Webcomic Review: Table Titans

One of my favorite webcomics on the internet is Table Titans by Scott Kurtz.

Table Titans follows a group of players through multiple D&D campaigns as they struggle with troubles inside the game and out. The majority of the series’s focus is within the game itself, but it occasionally slips outside of the in-universe action to explore what’s going on with the players of these fantastic characters.

Gorgeously illustrated, the game does a fantastic job of immersing both you and the players around the table in the story. As you can see below, the dungeon master, Brendan, enjoys his monologues, which are always fantastic and great fodder for your own campaign.

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One of the greatest parts of the comic is the rich visuals. Kurtz really lays down gorgeous artwork, especially in his really expansive scenes, as you can see above in the first panel. The colors provided by Steve Hamaker (of BONE fame) are always gorgeous and rich.

titansA2002Each of the characters is well-fleshed out as well, with lots of effort going toward making you really care about these guys. One such example is Val, who favors her dwarf barbarian. While forced to play a bard for a while, she leapt at the chance to dive back into her barbarian with relish.

There are multiple entry points to the series. The Mines of Madness storyline acts as a prequel to the whole series, introducing the characters, and originally appeared on Kurtz’s PVP webcomic.

Chapter 1 of Table Titans, First Encounters, looks at the group as they struggle with brand new characters, as well as with the opposing D&D group, the Dungeon Dogs.

Chapter 2, Winter of the Iron Dwarf, has many of the players returning to the characters they played in Mines of Madness, and dealing with lots of intrigue within the Dwarven stronghold of Adbar, as well as a massive battle which is a real visual treat.

Chapter 3, Whispers of Dragons, follows the exploits of the Dungeon Dogs as they attempt to protect a baby red dragon played by… a baby.

Table Titans is officially approved by Wizards of the Coast, so one of the nice things about it is that they both use real mechanics from D&D (before there was an OGL for 5e), and many of the adventures are set in the Forgotten Realms.

Binwin's MinionsIn addition, once a week, Binwin’s Minions, drawn and written by Tavis Maiden, provides for a much more light-hearted fare for the Table Titans Website.

That’s not all there is to the site. In addition, every few days, they update their Tales from the Table, which features user-submitted hijinks from the tabletop. Not only are the stories funny, but they provide great examples of what (and what not) to do when running or playing in a game.

I highly recommend Table Titans for anyone interested in Dungeons and Dragons, RPGs in general, or anyone simply looking for a good story.

 

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