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What Makes a Great Dungeon Master?

Over on Geek.com, Tres Dean has a new article about “What Makes a Great Dungeon Master” compiled from people who were in attendance at D&D Live last weekend, and I’m one of the people quoted. Check it out for some broad advice on skills used to run enjoyable and entertaining RPGs.

Dungeons & Dragons VS Rick and Morty: A Tabletop Roleplaying Game Adventure!

As reported on Variety, this Fall Wizards of the Coast (in partnership with Adult Swim) will be releasing Dungeons & Dragons VS Rick and Morty: The Tabletop Roleplaying Game Adventure!

The world’s greatest roleplaying game meets television’s most dysfunctional family! What could possibly go wrong? Coming this fall, D&D has partnered with Adult Swim to bring this boxed set blending the world of Dungeons & Dragons with the mad narcissistic genius of Rick Sanchez’s power-gaming sensibilities, and it includes everything a Dungeon Master needs to channel their inner mad scientist and run a Rick-rolling adventure for up to 5 players, levels 1-3.

I’m working with developer Kate Welch and a crew of Wizards of the Coast game designers on this crazy RPG set, annotating the D&D basic rules as Rick Sanchez and helping build an adventure that warps some of our favorite gaming tropes while punishing players as they try to survive Rick’s homebrew version of the world’s most popular role-playing game.

Here’s Kate Welch and I talking about the boxed set at D&D Live:

Zub Marvel Comics in August!

MARVEL COMICS #1000
VARIOUS WRITERS • VARIOUS ARTISTS

THE GREATEST TALENT EVER ASSEMBLED FOR ONE STORY!

THIS IS THE BIG ONE! In celebration of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, we have gathered together the greatest array of talent ever to be assembled between the covers of a single comic book! Names from the past, from the present, and even the future! Every page is filled with all-new work from this cavalcade of comic book luminaries!

There is a mystery that threads throughout the Marvel Universe — one that has its origins in MARVEL COMICS #1 and which unites a disparate array of heroes and villains throughout the decades! What is the Eternity Mask, and who is responsible for the conspiracy to keep it hidden? And what new player will make their startling debut as these secrets are peeled away?
Featuring the entirety of the Marvel Universe of characters!
96 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T …$9.99
PERFECTBOUND FORMAT

CHAMPIONS #8
JIM ZUB (W) • STEVEN CUMMINGS (A)
Cover by KIM JACINTO

• Fear, doubt, and deception…The Champions’ ideals are about to be tested, and not everyone will make the grade.
• Plus, the return of the Freelancers and the fate of Sam Alexander!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #15
DAN SLOTT & JIM ZUB (W) • VALERIO SCHITI (A) • Cover by Rod Reis
Bring On The Bad Guys Variant Cover by Mark Brooks

Reality is in the eye of the beholder, as Tony Stark questions his humanity… while Jocasta is making the choice to leave her robotic body behind and upgrade to biological parts. A turning point is coming to the Marvel Universe as robotic and A.I. rights are being threatened in America. Guest starring the Vision. And featuring the return of one of the Avengers greatest threats!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #8
JIM ZUB (W) • PATCH ZIRCHER (A)
Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO
Variant Cover by LEONARDO MANCO

NEVER DWELL ON THE HAND YOU’RE DEALT – EVEN IF IT’S DEATH!

“CONAN THE GAMBLER” PART 2!
• CONAN’s job as a bodyguard in Shadizar lands him in a deadly game of SERPENT’S BLUFF!
• But if the cards are in Conan’s favor, will this absolve his debt or land him in further danger?
• It’ll take more than luck to win the prize this time!
• PLUS: The next chapter in the all-new CONAN novella “THE SHADOW OF VENGEANCE”!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

15 Canadian Comic Book Creators You Should Know – on CBC

I’m thrilled to have been included in the CBC profile article on 15 Canadian comic book creators you should know. Thanks for the support!

Stone Star Interview on Hollywood Soapbox

Max and I spoke to Jon Soltes at Hollywood Soapbox all about developing Stone Star, our new creator-owned space-fantasy series. There’s lots of good info about how the series came about.

Comics Beat Interview: Marvel and More

I spoke at length with Matt O’Keefe at the Comics Beat all about launching Stone Star and my current Marvel projects. Lots of great info and insight here to read. Check it out.

