Mallory and Mark Kensington were two star struck lovers who had been married for 12 years. Mallory was a commercial airline pilot and Mark was the captain of a nuclear submarine. They were both very responsible with their money, lived simply, had no children, and no vices. The only exception to their frugality was their dog Max whom they doted on at every possible occasion. Unfortunately for Max, fate had terrible plans in store for him. One dark August day, Mallory and Mark were both at their respective jobs and in a cruel twist of fate suffered major mechanical failures at the same time. In a million to one oddity, they both perished in the astonishing first-of-its-kind airplane/submarine accident.
In a Dragon Age campaign based during the first blight, we had been in a very large city for quite a while. The Blight caught up with us, and the dark spawn began to assault the city. We met the force head on in the outer sector of the city, only to come face to face with a horde of Hurlocks and the Archdemon itself.
Me, the Qunari Barbarian: (surveying the map our DM had drawn out) Ok, we cant win this - but if we run now we’ll die anyways. We need a diversion. How about this cow?
Our DM had drawn a small enclosure with a cow inside it.
Human Barbarian: What if you throw the cow.
Me: I attempt to pick up the cow and throw it at the Archdemon.
Me: (Rolls nat 20)
DM: … You somehow lift the cow above your head, and throw it directly at the Archdemon… 80ft away from you.
Necromancer: I CAST SUPERIOR WALKING BOMB ON THE COW.
Everyone pauses to stare at our mage. After a quick check, the spell has a 120ft range. The spell succeeds.
Our DM begins to roll a saving throw for the Archdemon.
DM: (Rolls nat 1)
DM: … Roll for damage.
Necromancer: (Rolls crit, max damage)
DM: (Holding face in hands) The cow explodes, and transfers the spell onto the Archdemon and the nearby Hurlocks, who also explode. The explosions continue and damage the Archdemon until the entire group you were facing are dead, and the Archdemon is a pile of steaming goo.
DM: This was the main battle I planned for this session.
So one of the things that I love about this season of Camp Camp, is
that while it’s still pretty whimsical and hilarious, it’s shown some
real character development in Max and David.
Let’s face it, this kid was a die hard troublemaker and a fucking asshole all stuffed inside a tiny ten year old’s body.
now, you couldn’t pay him enough to enjoy anything, especially any of
David’s crazy camp activities. Hell, he spent a majority of the first
season either trying to escape, or trying to figure out how to destroy
the camp from the inside. And he got close sometimes, it all could’ve
been over when the FBI tried to arrest David for the stuff Max was
looking up on his phone. But the small part of him that said what he was
doing was going too far made him speak up and exonerate David. And when
he thought he had gone to far in his mischievous act that David
actually wanted to kill him, he was legitimately afraid and wanted to
take back his actions, unlike when he was in the forest with the
Quartermaster where it was more likely for him to be murdered and just
accepted his fate.
more importantly, Max was unwilling to accept that people like David
existed anymore, and was willing to go to great lengths to break him.
And he did. It took twelve episodes but in the end, Max won. David was
then Max had to learn the harsh lesson that sure, while life can
sometimes be a piece of shit, people can choose too not look past it,
but to live with it and still find the good in what’s left. Max was just
too jaded by things we know not of, and so was David, and he still
found the strength to be himself every day because if he didn’t, Camp
Campbell would be even more miserable than Max already thought it was.
And because of that, Max decided to help him just for the sake of
preserving this optimism.
now, Max has learned to kind of go with the flow. He’s no longer trying
to escape or sabotage David’s every action, he’s just kicking back,
relaxing, and enjoying the show.
so, when Daniel invaded the camp, Max actually sought out David’s help
rather than trying to figure out how to get rid of him on his own. And
when nothing he did convinced David of Daniel’s murderous intentions, he
entered the Purification Sauna, knowing full well he’d be hypnotized
into loving Daniel, but had enough faith in David to remove his rose tinted glasses, finally see the truth, and save all the campers from
when David got his heart broken by Bonquisha, he and the rest of the
children went to great lengths to try and get them back together so he
would stop being so depressed all the time.
That’s a lot of character development for a kid.
