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Order of the Stick (also known as WORDSWORDSWORDS), written and drawn by Rich Burlew, is by far one of the most popular /tg/-related. Download as PDF or read online from Scribd. Documents Similar To The Order of the Stick - Start of Darkness. OOTS - Order of the Sticks. All rights reserved. THE ORDER OF THE STICK, OOTS, BELKAR BITTERLEAF,. GIANT IN THE PLAYGROUND, as well as all characters featured in this work.
These fantastic resin-and-metal mm gaming miniatures by Morland Studios depict the Order and their enemies in full three-dimensional glory. Lizardfolk worship the Western Pantheon. Starting in January , a new version of the comic appeared in Gygax Magazine , a new tabletop gaming magazine published in print and digital formats. Don't Split the Party Book 4: All of their builds are purposely terrible on Burlew's part to both A make the fight scenes last longer than two panels, and to B emphasize reliance on clever tactics and teamwork to win. Every month, they'll take on a different set of roles, and then tell a bunch of jokes about it in the bottom half. If that's something you're interested in, you can head over to Gumroad to pick it up, or you can check out the product page to learn more.
This year's calendar is the Magic Item Calendar, featuring encounters between your favorite OOTS characters and your favorite classic magic items, with the implicit understanding that they may not be your favorite at all because there are a lot of characters in the strip and a whole lot of magic items published, and there are only 12 months in a year. Still, lots of characters, lots of items. We're offering this calendar in printed form from Ookoodook and digital PDF form from Gumroad ; both of those are pre-orders at this time.
The paper calendars should ship out some time around December 10, and the PDF will be automatically sent to your inbox on December I'd like to remind everyone that we have sold out of the hard copy editions during the pre-order before, so if you want to be sure to get a printed calendar, order in the next few days. And the holiday ornament showcases Lien and Oona this year, with additional new shirt designs that feature Bloodfeast, Greyview, Oona, Zhou Bo, Saha, and literally the entire Outer Planes.
You can pick all of those up from CafePress. For more information or to ask questions, head on over to the forum thread.
Thanks, and I hope everyone's having a good season so far. All pre-orders have shipped and it's now in stock and ready to be ordered from Ookoodook normally. Likewise, the digital PDFs have gone out to all who pre-ordered that version, and you can buy and download an ebook copy right now from Gumroad.
Finally, the books are working their way through the retail distribution chain and should start showing up on game store shelves as early as this Tuesday, September 4th. So that's it! Everyone who bought the book should have it, and it's now available for everyone who didn't buy it yet to remedy that.
To be honest, I almost forgot to announce this here because this project has been the smoothest book launch I've had since I started publishing. Usually, this would be the point where I'd be explaining why they're going to be late, but nope!
All cool. We found out this was coming last month, so we had some warning, but it's not a stretch to say this was still a surprise. In particular, the income we got from it was much steadier than the money from product sales, which tends to ebb and flow depending on whether I've published anything new recently. So it will be missed, and we've had a few conversations on ways to replace it.
One thing we probably won't be doing, though, is using a different advertising service. The reason we went with Project Wonderful for so long is that it avoided all of the awful features you think of when you think "website ads. As of yet, I haven't found a service that can guarantee not to screw with the site experience everyone has come to expect horribly dated as it is from Giant in the Playground.
Whatever we do, it won't be that. Also, special shout-out to Alea Tools , a company that makes tracking doodads for your tabletop games, for being our top advertiser over the years that we were with Project Wonderful. If you have an urge to support a company that's supported us, you could do worse than to take a look at their stuff.
Approving those was the last step that I have any direct hand in, so it's up to the printers and distributors now. We're looking pretty good on the schedule, too; I don't see any reason it won't be available at Ookoodook's GenCon booth as planned. Worst case scenario, we overnight ship a few boxes to cover those of you who pre-ordered it to pick up at the convention.
But I fully expect that they'll have enough on the table for anyone who wants to buy it on the spot. The Order of the Stick: Good Deeds Gone Unpunished is a collection of five original not-available-online stories about your favorite heroes from the South, including How the Paladin Got His Scar , the prequel tale about O-Chul that helped launch our Kickstarter back in , and Spoiler Alert , a story about Therkla's day off that was requested by one of the high-end pledges.
