King of RPGs is an OEL Manga written by Jason Thompson (author of Manga: The Complete Guide), and illustrated by Victor Hao. It focuses on the lives of a group of friends, most of whom attend the University of California, Escondido, and all of them have some connection to the world of RPGs. In (roughly) order of appearance, the main characters are:Shesh Maccabee: A 17-year-old Jewish American college student. Before attending university, there was an incident involving a MMORPG that hospitalized many and forced him to attend months of therapy. After being introduced to the Tabletop Game "Mages & Monsters", he has an argument with the GM, and the reason for the MMORPG incident is explained: Shesh has a personality disorder that, when activated, makes him
Tropes used in this series:
- Axe Crazy: Shesh's evil side
- Berserk Button: Shesh's evil side has a trigger phrase that brings him out, if you pay close attention. "My character," even if blended into another word such as, for example, "characteristics."
- Bifauxnen: Jen, who is annoyed at how frequently she mistaken for a boy
- Bland-Name Product: It starts with Mages And Monsters and World Of Warlords, but goes as far as The Dead Sea Scrolls IV: Oblivion (now available on the PSZ!), which for obvious reasons never goes by its installment name.
- Deep-Immersion Gaming: Used to hilarious effect, such as when one of the real-world props used as a monster isn't up to the job.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Gavin, who appears in the second chapter, can be clearly identified in the picture that accompanies the first chapter's title.
- Fanservice: Cassie, literally; she was hired to attract people to Theodore's M&M group.
- Nice Hat: Shesh's jester hat, which certainly hides the fact that he has a sinister side.
- Shout-Out: In addition to the thinly veilled jabs at popular RPGs of all types, there are some that are more cleverly executed. For example, Theodore is all three of California's greatest Game Masters.
- The "Cosmic Genocide" card game is based on an old but still rather obscure board game called Cosmic Encounter.
- Also, the way that Shesh wins the "Cosmic Encounter" game by tearing to pieces a card that destroys any card it falls on top of, then throwing the pieces at all of Gavin's cards is possibly based on an urban legend from the early days of Magic: The Gathering about a player who did esentially the same thing
- Spell My Name with an "S": According to the first chapter, Shesh's name is misspelled as 'Seth' by someone every day
- Superpowered Evil Side: Shesh has one, which his grandfather once dubbed "Choshek Shesh".