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We’re Baaaaaaaaack!

We also have feathers now and quack like ducks. Thanks science!

Finally!

D’n’DUI comes back to the internet!

Today is a special day for a bunch of cool special reasons!  First off; three years ago today the very first D’n’DUI webcomic appeared online. That’s crazy!  I can’t thank the guys on the podcast enough for accepting me (this is Nick writing by the way, context smontext) into their drunken family.  Even going so far as to let me depict them as cartoon dummies for your amusement.

Well as of today, those cartoon dummies are back and better than ever! The webcomic returns from it’s long hiatus and, for those of you who aren’t aware, is essentially getting a soft reboot and diverting from the upcoming season of the D’n’DUI podcast!

And there’s the 2nd point. The return of the content!  Over the next month or so we’ll be starting to release new D’n’DUI stuff for the new season of the podcast as well as some other awesomeness to get you pumped.

So here’s where you come in. GET HYPED! Get excited, we’re gearing up to keep making amazing D’n’DUI idiocy for your amusement and we want you to help us share it with the world! Yell it from a roof top! Scream it at passing cars! Make a mark on the world about D’n’DUI (maybe a vine would be a good solid lasting imprint)!

We can’t wait to get started!

raff

Timelines (Webcomics Update)

Hey,  nick here, your friendly neighborhood webcomics artist.

In the past year I’ve gotten my dream job, married the woman I love & am about 2 weeks away from officially owning my first home.  All that is to say this has been a big year for me.

I made the decision to put the webcomic on hiatus mostly out of lack of time but also out of frustration.  As I’ve posted about before I wasn’t happy with how or what I was producing. Well the long break has given me a lot of time to think, plan and refocus.

I’ve heard the end of the season of D’n’DUI (I won’t spoil anything or even how many episodes are left), and that’s given me even more fire to get back into making this comic.  I couldn’t be more excited to write these characters or live in this world.

That being said, It’s seems the best way to approach this reboot is indeed to wait until the season ends and all the dust settles. I don’t want to say exactly how long that is but I think I might post some throw away stuff here in the meantime as a sort of warm up to the real deal.

Here’s that comic I teased in my last post.  I’ve decided it wasn’t really needed as a first strip for the reboot but it’s not bad so why not put it out somewhere!

dndui_001_webCheers!
-nick

A bit of Background (Webcomic update)

Hey

Good news!  I’m approaching the relaunch of the webcomic!
Here’s what’s up!

REBOOT

Version 2.0 of the D’n’DUI webcomic will be essentially a reboot.  The main difference is I’ll be making a clean break from the podcast.  The characters will still be the gang from the D’n’DUI podcast and their characters, but I’m going to take the DnD story in my own direction.  From this point on the webcomic will be like an alternate reality.

SOON

I also think I’ll hold off on the relaunch until a new season of the podcast starts.  The season finale is coming soon and syncing the new comic with a new season feels appropriate. It’s also just an arbitrary deadline to put on myself so I don’t keep working on this forever and never release it!

BIGGER

Another big idea I’m wrestling with is format.  As the landscape of webcomics change the idea of making a full page of comics every month instead of a strip a week seems tempting.  It allows for more unique joke timings and also means every 4th panel doesn’t NEED to be a punchline.  If the idea of getting a bigger update every few weeks is appealing to you, let me know.

BACKGROUNDS

I’ll leave you with one last little thing; here’s a background I made for the Bertuzzo bros house. I’m hoping to build up an archive of backgrounds in order to speed up drawing and focus more on jokes and story!

Background_bertuzzo
Cheers!
-nick

Million Dollar Preview! – Nick Loves WrestleMania!

As some of you may know myself (Neck Ethernet) and the Bertuzzo boys (Marco ‘n’ Adge) recently started a second D’n’DUI network podcast! Million Dollar REBOOT!

We’re also trying out a new format for special episodes! The first “I Love ________ & You Should Too!” will be Wrestling!!!

So if you’ve never enjoyed Professional Wrestling you can read on and get the same primer Marco & Adge will be studying before watching the biggest sports entertainment event of the year! WRESTLEMANIA!

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Toronto Comic Con! Commission Pre-sale!

Hey Toronto!

The D’n’DUI crew will be hanging out at Toronto Comic Con, March 20th through 22nd!

As usual I (Nick) will be chained to the table drawing stuff for fans! If you’re interested in getting a commission you can pre-order now and get a bonus!

By using the coupon code ” TCC15 ” you’ll get 5$ off your order!
You’ll get a FREE dndui webcomic print signed by the guys!
Best of all, you get a firm handshake and your commission handed over in person at the show!

This offer is valid to anyone but if you aren’t at the show you won’t receive a free print, handshake or rad fun time. Also you’ll have to pay for shipping probably…

Prices

10$ for head & shoulders bust of character of your choice!

Add ons

  • 10$ per additional character
  • 10$ for full figure (per character)
  • 10$ for colour (print included)
  • 10$ for background

special requests welcome! (unless I think it’s weird and you should be ashamed)

DONT FORGET TO USE COUPON CODE ” TCC15 ” TO GET YOUR 5$ DISCOUNT!