But even if you already read those, this book has three all-new stories that no one has ever read except me, obviously, and my wife about Lien, Kazumi and Daigo, and Mr. So it's like a side-quel, too. You can pre-order the new book right now at either Ookoodook for paper copies or Gumroad for digital PDF copies , and the books will be mailed or emailed to you in August when they're released.
Or, if you're planning on attending GenCon , the folks at Ookoodook have offered to let people pick their books up in person if you select that option when you order. I won't be there, though, so don't choose that option just because you want them autographed or something.
For more information, you can check out the product page with all the technical details, or this forum thread where you can ask questions which you can also do on Twitter , if they're short enough. This is the Winter set, even though Spring started a few days ago. But I just finished it now, and it's not like I'm going to make everyone wait another nine months for their tiny paper dinosaurs.
That would just be cruel. For more information, you can look at the product page or check out the full list of contents. As this completes the first cycle of four seasons, there will be a little bit of a break before the next release while I get other work done.
But the series will be continuing, because the response from all of you has been really positive so far and there are just too many monsters left to draw, not to mention whole character classes I haven't touched.
One of the nice things about this project is that I can draw a monster or two at a time without it really impacting the rest of my work, so we'll just see how long it takes to build up enough for the next set and publish it when its ready. Probably during the wrong season. This year's piece features Durkon and Malack throwing down with magical fire.
We've also put the five older ornaments in the "battle ornament" series back on sale in case you missed one and want to be sure you have the whole set of six. If you want to see what designs are available and see some nice zoomed-in pictures of them before shopping, you can head over to the thread I started in the forum. The first such thing is the Stick Tales Calendar , the fifth annual Order of the Stick calendar that we've done.
This year, the characters are continuing the tradition of acting out classic public domain stories that was first seen in Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales and continued in Haleo and Julelan. Every month, they'll take on a different set of roles, and then tell a bunch of jokes about it in the bottom half. But for the first time, we're offering the calendar in both printed and digital formats simultaneously. The printed version from Ookoodook will look great on your wall, but the digital version from Gumroad will get you all the humor with fewer shipping costs.
Please note that both versions are pre-sales: The extra week is because I really don't want people who spend extra for the print version to get spoiled on everything before they get their package in the mail. Also, keep in mind that last year, the printed calendars sold out during the pre-sale period. The reason that happened is that I need to place the order with the printer after I see only the first few days of sales, so I'm forced to estimate how many to get.
With something like a book, I order as many as I can, but with calendars, I err on the side of not having a bunch leftover. So if you absolutely want a printed calendar, your best bet is to order as soon as possible. Finally, watch this space for further announcements in the next week or so, especially if you're interested in getting this year's holiday ornament or some t-shirts or something like that.
Actually, it was available a few days ago, but I had some technical difficulty updating this News page. Anyway, it's here now. If that's something you're interested in, you can head over to Gumroad to pick it up, or you can check out the product page to learn more. Oh, and with regard to the last News post below: No serious flood damage was incurred at the Ookoodook warehouse during the storm and everything worked out for everyone.
The floors got wet, and that's about it. So, good news all around. The important news is following up on a tweet I made on Sunday to let everyone know that Ookoodook, our direct retail partner, is located in Houston, Texas. I'm sure you're aware that Houston has been going through some historic flooding over the last few days, but as of my most recent contact with Ookoodook's owner Kevin, he and everyone he works with is safe and doing OK.
But obviously, they're not going to be shipping any orders any time soon, so if you're waiting on some books or board games, you should expect some substantial delays. We honestly don't even know what the status of the warehouse is at this point; we may be looking at a lot of ruined books.
But for right now, what matters is that everyone is safe. I will tweet any additional information I get when I get it. The second piece of news literally does not matter at all, but here we go anyway: If you liked the Spring set see post directly below this one , hopefully you'll like this one, too. You can check out the product page to look at the cover and learn more about it, or go directly to Gumroad and pick it up.
The comic's central protagonists, known collectively as "The Order of the Stick," are a party of adventurers who are questing to destroy an evil lich that is planning to conquer the world.
Though they have many allies, the official members of the Order of the Stick are:. While the online version of The Order of the Stick unfolds continuously, the strips have been broken down into plot arcs for purposes of publication; the plot summary that follows breaks the story down into these arcs for clarity.
Burlew notes in the commentary of War and XPs that the strips contained within that volume were the first to be plotted with publication in mind from the very beginning. On the Origin of PCs, a prequel to the heroes' adventures;  Start of Darkness, a prequel to the villains' escapades;  and Snips, Snails and Dragon Tails, a collection of all the Dragon Magazine comics plus 80 pages of new material.
