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UrsielHauke
2011-08-04, 07:27 PM
Looking back on the previous OOTS Archives, something begins to seem painfully strange; Every hundred strips, something interesting or relevent to being a hundredth strip, seems to happen or be mentioned (With arguable exceptions.

Strip 100: (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0100.html) Joke about the 100th strip.

Strip 200: (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0200.html) The Miko incident, introducing another plot arc.

Strip 300: (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0300.html) Next Stop: Azure City; end of a story arc.

Strip 400: (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0400.html) Elan and Haley. (Pan camera to curtains); Long-running subplot gets resolved.

Strip 500: (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0500.html) (Last panel) I now pronounce ye man and wife. (Cliffhanger to Kazumi and Daigo); intro to Azure exile story arc.

Strip 600: (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0600.html) Joke about the joke in strip 100.

Strip 700: (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0700.html) Not sure. Tsukiko does something nice for someone besides Xykon? Or something?

So... what big change will happen in strip 800? If any? Begin speculation!

MoonCat
2011-08-04, 07:30 PM
A new comic.

Occasional Sage
2011-08-04, 07:46 PM
Like 90% of previous strips, we'll get a metajoke in the title.

Beyond this, all bets are off. Though I'd be willing to place a decent wager that it will be in the current continuity, rather than a flashback.

MoonCat
2011-08-04, 07:49 PM
Like 90% of previous strips, we'll get a metajoke in the title.

Beyond this, all bets are off. Though I'd be willing to place a decent wager that it will be in the current continuity, rather than a flashback.

Which ones have had metajokes? :smallconfused:

Morph Bark
2011-08-04, 08:13 PM
Which ones have had metajokes? :smallconfused:

90% is rather generous, but at least 6 out of the last 10 had metajokes. (Or at least a pun that non-DnD players would not get.)

Lord Bingo
2011-08-04, 08:17 PM
I hope someone dies. I would like it to be someone green with a broken tusk but I think the kobold is more likely.

Fargazer
2011-08-04, 08:24 PM
Which ones have had metajokes? :smallconfused:

"Critical Thinking"

"Don't Get MAD"

He's refering to something almost all comics get, not just the 100's.

MoonCat
2011-08-04, 08:27 PM
"Critical Thinking"

"Don't Get MAD"

He's refering to something almost all comics get, not just the 100's.

Oh! Now I get it. Thanks.

In that case, yes, we can probably can bet on that. We can also bet on there being at least one panel. :smalltongue:

Esprit15
2011-08-04, 09:18 PM
Oh! Now I get it. Thanks.

In that case, yes, we can probably can bet on that. We can also bet on there being at least one panel. :smalltongue:

Hey, don't encourage him to do something unexpected. :smalltongue:

Morquard
2011-08-04, 09:30 PM
We get a double comic following two completely random, nameless goblins scour the Azure City sewers in search for a holy symbol.
In the last panel they get eaten by a giant sewer snake.

You heard it here first.

Mutant Sheep
2011-08-04, 09:41 PM
We get a double comic following two completely random, nameless goblins scour the Azure City sewers in search for a holy symbol.
In the last panel they get eaten by a giant sewer snake.

You heard it here first.

*claps and applauds* Personally I think they are Diago and Kazumi's goblin doppelgangers. Or were those the goblin couple who were murdered by team Peregrine?

AlexG
2011-08-04, 10:25 PM
I think strip 700 is more important than the OP makes it seem. I feel like it has major foreshadowing toeither: Tsukiko performing the ritual to contain the snarl instead of redcloak or Tsukiko as just a backup plan in case redcloak dies.

But yeah, i think 800 won't be anything major. Probably something simple.

Dr.Epic
2011-08-04, 11:14 PM
I hope someone dies. I would like it to be someone green with a broken tusk but I think the kobold is more likely.

No. You're confused. Roy is the boring human, and Thog is the awesome half-orc. I know they look a like, but it's not that difficult to discern green.

SamBurke
2011-08-04, 11:24 PM
Triple-length (or longer!) comic, a truly epic battle. (As 200)

Lots of action.

