Page 1 of 49 123456789101126 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 30 of 1464
  1. - Top - End - #1
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    ThePhantasm's Avatar

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Gotham City

    The Index of the Giant's Comments

    Version 1.9.0

    Thread "Rules" (Please Read!):
    Spoiler
    Show

    These rules were decided by forum vote. They specify what sorts of comments are suitable for inclusion in the Index and what sorts are not. This thread is run by its caretaker in accordance with forumgoer consensus.
    Spoiler
    Show

    a) The quote / comment must still be accessible online.
    - 1. This includes the use of the internet wayback machine and other methods of accessing comments that may not still exist in the archive.
    - 2. This does not include second-hand sources, like "I remember Rich said this, but the thread does not exist anymore." Even if you are 100% certain Rich said that, if the quote is not demonstrable or provable it cannot be included.
    - 3. This does not include Rich's commentary in books or in any medium that cannot be legally accessed for free.

    b) The Index is for collecting only quotes that have to do with the Order of the Stick comic or other fiction works by Rich Burlew.
    - 1. This excludes non-comic-related opinions, statements, etc. from Rich. So if he says "I like Italian food" or something like that, it is not to be included.
    - 2. This may include information tangentially related to the comic, like Rich's views on Dungeons and Dragons, book publishing, art design, etc. These quotes are still within the sphere of comic-related discussion. Uncertainty should be decided by thread poster consensus.
    - 3. This excludes GiTP forum rules, updates, or general information. That is for the admins and mods to publicize and spread word about, not this index.

    c) The index is a forum tool, meant primarily to provide easy access to direct statements from the author for the purpose of forum discussion. Thus, while the index may be fun to read through on a whim, this is not its primary purpose or focus - it is a research aid more than it is a trivia collection.

    d) If two quotes seem to contradict each other, only the quote that illustrates Rich's most recent and current opinion or position will be included. This is because of rule c).

    e) Quotes that contain redundant information need not be included. This reduces clutter. The quote should only be included if it provides new information or clarity, or if it expounds upon information included in a prior comment.

    f) The index-keeper (ThePhantasm) has the job of updating the index in keeping with thread-goer consensus.
    - 1. He may reorganize the index if deemed necessary, though all reorganizations can be reversed by majority vote.
    - 2. He may immediately add a comment to the index without any vote, discussion, or consensus required if the comment obviously is in accordance with these agreed rules.
    - 3. He may never fully "reject" a comment's inclusion, however, he may postpone its inclusion until further discussion (and, if the divide in opinion appears even, a vote) decides the matter.
    - 4. If a comment's inclusion is uncertain, a vote requires a clear majority. If there is a tie the comment will not be included. The majority must have at least 2 more votes than the minority. Remember, the purpose of the discussions and votes are to reach some measure of consensus, not division.


    Note: As of 3/20/12 all entries have been updated with not only the date of the comment, but the last posted comic at the time of the comment. This is simply to provide context and does not imply any shifts in opinions or decisions by Rich. Unless Rich specifically indicates that he has changed his mind or intention on something, arguments to that effect are purely speculative.

    For Those Who Missed Out on Kickstarter: The swag, sans patches, will be very likely available again at some point.

    Alignment -
    Spoiler
    Show
    V is True Neutral! (08/17/2011; #801)
    Durkon is Lawful Good! (07/27/2011; #798)
    Belkar is Chaotic Evil! (12/1/2005; #251)
    Tarquin is Lawful Evil! (12/7/2010; #763)
    Nale, Sabine, and Thog are all Evil! (01/20/2005; #142)
    Enor & Gannji are True Neutral! (10/24/2011; #812)
    Redcloak is Evil! (01/23/2012; #830)

    Who Else is Neutral? A long list of Neutral characters in the comic. See also here. (07/22/2013; #903)

    Alignment and Environment: Enor and Gannji were not operating wholly outside the ethical framework of the Empire of Blood. This doesn't change the nature of their acts but does mean that the acts are not as indicative of their overall alignment as some might suppose. (10/25/2011; #812)

    Alignment and Authorial Intent: What does Rich mean when he says X character is Y alignment? (07/23/2013; #903)

    Elan and Nale's Parentage: How did it affect their alignment? Giant can't fully answer because of events yet to be revealed. Elan spared Nale's life because of Elan's understanding of what it means to be good. (11/18/2011; #815)

    D&D, Alignment, and Morality: Rich on the comic's criticism of the way D&D has been played for over three decades. "D&D cannot and should not begin and end at black-and-white, and indeed already doesn't, if everyone would just learn to look at things a little more complexly." See also here (D&D "racism" and alignment) and here (the real world applicability of Redcloak's story). (02/14/2012; #835)

    D&D's Alignment System: Thoughts on how it could be improved. (02/18/2012; #838)

    On Being Lawful Good in D&D and the OOTS. (02/15/2006; #281)

    More on Being Lawful in D&D and the OOTS. (06/03/2013; #891)

    Shojo's Chaotic Government was still good, not evil. (06/06/2013; #891)


    Art -
    Spoiler
    Show
    Character Appearances & Forum Speculation: Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. For example, just because two persons have similar hairstyles doesn't mean they are related. (10/6/2009; #683)

    Examples of Rich's Non-Stick-Figure Art Talent: Rich's mad art skills on showcase. Also more here. (4/11/2012, #848)

    Why the Strip Titles Aren't Above the Strip: The titles are "bonus" jokes. Rich prefers not to put them above the strip itself. (11/20/2010; #759)

    True Subjective View In #843: V gets cornered. (03/7/2012; #843)

    Speech Bubbles: Don't overthink them... they are subservient to the story. Malack's bubbles are only black when he "vamps out." (02/18/2013; #870)

    Light and Art: The art style doesn't show lighting and shading, much like how it doesn't show noses. (02/26/2013; #871)

    Art Should Challenge Preconceptions (06/07/2013; #891)

    How the Giant Writes and Draws the Strips: And an answer to the question - why are certain strips several pages long? (06/28/2013; #896)

    Art and Magic:
    Spoiler
    Show

    Invisibility: Why the art for invisible characters isn't consistent (utility trumps consistency). (03/15/2010; #706)

    Counterspelling: The Giant doesn't use different art to differentiate between counterspelling with Dispel Magic and counterspelling with the same spell. (01/23/2012; #830)

    Spell Colors: The colors come from the spellcaster's choice or personality, and not their alignment or the types of magic. (06/28/2010; #731)

    Meld Into Stone: Art trumps rules accuracy here in order to show the warping of the spell effect. (07/26/2012, #859)


    Art and Merchandise:
    Spoiler
    Show
    Black and White Books: They are unlikely to ever be colorized, and were not originally in color. Rich drew them in black and white. (03/16/2011; #781)

    The Oracle's Location on the OOTS Poster: Don't read too much into it. (09/5/2010; #744)

    Characters and Merchandise: The presence, absence, position, or style of any character on any piece of merchandise has no bearing on any future (or past) plot points. (11/22/2011; #816)



    D&D Rules and Explanations -
    Spoiler
    Show

    Malack's Undead: Malack reanimates the dead Draketooths into mummies. (06/20/2012; #856)

    Acid-Born Shark: Rich created it, and made fun of himself in the comic. (04/6/2011; #785)

    Character Items:
    Spoiler
    Show
    Elan's Rapiers: He has 2. His original, and one from Julio Scoundrel. (05/13/2010; #723)

    Haley's Boots of Speed: Yes, she did get them dyed to match her brown / tan garb. (05/29/2011; #793)

    Durkon Throws Diamond Dust into the air in #844. (03/9/2012; #844)

    The Keoghtum's Ointment removes deafness because it is extra strength. (09/12/2012; #863)

    Why V Doesn't Have a Staff: There is no narrative purpose for it, and it would just be one more item to keep track of in the art. (03/03/2013; #878)


    Character Quirks -
    Spoiler
    Show
    V is a Vegetarian (06/03/2013; #891)

    Malack is not Paranoid (07/30/2013; #906)


    Character Stats -
    Spoiler
    Show
    OOTS' Stats: Rich hasn't written them down, and everything is up in the air until they need a specific ability. (04/10/2010; #714)

    Tsukiko Breaks The Rules: Tsukiko has too many schools. Rich doesn't make character decisions based on common player trends. (08/14/2011; #800)

    Durkon's Mass Death Ward: Rich did not even know Mass Death Ward existed when he wrote the strip. He pegged it at 7th level instead of 8th. (09/19/2011; #806)

    Elan and Nale are Twins: So Nale has the same Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution as Elan. (05/3/2004; #65)

    A Piece of Straw: Haley used a piece of straw to get out of the jail cell. Info on Haley's Dexterity, Level, etc. (01/3/2006; #262)

    Tarquin Doesn't Have Trap Sense: "I don't usually bother making fun of mechanics anymore, but if I do, I'm not that subtle about it." (07/23/2012, #858)

    Vampire Durkon Can Cast Spells: A cleric doesn't have to worship a deity to cast spells. (04/09/2013; #883)

    Malack's Grapple Skills were a hunting aid, not for optimization / combat. A character's skills have to be looked at in the context of their whole life, not "what I would do in a game." (07/30/2013; #906)


    Girard's Illusion Runes are a ninth-level spell, not an epic spell. (06/11/2013; #873)

    Combat Scenes and Explanations -
    Spoiler
    Show

    Battle Scenes and D&D Tactics: "My job is to entertain, not to showcase perfect D&D tactics. If you can't be entertained by anything BUT perfect D&D tactics, that's on you." (02/28/2013; #873)

    Miko's Fight: How Miko defeated the OOTS off-panel and captured them. (11/30/2005; #251)

    Roy's Arena Fight With Thog: Roy's strategy to taunt a dungeon-crashing Thog into breaking the pillars. (10/6/2011; #808)

    Zz'Ditri's Break Enchantment: Rich didn't read the casting time while making the strip. (09/7/2011; #800)

    Malack and Mass Death Ward: Why did Malack bother checking if Durkon protected himself when he could simply dispel the spell and not care at all? (03/02/2013; #876)


    Rules Accuracy:
    Spoiler
    Show
    Rules Accuracy In The Comic: "If you are looking for moment-to-moment rules accuracy from this comic, you probably should stop reading." (08/17/ 2011; #801)

    Rules Accuracy In The Comic, II: Case in point: Rich avoids the D&D term "calling" for the sake of non-D&D OOTS readers, who probably would not understand its meaning. (01/10/2012; #826)

    Game Balance Doesn't Matter in This Story: "I was communicating the way I expected the audience would perceive it, then I began the process of abolishing that perception." (9/20/2011, #806)



    Story / Plot -
    Spoiler
    Show

    General / Uncategorized -

    Familicide (03/7/2012; #843): How it works.

