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The Order of the Stick, also known as the OOTS, is a series of comics about a group of fantasy adventurers, based on role playing games, particularly Dungeons and Dragons. I should say that I don't play RPGs. Pretty much all I know about D&D comes from The Order of the Stick.Dungeon Crawlin' Fools follows the adventures of The Order of the Stick as they fight Xykon, an evil undead skeleton.
The style of the comic is quite simple. The figures are stickmen, but with bodies, hair and other distinguishing features. The legs and arms are definitely stickish, but the bodies of the characters are clothed uniquely, female characters have definite bosom, and they are clearly characterised.
~~~ Comic Style ~~~
It's amazing how much personality and expression can be given to a face that's basically a circle with a mouth, eyes and occasionally eyebrows. A whole range of emotions can be shown by the characters, despite the simplistic style.The comics are all drawn by Rich Burlew. He has actually studied drawing. One comic (a later one than this book) has someone draw a more 'realistic' drawing of a human and an orc, and the characters comment about how bad it is, because it looks nothing like the characters.
The style does nothing to detract from the humour, and probably help Burlew in drawing so many. They're never going to win an art trophy, but you should read these strips for laughs, not just pictures.The idea behind the comics is to follow the player characters of a Dungeons and Dragons game. However, instead of just being the characters, they frequently acknowledge the fact they're in a game. They talk about 'spot checks' and 'XP', which is D&D jargon. A spot check is when a player rolls a dice to see if they see an enemy (I think, as I said, I learned about D&D from this comic) so the characters will make comments about having failed a spot check while standing in front of an enemy they can't see. Although most of the humour is aimed at D&D players, it doesn't stop it being funny to a complete novice in this area.
~ Roy Greenhilt ~
~~~ The Characters ~~~
Roy is a human fighter and the leader of the group. He's really the straight man of the comic, the one the others play off to make the jokes work. He doesn't just go around killing monsters, but thinks his way past problems as well. He's drawn as a tall, black man with blue armour and a huge sword (with a green hilt).~ Durkon Thundershield ~
Durkon is a dwarven cleric who worships the god Thor. He starts off with little personality, other than a strange accent, but soon develops to become the most reliable member of the team. His presence in the strips allows for plenty of Thor jokes, which are usually very funny.~ Haley Starshine ~
Haley is a thief with an obsession for finding gold. She's very likeable and really the heart of the group. She may be a greedy rogue, but there's more to her story than meets the eye…~ Belkar Bitterleaf (also spelt Balkar at one point) ~
Belkar has serious psychological problems.
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Pages: 124, Paperback, Paizo Publishing, LLC.
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