Huge panels.

Incredible art.

Someone dies at the very end.

Onyavar
2011-08-05, 01:05 AM
Since everyone is expecting that the giant is doing something totally unspectacular...

The odds are good that there will be something spectacular.

But betting on this sort of thing leads to madness.

Hbgplayer
2011-08-05, 02:39 AM
I am going to guess that we jump to either :durkon: or :elan: . Possibly after we see :vaarsuvius: kick the kobold's (Yukyuk?) backside.
I personally hope that we see Blackwing do something to trick the imp into hurting himself.

Capt Spanner
2011-08-05, 03:26 AM
The tide of the battle is turning in these last two strips. I think they've been building up for a more decicive reveal in 800, where the Linear Guild suddenly realise this battle's not going well.

ripley8
2011-08-05, 04:44 AM
I wish I had half the imagination as some of you lot.

Maybe another Q&A panel, who knows!

Bedinsis
2011-08-05, 05:59 AM
I've interpreted #700 as the giant's way of saying, "No, I don't care anymore of the strip number, the strips x-hundred will not be any more spectacular than strips x-hundred and one to x-hundred and ninety nine."

With that being said, I predict that Vaarsuvius will attack Yuk-Yuk, Zz'dtri will appear, Mr. Scruffy joins the fight, Yuk-Yuk attacks Mr. Scruffy again, Belkar, having escaped, joins the fight because of Mr. Scruffy being attacked. Then I don't know.

Edit: Allow me to change my mind. I think Vaarsuvius intends to steal Yuk-Yuk's crossbows to fire at Zz'dtri. We'll see how that goes in the next strip.

Tundar
2011-08-05, 08:50 AM
I hope it will be a regular strip and nothing even remotely close to something epic. That's for 801 or 802 :-)

bertoltus
2011-08-05, 09:00 AM
Belkar will rage for the first time.

Demonic1000
2011-08-05, 10:49 AM
Belkar will rage for the first time.

Seriously, what the hell Belkar? :belkar:Don't you know what Barbarians do best? :thog:

UrsielHauke
2011-08-05, 12:39 PM
Belkar will rage for the first time.

Belkar already has, fighting the Hag in Wooden forest, remember?

:belkar: "Halfling rage jumping attack!!!"
(Remains airborne)

Hag: Umm... so...

:roy: He exceeded his movement distance for this round, so he has to wait till next round to finish his jump.

Occasional Sage
2011-08-05, 01:36 PM
Since everyone is expecting that the giant is doing something totally unspectacular...

The odds are good that there will be something spectacular.

But betting on this sort of thing leads to madness.

Yeah, this is exactly why 800 will be bland and prosaic.

Oh, wait....

Demonic1000
2011-08-06, 10:32 AM
Belkar already has, fighting the Hag in Wooden forest, remember?

:belkar: "Halfling rage jumping attack!!!"
(Remains airborne)

Hag: Umm... so...

:roy: He exceeded his movement distance for this round, so he has to wait till next round to finish his jump.

True that. I just want him to turn the Belkar equivalent of a Thog dark green.

ThePhantasm
2011-08-06, 12:07 PM
The last few panels of 799 seem like a lead-in to the next strip, so I expect at least the first part of the next strip will feature V vs. the kobold. Perhaps the entire strip will be that. Maybe we'll find out what the heck Durkon is up to as well. Who knows?

Dalek-K
2011-08-06, 07:14 PM
Since everyone is expecting that the giant is doing something totally unspectacular...

The odds are good that there will be something spectacular.

But betting on this sort of thing leads to madness.

Ah but he knows w know that he knows that therefore we have schrodinger's cat comic!

Until we see it there is a 50/50 chance of it being spectacular or unspectacular... And technically an additional 50 for both the chance of it being both at the same time!

MoonCat
2011-08-06, 07:19 PM
Every comic is spectacular though! :smallamused:

rewinn
2011-08-06, 08:19 PM
Ah but he knows w know that he knows that therefore we have schrodinger's cat comic!

