Gaming Guardians is a webcomic that debuted on May 7, 2000, and was created by Graveyard Greg and Andrew Babb. It has had several spin-offs, including two other comics and a role-playing community. The current artist on the strip is John Yakimow.The comic’s premise comes from the belief that every time a role-playing game is run, an alternate reality (or “system”) is created. Most of the time, these systems run their course, but sometimes they are unduly influenced by outside forces (overtly or otherwise). That’s where Graveyard Greg and his team, the Gaming Guardians, step in to set things right.
This webcomic provides examples of:
- Art Shift: Webtroll left the strip in 2008.
- A Day in the Limelight: The series occasionally follows various secondary characters, such as Brahma and Randarch.
- Deal with the Devil:
- See Escaped from Hell below.
- True to form, the Devil still gains something from the deal: all the damned get a glimpse of Heaven when angels come for the rescued souls, tantalizing them with the salvation they're denied. The Devil relishes seeing this added torment inflicted on them, the only one cannot inflict alone.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: Ragnarok and Ultima.
- Escaped from Hell: When the defunct Scarlet Jester spots his friend in Hell, he starts a massive breakout with the sole goal of meeting the Devil and cutting a deal for said friend's salvation. Turns out the friend had already made such a deal, betting his own soul against Jester's that if Jester noticed him in hell he'd stop at nothing to break him out; having won his bet, both are free.
- Evil Twin: Ultima was a doppelganger-demon who was permanently empowered by Scarlet Jester with a copy of Radical's powers, which also caused her default form to become a duplicate of Radical.
- Future Me Scares Me: Graveyard Greg goes back in time to try to save EDG, causing himself to become a scary alternate version of Greg called the Unprodigal, then later the Scarlet Jester.
- Loads And Loadsof Characters
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Radical kept showing off new powers in the early pages.
- Pre-Insanity Reveal: The Scarlet Jester is revealed to have been Graveyard Greg from the timeline where EDG is killed.
- Shout-Out: The green mechanical combining lion Pidge, to Voltron.
- Spider-Sense: One of Radical's powers.