History Characters / KnightsOfTheDinnerTable

20th Feb '17 12:52:59 AM jormis29
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The makers of most of the games played in the Muncie community, most notably Hackmaster. Hard 8 is loosely based on TSR, and when Hackmaster was first published in real life, all but the first foreword was written as though the Hard 8 characters were the ones writing it. Though regularly featured, the interactions between this set of characters and the Knights are infrequent and almost always indirect.

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The makers of most of the games played in the Muncie community, most notably Hackmaster. Hard 8 is loosely based on TSR, Creator/{{TSR}}, and when Hackmaster was first published in real life, all but the first foreword was written as though the Hard 8 characters were the ones writing it. Though regularly featured, the interactions between this set of characters and the Knights are infrequent and almost always indirect.



Gary's ex-wife and the runner of a successful paperback publishing company. Gary left Hard 8 to his son Timmy but the company is being held in trust till he turns 18 leaving Heidi to run the company as the trustee. She clearly has an axe to grind with her deceased ex but also is (presumably) trying to protect her son's legacy and make it profitable. Problem is, Hard 8 had always been a labor of love whereas Heidi expects the company to perform like hers does. This is pretty clearly a nod to Lorraine Williams (though not a direct parody) who was part of a business deal that took [=DnD=] from Gary Gygax and played a role in the failure of TSR. She also released a new edition of Hackmaster, the only details for which seemed to match up with 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons from real life.

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Gary's ex-wife and the runner of a successful paperback publishing company. Gary left Hard 8 to his son Timmy but the company is being held in trust till he turns 18 leaving Heidi to run the company as the trustee. She clearly has an axe to grind with her deceased ex but also is (presumably) trying to protect her son's legacy and make it profitable. Problem is, Hard 8 had always been a labor of love whereas Heidi expects the company to perform like hers does. This is pretty clearly a nod to Lorraine Williams (though not a direct parody) who was part of a business deal that took [=DnD=] from Gary Gygax Creator/GaryGygax and played a role in the failure of TSR.Creator/{{TSR}}. She also released a new edition of Hackmaster, the only details for which seemed to match up with 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons from real life.
16th Jan '17 7:16:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* FriendToAllChildren: Sara always seems to get on pretty well with children (like the Pee Wee HackMaster League). Except for the [[HormoneAddledTeenager two 13-year olds]] at Gary Con, that is.

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* FriendToAllChildren: Sara always seems to get on pretty well with children (like the Pee Wee HackMaster TabletopGame/HackMaster League). Except for the [[HormoneAddledTeenager two 13-year olds]] at Gary Con, that is.



* {{BFS}}: His HackMaster +12, of course. When introduced to the game in ages past, Dave's ''very first'' comment was "I want a big-ass sword!".

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* {{BFS}}: His HackMaster TabletopGame/HackMaster +12, of course. When introduced to the game in ages past, Dave's ''very first'' comment was "I want a big-ass sword!".



* YesMan: As noted, all he ever did at Hard 8 staff meetings was agree with Gary Jackson's pronouncements. According to the [[WordOfGod cast list]], his playtest reports described every newly developed game as "the next HackMaster".

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* YesMan: As noted, all he ever did at Hard 8 staff meetings was agree with Gary Jackson's pronouncements. According to the [[WordOfGod cast list]], his playtest reports described every newly developed game as "the next HackMaster".
TabletopGame/HackMaster".



An all-female gaming group that meets separately from the male-dominated Muncie gaming community (though nearly all of them have other groups they play with regularly and for tournament purposes). They're also part of a larger organization of the same name that lobbies Hard8 and the HackMaster Players' Association to change the sexist depictions of women and some of the more chauvinistic rules (such as the Strength penalty for female characters.) The local group is run by Patty Gauzweiler. Although the LoH are only rarely shown actually gaming, their membership includes most of the strip's prominent female gamers, including Sara, Patty, and several others.