Until we see it there is a 50/50 chance of it being spectacular or unspectacular... And technically an additional 50 for both the chance of it being both at the same time!

In fact, until you read it, it is BOTH spectacular AND unspectacular ... like Schrodinger's cat. So if it turns out to be unspectacular, it'll be YOUR fault for reading it :smallwink:

Psyren
2011-08-06, 11:53 PM
I hope someone dies. I would like it to be someone green with a broken tusk but I think the kobold is more likely.

Basically this


Belkar will rage for the first time.

Pretty sure he raged a few times before, including here (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0685.html)

ArcaneSaint
2011-08-07, 07:29 AM
Start of Darkness spoiler
In strip #700, it is revealed Xykon has asked Tsukiko to research a ritual, which turns out to be only half of a ritual. Like a part of the one needed to control the gates according to the Dark One's plan, ie: Xykon's might be planning to replace Redcloak with someone more loyal to hiscause
And regarding strip# 800: Durkon and his LG counterpart will be revealed.

Mutant Sheep
2011-08-07, 01:25 PM
Start of Darkness spoiler
In strip #700, it is revealed Xykon has asked Tsukiko to research a ritual, which turns out to be only half of a ritual. Like a part of the one needed to control the gates according to the Dark One's plan, ie: Xykon's might be planning to replace Redcloak with someone more loyal to hiscause
And regarding strip# 800: Durkon and his LG counterpart will be revealed.
MajorG said this. And "ZOMG foreshadowing' hardly counts as the super-special awesome which is expected from the hundreds. It has depth, just like 500, but not 500's super-special awesome.

EyethatBinds
2011-08-07, 01:41 PM
{Scrubbed}

Who149
2011-08-07, 02:19 PM
Snarl eats the world. The comic is over.

Othniel Edden
2011-08-07, 02:26 PM
Oh! Now I get it. Thanks.

In that case, yes, we can probably can bet on that. We can also bet on there being at least one panel. :smalltongue:

great, now we'll get a text update instead.:smallyuk:

:smallwink:

Katana_Geldar
2011-08-07, 06:50 PM
Snarl eats the world. The comic is over.

And then rocks fall.

Mutant Sheep
2011-08-07, 06:50 PM
And then rocks fall.

But nobody dies.

super dark33
2011-08-07, 07:29 PM
But nobody dies.

Exept from belkar who dies.

137ben
2011-08-07, 08:48 PM
How about this: The Giant doesn't plan things around comic number, and the (weak) trend you noticed is coincidence (except for the jokes in #100 and 600), so it isn't likely that a huge story-event will happen just because it will be #800. That being said, we're at a point in the story where a number of significant events COULD happen in 1 strip, so given the current situation, it is not all that unlikely that a big even could happen...it just ISN'T because of the comic numbers.

FujinAkari
2011-08-07, 10:57 PM
Hey look, Strip #800 is just another strip.

Colour me surprised... :P

MoonCat
2011-08-07, 11:01 PM
Hey look, Strip #800 is just another strip.

Colour me surprised... :P

I'm just happy that the speculation will stop for about seventy updates now.

Menarker
2011-08-07, 11:02 PM
Well, I feel that in regards to the battle, comic 800 is marking the point where the balance of power has finally shifted much closer toward the Order of the Stick, who before looked like they were completely screwed up next to the surprise attack of the Linear Guild.

Zevox
2011-08-07, 11:05 PM
How about this: The Giant doesn't plan things around comic number,
Actually, his commentary in No Cure for the Paladin Blues explicitly acknowledged that he planned to have the Order's confrontation with Miko occur on comic #200, and in fact shortened the Team Evil arc that came before it in order to accomplish that (bonus strips in the book fill in the parts of the story taken out for that purpose). Given that, it seems likely that the important moments of 300 and 400 would have been similarly planned to fall on those numbers. 500 is more iffy, but possible, 600 was obviously so just since it's an "we're not doing something special for a hundredth strip" joke. Seems he has since abandoned that though, since neither 700 nor 800 included anything unusual.

