Sword and Bored is an original MMORPG comic by artist Larry Everett and writer Jef Reahard. It stars Mo Powers, the Massively Overpowered mascot, and its 2015 run is made possible by those who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign and hit our chief stretch goal. As the comic's silent protagonist, Mo explores the oftentimes ridiculous tropes and memes of MMORPGs genre that those of us who play them too often take for granted.
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Follow in Mo's footsteps from the very beginning of his journey!
Sword and Bored: Class selection (March 9, 2015) - Our fearless protagonist, Mo Powers, loads into the class selection screen. Might he roll an Entertainer?
Sword and Bored: Health buff (March 16, 2015) - Mo gets a bright idea when he realizes that MMORPG food inexplicably restores health -- and lots of it.
Sword and Bored: Newbie zone (March 23, 2015) - Mo loads into the game, unwittingly joining his first open PvP server and meeting new "friends."
Sword and Bored: Poof! Poof! Poof! Poof! (March 30, 2015) - Realizing that open PvP servers are wretched hives of scum and villainy, Mo decides to reroll.
Sword and Bored: 10 rats (April 6, 2015) - Mo undertakes his first kill-ten-rats quest and boggles at the array of loot those tiny rats possess.
Sword and Bored: Encumbrance (April 13, 2015) - Mo discovers that cognitive dissonance is required to make sense of MMO encumbrance systems.
Sword and Bored: Loot table (April 20, 2015) - Mo becomes discouraged when he finds his recent loot acquisition unsuitable for his class.
Sword and Bored: Behind the scenes (April 27, 2015) - Mo is offscreen for a week, but we get a chance to see just what the NPCs are up to behind the scenes.
Sword and Bored: Hide helmet (May 4, 2015) - Mo decides to check out the "hide helmet" option all the kids are talking about lately.
Sword and Bored: Looking for group (May 11, 2015) - While out hunting his foe, the skeptical crab, Mo meets new friends!
Sword and Bored: Boss fight (May 18, 2015) - Mo takes on an unimpressed crab miniboss with his newfound companions in his very first PUG.
Sword and Bored: Ninja Loot (May 25, 2015) - Mo downs his first miniboss, only to see one of his "friends" abscond with the loot.
Sword and Bored: Trade (June 1, 2015) - Mo learns that objects in this brave new world are all too often... bind-on-pickup.
Sword and Bored: Ranged Class (June 8, 2015) - Mo learns that ranged classes make the best kill-stealers.
Sword and Bored: Area of effect (June 15, 2015) - Mo discovers the value of MMO friends in the pursuit of sweet, sweet revenge.
Sword and Bored: Teleport (June 22, 2015) - Mo's companion demonstrates the proper way to deal with AFK grinders in their MMO.
Sword and Bored: Troll bridge (June 29, 2015) - Mo's favorite antagonists, the underwear ninjas, demonstrate how to properly guard the exit from the PvP zone.
Sword and Bored: Nerfs (July 6, 2015) - Mo falls asleep and awakens to some unexpected patch changes. Farming goblins will never be the same.
Sword and Bored: Re-trolling (July 13, 2015) - The nefarious underwear ninjas KaptianKuddles and DrL0v3 continue their griefing campaign. Mo's tanking buddy AnneSpanc co-stars.
Sword and Bored: Fishing (July 20, 2015) - Mo finally finds something in his MMORPG that consumes all his time... all his time.
Sword and Bored: Trolling the trolls (July 27, 2015) - KaptainKuddles and DrL0v3 are at it again, but this time Mo and Amilya know how to troll the trolls.
Sword and Bored: Expansion (August 3, 2015) - An expansion released for Mo's game, and Amilya is excited to show him -- maybe too excited.
Sword and Bored: Pub roleplay (August 10, 2015) - Mo's companion Amilya stops into the local pub to get a quick drink. Can't a woman just get a drink already?!
Sword and Bored: Offline activities (August 17, 2015) - Mo's player steps away for a bit and decides to gain XP by doing some offline activities.
Sword and Bored: Jumping puzzle (August 24, 2015) - Mo and Amilya tackle a new jumping puzzle in the recent expansion to their MMO.
Sword and Bored: Player housing (September 7, 2015) - Mo is introduced to MMO player housing... and why some people find it frustrating.
Sword and Bored: TEF (September 14, 2015) - Mo dumps his loot at a junk vendor and learns all about temporary enemy flagging.
Sword and Bored: To the rescue (September 21, 2015) - Mo deals with the effects of a PvP flag while trying to evade players and NPCs during his escape from town.
Sword and Bored: Player bounties (September 28, 2015) - Mo has made many friends while playing his MMO, but there is always that one friend he can count on... right?
Sword and Bored: Costume designer (October 5, 2015) - Mo gets to mess around with his MMO's cosmetic outfit system. Amilya "helps" him, of course.
Sword and Bored: Ready check (October 12, 2015) - Mo joins his first raid. The first boss fight has been explained and everyone is ready, right? Right?
Sword and Bored: World clipping (October 19, 2015) - Mo falls through the cracks in the world and struggles to save himself from his MMO.
Sword and Bored: Customer service (October 26, 2015) - Mo learns there's a fate worse than falling through the world: dealing with customer service!
Sword and Bored: The seams of the world (November 2, 2015) - Mo is finally rescued from his free-fall, but that's not the end of his team's troubles.
Sword and Bored: Alt (November 23, 2015) - Thanks to his friend Amilya, Mo has finally rolled up an alt -- but has he really?
Sword and Bored: Dye job (November 30, 2015) - Mo demos his MMO's new dye combos for his most discerning buddy Amilya.
Sword and Bored: Rage quit (December 7, 2015) - Mo disconnects from his game in an epic rage quit for our 2015 comic finale.
Sword and Bored special edition birthday comic: 'Anniversary gifts' (February 11, 2016) - Mo helps us celebrate the site's birthday by opening an anniversary gift inside his MMO.