The Order of the Stick graphic novel series, written and illustrated by Rich Burlew, satirizes role-playing games (RPG) and medieval fantasy. The world the characters inhabit is similar to those depicted in Dungeons & Dragons (3.5 Edition), complete with functional magic and monsters, centering on the adventures of starring characters. Although simply illustrated with stick figure characters, the novel is well-regarded for its complicated plot with storylines planned years in advance.
Although it is principally distributed online through the website Giant in the Playground, seven book collections have been published, including several print-only stories (On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Good Deeds Gone Unpunished). In December 2019, Burlew stated that the story would end after one more book, but also noted that still means "years and years" of planned content. He noted that the two preceding books took five years each and that the upcoming end sequel to The Order of the Stick book may be longer than either.
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