Zevox

MoonCat
2011-08-07, 11:07 PM
Well, I feel that in regards to the battle, comic 800 is marking the point where the balance of power has finally shifted much closer toward the Order of the Stick, who before looked like they were completely screwed up next to the surprise attack of the Linear Guild.

That started when Blackwing figured out Qarr, or if not that, then right after when Roy got Thog nicely injured and healed himself up a bit. This is just one facet that got the table turned, it was already happening before that with some others.

@ Zevox, yes, I think he did that years ago, but has long since left it alone.

Bedinsis
2011-08-08, 02:42 AM
I think Vaarsuvius intends to steal Yuk-Yuk's crossbows to fire at Zz'dtri. We'll see how that goes in the next strip.

Well, I wasn't completely of the mark.

Conuly
2011-08-08, 02:45 AM
Can we just skip to speculating about strip 1000 now? I'm already tired of talking about 900, and we haven't even done that yet! But I'm itching and itching to figure out what that thousandth strip'll be about. Only 200 left!

Kato
2011-08-08, 05:14 AM
Can we just skip to speculating about strip 1000 now? I'm already tired of talking about 900, and we haven't even done that yet! But I'm itching and itching to figure out what that thousandth strip'll be about. Only 200 left!

NO, NO, NO! I demand, DEMAND speculation of strip 900 right here right now! And given what happened so far... I hope guess Haley will make out with Tsukiko. That, or Belkar dies.

Dr.Epic
2011-08-08, 10:02 AM
How about this: The Giant doesn't plan things around comic number, and the (weak) trend you noticed is coincidence (except for the jokes in #100 and 600), so it isn't likely that a huge story-event will happen just because it will be #800. That being said, we're at a point in the story where a number of significant events COULD happen in 1 strip, so given the current situation, it is not all that unlikely that a big even could happen...it just ISN'T because of the comic numbers.

Extremely unlikely. After strip 500, the Giant obviously stop putting effort into making the centennial strips into big ones. But given the length and revelation of strips 200, 300, 400, and 500, the Giant had to have planned for something important to happen in them.

Metahuman1
2011-08-08, 10:20 AM
Hey, all I know is that dominating the Kobolt was, tactically speaking, VERY SMART! Congrats V, your finally role playing that Int score!

Capt Spanner
2011-08-08, 05:07 PM
Actually, his commentary in No Cure for the Paladin Blues explicitly acknowledged that he planned to have the Order's confrontation with Miko occur on comic #200, and in fact shortened the Team Evil arc that came before it in order to accomplish that (bonus strips in the book fill in the parts of the story taken out for that purpose). Given that, it seems likely that the important moments of 300 and 400 would have been similarly planned to fall on those numbers. 500 is more iffy, but possible, 600 was obviously so just since it's an "we're not doing something special for a hundredth strip" joke. Seems he has since abandoned that though, since neither 700 nor 800 included anything unusual.

Zevox

I believe in the same commentary he said he wasn't going to try to make major events coincide with special numbers anymore. It was too much strain the first time. Could be wrong, though.

Zevox
2011-08-08, 05:53 PM
I believe in the same commentary he said he wasn't going to try to make major events coincide with special numbers anymore. It was too much strain the first time. Could be wrong, though.
I just re-read those sections of the NCftPB commentary, and he does not say anything like that there.

Zevox

Fargazer
2011-08-08, 06:35 PM
NO, NO, NO! I demand, DEMAND speculation of strip 900 right here right now! And given what happened so far... I hope guess Haley will make out with Tsukiko. That, or Belkar dies.

Yeah, I'm still going with both.

Jay R
2011-08-09, 11:36 AM
But what about strip #817?

717 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0717.html) had the first reference to the slave revolt.
617 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0617.html) had the beginning of the legal wrangling between Celia and the Thieves' Guild
517 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0517.html) starts the Haley / Tsukiko fight
The final panel in 417 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0417.html) initiates a grappling encounter
317 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0317.html) is the first strip completely dedicated to the ongoing Belkar / Vaarsuvius rivalry.
217 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0217.html) begins the fight with the ogre.
117 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0117.html) begins the argument between Redcloak and the MitD. (Up until then, it had obly been Xykon vs. MitD.)
17 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0017.html) introduces the Chimera Trigak.

