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Jolly Blackburn’s Knights of the Dinner Table #191 Shipping Next Week

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 | Posted by John ONeill

kodt-191Time to remind all you people that you should be reading Knights of the Dinner Table.

Why? Because it’s one of the best comics on the market. And for gamers it’s a lot more than that — it’s one of the finest magazines out there, packed with articles, reviews, and ads for the best new games.

Knights of the Dinner Table follows the misadventures of a group of misfits from Muncie, Indiana, whose love of gaming routinely trumps normal social conventions, and occasionally even their sense of self preservation. If you’re a Black Gate reader you’re already familiar with the Knights: the Java Joint strip in the back of every issue draws from the same cast of characters. Knights of the Dinner Table: The Java Joint, collecting the complete Black Gate strips, is now available in print and PDF.

You can try KODT for free online with the weekly Knights of the Dinner Table web comic. The current “Celebrity Hack” strip, featuring Seinfeld characters playing Hackmaster, is more than worth the trip.

In addition to a great cover by artist George Vrbanic, spoofing the original Unearthed Arcana art by Jeff Easley, issue 191 features 8 complete comic strips, plus feature articles including “Siftings of a Hoarder’s Lair: An inventory of things found in a Kobold’s Lair,” by Barbara Blackburn. This issue’s GameMaster’s Workshop looks at Bait and Tackle: Adventure Hooks on the Fly, Denizens of Tellene: Shazahn Ghanim, and Gaming the Movies covers the film Outpost.

All that plus regular columns Tales from the Table, Web Scryer: the Best of the RPG Web, and reviews of Masque of the Red Death, The Drifter’s Escape, The Tempus novels, Ugg-Tect, Flapjacks & Sasquatches, and Decktet. See this complete list of contents here

Knights of the Dinner Table is published monthly by Kenzer & Company. Issues are 64 pages, black & white, and priced at $5.99. It gets my highest recommendation.

9 Comments »

  1. I remember first reading this book fifteen years ago and loving it. One of my favorites is still “Lair of the Gazebo.”

    Comment by MichaelPenkas - September 26, 2012 8:03 pm

  2. Mike,

    “Lair of the Gazebo” — in which the KODT gang stumble on a gazebo and, before the DM can fully describe it, assume it’s a monster and lay waste to it, is one of the classic gaming strips.

    The first few years after it appeared, it was rare to attend a D&D session where it WASN’T quoted. :)

    Comment by John ONeill - September 26, 2012 10:34 pm

  3. “—-With my HackMaster +15!”… Every single attack…

    Comment by GreenGestalt - September 27, 2012 1:14 am

  4. Remember “The Hand of Vectra?” If you place the hand on a severed wrist, it will attach itself and give you super-powers. So the gang finds the super-powerful relic and have a contest to see who can cut off his own hand first. After the ensuing bloodbath, Brian tells the gang he has a lead on where they can find the Head of Vectra.

    Comment by MichaelPenkas - September 27, 2012 11:31 am

  5. Mike,

    Ha!! I’d almost forgotten that strip. Yes, Dave cuts off his hand so quickly he forgot to ask if the Hand of Vecra was a LEFT hand or a RIGHT hand… of course, he cut off the wrong one, and B.A. rules he can’t cut off his other hand while he’s only one-handed…

    Priceless.

    Comment by John ONeill - September 27, 2012 11:45 am

  6. […] Jolly Blackburn’s Knights of the Dinner Table 191 now on Sale […]

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  7. […] Knights of the Dinner Table is now the longest-running gaming comic in history. In fact, it is one of the longest-running independent comics of any kind, celebrating its 200th issue just last month. Among independent comics, the only one to have surpassed it that I can think of is Dave Sim’s Cerebus, which ended after 300 issues. […]

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  8. […] Shadis, where KoDT first appeared. Or you may remember the last time I shone a spot on KoDT, with issue #191 last September. Or maybe you’re a fan of the KoDT spin-off The Java Joint, which appeared in […]

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  9. […] I’ve written a few times, I’m a huge fan of Jolly R. Blackburn’s brilliant gaming comic Knights of the Dinner […]

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