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The toys have come to life. And they play Tabletop Games.Fuzzy Knights is the work of Noah J.D. Chinn, who made the initial strips as a one-shot homage to Knights of the Dinner Table, using stuffed animals, miniature paper props and a digital camera because "it was all I had". The strips ended up becoming very popular (praised by the late Gary Gygax, even) and Kenzer and Company, the KOTD publisher, made a deal to host the strip officially, and later published two dead tree volumes and a Fuzzy Knights RPG book.Over time the concept evolved into a whole fuzzy underground keeping up The Masquerade, with rules, a culture and villians of its own.. The focus remains the core group of four:
Mossfoot, a green bear, team leader and the Game Master.
Violet, a purple bear and slightly violent chick who used to live on the street till she met Mossfoot and eventually moved in with him and became his girlfriend.
Target, a cat, whose owner mostly uses him as a punching bag. The group Butt Monkey, if only because he has trouble keeping characters alive for more than a few levels, and a bit of a coward, but generaly honorable and logical.
Ben, a rabbit, who swears he's Scotish and the bane of the group, frequently driving Mossfoot's campaigns Off the Rails and generally being a Munchkin. Once in a while though, his hair-brained schemes actually pan out.
The series ended sometime in 2006 and is available for reading here.
Action Girl: Violet plays these sorts of characters, but give her something to hit with, a target and a provocation and she'll live up to it. She's also handy with jujitsu.
Brown Note: Kitty's team in F.I.G.H.T. is so incapable of adapting their playstyle to the Hackmaster game ("Do I see a unicorn?") that any REFs that hear their stream of inane questions burn out. The Philosopher Kings and Teddy Bear Picnic later find a way to use it as a weapon against HamaEstra.
Catch Phrase: "GHAH!" Used by several characters, but mostly Ben.
"Hoody Hoot, Mon!" Used exclusively by Ben.
Chaotic Stupid: Ben in a nutshell. It's one thing that he plays his Chaotic Neutral characters this way; it wouldn't be half as bad if he didn't actually believe that his half-cocked ideas are good sense.
Domestic Abuse: Played with when discussing Target's owner. While he's just taking out his frustrations on a stuffed animal he doesn't know is sentient, from Target's point of view it's far less innocent and has left him with a few... issues.
Fake Crossover: Fuzzy versions of well-known characters occasionally make cameos in the comic, such as Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street and Brian from Knights of the Dinner Table, but while they do look and act like the real characters, they're really just plush toys based on them. Kachooloo is an interesting variant, as it's heavily hinted that he's the spirit of the real Cthulhu trapped in a powerless plush body thanks to a botched summoning by Ben.
Fake Nationality: Ben's Scotish-ness. According to Crazy Al, he once had a Jamaican phase.
Fridge Logic: In Tabletop Crusaders, the group still mentions heading down to the pool hall despite the pool hall we've seen being in another country altogether (Crusaders takes place in England while the hall is in Japan). Presumably, they've found a new one.
Fun with Acronyms: The Fuzzy International Gamer's Hackmaster Tournament (F.I.G.H.T.)
He Who Must Not Be Seen: Mr. Applebee, always behind his (relatively) huge office chair; he sees who he's meeting in his office by using the security cameras.
Humans Are Special: In a way. Overall, Fuzzies exist as they do today because of the development of human imagination. Fuzzies lack the human ability to create Stories. The purpose of HamaEstra's experiments was to find a way to break that connection so Fuzzies could create their own Stories and become independent of humans.
Pyrrhic Victory: The conclusion of the Tabletop Crusaders story. Ben enters the Nexus and undoes Mossfoot's entire campaign world, scoring him all the experience points possibly available whilst proclaiming himself a god. Mossfoot manages to make it an And I Must Scream, a second-level bard trapped unaging forever in "cosmic lint" one point short of third-level with no way to get it, while pointing out that he can just make an Alternate Universe. Awesome Moments all around.
Sealed Evil in a Teddy Bear: Kachooloo, thanks to the botched circumstances of his summoning, is trapped in a powerless plush body. Last seen stealing Santa Claus's bag (confirmed to have dimension-crossing properties) and confronting HamaEstra in his new laboratory. However, we don't see how any of it plays out due to the series ending. Which is particularly painful, given the first event wasn't All Just a Dream.
Tailor-Made Prison: Following his defeat to Mossfoot and Dog, HamaEstra (believed to be inert) is sealed in one of these, as seen in the first story's epilogue. He breaks out in the second story, using the needle they sewed him back together with.
Theory of Narrative Causality: Similar to Discworld, The Story is a tangible force which can be exploited by those trained to do so - like a game master. When too many plot-convenient coincidences start happening, it stops being coincidences.
Trigger Phrase: "Life's a game." HamaEstra's password to take full control of the REFs. Fembunny is capable of doing the same by imitating his voice. When he makes his move, he changes the password, though we never learn what it is.
Who's on First?: After arriving in England but before Ben and Target arrive, Mossfoot and Violet try a one-on-one game and Violet names the three characters she controls with shortened names Hoo, Whut, and Ida Kno. It quickly devolves into this when she needs them to stand on three tiles.