The webcomic begins with the Order fighting goblins and other monsters on their way through the Dungeon of Dorukan although the first volume of the printed edition later included a preamble showing how the Order finds and enters the Dungeon.
They are led by Roy Greenhilt on a quest to destroy a lich sorcerer named Xykon. Roy is motivated by nightly visits from the ghost of his father, from whom he receives a cryptic warning. The Order briefly joins forces with an adventuring party known as the Linear Guild , led by Nale the evil twin of the Order's happy-go-lucky bard, Elan.
The Guild eventually betrays the Order, but the Order prevails due to Roy's sudden understanding of his father's prophecy. Durkon Thundershield, the Order's dutiful dwarf cleric of Thor , enjoys a sexual encounter with the Guild's dwarf cleric of Loki Hilgya Firehelm, but they shortly afterwards part in tears.
The Order goes on to battle Xykon near a mysterious magical gate. Xykon shatters Roy's ancestral sword, but before he can release his ace-in-the-hole a powerful monster shrouded in darkness , Roy flings him into a deadly mystic rune that protects the gate. Xykon's body is destroyed, but his disembodied soul is ferreted to safety by his lieutenant, Redcloak. The book ends with Elan accidentally destroying the entire dungeon, including the gate, by activating another magic rune.
The Order escapes to safety. The Order travels to Wooden Forest, where Vaarsuvius slays a black dragon and they loot its hoard in order to retrieve a rare "starmetal" to repair Roy's broken sword. The party is arrested by the paladin Miko Miyazaki for the capital crime of destroying the magical gate in the Dungeon of Dorukan.
While stopping at an inn, the party loses the dragon's treasure in an explosion, the shock of which renders Haley unable to speak coherently rendered as cryptograms in the comic. In Azure City, Miko's liege, Lord Shojo, informs the Order that the gate they destroyed is one of five gates that reinforce the structure of the universe. Without them, a god-killing abomination known as the Snarl would escape and destroy all of creation. The Order is put on trial, but acquitted with the help of Celia, a sylph they had aided in the Dungeon of Dorukan.
Shojo later explains that the trial was a sham to get the Order's assistance in defending the remaining gates. Roy reluctantly agrees once he learns that Xykon has survived and is recruiting a massive army of hobgoblins to seize the remaining gates.
As payment for their future aid, each member of the Order receives a boon, one of which is the repair of Roy's sword. The Order makes a brief diversion to Cliffport to confront the Linear Guild. After Nale frames Elan for the Linear Guild's crimes, Elan escapes from prison and reunites with Haley with the help of a dashing swordsman named Julio Scoundrel.
Haley recovers her speech and confesses her love for Elan, who reciprocates. Miko, who does not know about the plan to find the gates but does know about Xykon's army, overhears the conversation and jumps to the conclusion that both are in league with Xykon.
She strikes her master down, and is immediately stripped of her paladin status by her gods and imprisoned. Xykon's hobgoblins attack the city the next day. The Order helps Shojo's heir, Hinjo, hold the city walls.
Xykon attempts to circumvent the defenders, but Roy leaps up to the zombified dragon that Xykon is riding, and the two duel once more. Xykon overpowers Roy and sends him falling to his death. Xykon and Redcloak attempt to activate the gate hidden within the castle's throne room, but Miko, having escaped from prison, destroys the gate in an attempt to protect it.
In the ensuing explosion, Miko is killed, and Xykon and Redcloak escape. The city falls to the hobgoblins. Haley and Belkar become separated from the party when they go to recover Roy's corpse, while the others sail away with Hinjo and the surviving Azurites.
Roy finds himself in the Afterlife with his father, who cannot rest until Xykon is gone. Roy is found worthy of entrance to paradise, but he returns to his father's side when he learns that almost four months have passed.
Looking down, he sees that Haley and Belkar have formed an underground resistance movement in hobgoblin-occupied Azure City.
Haley accidentally summons Celia, who convinces her to look for the other half of the party. Their travels take them to Greysky City, where Haley is betrayed by one of her old friends in the Thieves' Guild, but the Order triumphs over the Guild in the ensuing battle. Meanwhile, Elan, Durkon, and Vaarsuvius stop the nobleman Kubota's plot to assassinate Hinjo, and Vaarsuvius kills Kubota after capturing him.
