Marvin the Mage fantasy rpg webcomic with absolutely no dungeons and no dragons

Magic Missives

COMMENTS ON ISSUE 3

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Dear Marvin,

Gord the Rogue? I read those books WAY back in the day.

Surfing Half-Orc

Yeah, well, I try to stay as far away from that guy as possible. Instead of some honest thieving, he’s always hung up on some noblewoman or serving as an agent of balance or some such nonsense. That kind of stuff is bad for your health! The last time I saw him he was all like, “Hey, let’s go to the Abyss and free the god of ultimate entropy” or something like that. I told him, “You go have fun, I got this pitcher of martinis to vanquish…”

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Fellow gamers, check out Jim Wampler’s Marvin the Mage comic. It’s pretty good stuff.

Luke Gygax

Wow… I think I just missed my save vs paralyzation. Thank you for reading our humble comic, sir. That said, I wish I shared your enthusiasm for the chronicler of my adventures. I guess he’s above average for a pencil-necked gaming geek, but that guy can’t draw my handsome Ian McKellen-esque profile for squat…

Hey Marvin,

When are we going to see more of that super fine elf cleric Shivonne?

Charismatic Spray

Whoa, settle down there Beavis. Shivonne is scheduled to make a return appearance in the current storyline, but you’re going to have to pace yourself and wait for it — she’s a busy gal. Besides appearing in Marvin the Mage, Shivonne also has a side-career as a Felica Day cosplay impersonator at Comic Con, so we have to share her.

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Hey Marvin,

Is that Bruno at the other side (of the alley) carrying goods they won’t need?

Okizruin

As you’ve no doubt already seen, the answer is a.) yes, and b.) good eye! Apparently even lawful good morons with the IQ of a stirge occasionally come in handy. It’s almost worth the extra 10 brain cells he kills every time I have to talk to him…

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COMMENTS ON ISSUE 2

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Hey Marvin,

You say that you finished your B.S.?  Can I make a guess as to what the B.S. stands for? Or would I be risking a fireball in the face?

Coop

Coop ol’ buddy, yours truly would never ever fireball a loyal reader in the face. This comic needs every page view it can get! To read a webcomic you needs eyes, right? Now a fireball to the rear attack facing… well you can still click a mouse standing up, am I right? But I digress…To answer to your question, B.S. stands for a Bachelor of Spellcasting degree. What did you think it stood for? We’re trying to run a family-friendly webcomic here…

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Marvin,

Well, if they don’t go do a dungeon crawl, they can always play hockey on the roof!

Surfing Half-Orc

Well played, SH-O… well played. And that artist guy who chronicles my adventures probably thought he was being all subtle like with his Kevin Smith “Clerks” references. He and I can’t even agree on which had the better ending, “The Empire Strikes Back” or “Return of the Jedi”… 

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Marvin,

Calling it now! Your mom somehow switched scrolls…

Surfing Half-Orc

That would certainly be the obvious ploy, SH-O, and you may be right… but knowing my mother she is so very much more interfering and pure evil than that : o

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Marvin,

Heh… “Soggy-Yoth.” As a Lovecraft fan I get that.

Lither

You know your cosmic entities well, Lither. Also known as “The Lurker at the Plothole,” “The Beyond a Side-Joke One,” and “The Opener of the Way to Further Litigation,” Soggy-Yoth is universally feared by sentient beings everywhere. The mere mention of his name has been known to drive lesser races completely insane, like copyright attorneys for example…

Dear Marvin,

I wonder what you did wrong in the past to get such bad karma?

Robert B.

That’s a good question, Rob. Being born, maybe? I’m just a humble mage trying to make his way through the multiverse with as little effort as humanly possible. I mean, if your own mother is willing to pay 30 percent interest on a personal loan, what’s the harm in that?

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Dear Marvin,

Have you considered trying to find out if you did something in a past life? Reincarnation is possible, you know.

Robert B.

