Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
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Director: Joe Russo — Writer: Andrew Guest — Aired: February 3, 2011 —Season: Two — Number: Fourteen
Summary: The study group plays "Dungeons & Dragons" with another classmate to lift his spirits, but Pierce's jealousy causes their good intentions to backfire.


The group agreed that what Fat Neil needed most was to feel like a winner for a change. They would invite Neil that Saturday to a game of Dungeons & Dragons designed by Abed to help Neil reclaim his confidence. At the end of the meeting, they realized that Chang had been there and felt too awkward to mention it. What they couldn't have known was that they had just scheduled the most important game of Dungeons & Dragons ever. A game which not only might save a life, but which would forever change the balance between good and Pierce.

After observing him for several days at school, Jeff notices how depressed his classmate Fat Neil is lately. He feigns an interest in Neil's favorite role playing game, Dungeons & Dragons in order to cheer him up. Jeff realizes he may be suicidal after Neil gives him all his prized gaming materials declaring he won't need them anymore. He enlists the study group's help to play a game of Dungeons & Dragons with Neil to avert a tragedy. Although he is forced to include Chang in this endeavor, Jeff purposefully excludes Pierce, believing him too insensitive to help. However, Pierce learns of their plans believing it to be another group activity he has been excluded from. Jeff convinces Neil to join him and the others for a game in the study room.

AD&D Study group unite!
All 4 one + Chang minus Pierce.

Neil is suspicious of their motivations despite everyone's reassurances. Abed starts the game acting as Dungeon Master and presents the adventure they will be participating in called, "The Cavern of Draconis". Aware that Neil has his own character he's been playing for years called Duquesne, Abed provides character sheets for the rest specifically tailored for their personalities. Despite the effort he put into creating them, the study group randomly selects a character from the pages he provided. Early in the game, Neil saves the group from a horde of goblins using the Sword of Duquesne, a powerful magical item he acquired over many previous campaigns, and he begins to cheer up.

ADAD Neil is suspicious of the study group
ADAD Troy fake smiling
ADAD All smiles
ADAD This is going to be awesome yo
Hey, Neil! This is going to be awesome, yo!"
ADAD So we're all just going to ignore the hate crime over there
" So we're just going to ignore that hate crime, huh?"

Unfortunately, Pierce chooses that moment to make an appearance, spoiling the good mood. He insists on joining the game but, as he has no character, he has to play as himself with no in-game equipment or even clothes. In an act of chivalry, Neil gives Duquesne's cloak to Pierce to prevent him from dying of exposure. However, Pierce rewards this noble act by stealing his sword through a lucky roll of the die. Chang uses his turn to try and get it back, but Pierce has another lucky die roll which allows him to kill Chang's character. Chang hands in his character sheet and leaves the game, while Pierce taunts Neil by rubbing the sword on his character's genitals. Before the study group can apprehend him, Pierce runs off into the forest, escaping with magical speed granted by Duquesne's cloak.

2x14-Pierce enters
Pierce makes an unexpected appearance.
Jeff meets with Abed and Pierce outside the room and tries to explain the delicate situation with Neil. Pierce refuses to listen, intent on staying in the game. Since he is working against the group, Abed sends him elsewhere to await his turn. With Neil's reluctant help, the study group decides to search for a pegasus after learning that it's the only thing fast enough to catch up with Pierce. The group enters a village to find information, and Britta's character manages to learn from a gnome waiter that an elf maiden tends a flock of pegasi nearby. Arriving at her place, Jeff tries negotiating with the overtly amorous maiden but becomes uncomfortable role-playing a seduction scene with Abed. Annie takes over and graphically narrates a sexual encounter between her character and the maiden to seal the deal.

