RPG World: Fan Revival is a fan continuation of the long-abandoned RPG World by Ian Jones-Quartey. The website hosts links to the full original comic, plus new fan content with writing by DoomDragon6 and artwork by AtariBetch. The original RPG World takes place inside a Playstation Japanese RPG and pokes fun at all the tropes of RPG gaming while maintaining compelling story and characters.
RPG World: Fan Revival directly continues the plot immediately after the events of RPG World, before it was abandoned. It starts out with Jim, the real-life player of RPG World, continuing the events 7 years later, then continues the in-game story where it left off. The revival began on June 19th, 2016 though the initial pages were written in 2013, hence the "7 years later" as opposed to "10 years later". The revival went into an official hiatus on November 17, 2016 after the author had trouble keeping updates, but returned over a year later on July 31, 2018, and has maintained a steady update schedule since then.
The revival has enjoyed mild success, but the author has lamented the difficulty in finding older readers of the comic, due to the nature of the internet back in its original success and lack of current social media popularity.
In addition to the characters listed on the RPG World TV Tropes page, RPG World: Fan Revival has introduced:
In the "real world":
- Jim's Roommate: Functionally replacing Jim's friend in the older comics, Jim now has a roommate, played by DoomDragon6 himself. Both the new live-action actor for Jim and Jim's Roommate have only appeared for a brief 7-page stint to launch the revival.
In the game world:
- Mr. E: Less introduced and more expanded upon from the figure talking to Oligarch on this page, sporting his own mask and appearing only in silhouette.
- Tuna: Descendant of the great Tunalesca (a clear parody/ripoff of Yuna and Yunalesca from the Final Fantasy series), Tuna is a Summoner Priestess of an underwater race of Fish People, who helped rescue the party when their airship exploded.
This webcomic contains examples of:
- Aerith and Bob: #347's name is Sydney, though this is somewhat subverted as he goes by Syd.
- Affectionate Parody: Final Fantasy, and somewhat ironically the original RPG World.
- Back from the Dead: The Timetoaster works its wonders on Reka, bringing her back to life, and thanks to a little Techno Babble, sends her directly to where the party is at that moment... currently flying away from South City with a no-longer-evil Galgarion a few feet away.
- Bag of Spilling: Apparently, the "giant gaping asshole in the sky", as Galgarion so eloquently puts it, absorbed Cherry's levels along with her soul, dropping her down to 28 and putting her on par with two of the new party members. Hero remains in the mid 30s, and Reka and Tuna (re)join at this level, too.
- Breaking the Fellowship: After the fall of South City and an Internal Reveal of where Dragobo's egg came from, Diane, Eikre, and Rabble split off and head to South City, and Dragobo and Howard leave the group in a separate escape pod that deposits them at Dragobo's Mystery Dungeon 2.
- Cats Have Nine Lives: Larry, Earl, and Detestai, though they're all on their last one.
- Character Class System: With new party members come new classes.
- Evil Soldier #347, named Syd, is an Evil Soldier. His stats are rated as Good in most areas, but his Accuracy is so bad it can only be rated with a Bruh.
- Plum is a Jobless Bum, which seems to be a non-combat class focusing on begging the enemy for G and the enemies refusing to make eye contact with her, rendering her invisible.
- Detestai is a Crazy Cat Lady. She has high Attack and Agility and good Defense and Accuracy, and abilities like Nap, Cat Scratch Fever, and Hairball.
- Galgarion's class has not been shown at this time.
- Tuna is a Summoner/Priestess. According to her, within Skuuba, this involves being sunk into Zeichnenian deep beneath the surface for an extended period of time and becoming one with its energy.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Parodying the original comic and being heartbreaking at the same time, a callback to Page 3 causes Dragobo to leave the party, rendering Dragobo's mom (the faceless dragon) the gunman
- The Chosen One: Like the original, Hero, Cherry and Diane are the three sides of the Tatsachore.
- Cutscene: This time around, often played for laughs. The actors are all paralyzed during cutscenes, and Reka might be developing an aversion to them, reasonably so.
- Cute Monster Girl: Subverted in the same manner as the original. Diane does end up becoming more monstrous when the Tatsachore is shifted dark.
- Deadpan Snarker: Cherry for plot contrivances. Reka has taken up this mantle for battle mechanics.
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: During the fight against Galgarion, Diane powers up the party's attacks with fire magic. Galgarion is a fire mage. They deal 34 damage.
- Fantastic Racism: Humans v. Elves v. Monsters. Hero doubles down on it when SEVIL invokes a SEVIL Rage on top of his Chosen One powerup.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Larry swings Detestai's unconscious body at an enemy to wake her up. She yells at them for being idiots.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Earl and Larry boost Detestai onto the chains of the airship from the collapsing South Tower, then refuse to jump after her. This is their eighth time dying, meaning all three of the cats are on their last life.Detestai: Earl! Larry! Take my hand!
