Jolly Blackburn created Knights of the Dinner Table in 1990 as a filler comic strip for issue #2 of the small-press gaming magazine Shadis, which he published out of a spare bedroom. Jolly didn’t give KoDT much thought, until it quickly became a favorite among readers. The most frequent reaction was, “Those guys remind me of my own group!” Thirty years later, Jolly still draws and writes for the monthly Knights of the Dinner Table magazine. Since he joined Kenzer and Company and formed the KoDT Development Team (Barbara Blackburn, Brian Jelke, and David S. Kenzer), KoDT strips have appeared in seven different magazines and in many limited-series comic books. Throughout this unmatched run, the theme of the strip has held true: Outsiders and loners of all kinds can find friendship and acceptance at the gaming table.
1. KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER BUNDLE
Revived from May 2018, this bargain-priced Knights of the Dinner Bundle presented well over a thousand pages of comics that provide an ideal introduction to the 30-year run of Knights of the Dinner Table. There were nine titles in this revival’s Starter Collection (retail value $86) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the first five KoDT Bundle of Trouble omnibus collections that together compile the first 15 issues of Knights of the Dinner Table magazine; three Tales from the Vault collections of scarce early strips from four different magazines; and The CattlePunk Chronicles Volume One: Outlaw Trail.
[from May 2018]
Those who paid more than this revived offer’s threshold (average) price also got this revival’s entire Bonus Collection with eight more comics worth an additional $85, including five more KoDT Bundles of Trouble that collect KoDT issues #16-30; the second CattlePunk Chronicles collection, Four Herdsmen of the Apocalypse; and three standalone books: Men That Hack, The Java Joint, and KoDT Special #1: Last Man Standing.
2. KoDT MORE TROUBLE [all-new]Even hoooody hooooo-er! This all-new KoDT More Trouble companion offer added no less than ten new Bundle of Trouble compilations, all five Black Hands comics, two Tales From the Vault collections, and HackMasters of Everknight, a ten-issue series about the fantasy characters played by the Knights in B. A. Felton’s HackMaster campaign.
This offer’s Starter Collection (retail value $86) included five Bundle of Trouble compilations (collecting KoDT issues #36-49), Volumes 4 and 5 of Tales From the Vault, and five issues featuring the Black Hand Gaming Society, the outcast players who hang out in the back room of Weird Pete’s Game Pit.
This offer’s Bonus Collection added sixteen more titles worth an additional $83, including five more Bundle of Trouble compilations (collecting KoDT issues #50-68), all ten issues of HackMasters of Everknight, and one of the best-loved sagas of the Knights, the monumental Bag Wars Saga.
Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) went to these two Knights of the Dinner Table offers’ designated charity, Ocean Conservancy.