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Yet another RPG Screencap Webcomic following in the footsteps of DM of the Rings, Darths and Droids, and Benders and Brawlers. This time, it's about a bunch of college-aged gamers playing out the events of One Piece (more or less) in their Dungeons and Dragons-esque Ocean Punk Role Playing Game.
Truly is Better Than It Sounds with many characters skipping back stories, being incredibly overpowered, and many times breaking the fourth wall. It's worth checking out.
- All First Person Narrators Talk Like Novelists: Natalie's narration of her actions gets quite wordy.
- Bad Bad Acting: Luke and Cory's attempts to roleplay for extra experience tend to fall into this, especially early on.
- Badass Adorable: Makino, the bartender from Luffy's flashback with Shanks, when the bandit comes in and starts breaking stuff. The GM had earlier threatened to call up the old "bartender is really a very high-level retired badass fighter" should the players start another bar brawl. Even more fun since the whole scene is played out by Luke alone (acting for everyone involved), so he basically invoked the GM's threat on himself.
- Badass Normal: Nami may not be as statted out as Luffy and Zoro, but she's still able to pull off stunts that make Luke go "Holy crap, that's badass."
- Big Damn Heroes: Naturally, Natalie refers to themselves as such when they pull this.
- Butt Monkey: Cory. The GM does not like Cory.
- Calling Your Attacks: Made as a joke when Cory says to Luke, "What have I told you about calling your attacks?"
- Chekhov's Gunman: Rika introduced herself by calling during a session. She later joined to play Medaka.
- The GM has implied that Coby will become important in the future, as Cory's decision to concsciously abandon him will "bite [the party] in the ass."
- Crossover: With Friendship Is Dragons, wherein Applejack's player is revealed to be another of Cory's cousins, and he, Luke and Nat try designing their own characters for the pony campaign. Starts here.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Greetings, human. I am the great pirate Ganzack the Great."
- Epic Fail: Invoked intentionally. Luke has a d20 with nothing but 1 on it, and uses it whenever Luffy has to make some kind of social skills check.
- Every Episode Ending: Every time they finish an adventure, the Straw Hats call out "NEW MAP!"
- Failed a Spot Check: Cory is so paranoid about this he constantly checks for traps.
- Flaw Exploitation: The GM is a master of this when it comes to the characters' in-game Flaws. He's also able to pull this on the players themselves at times.
- Foreshadowing: To the Skypeia Arc in-universe, though that would be a Foregone Conclusion by now.
- After Ganzack supposedly kills Medaka, Rika says she has an idea for a medic as her next character, suggesting that she's going to play Chopper down the line.
- Gratuitous French: Cabaji. The GM insists his dialogue wasn't created with Babelfish or anything.
- Groin Attack: "Called shot to the nuts!"
- Guest Star Party Member: Medaka from the Devil's Tower arc.
- Half Human Hybrids: To justify Zoro's insane Strength, Cory created him as 1/16th Fishman, 1/16th Giant.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: During the Devil's Tower arc, the GM figures that since helmets don't add to your Armor Class, Medaka is only wearing one to hide something about her character. She promptly accuses him of metagaming.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Cory as Zoro.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Cory gets hit with this multiple times:
- After using third-party books to pimp out Zoro to the point he's not accepted into the game at first, Cory gets stuck with Coby. Then, when Coby's being threatened by Alvida's thugs:
GM: By the way, thanks for bringing along those third-party books. They've got a lot of... neat character builds. Heh heh heh...
Cory: Uh... no problem...?
- Hypocritical Humor: When Medaka accuses the GM of metagaming, he casually asks her about a random monster. She immediately rattles off all of its stats.
- I Know You Know I Know: Luke and Natalie engage in some back and forth thievery over the same map, escalating it in this manner.
- In and Out of Character: Used regularly in the series. The GM is used to this, to the point of being shocked when they manage to stay in-character.
- Kick the Dog: Discussed when Helmeppo bullies the little girl Rika:
Cory: Okay! We get it! He's the bad guy! Sheesh, man!
GM: Pfft, with you guys I can't be too subtle. Now watch him kick around this puppy.
- Killer GM: He's the one who taught Luke how to min-max in the first place, after all. And he just loves playing to Luffy and Zoro's many flaws.