As for David, his transition has been a lot more subtle.
happy go-lucky camp counselor is still pretty much the same, while at
the same time completely different. The David of first season was
optimistic to a fault. He out right refused to see the bad in people,
especially Cameron Campbell, got bullied by the kids into leaving the
camp for a day, had no clue how to discipline children, and had an
unhealthy obsession with being the best camp counselor. And it killed
him every day when he couldn’t figure out why none of the kids loved
Camp Camp(bell) as much as he did.
were even some points in the show where his mask slipped and he looked
actually angry for once before going back to Happy David.
he was pushed to the edge by Max in the season finale of season one and
he finally laid all of his cards on the table. He knew perfectly well
that not everything was sunshine and roses all the time, but he had a
choice. He could be like Max, pessimistic and down right bitter about
the world, or he could try to see the good in the world every day and be
the best version of himself he could be.
he also learned a valuable lesson that day. It was okay to not be
himself all the time. Sure, he could still be overly enthusiastic about
everything, but he could still let go every now and again. Be it wanting
to kick out the psycho cult leader you almost hired and may or may not
have been after your job-
or sometimes fucking up and saying the wrong thing-
or being openly disappointed in the decisions other people make-
or admitting that you made a mistake that started off with good intentions-
or getting your heart broken-
needing to cry for days on end (even when it’s super awkward)-
beating the shit out of some guy for something that wasn’t really their
fault but only because you’re insanely jealous because they’re banging
your babe now.
So in the end, sure, they’re still pretty similar to how they started off in the show.
But the two of them have grown so much, I can’t wait to see where this show is going to take us next.
i like the idea of one day when Jonathan and Joyce aren’t able to watch Will, and the Wheelers are busy with something that they can’t watch him either, Joyce calls up Steve asking him to watch over Will and Steve is just like “HELL YEAH.”
Steve shows up with Max, ( Joyce of course doesn’t mind ) and they spend the rest of the night eating junk food, building a fort, drawing, making jokes, playing with the byer’s dog,and watching movies in the fort they built.
They even made some cookies and globed mounds of frosting and left over m&m’s from halloween on the cookies.
Jonathan and Joyce come home that night finding Steve sound asleep on the couch ( his face is covered in stickers because he fell asleep first ) while Will and Max are asleep in the fort, a half played game of connect four, a few candy wrappers and a couple of cans of soda
sitting between the two
Jonathan wakes up Steve, Jonathan is laughing because how ridiculous Steve looks but he won’t tell Steve what is wrong.
Joyce tries to pay Steve ( even though it isn’t much ) for babysitting and he won’t accept it because he loves spending time with Will, and he doesn’t want it feel like a job.
Steve attempts at scooping up Max so she could stay asleep but he ends up waking her up and she tries to physically fight him.
They get in the car and when Steve checks himself in the mirror he sees all the stickers. He complains while peeling the sticky shaped characters from his face. Max sits there and laughs
when he drops off Max, he could tell she doesn’t want to go because even though she loves her mom, she still has to deal with a horror of a brother.
“you know you call me if anything.” he reminds Max before she climbs out of the car.
He sits and waits to make sure she gets inside.
when he sees through the front window that the light of the living room turned off followed by the distant light of Max’s room click on he then drives off knowing she is in the safety of her room.
Steve returns to an empty home, but he isn’t sad about it because he spent the night with a couple of great kids
Steve took Dustin under his wing without hesitation, when Dustin got into his car, he barely even hesitated to help him. He did everything he could to protect those kids and I think he would never forgive himself if anything happened to those kids while he was watching over them. He fought Billy because he was getting all up in the kids’ faces about Max. He protected Max, trying to get Billy to leave, when he had just met the girl. He didn’t even fight Billy once while he was taunting him about his “King” status at the school but he didn’t blink an eye to fight him to protect those kids.
Steve didn’t deserve the way Nancy left him like that but he still gave Jonathan and Nancy space and he didn’t even blame Jonathan for anything? He never got in his face about the whole situation. He even told Nancy that it was okay? Like no, Steve you don’t need to say anything. Nancy should’ve handled this better. I love Nancy but this was a shitty way to “break up” with Steve. She just broke his heart.
He tried to get those kids to listen to him even though you could see that he wanted to side with them but he didn’t want them to get hurt. Even after they dragged his unconscious body into the car and drove to that entrance to the tunnels, he still put himself in front of them so they wouldn’t get hurt. Even after everything went to shit, he ran back for Mike after he got trapped. He made sure the kids were going up first when the demadogs were running towards them, he grabbed Dustin to protect him from them. He put their safety first.
He did everything he could to protect those kids.
He gave Dustin advice about girls, about his hair. He played the big brother roll and it wouldn’t surprise me if he took all of the rest of the kids under his wing, trying to protect them all.
Steve Harrington is the best character and he deserves the whole fucking world and nothing bad should ever happen to him because he doesn’t deserve that shit. Steve Harrington needs to be protected at all times.