I'm looking (with no luck so far) for a story I read online at least a decade ago. It had some specific interpretations of early D&D rules that are, at best, controversial but I'd like to reference for playing a rather silly short adventure with some friends, as they added up to make a fun-but-broken set of characters.

I remember the following about it:

  • The protagonist was a non-minmaxed Paladin, which was quite unusual in the story
  • The characters mention their stat blocks and builds at various points, but are very much characters rather than just mouthpieces for (not-shown) players
  • It was a TSR-edition D&D rules set that was used, most likely first edition
  • Most of the rest of the characters that were relevant to the story were various minmaxed powergamers
  • The story was translated into several languages, and I'm not sure if it was originally in English
  • At some point someone kills Atlas, who was holding up the world
  • It was from the 90s or early 2000s

If anyone has a link to it, or knows the name of the story, or could point me towards any resources about how the setting applied the rules, I'd really appreciate it.


1 Answer 1


Are you looking for the Intercontinental Union of Disgusting Characters?

  • AD&D rules.
  • Ringman the Bearded is a non-optimized paladin.
  • Most characters are maximized, with 18 in all stats and perfect rolls on various encounter and treasure tables.

There is a larger series, including a sequel about the children and a second sequel series, available on the author's website.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, definitely it - just read it, and every listed detail matches (Atlas dies in the sequel). \$\endgroup\$
    – Phoenices
    Commented Jun 11 at 5:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, this is it, thanks so much! \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 11 at 9:31

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