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    That is so very, very disturbing.
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    Interesting. I wonder what the replacement Linear Guild members will be like. How many opposites of Belkar are there who could fit into an evil party?
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    This, in a nutshell.
    Yes, exactly.

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    How many CE chars. are there that can fit into a mostly LG party?

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    Oooo. Evil. Brilliant.
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    I just love that even Nale is referring to Belkar as
    "the creepy little psycopath".

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    Top notch comic!

    I liked Thog in his nightcap.
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    It's 'psychopath'! 'Psychopath'!

    Dang it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caledonian
    It's 'psychopath'! *'Psychopath'!

    Dang it...
    It's in the comic, blame Keith Baker. :P

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    They could always have Thog's teddy animated :D

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    Oh man. :o

    The evil that twins do! :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paragon_Kobold

    It's in the comic, blame Keith Baker. :P
    Dang, that confusion again. That's Rich. Rich Baker.



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    I didn't see this coming. Pretty sweet! I've always liked the Linear Guild. So now I know what Thog means when he says 'Thog like puppies.' ;D
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    I got some weird looks at work (as I make sound effects while reading the comic.) Ominous bass *duh-duh-daaaaaa* when the good blacksmith was revealed as evil in disguise turned into twangy banjo *dner dnu dnee dnee, dnee dnee, dnee dnee noooo* on the last panel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gez

    Dang, that confusion again. That's Rich. Rich Baker.



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    Quote Originally Posted by L_Opoponax
    :o ??? falls on the floor, laughing hysterically
    The modern 'English style' saddle is just that -- modern. Used by fancy-ass prancers and fox-hunters, not dudes with swords who want to stay in the saddle after they swing their weapons. :P Do a google, dude!
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    I like that Roy made up all the reasons to convince the group to come to the forest with him and now they might be truer than he would have liked.

    I wonder if Elan wants to take the starmetal for his own dark purposes if Roy actually gets it.
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    What I really like was the little teddybear in Thogs hand... Oh, and the fact that Nale picks him up after a Sleepover, implying that Thog is the mental equivalent of a small child...
    Gotta love that.
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    Well....I didn't see that coming. I figured that Roy's sword couldn't really have been made out of starmetal, if it was Xykon wouldn't have been able to break it. After all, the stuff is virtually indestructible.
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    Quick question RE: the voting incentive.

    If a Dire Lemming kills itself during combat, do you get XP for it? If so, that's officially the Best. Monster. Ever. (At least for power gamers.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starla
    I wonder if Elan wants to take the starmetal for his own dark purposes if Roy actually gets it.
    Somehow, I think the closest Elan gets to a dark purpose is a flashlight.

    Of course, Nale may have something nasty cooking in that evil evil brain of his. :)
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    i know the comic i'm tlaking about is old, but i have a doxie. they are the funnist dogs ever. they probly would make god riding dogs for halfings.
    for todays comic, i can't wit for the invetbile fight between the OoTS and the NEW LG.
    its gonna be so cool!

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    I wanted to register, in order to post that I found today's strip very disturbing.

    On the surface, Thog turning the blacksmith into his pet "dog" is mildly amusing because it's just another example of Thog's childlike mentality.

    But the blacksmith begging for help makes it just way too creepy. Suddenly Thog isn't so charming anymore, because he's dehumanized someone in a way that's a little too reminiscent of the atrocities at Abu Ghraib prison, or the film "Dogville."

    And before anyone gets on a high horse defending the strip or the creator, this isn't a request for the creator to withdraw the strip, or change it in any way. I'm just wondering if I'm the only one who felt that today's strip was far more disturbing than funny.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Freeman333
    Quick question RE: *the voting incentive.

    If a Dire Lemming kills itself during combat, do you get XP for it? *If so, that's officially the Best. *Monster. *Ever. *(At least for power gamers.)
    Ah, but you missed the challenge the Dire Lemming presents. It is not a solitary creature. It is a heard animal.

    The challenge is to avoid being swept over the cliff with them. ;)
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    I KNEW it! I knew I'd see a whole new page on this board after that comic.

