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The Cast, trying Brennan's patience yet again.

A tabletop adventure show on CollegeHumor's spin-off site, Dropout. Dimension 20 is hosted by Brennan Lee Mulligan and the cast is mostly made up of past and present CollegeHumor cast members. Dimension 20 quickly proved to be a fan favorite, and a second season featuring the same cast but a different setting and campaign was put into production before the first season finished airing as well as a 6 episode sidequest.

Season 1, Fantasy High, follows a group of misfit students at Aguefort Adventuring Academy, a high school for heroes in a strangely suburban area of a traditional high fantasy realm. Thrust together under the most Breakfast Club of circumstances, they very quickly get embroiled in a mystery that it seems like adults should probably be handling. And things just spiral from there.


The sidequest show, Escape from the Bloodkeep, follows the lieutenants of Zaul’nazh, the Lord of Shadows and their adventures at the afformentioned Bloodkeep. The final push towards conquering the world of Man has gone awry, and our team of villains must sort out what has gone wrong while trying to survive.

Season 2, The Unsleeping City, takes place in a fantasy version of New York and is scheduled to start in July.


The cast for the Fantasy High campaign is:

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Siobhan Thompson as Adaine Abernant, high-elf wizard
  • Lou Wilson as Fabian Seacaster, half-elven fighter
  • Ally Beardsley as Kristen Applebees, human cleric
  • Zac Oyama as Gorgug Thistlespring, half-orc barbarian
  • Emily Axford as Fig Faeth, wood-elf/tiefling bard
  • Brian Murphy as Riz Gukgak, goblin rogue

The cast for Escape from the Bloodkeep is:

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Amy Vorphal as Efink Murderdeath, high elf cleric and Far-Seer of the Lands of Midnight
  • Mike Trapp as Sokhbarr, Kashai ranger and Master of Beasts
  • Erika Ishii as Lillith, drider druid and Mother of Spiders
  • Matthew Mercer as Kraz-Thun, Pactwraith warlock and King of the Vinguri
  • Ify Nwadiwe as Markus St. Vincent, human rogue and Captain of the Forgotten Fleet
  • Rekha Shankar as Maggie, tiefling barbarian and Daughter of Darkness

The cast for The Unsleeping City campaign is:

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Siobhan Thompson as Misty Moore, fairy bard
  • Lou Wilson as Kingston Brown, human cleric
  • Ally Beardsley as Pete the Plug, human sorcerer
  • Zac Oyama as Ricky Matsui, human paladin
  • Emily Axford as Sofia Bicicleta, human monk
  • Brian Murphy as Kugrash, ratfolk druid

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Tropes appearing in the first season:

