Ah, the first Narbonic roleplaying game. I was so jazzed when I got this. I had never done any gaming; it’s the one nerd thing I haven’t gotten into. Recently, I’ve done a couple of campaigns run by my friend Jason Thompson (one Call of Cthulhu and one d20-based pirate game, for the curious).
I spent a lot of time on the cover illustration, which is based on the cover of the Amber Diceless Roleplaying Game, the system Jude and Brian used:
I really like that I included a tiny little screaming Scott McCloud, a nod to Andrew’s guest week. In the lowest box, I accidentally left off Madblood’s moustache, making him look kind of Amish.
At one time I worked on a story featuring these sword-and-sorcery Narbonic characters. It was one of several Sunday serials I planned to do after the Victorian story, but the Victorian story ended up taking all six years to finish. If I remember correctly, Helen would have been a magician/alchemist, Mell a barbarian, and Dave a guy who makes leather hats.
From the last line on this page, I gather Jude and Brian were Sluggy Freelance fans.
I know the scan of the pencil sketch is too light to make out details, but, yes, that’s a pretty skimpy costume.
Even though it’s a diceless game, Dave’s brought his dice. He’d probably like to be an NPC in a more hardcore system. He also still has a cigarette, but, you know, they’ve somehow got tobacco in Middle-Earth, too.