    And lemmings...don't.....migrate!
    It's a myth. Complete myth.
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    Ah, but these are DIRE lemmings we're dealing with, Bedbugs. And while ordinary lemmings might be content to be made the subject of addictive puzzle games, DIRE lemmings do indeed migrate--in a most DIRE fashion. Muh ha ha ha ha ha...

    Okay, fine. I can't make migration, even dire migration, intimidating. Can't blame a guy for trying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freeman333
    Ah, but these are DIRE lemmings we're dealing with, Bedbugs. *And while ordinary lemmings might be content to be made the subject of addictive puzzle games, DIRE lemmings do indeed migrate--in a most DIRE fashion. *Muh ha ha ha ha ha...

    Okay, fine. *I can't make migration, even dire migration, intimidating. *Can't blame a guy for trying.
    What about the DIRE MIGRATION OF DOOOOOM!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD_Wiker
    I wanted to register, in order to post that I found today's strip very disturbing.

    On the surface, Thog turning the blacksmith into his pet "dog" is mildly amusing because it's just another example of Thog's childlike mentality.

    But the blacksmith begging for help makes it just way too creepy. Suddenly Thog isn't so charming anymore, because he's dehumanized someone in a way that's a little too reminiscent of the atrocities at Abu Ghraib prison, or the film "Dogville."

    And before anyone gets on a high horse defending the strip or the creator, this isn't a request for the creator to withdraw the strip, or change it in any way. I'm just wondering if I'm the only one who felt that today's strip was far more disturbing than funny.
    Actually, I take this as a compliment, JD, because that was the effect I was going for. These are the villains of the strip, after all. They are all Evil, with a capital E. Ever since strip #51, where Thog murders an innocent sylph just because she's there, all the while thinking about puppies, he has intentionally straddled the line between "cute" and "horrifically violent". I want people to be unsure if Thog is an innocent who is lead to evil by his buddy Nale, or if he is truly as black-hearted, just dumber.

    People tend to look at Thog and think that he's supposed to be good, deep down, because he's kind of dumb and often funny. He is childlike, but he's the kind of child that pulls the wings off of butterflies. But he is one of the bad guys here, so a little ambivelence on whether to like him or not is perfect.

    However, if it makes anyone feel better, I was attempting to imply that it was Nale who "gave" Thog his "puppy". It was an easy way to keep the real blacksmith out of the way and keep Thog busy while he enacted his wicked plans. And no one can deny that Nale is thoroughly evil.
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    The strip kinda freaked me out too, 'cause I have some friends who... 'play that way.' :-/ And it creeps me out when they start telling me details I really don't want to hear!

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    Actually, I take this as a compliment, JD, because that was the effect I was going for. These are the villains of the strip, after all. They are all Evil, with a capital E. Ever since strip #51, where Thog murders an innocent sylph just because she's there, all the while thinking about puppies, he has intentionally straddled the line between "cute" and "horrifically violent". I want people to be unsure if Thog is an innocent who is lead to evil by his buddy Nale, or if he is truly as black-hearted, just dumber.

    People tend to look at Thog and think that he's supposed to be good, deep down, because he's kind of dumb and often funny. He is childlike, but he's the kind of child that pulls the wings off of butterflies. But he is one of the bad guys here, so a little ambivelence on whether to like him or not is perfect.

    However, if it makes anyone feel better, I was attempting to imply that it was Nale who "gave" Thog his "puppy". It was an easy way to keep the real blacksmith out of the *way and keep Thog busy while he enacted his wicked plans. And no one can deny that Nale is thoroughly evil.
    So I guess Thog was mistaken when he said he would make a "Good" puppy-daddy *;)

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    I'm glad to see I wasn't the only person terrifed by the last panel in the 20/1st comic.

    This antagonist group is actually, properly evil. Not a lame joke group like 8bit, or any number of RP comics I could name. That's not to say they're particularly subtle, which makes for funny, if scary funny. Last panel as example, and plotting within view of the entire village - note wenches fleeing succubus.

    I'm looking forward to meeting these lot again, sorta.
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