    Familicide II (06/19/2013; #894): More on how it works.

    Some Thoughts on Visuals and Story: People get invested in the story, not the art, of a comic. (02/18/2012; #838)

    Scrying in the Desert: It was Zz'ditri who scryed on the Order after they found Girard's illusion. (02/18/2013; #870)

    More Prequels? The total number of planned prequel stories is "pretty much fixed." (09/1/2011; #804)

    Not everything needs a backstory, or even has an interesting one worth telling. (06/23/2010; #737)

    V's Children: The Giant made them adopted to leave open the possibility that V / Inkyrius are gay or lesbian. (04/09/2013; #882)

    Dragon Continuity: The Dragon Magazine strips and Gygax magazine strips exist in a separate continuity from the OOTS strips. (11/25/2012; #859)

    The Azurite Nobles and Hinjo: The Nobles thought they could save their own skins from Xykon with Hinjo out of the way. (06/06/2013; #891)

    Kubota and Hinjo: Why Kubota still wanted to kill Hinjo after the other nobles had given up. (06/09/2013; #891)

    The Dream Runes: Elan's victory as character development. Also, Nale was the only LG member affected by the runes. (06/11/2013; #893)

    What Belkar Saw while affected by the Dream Runes. (05/25/2013; #890)

    About Girard's Double Bluff to protect the Gate. (06/21/2013; #895)

    Calendars and Dates:
    Spoiler
    Show
    Chronology & Timeline: Anything that states a numbered, dated year references the Northern calendar. The Oracle uses the Southern calendar. Further details on timeframe of Belkar's death prophecy included. Some time references in the strip (like the deva's chart) should not be taken too literally. (05/26/2010; #725)

    OOTS Age Range: Intended to be early to mid 20s. Durkon is the "dwarf equivalent" of this age range, in his 50s. (07/2/2010; #732)


    Culture and Geography:
    Spoiler
    Show
    Religions and Deities in OOTS World: Background details on who worships whom, and on Thor, Hel, and the Twelve Gods. (4/11/2012, #848)

    Nergal and Undeath: Nergal is not against undeath. Malack just doesn't like using the undead as canon fodder. (02/21/2013; #870)

    Map of the Western Continent: It is constantly changing. (09/12/2010; #746)

    Class Systems and Careers: And also, FYI, Durkon isn't "white." (04/08/2013; #882)


    Prequels (SPOILER ALERT) -
    Spoiler
    Show
    SoD Paladins & Miko's Fall: Only the crayon pages are narrative by Redcloak. Not every event is necessarily "seen." Certain scenes are largely shown from Redcloak's perspective. Details of why the paladins who killed Redcloak's people may or may not have fallen, why it doesn't matter, and how showing it would have cheapened the effect of Miko's fall later. (03/15/2010; #706)

    The Rise of the Dark One: The other gods lost their one shot to gang up on him and kill him. The Dark One has since been building his power. (01/04/2013; #864)

    Right-Eye's Family: They weren't raised because Redcloak doesn't control Team Evil's finances to pay for resurrection, Xykon does. Evil characters are not discouraged / prohibited from raising the dead in OOTSverse. (06/15/2008; #566)

    How Xykon Broke Out (with some insight into The Giant's writing process). (09/07/2012; #862) On Xykon and Redcloak's escape from Lirian, see also this post.

    Dragon Magazine Alternate Panel: What didn't show up in Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tails. (08/3/2011; #799)

    The Crimson Mantle: Generally it is not known by non-goblins that the mantle is the source of power. (01/12/2012; #826)

    Redcloak's Little Sister was not irredeemably evil, and certainly did not deserve execution. (02/14/2012; #835)

    Kickstarter Bonus PDFs (SPOILER ALERT)
    Spoiler
    Show
    Fire Threat: Belkar did not actually burn the town down on his first adventure. (02/23/2013; #870)

    Cornered For Donations
    : "Nervous" and "Afraid" look pretty much the same, which helped with the misdirection at the start of Belkar's story. (02/25/2013; #871)

    Reading Too Much Into It -
    Spoiler
    Show

    Hidden Meanings: Not everything in the comic has one. (06/2/2009; #667)

    Current Politics: There are no references to current politics in the strip beyond those which readers invent themselves. (07/2/2010; #732)

    Belkar's Jokes: Belkar making a joke about something does not make it so. (04/11/2011; #786)

    TV Tropes: Rich is aware it exists. No, he doesn't use it for ideas or reference it in any way in the comic. (03/4/2010; #705)

    Pratchett: Rich hasn't read Pratchett. (10/26/2009; #687)

    Orrin Draketooth's Daughter: She's not Haley. (11/21/2011; #811)

    Malack's Chamber Plans: This was intended to use the imagery of factory farming, not the Holocaust. Malack plans to create a vampire ruling class. (03/01/2013; #875)

    Malacks Vampirism and LGBT
    : Malack's condition is not an allegory for LGBT. (03/01/2013; #875)

    Soon's Gate Backstory and Explanation
    Spoiler
    Show
    Soon's Gem and Gate: Details about Soon's rift and how it is protected. The gate / rift could not be moved. You can shift a gate to another plane, but not another place on this plane. (08/21/ 2011; #801)

    Soon's Castle: Soon built the castle, but did not build Azure City. (09/1/2011; #804)

    Storytelling Mistakes? -
    Spoiler
    Show
    Surprises Are Not Deus Ex Machinas (09/19/2011; #806)

    No Purpose? "As a general rule of thumb, no one should say the sentence, 'There's no (or no other) possible narrative purpose for Rich to have done X!' until the story is completed. Because there's always a narrative purpose, you just haven't thought of what it is." (01/10/2012; #826)

    A Missed Opportunity in #602? Why Hilgya was not the Cleric of Loki working for the Thieves' Guild.

    Typo in #597? Nope. It is a joke. (09/30/2008; #597)

    True Resurrection as a narrative-wrecking device, and an answer to the age-old "why didn't x character do y?" question. (9/07/2012; #862)

    Racism and Sex in OOTS: Rich answers two separate concerns: One, whether there is some correlation between skin color and promiscuity, and two, whether there is too much promiscuity among the women portrayed in the comic. The short answer to both is no. (05/2/2009; #650)


    The Gods Created Creatures After The World Was Created
    : Is this a contradiction? No. There is no Gaia hypothesis in OOTS world. (3/20/2012, #845)

    On Plots and Boredom: "If one does not care about the protagonists or antagonists and is not emotionally invested in their struggles, and all one cares about is the resolution of the MacGuffin chase, then you will almost certainly be bored with a lot of the material I'm producing." (03/02/2013; #876)

    On Character Importance and Leadership Skills: The Giant doesn't feel a character suffers for not having "leadership skills," and won't force someone's development just to give them said skills.(04/07/2013; #882)

    Plot Holes:
    Spoiler
    Show
    Giant's Response I: Including - why Haley was surprised that Miko was killed, info on Nale's self-delusion and ego, how the rift got so close to Xykon's Tower (it grew), and what is and isn't a plot hole. (11/29/2011; #816)

    Giant's Response II: A character thinking one thing instead of another thing is not a mistake, it just is. The rift grew according to Redcloak's predictions, but he was measuring the actual hole, not the cracks. (11/30/2011; #816)

    Why Destroy Tsukiko's Remains if Redcloak was just going to tell Xykon he killed her? One reason is so that Xykon would be unable to Speak With Dead on Tsukiko... or Raise Dead. (01/26/2013; #866)

    Why Didn't Girard Prepare a Better Trap Against Undead? "There is a big jump from knowing that illusions don't affect undead to being able to do anything about itóor expecting every defense to affect every possible creature type." (06/11/2013; #893)

    Did Durkon Lie? No, the Giant forgot that Durkon said he didn't prepare "Detect Magic." (06/19/2013; #894)

    Why Didn't Malack Prepare Word of Recall? Further explanation here and here (with a few remarks on plot holes in general). (07/29/2013; #906)


    Writing Process and Story Development
    Spoiler
    Show
    V's Gender History: Why Rich made V's gender ambiguous and what discussions about it were like in the early days. Roy's 'V-man' comment is not necessarily indicative of V's true gender. (05/29/2011; #793)

    Dungeon of Dorukan History: Originally, Dorukan was not even necessarily a person. (06/20/2005; #196)

    Durkon Becomes a Vampire: Originally, Durkon was going to become a vampire in the dungeon of Dorukan. This plot element has been developing for some time and even predates Xykon himself. (07/28/2013; #906)

    Characters as Plot Devices: Both Redcloak and Malack had humble beginnings that developed into something more. (07/28/2013; #906)

    On Writing Female Characters: The difficulties and fan reactions. (04/09/2013; #883)

    The Dwarven god Thor: OOTS Thor is not based off of D&D Thor. Until referenced in the comic, the Nordic legends / mythology does not exist in OOTSverse. (07/12/2004; #86)

    LGBT Characters: Why there aren't more in the comic. (04/08/2013; #882) (Also see this.)

    Nale's Wand: Its function in the story. Also, a brief side-note about why Xykon showed up at Girard's gate a few seconds too late. (07/25/2013; #904)

    The Girard's Gate Plotline: Tarquin and the LG are the main adversaries of this book; Team Evil was never going to battle the OOTS at Girard's Gate. (07/28/2013; #906)

    Character Development / Backstory:
    Spoiler
    Show
    Parental Problems: Background info on the parents of various characters like Elan and Haley, including character / plot development history. (11/18/2011; #815)

    Miko and Shojo: Shojo was the "tape" that held Miko's character together for so long. He was responsible for much in Miko that was good / positive. (11/18/2011; #815)

    Miko's Popularity: Miko's story was not "cut short" because of fan opinions - it was precisely the length intended. Rich does not make storytelling decisions based on finances. (12/18/2012 #863)

    Durkon and Malack's Breakup: Durkon reacts not only to Malack's vampirism, but to his alliance with the Linear Guild. He knows that Malack does not know Belkar isn't innocent. (02/26/2013; #872)

    V's Splices: There won't be a prequel book about them, and Rich hasn't developed a backstory for them. Just 3 evil souls. (08/21/2011; #801)

    Worldbuilding vs. Foreshadowing: "Say hello to your boss for me." (08/18/2011; #801)

    Haley's Leadership: A greedy self-centered rogue becomes leader. Belkar and Haley are the only one's who questioned her leadership skills during the Azure City Resistance. (04/07/2013; #882)


    Character Names:
    Spoiler
    Show
    Malack's Name: Not based off of Darth Malak. Originally was going to be named Malachi. (10/10/2010; #749)

    Tarquin's Name: Named after a Roman King, not the Grand Moff. (10/11/2010; #749)

    Azurite Names: Why O-Chul isn't Oh Chul. (03/10/2013; #879)


    The Story as a D&D Spoof:
    Spoiler
    Show
    D&D Spoof: The Giant on the comic's shift in focus from D&D gag-a-day jokes to a story that might appeal to a broader fanbase. (01/22/ 2012; #829)

    D&D Spoof Part II: More on the above topic. (01/29/2012; #831)



    Geekademia Interview Table of Contents
    Spoiler
    Show

    Part 1: Kickstarter and the Fans
    - 1A: Introduction
    - 1B: OOTS Kickstarter Project
    - 1C: OOTS Fandom & GiTP Forums
    - 1D: OOTS Soundtrack Thread & OOTS Animated
    - 1E: OOTS & Social Networking

    Part 2: The Comic and Role-Playing Games
    - 2A: On Whether Rich Has Time For Role-Playing
    - 2B: Will There Ever Be an OOTS World Created for a Gaming System?

