Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday Comics: The Clandestinauts


Comics don't get much more D&D than Tim Sievert's The Clandestinauts. There are, of course, others to mine this territory (including the Intrepideers, which Sievert also did some issues of), but the Clandestinauts has pretty much perfected a combination of random death, weird encounters, seat-of-the pantaloons improvisation, and  character casualness to the above that really feels like something out of a longrunning campaign.

The Clandestinauts starts in media res with an established group of adventurers in the thick of things in a dungeon. Things are not going well:


They manage to make it out of this predicament, but then the part gets split for a while, having encounters both dangerous and at times a bit farcical before coming together again. The characters are not particularly heroic, though they are competent enough to do this job--if not in a particularly elegant way.

Obviously not completely serious, but not a lampoon either, Sievert shows up the gaming dungeoncrawl as it generally is, not how D&D fiction (or some adventure designers) would like it to be. Check it out.It's free to read!

2 comments:

SF said...

Is this the comic that was the third feature in the second half of "Double Barrel"? It looks very familiar...

Nick said...

I am pretty into it,too. Sievert designed a cover recently so maybe a collection will be soon. He also handled half of the illustration on a failed crowdsourced OSR sci-fi game.