Strip 103 - "Hmm... not enough foreshadowing..."

29th Nov 2014, 12:00 AM in Forest of Doom
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DragonTrainer 30th Nov 2014, 1:06 PM edit delete
DragonTrainer
Update: Edited dialogue in panels 2 and 5.

Also, I hate to do this again, but due to work reasons, there may or may not be an update on Tuesday. There will, however, definitely be an update on Thursday. Sorry. >_>

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Raxon 29th Nov 2014, 2:18 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
"Yeah... I did wanted to do that...

I think you erred ever so slightly. Storytime is about rivals!
kidra 29th Nov 2014, 2:25 AM edit delete reply
kidra
"rival"
Basically any enemy that my ranger doesn't manage to kill the first time he gets them. Although in particular he recently met his clone, so that's probably the biggest rivalry yet.
Disloyal Subject 29th Nov 2014, 11:38 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
"I Forgot Kell'ei, but her story can wait"
Hmm, let's see...
A few characters had hooks in their backstories for rivals, but nothing ever came of it - probably because the campaigns died so fast.
My Githyanki gish had two: a peer back home on the Astral Plane they strived against to prove their abilities, and a Xill slaver who had the nerve to try capturing a Githyanki. The former, I never really fleshed out beyond that it was more or less like a Pokémon rivalry -antagonistic, but not terribly serious - but the latter turned into a criminal duel of sorts between horrible people, each trying to outdo the other at profiting on atrocity.
My Orsimer Favored Soul had to leave home in the first place because of drow assassination attempts on his dad the General, as decided with the GM (I was having a hard time finding a reason for him to leave) so I expected a drow assassin or two to harry me once we got on enough of a roll to have character arcs happen.
Rooker 29th Nov 2014, 4:04 AM edit delete reply
Rooker
"Everywhere a Rival-Rival"
I am not a very good game master, so I build a lot of characters with the intent of making them last longer than two hits. Basically anybody that one of my characters trades some blood with that has a name is made for long-term playing. I do that with the clever guise and vain wish of creating a deep story where loved and hated characters appear over and over, but really it's just to keep from having to generate new encounters. Just improve the rival a bit and send them back into battle!

My favorite one to use so far is a Scion of Loki who manipulates both Fire and Frost Purviews. The first time I used him on one of my players, he killed the guy's entire squad one by one every time the player entered a room. Then he finished it with a violent display of icy fire that has since left my player terrified to even hear mention of black fire or ice in the same description.

My latest version of this rival is brought down to normal level and trying his hand at being on par instead of overwhelmingly powerful now that I have a better grasp of Scion. My player wound up blowing up a farmer's barn because he has bad experiences with trip wires and noticed there were a few inside aforementioned barn. In my defense, I was letting my friend run a game that night. It was pretty fun to listen to.
Zaerosz 30th Nov 2014, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
Zaerosz
"Things are different now!"
"Have they? Have they really?"

I think your brain may have switched gears between sentences, mate. But hey, backstory!
DragonTrainer 30th Nov 2014, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
DragonTrainer
Urgh... the original dialogue went:
"Things have changed!"
"Have they? Have they really?"

I went and changed Phaedrus' line, but forgot to change Gaius' next line to match. >_>
Raxon 30th Nov 2014, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
It happens.
Bitzer 30th Nov 2014, 11:04 PM edit delete reply


"Meteor Knight"
Ooh... Backstory. If Guy has changed his motivations for adventuring though, I'm willing to bet that he's going to win this duel hands down. In fact, I think I'll bet three internet cookies that he does.
Disloyal Subject 2nd Dec 2014, 2:14 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
"Bonus Points if you get the obscure, tangential reference"
...what flavor?
Bitzer 2nd Dec 2014, 5:03 PM edit delete reply


"Meteor Knight"
Snickerdoodle of course!
Otaku 2nd Dec 2014, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
Otaku
I think I mentioned this on Grandline 3.5, but if it sounds good to you DragonTrainer, when you're up to it you should probably build up at least a small buffer of strips (or if you do that already, that buffer but a little bigger) and just take the time off.

Most of your fans seem understanding enough that I believe - like me - they'd be down with you doing that. Then when life gets hectic, you don't have to work so hard to keep ahead of the posting date. Or maybe you already do that and it just isn't working out, in which case... nvm.

Either way, keep up the good work. :)
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