Die, Volume 3

The Great Game

Paperback, 168 pages

Published Dec. 15, 2020 by Image Comics.

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4 stars (5 reviews)

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Review of 'Die, Volume 3' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

One of the things I enjoy about Die is that it takes the trope of "game players magically transported to the world of the game" and looks at it through the eyes of players who are in their forties. These older characters see the world a little differently than your usual party of teenagers or young adults. They are worried about their kids, about health, about the way their life is turning out. They see the themes in their own stories and consider whether they want to play along or try to change.

The previous two volumes set up the premise and gave us a little backstory about the world of Die. This volume introduces some new mysteries and some twists to some of the worldbuilding. It digs deeper into some of the character motivations and introduces a few new influences to the story. I enjoyed it more than Volume …

Review of 'Die, Volume 3' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

We discover more about about the world of die and sinister plans unfolding around our protagonists. A lot of poignant moments and big emotions and luscious art. Solid stuff, and it's looks like we're all in place for the final arc.
The back matter is a series of interviews with game designers about the recent changes in TTRPGs which is bit tangential but an interesting read (I actually finished the rest of the book about a week ago).

Review of 'Die, Volume 3' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Still extremely depressing, but I ended up liking this one a bit more than the previous volumes. I think a combination of knowing what I was in for from the beginning, and feeling like there was more of a sense of direction by the end contributed to a better overall experience.

The interesting interviews with RPG designers at the end didn't hurt either.

I almost didn't get this volume after the first two. I'll stick with it another volume or two at this point, but really hope it will have wrapped up by then.