I was reintroduced to D&D via podcasts and the PAX East and PAX Prime games of Acquisitions, Inc. The DM (dungeon master for the people who aren’t familiar with some of the lingo) is Chris Perkins (a game designer for D&D and Wizards of the Coast), and the characters are from Penny Arcade: Jerry Holkins (a.k.a. Tycho Brahe) and Mike Krahulik (a.k.a. Gabe). Also Scott Kurtz who is the creator of PVP Online. They are amazing artists and writers of funny comics. At the moment, their fourth player is Patrick Rothfuss, the author of the Kingkiller Chronicle. Jerry Holkins plays the CEO Ominifis Hereward “Omin” Dran he’s a cleric of Tymora. Binwin Bronzebottom (a dwarf fighter/berserker) is played by Scott Kurtz. James Darkmagic III is a wizard and is played by Mike Krahulik. Jim Darkmagic is one of my favorite characters because he is a bit ridiculous. Patrick Rothfuss is playing a rogue class character with bard-y bits and is an audacious pickpocket who has an unnatural affinity for chandeliers that goes by the name of Viari—he has gotten promoted to senior sub-employee from intern. Also, last episode at PAX East in April, Chris Perkins played a dark elf named Drizzt Do’Urden (a character created by R.A. Salvatore)—a general badass with two scimitars (one of fire and one of ice), a figurine of wondrous powers (an onyx panther that goes by the name of Guenhwyvar). It seems whenever Drizzt comes into contact with Acquisitions, Inc. he loses at least one magic item. When these guys get together, serious hilarity happens. I sometimes think that the Acquisitions, Inc. is hell bent on trying to make the DM dissolve into fits of uncontrollable giggles.