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Jim Nickabocker
I love voice acting, video games and sketching. As of September 2015 I have entered the corporate world.... and it feels really nice!

Writing has recently been a huge passion of mine which has resulted in the resurrection of my current comic Roll To Save. I love making people smile and laugh. Peace and love forever, baby! <3

"A Laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it's the only weapon we have."
- Roger Rabbit
  • Real Name
    Giancarlo Danubio
  • Age
    31
  • Gender
    Male
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Evening's End
And so the night's visitation with Professor Elemental has come to an end, probably leaving more questions than answers! But if you know the professor, you know that's usually the case. Roll To Save typically has a realistic approach and doesn't tread in the realm of fantasy or science fiction unless delving into a tabletop game of some sort. However, I wasn't satisfied with making the professor a regular old tea enthusiast. The character (and dare I say the person) is so much bigger than life. As a fan myself, it only seemed appropriate to give him an almost mystical existence within the RTS universe. He loves to help out whenever he can, even if it means doing something a tiny bit improbable.
@Xero: D&D 3.5, it's the edition me and my old friends played for years. The resurrection spell in that edition is a level 7 Cleric spell. It requires a sprinkle of holy water and diamonds worth a total of at least 10,000 gp.
Professor Elemental
Professor Elemental is a man of many talents. An inventor, a scholar, tea aficionado and a bonafide adventurer! So it's only natural that he lives in a place where he can store all of his souvenirs and trinkets. However, mother nature is non too impressed with the professor's exploits and has no qualms about cutting their tour short. Needless to say, Iris and Roxanne are slowly realizing that there's quite a but more to this eccentric British fellow than meets the eye!
@Stephen: Of coarse! How could I forget about Sir Hammerlock?? I humbly rescind my comment!
@Stephen: Hah! You know his voice would totally belong in that universe though his character is much too nice for that XD
@sethtriggs: Hehe Iris is definitely a cautious person. There wasn't any way she was going to let John walk into what essentially is the opening to any given horror movie alone lol
@ZSnazzy: The girls are just making sure John is okay. He doesn't make the best decisions sometimes XD
The Professor's in The House!
For those of you who don't recognize the khakied fellow in the last panel, that's Professor Elemental. He's a musical artist that performs in the style of hip hop but strictly adheres to themes of steampunk, sci-fi, British pride and tea, often sampling vintage tracks from the 1920's. If you're curious about his music, here's an example!

The real life professor has graciously given me permission to use his character and likeness in this arc. It'll be mostly a fun side story but with a rather happy yet slightly implausible ending. Curious? Stay tuned!
@Merrsharr: Hehe actually very true! I mean the boy does love to smile! I suppose this is more of a go-to face for when he isn't smiling. XD
@ZSnazzy: It's kind of his go-to face XD
A New Quest!
It seems as though our heroes have gained a new quest! Will they be able to get enough gold to buy the diamonds they need to revive John? We'll find out in the next D&D arc! Also I don't think I'll ever get over those half-orc boys posing XD

The next arc arc will be filled with fun, mystery, slight implausibility, a pinch of danger and another hopefully surprising cameo! Stay tuned for our next update!
I'm glad you like it! John is a sucker for romances so he was totally on board for doing something like this. Though as romantic and nice as this is, one has to wonder just how much health John's character has...
An Unexpected Romance
It looks like John and Sebastian's characters have got a little romance going on! I was always interested in the idea of two D&D characters romantically involved while going off on adventures. Add on the fact that one player is totally crushing on the other and are sure to ensue both in and out of game!

Also yes, Yosha is also a badass at D&D.
@DMC_Run: That's similar to a mantra I'm sure John was repeating to himself that night too!
"The dice have no mercy.."
@Stephen: Oops! Thanks for the catch!
@sethtriggs: I'm glad you like it! Been trying to focus on the group's D&D campaign every once in a while since the comic IS called Rolled To Save! Yea, rolling bad stinks XD
PSA: Thieving
It's important to note that stealing from an npc isn't always a good idea. Especially if they're a king or someone of equal importance. Sure you may have a high rank in 'Sleight of Hand' but sometimes the DM may decide to shut you down for being a little too cheeky. Like sending a platoon of guards after you if you fail a stealth check while trying to escape the king's treasure room.

It's also important to note that there are days where you can roll badly for no good reason. Low roles and critical failures can plague a player, I should know. One fateful night while playing with my actual D&D group, I did nothing but low rolls and ones for the first half of the campaign. Needless to say, I didn't have a good time. Though it did help me discover 'dice shaming'. It's just like 'dog shaming' where you take a picture of your dog with a sign in front of them telling an embarrassing tale. They eventually started to do that with D&D dice.
@sethtriggs: Hehe I too like it when hypocrites get read! Though in Jo's case, he's a lot more receptive than most hypocrites. If his friends call him out on something, he listens and at least makes the effort to change.
A Little Heart to Heart
Man, when Max makes an impact, she certainly makes an impact don't she?

In Roll To Save, I like to show that characters have a chance to realize their flaws and give them a chance to work on them. Though I know that in reality, not everyone jumps at trying to fix their own problems. Some can't or don't want to (We'll be going into that very soon in RTS!). I think it's fair to say that Jo isn't exactly the most tactful in the group. It's not that he doesn't mean well, it's just that everything else takes a back seat when it comes to the prospect of sex. He might have a mild case of what Cyril Figgis had in the first season of Archer. A very, very MILD case. Jo certainly isn't going to change overnight but now he's a little bit more conscious about ditching his friends in favor of his next sexual escapade.

I wanted to take the opportunity to showcase these two interacting with each other. Jo is a lawyer who aides in the judicial system, a system that's been put in place to help serve due process and keep things in order. While Roxanne actively loathes that very same system, a system she thinks is as flawed as a lot of the government is. Something she doesn't typically take laying down as shown in the "Red Light" picture piece in the gallery. Regardless, the two have a mutual respect for each other and have even found some common ground!

I was also partially inspired by the friendship between Alfred Nobel and Bertha von Suttner. Two very different people; one a war profiteer and the other an avid activist of peace. And despite their very different views on life, they became great friends. If your curious, the full story can be told in about 10 minutes by the infamous Mike Rowe.
@sethtriggs: I had a feeling you'd like this one! Hehe yes, I think it's safe to say that they're pretty much cuddle buddies at this point.

And there was just no way I was gonna have an LS/RTS crossover without sneaking in Jamie and Ellen somewhere! I really love how the final few panels draw a bit of a parallel between the four of them! X3