Shout Out: The Order of the Stick

Book -1: Start of Darkness

Book 0: On the Origin of PCs

Book D: Snips, Snails and Dragon Tales

  • In the strip from the final issue of Dragon, the Order go through a door labeled "Do not open except in case of parody or other fair use". Behind it are stick-figure versions of characters from various cancelled Dragon comic strips: Finieous Fingers; Wormy; Snarf and Telerie (SnarfQuest); Phil and Dixie; Yamara; and the Knights of the Dinner Table.
  • Larry Gardener (see below) puts in another appearance, this time with friends.
  • In a sequence in which the Order and their Fourth Edition counterparts take on other pastimes, the Vaarsuvii blast Superman with magic, the Durkons handle a certain sparkly vampire, the Haleys plot an attack on Mario, Belkar ambushes a player in a first-person shooter video game, and Roy attacks a cloaked wizard, scattering Magic: The Gathering cards everywhere.
  • In the "Stick Tales" stories, as well as riffing on the source materials, there are the following references:
    • In "Elan and the Beanstalk, Sean Bean appears as himself, but in a nod to The Lord of the Rings, he is immediately shot dead by Thog.
      Alt!Vaarsuvius: Hrmmph. I suppose I should have seen that coming.
    • "Goldenleaf" is an extended Shout-Out to (and parody of) various elements in the James Bond films.
    • "Greenhilt: Prince of Denmark" has Alt!Belkar attempting to bust the king's ghost.
      Alt!Belkar: Yeah, bustin' makes me feel good!
      King: You're no Bill Murray.
    • There's also a quick shout to A Christmas Carol.
      Greenhilt: Start talking about why you're haunting the castle, and it better not be because I've lost the true spirit of Christmas.
      King: Well, you have.
      Greenhilt: NOT THE POINT.
    • When Prince Greenhilt asks the Player King (Elan) to stage "The Murder of Gonzago", he thinks it's the Muppets character. "Kermit and Fozzie must be so upset!"
    • The Show Within a Show during "Greenhilt" devolves into a modern Soap Opera which even includes Optimus Prime as a character when Alt!Elan gets carried away.

Book 1: Dungeon Crawlin' Fools

Book 2: No Cure for the Paladin Blues

Book 3: War and XPs

Book 4: Don't Split the Party

Book 5: Blood Runs in the Family

Book 6