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12th Jul '17 3:25:01 AM jormis29
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'''''Knights of the Dinner Table''''' (often abbreviated '''''[=KoDT=]''''') is a long-running comic series by Jolly Blackburn about a group of [[TabletopGames Tabletop RPGers]]. It is also the name of the magazine in which the comic currently runs, and has run since departing the pages of ''Shadis'' and later ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazines. The magazine also features other gaming and fantasy comics, such as ''ComicStrip/SnarfQuest'', reviews, role-playing scenarios, and various other gaming-related content. Blackburn also did a series of shorts for the first thirteen issues of Palladium Books' magazine ''The Rifter.''

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'''''Knights of the Dinner Table''''' (often abbreviated '''''[=KoDT=]''''') is a long-running comic series by Jolly Blackburn about a group of [[TabletopGames Tabletop RPGers]]. It is also the name of the magazine in which the comic currently runs, and has run since departing the pages of ''Shadis'' and later ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazines. The magazine also features other gaming and fantasy comics, such as ''ComicStrip/SnarfQuest'', reviews, role-playing scenarios, and various other gaming-related content. Blackburn also did a series of shorts for the first thirteen issues of Palladium Books' Creator/PalladiumBooks' magazine ''The Rifter.''
20th Feb '17 4:17:54 PM jormis29
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** The HPMA is a very over-the-top parody of a real organization, the Role Playing Gamers' Association, run by TSR and then Wizards of the Coast to manage games at events for their product lines. A GameMaster can be certified to run official adventures at these events, particularly for the "Living" campaigns - ongoing campaigns whose progress is informed by the aggregate results of the events. Players can take the same character from event to event with GM-signed log sheets to prove the character's gear and experience were officially awarded. For the RPGA it's to help keep things orderly and fair between official events and increase player investment (using one's own character instead of pre-generated ones), while the HPMA treats ''every'' game of ''Hackmaster'' as under their auspices.

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** The HPMA is a very over-the-top parody of a real organization, the Role Playing Gamers' Association, run by TSR Creator/{{TSR}} and then Wizards of the Coast Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast to manage games at events for their product lines. A GameMaster can be certified to run official adventures at these events, particularly for the "Living" campaigns - ongoing campaigns whose progress is informed by the aggregate results of the events. Players can take the same character from event to event with GM-signed log sheets to prove the character's gear and experience were officially awarded. For the RPGA it's to help keep things orderly and fair between official events and increase player investment (using one's own character instead of pre-generated ones), while the HPMA treats ''every'' game of ''Hackmaster'' as under their auspices.



* TyrantTakesTheHelm: When Heidi Jackson comes to power. She rushes a new edition of ''Hackmaster'' out the door that incites ''riots'', firing half of the original Hard Eight team while she works. Essentially it's an attempt at satirizing [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Lorraine Williams]] and the last days of TSR.

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* TyrantTakesTheHelm: When Heidi Jackson comes to power. She rushes a new edition of ''Hackmaster'' out the door that incites ''riots'', firing half of the original Hard Eight team while she works. Essentially it's an attempt at satirizing [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Lorraine Williams]] and the last days of TSR.Creator/{{TSR}}.
27th Jan '17 10:04:10 AM SteveMB
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* IAteWhat: Weird Pete's reaction on discovering that his character drank two pints of owl bear urine.

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Weird Pete's reaction on discovering that his character drank two pints of owl bear urine.urine.
** The Knights buy a bunch of gaming-themed snacks hoping to get one of the [[FreePrizeAtTheBottom occasional good prizes]]. After eating some of the snacks and noticing that they're a bit stale, they look at the package and discover that they're ''long'' past their sell-by date.
26th Jan '17 6:17:27 PM Nerrin
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** Brian has pulled this despite his reputation as a "fair" (if twisty) RulesLawyer. In one case in particular, his character takes hit after hit in a duel, and whenever B.A. asks how many hit points Brian has left, Brian instead deflects, eventually moving into outright insults about the quality of B.A.'s [=GMing=] to get B.A. to RageQuit the table. When Sara questions him about it, Brian admits to her that he was one-shotted straight away but declares that he's obeying a higher "Law of Survival" - in other words, cheating to keep himself alive.