D&D Live: The Descent On Stage!

Over the weekend at D&D Live in Los Angeles a star-studded cast of D&D Dungeon Masters and players took the stage to play through wild scenarios loosely inspired by the upcoming Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus sourcebook.

I was thrilled to take on the role of Minsc, the legendary ranger from the Baldur’s Gate video games (and the D&D comics I write) as part of Session 4.

All four live sessions are linked below:

Session 1:

Session 2:

Session 3:

Session 4:

Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons II: Painscape Arrives This Fall!

RICK AND MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS RETURNS TO COMICS IN SEPTEMBER!

RICK AND MORTY VS. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS II: PAINSCAPE
4-ISSUE MINI-SERIES
ISSUE #1 IN STORES 9/18/19

WRITER – JIM ZUB
ARTIST – TROY LITTLE
VARIANT COVER ART BY JIM ZUB & SARAH STERN
32 PAGES, $3.99

You thought you could escape?! Think again!

Once upon a game, Rick, Morty, and the Smith family went on magical D&D adventures…now, magical D&D adventures are coming to Earth, and no one will survive the Painscape!

The world’s greatest role-playing game returns to plague the world’s most dysfunctional animated family and this time, we can’t just rest on brand name recognition and curiosity to fuel your interest, Morty, because no one gives a d-d-damn about sequels unless they’re really good, so no pressure, you f***ing hacks!

Fan favorite dice dependent Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Savage Sword of Conan) re-teams up with Eisner-nominated cartoonist +5 Troy Little (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Powerpuff Girls) to destroy Adult Swim’s pop culture juggernaut and the best-selling role-playing game that once used the term “THAC0.”


Here’s Jim Zub talking about Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons and announcing the new mini-series at D&D Live:

D&D: Infernal Tides Arrives This Fall!

IDW Publishing reunites the Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate creative team of writer Jim Zub and artist Max Dunbar for an all-new adventure: Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides! Debuting in November 2019, the five-issue miniseries delves into the mythology established in the highly-anticipated Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus D&D sourcebook arriving later this year.

In Infernal Tides, fan-favorite Minsc and his friends are caught in the middle of devil-tainted corruption that has taken hold of Baldur’s Gate. Unraveling the secret of its source will take the heroes to unexpected places and threaten the sanctity of their very souls. Even if they survive this perilous journey, there will be Hell to pay!

Infernal Tides, while an accommodating entry point for intrepid new readers, rewards longtime fans as the continuation of Jim Zub’s epic comic book storyline which began with Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate and continued into Shadows of the Vampire, Frost Giant’s Fury, and Evil at Baldur’s Gate.


Here’s Jim Zub introducing Infernal Tides at D&D Live in Los Angeles:

Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus Announced!

In October 2017, I worked at the Wizards of the Coast office for four days, consulting and brainstorming ideas for a D&D sourcebook. Over the weekend at D&D Live that project was finally revealed to the public – BALDUR’S GATE: DESCENT INTO AVERNUS, an adventure that will take players through the iconic city of Baldur’s Gate and down into Avernus on a twisted and exciting adventure!

FORGE YOUR FATE IN HELLFIRE!

Diabolical dangers await in this adventure for the world’s greatest roleplaying game.

Welcome to Baldur’s Gate, a city of ambition and corruption. You’ve just started your adventuring career, but already find yourself embroiled in a plot that sprawls from the shadows of Baldur’s Gate to the front lines of the planes-spanning Blood War! Do you have what it takes to turn infernal war machines and nefarious contracts against the archdevil Zariel and her diabolical hordes? And can you ever hope to find your way home safely when pitted against the infinite evils of the Nine Hells?

• This heroic Dungeons & Dragons adventure book takes players from levels 1 to 13 as they journey through Baldur’s Gate and into Avernus, the first layer of the Nine Hells.
• Baldur’s Gate is among the most iconic locations in fantasy culture. A mist-cloaked metropolis on the Sword Coast, it’s a place of history and a home to heroes.
• The book introduces the infernal war machines to fifth edition D&D—battle-ready vehicles, which you can customize as you blast off into the Blood War.
• Dungeon Masters will entice their heroes with devils’ deals, designed to lure adventurers with the ultimate temptations of power and treasure.