|Titles:||Order of the Stick |
Vol 1: Dungeon Crawlin' Fools
Vol 2: No Cure for the Paladin Blues
Vol 3: War and XPs
Vol 0: On the Origin of PCs
Vol -1: Start of Darkness
What is The Order of the Stick?
Well, I'd never heard of it either until recently, but my gaming past is somewhat limited. In any event, OOTS is a webcomic that follows a party of D&D adventurers as they try to accomplish a large and difficult quest.
The books are essentially graphic novels. The art is deliberately simplistic - stick figures, in fact - but Burlew uses that to his advantage and lets the story shine with it.
If you were ever a gamer you'll get a good laugh out of the D&D rules jokes, particularly if you had campaigns cross rules editions. But beyond the rules jokes - which actually diminish over time - the story gets bigger and grander. At the end of War and XPs you've watched a huge battle - on the scale of things seen in the LOTR movies - and the outcome was not good for the heros. Still, there are lots of laugh-out-loud moments in these strips. Burlew is a good writer, and knows how to tell a story.
These are recommended, and you don't even have to buy them. you can read them all online at: http://www.giantitp.com/.
Suggestion: The titles above are listed in proper reading order, at least so far.