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Thursday, August 24, 2006

PAX This Weekend!

I just wanted to let everyone know that we’ll be PAX this weekend. We’re not going in any official kind of capacity by any means, since it’s not a comic related con and we don’t do a gaming comic, there would be little point. We will, however, be there to hang out, play a bunch of games, check out the awesommatical concerts (the main reason we’re going) and I’m also very interested in the strip Gabe and Tycho are doing on how they make the comic.

 

Should be a good time. Oh, and we’ll all have our DS’s so we’ll be ready to throw down at a moments notice (where applicable).

Monday, August 21, 2006

Hitchhiking the Galaxy

In preparation to writing issue 3, I have re-read the entire Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (all 5 finished books and one short story) for the first time since high school. It was one of those series that I was always going to re-read, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it.

I was happy to find that I enjoyed them even more now than I did then, especially once you get to “Life, the Universe, and Everything”, where the storyline really starts to diverge from the radio drama, the show, the movie, etc. I also remember not liking “So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish” the first time around, but after re-reading it, I see that I was an idiot. That actually ended up being one of my favorites this time. I really liked that Arthur Dent finally had something in his life go right for a change after all that time, and it is very frustrating that things go so horribly wrong for him again in “Mostly Harmless”, but I guess the character just has that kind of life.

 

I’ve had “The Salmon of Doubt” in my possession since it came out, and when I first bought it I read most of the articles in the front of the book, but never got around to reading the final, unfinished Hitchhiker’s book. I decided now is the best time, since the old ones are fresh in mind. I’m interested to see what Adams had been working on. All I really know about the story is that it has Dirk Gently in it, and from what I’ve read about the story, Adams went back and forth several times as to weather or not the new book was going to be a Gently or a Hitchhiker’s book.

 

But I digress…

 

For anyone who has been reading “Here There Be Robots”, you have probably noticed that both Jeremy and I have been heavily influenced by Adams’ writing.  He was really the epitome of the genre we’re working in, and we have tried to pay him tribute in our comic without lifting anything directly from his books. If you are a person who enjoys things that are well written and witty, you should definitely go pick yourself up this series. You can usually find all the books in one big volume for really cheap or at your local library. They have all kinds of crazy books there.

 

Friday, August 18, 2006

I'm Evil

Well, it turns out I’m evil.  Let me explain…

 

There is an old SNES (that’s Super Nintendo for the uninitiated) RPC (role playing game) called Earthbound (Mother 2 in Japan) about a young boy named Ness (yes, this is the guy that also apprears in the Smash Bros. series who most people I talked to didn’t know what I was talking about) who has to save the world from an alien invasion with the help of his friends.

The gameplay is a very simple menu based system in the same vein as the old Dragon Warrior (Dragon Quest in Japan) games.  The story is pretty funny and well done, and that’s what really gets you into the game.

 

The reason this one is a big deal is that it harkens back to the days of yesteryear before Final Fantasy 7 came out and before RPG’s were popularized in the US. Because of this, many of these games are now rare and usually sell used with just the game (no box or booklet) for upwards of $70+. In fact, $70 was the cheapest I had ever seen the game selling for (usually it was closer to $80-$110) until I found an eBay auction with only 12 hours to go with the game going for a only $40.

What is a net savvy gent such as myself to do?

I sniped the bid and got it for cheap.

 

Is the practice of sniping evil? Yeah, kind of.

The problem at this point is, in my experience, the only way to win bids these days is to snipe them. The ones that I try to bid the good old fashioned way on always get sniped out from under me. I would prefer if this wasn’t the way things were, and that eBay was used more in line with what the programmers originally had in mind (after the whole trading PEZ era). But unless they make it so you can’t snipe somehow, I’m afraid I’m stuck.

 

On the plus side, I rarely buy things off eBay.

Friday, August 11, 2006

It's A Secret To Everyone

I’m working diligently on the script for issue 3. Normally I’m done with the next issue’s script way in advance of us actually finishing the current issue, but sometimes life gets in the way. Things have been a bit crazy lately, and my mind has been elsewhere. This has all compounded in me not being in the mood to write for quite some time.

Then today, inexplicably, I all the little pieces of issue 3 that Jeremy and I have discussed all fell into place. These short little scenes that we wanted to include melded together in my mind in such a way that they make a coherent story, and in a reasonable amount of pages to cover in a single issue. I’m nearly done typing the outline, which once any other ideas have been incorporated will be used to write the actual script.

And of course, to keep the secrets of issue 3 from being leaked through the tubes that make up the interweb, we have to make sure every bit is encrypted. Every one and zero is changed through the power of technology to some other, much more random number. Say a 6 or an 8. If, for some unknown reason, we need to print a page, it is done so on paper so advanced, you can not only not photocopy it, it actually will break your digital copying device in the process. Now that’s what I call progress!