    Part 3: The Comic's Storyline, Part I
    - 3A: The "Darkness" of the Storyline
    - 3B: On Behind-The-Scenes Story Commentary In Interviews and Books
    - 3C: What Is The Comic About?
    - 3D: On The Comic & D&D Rules
    - 3E: Creating the Character Wall Poster
    - 3F: On Fanart & Whether Roy Wears Pants
    - 3G: Putting an End to the Crack Pairings Thread

    Part 4: Modern Fantasy and D&D
    - 4A: On Keeping Fantasy New & Interesting
    - 4B: TVTropes & Lazy Criticism
    - 4C: Public Perception of D&D
    - 4D: Jack Chick & Tom Hanks

    Part 5:The Comic's Storyline, Part II

    - 5A: Rich's Favorite Characters to Write Jokes For
    - 5B: Rich's Favorite Characters to Write Drama / Character Struggles For
    - 5C: Vaarsuvius' Moral Conflict
    - 5D: The Storyline & the D&D Alignment System
    - 5E: On Keeping Plot Twists Secret
    - 5F: The Desert Plot Arc & Law vs. Chaos
    - 5G: The Possibility of an Order of the Scribble Prequel Book
    - 5H: The Kickstarter Donor's Choice Stories
    - 5I: The Conclusion of the Storyline
    - 5J: How Much Story Is Left To Tell

    Part 6: Outro and Ending

    Special Thanks to Xapi and B.Dandelion for transcribing the interview. Reformatted for the index by ThePhantasm. Original interview by Jesse Baruffi and David Lawrence of Geekademia.



    eBooks: Yes, Rich has considered it. Digital PDF's are not in the works. Rich prefers to sell physical copy books. (4/11/2011, #786)

    An OOTS Computer Game? No current plans for one. See here for more. (06/10/2013; #892)

    An OOTS "Munchkin" Board Game? No current plans for one. (07/06/2013; #897)

    Top Webcomics: Do not vote for OOTS on Top Webcomics. (5/19/2010, #724)


    Updates:
    Spoiler
    Show

    1.1.1 - Unlogged Updates from thread's inception to Feb. 29th 2012
    1.1.2 - [1]
    1.1.3 - [1] [2] [3]

    1.2.0 - Added Geekademia Interview [3/15/12]

    1.3.0 - Added dates / last-comic-at-the-date-of-the-comment info to all entries in the index. [3/20/12]
    1.3.1 - [1]

    1.4.0 - Added the Thread Rules [4/8/12]
    1.4.1 - [1] [2] [3] [4]
    1.4.2 - [1]
    1.4.3 - Dates added where necessary.
    1.4.4 - [1]
    1.4.5 - [1]

    1.5.0 - Added several new subcategories: "Arts & Merchandise," "Culture and Geography," "Calendars and Dates," and "Rules Accuracy." [07/06/2012]
    1.5.1 - [1] [2]
    1.5.2 - [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
    1.5.3 - [1]
    1.5.4 - [1] [2]
    1.5.5 - [1] [2]
    1.5.6 - [1] [2] [3] [4]
    1.5.7 - [1] [2]
    1.5.8 - [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

    1.6.0 - MEGA UPDATE [04/13/13]
    - - [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]

    1.7.0 - Links Changed to Post Tags [05/19/2013]

    1.8.0 - MEGA UPDATE [07/29/13]
    - - [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] 11] [12]

    1.9.0 - MEGA UPDATE [07/31/13]
    - - [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] 8] [9] [10] [11] 12] [13] [14] [15] [16]


    Special Thanks

    . . . to Xapi and B.Dandelion for transcribing the Geekademia interview. Reformatted for the index by ThePhantasm. Original interview by Jesse Baruffi and David Lawrence of Geekademia.

    . . . to Jasdoif for adding the date and "most recent comic" info to each summary.

    . . . to theangelJean for switching the link tags to "post" tags to save space.
    Last edited by ThePhantasm; 2013-07-31 at 08:29 PM.
    "And yet, will we ever come to an end of discussion and talk if we think we must always reply to replies? For replies come from those who either cannot understand what is said to them, or are so stubborn and contentious that they refuse to give in even if they do understand." - St. Augustine

    The Index of the Giant's Comments | Thanks, Bradakhan, for the avatar!

  2. - Top - End - #2
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    ThePhantasm's Avatar

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Gotham City

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Geekademia Interview:

    Spoiler
    Show

    Part 1: Kickstarter and the Fans
    Spoiler
    Show
    1A: Introduction

    Jesse - Hello, this is Geekademia on the Non-Productive Network, my name is Jesse Baruffi...

    David - I'm David Lawrence.

    Jesse - ...and we're here with another special guest, Rich Burlew, the author and artist of the Order of the Stick! Hello Rich!

    Rich - Hey, how's it going?

    1B: OOTS Kickstarter Project

    Jesse - Pretty good. So, the reason... I think the reason we were able to get you on today is the fact that you're going through a very large donation drive at the moment on the website Kickstarter.

    Rich - Yes. Yes, I am.

    Jesse - So, to anyone who might not know about this, why don't you tell us a little bit about it?

    Rich - Alright, well. For a while I've published my own books, of the Order of the Stick, and because I'm a small one person company, I ran out, essentially, of all the existing books, which isn't just a problem for selling those books, but also for selling any future books, because people like to have things in whole sets, so I was worried about what would happen when I put out my next book if my entire back catalog was unavailable.

    So I had heard about Kickstarter, I had followed some projects and I thought "Well, I'll put up a little Kickstarter and we'll try to get..." I get people bugging me all the time to... not bugging, you know... asking all the time when the next reprint would be of one of my books in particular, War and XPs, which is the biggest, fattest, most expensive book to print so far. So I was like... and I absolutely did not have the money for it.

    And so I thought "Well, I'll put up a Kickstarter for it, and if it goes well, I get to reprint the book, and if it doesn't go well, I'll have something to say next time somebody asks me [why] isn't War and XPs in print". And I thought that was worth it right there. So I set up this Kickstarter project drive and it's... pretty good so far. We got it funded enough to reprint that book in about... 36 hours I'd say, and it's gone on from there to funding the reprinting of every single book that I have - six - the ones that are regularly in print, and it's been pretty amazing. I had no idea that I'd get this sort of response from my readers. Yeah, it's been a ride, to say the least.

    1C: OOTS Fandom & the GiTP Forums

    Jesse - As someone who goes on the forums on your website from time to time, it seems you've got some extremely devoted fans.

    Rich - Yes, that would be an extremely charitable description. No, it's wonderful, I love my fans, I do have fans that are very dedicated, often more dedicated than I am. You know, they're dedicated to some of the minutiae about the comic that has never crossed my mind, and... but that's great, I mean, I'm happy that they can get that enjoyment from it, even though I don't want to even worry about it. . . [crosstalk] . . .like the number of character appearances or who has the most number of kills in the comic, you know. Good for them. . . [unintelligible]

    Jesse - Yeah, you've got bigger things to worry about, like what happens in the story. . .

    Rich - Story, yeah.

    1D: The OOTS Soundtrack Thread & OOTS Animated

    Jesse - One thing I noticed recently on the forum that I thought was kinda interesting is the fact that people have started to. . . sort of making a soundtrack to the series. . .

    Rich - I saw the thread title, but I haven't been. . . I haven't been on the forums as much as I should since this started, been having to put up an update almost every single day for the past two weeks, so I haven't actually caught exactly what's going on there, but it's an interesting idea, I mean, I know that Homestuck does similar sorts of things with the fans creating soundtracks and he actually uses them in his animation, which I don't think is gonna happen for the Stick, but it's still a great idea to be able to have something to listen to... I don't know, it's an interesting idea.

    1E: OOTS & Social Networking

    Jesse - One thing that I really wanted to ask you about, 'cause I think this is kinda fascinating... I've noticed most people in the webcomics... I guess, field? . . . are. . . basically kinda throw themselves on every social networking site there is, whether it's like Facebook or Twitter or Tumbler or any of that stuff.

    Rich - And you're saying I'm a backwards Luddite hermit.

    Jesse - Well, yes, but I mean it as a compliment.

    Rich - I had to download Skype in order to have this conversation.

    Jesse - I certainly don't mean that as an insult. It seems to me that it's something we here at Geekademia don't even use a lot of that stuff. I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to have a Facebook page for the podcast. But I was just wondering if that was a conscious decision on your part or is that something you're just too busy for.

    Rich - Yeah, it's pretty much a conscious decision, I mean, I am a technologically backwards Luddite, that makes it easy . . . but second, I think, if I want people to see my content, I want them to sort of come to my website, instead of maintaining different websites at 15 different social networks. I don't want to have to worry about whether my Facebook page is updated in addition to my website. And some of these I'm just a late arrival to, in the sense that there is an Order of the Stick website that somebody created, a fan created, and it's been out there and everybody's linked to it, and everyone liked it in their profiles or whatever and I don't have control of that, so rather than there being two competing Facebook pages I just sort of let that live it's own life as a fan created thing and I'll concentrate on my own website.

    I will probably get dragged into Twitter very soon [N.B. As of 3/15/2012 Rich has a Twitter account for OOTS. -ThePhantasm] but, ah, not yet, haven't crossed that threshold yet, and every thing else, either I'm oblivious to it or I just haven't had the time to learn and figure out whether it works for me.