2x14-Hector elf maiden 1 Abed
The elf maiden is blindfolded but uneasy...
2x14-Hector elf maiden 2 Annie
so "Hector" reassures her.
2x14-Hector elf maiden 3 Annie
Hector gently cups her left and right...
2x14-Hector elf maiden 4 Abed
and the elf maiden reciprocates.
2x14-Hector elf maiden 5 Annie
Hector uses four fingers while...
2x14-Hector elf maiden 6 Jeff
Jeff looks on.
2x14-Hector elf maiden 7 Annie
Hector is well-endowed.
2x14-Hector elf maiden 8 Abed
The encounter progresses well.
2x14-Hector elf maiden 9 Shirley
Shirley reacts...
2x14-Hector elf maiden 10 Annie
...when Hector gets kinky...
2x14-Hector elf maiden 11 Troy
...whileTroy takes notes.
2x14-Hector elf maiden 12 Abed
The elf maiden is thoroughly satisfied.

Elsewhere, Pierce bribes Garrett to bring him Dungeons & Dragons books - including a copy of the "The Cavern of Draconis" adventure. After Pierce has his turn in secret, Abed brings him back to the group. The other players use the pegasi to catch up to him and find a body draped in Duquesne's sword and cloak. It is not Pierce, however, but the gnome Britta questioned in the village - Pierce has laid a trap. Using information he found in the adventure book, Pierce located an amulet that grants him control of the dragon Draconis, and he appears on the dragon's back with access to all the dragon's spells. He casts a spell to stop time for the others, then uses a shape changing spell to transform Duquesne to become "as fat as Neil." He then reveals the real reason Jeff is so keen to save Neil: it was Jeff who coined his nickname "Fat Neil".

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Pierce waits on his throne.
As everyone absorbs this new information, the group admonishes Jeff while Pierce continues to taunt Neil. Unable to move thanks to the time stop spell, Neil has Duquesne pity Pierce with the rest of the party following suit. Angered, Pierce unfreezes time so he can attack, but this uses up his turn; given a chance to act, Neil throws the Sword of Duquesne at the amulet Pierce is wearing. It is a difficult shot, but the dice roll is high enough, and he succeeds. With the amulet destroyed, Draconis is freed and eats Pierce. He gives his treasure hoard to the players as thanks for his freedom; the group has succeeded in the quest. The group leaves triumphant, and Neil tells Pierce it was the best game of Dungeons & Dragons he's ever played and asks him to play again next week.

2x14-Study Group wins

End tagEdit

Troy and Abed arrive in the study room, arguing about whether it is better to have big ears or a tail, but suddenly realize they are early; another study group made up of older Asian women is currently using the study room. The strangers join in on the discussion; the majority votes for ears over the tail.

Recurring themesEdit


Continuity lists
Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
  • All by myself: Pierce finds himself excluded from another group activity.
  • Middle Eastern Magic 8 Ball: Pierce's frustration at his treatment by the rest of the group would later play a part in his actions for the rest of the year culminating in the two part Season finale "A Fistful of Paintballs" and "For A Few Paintballs More".
  • Trust me, that's not what they call you: During the opening narration, the members of the study group are all given titles:
    • Jeff is Jeff the Liar, Son of William the Barely Known.
    • Annie is Annie the Day Planner.
    • Abed is Abed the Undiagnosable.
    • Troy is Troy the Obtuse.
    • Shirley is Shirley the Cloying.
    • Britta is Britta the Needlessly Defiant.
    • Pierce is Pierce the Insensitive, Pierce the Dickish and Grandfather Flatulent.
Recurring or debuting characters in this episode:
Recurring or debuting places in this episode:
Recurring or debuting items in this episode:


Running gagsEdit

List of Running gags
Recurring or debuting running gags in this episode:
  • I'm Batman: The entire study group role plays as various characters created by Abed:
    • Jeff is Marrrrrr.
    • Annie is Hector the Well-Endowed.
    • Abed is The Dungeon Master.
    • Troy is Bing Bong the Archer.
    • Shirley is Zippideedoo.
    • Britta is Lavernica.
    • Pierce is Pierce Hawthorne.
    • Chang is Brutalitops.
    • Fat Neil is Duquesne.
  • My other half: Abed tells Annie that the character she chose to play, "Hector the Well Endowed", was created with Troy in mind. Shirley isn't surprised.
  • PCness: Jeff says that he referred to Neil (to tell him apart from another student named Neil) by his body type instead of skin color was because he doesn't see the world that way.
  • Raging against the machine:
    • In the opening montage, Britta is venting about current events when introduced by the narrator.
    • She later bemoans the racial injustices in the world of D&D.
  • You're the worst!: Troy refers to Britta as "the AT&T of people."