- Lethal Joke Character: Luffy.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Played with: after arguing about the validity of his first character design, the GM told Cory he could play him if he first came up with a name and character background. Then Coby gets his first look at Roronoa Zoro...
- Mood Whiplash: Deliberately Played for Laughs with Medaka's Heroic Sacrifice. Several rapid-fire jokes occur right beforehand, the GM apologizes, Luffy apologizes to the player... and then Rika starts cheerfully working on generating her next character while telling Luke to make sure her new one gets all her old character's stuff.
- The Munchkin: Cory (Zoro) and Luke (Luffy). In the former's case, it got his initial character attempt briefly banned from the game. Given that the GM designed parts of the game with this in mind, this makes Natalie's life rather difficult.
- My Name Is Not Zero: Luke has trouble keeping Zoro's name straight when they're first looking for him.
- Mythology Gag: A couple of the questionable edits from the 4Kids dub get turned into wacky ideas the GM came up with.
- Name's the Same: The little girl who gives Zoro riceballs is named Rika. That also happens to be the name of Cory's cousin, who calls during the Orange Town arc.
- No One Could Survive That: Natalie deliberately invokes this during the fight with Buggy so that they can have the 'grand final confrontation' the boys were itching for.
- Noodle Incident: Whatever happened to the GM's 'Mythical Sea Creatures' supplement in the past, he's still bitter over it when they start their latest campaign.
- Off the Rails: From the moment he hears there's pirates in this setting, Luke immediately starts trying to derail the campaign, with Cory's support.
- Phantom Thief: Nami is one. Somehow though, Luffy outdoes her.
- Plot Armor: The GM puts this on Coby against his player's will, because Cory wants to kill him off so he can get a different character.
- Precision F-Strike: Natalie after finding out half the loot was left behind.
- Raised By Owls: Luffy.
- The Roleplayer: Natalie as Nami.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: The GM's handwriting is bad enough that Cory misreads his Knowledge Check about Roronoa Zoro. Later, he has to resort to texting Natalie when she tries to make Knowledge Checks about what Cabaji's saying.
- Running Gag:
- Cory's constant "check for traps".
- Natalie's overuse of 'grace' and 'gracefully'.
- Skittles representing enemies by the bagful.
- The GM's insistence that Buggy is not a clown, and his gang is not circus-themed.
- When Luffy and Buggy go at each other You Fight Like a Cow style, Natalie complains that insult swordfighting should require actual swords.
- Later, after receiving multiple Groin Attacks, Buggy proclaims he has "BALLS OF STEEL".
- During the Devil's Tower arc, Luffy and Nami quote the Big Damn Heroes exchange from Firefly word-for-word, in-character.
- Strip 229 during the same arc has two in rapid succession, as Ganzack and Luffy have part of the Black Knight's exchange with King Arthur before Ganzack channels Scorpion.
- Slice-and-Dice Swordsmanship: Zoro.
- Something Completely Different: The players have been shown doing more than the main campaign:
- Luke and Cory played Rock Lee and Gaara in a Naruto fighting game.
- Luke, Cory and Nat sat in on a session of Friendship Is Dragons and tried creating their own characters for that setting.
- And they played at least three sessions of a Spy Drama. Luke got his first character killed off quickly and played Chuck.
- Take That: Unsurprisingly, the 4Kids version is mocked.
- Taking the Bullet: During the Devil's Tower arc, Medaka blocks a chained and temporarily helpless Luffy from Ganzack's assault, and is One Hit Killed.
- Theme Initials: Luke plays Luffy, while Natalie plays Nami. Cory plays Zoro, but starts out with Coby.
- Through His Stomach: The GM starts to protest Luke's newly created character Luffy... until Luke mentions he brought KFC.
- Time Skip: After the Orange Town arc, they played through three sessions of a Spy Drama before starting The Devil's Tower map.
- Total Party Kill: Luke's past turns as a leader all led to this.
- You Fight Like a Cow: How Luffy vs. Buggy plays out. Comes complete with a Shout-Out to the Trope Namer.
- Zerg Rush: A common tactic by the GM, who uses Skittles to represent each Mook. Battles are measured by bagfulls.
All together now... "NEW MAP!"