Well I didn't get the o rly? joke cause I have never seen that owl before now but I still liked the owl in the comic cause he looked so confused and cute. I know it's early to tell for sure but Jillian might very well become my favorite character. I'll have to wait to see a little more but that's how things are looking so far.
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It took a moment for the orly thing to register. But then, that may be because that particular bit of geek-culture trivia has been buried in the bottom of my mental filing cabinet with all the other repressed memories. However, I like the orlies. Even if the humor is a little obscure, it's just kind of fun to figure out where the reference comes from. That goes for Erfworld as a whole. If you don't like it, you don't have to read it.
Also, I don't think Erfworld is based on a particular strategy roleplaying game. I think it's just supposed to mimic all the odd things about those games that anyone but a veteran gamer would think strange. Seriously, have you ever tried to explain what you were doing in-game to one of the uninitiated? What relationship does a "turn" or a "move" have to real-life military strategy? Very little at the end of the day. So I think one of the points of Erfworld is to kind of poke fun at both the games and at us in a quirkily humorous way.
I'm still trying to get into Erfworld. The cutesiness was the first turn off, and then having a world where we don't understand the 'rules' (like everyone knew that OOTS was following D&D-based rules and thus could relate and understand its jargon).
Now someone had previously mentioned that this might be a war between action and turn-based genres. Which makes sense, and then the 'O RLY' owl I didn't see coming.
I'm not a huge fan of Erfworld, but after the last strip I'll hold out a bit longer for it to come together.
Well, considering what a tired, shopworn internet meme this supposedly is, I've only seen the "o rly" statement used online in the last month. . . .
. . . and still have no idea what it's in reference to, or why it was meant to be funny. Some kind of toy, I think?
And I'm a fairly heavy net-user. While I don't think it's funny, because I don't get the base reference, I'd just like to point out, that there are some people out there for whom the reference will still be fresh.
All I can say is I find this whole series very confusing. I keep trying to see if I am going to suddenly "grok" it or something. Thus far, I guess I am NOT the target audience...?