Talking is a free action.

Conan makes reference to having a shield on his character sheet. This is a nod to a tip I learned as a player - put everything down on your character sheet, or, better yet, keep a large bundle of papers with your character sheet to shuffle in inventory when the GM isn't looking.

For those who don't know, OSRIC (and, thusly, early Dungeons and Dragons) use a decreasing scale of armor effectiveness - the lower the Armor Class, the more effective it is. Likewise, for surprise, the rules clearly state the surprise is determined only at the beginning of combat. Surprise doesn't state anything about ignoring dexterity bonuses to AC, so Sandra points out that it's a house rule. Also, according to this comic, Conan is wearing scale mail.

The keen-eyed among you will notice that, here, Conan has a dexterity bonus to AC of 1, which would give him a 15 Dex. However, I already clearly stated that Conan has a 7 Dex. If this was true (a 7 dex), then the entire comic falls apart (as does the next one). I remembered this after I spent about 2 hours developing the joke, while I was already late on my self-imposed deadline, and didn't have anything to fall back on. You could justly remark that I didn't do the research, but I'd rather just say that it's a parody comic - get over it.

And if you're curious about that extra big text bubble for, "What's happening?", it's to remove Thorgrum's arm from the image.

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Transcript:

Scene: Rexor attacks Conan.
Rexor (as Thulsa Doom):I rolled a ten!
DM:Let's see. Level 5 fighter against armor class 6 - that's a hit.
Conan:But I have a dexterity bonus - my AC is five, so it's a miss.
Rexor (as Thulsa Doom):But you were surprised.
Conan:No I wasn't. We're in the middle of combat.
DM:You were talking to Thorgrum, and observing your contraption.
Conan:Since when is talking an action?
DM:You were distracted, and I don't allow a dexterity bonus when caught flat-footed.
Subotai:Hey, what about your shield?
Conan:Oh, right. I also have a shield.
DM:You're not using that.
Conan:Yes I am. It's right here on my sheet.
Rexor (as Thulsa Doom):What's happening?
DM:Alright. That gives you a five A.C. It's a miss.
Rexor (as Thulsa Doom):But... Conan doesn't use a shield!

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