We have to start arguing over what important battle, argument, or squabble will begin in strip 817.

I think that Evisceratus's son Ivisciratus will show up to get revenge on Mr. Scruffy.

MoonCat
2011-08-09, 12:44 PM
But what about strip #817?

717 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0717.html) had the first reference to the slave revolt.
617 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0617.html) had the beginning of the legal wrangling between Celia and the Thieves' Guild
517 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0517.html) starts the Haley / Tsukiko fight
The final panel in 417 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0417.html) initiates a grappling encounter
317 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0317.html) is the first strip completely dedicated to the ongoing Belkar / Vaarsuvius rivalry.
217 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0217.html) begins the fight with the ogre.
117 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0117.html) begins the argument between Redcloak and the MitD. (Up until then, it had obly been Xykon vs. MitD.)
17 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0017.html) introduces the Chimera Trigak.

We have to start arguing over what important battle, argument, or squabble will begin in strip 817.

I think that Evisceratus's son Ivisciratus will show up to get revenge on Mr. Scruffy.

Exactly! Every comic has something important nowadays!

UrsielHauke
2011-08-09, 01:04 PM
Yeah, It's best not to fight the madness.

TheMac04
2011-08-11, 08:01 PM
Well, I feel that in regards to the battle, comic 800 is marking the point where the balance of power has finally shifted much closer toward the Order of the Stick, who before looked like they were completely screwed up next to the surprise attack of the Linear Guild.

Someone's grasping at straws.

Capt Spanner
2011-08-12, 04:45 PM
To be honest, that is what I called:


The tide of the battle is turning in these last two strips. I think they've been building up for a more decicive reveal in 800, where the Linear Guild suddenly realise this battle's not going well.

Shatteredtower
2011-08-13, 03:51 PM
Someone's grasping at straws.

No, to be fair, this is the first time a member of the Order has secured an advantage over their enemies in this fight. Elan's still on the run and Roy is still working at a bit of a disadvantage against a raging half-orc. For all that Blackwing may have figured things out, the raven is still stuck entirely in defensive mode, with no means of counterattack.

V's case is the first time we've seen one of the team secure an advantage over the LG, overcoming two-to-one odds to use one adversary to overcome the advantages displayed by the other, based on a weakness revealed by the drow's first attack.

Does that give the strip centennial significance. I doubt it, but won't rule it out. Either way, it was a good strip, which is the important thing.

TheMac04
2011-08-13, 05:04 PM
No, to be fair, this is the first time a member of the Order has secured an advantage over their enemies in this fight. Elan's still on the run and Roy is still working at a bit of a disadvantage against a raging half-orc. For all that Blackwing may have figured things out, the raven is still stuck entirely in defensive mode, with no means of counterattack.

V's case is the first time we've seen one of the team secure an advantage over the LG, overcoming two-to-one odds to use one adversary to overcome the advantages displayed by the other, based on a weakness revealed by the drow's first attack.

Does that give the strip centennial significance. I doubt it, but won't rule it out. Either way, it was a good strip, which is the important thing.

This is a good strip, to be sure, but there's nothing to set it apart from any other strip. I can almost guarantee that you would have picked out SOMETHING from pretty much any strip that was posted as the 800. It's mildly significant, but there's nothing particularly special about it. I think that's fairly obvious.

Narren
2011-08-13, 05:29 PM
But what about strip #817?

717 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0717.html) had the first reference to the slave revolt.
617 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0617.html) had the beginning of the legal wrangling between Celia and the Thieves' Guild
517 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0517.html) starts the Haley / Tsukiko fight
The final panel in 417 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0417.html) initiates a grappling encounter
317 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0317.html) is the first strip completely dedicated to the ongoing Belkar / Vaarsuvius rivalry.
217 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0217.html) begins the fight with the ogre.
117 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0117.html) begins the argument between Redcloak and the MitD. (Up until then, it had obly been Xykon vs. MitD.)
17 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0017.html) introduces the Chimera Trigak.