Head over to nicketherton.com  to order yours now!

pre-order available until Monday March 16th
email nick@dndui.com with any questions or issues

DM Face Off – Backstage Episode Preview

Marco and Adriano chatted about their different approaches to DMing a party and their motivations behind encounter building.

We thought it would be something everyone would be interested in, so here’s a sneak peek at a backstage recording normally reserved for Patreon supporters.

If you’d like to access the backstage area or chat with Marco in his VIP Lounge, head on over to patreon.com/dndui

Seventh Crown: Pretty damn cool

The heart of D&D is creation. You create your characters, you create the world, and you create your own fun. The more you choose to create, often, the more fun you have. This is why I have to give a big thumbs up to Seventh Crown by Brian Steele.  He not only created a campaign setting for him and his friends, but is now trying to get it kickstarted into a multi-platform campaign setting that we can all use. To me that is awesome, it’s thinkers like him that gave us Eberon, the Forgotten Realms, Pathfinder and even D&D itself if you go far back enough!

Every book needs a bloody knife on the cover.
Every book needs a bloody knife on the cover.

What Brian has done is to create an entire world and mythos, like DNDUI. Unlike DNDUI, Brian’s coherently (read: soberly) written history and world leap off of the page and scream to be investigated. After I saw only the cover art for the Seventh Crown I knew it was something I wanted to explore more.  Six crowns of power that imbue the power to lead a kingdom and a mythical seventh that could rule over them all. A setting rife with adventure. The campaign is a nice combination of high fantasy with some grittier elements thrown in. And my favourite part is that it feels like I want to play this setting from each kingdoms perspective, giving me a completely different feeling if I was an evil elf, a mercenary dragon-kin or a dwarf from a shrivelled kingdom dreaming of my former glory.

If this sounds interesting to you, you can not only help kickstart them, and get this book to you, but you can also help contribute to their story and help build what I’m looking forward to as a compelling and beautiful world. It’s just a shame, or maybe a saving grace, there is no Uthgar in there.

The Eternal DM problem

In the few short, but action packed, years that I have been DMing I have come across an eternal problem that I struggle with, and I am beginning to get the notion that It is a problem that every GM deals with in some sort of way.
This problem has to do with the difference between marco and micro elements of the story line. Currently the Charos (my party) are in the middle of some pretty spicey expose that is revealing large swathes of the world that they are in, and all I can think is “Are they bored of this? Do they just want to dungeon crawl where I/they can focus on traps and the minuteness of the game, or are they enjoying this? I know that the second I bring the party down to the other level, I will begin to think the opposite. “Is this too fine grit? Are they bored of the slog of the crawl?”
It is true that in a perfect world a story will be created and the GM can just make a story and then focus on the details of each session as the party progresses in the story, but it will never happen like that. Writing a campaign is not like writing a movie or a book, its a constantly evolving creature or improv where you, as a creator, have to bounce back and forth between thoughts of inter-kingdom politico games happening without the party’s privy, to what kind of club that kobold is brandishing.
It is this element that I find the most rewarding, yet incredibly taxing, like spinning plates.

You want to know the completely unrelated halfling's name in the bar? UUUUH OK, gimme a sec.
You want to know the completely unrelated halfling’s name in the bar? UUUUH OK, gimme a sec.

This problem is always compacted by the fact that in the game I am running I allow a lot of choice by the players, and they know it. This makes for a GREAT game where the players truly experience the fun of DND, knowing that they can build and dash kingdoms or story lines at their pleasure, but it also means that I can never really plan more than a session or two ahead of time, and Never in as much detail and I truly would like. I see all these other DMs with pre-built castles and lazer pointer table props for light puzzles and it makes me feel a bit deflated.

I am not really sure what the point of this post was, other than to remind you the struggles that a GM puts up with. When you leave your charachter at the table, you’re done if you want, however the GM’s work is just starting, they have to prep for next week! So, If you are enjoying your game, show your appreciation.  bring the GM a bag of cheetos for them, or tell them you lie their sotory, or even better yet, don’t kill that noble with the complex backstory they have just introduced, haha.

What’s this? What’s this?

Fellow charolastros! I write to you from a far and distant land,  brimming with ancient wisdom and ale. Where is this place you ask?  It’s up to you to figure out, that’s the game! Where in the world is Big Snack! The D’n’DUI spirit is alive and well in this fabled character, with stories abound and adventures to share.  As the great bard Jack Black crooned,

“we’ve been through so much shit,
Deactivated lasers with my dick
Now it’s time to blow this fucker down!”

Until next time charos,

小吃大

(Gigante S)

Where in the world is he!?
Where in the world is he!?

Comic Blog! The Nap Sack

This is “script” for today’s comic. The idea was pretty much fully formed when it hit me – Tig is usually the old man, it’s funny that he’d be a baby.

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I’ve been watching Lost again with my girlfriend & Charlie made a Bjorn out of a blanket. The weird way bjorn sounds & is spelled was stuck in my head and thus while trying to come up with a Tig joke I was struck with the punspiration (Pun inspiration) for today’s strip!

The rest is history.