Dungeon Crawlin’ Fools (The Order of the Stick, #1)

By Rich Burlew

Rating: 4 stars

Being a fan of the webcomic it was nice to go back to the beginning and read a large chunk of it in a short space of time [1]. I had forgotten just how much the early part of the strip was based around role-playing humour with characters explicitly making skill checks and the very first strip being a joke on the change from D&D 3rd edition to 3.5. The scripts are funny though and there were many laugh out loud moments (the “bluff the stupid ogre” line still makes me giggle when I think about it). I think I’ll definitely pick up the other volumes once they’re back in print [2], since the strip becomes much more story-oriented later on and I found it difficult to follow online.

While I imagine that this volume would be difficult for non-roleplayers to follow, that being what much of the humour is based on, it’s definitely very entertaining for those in the know. And for others, it’s worth persevering as the plot starts to take over before too long.

[1] one of the problems I have with webcomics is the wait between pages. It makes it difficult for me to keep track of what’s going on and who the characters are

[2] huzzah for Kickstarter!

Book details

ISBN: 9780976658009
Publisher: Giant in the Playground Games
Year of publication: 2005

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