Vaarsuvius then flies to an isolated island to search for Haley, where Vaarsuvius is attacked and defeated by the mother of the black dragon whom Vaarsuvius had killed during No Cure for the Paladin Blues.
After the dragon threatens to kill Vaarsuvius' children, Vaarsuvius contracts with fiends to rent out the souls of three evil spellcasters. Vaarsuvius then kills the black dragon and her entire lineage by "renting" an epic Familicide spell. Loath to waste this increased arcane power, Vaarsuvius teleports to Azure City to defeat Xykon, but is knocked out, during the battle, and loses control of the souls.
Witnessing this, the paladin O-Chul escapes from prison and attempts to destroy Xykon's phylactery, but it falls into a storm drain and is lost. Vaarsuvius and O-Chul are teleported to Hinjo's fleet by Xykon's monster in the darkness, which O-Chul had befriended during his imprisonment.
There, the Order regroups and Durkon resurrects Roy. The story arc ends with the Order sailing towards the next gate and Vaarsuvius apologizing to the neglected familiar Blackwing, who tells Vaarsuvius that it saw what appeared to be another world in the rift in space caused by the Snarl. The printed book contains strips —, plus extras.
Their search for Girard's Gate takes them to the Empire of Blood, where Tarquin, the Empress's chief general and the true power behind the throne , dramatically reveals himself to be Elan's father. However, Tarquin and the Linear Guild join forces and plot to seize the gate for themselves. Meanwhile, in Azure City, Redcloak's troops recover Xykon's phylactery and destroy the resistance's base.
Redcloak, who is plotting against Xykon, gives him a fake phylactery and keeps the real one for himself. The Linear Guild arrives shortly after in hot pursuit. Belkar, Durkon, and Tarquin become separated from their respective groups in the ensuing battle.
Belkar and Durkon encounter Tarquin's cleric Malack, who kills Durkon, turning him into a vampire thrall. Belkar reunites with the Order and they continue deeper into the pyramid, overcoming various traps and illusions along the way. When they discover the gate, Roy decides to destroy it, and consequently the entire pyramid, rather than risk it falling into the hands of Evil. Again the Order sees what appears to be another world in the rift.
Tarquin kills Nale for disobedience upon returning and sends a vast army to attack the Order. Tarquin is left in the middle of the desert as the Order flies away on Julio's airship towards the last Gate.
The final strip reveals that the Northern Death God, Hel, has placed a spirit in the vampirized body of Durkon, and plans for the spirit to bring ruin to the Dwarven lands as Durkon helplessly struggles trapped in his own body.
Julio's airship gets damaged in a storm, and the Order stop in the steampunk -inspired gnome town of Tinkertown to repair it. Haley deals with her old enemies, while Roy and Durkon search for a cleric who can cure Durkon's vampirism.
They encounter Veldrina and Wrecan,  who are traveling to the Godsmoot, an interfaith council of clerics. The Order flies the pair to the Godsmoot with the goal of restoring Durkon to life. At the Godsmoot, they discover that due to the threat of the Snarl, the gods are casting votes conveyed through their mortal representatives on whether to destroy the world and start over.
Durkon, revealed to be the High Priest of Hel, votes in favor of the destruction, causing a tie. With the swing votes of demigod priests potentially dooming the world, Roy tries to eliminate the High Priest of Hel to negate the vote. They fight to a stand still and the demigod priests vote and also cause a tie — with the priest of Dvalin needing to consult with the Dwarven Council before he can cast a vote.
It is then revealed that Durkon has killed and vampirized all the members of the Creed of Stone, who walk into the room. Durkon abdicates his position as High Priest and hands it over to one of the newly formed vampires as he and a few other vampires teleport to the dwarven lands to dominate the dwarven council so they will vote in Hel's favor.
Roy regroups with his team and they fly to a dwarven city named Firmament. After defeating a tribe of giants, the Order gets to the city, where they gain allies among them Hilgya Firehelm, accompanied by her and Durkon's infant son and fight newly vampirised dwarves.
The Order takes the fight to the High Priest and his vampire minions, but, although they initially prevail, the vampires manage to hypnotize most of the Order, breaking their plans and leaving all of them unconscious. However, in the meantime Durkon who, throughout the book, has been forced to show the High Priest his memories tricks the High Priest into absorbing the rest of his memories all at once, effectively turning him into a copy of Durkon, for a time long enough to get their body destroyed by Belkar.
