Pillars of Eternity, Already in Progress

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Pillars of Eternity, Already in Progress

We now return you to Pillars of Eternity, already in progress.

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Tim_K

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Hi everyone. Long time "lurker"; I felt the need to register to express how awful this comic is. I feel bad to register with such a profoundly negative purpose, but ESCAPIST - get your act together.

Aaron Williams, people are saying your work elsewhere is good. This certainly is not.
 

Lord Quirk

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Person above me is correct; this comic's crap.
A web comic is a visual medium, but all of FFN's 'humour' is delivered in really big speech bubbles. Nobody can be bothered wading through all the text to find whatever the gag of the day is.

Take a look at Critical Miss on this website; they well understand the point of visual gags for a web comic.
 

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Lord Quirk said:
Person above me is correct; this comic's crap.
A web comic is a visual medium, but all of FFN's 'humour' is delivered in really big speech bubbles. Nobody can be bothered wading through all the text to find whatever the gag of the day is.

Take a look at Critical Miss on this website; they well understand the point of visual gags for a web comic.
Gonna refer you to the Sunday comic section of your local newspaper. There's not a huge amount of visual gags outside of one panel comics. I'll also refer you to the multitude of writing Bill Waterson's done on the comic strip medium.
 

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I thought it was pretty funny. Haters can feel free to not read it. It takes no time or effort to do so :D
 

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Seriously, escapist, this is shit.
I tried to like it this time, but it's just not that funny. If you're so desperate for content, then why not bring Unforgotten realms back as a webcomic? People would actually be excited for something like that.

Not this giant wall of text with uninspired characters that never emote.
 

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...I don't get it.

There are not a lot of posts ahead of mine but people seem to really not like this comic. I'm...indifferent about it but can someone explain to me what the joke was? I feel kind of dumb having to ask but I'm going to feel even more dumb if I can't figure it out.
 

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Corey Schaff said:
tippy2k2 said:
...I don't get it.

There are not a lot of posts ahead of mine but people seem to really not like this comic. I'm...indifferent about it but can someone explain to me what the joke was? I feel kind of dumb having to ask but I'm going to feel even more dumb if I can't figure it out.
PCs doing questionable things "for the exp".

Like how I justify picking every lock in Fallout: New Vegas "don't worry guys I'm not gonna steal your stuff, I just want the xp" or picking whatever choice in the story nets you the greatest xp reward <_<
That's kind of what I thought but panels #2 and #3 confused me. I suppose that makes sense still since the PC is trying to convince the NPC that what he's doing is not evil (like your lock picking example).

Either way, thanks for the quick explanation.
 

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This strip is pretty awful. CAD-tastic proportions of awful. All wordswordswords, zero expression and no punchline. Comedy is but a happy accident for these people.

008Zulu said:
I thought it was funny, I guess the Haters don't get subtlety.
Criticism equals hatred, and haters are stupid. How mature.
 

Elader

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I enjoy this one. I do have an odd sense of humor though. And yeah. Don't let those NPCs get uppity...
 

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I don't get it either.

Can someone explain the continuity between the panels?

I guess doing anything for XP could make someone an inhuman abomination. I suppose. But, I don't really recall there being a lot of pointless slaughtering in Baldur's Gate 2, unless you purposefully played it that way?

And the deleting? What's that about? It would make thematic sense if he was threatening to pick-pocket/kill the NPC for questionable XP, but what....
 

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Add another to the pile of dislike.

http://i51.tinypic.com/1yo0uh.gif

Watterson meta'd this point once and only once because he's right - this format is terrible for comics.

If you insist on dialogue-or-monologue-only jokes, at least take cues from <link=http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/comicsandcosplay/comics/critical-miss/10024-On-Reviews>Critical Miss, where he gives some panels for the characters to emote, make dumb faces, and play around with the word balloon format.

Comics are a combination of visual art and text. Use both. If your comic can be converted to plainitext using a single line of context ("The PC completes a sidequest in Pillars of Eternity") and then nothing but written dialogue, you're not doing a good job. At least the aforementioned Critical Miss comic requires extra lines to describe Elliot's actions and Erin's expressions.
 

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That last panel doesn't really follow, and the strip doesn't really have a punchline. It's not a terrible setup, but it really needs to capitalize on it.
 

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Versuvius said:
I thought it was pretty funny. Haters can feel free to not read it. It takes no time or effort to do so :D
Haters as opposed to Likers? Or is this what we call fanboyism, or an apologist? Bloody oath. Anyone else want to use these stupid labels?
 

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This comic already had it's three strikes two strips ago, but five bad comic strips in a row is certainly impressive. This comic series has been going on since 2001, and it still violates the cardinal rule of y'know, making them good: Not flooding the page with wordswordswords.

At this point, I am only really reading them to see how awful they are.
 

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Yeah, I'm sorry to say I don't find these particularly funny, either. People said in the comments of the earlier ones near the start of the series, that there are really clever and funny strips on the main page, but if The Escapist only gets the runoff, then I don't know why I'd want to read this series here. Or there, honestly, because what we see here doesn't put the comic's main page in a particularly positive light, either. I guess it wouldn't matter to folks who are already fans of the comic, but to those of us who didn't know it yet, this is not the best advertisement.
 

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justmyopinion said:
you know, every time i check the comments on this webcomic, i see the same trolls crying "too many words - this sucks" and "i don't get it - this sucks"

Quit clicking the dang links, idiots.

I'm sorry for you that your mental abilities barely cover tying your shoes. I weep for the future of mankind that has such lazy, stupid, ignorant individuals in it. To quote Handy, "Read a book, you're makin' us look stupid!"

The jokes are funny, there is a punchline, if there's too many words and it makes your brain hurt to understand things beyond "poop - fart - dick" go back to your mindless video games and porno-flash-toons and just STFU already.

If the humor is too high-brow for you, quit coming back. You don't need to tell us, we already know you're too dumb to get it. No need to remind us, TRUST US we know you are there.
Uh oh, someone didn't pass Criticism 101 OR read the terms that he agreed to when he made his account!

If you honestly think that you're in the moral superiority because you like a comic that's all words and no comic, then I weep for the future of the medium, albeit not mankind (I'm not THAT dramatic). Read a Bill Watterson interview or two, you'll figure out the real problem we have with it.