Comic 26 - Draginbeard pg 25

28th Sep 2012, 12:01 AM in No Shelter
Draginbeard pg 25
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Draginbeard 28th Sep 2012, 12:01 AM edit delete
Yay! 25 strips in! I felt like doing something really silly. (Family Circus style!)

Anyone remember playing an mmo and having to run back to where you died to get your stuff? (I cut my teeth in Asherons Call, and EverQuest)

This one goes out to Kathy, Brian, and Dave for all the times they had to help me get to my body and loot it before it de-spawned, or some mob turned me into lunch meat...again!

Also have a couple of birthdays, first to my granddaughter, Carmen - I hope one day you get to play a game that offers you the total thrill and frustration I enjoyed, Happy Birthday =)

And Happy Birthday to you too Rosie! Your Pixie is still going to make her grand entrance, just not yet!

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Centcomm 28th Sep 2012, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
Oh my god - I SO remember this stuff when I was playing evercrack.. >_< and yes i died running off the platform in Kelethin *&%$%&* too many times to mention.
Draginbeard 28th Sep 2012, 12:30 AM edit delete reply
I de-leveled in Finoa Via (not sure I spelled that right) trying to get past those Drider/Spider mobs. That mist got me turned around and the next thing I knew I was rooted and getting my face eaten off!

Those three other players to the side...they thought the whole thing was hysterical as I went from level 24 down to 22 trying to find my damn corpse.

As frustrating as it could be, EverQuest was probably one of the most in-depth MMO Ive ever played.

Day, night, weather, spamming your compass to find North, getting lost anyway, getting killed by merchants and guards for accidentally hitting the 'A' key during a trade, trains...begging for a bind. Good times!
JRChace 28th Sep 2012, 12:26 AM edit delete reply
This makes me wanna try an older mmo. I started in World of Warcraft and didn't experience this at all! :O
Draginbeard 28th Sep 2012, 12:40 AM edit delete reply
Graphically you would grit your teeth, compared to whats out now.

Even still, I have some really great memories of my days playing til the wee hours in both EQ and AC.

I made some really great friends in those games.
Dodom 28th Sep 2012, 4:37 AM edit delete reply
I never played anything fancier than Diablo II, but it does involve running around naked (or with freshly looted non-magical stuff you were going to sell because that's all it's good for on) trying to lure that boss away from your corpse so you could run to it.
Once I just stopped caring and went around unarmed, punching winged demons when they crowded me. It wasn't very effective.
Draginbeard 28th Sep 2012, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
That there is one of the big differences between an online MMO, and sitting around the table with a good Game Master playing a pen and paper RPG. You can take the most horrible character you've ever rolled-up for a table top session, you always have a chance to make your mark in the world.

It didn't matter if you had the best gear, it was about style and how you role-play your character, that's where the fun was.

In a computer game, you are bound to the Min/Max rule. If it didn't do the job, you dumped it for better gear, and the world keeps spawning the same mobs again and again.
Centcomm 28th Sep 2012, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
God that is so true. I would trade a online MMO in a instant for a good old fashioned PnP game ANY day. I also had a answer for those DOODS - get the mobs to chase me then run right past them TRAIN AGGRO! - But on the other hand I kept my lvl 40 mage near the newbe area handed out gear packs and helped players get started. ahh.. Andria Starsinger how I miss you at times and my fighter Tamasaya :P
Draginbeard 28th Sep 2012, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
Oh, I did my share of that too. And got plenty of Hate tells for it! LOL
Dodom 28th Sep 2012, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
I... actually started playing dnd three weeks ago.
I'm still a very newby noob.
Draginbeard 28th Sep 2012, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
Awesome! Which edition? I'm a huge fan of 3.5. It has a great deal of options to really develop a character.

