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Old 05-13-2019, 10:51 AM
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Pretty sure thats just a one off joke character.
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Old 05-13-2019, 11:04 AM
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Loki's already meddling by steering Hilgya to the Order. I really doubt he's going to send some literal avatar to directly oppose Hel.
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Old 05-13-2019, 11:08 AM
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Pretty sure thats just a one off joke character.
That's the feeling I got. Burlew is lampshading the way he's introduced similar characters at other points in the story.
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Old 05-13-2019, 11:18 AM
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Agreed. Plus it's another way to show how family centric most dwarves are.
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Old 05-13-2019, 11:30 AM
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Pretty sure thats just a one off joke character.
Sure, but that's what they said about Bugsby's Cat-Retrieving Hand too.
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Old 05-13-2019, 04:37 PM
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How does Durkon know that's not Thad? He's been keeping up with the family via Sending spells, which only give words, and not very many of them.

Oh, and kudos to the Giant for a relationship-chain that doesn't trivially simplify. Usually, people end up saying things like "cousin's brother" or "brother's uncle".

And I don't see how an ally with a weird glowy sword who can one-shot greater elementals can be just a one-off joke character. But on the other hand, he's tough to figure out as a D&D character: Someone wielding a sword made out of magic is probably either a soulknife or an incarnate, and I can't see him bringing either of those classes into the main strip as anything but a punchline about how weak they are.
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Old 05-13-2019, 05:42 PM
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If it was a normal speech balloon, ok, just another weird family member. The speech balloon, and the power of the character (though note, he's running away from the LDW, after shaking Durkon's hand) makes me wonder what else is going on. The letters in the balloon look similar to, but obviously aren't, the runes in the lobster thing' balloon that Greg summoned in the pyramid.

LOL, if it was a shape changed Celia, after a few levels of adventuring.
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Old 05-13-2019, 08:17 PM
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How does Durkon know that's not Thad? He's been keeping up with the family via Sending spells, which only give words, and not very many of them.
Presumably because he's met Thad before his exile.
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Old 05-13-2019, 09:22 PM
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The guy actually didn't one-shot the elemental; more like just finished it off. That elemental had already taken hits from three or four dwarves plus the Flamestrike from Hilgya.
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Old 05-13-2019, 09:59 PM
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Obviously a Force Awakens reference, with the helmet and crossed 'lightsaber'. But I don't get it at all.
ETA: his look kind of says "paladin" to me: blue accents theme, cape.

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Old 05-14-2019, 02:29 AM
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though note, he's running away from the LDW, after shaking Durkon's hand
Isn't it more that he's running to the second elemental?
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Old 05-14-2019, 04:40 AM
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He reminds me a bit of the two powerful characters Durkon brought to the party, to be rejected sight unseen by Roy in favor of the other members of the Order-to-be, in On the Origin of PCs.

In other words, a generic high-level character. There are plenty of them in the Stickworld, all busy with their own adventures.
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Old 05-14-2019, 03:16 PM
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He reminds me a bit of the two powerful characters Durkon brought to the party, to be rejected sight unseen by Roy in favor of the other members of the Order-to-be, in On the Origin of PCs.

In other words, a generic high-level character. There are plenty of them in the Stickworld, all busy with their own adventures.
That's what he reminded me of, too.

"Wanna storm the gates of Hell again?" "Eh, we did that last week."

Or something like that.
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Old 05-14-2019, 08:30 PM
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On the one hand he seems to have finally decided on a regular schedule. On the other, it's an extremely slow one. (Once a fortnight on the Monday.)
Rich said some time ago that we still have a lot to go, but we are past the halfway point.

Let's say there are around 500 strips left. At his current rate that's about 20 years to finish.
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Rich said some time ago that we still have a lot to go, but we are past the halfway point.

Let's say there are around 500 strips left. At his current rate that's about 20 years to finish.
AIUI, we're on Book 6 of 7. And nearly at the end of that one. The site says we're on Strip 1163. I think Peter or dtilque went through the math upthread and said we have about 25-50 strips left in this book. BRITF ran from 673-946. I'm guessing this book will go about as long. Let's say he takes 300 to write the next book. So 325-350 to go.

Shit, that's still 650 weeks plus, or over 12 more years. I hope he'll pick it up, once the rest of the Kickstarter stuff is done. Even then though, I remember reading that our guess for his minimum turn time was like 6 days ish. Which is still another 5 years of writing.