    Jesse - Ok.

    Rich - I think I'm also a little bit older than a lot of the other webcomic - I mean, I'm not OLD old, I'm 37, but I think a lot of the webcomic creators out there are college or just there after, and therefore are a lot more 'up' on these technologies than I am. And I use a Mac, which is not always up to speed up until very recently with the iPad explosion coming and such.

    Jesse - Gotcha. Well that makes sense and I'm only a little bit younger than you, but yeah, I kinda feel similarly. If I was going to do something creative, I'd focus on that instead of the endless, like, updating of other things, personally.

    Rich - Yeah, I have enough trouble keeping my own website updated, so it seems like I would just be adding more work on myself. And I had a fairly large audience before Facebook became "the" thing that everybody had to be on. I started this in 2003, I don't know exactly when Facebook started peaking, but I know that I already had a substantial audience by that point, so I don't know that I saw right away what the benefit would be, and now that I do, it looks like somebody already did a page for me, so. . . I let it be.



    Part 2: The Comic & Role-Playing Games
    Spoiler
    Show
    2A: On Whether Rich Has Time For Role-Playing

    Jesse - Order of the Stick is of course a huge gaming comic so I was wondering if you still had time to do any role-playing these days?

    Rich - No, no, I haven't in a while. The last role-playing I did was when I was working on... when I was gonna do Snips, Snails an Dragon Tales, the limited book with the Dragon Magazine strips, I did some 4th Edition role-playing to be sure I knew sort of what I was talking about, which I probably didn't but I can pretend better, and that was over a year ago now.

    It just doesn't work, you know, it hasn't really worked out that way, that I had as much time for that as I used to, sort of fallen by the wayside, but not in a way that I'll never go back to it, just in a time way. I think you get busy at a certain point in your life, with your work and your family and your such and such, and whether or not you have time for it is sort of random, sort of up in the air. I mean, I still get a lot of that sort of fix from thinking about it, talking about it and such like that.

    But in a certain point, I was always the DM when I played, and at a certain point it just feels like I'm taking that much time to craft a complex story, maybe I should just write it down and someone would pay me for it. I guess that's possibly maybe a little bit of it, because I'm now sort of essentially a professional fantasy writer, that I can't really bring myself to put the same amount of effort I did when I was in college and such and it was the focus of my creative attention.

    2B: Will There Ever Be an OOTS World Created for a Gaming System?

    Jesse - And along those lines, I realize that doing it at this point would probably be a mountain of effort and give too much away, but I've seen people on the forums asking if some day there would actually be an Order of the Stick world created for any sort of gaming system. Do you think you would do that if you had the time and opportunity?

    Rich - Let me tell you, I started working on that a few years ago, and what happened is, I got about 20 or 30 pages in, and WotC announced 4th Edition. And I didn't know what was gonna happen with it, I didn't know whether I was gonna want to make it for that, I didn't know if making it on 3rd Edition would still be possible with the game license, would they find a way to revoke that, it was all up in the air, everything was sort of chaos and I had no idea what was gonna happen. . . so I put it aside, and then have never gone back to it since, really.

    It wasn't compatible at all with 4th Edition, so therefore that wasn't going to work, and I don't know, I didn't know whether I would ever really have the direct audience that I thought it should so I think I just sort of let it lie fallow after that.

    I cannibalized parts of it, the document I started working on. . . I think the last compilation I put out, Don't Split the Party had some black and white cartoons that were from that project, and I know the map that I did in the back of one of them for Azure City was actually of the Azure City country description, so you know, pieces of it have been seen here and there ever since.

    But another problem was that I'd done a write up for Elan's Dashing Swordsman class, and since then I had at least three things I've put into the comic, you know. . . here's this joke about this class that has this ridiculous cliched hero abilities. . . and if I put out that class, I can't really do that any more. Can I then say "Oh, it has this ability too?" 'cause I've already taken people's money to say "This is the class that it is!." So I think it's easier to leave things vague and up in the air and just use them when I want to as humor rather than as concrete game rules.


    Part 3: The Comic's Storyline, Part I

    Spoiler
    Show
    3A: The "Darkness" of the Storyline

    Jesse - As far as the storyline of the OotS goes, one thing that has definitely happened as time goes on is that, despite continuing to be funny and continuing to be a humor comic on some level, there have been some much darker elements introduced.

    Rich - Yes.

    Jesse - So what made you decide to take that shift and still remain with the same characters and story?

    Rich - I don't know, I think I've always had a draw to that shock reveal. Not shock for the sake of shocking, but that dramatic sudden moment when something happens in the story you absolutely did not see coming and perhaps as an either darker or more impactful moment that you ever thought was possible in a work, in the work you were seeing.

    I used to do that as a DM, I used to set up situations where the players thought one thing was happening the entire time, they walk in the door and see a scene that threw all their preconceptions on the ground and stomped down on them. I think I really enjoy that, I think it creates powerful moments in the story, and sometimes that means doing something dark, sometimes that means taking your comedy villain who is bored and having him slaughter a room full of Paladins with a bouncy ball. You know, because it's so perverse, and it's such a violation of their honor and law mindset, where they're these noble Paladins who will defend to the last man, and they just get destroyed like that. The goal is sort of, not offend, but bother the reader. . . it should bother them. You should look at Xykon and say "He's a horrible monster." He can still crack a funny joke, but you shouldn't be sympathetic to him, and if you are, I don't know if I necessarily I want to know about it, because that's a little scary.

    And that was one of the problems with SoD, "here's the story of Xykon," but I'm not going to make him even slightly sympathetic, if anything, you're going to think worse of him by the time you're done with this. So, I think I have an affection for writing the villains, because of that ability to sort of make your jaw drop, you know, heroes can't really do that without. . . you know it's going to be. . . no one's gonna gasp when they do something specially heroic or kind. And I really don't want my heroes to be dark, with the exception of Belkar, but that's another story.

    I don't want Roy to suddenly do something out of character or shocking, the closest thing I got to that was I had Haley kill off the assassin that had been harassing her, and that was still pretty surprising, and I think a lot of people didn't see it coming, but I also sort of goofed there in the sense that I cut the scene that made it more obvious that Crystal was still actively trying to kill Haley, truce or no truce, so that was something I fixed in the book. . . but it's still, it was a fairly surprising, but again, like I said, I still have to go darker to be surprising like that, so, I think that's where it comes from really.

    Jesse - Ok.

    3B: On Behind-The-Scenes Story Commentary In Interviews & Books

    Rich - You see I'm just as wordy in my interviews as I am in the comic, it all flows naturally from me.

    Jesse - Believe me, we'll have you on as long as you want to stay, if you want to just talk for twenty minutes, that's awesome. I will take one bit of fanboyish break from the interview. . . when we started this podcast, I had a couple of people who were sort of my long shot goals of people to get on the show, and you were towards the top of people I didn't think I'd get but I was gonna try anyway. So I thought you might want to know that. Again, we don't mind to listen to you talk.

    Rich - Honestly, I was excited at the chance to talk about something other than Kickstarter, because I've done a bunch of interviews and they're all about Kickstarter, sometimes to the point of not even mentioning what my comic is about. They say there's no such thing as bad publicity, but at a certain point you want people to find out, I mean, the people who already know what my comic is about, already know what my comic is about, so they don't need to get the spiel but I like being able to talk about it, actually about my comic and not how much money I can raise.

    Jesse - Sure. As someone who writes as well, not professionally unfortunately, I know it is sort of fun to be able to talk about the creative process, because it one of those things the readers never see, they don't know what's going on in your head while you're doing it.

    Rich - Sure, that's why I do the commentary in the books, they're sort of what I would think to talk about, that's not always what someone who is reading would think to talk about or want to know about, so they're not always exactly what people are looking for in terms of behind the scenes.

    3C: What Is The Comic About?

    Jesse - Ok, I think David wants to ask you a couple of questions. I've been crowding the mic so I'll let him ask a couple of things. . .

    David - So, you mentioned nobody asks you what your comic is about... what is your comic about?

    Rich - My comic is a comedy adventure fantasy comic. It's about a group of adventurers, heroes or warriors (whatever you want to call them) called the Order of the Stick, as they go about their adventures with minimal competence or knowledge of what they are doing, and eventually sort of stumble into a plan by an undead sorcerer to conquer the world, essentially, and they're out to stop him and conquer their personal problems at the same time. Hopefully not in that order, so they get their personal problems taken care of before the final battle. And it's a comedy.

    3D: On The Comic & D&D Rules

    Specially in the early parts it has a lot of role-playing games... the whole thing is sort of within the framework of Dungeons and Dragons. The early strips made many explicit references to this, specially for jokes. The later strips just use it as the framework of the world, in terms of deciding what kinds of spells can a sorcerer cast, what kinds of spells can a cleric cast, etc. etc. I don't really worry about "oh, this character doesn't have enough hit bonus to... you know, let me roll the dice", if the story needs him to hit, he hits, if the story needs him to miss, he misses.

    There's a certain segment of my fans who think that's grossly unfair. Not that they necessarily believe I should roll the dice, but they believe that the percentages should be accurately represented, so that if somebody swings their sword at someone 20 times, they should hit a number of times equal to their, you know, relative attack bonus blah blah blah. That doesn't happen, that's not something I worry about.

    But yeah, it's essentially a fantasy adventure quest story, of a warrior out to avenge his father against a sorcerer, and the sorcerer happens to be trying to conquer the world at the same time. That's a nutshell. And it's stick figures, that needs to be said. If you're picturing that in the most elaborate fantasy artwork, that's not what we're talking about. They're basically really simplistic colorful block characters going about this.

    3E: Creating the Character Wall Poster

    Jesse - You can't see this, but behind us in the studio is the big double poster of all the characters.

    Rich - Hah! That took forever.

    Jesse - I can tell.

    Rich - What's funny is I had worked on it, and then had to put it aside, and when I got back to it I had introduced like 4 new characters that had to go on. I had to find room for Tarquin and Malack and Kil-Kil over in the corner of the villains poster, and I put Captain Malack's helmet on... not Malack, Tarquin's helmet on. He was still new enough that I thought people who weren't caught up to the story, I didn't want them to see who he was before. . . you know some people only read the books. . . yeah, so, did that at the last minute.

    3F: On Fanart & Whether Roy Wears Pants

    David - It's funny, I just saw some fanart for Order of the Stick, but it was drawn like Frank Frazetta.

    Rich - [Laughs] Yes.

    David - Super detailed, very. . .

