By The Book

After stumbling across a copy of 'The Adventurers Handbook 3.5' an orc, goblin and kobold decide to leave the dungeon and become mighty adventurers!
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Indeed-you wouldn't like him when he's hungry ;)
Oh yes Goret it's going there, with your secret revealed it is only a matter of time before the zombies come.
Oh no... that goblin better hurry up before there is a giant rampaging wolf.
peteranckorn
March 25th, 2017
What fabulous treasure awaits our heroes (villains?) in the dark tunnels beneath the park? Find out soon in BTB! :D


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peteranckorn
March 25th, 2017
Yes-despite his flaws Batman is undeniably a cool character :)

One problem I have with super hero comics in general and DC comics in particular is that the heroes are often so much stronger than the villains. Not that I hate DC comics or anything-they do a lot of really great work. This is just a personal taste-that I find it more satisfying when a clever or determined hero is able to win out over a much stronger adversary. DC comic heroes seem to be the opposite.

To use the most obvious examples you have Super man vs Lex Luthor-who is just a normal (albeit very intelligent) human. In any other story Lex would be the good guy. At any rate he's invariably completely out classed and always loses despite his meticulous planning and determination-over-awed by Superman's raw power.

Batman is the same. On the one hand you have a billionaire with the resources of a state of the art weapon design and technology company who has trained for years in martial arts. Pitted against him are a rogues gallery of mentally ill hoods armed with whatever they can cobble together or find.

The Flash-arguably one of the most powerful heroes in the Justice League-and pitted against a talking gorilla and a dude with a metal boomerang.

I know they are supposed to be super heroes but it just seems the wrong way round to me-that the heroes are so much stronger than the villains. Guess I grew up on too much manga-where the hero usually starts out as a weakling and has to get stronger fighting against more powerful foes (and getting the snot beaten out of them in the process).

Bit of a generalization of course. I know for a fact there are times when DC heroes lose or have set backs. Their victory does seem rather inevitable though-given the massive advantages they have over their opponents. Just my personal opinion but to me it feels more interesting when the bad guys have the power and resources and the heroes are up against it-rather than the other way around :)

Looking at the two (Japanese manga vs American superhero comics) it makes me wonder if historic events have had an impact on the writing. In the American comics the good guys are stronger and may be losing for a little while due to some trick pulled by the bad guys, but in the end they will win through-because they are more powerful.

In the Japanese stories on the other hand the good guy is far weaker to begin with but through hard work and determination is eventually able to win out against much stronger adversaries.

These views seem to mirror the history and the characters of the two nations to some extent. Perhaps an example of the shadow of history making it's mark on national psyche and subsequently upon the art created by those nations. Just a theory of course.
Dorcus (Guest)
March 24th, 2017
Batman is all right the first few times, it's just the "strike terror into those who terrorize" grows less believable when you A: grow up and B: see him fighting the same dang villain the fiftieth dang time.

Law and its enforcement is a carrot and stick, batman was only ever the stick.

But he does have a sweet car, I have fond memories of the 90s cartoon, and I have some hope for the justice league movie. I like when a superhero character has to learn to "play dad" instead of just screwing around on his silly adventures.
Brat Wayne is actually training the 'villains': every time he 'beats' them, they go away and return even stronger and slash or smarter, he only 'captures' them when a real Hero arrives to put a stop to them, and then when the Hero leaves, the villains 'conveniently' manage to 'escape' Arkham

If you want to see a good depiction of a billionaire using their money to stop crime, watch "APB"
peteranckorn
March 23rd, 2017
Bruce Wayne is a billionaire that uses his wealth to equip himself with state of the art weapons and give himself the free time he needs to train so he can go a beat up poor people and the mentally ill. On the other hand he has a pretty sweet car :)
Gonfrask (Guest)
March 23rd, 2017
No, the reason to fear the night is...Because Batman!!! A bully who kick poor guys that this society has made them fell in the crime
Iceburgh69
March 23rd, 2017
Look at the US as an example of what not to do.
Absolutely well said, and I'm glad you and your family are doing well.
peteranckorn
March 22nd, 2017
Yes-it was pretty nasty. My brother works in London and was on his way to parliament (he records meetings and types them up-his work often takes him there). Luckily for him it happened about half an hour before he arrived.

Bad business all around and of course our thoughts should be with the victims. We must also remember that this was the work of a lone maniac. Even the organized terrorist groups are a very small part of the Muslim population-most of whom are just as outraged as the rest of us at these barbaric and cowardly acts.

If we let things like this change our culture (if we become less tolerant and more extreme right in outlook) then the terrorists have won. They want to change us. They want to sow hatred between westerners and peaceful Muslims. It's very important that we don't let them do this.
Also would like to take a moment to say that my thoughts and prayers are with those who live in the UK and are dealing with this horrid atrocity. God save the Queen.
Told ya... Hehe knew bad guys had no reason to be good.
Well now a catacomb system of a Dark Lord? This has just become a lot more interesting.
peteranckorn
March 22nd, 2017
Who the hell is Mortubera? She's- http://bythebook.smackjeeves.com/comics/2301024/page29/ Well, she isn't. But that's a close approximation :)

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The Cardinal cares, that they are not being brought to his private chambers
Guest
March 21st, 2017
The cardinal might be more interested in the catacombs then the missing persons.
Gonfrask (Guest)
March 20th, 2017
I was thinking the same than randomdude67...unless the missing humans were all members of a dark cult
Zimriel (Guest)
March 20th, 2017
Bestial is how Bloomin' Fairies drew their orc-ette. That comic is basically porn. But I liked their orc for some reason.
PR? Well I suppose Blanche would be the sort of bad guy who still maintains a good public opinion. However having monsters doing a hero's good wouldn't be held in high regard, but who says the public needs to know?
Ricbold (Guest)
March 18th, 2017
PR, Randomdued67. The answer is PR.