As a former D&D player (in junior high -- was never very good) and as an old-school Magic the Gathering player (well, I started playing during the Fallen Empires expansion. I guess you could call that the Silver Age of Magic), I like where this is going. I also hope we get a few more strips in this story.
I do agree with a commenter that it seems counter-intuitive that Francis is the purist here. I'm not saying it's bad, it just seems like an odd choice.
I see what people are saying about Francis' hair -- and it didn't bother me until someone mentioned it. It seems to be moving out of bedhead territory into something new and wonderful.
I miss Francis' old hair (the up-swept version).