Strip 049

24th Jul 2014, 12:00 AM in Forest of Doom
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Raxon 24th Jul 2014, 2:29 AM edit delete reply
Conservation of ninjitsu has a similar concept with intelligence. See, you can't have everyone in the group be clever and sensible. No, that would end the episode five minutes in.

Thus, intellect is shared on a bell curve. One or two characters can get some, but not too much, or they might solve the problem before it becomes an imminent danger. That's what makes for great television! Unlikable idiots make for great tv!

No, I never worked on Enterprise. Why does everyone keep asking me that?
Malroth 24th Jul 2014, 2:46 AM edit delete reply

Too many evil geniuses and you wind up with "Liar game" or "Death Note"
Raxon 24th Jul 2014, 4:56 AM edit delete reply
I actually do like where you have two or more genuinely brilliant characters each creating these elaborate, clever schemes.

Death note was fantastic, even though dark drama like that isn't my normal cup of tea.

Hell, I've written such a thing, where all these geniuses create elaborate, subtle plots, and the villain was the douche who just walked up and bought the damn macguffin, rather than spend weeks manipulating people to have it given to him with a fruit basket, and a handwritten letter from the queen of England, apologizing for not realizing sooner that they really, really wanted it.

The whole thing was played for laughs, where these brilliant young heroes need to acquire the firebird, so they can woo the pretty girls. Six plots, all moving simultaneously, all aware of most of all the other plots, but alas, there is one firebird.

They each make little bribes here and there. There's this jock jerk named Joe. Now Joe acts all friendly and helpful, and he advises each of them that they should have the car to woo the pretty girls. Naturally, each one trusts him, and soon, they're all plotting and planning and manipulating events and people so they can have it. While they're distracted, Joe goes down, and in full view of all six, buys the car. He realized he wouldn't earn enough fast enough before someone else would buy it, so he had the smart college students prevent anyone from doing that until he did. Since he was in on all the plots, they all thought he was their pawn. He was their messenger, and gofer. Thus, since they all thought he was a patsy, nobody suspected him until they saw him drive by in his brand new firebird, ready to woo the pretty girls.

It is a terrible story, but it taught me that I'm decent at keeping multiple plots going simultaneously.
Disloyal Subject 18th Nov 2014, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
"World Building"
Aand now I have a fable for Clerics of Raxon to tell in my setting.
guy 25th Jul 2014, 11:28 AM edit delete reply

Who wants to bet that the smart goblin is one of our party?
Some Random Person... 25th Jul 2014, 10:39 PM edit delete reply

They're orcs not goblins. Although goblins will probably also be the same color if we see them later.
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