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The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel Brings RPG Tales To A Shelf Near You

The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel Brings RPG Tales To A Shelf Near You

Roughly 4 years ago 3 stalwart fellows head out from Neverwinter on an adventure that would shake the realm, the cosmos, and earbuds around the world. Travis, Justin, and Griffin McElroy – together with their father Clint – sat down to play The Lost Mines of Phandelver and captured their adventure for the podcasting community. The Adventure Zone brought joy, laughter, and tears to those who listened and now you can experience the first part of their story, Here There Be Gerblins, as a graphic novel.

Recording the podcast was the family’s first experiences with 5th Edition. While the crew was loose with the rules throughout – concessions must be made for the medium and for the fun – it’s an amazing opportunity for people new to D&D to follow along. Their characters take on their own identities, reunite with family, and fall in love. Sometimes hilarious, often poignant, and always entertaining, The Adventure Zone is one of the best RPG podcasts out there. The story begins with the 3 pals heading out from Neverwinter to deliver various supplies for their cousin. Deliveries in a game like D&D never go quite as planned so this simple task quickly goes off the rails. This is due to capricious nature of dice, but also to the capricious nature of Griffin McElroy. He quickly embraces the role of GM as storyteller, making the stock NPCs his own.

The Adventure Zone holds a special place in my heart. I’d played Dungeons & Dragons quite a bit when I was younger, but it had faded from my life. That changed when one of my game groups started listening to this podcast. Inspired by their quests, we began our own campaign. The Lost Mines of Phandelver is the included story in the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Starter Set so our story began very similarly to the story of Taako, Magnus, and Merle. Anyone who has ever played DnD will understand that the similarities ended quickly.

Griffin  wove a 3 year tale that quickly grew past the bounds of the Forgotten Realms. The trio raced death wagons through a desert, answered trivia for the robotic guard of a crystal kingdom, and even looped through time to save a mining community. It’s a fantastic story, and worth listening to from the beginning if you have space in your podcast queue. While this story – known as the Balance Arc – has ended and the family has moved on to new adventures, I will never forget the hours spent listening as I commuted.

Published by First Second Books and illustrated by Carey Pietsch, Here There Be Gerblins is the story of that first adventure. It covers roughly the first 6 episodes and it’s been exciting to follow along with the news and see the images that have been revealed. Carey is a fan of The Adventure Zone herself, having worked with the show before. The full story spans 9 sub-arcs of quests, and work has already begun on the next one though details are light. I can’t wait to find read the rest of this story in…..THE ADVENTURE ZONE!

The Here There Ge Gerblins graphic novel will hit shelves on July 17th.

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Featured Image Credits: First Second Books 

Image Credits: First Second Books

In addition to Geek & Sundry, Raf Cordero  co-hosts the gaming podcast Ding & Dent. Chat with him on Twitter @captainraffi.

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