About the Comic
Crunch is a twice-weekly comic strip (updated Tuesdays and Thursdays) about Role-Playing Game design. It explores the ongoing efforts by Michael Tucker, freelance RPG designer, to create a game that will revolutionize the industry. Co-stars include: his girlfriend Tiffany, self-proclaimed "goth chick" and graphic artist; the guy who owns the nearby game store; and various figments of Mike's hyperactive imagination. If you are not a gamer you will probably not "get" this comic.
What Does "Crunch" Mean?
- A critical moment or situation, especially one that occurs because of a shortage of time or a deadline: a year-end crunch. (e.g., "We would like to inform our RPG designers that we are entering the final crunch.")
- The sections of an RPG rulebook that deal with the actual rules, as opposed to Fluff, which is everything else. (e.g., "Our RPG designers did a good job with the fluff, but an awful job with the crunchy bits.")
- A period of financial difficulty characterized by tight money and unavailability of credit. (e.g., "We regret to inform our RPG designers that we are in a sudden budget crunch, and so they will not be paid.")
Crunch is primarily written by Aeon (aka Michael Fiegel), who happens to be a freelance writer and RPG designer, as well as RPGNet's Columns Editor and the creator of Ninja Burger. Crunch is primarily illustrated by Pål Christian Andersen, with props and backdrops provided by various friends and (occasionally) GIS. Thanks go out to James Bierly, Matt David T., NotMousse and Ross Winn for their help with early conceptual design. Extra special thanks to Ian Armstrong and Stephen Henderson-Grady for their assistance with early concept art, scriptwriting and storyboarding, and Milly Q. Public, for ongoing editorial assistance.
What's In Mike's Belt Pouch?
Dice, of course.
Crunch is a work of fiction. All characters are purely imaginary and any resemblance to any real person living or dead, is entirely coincidental. Except when Gary Gygax makes an appearance, in which case any resemblance to Gary Gygax is entirely intentional, albeit imaginary.