I think the Giant mentioned in a commentary in some book or in a post that it was somewhere around strip 100 that he decided to develop a real story and not just make a "joke of the week" comic.
I'd say it started around then that he inserted small portions of overarching plot into it. He did it slow and gradually so it actually feels right.
Which means there's not really "one single strip" where it happened.
Miko's appearance sure set of one of the major plot arcs obviously, but having her appear right after the Dungeon of Dorukan without the Black Dragon cave and the Bandit Camp it would just not have felt right.
I don't know what you people are talking about. That strip was hilarious! Roy go splat!
If I remember correctly, the Giant specifically said in the WaXP commentary that part of the reason for 448 was that he needed readers to cheer when Soon appeared, and Roy's death alone wouldn't be nearly enough to make them hate Xykon.
Personally, I would say the destruction of the Dungeon of Dorukan. Our noble (and ignoble) heroes believe they have won the day and are ready to march off into the sunset. But this is also the point where it becomes clear that Xykon, Redcloak and the Linear Guild are not finished. It is also the moment when a mysterious cloaked figure (Miko) is dispatched to hunt down the Order. I personally would say that is the first real turn point from just light-hearted joking to Jokes plus Plot.
78% of all DM's start their first campaign in a tavern. If you're among the 22% who didn't, copy and paste this into your signature and tell us where you DID begin.
The docks of a small fishing village. One of the character's nearly drown trying to catch a fish barehanded.
Originally Posted by navar100
What the DM says goes. If he says enough stupid stuff, the players go too.
actually, rich stated that he had the whole plot figured out around strip 100, not that he started by then.
As for the transition, I don't think there is any mark, but if there is, then meeting the linear guild was the point. face it, oots already had a plot back then, even if it wasn't clear what the plot was. And even if rich complains about the first few dozen striops lacking a plot, to me they work well in setting the characters. So in retrospect oots can be thought as having a plot starting from strip 1, even if at the time rich himself didn't knew it.
On the other hand it never really ceased to be a funny comic about D&D.
So asking about the exact moment oots got into the plot is like asking for a specific day in which earth stopped being an asteroid bigger than others and became a planet.
In memory of Evisceratus: he dreamed of a better world, but he lacked the class levels to make the dream come true.
Humble paesant honored of being ruthlessly (and sthylyshly) crushed under Tarquin's steel boot
Nah, that's just black comedy. Silly Thog, a blacksmith isn't a puppy!
Seriously, though, I'd say the first dark tone in the comic was Nale stabbing Elan, as PeglegJim said. At the very least, that's the first time when the comic took a threat seriously rather than as just another gag.
Originally Posted by Winterwind
Mewtarthio, you have scared my brain into hiding, a trembling, broken shadow of a thing, cowering somewhere in the soothing darkness and singing nursery rhymes in the hope of obscuring the Lovecraftian facts you so boldly brought into daylight.
1. The title was "proof that I am deeply disturbed." Lots of great artists and writers are deeply disturbed, as opposed to gag makers, who are just lighthearted funsters. Rich is here announcing his intentions to get serious.
2. First death of a heroic/innocent character, at least in the online comic and not counting backstory.
3. First graphic death, with the real fruit filling slowly draining away...
Face it. It just started to get grim and gritty after this.
(edit: Okay, I just looked at the timeline, and the Linear Guild killed the guardians before this happened. So #2 doesn't apply. Oh, well. I stand by #s 1 and 3.)
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