Created By: MasamiPhoenix on January 10, 2012 Last Edited By: MasamiPhoenix on January 11, 2012

Twenty Sided Tales

Screen capture comics about playing through a movie as a Tabletop Game

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Twenty Sided Tales are a rising fad in the Web Comic world. The writer uses Screen Capture to grab pictures from a movie or tv show and tells a tale as if the characters involved where characters in a Tabletop Game.

Although it might not be the first true case, the comic that started the fad is definitely DM of the Rings which sparked the Irregular Comics into making Darths & Droids. Between the two of them they codified many of the rules that almost all subsequent comics follow:

The name derives from a common term used on DeviantArt, where the comic style is thriving. It references the standardized D20 tabletop system, which most comics use as the core of their rule set. There is even a Twenty-Sided-Tales group dedicated to trying to collect them all into one place.

  • DM of the Rings is the first of the modern Twenty Sided Tales style formula. Set in Lord of the Rings, it featuring a rail-roading GM, an over powered GMPC and some very put upon gamers. It codified the yellow text and most of the format that others followed.
  • Darths & Droids is the second comic, explicitly in response to DM of the Rings asking why nobody was following his example. Set in Star Wars, it focuses much more on the clashing personalities of the players and it is the GM who suffers from it. This codified most of the aspects that DM of the Rings did not, pushing more of a focus on player interaction.
  • #Twenty-Sided-Tales contains three comics so far:
    • Grand Line 3.5 is set within One Piece. While it started out as something of a copy of Darths & Droids, the writing style found itself when it established both it's lead characters as extreme power gamers and a war of escalation between the gamers and the GM began.
    • Leaky D20 is set in Harry Potter
    • Wizards And Wands is also set in Harry Potter.
  • Friendship Is Dragons Takes My Little Pony and runs it as a 4th Edition D&D campaign.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • January 10, 2012
    Needs More Examples.

    You should probably say where the name comes from. I guess it's a reference to D20s?
  • January 10, 2012
    I know of a My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic comic that's running the pilot episode as a 4E campaign. Friendship is Dragons
  • January 10, 2012
    Thanks Zarpaulus, I have a friend into that comic, but couldn't remember it's name or link.

    I've added examples, and delved more into the reason on why it's called Twenty-Sided-Tales
  • January 10, 2012
    This is an index, right?
  • January 10, 2012
    @nman: Yes, this would be an index of comics
  • January 11, 2012
    By the way, it's DM Of The Rings not "GM".
  • January 11, 2012
    I'm confused by the Laconic. Is this meant to be an index of webcomics that are just about table-top style RPGs?
  • January 11, 2012
    @Shnakepup: It's a bit more specific than that, it's about comics using screen captures of movies and/or shows to turn the story of said movie/show into a tabletop RPG.

    So comics like Order Of The Stick or Knights Of The Dinner Table wouldn't count because they're not parodying a movie or show.
  • January 11, 2012
    Name also works as a pun on Two Fisted Tales. It may fail the clarity requirement, though. I instantly understood what it meant, but I'm not sure if Joe Average Troper will.
  • January 11, 2012
    Screencap Roleplay Comic?

    While I do understand what you mean, this does need to be differentiated from a Role Playing Game Verse. It may be worth adding that conversation is both IC conversation and OOC table talk (and inevitable rules debate), and it's probably best to take what is necessary for this comic, and what is common (The Magic Ampersand is by no means universal, for example)

    Friendship Is Dragons has its own page, so you know.
  • January 11, 2012
    We have this- Campaign Comic
  • January 11, 2012
    Thank you Black Mage J, I had a feeling it was already there