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Behind the Masque - A Megatokyo Endgames short story [Kindle Edition]

Fred Gallagher , Thomas Knapp
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Pirogoeth and Largo, a former ruler of a small domain and mage of great power and a hard bitten legionnaire and leader of men, are unlikely travel companions. Once bitter enemies, they flee the advance of undead zombie hordes that destroy the very land itself.

When a mysterious knight-errant named Moh joins their quest it is evident that his game involves more than just aiding them in their quest to find the source of the corruption and collapse of their world. While skilled in both sword and spell, his greatest challenge is not sudden attacks by undead knights or BalloonBears but finding a way through Pirogoeth’s icy exterior to the heart he knows is there.

"Behind the Masque" is a short story based on a fantasy MMORPG played by characters in the online webcomic/manga Megatokyo. This is the first in a series of short stories and light novels telling the Endgames story from the point of view of the characters in the game. Also includes several new illustrations by Fred Gallagher for this story.


Product Details

  • File Size: 633 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: FredArt Studios, LLC (June 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055DYUTY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long-anticipated story June 10, 2011
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I've been reading the comic Megatokyo for about four years now and have always wanted more of the Endgames story, since it was first touched upon in the comic. Finally, we who love Pirogeth and Largo, and their MMORPG adventures are getting the story we've been waiting so long for.

We finally get to see how Pirogeth and Largo met Moh and what happened to tear their world apart and help set the stage for much of what has been going on in the world of Megatokyo for the past eight or nine chapters. Some of what happened in the game has been told and alluded to in Chapter 10 of the comic, but not it looks like we will be told...probably almost everything. I'm sure Fred will keep some secrets from us, as he usually does.

The illustrations that are included are terrific and meet Fred's usual level of perfection and attractiveness. Granted the cover picture is not actually in the book, but how often are cover illustrations actually in their books? Besides, it's beautiful.

If you like Megatokyo at all, and have been wondering what happened during the Endgames saga, pick up this story to start finding out.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of this, please... June 10, 2011
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For those of you who are familiar with the ongoing misadventures of Piro and Largo at megatokyo.com, home of the anime-influenced "Megatokyo" (arguably one of the most successful webcomics), this is the author's first experiment in epublishing a short story from his "Megatokyo Endgames" universe, a story within a story involving the Megatokyo character's adventures in an online roleplaying game.

The story doesn't require you to be familiar with the long-running Megatokyo comic, and doesn't rely on inside-baseball references to anime, although gamers may recognize quite a number of standard fantasy/roleplaying tropes, and the interaction between the main characters reminds one of the anime Slayers.

There's some intriguing worldbuilding, one passage that caused me to burst out laughing, and several others that had me stifling a giggle. It's a worthy first effort, and I look forward to more.

Minor complaint: The Amazon description of the book displays a very nice cover image that doesn't actually appear in the book itself, although there are several illustrations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A humorous sci-fi story August 11, 2011
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This sci-fi tale is humorous. It involves Pirogoeth a mage, probably referring to her ability to perform magic. The first part of her name suggests her ability to produce destructive fire, which she does when she becomes angry. However, her personality is far from warm; she is icy cold. She is accompanied by Logo, who unlike his name - which suggests logic - has an extremely low IQ and hardly any attention span. Curiously, he is a former legionnaire. How a man of his lack of intelligence could have had such a job is unclear to Pirogoeth. He annoys Pirogoeth with his antics. The story also involves Moh, a knight-errant, a kind of police person who searches for criminals.

The story focuses on a trip by Pirogoeth and Logos who meet Moh. There is some resemblance to Cervantes' Don Quixote. This especially comes to mind when Pirogoeth wants to attack a flock of ducks that annoy her with their noise. Readers will find out what the three are trying to find and will enjoy discovering how Moh defrosts Pirogoeth's personality.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worthwhile June 13, 2011
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Endgames was always something that was alluded to in the story of Megatokyo, but only very slightly fleshed out in the webcomic. Now we get to see things from the very beginning, and its an interesting and very insightful look at this world of theirs. Its nice to be able to see the interaction between the characters in this oft referenced part of the MT history, but it still stands plenty well enough on its own.

I hope to see more of this, as the collaboration between the two has yielded a unique and intriguing result
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'll hope for better June 22, 2011
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Let me just say that if you read MegaTokyo and are anything like me, you will like this book simply because it gives you even slightly more insight into the Endgames universe, and therefore some insight into several key MegaTokyo characters. Beyond that, I didn't like it much. I found the prose to be rather awkward and occasionally confusing or ambiguous, and it seemed to be poor writing in general. That said, I like what Fred Gallagher is trying to do here, and I'm still going to buy anything that is released that adds to the MegaTokyo universe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating January 3, 2013
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I found the whole book a really interesting insight into the nature of the characters. It gives an interesting insight, perhaps, into what the characters are looking for in a partner (the two who play characters of the opposite gender). It also gives a feel for what the game is like, as it's often referred to in the comics but rarely properly shown.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool story! March 4, 2013
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Perfect little story to understand more the world of EndGames, a recurrent second world always present in Megatokyo. Check it out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Again a wonderful read January 20, 2013
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This is a nice short story which goes into the two characters from their gaming world persona's nice to see a change.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're familiar with the comic this book is great for adding to the...
If you're familiar with the comic this book is great for adding to the back story of the characters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Preston Averett
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Amazing book, a great stand alone novelette. I look forward to more adventures of the ice queen and the legionnaire.
Published 11 months ago by andy anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice spin-off.
I'm a fan of Megatokyo. It lives up to the series' humor, and there is an intriguing relationship between the characters.
- victor kwok (author of Paranormal)
Published 17 months ago by Victor
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome fantasy, if somewhat short.
Behind the Masque is an awesome fantasy story. The world of Endgames is built for any fan of fantasy and owing to it's Megatokyo heritage just makes it more awesome. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story, great comic
Decent short story, helps fill out the universe a bit.

Definitely recommend the web comic. Read more
Published on December 1, 2012 by A. Schroeder
4.0 out of 5 stars great background
This has set the scene for the story we are all waiting to see from start to finish.
Megatokyo has just peaked our curiosity for this story. Read more
Published on October 13, 2012 by Bungy
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Excellent tie in to the MegaTokyo web comic. Definitely worth reading, though I wish it were longer. Still holding out hope for additional volumes in the future.
Published on September 29, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but miss the paper edition
This is a great story and fun little addition to the web comic but I miss reading while holding the book.
Published on September 6, 2012 by J.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Masque Review
The download was quick and easy and the story itself was truly excellent. I'm a huge fan of Megatokyo, so it was really great to be able to get this one so quickly.
Published on August 22, 2012 by Marikalay
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but I miss Fred's artwork
It gives a nice account of Piro and Largo and Miho's adventures in the game during the pre-comic time-line. The writing is OK, but it's not the same without Fred's drawings. Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by Joe Herman
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