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And misquoted it to boot.

A relatively recent webcomic, Generic Title (subtitled The Quest for Grøn) was inspired by DM of the Rings and Darths & Droids. As opposed to either of those, Generic Title was not a screencap comic, though - the images were 3D renders. The story was that of a fictional party of Dungeons & Dragons players in just as fictional a campaign.

The distinguishing trait was that during writing, when the script called for a roll, a die (or several if needed) was rolled. As a result, the story is relatively unpredictable.

Unfortunately the author put the work on indefinite hiatus in December 2015 and the domain expired in 2016. The comic can now only be accessed via the Internet Archive here.


Generic Title provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Gerod beheads a goblin sniper in a single blow.
  • Art Evolution: Rather rapidly from undefined blobs to humanoids, and early on to boot. As of strip #78, the characters have faces.
  • Author Appeal: Two of the four main characters are metalheads.
  • Badass Beard: As hair is one of the few real distinguishing features, Gerod's character is sporting what he calls "Lemmy's Beard", an awesome muttonstache.
  • Beat Panel: Used on occasion.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: A strip features German dialogue that is quite obviously copied and pasted from Google Translate. Most definitely intentionally, considering the author is German
  • Calling Your Attacks: Bubbles does it, often, loudly and gleefully.
    "May the force be with you... the Phantasmal Force!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Bubbles. Word of God states his alignment is "chaotic chaotic".
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  • Color-Coded Characters: The PCs' speech bubbles. Gerod is gray, Sarto orange, Bubbles pink. The GM is a light yellow (and so are all NPCs)
  • Critical Failure: Rolling a 1 when jumping down somewhere would result in... missing the ground. You'd land on something less comfortable instead. Like a hedgehog. Or a jagged rock.
  • Cut Short: Since the author's reasons for creating the comic are for the most part no longer relevant and their own admission that it had become a chore to do it's unlikely that the story will ever be finished.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone to some extent, but Gerod takes the cake.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming
  • Doomed Hometown: Not a town, but the inn the comic starts in gets sacked, thus kicking off the adventure.
  • Duck!: In one strip, surprisingly not done by Bubbles.
  • Failed a Spot Check: After rolling a 1, Sarto walks headfirst into a city wall.
  • Funetik Aksent: All the guards (and the King).
  • Genre Savvy: All players to a certain extent.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Gerod assaults a guard to get arrested and taken before the king to be judged... well, they get arrested and are supposed to be taken to the king. Sometime a lot later, it seems.
  • Hammerspace: The characters wear tiny backpacks in which not even the starting equipment would fit, let alone the book and bottle Sarto picks up rather early on.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: In "Guesswork":
    Sarto: 'Does it matter, as long as it's good stuff?'
    Bubbles: '"Good stuff" is my job!'
  • In and Out of Character: Used. Abused.
  • It Makes Sense in Context:
    Bubbles: 'River. Fell in. [...] I thought I saw a cookie at the bottom.'
  • Lawful Stupid: The party is arrested and put in a dungeon cell because (drum roll) Gerod kicked a guard in the shins.
  • The Law of Conservation of Detail: Discussed, with a pinch of Red Herring for flavour.
  • MacGuffin: The Grøn, whatever it may be.
  • Malaproper: Bubbles calls the one spell he uses by several different names, only one of which is right.
  • Mind Rape: Essentially what Phantasmal Force, the aforementioned spell, does.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: The annotation to "Break a Leg":
    The worst bit? That is a real medical procedure.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: It's the landing on a hedgehog. Or a jagged rock. Or the drawn sword of an enemy who stands there. Or the gaping maw of a dragon. Or a cauldron of boiling oil. Or maybe another jag- well, you get the idea.
  • Off with His Head!: The King, referring to Gerod.
  • Overly Long Gag: All of "Low Roller".
  • Precision F-Strike:
    Sarto: 'Belgium!'
  • Prison Episode: The party spends some five episodes in a dungeon cell.
  • Railroading: Mostly averted because the GM is making up stuff as he goes along anyway.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: More like influences it: Probably the most distinguishing trait of the comic are the real random dice rolls, after all.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Gerod's eyes glow red when Sarto claims not to know who Lemmy is. Or Bruce Dickinson.
  • Retcon: In-Universe - Gerod totally always had that muttonstache.
  • Rule of Cool: Why Grøn is spelled with an ø.
  • Running Gag: Cookies!
  • Shoplift and Die: The innkeeper early on throws the party out (after generally being rather rude) because they did not have money for mead.
  • Shout-Out: Yep.
    • One strip is named after (and contains a line from) an Iron Maiden song.
    • Bubbles quotes Star Wars when fighting a Goblin (quote seen above).
    • Sarto using Belgium as a cuss word.
    • To Zork:
    GM: 'It is pitch black. You are likely to be—'
    Gerod: 'Shut it.'
    Bubbles: 'They'll never see us coming!'
    Sarto: 'That's because we won't be coming!'
    GM: 'Thank you, Simmons.'
  • Talking to Himself: The GM when speaking for multiple NPCs. Discussed in-game.
  • You All Meet in an Inn: Played with. The adventure actually starts in the basement of the inn.
    Bubbles: It's an inn!'
    Sarto: 'An inn?'
    Gerod: 'I act surprised.'
    GM: 'Make a bluff roll.'


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