Earl: Nah, that's okay. We're too heavy.
Larry: We'd just pull you off.
Earl: Besides, we've got another life.
Larry: You don't.
Detestai: What!?! You — imbeciles! You jump onto the chain this instant!
Both: [waving] See ya, boss.
[The tower collapses.]
- I Resemble That Remark!: When Eikre asks Rabble if he can pick locks since he's a monster, Rabble objects, then immediately admits he can and starts trying to open Eikre's chains.
- Interface Spoiler: The party change menu pops up when Tuna joins the party, despite there only being 4 people to put in it. The party concludes they've missed some Secret Characters.
- Lampshade Hanging: Again, by Cherry for plot and by Reka for battle mechanics.
- Light/Darkness Juxtaposition: As part of South Corp's plans to rule the world for the next 1000 years, they mess with the Tatsachore, increasing the world's darkness and causing radical changes among monsters and other dark-aligned creatures. This results in Diane transforming due to her dark-filled soul and half-monster body. Rabble is spared because his soul tends toward light.
- Magic Skirt: Unlike the original, this is subverted! Reka now sports a belt that inconsistently changes color from page to page.
- Noodle Incident: As part of Jim's changed appearance, he now wears glasses after "[his] eyesight plummeted from [a] horrific bongo championship accident."
- Precision F-Strike: Cherry's response to inexplicably stealing an elixir from an inanimate door.
- Relationship Upgrade: Detestai and Galgarion get back together with a Slap-Slap-Kiss after they become stranded on an island.
- Reverse Polarity: Galgarion does this to his crystal ball to prevent South Corp from spying on him using the flat-screen TV.
- Running Gag: Jim gets in on Syd's tendency to mistake nearby plants for the person he's speaking to.
- Running the Asylum: What happens when an Orphaned Series has a very dedicated fan.
- Shall I Repeat That?: Robert and Podderhead are apparently in an exposition loop about the Timetoaster because Podderhead keeps pressing the button.
- Shapeshifting: Like in the original, Detestai, Earl, and Larry can change into cat monsters. Earl and Larry actually use this to hide the fact that they're monsters when SEVIL is rounding them up.
- Shout-Out: To several different Genre/RPGs, particularly Square-Enix properties.
- Evil Soldier #347 is able to fly the airship he and Plum stole, and his name is Sydney, shortened to Syd.
- Galgarion joins the party around the same time that a character is brought back from the dead. He also insists that he's not doing this because he enjoys the party, but because he wants to stop the world from falling into ruin.
- When Plum and Syd are stranded on a dessert island, they read their map and find a city whose name should be spelled with an S instead of a TH. Plum responds to this by saying, "Ugh. This map are sick."
- Dragobo and Howard find themselves entering Dragobo's Mystery Dungeon 2, since they entered D.M.D.1 in the original comic.
- Tuna, and her ancestor Tunalesca, are a direct reference to Yuna and Yunalesca.
- Something Completely Different: Like the original, there are photocomics. As there has yet to be another disc change, it is uncertain if this was a one-time homage or if it is intended as a recurring element of the series.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Parodied. The party, upon entering a new city, are directed towards activities for which they are wildly overpowered. Tuna then informs them those tasks are for interns.
- Split Personality: Detestai, as in the original.
- Summon Magic: Tuna.
- Superpowered Evil Side: When Hero is under the influence of both the SEVIL Rage and his "The One" power up, he becomes solely focused on destroying monsters and gaining EXP. Diane is half monster. During this time, most of his moves have the word heroic appended to them.
- Terrible Trio: Inverted. Detestai, Larry, and Earl end up dropping their second-string villain flags, with Detestai joining the party.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Cherry and Hero find a Hex Tool that allows Reka to use magic while searching through junk. Cherry and Hero throw it away, since she likely wouldn't need it. Reka, meanwhile, is currently in a boss fight with an enemy that has high Physical Defense, but no Magic Defense.
- The Power of Friendship: Hero pulls power from the Tatsachore to do this. It actually ends up being a big problem, as Galgarion uses that to tilt the Tatsachore dark.
- Time Travel Escape: Reka's burnt-toast timeline. Once she's revived, the Timetoaster does not ripple-effect away the fact that she had died, but instead revives her and places her in the place she would have been if she hadn't died at all, i.e. with the party.
- Unexpected Gameplay Change: Reka and Tuna's boss fight against the Hyper Mecha Rat King suddenly throws in several mechanics involving NPC allies and a time limit, as well as a parallel boss battle with Hero and Cherry against... a door.
- Water Is Air: And won't pick oil stains up off of the ground in Skuuba's waters. Apparently, it's an enchantment.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Hero and Cherry not thinking about having killed so many monsters is what ultimately convinces Diane and Dragobo to leave.