random, it's interesting to see why people may choose to align with certain characters/personalities. May be worth observing when making character choices in games.

let-off studios
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Joined: 02/07/2011

My response is going to be detached from typical pop culture because I am. But here you go:

Ripley from the Alien series. (this answer was the first that instantly came to mind, but I had to think on the other two)

Samus from Metroid.

Conan of Cimmeria.

The Odd Fox
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Ripley is a great choice! I

Ripley is a great choice!

I asked my brother this same question and he also said Conan. I'm kind of wishing that had been one of my picks.

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Joined: 04/16/2011
What do you guys mean???

Nobody chose Caramon Majere?!?! Loyalty is his "strong suit"! And after all that experience in the Dragonlance Saga - he's definitely a force to be reckon with! LOL

If you're going into a Dungeon, at least consider bringing ONE (1) Dungeon & Dragon Character along! Sheesh!!! LOL

My crew would be:

  • Superman: nobody fucks with Superman (Not even Darth Vader!!!)
  • Caramon Majere: because hey we want someone with Dungeon delving experience! And in case there is some Kryptonite around. Superman is going to need some help.
  • Lara Croft (aka Angelina Jolie): For some eye-candy and some range. Not to mention a TON OF Dungeon delving experience, especially for all those lost Mayan artifacts. ALSO the Amazing acrobatic capabilities too!

Cheers! LOL

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Joined: 11/01/2008
We will play my favoret game! It is called "I WIN"

Why do you think I would go into a dungeon at all!

Okay... well I might, if these three go with me :)

  • Me as @BHFuturist (because you are making me go)
  • Lance Myxter as @UndeadViking (because he can't die and he knows dungeons)
  • Dave Prowse as @isDARTHVADER (because yes!)
  • Chuck Norris as @chucknorris (because I can't stop him)

@questccg Superman and Chuck Norris got into a fight one day, with a bet that the loser had to wear their underwear on the outside of their pants...

Our battle cry will be some sort of nerdiness I am sure.


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Aww shucks!

BHFuturist wrote:
> @questccg

Superman and Chuck Norris got into a fight one day, with a bet that the loser had to wear their underwear on the outside of their pants...

I guess Superman LOST! Darn Kryptonite in those knuckle bar rings!!! LOL

Rick L
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Joined: 08/22/2016
Cool question! Unfortunately,

Cool question! Unfortunately, there are too many great choices, and I happen to be in kind of a silly mood, so...

Between Superman and Vader, I'd choose Vader, and here's why. You go into a dungeon, you need to take a lot of supplies to eat. And after eating, you have to go to the bathroom. No outhouses, toilets - you just have to go, so you go. Then on your way back out of the dungeon, guess what - you've got to navigate all that poop with just a torch to light the way. Not to mention all the monsters marking their territory.

What's the strongest thing in the world? Answer - poop, because not even Superman can hold it back. But Darth Vader never eats & never poops. There's two problems solved right there! Plus, light saber, force push, mind control...

So Vader, and Jackie Chan. Yes, he eats & poops, but he can jump walls, climb through anything - he could go overunderthrough every trap & obstacle, and borrow Vader's light saber when the Lord of the Sith needed to fix his cape. Jackie Chan never gets tired.

The third person I'd take would be Patsy - the porter who carried everything in Monty Python's The Holy Grail.

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Joined: 12/19/2016
Dr. Manhattan. Superman is

Dr. Manhattan.

Superman is dead or haven't you heard?

Joined: 07/03/2013

I'm assuming that this is a typical dungeon crawl, and that the objective it so obtain the MacGuffin from behind layers upon layers of defenses?

In that case:

Carmen Sandiego - The ultimate thief and tech expert.
Achilles - because what are the chances he gets hit in the heel?
Sophie Devereaux from the TV show "Leverage" - Because who needs combat if we can grift? if a more combat-heavy dungeoun though; I'd take Eliot Spencer (same show)

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Joined: 02/25/2017
Hard question

That's a hard question but I think I can answer.

-Zero from MegaMan because he's just awesome! Do I really have to explain this? He's amazing!

-The Predator from Alien vs. Predator because he can pick up on he signatures and has the cloaking ability. He would kick butt in a dungeon.

-Weeping Angels from Doctor who. The Weeping Angels turn to stone when you look at them but when you're not, they move. If they touch you, you get sent back in time. So...DON'T BLINK.

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Joined: 02/25/2017
I change my mind.

- Santa Claus

-The Easter Bunny

-Any random turkey

Midnight_Carnival's picture
Joined: 06/17/2015
who are these people?

I'd take my three brothers.
I know them, I know their strengths and weaknesses, I can cooperate with them and more or less anticipate their moves in combat.