We have to start arguing over what important battle, argument, or squabble will begin in strip 817.

I think that Evisceratus's son Ivisciratus will show up to get revenge on Mr. Scruffy.

Yes...SOMETHING happens in every comic. But none of those events are really noteworthy.

I still don't understand why no one believes that the centennial comics were originally meant to be significant. It's already been said, but comics 100 through 600 had either a VERY significant plot event or a line about it being the 100th comic. Oh, and Rich even SAID the centennial comics were originally meant to be special.

I think comics 700 and 800 proved that he no longer cares about the number of the comic, but I can't see the argument against 100 through 600.

MoonCat
2011-08-13, 05:36 PM
Yes...SOMETHING happens in every comic. But none of those events are really noteworthy.

I still don't understand why no one believes that the centennial comics were originally meant to be significant. It's already been said, but comics 100 through 600 had either a VERY significant plot event or a line about it being the 100th comic. Oh, and Rich even SAID the centennial comics were originally meant to be special.

I think comics 700 and 800 proved that he no longer cares about the number of the comic, but I can't see the argument against 100 through 600.

No one says it wasn't originally intended to be important. But it isn't now. Italics.

Narren
2011-08-13, 06:57 PM
No one says it wasn't originally intended to be important. But it isn't now. Italics.

I just looked back...did I miss something that was in italics?

MoonCat
2011-08-13, 06:59 PM
I just looked back...did I miss something that was in italics?

Not in your post, no.

Narren
2011-08-13, 07:02 PM
Not in your post, no.

In any post? :smallconfused:

MoonCat
2011-08-13, 07:07 PM
Well, my post...

But my point is that no one has been saying it wasn't originally important, the Giant specifically says so, and it would be impossible for him to make jokes about it without being aware of the number at all, but I mean that it isn't important now at all.

Narren
2011-08-13, 08:07 PM
Well, my post...

But my point is that no one has been saying it wasn't originally important, the Giant specifically says so, and it would be impossible for him to make jokes about it without being aware of the number at all, but I mean that it isn't important now at all.


How about this: The Giant doesn't plan things around comic number, and the (weak) trend you noticed is coincidence (except for the jokes in #100 and 600), so it isn't likely that a huge story-event will happen just because it will be #800. That being said, we're at a point in the story where a number of significant events COULD happen in 1 strip, so given the current situation, it is not all that unlikely that a big even could happen...it just ISN'T because of the comic numbers.

I also thought the post I originally quoted was saying the same thing, but I could certainly be mistaken.

I do know that I've seen this same argument crop up every time we come close to 00 comic, and every time numerous people say that there is no significance to the numbers, despite evidence and the authors own statements. They were finally right with 700, though (and 800).

TheMac04
2011-08-13, 09:18 PM
In any post? :smallconfused:

SHE WAS MAKING A JOKE ABOUT HOW MUCH ITALICS SHE WAS USING.

Narren
2011-08-13, 09:42 PM
SHE WAS MAKING A JOKE ABOUT HOW MUCH ITALICS SHE WAS USING.

Huh?








:smallbiggrin:

MoonCat
2011-08-13, 10:50 PM
Apparently I'm as bad at jokes as Fujin. (NO! SHE SAID THAT ABOUT HERSELF! I'M NOT MEAN! AUGH!)

TheMac04
2011-08-13, 11:33 PM
Apparently I'm as bad at jokes as Fujin. (NO! SHE SAID THAT ABOUT HERSELF! I'M NOT MEAN! AUGH!)

Being socially tactful is SO HARD!

Narren
2011-08-14, 05:29 AM
Apparently I'm as bad at jokes as Fujin. (NO! SHE SAID THAT ABOUT HERSELF! I'M NOT MEAN! AUGH!)

Eh, you can blame me (and this medium). It's difficult to understand how emphasis is intended on a forum.

TheMac04
2011-08-14, 08:12 PM
Eh, you can blame me (and this medium). It's difficult to understand how emphasis is intended on a forum.

Except for, you know, italics.