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** The HPMA is a very over-the-top parody of a real organization, the Role Playing Gamers' Association, run by TSR and then Wizards of the Coast to manage games at events for their product lines. A GameMaster can be certified to run official adventures at these events, particularly for the "Living" campaigns - ongoing campaigns whose progress is informed by the aggregate results of the events. Players can take the same character from event to event with GM-signed log sheets to prove the character's gear and experience were officially awarded. For the RPGA it's to help keep things orderly and fair between official events and increase player investment (using one's own character instead of pre-generated ones), while the HPMA treats ''every'' game of ''Hackmaster'' as under their auspices.
4th Jan '17 1:48:01 AM foxley
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* ChestOfMedals: In one early story, Brian comes up with the idea of creating medals for gaming achievements. Bob and Dave run with the idea:
-->'''[[GameMaster B.A.]]:''' It looks like a convention for Third World dictators in here.
7th Dec '16 12:51:56 PM GoblinCipher
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* RuleZero: B.A. gave up trying to invoke this which is part of the reason the Knights got away with so much in the early strips. He's since gotten a backbone.

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* RuleZero: Hackmaster ''explicitly'' does not have a Rule Zero (see SeriousBusiness, below). This is one reason the players can get away with so much, though in the early strips B.A. gave up trying to invoke this which is part being a doormat didn't help matters. B.A. has started developing more of the reason the Knights got away with so much in the early strips. He's since gotten a backbone.backbone, though.
20th Aug '16 6:01:30 AM CharlesPhipps
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20th Aug '16 6:01:18 AM CharlesPhipps
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* '''Sara Felton''': B.A.'s cousin. The only one at the table who [[TheRoleplayer actually role-plays]], and the [[WomenAreWiser straight]] [[TheChick woman]] of the group. She tends to play non-{{Stripperiffic}} female barbarian characters, such as '''Zayre''' and '''Thorina'''.

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* '''Sara Felton''': B.A.'s cousin. The only one at the table who [[TheRoleplayer actually role-plays]], and the [[WomenAreWiser straight]] [[TheChick woman]] of the group. She tends to play non-{{Stripperiffic}} female barbarian characters, such as '''Zayre''' and '''Thorina'''.
'''Thorina.'''
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20th Aug '16 5:59:34 AM CharlesPhipps
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'''''Knights of the Dinner Table''''' (often abbreviated '''''[=KoDT=]''''') is a long-running comic series by Jolly Blackburn about a group of [[TabletopGames Tabletop RPGers]], composed of:

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'''''Knights of the Dinner Table''''' (often abbreviated '''''[=KoDT=]''''') is a long-running comic series by Jolly Blackburn about a group of [[TabletopGames Tabletop RPGers]], composed RPGers]]. It is also the name of the magazine in which the comic currently runs, and has run since departing the pages of ''Shadis'' and later ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazines. The magazine also features other gaming and fantasy comics, such as ''ComicStrip/SnarfQuest'', reviews, role-playing scenarios, and various other gaming-related content. Blackburn also did a series of shorts for the first thirteen issues of Palladium Books' magazine ''The Rifter.''

KODT has a spin-off strip called ''Java Joint'' that runs in the fantasy magazine ''Black Gate''. ''Java Joint'' centers on the (mis)adventures of a book club consisting of Sara, Patty and Tank.

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''Knights of the Dinner Table'' is also the name of the magazine in which the comic currently runs, and has run since departing the pages of ''Shadis'' and later ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazines. The magazine also features other gaming and fantasy comics, such as ''ComicStrip/SnarfQuest'', reviews, role-playing scenarios, and various other gaming-related content. Blackburn also did a series of shorts for the first thirteen issues of Palladium Books' magazine ''The Rifter''.

KODT has a spin-off strip called ''Java Joint'' that runs in the fantasy magazine ''Black Gate''. ''Java Joint'' centers on the (mis)adventures of a book club consisting of Sara, Patty and Tank.
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