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Episode 1: The Saga Begins


Many of you probably know DM of the Rings. If not, and you are familiar with Lord of the Rings or roleplaying games, you might enjoy it. If you are familiar with both, you will enjoy it.

Basically, Shamus Young, the creator, has treated Lord of the Rings as the fantasy campaign of a long-suffering Dungeon Master saddled with all too typical players, and illustrated it in the form of a comic using screencaps from the movies. Brilliant idea, and very well done. And I constantly boggle that (a) nobody did it before, and that (b) nobody has copied him yet.

Alas, DM of the Rings has recently come to an end, having told the story to the ending. Shamus has moved on to a new comic project, which involves a collaboration with an artist. So no more movie screencap comics from Shamus. This has led to a call from his legion of fans for someone, anyone, to fill the void:

Which reminds me: This comic is popular enough that I'm surprised nobody else has done something similar. Harry Potter? Aliens? Spider-Man? X-Men? Star Trek? Star Wars? The Matrix? There are tons of movies which are well known and take themselves very seriously, which are the two main ingredients for good satire. I keep expecting another movie comic to appear someplace, but it hasn't happened yet.

Adam Bloom:
I think it's because the kind of person who thinks, "It would be funny to make a comic that spoofs Star Wars" is the kind of person who would read the amount of work you put into each comic and say, "OMFG WAT???"

Whereas the kind of person who thinks, "I want to spend time and effort to make a high-quality webcomic" is not the kind of person who says, "It would be funny to spoof Star Wars."

You are the rare, and wonderful, exception.

[from http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=1226]

I smells me a challenge...


GM: Right. Everyone listening? Here's the campaign intro.
Opening Crawl: Episode I - The Phantasmal Malevolence. Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute. Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo. While the Congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict...
Obi-Wan: I have a bad feeling about this...
Qui-Gon: What? I'm still looking at the equipment list.
Obi-Wan: How many gold pieces—
GM: Republic credits.
Obi-Wan: Whatever. How many do we have?
GM: Uh... 120 each.
Qui-Gon: Hmmm. We can't even afford blasters.
Obi-Wan: Oh man!
Qui-Gon: Let's see. Electro-axe. Energy mace. "Plasma bow"?? You just took a D&D equipment list and stuck techy words in front, right?
GM: Don't be stupid.
Qui-Gon: Ten foot laser pole...

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