    Rich - Yeah, what I always find interesting is the choices they make for the parts of the characters that are really not be able to tell what's going on because they're sticks. I've seen fanart that was really realistic of Roy fighting except for some reason he had no pants, like he had one armor piece over his torso but his legs were bare. That's why I think at one point I had Haley make a crack about how she's wearing long pants but you can't tell because she's a stick figure. Because I wanted to put a stop of that, I wanted no more pantless Roy. That's a whole other direction that I'm sure is out there on the Internet, but I don't need to see it.

    David - Well, that kills my next question. . .

    Rich - [Laughs]

    3G: Putting an End to the Crack Pairings Thread

    David - Once again, on the forum for a while, there was a whole section of people. . .

    Rich - Oh, yeah. We had to slay that once people started crossing some lines. Once they crossed the Elan - Nale incest line, we had to put a stop to that. . .

    David - As well you should.

    Rich - Yeah, exactly.

    David - There are some weird people there. . .


    Part 4: Modern Fantasy & D&D
    Spoiler
    Show
    4A: On Keeping Fantasy New and Interesting

    David - There's a question though: can Fantasy be taken seriously anymore?

    Rich - You mean in the sense that a lot of it is recycled? A lot of it is the same sort of material all over again? I think so. I think there's definitely something to say with fantasy still. Order of the Stick is in many ways sort of a critique I guess, a spoof of a lot of fantasy cliches, but once you see the cliches, you dodge them. I mean, there's plenty of fantasy writers who don't do the same old "warriors on a quest" thing, which I'm doing but by way of sort of turning it on it's head. I think there's plenty of room in fantasy for unique stories.

    I think the number one thing people can do to make their fantasy something new and interesting is to not marry it to the same old medieval sort of time period for no apparent reason. I mean, if magic exists in a world, why can't it exist in a different historical setting. I think there's still plenty to say, and I think there's still plenty for me to make fun of, so, you know, hopefully that will keep going on both sides.

    4B: TVTropes & Lazy Criticism

    David - Question: We have talked about TVTropes, even mentioned the name. . .

    Rich - [Laughs] Sorry, what was the question?

    David - The thing is, they have sort of these shorthands, like he's the "Chosen One," he'll save us from "the Dragon" or "the Evil Wizard."

    Rich - Yeah, like the next thing that happens would have to be the thing that happens 'cause this thing happened because the trope said so.

    David - Yes. I mean, do you think it's possible just to divorce completely. . . to walk away and do something else?

    Rich - It's hard. There was a point in time a few years back when I felt like every time I put out a strip the number one response to it was "Oh, he's just doing this trope", "he's just doing that trope", you know, and put a link to it, "see, he's just not original at all". And I don't know whether that just became less popular as a way of sort of pigeonholing things, or whether I've actually broken enough of them now that nobody assumes they know what's gonna happen next. But one way or another that doesn't seem to happen as much anymore.

    People try to sort of guess what I'm gonna do, and I hopefully kick it in the shins and run away laughing. But I think there's a danger of over simplification of literature, of becoming so wrapped up in these compartments that put every element of the story that you sort of miss the story. It's sort of like a lazy criticism. Criticism in the classic sense of actually doing a critical piece, not in a complaining way. It lets you churn out an analysis of a work without putting much thought into it. I think it's fun to point to the website and see the different ways different works do the same sort of cliches, not in a bad sense, but I do think there's a danger in taking them too seriously as the 'be all, end all' of literary criticism.

    D - Yes, indeed. I have read a lot of fantasy, and it's always like "here's the Chosen One, here's the Local, here's the obviously evil sorcerer who betrays everyone. . ."

    Rich - Yeah, exactly. I think fantasy is more prone to that than almost any other genre. And that's partly because there have been a few titans of the genre who sort of formed everything that was to come after.

    And also honestly because of Dungeons and Dragons. I think people playing D&D has reinforced certain stereotypes in their mind [unintelligible] RPGs that follow the same tropes and all of these sort of things, has reinforced this sort of monolithic fantasy from which few authors deviate and, well, so. . . but there's a lot of the same old same old out there too. So I think fantasy gets probably a lot more of those, those tropes listed, than almost any other genre.

    You know, Science Fiction, I'm a huge SF fan, SF is, every story you read is esentially a completely different setting, I'm sure, Space Opera stuff tends to be a lot of the same, whatever, but you can just go off and do something wildly different and still be Science Fiction, and I think less people do that with Fantasy these days.

    4C: Public Perception of D&D

    David - You mentioned the impact of Dungeons and Dragons. There was a huge backlash against D&D. . .

    Rich - Yeah, sure.

    David - Do you think we're likely to see something like that again?

    Rich - I don't think so. I mean, there's certainly always going to be people who are still going to say the same charges against it, you know, that are still gonna say the things that weren't true then, and still aren't. But I don't think it's wildly circulating. I think because it was new then, people didn't know what was going on, didn't know what this thing was, and then they got a lot of misinformation from various sources, and the media picked it up and ran with it as a media scare. And now it's old news. It's been around for thirty and some odd years, you don't get articles in the media about Dungeons and Dragons making people sacrifice goats [interference] . . . "Dungeons and Dragons is coming out with a new edition, because D&D owner Hasbro has released this information in this press conference, blah blah blah."

    So I think that's not gonna resurface. I mean just the fact that it's owned by Hasbro now gives it a legitimacy that I think it probably didn't have back in the day, when it was owned by a bunch of guys in Wisconsin [interference] gives it a "Oh, obviously it has to be OK, it is owned by the company that does Mr. Potato Head." And I don't think it's in Hasbro's interest to let those kind of stories exist.

    When you're a big corporation, you kinda get that power in the sense that if they're going to do a story about Dungeons and Dragons, they're going to immediately walk up to your Hasbro or WotC and ask for a quote, and then their sort of media team will take care of it from there. But I think the days of mass hysteria scare about D&D are behind us at this point.

    Jesse - I think there are bigger scapegoats now as well.

    Rich - Yeah, absolutely, there's the Internet and all of it's glory. Playing D&D seems downright quaint now, you can find people who are in their 50s who've been playing D&D for 30 years, it's not. . . you know, in detriment of the hobby, but it's not something that all teenagers are flocking to these days. When you're 13 you're like "Hey, let's go play D&D tonight!" You have to get those kids into the hobby in a way that isn't really happening right now. I'd say as long as it's not threatening tomorrow's children I think it'll stay on the right side of the public opinion.

    4D: Jack Chick & Tom Hanks

    David - Speaking of threatening children, what we do on the show... are you familiar with the Jack Chick comic Dark Dungeons?

    Rich - I am, vaguely, passingly familiar, as much as any long time D&D player could be.

    David - We might have to do a show on Jack Chick.

    Rich - I like to think of my comic as a sort of tribute to the great comic that had come before. Could I have done a Dungeons and Dragons themed comic if not, like I said, if not, if the giants of the genre had not put forth that independent comic creation of lore?

    Jesse - Dark Dungeons was a very interesting book. I would say it's not even close to the craziest thing Jack Chick has ever done.

    Rich - Yeah, not top ten really.

    David - No. But the thing I love about his. . .

    Rich - [unintelligible] it wasn't as crazy, he's gone really off the [unintelligible] then, then it probably wouldn't have been taken seriously until this day.

    David - Well, according to Dark Dungeons, apparently the sourcebook is an actual spell book, from which you can actually, literally just call up the devil and say "hey."

    Rich - Spells, yeah, exactly. I've certainly heard that. All I can say is I think the copies I've been using must be defective in some way, either there's a misprint or a page missing because I've been playing the game since I was 11 or 12 and I've yet to actually cast a magic spell, deeply disappointed at that.

    David - How about Mazes and Monsters?

    Rich - Oh yeah. Tom Hanks has a lot to answer for.

    David - Yes he does.

    Rich - [unintelligible]

    Jesse - He unleashed Forrest Gump upon the world, he has to pay for that. Now we get into Dave's axe grind.

    Rich - Personal media vendetta should actually be the title of this podcast.

    David - He knows what he did.

    Jesse - Where gonna try to get him on the show for a reconciliation. They're gonna hug each other on the air.

    Rich - Or just volleyball with him.


    Part 5: The Comic's Storyline, Part II
    Spoiler
    Show
    5A: Rich's Favorite Characters to Write Jokes For

    Jesse - Back into the Order of the Stick a little bit as far as the characters, to talk a little about the characters. I have my theories on this, but I'm wondering if you have a personal favorite character as far as writing.

    Rich - It depends on whether you mean. Writing the jokes or writing the personality and internal conflicts? Jokes is easy: Belkar, with Elan a close second. You've got your sort of. . . either your violence jokes or your bad person gets their comeuppance jokes with Belkar, and then Elan has your dumb jokes, has your silliness, has your kinda child-like comedy, and I like writing both of those.

    5B: Rich's Favorite Characters to Write Drama / Character Struggles For

    As far as writing a personal sort of inner thoughts on your life, whatever, things (sic) I really like writing Haley a lot. She's got issues, I think she's probably got the most legitimate issues of the people in the Order, and that makes her interesting to write. It's interesting how she's going to react, based on her upbringing and sort of what she's been through in her life to this situation or that situation.

    I think that makes it more. . . to you, Elan's pretty straightforward, you know what he's gonna do. You may not know in the sense that it's something completely random and off the wall and pull out a hand puppet and start worshiping it, but you know he's gonna do something weird and silly and ultimately harmless, because he's a good person, and nothing bad is gonna happen to him as a result.

    And you know Belkar's gonna do the opposite, he'll take the most awful, irredeeming sort of path that he can find and get away with.

    But you don't know what Haley's gonna do in a situation. She wants to be a good person, but she wasn't raised that way, she was raised to be a thief. And so she sort of has to struggle with being a hero, what comes easily to, well, it comes pretty easily to Roy. He'll snap at people, he'll be sort of verbally abusive, but he's not gonna... he's never attempted to do the wrong thing, really.

    Jesse - There was the one time, but...

    Rich - Yeah. Exactly, and that was a big point of development for him. But really, since then, that was within the first 150 or 160 strips, so for the majority of the comic's lifetime he's been pretty clear on what he should be doing.

    5C: Vaarsuvius' Moral Conflict

    Jesse - It seems like Vaarsuvius has become a character with a lot of internal moral conflict recently as well.

    Rich - That's true, that is correct, and that was a conscious sort of effort on my part, because I felt like Vaarsuvius had been underutilized. . . by the end of the War and XPs book I felt like Vaarsuvius was sort of. . . "and then we have an elf!" Which is a problem I still have with Durkon but I have plans to address as well.

