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The adventures of a group that plays an RPG similar to Dungeons and Dragons. The story being acted out takes place in the movies produced by Marvel Studios, but doesn't follow the same order as when the movies were released. The writers may often abbreviate the comic to ARI.

ARI is the first project of Critical Laughter, two friends who share many nerdy interests. After viewing a number of other campaign comics, they felt there was a void and decided to fill it with ARI.


Found here Unfortunately "on ice" as of January 2016.

Avengers, Roll Initiative provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Players keep screwing up the names of Asgardian places/people.
    Sam: But you have to convince Heimdallr, the bridge's guardian, to send you.
    Blake: Whatever. Let's go find this Heimlich guy and make him send us to the Frost Giant's World.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Blake somehow rolls a negative one with dice that only include positive numbers.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: The GM really wants to see Hulk in combat. For bonus points, the trope is name dropped, along with its counterpart, Deus ex Machina.
  • Epic Fail: While trying to smooth things over with Odin for provoking a war with the Frost Giants, Blake somehow manages to roll a negative 1 on his Diplomacy check.
  • Min-Maxing: All of them.
    • There's Bruce Banner, a dual classed Chemist/Barbarian whose incredibly high mental scores are swapped with physical scores when he transforms into his "Other", all in exchange for a single paltry flaw.
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    • Thor, a Cleric kitted out for combat (at the cost of non-existent Charisma scores) capable of taking out hundreds of Frost Giants without effort and casting high level spells right out the gate.
    • Tony is a Technomancer, a hybrid class he explicitly describes as "quite possibly the most broken class in the game."
  • Mythology Gag: Thor's player is named Blake. Thor used to have an alter-ego (it's complicated) named Donald Blake.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Blake's character, Thor, is a Cleric who doesn't know any useful (non-combat) Clerical spells. Fortunately, he doesn't need to.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: To the GM's dismay, Thor's player and the other members of their group know nothing about Norse Mythology. The GM takes advantage of this to insert himself into the party... as Loki.
    Hogun: That's like, Zeus and stuff right?
    Volstagg: Is Horus Norse mythology?
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  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Upon learning that there are over a thousand frost giants ready to attack the party:
    Sif: Welp, even with an OP Cleric, I think we're pretty much screwed... Looks like it's time to roll a new character!
  • Shout-Out: Blake gets questioned on how Thor (a Cleric) is doing so well in a combat role.
    Blake: I spent three weeks making the PERFECT build!
    GM: You need to find yourself a girl, mate.
    • One to Frankenstein: "What can stop the determined heart and resolved will of man?"
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: The GM attempts a Brazilian accent. "Bruce" comments that it sounds "like a guy from New Jersey with a sinus infection."
    GM: Yeah. Isn't that how Brazilians sound?
  • Tempting Fate / What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: When "Bruce" fails his Will Save, the In-Game version of Hulk's Unstoppable Rage, the GM asks, "What's the worst that could happen?"

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