Pop culture referencesEdit

List of Pop culture references
References to popular culture in this episode:
  • Product placement:
    • The popular role playing game "Dungeons & Dragons" is prominently featured in this episode.
    • Troy had other kinds of games in mind, like Jenga and Chutes & Ladders.
  • Shout out:
  • Use your allusion: Abed ends the game by saying " Excelsior!", Stan Lee's catchphrase.
  • Well read: Britta compares Assange to Thomas Paine.

Meta referencesEdit

List of Meta references
Meta references in this episode:


  • Frequent background extra Long haired guy makes another of over 65 episode appearances. He's the person that Jeff tells that the bathrooms are by "Fat Neil".
  • While the characters ostensibly choose character sheets randomly, Jeff's D&D name Marrrrrrr is Jeff said as a zombie in "Epidemiology", and Troy's D&D name Bong-Bong the Archer recalls Troy singing "Bing, bong, sing along! Your team's Al Gore 'cuz your views are wrong" to Britta in "Football, Feminism and You."
  • Although Abed claims to be completely impartial, he allows Pierce to make use of information that is obviously obtained from reading the adventure.
  • In the original concept, Pierce turns out to be an expert D&D player due to hanging out with Gary Gygax, co-creator of D&D, in the '70s. The concept also had Pierce sealing the others in a cube instead of freezing time, thus causing everyone to start a new game of D&D within the cube (a game within a game) that Pierce could not join as he was outside of the cube.


I'd like to introduce myself to the group. Hello, I am a dwarf named Zippideedoo...Shirley
Okay, I'm not the best at making up names.Abed
Oh, hey, I'm Marrrrrr. Boy, you weren't kidding.Jeff
I'm – ew. "Hector the Well-Endowed?" Abed.Annie
I didn't know you'd grab one at random. I made that one with Troy in mind.Abed
Yeah, I bet you did.Shirley
Why are these goblins attacking us? Maybe these woods are their rightful land and from their perspective...Britta
Ugh! You're the AT&T of people.Troy
Look at that. What am I not good at?Jeff
And so it was that the group began to describe themselves walking. And as they described themselves walking, so did Abed confirm they had walked.Narrator
In about 13 turns, he will die of exposure. Jeff?Abed
I wait 14 turns.Jeff
I'm sick of you threatening me and talking to me like a kid, and giving me that look you give like I can't get erections!Pierce
I won Dungeons and Dragons! And it was advanced!Pierce Hawthorne
You made up Fat Neil?Neil
Someone asked where the restrooms were. You were standing by them, but you were also standing kind of near, uh, other Neil.Jeff
So call him Skinny Neil.Neil
He's not that skinny.Jeff
He's bald! He's black!Neil
I don't look at the world through that lens.Jeff
Season Two Episodes

1. "Anthropology 101"
2. "Accounting for Lawyers"
3. "The Psychology of Letting Go"
4. "Basic Rocket Science"
5. "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples"
6. "Epidemiology"
7. "Aerodynamics of Gender"
8. "Cooperative Calligraphy"
9. "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design"
10. "Mixology Certification"
11. "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas"
12. "Asian Population Studies"

13. "Celebrity Pharmacology 212"
14. "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons"
15. "Early 21st Century Romanticism"
16. "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking"
17. "Intro to Political Science"
18. "Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy"
19. "Critical Film Studies"
20. "Competitive Wine Tasting"
21. "Paradigms of Human Memory"
22. "Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts"
23. "A Fistful of Paintballs"
24. "For A Few Paintballs More"

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