If all of that sounds like a lot of work, then just roll a barbarian. This ain’t no Writers’ Workshop.
Here where we get to the stuff that really clicked for me. I love the reality-switching. This is what made the comic fun to write.
Super-pretentious art wanking: The in-game reality we see is an odd sort of meta-reality that only exists for the audience. When we see a fantasy shot, we see Ramgar as pictured by Chuck, Josh’s character as pictured by Josh, and so on. We’re seeing this blend of what everyone is picturing. That’s a fun idea.
Yay! The gnome paladin! Love that guy.
Artist Rambling #4, may be of interest to no one but me:
I’m surprised at how much I like the really sketchy look for Ramgar and co. As the comic went on, I moved to a much less sketchy, more iconic art style. I think were I to go back in time and do the comic again, I’d keep the in game scenes looking like Ramgar here does, and make the tabletop scenes look flatter and less detailed. More scribbles on the Player Characters, less on the Players.
If we were to do it today, I’d suggest using Comic Sans for Josh. The font has a reputation for being the typographical equivalent of a trollface, so it would suit him. And despite its reputation, Comic Sans is very readable.
Silent Hill Turbo HD II
I was trying to make fun of how Silent Hill had lost its way but I ended up making fun of fighting games. Whatever.
Starcraft 2: Rush Analysis
I write a program to simulate different strategies in Starcraft 2, to see how they compare.
The Biggest Game Ever
How did this niche racing game make a gameworld so massive, and why is that a big deal?
Punishing The Internet for Sharing
Why make millions on your video game when you could be making HUNDREDS on frivolous copyright claims?
The Brilliance of Mass Effect
What is "Domino Worldbuilding" and how did it help to make Mass Effect one of the most interesting settings in modern RPGs?