Chapter Eight: Page Thirteen

posted 24th Oct 2016, 1:21 PM

Chapter Eight: Page Thirteen
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24th Oct 2016, 1:21 PM

Saeriellyn

The page of a thousand layers. It settles down after this, I promise. For a while.

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24th Oct 2016, 2:01 PM

ranger_brianna_new

Run, run, run away from the gigantic explosion~

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view Saeriellyn's profile

24th Oct 2016, 2:04 PM

Saeriellyn

I think the shock wave is taking care of the forward propulsion at this point!

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view mantis's profile

3rd Jul 2017, 8:43 AM

mantis

Is that an "Order of the Stick" reference I see?

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view Saeriellyn's profile

6th Jul 2017, 5:38 PM

Saeriellyn

Never heard of it!

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20th Nov 2017, 4:13 PM

mantis

Not sure how I missed this follow-up at the time. It was Ranger_Brianna_New that appeared to be referring to the webcomic "The Order of the Stick." It's a D&D-based comic that gets a lot of its humor from riffing on the rules of the game and taking them far more literally than most real players would -- the characters actually talk about game mechanics like hit points and spell levels that are meant to be tools for modeling the fantasy world of the game, not things that exist in that world.

Anyway, one of the characters is a bard; D&D bards have the power to enhance their own and other characters' skills with their singing (or other kinds of performance, like oratory or playing an instrument). Elan the bard's songs in OotS always follow the format of Brianna's comment. He's not too bright, so his efforts are sometimes counterproductive, as when he sings "Bluff, Bluff, Bluff, Bluff the Stupid Ogre!" while his party leader is trying to trick a guard into thinking the group is allowed into the place he's guarding.

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20th Nov 2017, 4:21 PM

Saeriellyn

Aaaahhh, I see. The D&D references are all lost on me, I'm afraid - and your explanations are so complex I find myself wondering how anybody gets so hooked on the game. It sounds like more work than fun...but that's me being right-brained and spontaneous and "rules...what rules?"

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21st Nov 2017, 6:37 AM

mantis

It certainly is more complex than any board or card game, but yes, some of us really enjoy that complexity. Computer RPGs can be similarly complex, but in those games the computer automatically keeps track of a lot of things that the players would be tracking with pens, paper, and assorted visual aids in a tabletop RPG.

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view mjkj's profile

24th Oct 2016, 2:54 PM

mjkj

Woah, what an explosion... =O

I hope they will survive...

...I wonder what triggered the explosion...?

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view Saeriellyn's profile

24th Oct 2016, 2:57 PM

Saeriellyn

You'll find out shortly! Well, at least about their survival. Explanations for the rest will be a bit delayed.

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view Odd May's profile

24th Oct 2016, 7:27 PM

Odd May

So... Achren... about that castle that you lived in... uhhhhhh

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view Saeriellyn's profile

24th Oct 2016, 10:43 PM

Saeriellyn

You do NOT want to be the guy who brings her that piece of news.

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view joeyballast's profile

24th Oct 2016, 7:48 PM

joeyballast

Cool guys don't look at explosions.

I can commiserate with the thousand layers aspect of doing a page like this. Once in a while I add a new layer and I say "really!? Layer 75!?". I'm glad I switched to a better computer...

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view Saeriellyn's profile

24th Oct 2016, 10:44 PM

Saeriellyn

It's all the special effects and weird lighting. I'm so paranoid about screwing everything up.

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view AmeliaP's profile

22nd Jan 2018, 5:53 PM

AmeliaP

"The page of a thousand layers" Yep, I can see 50 layers easily on it.

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view Saeriellyn's profile

22nd Jan 2018, 6:15 PM

Saeriellyn

LOL it took forever.

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view AmeliaP's profile

22nd Jan 2018, 7:13 PM

AmeliaP

I can imagine it. There are many details AND they are in full rendered volume shadows.

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