Before we dive into the daily discussion, can we talk for a minute about Wizard’s fabulous ensemble? The dude is rocking some vintage Ron Wealsey formal robes. Kind of makes you wonder how elven fashion works. Do they just pick a decade and stick with it? Are there bell bottom robes out there somewhere?

And speaking of fashion, where did Thief get a sequin dress? Those things can’t be common in pre-industrial… Huh. Apparently that one gets a pass. I’m sure King Tut looked amazing.

Any dang way, let’s get to the actual subject of today’s comic. When you’re trying to improvise pseudo ye olde speech, it’s easy to go overboard. It’s a struggle to come up with an authentic sounding Lord of the Rings style patois, and I know that I’ve spent my share of gaming sessions wincing as at my own bad dialogue. The phrase, “Allow myself to introduce myself,” looms large in my personal cringe file. But once you’ve gamed for a few years and actually have a chance of putting together a decent Shakespearean insult, you still have to learn when to turn that mess off. If you’ve ever endured your buddies’ mockery for telling the princess that, “By morning you will again sup the sweet air of freedom,” then you know what I’m talking about. Not every scene needs high words and grand speeches. As our pal Wizard found out on his fancy dinner date, that’s easier said than done.

How about the rest of your guys? Do you find yourself struggling to sound ye olde? Or conversely, have you ever found yourself overdoing it? Any tips or tricks for the rest of us? Let’s hear it in the comments!

UPDATE: Exciting news! The Handook’s first summer con appearance is coming up!

We may not have a table at Denver Comic Con, but the writer & illustrator of this here Handbook of Heroes will be there on the 30th through July 2nd. If you track us down, we’ll have a super-exclusive giveaway for fans who find us at the con! Look for the Batman and Batgirl pokemon trainers on Saturday, or for us wearing our Handbook of Heroes shirts during the rest of the convention to make it easy! We’ll have the same giveaway at Dragon Con in Atlanta, and we’ll have our regular table at the Ft. Collins Comic Con in August.