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An all-female gaming group that meets separately from the male-dominated Muncie gaming community (though nearly all of them have other groups they play with regularly and for tournament purposes). They're also part of a larger organization of the same name that lobbies Hard8 and the HackMaster TabletopGame/HackMaster Players' Association to change the sexist depictions of women and some of the more chauvinistic rules (such as the Strength penalty for female characters.) The local group is run by Patty Gauzweiler. Although the LoH are only rarely shown actually gaming, their membership includes most of the strip's prominent female gamers, including Sara, Patty, and several others.
11th Dec '16 2:02:29 PM EmperorNorton
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** He's actually got ''two'' of them. There's a Christmas strip where the Knights are discussing their holiday plans, and Brian insists that he'll be spending Christmas with his uncle, out of town. At the end of the strip, we see his ''actual'' holiday plans: he's alone at his house, eating popcorn and watching a ''James Bond'' marathon on basic cable.
29th Nov '16 7:49:01 PM nombretomado
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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Hunter's first Hackmaster character: [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]] [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Squarepants]] the [[ConanTheBarbarian Destroyer.]]

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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Hunter's first Hackmaster character: [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]] [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Squarepants]] the [[ConanTheBarbarian [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Destroyer.]]
1st Jul '16 4:05:27 AM Anddrix
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* [[invoked]] BaseBreaker: In-universe example. She used non-gamer focus groups, 'outside the box' thinking, [[ShootTheMessenger threats of termination]], and executive vetos to create a version of Hackmaster so vile that a leaked copy led to street demonstrations and game-store boycotts. Then, of course, [[NeverMyFault she blamed the Hard 8 veterans for not alerting her to the product's problems.]] Also an example of KarmaHoudini, as she simply sold the rights to HackMaster off once she'd used up the credibility of its brand name.
9th Jan '16 10:03:59 PM nombretomado
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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Hunter's first Hackmaster character: [[StarWars Yoda]] [[SpongeBobSquarePants Squarepants]] the [[ConanTheBarbarian Destroyer.]]

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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Hunter's first Hackmaster character: [[StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]] [[SpongeBobSquarePants [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Squarepants]] the [[ConanTheBarbarian Destroyer.]]
13th Jul '15 8:57:10 PM foxley
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* OnlySaneMan: Oddly Stevil seems to fill this role for the Black Hands, especially when it comes to dealing with situations outside of gaming. His reaction to listening a bunch of gamers planning to invest in gold (in the real world) is priceless.
1st May '15 8:35:24 PM RBluefish
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* Jers

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* Jers{{Jerkass}}: He is frequently very harsh and abrasive, particularly when he's in DrillSergeantNasty mode, but one especially notable moment is when he gets invited into B.A.'s game as a guest NPC. [[spoiler:He then manipulated Dave into betraying the rest of the party. After a huge battle, everybody in the game, a game that was running for years, was dead and without any chance to come back or continue the story. The entire table was dismayed. Nitro just got up and said "Looks like my work here is through".]]



* JerkAss [[Spoiler:He was invited as a guest NPC, then he manipulated Dave into betraying the rest of the party, and after a big battle, everybody in the game, a game that was running for years, was dead and without any chance to come back or continue the story. [[BlueScreenOfDead The entire table is dismayed]]. Nitro just get up and said "Looks like my work here is through".]]
20th Mar '15 1:24:03 PM Souhiro
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* Jers



* JerkAss

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* JerkAssJerkAss [[Spoiler:He was invited as a guest NPC, then he manipulated Dave into betraying the rest of the party, and after a big battle, everybody in the game, a game that was running for years, was dead and without any chance to come back or continue the story. [[BlueScreenOfDead The entire table is dismayed]]. Nitro just get up and said "Looks like my work here is through".]]
28th Feb '15 7:29:01 AM SeptimusHeap
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* {{Expy}}: Hard 8 itself is an expy of [=TSR=], but the games they produce are also typically expies of real life products Hackmaster (DungeonsAndDragons), World of Hackcraft (take a wild guess), and Spelljacked (The similarly ill-fated Spellfire CCG) being some of the most common.

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* {{Expy}}: Hard 8 itself is an expy of [=TSR=], but the games they produce are also typically expies of real life products Hackmaster (DungeonsAndDragons), (TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons), World of Hackcraft (take a wild guess), and Spelljacked (The similarly ill-fated Spellfire CCG) being some of the most common.



* [[invoked]] ExecutiveMeddling: After finally playing a session of Hackmaster, she decided lots of changes needed to be made, which basically ruined the game. Based on the protests, the game has some superficial resemblance to the initial release of fourth edition DungeonsAndDragons.

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* [[invoked]] ExecutiveMeddling: After finally playing a session of Hackmaster, she decided lots of changes needed to be made, which basically ruined the game. Based on the protests, the game has some superficial resemblance to the initial release of fourth edition DungeonsAndDragons.
''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
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