    And so I think I crafted almost all of Don't Split the Party around "let's [unintelligible] a better arc". . . some of it I had planned already, some of it I already knew that when I did the first. . . spoiler by the way, if anyone hasn't read this. . . when I did the first small black dragon, that I was gonna have the older one come back and be a villain in some point that would attack Vaarsuvius for what he or she had done. But the sort of sell your soul angle was a little more recent, and more of an attempt to really get at what Vaarsuvius issues were in life. So that sort of dovetailed nicely into one story that I'm really happy with.

    5D: The Storyline & the D&D Alignment System

    Jesse - That brings - the whole idea of the Black Dragon and the demons - brings up another thing, which is the idea that you seem to play a lot with: the idea of Evil, like, there's a huge variety of villainous characters with motivations all across the spectrum from, you know, and in some ways it seems like the comic tries to deconstruct that. In other ways it plays it straight. . .

    Rich - More like, I think both are valid, you know what I mean? Both are ways of looking at the problem, and I think again ,getting back to the history of fantasy literature, I think there are an awful lot of cardboard cutout tackling [unintelligible] villainy out there, and that's a choice to make when you're writing your story, and I sort of want to have it both ways, I want to be able to have villainy villains, and at the same time, not writing a character that doesn't make sense, not writing a character that doesn't have a motivation to what they're doing.

    And I think there's a lot of debate among my fans, because they're not necessarily used to seeing that from fantasy villains, especially when it comes to Black Dragons, undead sorcerers, and Goblins who are out to destroy the Gods. You expect those sort of characters to be very straightforward, and I try to make it a little more complex than that, which, I was thinking, readers, in this [unintelligible] open up alternate interpretations, people would swear that 'cause Redcloak thinks what he's doing is the best for the Goblin people, that Redcloak is in fact the good guy, that he is the hero of the story. And that's... an interesting viewpoint. And I'm glad that I provoked that. I'm glad that I wrote a character that is layered enough that some people would say he's absolutely in the right, but yeah, I really like turning it upside down and not assuming that because it's a Dragon it has no emotions. I think D&D appeals to people who are much more Math & Science oriented, that. . . I can sort of surprise them more by delving into the emotional side of things, and they don't see that coming, if they're D&D fans. And people who are generally fiction fans just enjoy it on it's own merits.

    Jesse - So, it comes out to not being as simple as the nine simple moral codes that D&D ascribes to.

    Rich - Yeah, and I think one of the themes of Order of the Stick is there's this guide alignment system in D&D where it places every single person in one of these nine moral codes, and for the entire history of the game, that I've played it, people have been complaining that that's overly simplistic. "Oh, it's more complicated than that." And it absolutely is more complicated than that, but they're also doing it wrong. They think because they have this alignment they have to act this way, this one specific given way, and I think each one of those categories is so wide open to interpretation.

    And that was a lot of what Miko Misayaki was about, was that she's lawful good, but she's a complete bitch, you wouldn't want to spend time with her at all. And I think that was sort of the flip side of the sympathetic villain: the unsympathetic hero. Or at least good guy. So yeah, I definitely like to subvert expectations in that specific way, because I think the alignment system gets a bad rap from people who aren't trying to make it work, and say "that's overly simplistic."

    Jesse: Yeah, I certainly enjoy the alignments for the same reason that you do. I agree that it doesn't have to be super simple. I don't know if you've done this, but have you ever sat around talking about characters in stories and what their alignments were, or your friends for that matter?

    Rich: Yeah, back in the day. We used to. . . it's usually a good way to try to explain to new players of D&D how it works, you pick the sort of archetypical characters. But one of the problems with that is that those characters will be associated forever in that mind with what that alignment is. And I also think there's some naming flaws with the alignment. I think by calling one of the alignments "lawful" they've created thirty years of people thinking it means you have to obey every last "keep off the grass" sort of law. And that's not really what it's supposed to mean, it's supposed to mean sort of an ordered way of thinking, having a personal code, having a set of tenets that is greater than yourself.

    Jesse: I think that may come from Elric, and Michael Moorcock having the whole. . .

    Rich: It absolutely comes from Elric. He did Law and Chaos, those were his two. And you know, he didn't have to worry about a billion people trying to interpret what he meant by that, he just needed to present it in the context of his stories. So no negative to him for doing so, but I think it was adopted and has been argued and debated ever since by people playing the game.

    5E: On Keeping Plot Twists Secret

    Jesse: As someone who works pretty hard at keeping your story twists shocking and such, do you have anyone that you've brainstormed with, or is it just something you keep completely secret until you're ready to do the big reveal?

    Rich: I keep a lot of it internal. I write down notes, I think of things, and sometimes I think of things and change them later. Not deeply, I think my main plot points have been the same since I started really thinking about the plot and sort of sketched out things that would happen, but there are certainly minor details that change at the time I'm writing the scripts. Certainly moment by moment actions can change, twist or whatever in a way if I think of something more interesting at the time that I'm writing it than I did five years ago. Then I go with that, but really the big moments have all been pretty close to how I pictured them a long time ago.

    Sometimes, some of these things are where I would be, I would write down a note like "and then they go to the desert." And I knew that when they got to the desert, Tarquin would be there, and they would do some desert-ey stuff with him before going back, before finding out what they needed to find and then go back out. But I didn't really get too worried about what happened in his empire until I was starting to plot this story arc, because it didn't really, it affected them personally but it didn't change the plot with Xykon and Redcloak, so I had the sort of freedom to put that on the shelf until I got to it. Now I would think from here we'll sort of flow more from what I just did than it would have previously, sort of work that back in.

    Jesse: The current arc seems to be a lot about family.

    Rich: Sure.

    5F: The Desert Plot Arc & Law vs. Chaos

    Jesse: Actually. . . I've bounced this theory around, but I wanted to ask you if this was something you intended or if it's just my imagination. For the most part, a lot of the conflicts in the book have been about good and evil, but I felt like in the current arc, it's been more about conflicts between law and chaos, would you say that was intentional?

    Rich: Absolutely intentional. I mean, I think good and evil are easily grasped, and I think it's a little less intuitive for people to really understand law and chaos, as they are - if they exist - as concepts. Because here you have Tarquin, for most of the first part of the story, is evil, is just straight up evil. But he loves his son. He cares about family. He likes his empire running orderly. He doesn't just sort of go around slaughtering people for kicks. He has a plan, he has a goal, which he's sort of executing step by step. He's not Xykon. He's not this sort of crazy force of evil. You can almost picture Tarquin existing in the real world.

    So I think yeah, absolutely -- and then Ian, Haley's father Ian, is sort of the opposite. He's a good guy, but he's abrasive, paranoid, a little bit crazy, a little bit off the deep end, not really together because he's sort of so chaotic that he kinda can't detach from that. He can't be not chaotic for a moment and see the way things are really kinda going on around him. So yeah, I think there's definitely that undercurrent.

    Jesse: Yeah. And I noticed sort of the idea of Girard Draketooth and his real hatred of Soon Kim, the two of them being very lawful and very chaotic.

    Rich: Right, exactly. Where you would, I think most people would immediately go "yeah, but-but Soon Kim was a paladin, he wouldn't do something bad," and you have to see that to Girard's point of view, just the sort of organiz-- that a man doesn't create a secret organization of warriors unless he plans to use it for something. You know what I mean, the sort of. . . expecting-the-worst-in-human-nature-at-all-times pessimism that says that if Soon Kim is gonna make this sort of legion of magical warriors and keep them secret from his populace, that clearly he's up to something.

    And there's also, I mean there are certain events that happened in that history between Girard and Soon Kim that have not been revealed that will certainly maybe make him seem a little less paranoid than he does right now, but not not-paranoid. But yeah, there's more there going on with what happened with the Order of the Scribble than has been revealed. But that's all gonna be unwound as the story comes towards its conclusion. There's more to learn, I mean, they had to go find Girard right now, so some pieces will be found then, I'm sure.

    5G: The Possibility of an Order of the Scribble Prequel Book

    Jesse: Do you think you may do a prequel book about the Order of the Scribble someday, or is that not something you're sure about?

    Rich: I wouldn't rule it out, but I don't currently have any plans to and I wouldn't know what I would do with it. I think the main thrust of their story needs to be included in the online strip. You need to know exactly what happened all that time ago that made them so angry at each other in order to understand the main story. So therefore I wouldn't want to shunt it to a side book. When it needs to be told, it needs to be front and center, and then once it's been told, it'll influence what people think about the characters after that.

    So I wouldn't want it to be. . . I had told much of the story, much of the things that Redcloak revealed to Tsukiko in the recent strip about how he was tricking Xykon was already known by people who had read Start of Darkness. But it didn't sort of change what was going to happen next for them to have known it separately. But anything about the Order of the Scribble isn't really like that. It's important in a way that would change things, and therefore it can't be let out of the bag early. But by the same token, I wouldn't object to writing a story of them just fighting Baron Pineapple, or something like that. Certainly wouldn't have any problems with that, but I think the main conflict between them is gonna be in the main comic at some point.

    5H: The Kickstarter Donor's Choice Stories

    Jesse: Okay. Well, speaking of that, I'm gonna take it back to the kickstarter for just one second.

    Rich: Sure.

    Jesse: Which was that several people bought stories about characters that they wanted you to write about. And I know you said for a while those had not been revealed to you yet. Has that come about yet, do you know who those characters are going to be?

    Rich: Three people have bought them, I've only been contacted by two of them so far. I contacted all of them and have only heard back so far from two of them, they both gave me sort of a spectrum answer of, "I like this character and that character but I wouldn't mind if it was this character." So I haven't nailed down the final list for them. I'm waiting for what the final third person says, because if two of them both pick the same character, then I'm definitely gonna do that one, but otherwise I might pick some of the ones that appeal more to me. So far the ones that have been floated are Therkla, the assassin, the half-orc, the Cliffport police department, do a detective-spoof sort of something like that, and the demon roaches. . . [NB: As of 3/16/2012 the stories are Pre-Order Belkar, Therkla, and the Cliffport Police Department - ThePhantasm] which I've no idea what I would do, but maybe I'll come up with some idea and throw that out there and then some other options beyond that. But then again, it's that I still haven't heard from the third person, so that could be something totally in left field still coming our way.

    Jesse: Cool, cool, cool.

    5I: The Conclusion of the Storyline

    David: I know a lot of webcomics authors say, "well I have a very specific end and that's it." Is Order of the Stick actually gonna have a conclusion, or do you just wanna keep on writing it?

