Binwin Bronzebottom is many things:
- The D&D characters I've played in podcasts and live on stage for over 10 years.
- A pop culture icon and brand that supports several "catchphrases" and lines of merchandise.
- The star of his own weekly comic strip called Binwin's Minions.
- And probably what I'm best known for, despite the fact that I've been a cartoonist for the last 20 years.
But now Binwin Bronzebottom has performed his greatest achievement. He's made it into a video game. Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms to be exact. An exciting D&D idle-strategy game from the Canadian Wizards over at Codename Entertainment. In Idle Champions you travel through the forgotten realms, earning favor with the gods of Faerun and unlocking an ensemble cast of champions with which you build a powerful formation to clear quests and defeat enemies. Binwin Bronzebottom is now one of those Champions.
It's been a thrill to work with Codename to adapt Binwin and his backstory into a champion kit of hilarious skills and wondrous gear. As an artist it's always fun to see other creators interpretations of your work. Adam, Kat, and all of the artists on the Codename team, did a tremendous job translating Binwin into their house style, and they even managed to sneak in a couple of his minions as well. Just look at this stuff!
Yeah, Drizzt has scimitars and a magical panther but Binwin has a cask of ale and a magical duck, and he's killed more orcs with that duck than Drizzt ever did with his cute little kitty and kitchen knives.
I hope you check out Idle Champions. It's free to play on Steam and Tablets. We'll be streaming it every day at 11 PST during the Dragondown event for the next couple weeks, so at the very least come watch us play and unlock Binwin in game. Codename is always adding new cool stuff to the game, new events, new champions from the history of D&D and from popular streams and celebrity games. It's just a hell of a lot of fun and I expect it'll be in regular rotation on our stream even after the event closes out.
I couldn't be happier to see so many people care enough about Binwin that they work as hard as the fine folks at Codename did to bring my stupid D&D character to their amazing game. Thank you Eric, Adam, Kat, Dylan, Clive, and all the folks at Codenames I've yet to meet but surely will soon. They really are amazing stewards of Binwin.