  • The Ace: Fabian Seacaster generally comes out on top whenever he is asked to do physical feats.
  • Adorkable: All the main characters have a moments of weakness where they admit that they enjoy having friends.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Doctor Asha (an adult) believes he is in a relationship with Doctor Kellar (an adult), but she is just a disguised Fig (a teenager).
  • Alcoholic Parent: Although most of the party's parents drink alcohol, Fabians mother, Hallariel takes it to another level.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Principal Aguefort notifies the party that the Nightmare King's crown has gone missing from his office.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: Zelda kisses Gorgug on the cheek.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Ragh Barkrock becomes very violent if anyone questions his sexuality.
  • Big Bad: Kalvaxis, the Emperor of the Red Waste, who in the penultimate episode is revealed to be Vice Principle Goldenhoard.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Gorgug kisses Ragh in an effort to convince him that there are other fish in the sea.
  • Big Good: Principal Aguefort
  • Break Them by Talking: Kalvaxus tries this on the gang during the prom battle while using his draconic fear inducing abilities and he's able to get Fig and Adaine to turn tail by calling them unlovable and worthless, respectively.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Biz Glitterdew wants to be a suave smooth-talker that seduces all the women he's attracted to, but he is just a nerdy A.V. Club President whose predatory advances repulses others.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The party gains a pocket watch that stops time when they defeat Aelwyn, but they don't use the item until the final battle when Arthur Aguefort returns to life and tells Kristen to use it.
  • Chekhov's Classroom: Principal Aguefort's speech in the first episode mentions the strongest magic in the world being chronomancy.
  • Closet Key: Tracker kisses Kristen when they first meet at a nightclub, which causes Kristen to acknowledge her attraction towards other women.
  • Cool Bike: The Hangman is a living demonic bike that can drive itself and give dating advice to his master.
  • Dawn of an Era: Kalvaxus returns, the sun god Sol falls from the heavens, with "Yes!" the new god to replace him.
  • Deus ex Machina: Kristen returns creating a new god and turns the tide of the final battle.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: The Abernants like using this a lot whenever they get into trouble with the law.
  • Dumb Muscle: Most of the orc and half-orc characters don't show much intelligence, but do deal a lot of damage to their surroundings.
  • Evil All Along: Many characters that the main cast trusts turns out to be a part of the conspiracy.
  • Eyes Always Averted: Both Zelda and Gorgug have difficulty looking at each other when conversing.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Fabian after he loses one eye in a fight at his house.
  • Fake Defector: Riz pretends to join the conspiracy, but he immediately pulls a gun on the person inviting him.
  • Fantastic Racism: Implied with Adaine's parents, outright stated with Kristen's.
  • First Episode Resurrection: Gorgug and Kristen die in the first battle, but are almost immediately resurrected in the most insane way possible.
  • Five Races: Elmsville's population consist of several different species living in uneasy harmony with each other.
  • Freak Out!: Barbarians have the ability "Rage" where they go into a hard-to-kill state.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: When Ragh Barkrock kisses Gorgug, everyone but Fabian wants to stick around to see what happens next.
  • Happily Adopted: Everyone thinks the Thistlespring family is amazing except for Gorgug.
  • He’s Back: Arthur Aguefort returns to life in the final battle against Kalvaxis, however he instantly gets possessed as is unable to help in the battle.
  • Hollywood Psych: Jawbone turns into a miraculous guidance school councilor despite having hit rock bottom in drug-dealing right before getting the job.
  • Homoerotic Dream: Lampshaded
  • Hot for Student: Fig has a consistent streak of trying to seduce adults into having sexual relations with her.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Gorthalax the Insatiable and Sklonda Gukgak wind up together.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Tracker kisses Kristen's hand when they first introduce themselves.
  • Knight Templar: Coach Daybreak is a heavy believer in the Church of Sol. He is later revealed to be the leader of the radicalized terrorist cult: The Harvestmen.
  • Lady Drunk: Hallariel Seacaster is always seen with a drink in hand.
  • Lecherous Licking: Aelwyn does this towards Fabian after their initial meeting.
  • Likes Older Men: Fig flirts with three characters in the series: Dr. Asha, an adult dwarf, Vice Principal Goldenhoard, an adult dragonborn, and Hillariel Seacaster, Fabian's mom.
  • Magitek: Everyday items in the real world have magical equivalents in Elmsville. Crystals, for example, can function as both cell phones and go-pros.
  • Mighty Glacier: Gorgug was the only one who could handle any of the railway golem's attacks.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: Biz uses this as the reason why he imprisons the women he is attracted to.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Adaine finally bests her sister and has her arrested for attempted murder...which leads to war being declared on Solace within the day for imprisoning a diplomat's child.
  • No Social Skills: Before joining the group, Gorgug didn't have many friends.
  • Only Sane Man: Federal Agent Angela Worrel shows up and is shocked and appalled that the town is fine with the party going rogue (so to speak) and killing people because they're in adventuring school and that's what adventurers do.
    • Lawful Stupid: Then again, they broke the law while trying to stop Daybreak from ending the world and Johnny Spells from kidnapping more girls.
  • Orc Raised by Elves: Gorgug was raised by a pair of loving gnomes.
  • Our Elves Are Better: Anguin Abernant distinctly points out that Gilear Faeth is a wood elf.
  • Pair the Spares: Most of the single parental figures in the story wind up with each other.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • "You fucking cunt!"
    • "Fuck! You! Dawg!"
  • Prophecies Are Always Right: Although the prophecy seemed ominous, Aguefort offers a different interpretation that is a lot more mundane, much to Adaine's chagrin.
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: Principal Aguefort gives a speech to the incoming freshman that truly stuns every character listening.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Adaine tells Biz the exact reasons why his flirting and cocky attitude will never get him the respect that he wants.
  • Recovered Addict: After William Seacaster's death and Fabian's scolding, Hallariel decides to stop drinking and start training her son in the art of fencing.
  • Rousing Speech: Kristen's uses of her skill "Inspiring Speech" often inspires her friends in unintended ways.
  • Running Gag: Several
    • Gorgug constantly suspects anyone to be his dad.
    • Fig's ability "Bardic Inspiration" manifests in the form of her winking towards someone. This makes everyone affected sexually confused.
    • "Hi, intrepid heroes!"
  • Sacred First Kiss: Kristen basically takes everyone's first kiss when she outs herself for the second time and tells them to go to therapy if they feel disturbed by her actions.
  • Shout-Out: It should have its own page.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Adaine and Aelwyn constantly bicker and cast magic spells on one another. It accelerates into a Cain and Abel relationship.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Adaine, Gorgug, and Kristen have difficulty in speaking with others, especially those who they are attracted to.
  • Stress Vomit: Riz always barfs whenever he finds clues relating to his missing babysitter.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: One of Bill Seacaster's ex-crewmembers is a tornado.
  • The Un Twist: In the penultimate episode, Murph says that he thought Vice Pronciple Goldenhoard was mean so that meant he was a good guy.
  • Urban Fantasy: The story seems to take place in an anachronistic 1960s city with all of their technology powered by mystical means.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: All of the main characters attend the Aguefort Adventuring Academy, where they learn the skills in exacting violence on their adversaries.
  • We Can Rule Together: Riz is offered this by Biz Glitterdew, but he immediately rejects the offer by pulling a gun on the fairy.
  • Wham Episode: This campaign is built on several revelations
    • When Gorgug and Kristen die in the first battle, Principal Aguefort performs a murder-suicide with Guidance Councilor Gibbons in order to revive the player characters.
    • Aelwyn is a part of the palimpsest conspiracy.
    • The penultimate episode of the campaign hits us with the twin reveals that Principal Goldenhoard has been arc baddie Kalvaxus this whole time and that Adaine became the elven oracle when the original one died the day before the campaign started.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Basrar is a djinn who can only grant wishes relating to ice-cream.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue:
  • World's Best Warrior: Bill Seacaster refers to his wife, Hallariel, as the greatest fencer in the world , much to Fabian's surprise.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The entire gang, including heavy hitters Gorgug and Fabian, don't hold back against Penelope during the final battle, even though they don't feel great about it.
  • Would Hurt a Child / Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Zig-zagged. The adventurers are willing to fight skateboarding middle schoolers to find clues about the conspiracy, but they are relieved with word of their survival.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: When Johnny Spells dies, Fig takes his jacket and Fabian tames his demonic motorbike.

