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Product Details

  • Series: King of RPGs (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345513592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345513595
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This comedy manga takes on the world of tabletop gaming by way of the shonen sports genre. Hardcore computer gamer Shesh Maccabee arrives for his freshman year of college banned by court order from the virtual universe he so loves. Despite his friend Mike's efforts to protect him from the Internet's siren song, Shesh finds the university gaming club, only to discover that Mages & Monsters is an analogue game, requiring dice, cards... and imagination. The two boys reluctantly join a game run by Theodore Dudek, a game master who goes to superhuman lengths to bring verisimilitude to the interactive stories he creates. As Shesh becomes more deeply immersed, Theodore realizes Shesh has the potential to become the greatest role player of all time. Thompson's enthusiasm for the subject matter is explosive and one can sometimes feel Hao's artwork rushing to keep up. With so much going on (sometimes on multiple, simultaneous, interrelated abstract levels of action), the narrative fights to stay coherent. None of this takes away from the best moments, always in the depths of a game, when the plot turns smartly on a hinge, and the intended audience for this manga is reminded why they first became gamers. (Jan.)
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More About the Author

Jason Thompson is the author of Manga: The Complete Guide and author of the graphic novel King of RPGs. As a manga editor, he has worked on the English editions of titles such as Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dragon Ball Z, Hana-Kimi, One Piece, Shaman King, Uzumaki, The Drifting Classroom and Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei. His writings on manga have appeared in WIRED, The Comics Journal and Otaku USA, as well as online at Anime News Network, io9.com and comixology.com. He is the author/artist of several fantasy comics including Hyperborea, H.P. Lovecraft's The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, The Strange High House in the Mist, The White Ship, Bold Riley and the Serpent in the Belly and the webcomic The Stiff.

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If you understood more than half of the references in this review, this book is meant for you.
Ian Jefferson
It is very much aimed at Table top Rpg players and TCG players, if you are one of them (like i am) then this book is worth the cash and time to read!
mason giles
In the end, the King of RPGs is a must read for anyone who loves RPGs and even gaming in general.
benji

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
I stumbled upon this purely by accident. I was looking for the latest Fables book when I saw this tucked discreetly into the bookshelf. Curious, I read a few pages... and then promptly purchased it.

The book follows Shesh, a young college student who has been banned from computer games. Why, you might ask? It all stems from two things: that Shesh slips into a semi-violent (depending on what game he's playing) personality when he *really* gets into a game & because he stayed at an internet cafe for a week under this personality. (He royally trashed the place.) Enter avid gamer Theodore, who has the goal of making the ultimate RPG experience. Unfortunately it's rumored that his eagerness put some gamers in the hospital due to his "interactive experience". (Seriously, he pulled out a snake on Shesh & his friends.)

I have to admit, I really liked this manga. If you've ever gamed or know someone who has, then you will be able to get the comedy in this book. Even if you don't game, most of the humor is visual enough to where you'll enjoy the story. (Although it really is better if you have some gaming knowledge.) I loved the artwork & I was incredibly impressed by the amount of detail that went into this book- there's tons of it. The artwork also manages to be one of those rare mangas that are "Amerimanga" but don't fall prey to some of the artwork pitfalls that tend to abound when someone in the US draws a manga. (Overly chibi-fying everything, tons of cliched art, etc)

I'm incredibly curious to see where this manga will go. It's got a decent enough storyline & let's face it- there's tons of RPG material out there to parody & poke fun at. I would like for the "villain" of the piece (a student police officer) to be a little more fleshed out, though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By benji on February 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you've played any tabletop RPG or TCG, there's always that one person who seems to be possessed by the game and becomes a character. This is what King of RPGs is all about.

The story starts when a group of college freshmen, all with different gaming backgrounds, start a campaign for a popular RPG. With two of the main characters getting so deeply involved in their specific parts in the game, madness ensues. Without giving too much away, the two main characters of the book soon make it a challenge to beat each other, one as his character of a rogue and the other as the DM. As it is in real life, friendships blossom out of that one session and soon things become more complicated and incredibly hilarious.

In the end, the King of RPGs is a must read for anyone who loves RPGs and even gaming in general. And if you ever thought RPGs couldn't get any better, then think again and read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Jefferson on January 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Jason Thompson has written a modern masterpiece with his first volume of "King of RPGs." Wait seriously? Don't I have to roll on bluff to say that?

Actually no. "King of RPGs" is a must have for anyone that loves gaming. A humorous story involving some of the best developed characters seen in graphic novels. Everyone is believable to an extent, without being bland in the slightest. TThe DM goes above and beyond, to the point of setting up a tent for realism, the player's minds become one with their characters unlocking latent passive bonuses to their awesome rating, and the whole book is filled with gaming references much better than I can muster here.

As a DM, this book made me think about the games I write. As a player, it made me see things a little differently. As an otaku/gamer multiclassed human, it made me laugh and think from initiative until the final turn.

If you understood more than half of the references in this review, this book is meant for you.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mason giles on January 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
As an avid TCG collector, DnD player, manga reading and rpg playing geek, i love this book! It may be hard to get alot of the jokes or meenings to somethings if you have not played DnD or Magic. so For some one who just picks this up and dosent know what a "initiative roll" is or what "tapping for Mana" is they might be complitly lost and miss out on the books best jokes and gags! BUT if you do know how,when and why to make a "initiative roll" and you "Tap your Black lotus" for 3 to combo out then this is a reealy good read. It is very much aimed at Table top Rpg players and TCG players, if you are one of them (like i am) then this book is worth the cash and time to read! [...] for some Sample Pages! give them a read then GO BUY THIS BOOK!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Team LitPick on February 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Shesh Maccabee is the hard-core gamer of the University of
California in Escondido. Aided by Theodore Dudek, Shesh
makes his name as the ultimate gamer. But with a dark twist.
Every time he plays a game his split personality takes over
and turns him into his character. In Dudek's eyes, this is
the number one gaming skill, but it lands Shesh in a deadly
dilemma with Gavin Slane. How will Shesh ever manage
college?

Poor Shesh! All this because of a game. The
King of RPG's was a book I could really enjoy. All the
artwork was really cool along with the story board. Anyone
who loves the wonderful world of gaming will love this
book.

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