Reincarnation spells  — that happened to an old friend of mine who didn’t leave behind enough cash or instructions for us to get him resurrected properly. So Benyowth the Younger of the Northern Dwarven Clans suddenly became Benny the Bugbear. Holiday dinner at home with his family that year was awkward… So kids, the lesson is, if you’re going out adventuring, better keep a 10,000 GP diamond on your person along with notarized and legally-binding instructions on exactly what to do with said diamond, just in case.

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Dear Marvin,

I think it’s (the scroll) is going to be opened.

Maxios

Ah, you already know me too well, Maxios. Like a little trash talk designed to keep the noobs away is going to stop Yours Truly!

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Dear Marvin,

Nice work! Very nice work. Some of the references might go over my head, especially since I’ve never played DnD, but I like the feel of the strips. Keep up the good work!

Delorges

Thank you, Delorges, we aim to please – wait, WHAT? You’ve never played D&D!? Ever? Dear gods, we’ve got to get you some help right away. I think there’s a 12-Step program or something for underprivileged gamers… try looking up Your Friendly Local Game Store in the phone book and ask about getting into a game. A mind that enjoys epic fantasy adventure is a terrible thing to waste!

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COMMENTS ON ISSUE 1
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Hey Marvin,

I’ve been wondering where you learned your magic.  I figure there are four possibilities:

(a)  You attended a College of Wizardry.
(b)  You read some books about magic.
(c)  You had some wise old wizard as a mentor.
(d)  You picked it up by talking to wizards in a bar.

I’m guessing it was (d).”

Coop

It’s funny you should ask that, sire. My mother really wanted me to be either a Sage or a Certified Public Accountant – but instead I went to Mage School. I managed to get about three semesters in before the Dean realized that not only wasn’t I paying tuition, I had also deflowered his half-elf daughter. After that, I had to finish up my B.S. degree in the School of Hard Knocks…

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Dear Marvin,

So Grogg drew “Death,” but the dread wraith was on his side? Is that about correct?

Robert B.

Well a chaotic-evil anti-paladin and the Angel of Death would have very aligned goals, plus it looked to me like those two have known each other for a while. But as long as they’re not after this mage, who am I to criticize another person’s life style choices? Plus, what’s the harm in drowning a few Halflings – those things breed like rabbits…

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Dear Marvin,

What’s with the hobbit hatin’?

Jeff T.

Jeff – My attorneys have asked me to respond to this question by stating emphatically that no Hobbits © 1937-2011 J.R.R. Tolkien Estate, New Line Cinema, and the Peter Jackson Trust Fund have ever appeared in Marvin the Mage.

Why does a mage even need an attorney you ask? You’d be surprised how litigious spell recipients and literary agents can be…

Marvin,

You know, you just gave me ideas for my game. So far I am really liking the comic, though the jury is out on whether I like you or not, not as a character but whether I would in-game, so to speak. Also, poor, poor, Spork, though now that I think about it, I really want to see whether he will become an example of “melee can’t have nice things.”

Re’ozul

Thanks for the kind words, Re’ozul (I think… who wouldn’t want the world’s greatest mage in their party, not to mention the most humble?). As you have no doubt read by now, that son-of-an-orc Spork made out like a party of bandits on his three-card-pull from the Deck of Many – er, Multitudinous Things. “Melee can’t have nice things” my rear attack facing…

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Dear Marvin,

I’m liking what I’m seeing so far and the comic is definitely going on my “to watch” list.

Now if we could only get updates more often…

Mordokai

Thanks, m’lady. As to more frequent updates, I’m afraid that’s up to the so-called artist chronicling my adventures. I just wish he hadn’t suffered a debilitating brain aneurysm last year from a critical hit inflicted by a flung d20 at the gaming table – that way the art would look so much better. I’ll see if Haste spell in his morning coffee doesn’t perk up his update frequency a bit…

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Hey Marv,

Is that the last we’re going to see of Lord Rathmore, or is he coming back in future stories?

Nazgul in the Playground

Well he did get a one-way ticket to the 9th Plane of Hell, but since you asked so nicely, I blew a perfectly good Contact Other Plane scroll just to pass your question along to him. His answer was, “When I return, the terrible weight of my vengance shall crush your carbon heart into a small, cold diamond of pure terror!!” I think that means “yes”…

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