Rick and Morty & Wizards of the Coast Team-Up
Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons II
It’s back!!! Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons will be returning in September 2019 with the new run being called Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons II: Painscape.
The first volume was an exciting announcement, and fans are already eager for more. Even with the immediate appeal and success of the first volume, it appears the line-up is changing slightly for this run. Jim Zub will be authoring this one alone, with Troy Little returning as lead on the art side!
Here is what Jim Zub’s website says about the new series:
You thought you could escape?! Think again!
Once upon a game, Rick, Morty, and the Smith family went on magical D&D adventures…now, magical D&D adventures are coming to Earth, and no one will survive the Painscape!
The world’s greatest role-playing game returns to plague the world’s most dysfunctional animated family and this time, we can’t just rest on brand name recognition and curiosity to fuel your interest, Morty, because no one gives a d-d-damn about sequels unless they’re really good, so no pressure, you f***ing hacks!
Fan favorite dice dependent Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Savage Sword of Conan) re-teams up with Eisner-nominated cartoonist +5 Troy Little (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Powerpuff Girls) to destroy Adult Swim’s pop culture juggernaut and the best-selling role-playing game that once used the term “THAC0.”
It is disappointing to see that Patrick Rothfuss was not a part of the announced line-up for the next run, but hopefully this means we will see the third book of the Kingkiller Chronicles soon. Jim Zub is no newb to the comic book or dice rolling scene and I am confident he will be able to bring us a fantastic tale to rival the original series.
Dungeons & Dragons vs. Rick and Morty: A Tabletop Role Playing Game Adventure
The adventure can now continue in your own home. At first glance I was very skeptical of this endeavor. After all you can already play D&D in your own home. But Jim Zub’s comments on the project were more than promising:
I’m working with developer Kate Welch and a crew of Wizards of the Coast game designers on this crazy RPG set, annotating the D&D basic rules as Rick Sanchez and helping build an adventure that warps some of our favorite gaming tropes while punishing players as they try to survive Rick’s homebrew version of the world’s most popular role-playing game.
From this short description we can see that this game is going to be extremely meta. The adventure is going to be as Rick would lay it out, which means players are playing a game within a game. The Dungeon Master is simply relating the story Rick has created. There will probably be a number of references to old D&D lore and editions, while also giving a highly challenging set of threats for players to overcome. However, in true Rick fashion there will probably be some ways to cheat. Players should be on the look out for the obscure and the bizarre as those could be hidden items or ways of escape. My guess is there will be many back door ways of winning the adventure. I would also not use this adventure as a way to introduce people to D&D as the creator himself described this publication as “punishing.” It is likely many characters will need to be re-rolled, possibly multiple times.
For the seasoned D&D adventurer, who also happens to be a fan of the Adult Swim series, the new adventure should be just that. Dungeon Masters will like this publication because it will be “outside the box,” which will serve as inspiration for other campaigns. My initial skepticism appears to be misplaced and this publication appears promising.
We will find out this fall when Dungeons & Dragons VS Rick and Morty releases.