But no matter which version you go with, a big chunk of it depends on the person running the game, and the folks playing with you.

word of advice, unless you have the skills for it, don't let the party talk you into going first down the passage to check for 'secret doors'. =P

Dodom 28th Sep 2012, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
4.0, which is apparently apocryphal. Really, a friend threatened to shun me because of it. I hope everybody agrees that it's silly.
Draginbeard 28th Sep 2012, 5:11 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, not a fan of 4.0 either. Wouldn't shun you for it though.

It will give you a taste of what pen and paper RPG's have to offer, and there are a TON (because when you stack books, they tend to weight a lot!) of great ones out there.
Hythlodeus 29th Sep 2012, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
This is so true. In fact, I actually prefer player characters that are really flawed in the way they were created. Be it on purpose or because the player is inexperienced with the system. Those characters offer a lot of opportunities in P&P. For the GM and for the players. The characters have to work harder to overcome their flaws and you basically do whole plotlines and story arcs about them.

You totally lose that aspect in computer RPGs.
Draginbeard 29th Sep 2012, 3:34 PM edit delete reply
Definitely. Some games even have a list of flaws and advantages to help round out a character. But lve always preferred to hash out character traits, and long term goals with my GM and then see where it goes during game play.
Shalura 28th Sep 2012, 9:23 AM edit delete reply
LOl Gavin this is how we met all those ..what 12?? years ago ? Poor Kaval all nakid and a dozen bodies in the Lugian Citadel in AC
Draginbeard 28th Sep 2012, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
Oh yeah, That's exactly how I met Mei, she was mowing through Luggies and I was scrambling to get one of a string of corpses scattered through the cit!

Such a great time, I miss AC and especially the really cool people we played with in Dereth.
Songgu Kwon 30th Sep 2012, 4:26 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Ha ha! Rushing back to loot your own corpse minus the good gear you depended on to almost survive in the first place... that's quite a pickle.

In contrast, death in tabletop RPGs lead not to respawning but reincarnation of a sort: different body (new character), same soul (player).
Draginbeard 30th Sep 2012, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
Sir Robert Blackspear, Arms master and Warleader of the Guelstrife City-state. An inner circle adept of the Darkrag secret society, who bravely perished by foul dragon-breath in defense of the greater forest of Smellrod, a mere week past, is brought back to us!

The Druid Morris of the outonalimb collective presents our reincarnated a...chipmunk?
Songgu Kwon 1st Oct 2012, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
It is not our place to question the wisdom of karmic bureaucracy.
Draginbeard 1st Oct 2012, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
No Timmy, you can't fight Celestial Hall. Now stop playing by that well.
LooeyQ 30th Sep 2012, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
Hahahaha this page Is awesome! And also, Woo HOO!!! I'm all caught up! man, this story is just getting better and better!!!
Draginbeard 30th Sep 2012, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for going through and reading up. I have so much more still to come!
cachway 2nd Oct 2012, 7:45 PM edit delete reply
Haha, this is great. Love how you've combined this story with so much modern technology.
Draginbeard 2nd Oct 2012, 11:06 PM edit delete reply

I originally wanted to do a comic where the hero was trapped on the internet and have the story play out with him trying to get home, but I kept running into other "Ghost in the Machine" story-lines and I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to bring anything cool to the table.

Doing things this way opened up other avenues for me to tell all kinds of stories, some more serious than others. Plus I get to tell pop culture jokes!
Rogue 29th Apr 2013, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
I LOVED EverQuest (it was my first MMO)! I don't miss the corpse runs, though. I always had to find someone to help me track my body. :(
Draginbeard 29th Apr 2013, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
Ah yeah. Corpse runs were tough. I have to admit that I was once so addicted to the game, an early morning corpse run, and available sick time would decide if I called off work that day.

Sadly, I have this terrible need for a roof, to eat, have electricity and internet, so mostly I just went to work.

Even still, there were days when I drummed up a raspy voice and a fake cough to stay home.

Damn you patch days. Damn you all to dev hell!
Rogue 30th Apr 2013, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
I hear you! I'd run EQ even when I wasn't home (stupid Bazaar!).
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