I mean sure you could say "I'd take Conan the Barbarian", but do you know him? seriously? I mean if you disagree over something, how will you settle the disagreement? If your bedding is burned in a fire trap and you wander into the ice caverns would you be comfortable sharing a bedroll with him after exhaustively battling Kobolds for 17 hours? If you stumble across a huge treasure or a glowing sword of vanquishing (+7) is he going to share it with you? Will he help you along when your leg breaks because you fell into a pit? Will he take an arrow for you? will he stay with you when the Gnome throws a purple potion at you *crash!* and you start tripping beachballs? Will he share his rations? Does he see any value in keeping you alive and will he feel that you contribute anything to this particular dungeon crawl? Will he recognise and appreciate your strengths, will he understand and accommodate your weaknesses?
Really? you and Conan the Barbarian on a team?

-obviously for Conan, read any fictional overpowered character which people will think of as a first choice in dungeoncrawling.
And anyway, I want some of the XP and ABP for myself, if there's someone with me who can "one shot" Ancient Multi-hued Dragons, I won't get much action, now will I?

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I would have said Lara Croft,

I would have said Lara Croft, Indiana Jones, and the Human Torch, but I like your point about going with someone you KNOW!

Rick L
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Joined: 08/22/2016
Midnight Carnival has a great

Midnight Carnival has a great point. Let me just say, in regards to my pick posted above, that I was great friends with Darth Vader. He was the Sithmaster of our Boy-Siths troop growing up (I was known then as Darth Trepidengence, but that was a long time ago, and far, far away).

I don't know Jackie Chan, but from everything I've seen of him, I trust him to be perfectly fair and cooperative.

As for Patsy, he would take a near-mortal-wounding arrow in the chest for me and still keep going!

Joined: 12/18/2008
I kept my choices to fantasy

I kept my choices to fantasy novels. This eliminates any uber-powerful characters from the Marvel/DC universe, who have no business being in a dungeon. Also, no LOTR characters, as they are the archetypes of dungeon crawling.

1. Richard Rahl - Sword of Truth (Terry Goodkind novels)

War Wizard. Exceptional strategist and leader. Adaptable to his situation. High charisma. Excellent negotiator. Honorable and loyal. Will do anything for his cause.

2. Drizzt Do'Urden - The Dark Elf (R. A. Salvatore novels)

Unparallelled swordsman. Exceptional vision, even in complete darkness. Decent magical abilities. Archer. Thief. Willing to do the dirty work. And, well, you gotta have an elf, even if he is a Drow elf.

3. Pug of Crydee - Riftwar (Raymond Feist novels)

Wizard without peer. Wisdom and knowledge. Big picture guy. Brings the heavy stuff when needed.

Rick L
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Joined: 08/22/2016
Vader Lives!

Before I derail this thread too much, I just wanted to point out that I'm going to begin assembling my aforementioned team for my next Dungeon adventure. I have already spoken to Darth Vader about it and he's in!

I know you guys probably think I'm just being silly with this whole Vader thing, but I really do know him quite well, and contrary to what most of you believe after Return of the Jedi, he's not dead, but alive and well.

Here's a picture of him kissing my mom:

Anyway, with his considerable resources, he shouldn't have a problem tracking down Jackie Chan and Patsy so we can assemble our Dungeon raid party!

Willem Verheij
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Joined: 06/08/2016
Well I'd prefer to take

Well I'd prefer to take characters I've written myself for my own fantasy setting since I'm familiar with them and know what to expect from them, but for the topic I'll go with choices that would be more familiar..

-Ezio Auditore.
He can climb anywhere to open doors for the rest of us, is a great swordsman and his eagle sense will no doubt be usefull to spot traps and disable them.

A powerfull and brave warrior and I'd know he'd watch my back. Couldn't ask for a better protector, especially if he'd have his shield with him and no evil ring nearby trying to corrupt him.

Will need a mage to go with me, might as well be Merlin who is wise and powerfull. He'd help with any puzzles and magic that would need to be dealt with.

Also I think these three would get along just fine as well, very important! Ezio would know Merlin from literature and Boromir is already familiar with wizards. Merlin being a court wizard, he would be more of a team player than gandalf which I am sure Boromir would appreciate.
I also don't think that Boromir and Ezio would have any issue with each other. Both might be rather confident in their abilities but Merlin seems perfect to temper their emotions if need be. They would respect his council I am sure.

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Noooo, not Richard Rhal!

He'd constantly have to go and like make the beast with two backs to fulfil some prophecy - so he wouldn't exactly be around to help you out and then when he was, he'd be stalked by a jealous and pissed-off Khalan who'd like go into the blood rage every 5 seconds because of his infidelity. You can bet that she'll forgive Richard, but she'll kill you for no apparent reason.

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