Tropes appearing in the sidequest:

Tropes appearing in the second season:

  • Big Applesauce: It all takes place in New York City.
  • The Chosen One: The Chosen Two, actually. Known as the Vox Fantasma and the Vox Populi, each act as the representative of the two sides of New York, the Sleeping World and the Waking World respectively. There have been many Voxes throughout New York's history but the campaign has the first occurrence where a Vox Fantasma and Vox Populi exist at the same time.
    • The Vox Fantasma is the envoy for the Dreaming World, and their power is derived from the dreams, wishes and nightmares of New York's people and the creatures that live in Nod, the Dream Realm and Sixth Borough. Pete is the current Vox Fantasma.
    • The Vox Populi is the voice of the Waking World and their power comes from the city itself and the people that are unaware of the magical world that exists. Kingston is the current Vox Populi.
  • Dream Land: Nod, the Sixth Borough of New York City is described as a combination of this and Magical Land. It is shown as a surreal realm of endless night where the sky has more stars than darkness, and any rain or snow falls upwards out of the ground. The borough is home to a plethora of bizarre creatures like unicorns, a woman who lives in the moon, chimerical angel-bird-monkeys and is ruled by Nod, the Grey Orphan and Monarch of the Sleeping World.
  • Masquerade: Most of New York has no idea about the magical world that co-exists with their own.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Pete is a drug addicted and drug dealing cowboy sorcerer.
  • Noodle Incident: Kingston and Misty often refer to a mummy that they fought several decades before the campaign started, which Kingston now keeps in an obsidian ankh underneath the salad bowl on the top of his fridge.
  • Urban Fantasy: There really is magic happening within NYC.

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