Durkon's soul ascends to the afterlife, where he encounters Thor, who reveals information about the nature and history of the Snarl, the Gods and their creations. According to an introductory strip included in Dungeon Crawlin' Fools , the world operates under three sets of laws: Physics, Magic, and Gaming specifically, paper-and-pencil roleplaying games. The characters make references to real-life individuals Michael Jackson [n 21] or Jessica Biel [n 22] , fictional characters from other sources Green Lantern and Firestorm , [n 23] or pop culture in general.
Sometimes, fictional characters or explicit "third-rate knock-offs" thereof from other fantasy works cross paths with the main characters, such as the halfling " Frudu Biggins ".
Three main areas of the world's geography have been mentioned: Other characters, such as the lawyer Phil Rodriguez, show a third light brown skin color. Most of the seen Southern Lands seem to be mountainous, rocky and barren, though what seems to be a more tropical forested nation and a colder region have briefly been seen.
The people of the Southern Lands are significantly different ethnically and culturally, with nations roughly analogous to real-world Asian cultures such as China and India, the most prominent of which was Azure City, which greatly resembled feudal Japan though a few Chinese elements were present.
Four separate areas in the South besides Azure city are briefly shown. The Western Continent is split into an Elven forest in the north and an expansive desert in the south, separated from each other by the Goaway Mountains.
Due to the continent's fragile political state, a large number of nations cluster around the edges of the desert. The Western Continent includes Vaarsuvius's homeland, and is close to an island with abandoned Elven ruins, where the Azurite fleet landed. There are three primary polytheistic pantheons worshiped by humans, all based on real-life mythology: Dwarves worship the Northern Pantheon.
Lizardfolk worship the Western Pantheon. Elves have their own gods separate from the main pantheons. There once was a fourth primary pantheon, the Eastern Pantheon, based on the Greek pantheon led by Zeus. These deities were killed by the Snarl and so had no role in the re-creation of the world; only people who are privy to the story of the Snarl have ever even heard of them.
Each pantheon has a deific color: The afterlife in the OOTS world resembles the Great Wheel cosmology, with separate planes for the departed of each alignment. The Lawful Good afterlife plane has been portrayed in the comic as a mountain with seven plateaus loosely based on Mount Celestia , and the side of the mountain the deceased enter from in depends on their religion.
The first plateau is dedicated to satisfying physical desires, such as for sex and food, while higher levels offer spiritual satisfaction. Much of the humor of The Order of the Stick is based on roleplaying games particularly the Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition ruleset , with characters freely discussing game mechanics , such as experience points, skill sets, and random encounters. Burlew occasionally creates characters and situations specifically to highlight what he considers common problems and deficits among roleplayers.
The controversial paladin Miko Miyazaki is one such character; Burlew has said that she represents the division among players of the game over whether or not one character should be allowed to "police" the remainder of an adventuring party.
In the commentary for No Cure for the Paladin Blues , Burlew likens this story to the squabbles that might arise in a group of roleplayers, which threaten to destroy the fun that they have created together. The comic occasionally directly comments on current events in the roleplaying game industry by the inclusion of characters that represent the participants. In the last three comics to appear in Dragon , the OOTS members encounter a green dragon that serves as a self-identified allegorical figure for the magazine itself.
Potato Head the signature toy of Wizards of the Coast's corporate parent, Hasbro. Due to its reflection of the comical excesses of gaming culture,  The Order of the Stick has been hailed as "must reading" for those who play roleplaying games  and "the roleplaying comic to beat".
The comic's stick figure art has received mixed reviews. Some critics praise its "surprisingly expressive art",  with PvP cartoonist Scott Kurtz adding that the comic would not be as funny or have as much heart if the characters were drawn in any other style.
Surveys of webcomic site traffic held since May have consistently placed The Order of the Stick as one of the 10 most widely read webcomics in existence. Many participants are noted for adopting avatars drawn in emulation of Burlew's stick figure style, with some fans even creating additional "fancomics" in that style on the site's message board or their own sites.
Black Dossier. The Art of Webcomics. The books are widely distributed to online and brick-and-mortar retailers in the hobby game market,   as well as to comic book direct retailers.
All four books feature an introduction by the author, as well as a preface written in the voice of one of the characters from the strip. The compilation books feature a number of pages of "bonus material", primarily additional strips inserted into various points in the story.