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Dungeon Quest: Book One (Dungeon Quest) Paperback – June 15, 2010
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Frustrated by homework, Millennium Boy, whose head is shaped like an enormous lightbulb, dons swim trunks and wellies, loads a “hobo stick,” and takes off on an adventure. He rounds up thirtyish slacker Steve, bodybuilder Lash Penis, and Japanese archer Nerdgirl. Each gears up before joining in, and all get upgraded after each dangerous exploit. If it seems no fair that MB and Steve start upgrading earlier because they fight crowbar- and chain-wielding thugs and furry Molelocs before they get to Lash's and Nerdgirl's houses, well, Lash and Nerdgirl are better equipped to begin with. Finally, they're off through a graveyard where pirate skeletons attack, a healing pool in which Lash's near-severed arm is made whole, and a shamanic encounter with Redman, to the edge of Fireburg Forest. Daly's parody of the trek adventure—the template for ripping yarns from King Solomon's Mines to King Kong to Indy Jones to scads of video games—is a kind of slackers' SpongeBob Squarepants, earthier (of course) but as ingenuously absurd, slightly boring but magnetically amusing. --Ray Olson
“Daly’s parody of the trek adventure ― the template for ripping yarns from King Solomon’s Mines to King Kong to Indy Jones to scads of video games ― is a kind of slackers’ SpongeBob Squarepants, earthier (of course) but as ingenuously absurd... [and] magnetically amusing.”
- Ray Olson, Booklist
“Dungeon Quest succeeds on so many levels: the art and character design are superb, the dialogue is acerbic yet measured, the page construction has a flow to it that verges on perfection, the meter of the storytelling is spot-on, and, most importantly, it’s actually really funny.”
- Martin Steenton, Avoid the Future
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Dungeon Quest is an awesome idea for a book. If you’ve ever played Dungeon’s and Dragon’s or an RPG video game you’ll be able to relate. There is also a generous mix of Lord of the Rings. It’s debatable whether this book is an homage or a mocking of a Live action role-playing game (LARP). Why is the main character named Millennium Boy and why does he have an enlarged cranium like a 1950’s future boy? No idea. Joe Daly is just having fun and making sense isn’t important. Our main character, Millennium Boy, gathers up a group of friends and mild acquaintances in order to embark on an adventure around his home city of Glendale and then on into the forest of Fireburg Forest. After engaging in battles the group will loot the corpses of their defeated opponents acquiring weapons, armor and magic items. Item’s like ‘Woolen Beanie of Insulation’ and ‘Crowbar of the Scorpion’. Following a successful encounter the characters stats rise and it’s all done tongue in cheek as they somehow seem aware of their own stats. They even choose character types with Millennium Boy endeavoring to become a Grand Mage and his friend Steve working towards Master Thief.
This is not intended to be a semi-realistic story of a Larp and about a quarter of the way through the book they encounter actual monsters that burrow up from under the ground and then skeletons. I wouldn’t categorize this book as humor. Although there are funny parts it’s not laugh out loud funny. I would call it amusing and surreal. It feels like a concept that would come from the mind of a junior high student. That is, if the artist had writing and drawing skills far beyond the normal junior highs school student. Although I wouldn’t categorize the art as stunning it does have a charm and I particularly liked the landscapes and forests which are well done. Joe Daly doesn’t go for the cheap dumb laughs like a lot of D&D parodies try for. The humor is more in the outrageousness of events and the clever banter between some of the characters. I was amused that Nerdgirl, the archer, is a very average looking girl and never says a single word through the entire book. The barbarian, Lash Penis (yes, that’s his name), is not as bereft of speaking but says very little leaving all the conversation to Millennium Boy and Steve. Oh, and everyone but everyone is a self-proclaimed poet. Well, actually I don’t know about Nerdgirl since she never says anything.
If you’re cool with profanity, violence, pot smoking and full frontal male nudity this is a fun book. If you’ve not then I suggest avoiding it.
Buy Dungeon Quest one,two and three now!!! I can't wait to see what comes next...
This wonderfully bizarre homage/parody of old school AD&D and newer-school World of Warcraft MMORPG's begins in the Cape Town suburbs once again, as the apparently Hydrocephalic Millennium Boy rounds up his good pal Steve, the monstrously muscular Lash Penis, and the silent, enigmatic Nerd Girl, as they embark on a quest to... well go on a quest. The point of every quest always turns out to be in the journey, not the destination, right? So f*** it! Strap on some boiled leather and chain mail, sheath your broadsword, and brush up on your basic cantrips and necromancy. Then buy these books.