What is A Game of Roleplay?
A Game of Roleplay is an "RPG screencap comic".
- RPG - The characters (white speech bubbles) are playing a Role-Playing Game, run by the Game Master (yellow speech bubbles/boxes).
- Screencap - The comic is comprised of screencaps (still frames) taken from the Game of Thrones TV series, produced by HBO.
- Comic - This means it's supposed to be funny. You'll have to decide on the validity of that one yourself.
Is this a rip off of DM of the Rings?
What? That's preposterous?! How could you ask such a thing? There are clear stylistic differences between that comic and this one, both in the writing, the story and in the overall aesthetic.
What about Darths & Droids?Oh right... Yes, yes it is... right down to the format of the questions you're reading in fact.
Speaking of which, Who's asking you these questions?
OK so strictly speaking, nobody's actually asking me any questions, but these are some questions I'm imagining people would be asking, if they were interested, which they're probably not... If you've got any queries, email IAmFleak@gmail.com and I'll add it to the page. Any question can be frequent with a small enough sample size.
How much do the characters know about Star Wars?
What? What does it matter how much they know about Star Wars? Are you just copying these from the Darths & Droids FAQ page?
Does Game of Thrones exist in the comic universe? What about the books, George RR Martin or HBO?
George Martin (he never adopted the Tolkien-esque abbreviation) still writes for TV, following a failed attempt at novel writing. He briefly worked in collaboration with the designers at Voyager Games to assist with the world building on their first attempt at paper-based roleplaying games. Without the constant pressure from fans claiming his diet would lead to an early grave, Martin is incredibly healthy and runs no risk of dying before finishing any major projects. (How does that make you feel eh?)
Without its breakthrough series, HBO has collapsed into obscurity, with shows like Boardwalk Empire and True Detective never getting picked up. They are remembered only for The Sopranos, the rights of which were passed to rising stars of TV drama, David Benioff & D.B Weiss, who have taken it to NBC, where it competes with The Walking Dead for prime-time viewing. Without the rise of internet piracy associated with Game of Thrones, the so-called Golden Age of Television is exclusive to America, with little to no popularity in Europe.
Why is X called Y?
Early on, I was planning on having all of the players named after the actor who portrays their character in the show (that's why Sean has his name, after Sean Bean), but I quickly went off this idea as it just seemed a little weird, like the worst kind of fanfiction, where the author uses real people in their fictional world, especially seeing as half of my characters would be taking the names of real children, (Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Maisie Williams). Thus, I changed Isaac (Bran) to Will (named after the protagonist from one of my other favorite books, the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman) and Maise to Lizzie (a pseudonym of the other protagonist, Lyra). Nick's name makes more sense when you remember that he (briefly) played Jaime Lannister, portrayed in the show by Nikolaj Coster Waldau. Geri and Kelly both have rough bastardizations of their character's actor's names, with Geri being a feminine form of Jerome (Flynn, who plays Bronn) and Kelly coming from Sibel Kekilli As for the GM, I've been deliberately vague about their name, gender and personality. Assume whatever you like and it's probably true.
Are you really planning on producing comics for the entire show? All 70(+) hours?
Yup, that's approx 2100 comics at my current rate of 30 strips per hour of footage. Of course, as the show goes on and more plot points are introduced which don't fit in with the story I'm telling, that number will change significantly, and so the final number is likely to be substantially below that. But sure, the folks over at Darths and Droids must have known that they'd be going for years in order to get through all six films, but that didn't stop them. The only difference is that I don't know exactly how (or when) my story's going to end just yet. Unless of course, George RR. Martin would like to write in and tell me his plans so I can work around them in my story...
And what about the rumoured film?
*sobs*What Gaming System are you using?
It's called 'A Song of Ice and Fire' (pretty awful name, I know, but it's led a lot of people to speculate about two of its major characters, and their relation to one another). As for the actual details, I've tried to be as vague as possible because pretty much every system I can think of would struggle with this kind of non-combat focused gameplay, interspersed with massive bi-annual battles which take up a whole play session. Oh and plus, I can't be bothered to stick to a rigid set of rules, which might stop me from taking the story in a certain direction. All I can say for sure is that (for ease of reading) every dice roll you see is a D20 and rolling high is good, unless stated otherwise.
When does the strip update?
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:00 BST, unless I forget, in which case it'll be whenever I get a chance (usually within 24h).I haven't seen Game of Thrones. Can I still read your comic?
Sure, though to be honest, I think you'll find it a lot better if you understand at least a little of the lore. I won't deliberately spoil anything from the books or show within the comic (the annotations and comments are a little trickier to moderate) so in theory you could easily read along with the show without too much trouble. Though honestly, I'd recommend the first season of the show to anyone interested in fantasy, and if you don't like it then I can't see you enjoying the comic all that much. Oh, and only read the books if you don't mind wading through a couple dozen chapters of medieval diplomacy before anyone interesting gets stabbed in the gut.Any more questions? Praise? Directions to the post-office? Email me at: IamFleak@gmail.com