    Rich: No, no. It has a conclusion. I know exactly how it ends. I think every single plotline that I've introduced has a definitive conclusion to it that will be in the main comic. It's not gonna be ignored or just left hanging forever. There's definitely gonna be a final book of the main storyline.

    But that being said, one of the reasons I've been sort of experimenting with some of these side projects is that there's plenty of room for these characters to keep doing stories. I think they're well-defined characters, and I can always go back. That's why I've been doing things like the Stick Tales and. . . which is the characters telling the story of a famous work but using themselves, sort of like what the Muppets used to do. Then things like Julio Scoundrel spinning off sorta into his own crazy land of comic book type of and that kind of stuff will let me create even when I've moved on to what I'm gonna do next in the world, after the Order of the Stick. I can still come back and do an Order of the Stick related project, even though the story, the plot, has reached its proper conclusion and so on. So I guess I'm sort of setting up now for what will happen next.

    5J: How Much Story Is Left To Tell

    Jesse: And I think I've read in interviews or in things you've written that the comic is more than halfway done at this point?

    Rich: Oh yeah, definitely more than. . . well, I say that, but you should take it with a grain of salt because I run long. Things are always longer than I plan them out to be because I always think of things in the middle that need to be addressed, either they're logical concerns or a character moment that needs to happen in order for it to be emotionally realistic. So then there will be an extra strip here, an extra strip there, and it'll add up. So it's definitely more than halfway done in terms of number of books, but the number of strips left, I don't even have a clue what that's gonna end up being. Some people are all "he's gonna plan to end it at strip 1000." Absolutely not. It will go way past strip 1000 because we're already at 833 and we're not done with this book yet, and there's at least two more books left. So yeah. It's to go. If you're not a reader, there's still plenty of time to jump on.


    Part 6: Outro & Ending
    Spoiler
    Show

    Jesse: I personally have all the books. No big surprise there considering as I've told you I have the poster on my wall. So I think we're gonna wrap it up, but I just wanna ask you, do you have anything else you'd like to add, or anything you'd like to plug or mention?

    Rich: Kickstarter's still running at http://www.kickstarter.com, you can find it by typing in "Order of the Stick." My website's http://www.GiantITP.com, and so on and so forth.

    Jesse: But I wouldn't ask you to spoil the comic even though I want to be like, "what's gonna happen next?" But I understand that would be unfair.

    Rich: I am proud of you for not asking me either Vaarsuvius' gender, or what the Monster in the Darkness is, or how Belkar's gonna die. Those three questions everyone asks.

    Jesse: Yeah, I figured you keep those things a secret for a reason, and it would be lost if you were to just blab it out. So I tried not to ask those.

    Rich: Two of them are really important and one of them is so not important that it doesn't even need to be answered.

    Jesse: Exactly.

    Rich: I'll let you figure out which ones are which.

    Jesse: Exactly. All right, well then I think that's all the time we have, but I would like to thank Rich Burlew one last time for being on with us.

    Rich: Thank you for having me.

    Jesse: Of course. I'm Jesse Baruffi.

    David: And I'm David Lawrence. And you can reach us at Geekademia@gmail.com.

    Jesse: And go to our website at http://non-productive.com/geekademia. And that's it.


    Last edited by ThePhantasm; 2012-07-31 at 08:20 PM.
    "And yet, will we ever come to an end of discussion and talk if we think we must always reply to replies? For replies come from those who either cannot understand what is said to them, or are so stubborn and contentious that they refuse to give in even if they do understand." - St. Augustine

    The Index of the Giant's Comments | Thanks, Bradakhan, for the avatar!

  3. - Top - End - #3
    Troll in the Playground
     
    SamBurke's Avatar

    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    You lost the game.
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Phantasm, good sir, you. Are. Awesome.

    I nominate this thread for being stickied.

    Also, as a word of help: you might want to give some more detail on those links.
    James/TheDoge Avatar by Ceika!

    Quotes:
    Spoiler
    Show

    Quote Originally Posted by TravelLog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SamBurke View Post
    *snip* ...Hands down the funniest class critique ever... *snip*
    I cannot tell you the number of times I laughed while reading this.

    Homebrew Awards:
    Spoiler
    Show

    First Place Pathfinder Grab Bags:
    XIII
    XIV
    XV
    XVIII

  4. - Top - End - #4
    Ettin in the Playground
     
    Shhalahr Windrider's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    By a River
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Quote Originally Posted by SamBurke View Post
    PAlso, as a word of help: you might want to give some more detail on those links.
    Right. The subjects could be vague if you donít know what you are looking for. Plus a brief, one sentence summary might be useful. Save a page-load for those folks that donít need the exact quote.
    Why are things allÖ blocky? And whatís with this pickaxe?

  5. - Top - End - #5
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    ThePhantasm's Avatar

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Gotham City

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Quote Originally Posted by Shhalahr Windrider View Post
    Right. The subjects could be vague if you donít know what you are looking for. Plus a brief, one sentence summary might be useful. Save a page-load for those folks that donít need the exact quote.
    Thanks for the input guys. I expanded some of them to make them less vague. Let me know if this is better. As for saving a page-load, I'd rather encourage folks to follow / use the links when they quote Rich, both for accuracy and so they can provide direct links to what he says rather than just paraphrasing it.

    I will go back over them and maybe tweak them some more tomorrow when I have time.
    Last edited by ThePhantasm; 2011-10-25 at 08:45 AM.
    "And yet, will we ever come to an end of discussion and talk if we think we must always reply to replies? For replies come from those who either cannot understand what is said to them, or are so stubborn and contentious that they refuse to give in even if they do understand." - St. Augustine

    The Index of the Giant's Comments | Thanks, Bradakhan, for the avatar!

  6. - Top - End - #6
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Flumph

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Essex, England
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    This seems similar to the stickied post at the top of the board by Baron. It might be that this information is better there.

    (Still useful, though...)
    Warning: This posting may contain wit, wisdom, pathos, irony, satire, sarcasm and puns. And traces of nut.

  7. - Top - End - #7
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    ThePhantasm's Avatar

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Gotham City

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Quote Originally Posted by Manga Shoggoth View Post
    This seems similar to the stickied post at the top of the board by Baron. It might be that this information is better there.

    (Still useful, though...)
    This is more of a discussion info resource than a list of recurring / repeat threads. For example, Rich's quote about the V Gender Debate early history gets cited frequently in the V Gender Debate thread. I think this thread is actually pretty different both in intent and function from Baron's, but maybe I'm wrong.

    Also, I don't think Baron's stickied post has been updated since 2009.
    "And yet, will we ever come to an end of discussion and talk if we think we must always reply to replies? For replies come from those who either cannot understand what is said to them, or are so stubborn and contentious that they refuse to give in even if they do understand." - St. Augustine

    The Index of the Giant's Comments | Thanks, Bradakhan, for the avatar!

  8. - Top - End - #8
    Ettin in the Playground
     
    The Succubus's Avatar

    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    UK
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Hmmm, if I wanted to be really pedantic, I would point out that it's not really a "Giant" Word of God index, more sort of small or medium.

  9. - Top - End - #9
    Barbarian in the Playground
     
    BardGuy

    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    LIC, NY
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    What a useful thread! Thanks!

  10. - Top - End - #10
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Flumph

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Essex, England
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePhantasm View Post
    This is more of a discussion info resource than a list of recurring / repeat threads. For example, Rich's quote about the V Gender Debate early history gets cited frequently in the V Gender Debate thread. I think this thread is actually pretty different both in intent and function from Baron's, but maybe I'm wrong.
    Fair enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePhantasm View Post
    Also, I don't think Baron's stickied post has been updated since 2009.
    True, O King.

    And now that Baron is a retired Mod, I doubt that he can post through the lock either...
    Warning: This posting may contain wit, wisdom, pathos, irony, satire, sarcasm and puns. And traces of nut.

  11. - Top - End - #11
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    Ron Miel's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePhantasm View Post
    1) This is not a place to discuss / disagree with what Rich said. We aren't allowed to discuss officially answered questions from locked discussions.
    I don't think that's correct. I'd hope that Rich is a big enough man to take people disagreeing with him, even over WOG.

    But If a moderator closes a thread because of too much snark, it is forbidden to open a new thread to continue the discussion. It is forbidden because it would lead to the same snark starting up again. Nothing to do with disagreeing with Rich.
    .
    -.____________________
    ./___________________()-------Ron Miel
    |...___________________--------sits down
    |..| |_________________()-------and starts
    |..|/__________________--------singing
    | ___________________()-------about gold

    .

  12. - Top - End - #12
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    ThePhantasm's Avatar

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Gotham City

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Miel View Post
    I don't think that's correct. I'd hope that Rich is a big enough man to take people disagreeing with him, even over WOG.
    I'm sure he is. I made the rule as a better-safe-than-sorry adherence to situations like the one in the red text here. Maybe there is a better way to word it than the way I have. I can change the rule to be more accurate if need be. Is the new phrasing more acceptable?
    Last edited by ThePhantasm; 2011-10-25 at 10:33 AM.
    "And yet, will we ever come to an end of discussion and talk if we think we must always reply to replies? For replies come from those who either cannot understand what is said to them, or are so stubborn and contentious that they refuse to give in even if they do understand." - St. Augustine

    The Index of the Giant's Comments | Thanks, Bradakhan, for the avatar!

  13. - Top - End - #13
    Ettin in the Playground
     
    Shhalahr Windrider's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    By a River
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePhantasm View Post
    Thanks for the input guys. I expanded some of them to make them less vague. Let me know if this is better. As for saving a page-load, I'd rather encourage folks to follow / use the links when they quote Rich, both for accuracy and so they can provide direct links to what he says rather than just paraphrasing it.
    Well, Iím not talking about people saving page loads when they are trying to support themselves in discussion. More or less for when they just personally are trying to remember the gist of some point Rich made and an up-to-date, trustworthy secondhand source will do for them. If they should require the words out of the Giantís mouth, that is what the hyperlink is for.

    And as long as that hyperlink is there, that does make this index a fair bit more trustworthy than the post that says, ďIím pretty certain the Giant said V is Lawful Neutral, but Iíll have to look it up,Ē without any follow-up post.
    Why are things allÖ blocky? And whatís with this pickaxe?

  14. - Top - End - #14
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    ThePhantasm's Avatar

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Gotham City

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Quote Originally Posted by Shhalahr Windrider View Post
    Well, Iím not talking about people saving page loads when they are trying to support themselves in discussion. More or less for when they just personally are trying to remember the gist of some point Rich made and an up-to-date, trustworthy secondhand source will do for them.
    Right, I see what you mean now. Sorry.