I like it, but I don't think it would ever have been this popular if updates were once a fortnight.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:52 PM
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How does Durkon know that's not Thad? He's been keeping up with the family via Sending spells, which only give words, and not very many of them.

Oh, and kudos to the Giant for a relationship-chain that doesn't trivially simplify. Usually, people end up saying things like "cousin's brother" or "brother's uncle".

And I don't see how an ally with a weird glowy sword who can one-shot greater elementals can be just a one-off joke character. But on the other hand, he's tough to figure out as a D&D character: Someone wielding a sword made out of magic is probably either a soulknife or an incarnate, and I can't see him bringing either of those classes into the main strip as anything but a punchline about how weak they are.
Probably because the guy’s beard is a different color than Thad’s...
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AIUI, we're on Book 6 of 7. And nearly at the end of that one. The site says we're on Strip 1163. I think Peter or dtilque went through the math upthread and said we have about 25-50 strips left in this book.
Not me. I don't estimate how long books are.

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Shit, that's still 650 weeks plus, or over 12 more years. I hope he'll pick it up, once the rest of the Kickstarter stuff is done. Even then though, I remember reading that our guess for his minimum turn time was like 6 days ish. Which is still another 5 years of writing.
I did estimate that it takes him about 3 days to do one strip since the latest art upgrade. But that's if he doesn't do anything else.

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Originally, I think they were a couple times a week. But the art was much simpler then and it didn't take very long to draw one.
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:03 PM
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When I started, it was (mostly) Monday-Wednesday-Friday.
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:21 PM
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1164 Replication Crisis

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Old 05-21-2019, 05:29 PM
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Also, new AMFES on sale.
https://gumroad.com/l/amfesspring2#

Preparing it maybe explains the slow updates recently. Expect them more frequently for a few weeks.

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Old 05-21-2019, 05:39 PM
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Awwww... Belkar called Durkon his buddy.
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:09 PM
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I'm wondering if Belkar has his Cloak Clasp activated. He engaged in a staring contest with Gontula and didn't get Dominated, which he always has before. But there doesn't seem to be any aura showing his pain from an activated Clasp. Well he did get a +3 vest of resistance, but it hasn't helped him before. So this may be a sign he's moved a bit to the shallower end of the alignment pool.
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:28 PM
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OK, I just realized that there's the orange barrier in between G and B which blocks spells and spell-like effects. It's why Gontula had to stick his hands and the scroll out to try to cast the Horrid Wilting. So never mind.
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:49 PM
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Whoa, so now it's Belkar who's getting all wise and metaphysical?
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:47 PM
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And how does Belkar (or anyone) know how Durkon out-thought the Durkon-vamp, killed him with memories?
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Old 05-21-2019, 11:01 PM
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Presumably Durkon told his colleagues all about it, off-panel. No great mystery there.

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Old 05-21-2019, 11:20 PM
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I assume that's how belkar knows about the little man inside durkula's head. We say the start of that conversation on-panel.
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Old 05-22-2019, 03:54 AM
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I'm just surprised that Belkar didn't take the "Horrid Will-ow" comment as a dig at himself. But he did manage to stop the spell, remove the vamp from the battle and distract the worm so a good round for him.
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:13 AM
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Note that another A Monster For Every Season was released at the same time as this strip. And this strip was sooner than the 2-week period we've been seeing lately. Obviously, that's what he was working on that made the update rate be so slow.

Personally, I wish he'd work on something else he's promised, like the Dark Sun parody. I don't care for AMFES myself, but he seems to really like them, so he's actually doing more than originally promised. Anyway, expect a faster update rate for the next few weeks until he gets involved in some other task.
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The last Kickstarter bonus that I was actively looking forward to was the O-Chul one. Yeah, I'll read and probably enjoy Dim Sun and the CPPD and whatever else is left, but they're likely to be lighter fare. And, heck, I don't really feel like I'm owed any of them.

But on the other hand, I wasn't particularly looking forward to the Therkla story, either, except it turned out to also be a Sangwaan story, and she was one of my favorite characters and got even better there. So you never know.
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The last Kickstarter bonus that I was actively looking forward to was the O-Chul one. Yeah, I'll read and probably enjoy Dim Sun and the CPPD and whatever else is left, but they're likely to be lighter fare.
There's also a Sir Francois story (which I assume which feature Elan) and another Julio Scoundrel story in the schedule.

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I thought we already got the Julio Scoundrel story? Him and the Mummy Queen?
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