TABLE TITANS BOOK ONE: FIRST ENCOUNTERS
The story begins with the Table Titans -- snarky dude Alan, rules-obsessed Andrew, and real-life warring mythical dwarf Val -- getting ready for a D&D competition. Their goal: claim the Winotaur, a trophy of great renown, currently owned by rival gaming group the Dungeon Dogs. Adam isn't happy Brendan is their Dungeon Master, but Brendan is the only person willing to DM for them. And their fourth player is Darby, a cheerful and slightly dopey guy who's never played D&D before.
Then the D&D adventure begins, with the players getting (sometimes getting stuck with) their pre-generated characters. Everyone's quite happy, except for the would-be fighter Val:
They then embark on the D&D adventure, involving a town under siege my a mysterious monster, a former adventurer, a conspiracy, and a cute blink dog as their new helper and mascot. Will the Table Titans solve the mystery? Can Val deal with playing a bard? Will Brendan remain as their DM? And who will wind up with the Winotaur?
Table Titans lacks the over-the-top bad behavior and worse playing that is a staple of Knights of the Dinner Table, but it's still an enjoyable trip into the world of some D&D players. The first volume also has a few extras: the PvP comics that introduced the Table Titans, the pre-Brendan Table Titans playing the Mines of Madness, character sketches, and tales from the table from real-life roleplayers. Table Titans Book One: First Encounters is a nice, enjoyable look on some D&D players.
Overall grade: B
Reviewed by James Lynch