    I'll try to work up some text summaries late tomorrow when I have more spare time.
    "And yet, will we ever come to an end of discussion and talk if we think we must always reply to replies? For replies come from those who either cannot understand what is said to them, or are so stubborn and contentious that they refuse to give in even if they do understand." - St. Augustine

    The Index of the Giant's Comments | Thanks, Bradakhan, for the avatar!

  15. - Top - End - #15
    Titan in the Playground
     
    CoffeeIncluded's Avatar

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    New York
    Gender
    Female

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Thanks, Phantasm!

  16. - Top - End - #16
    Ettin in the Playground
     
    Haruki-kun's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Being Angelic
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Oh, good stuff. Just read through all of them. Thanks!
    Awesomest avatar EVAR by Lord Magtok.



    Spoiler
    Show
    He is... the most interesting Angel in the world.
    "I don't always keep spreadsheets over crazy voting patterns on the first day. But when I do, I'm the one running the game."


    ~Credit to Skippy for second line.

  17. - Top - End - #17
    Ettin in the Playground
     
    pendell's Avatar

    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Washington DC
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Thank you, Sir Phantasm, for compiling St. Burlew's Epistle to the Forumians. I further second the nomination that this thread be stickied.

    Respectfully,

    Brian P.

  18. - Top - End - #18
    Ettin in the Playground
     
    CarpeGuitarrem's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2008

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Miel View Post
    I don't think that's correct. I'd hope that Rich is a big enough man to take people disagreeing with him, even over WOG.
    I think what the OP means is that this thread right here is made for a single purpose: to destroy the world of men.

    Er, I mean...sorry. That was Saruman, not the OP.

    This thread is here so that we can compile WoG quotes by Rich, not so that we can discuss said quotes. That would derail it and make it no longer useful for putting said quotes up and organizing them. Though I'm sure if people disagreed strongly enough with Rich on one point, they'd be perfectly able to try making a new thread to discuss it.
    Ludicrus Gaming | My Steam Account
    Quote Originally Posted by Saph
    Unless everyone's been lying to me and the next bunch of episodes are The Great Divide II, The Great Divide III, Return to the Great Divide, and Bride of the Great Divide, in which case I hate you all and I'm never touching Avatar again.

  19. - Top - End - #19
    Barbarian in the Playground
     
    KillItWithFire's Avatar

    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Wait how'd I get HERE?
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    The links don't seem to work for me. Am I the only one with this problem?
    Avatar by myself
    PM me if you want a custom avatar of your own and I will try to fulfill that request to the best of my ability.

    I am a:
    Spoiler
    Show

    Lawful Neutral
    Halfling Wizard/Cleric
    Strength- 13
    Dexterity- 14
    Constitution- 12
    Intelligence- 16
    Wisdom- 14
    Charisma- 12

    There are 10 types of people in this world:
    Those that know ternary,
    those that don't
    and those that thought this was a binary joke.

  20. - Top - End - #20
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    Ron Miel's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePhantasm View Post
    Maybe there is a better way to word it than the way I have. I can change the rule to be more accurate if need be. Is the new phrasing more acceptable?
    See CarpeGuitarrem's post #18, which makes sense. Better if you say that the thread is only for listing the WOG, and any discussion of the issues should go in a new thread.
    .
    -.____________________
    ./___________________()-------Ron Miel
    |...___________________--------sits down
    |..| |_________________()-------and starts
    |..|/__________________--------singing
    | ___________________()-------about gold

    .

  21. - Top - End - #21
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    ThePhantasm's Avatar

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Gotham City

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Quote Originally Posted by KillItWithFire View Post
    The links don't seem to work for me. Am I the only one with this problem?
    I used a link shortener for some of them. I've never heard of someone having problems following shortened links though. The links work just fine for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Miel View Post
    See CarpeGuitarrem's post #18, which makes sense. Better if you say that the thread is only for listing the WOG, and any discussion of the issues should go in a new thread.
    Duly noted and updated. Good call.
    "And yet, will we ever come to an end of discussion and talk if we think we must always reply to replies? For replies come from those who either cannot understand what is said to them, or are so stubborn and contentious that they refuse to give in even if they do understand." - St. Augustine

    The Index of the Giant's Comments | Thanks, Bradakhan, for the avatar!

  22. - Top - End - #22
    Troll in the Playground
    Join Date
    Jul 2009

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Not sure all of these belong, but here:

    Alignment-
    Thog is Evil!

    Art-
    Invisibility
    Magic colours
    Scientific accuracy

    Rules- (In case you want to make a separate section for D&D accuracy)
    Forcecages, antimagic fields, and general rules consistency
    Break Enchantment casting time
    Tsukiko's barred school

    Story-
    Off-panel Miko fight
    Elan's extra rapier
    V's prophecy

    EDIT: Blargh. Some of the links got messed up. Should be fixed now.
    Last edited by Gift Jeraff; 2011-10-25 at 02:03 PM.
    THE SCRYING SENSOR AT THE END OF STRIP #698 WAS ZZ'DTRI'S (SOURCE)

    Spoiler
    Show
    Quote Originally Posted by martianmister View Post
    Mongolian hordes. Lots of lots of mongolian hordes. With a mongolian warrior chief. They will conquer Gobbotopia and rename it as Mongolitopia. Because that makes so much sense.

    Also ponies.
    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Gift Jeraff View Post
    elan: dad plz dont kill roy
    tarquin: ok
    Damn it! Now I have to rewrite the script for #917.
    Spoiler: NSFW
    Show
    Spoiler
    Show
    Spoiler
    Show
    Spoiler
    Show
    Spoiler
    Show
    Spoiler
    Show
    Spoiler
    Show

  23. - Top - End - #23
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    NinjaGuy

    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    U.S.
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    What a fun thread! I enjoy reading all the WoG in one place.

    However, comments like this:
    Quote Originally Posted by ThePhantasm View Post
    I've checked and I don't think this thread is against forum rules. But if Rich or the mods feel it shouldn't exist, please do lock / delete it.
    . . . always amuse me. If something is against forum rules or offends Rich or the mods, I expect they'll lock it, delete it, maybe send Miko after you, with or without the poster's permission.

  24. - Top - End - #24
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    AssassinGuy

    Join Date
    Mar 2008

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    You should add The Giant's description of the fight between Miko and OOtS.

    http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showt...639#post291639

  25. - Top - End - #25
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    Ron Miel's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Why Roy turned against Miko
    http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=23


    Servants of a God Of Death can't raise dead.
    ( This probably explains why Malack didn't raise dead for his own children.)
    http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showp...&postcount=551
    .
    -.____________________
    ./___________________()-------Ron Miel
    |...___________________--------sits down
    |..| |_________________()-------and starts
    |..|/__________________--------singing
    | ___________________()-------about gold

    .

  26. - Top - End - #26
    Ettin in the Playground
     
    NinjaGuy

    Join Date
    Jan 2007

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Miel View Post
    Servants of a God Of Death can't raise dead.
    ( This probably explains why Malack didn't raise dead for his own children.)
    http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showp...&postcount=551
    Actually he said that servants of death gods are the only ones he is aware of that restrict/discourage raising of the dead. That doesn't necessariy mean that all of them do so.

    Now you might very well be right about this, but I think we should be careful about applying WOG status to things unless they are out and out clear cut, well, WOG posts.

    ETA: As an alternative, we could include the link to show why Redcloak didn't try to save
    Spoiler
    Show
    Right Eye's family.
    As that is most assuredly a clear cut answer.
    Last edited by Porthos; 2011-10-25 at 03:10 PM.
    Vote, vote, vote, vote for the best of The Order of the Stick strips by voting in....
    The Stick Awards II: Second Edition
    Voting is now underway for
    The Best of the Hundred Tournament:
    (#401 - #500) [FINALS]
    __________________________

    No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will seriously cramp his style - Jhereg Proverb

  27. - Top - End - #27
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    Ron Miel's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Quote Originally Posted by Porthos View Post
    Actually he said that servants of death gods are the only ones he is aware of that restrict/discourage raising of the dead. That doesn't necessariy mean that all of them do so.
    The exact words are :
    Evil characters are neither prohibited nor even discouraged from raising the dead in the OOTS universeónor in any other D&D world of which I'm aware, unless they specifically serve a god of Death.


    The important words :
    Evil characters are [not] prohibited from raising the dead unless they specifically serve a god of Death.

    It seems like he's saying that servants of a god of Death ARE prohibited from raising dead.

    It's possible I misunderstood.

    ETA: As an alternative, we could include the link to show why Redcloak didn't try to save
    Spoiler
    Show
    Right Eye's family.
    As that is most assuredly a clear cut answer.
    Already there. But I thought it answered a certain FAQ too.
    .
    -.____________________
    ./___________________()-------Ron Miel
    |...___________________--------sits down
    |..| |_________________()-------and starts
    |..|/__________________--------singing
    | ___________________()-------about gold

    .

  28. - Top - End - #28
    Titan in the Playground
     
    Kish's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2004

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Miel View Post
    The exact words are :
    Evil characters are neither prohibited nor even discouraged from raising the dead in the OOTS universeónor in any other D&D world of which I'm aware, unless they specifically serve a god of Death.
    [...]
    It seems like he's saying that servants of a god of Death ARE prohibited from raising dead.
    Sort of.

    He's saying that, in at least one D&D world, at least one death god forbids, or at least discourages, his/her evil clerics from raising the dead.
    Spoiler
    Show
    "You are what you do. Choose again, and change." --Miles Vorkosigan

    "The really unforgivable acts are committed by calm men in beautiful green silk rooms, who deal death wholesale, by the shipload, without lust, or anger, or desire, or any redeeming emotion to excuse them but cold fear of some pretended future. But the crimes they hope to prevent in the future are imaginary. The ones they commit in the present--they are real." --Aral Vorkosigan

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant View Post
    This, in a nutshell.
    Yes, exactly.

  29. - Top - End - #29
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    Ron Miel's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    okay, perhaps I misunderstood.
    .
    -.____________________
    ./___________________()-------Ron Miel
    |...___________________--------sits down
    |..| |_________________()-------and starts
    |..|/__________________--------singing
    | ___________________()-------about gold

    .

  30. - Top - End - #30
    Dwarf in the Playground
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Gender
    Male2Female

    Default Re: The Giant "Word of God" Index

    This thread has provided me with an interesting assortment of information I was previously unaware of, and is a useful resource should I ever desire to debate things related to OOTS.

    Thank you.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •