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The OotS Thread II

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Mayabird
 Post subject: The OotS Thread II
PostPosted: 2010-11-04 02:37pm 

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Starting a new thread.

Link to old one is here if anyone needs it.
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FaxModem1
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PostPosted: 2010-11-06 01:15am 

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So, who are the parade announcers announcing to? They don't have TVs, so what's going on?
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Lord of the Abyss
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PostPosted: 2010-11-06 04:32am 

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I...didn't think of that. They're even holding what look like microphones. The Crystal Ball Network?
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RecklessPrudence
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PostPosted: 2010-11-06 05:04am 

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Well considering that Xykon and Redcloak used to watch apparently commercial 'TV' on their scrying device (was it a crystal ball? I can't remember) and that they could get a TiVo-analogue from a store, I'd say that there is a TeleVision as in far-seeing) network, maybe using rune-based long-term versions of the clairvoyance spell, even if it is restricted to the wealthy/powerful/magically inclined.

Hell, I bet there's even ways to pirate it, if you know the right spells.
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Lord of the Abyss
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PostPosted: 2010-11-06 05:22am 

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RecklessPrudence wrote:
Hell, I bet there's even ways to pirate it, if you know the right spells.

And OotS being OotS, the folks doing so are actual pirates.
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RecklessPrudence
 Post subject: Re: The OotS Thread II
PostPosted: 2010-11-06 11:37am 

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I wonder if that makes it easier or harder for the pro-DRM people? I mean, if you're trying to convince people of how bad payCV* piracy is, and the people doing it are actual pirates, well....

On the one hand, they're frigging pirates! They're going to come and take all your womenfolk (those without levels in combat classes, at least) and worldly possesions, and somehow they have cannons when everybody else only has trebuchets! Plus, they have airships, so they could strike anywhere!
On the other hand, they're frigging pirates! That's so cool! I wonder if they fight proDRM ninjas? And somehow they have cannons when everybody else only has trebuchets! Imagine what other cool gear they've got! And they've got airships, they can go anywhere! No rules, no restrictions, man!

* - yes, I just made CV up as an acronym for ClairVoyance and analogue for TV. No, I don't care that that is an incredibly nerdy thing to do.

Heh, felt like I was channelling Shroomy there for a minute...
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Master_Baerne
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PostPosted: 2010-11-06 12:38pm 

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Nah, you didn't write 'man' as 'mang.' But you'd best go see a cleric about possible possession, just to be safe...
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Rossum
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PostPosted: 2010-11-06 03:29pm 

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They probably work for the Crystal Ball Sending News. We already know that gnomes get their news from a talking fox.

Hmm...

The Mentalist Tele(pathic)Vision (specializing in psychedelic visions made by psions)
The Bardic Broadcasting Center (Broadcasts quality programming on a budget with a fair amount of bardic knowledge checks used in their news)
The Sorcerer Fiction channel (programming with lots of flashy special effects and explosions but unfortunately not that many sorcerers invested in intelligence or knowledge checks).
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Coalition
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PostPosted: 2010-11-07 09:05am 

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RecklessPrudence wrote:
Well considering that Xykon and Redcloak used to watch apparently commercial 'TV' on their scrying device (was it a crystal ball? I can't remember) and that they could get a TiVo-analogue from a store, I'd say that there is a TeleVision as in far-seeing) network, maybe using rune-based long-term versions of the clairvoyance spell, even if it is restricted to the wealthy/powerful/magically inclined.

Hell, I bet there's even ways to pirate it, if you know the right spells.


It was a crystal ball, with picture in picture, and in Spanish too:
http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0047.html

He later upgraded to oval:
http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0376.html

With TeeVo:
http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0415.html
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Sinewmire
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PostPosted: 2010-11-07 12:01pm 

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I can easily imagine the Empire of Blood having big screen projections in every square, too. There's a spell for that, right?
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Archaic`
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PostPosted: 2010-11-07 01:59pm 

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Rossum wrote:
The Mentalist Tele(pathic)Vision (specializing in psychedelic visions made by psions)
The Bardic Broadcasting Center (Broadcasts quality programming on a budget with a fair amount of bardic knowledge checks used in their news)
The Sorcerer Fiction channel (programming with lots of flashy special effects and explosions but unfortunately not that many sorcerers invested in intelligence or knowledge checks).


Continuing the theme...

Necromancer's Broadcasting Circle
Magicians, Sorcerer's & Necromancer's Broadcasting Circle
Cabalvision
Crystal Ball Service
Association of Broadcasting Conjurers
Illusionists Transmitting Visuals
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Lord of the Abyss
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PostPosted: 2010-11-08 07:31pm 

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#756 up!

Elan's reaction next strip should be interesting.
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FaxModem1
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PostPosted: 2010-11-09 04:03am 

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Dang, Elan's Dad sure knows how to be Lawful.
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Solauren
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PostPosted: 2010-11-09 08:32am 

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1000:1 odds that now the Ambassador has to marry Elan's dad to protect the lives of the citizens of her formerly independent city.

Hail Tarquin! Now THAT's Lawful Evil.
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Crazedwraith
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PostPosted: 2010-11-09 05:43pm 

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Ok, come Elan, you'd need pretty epic blinkers for this one...
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Lord of the Abyss
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PostPosted: 2010-11-10 11:49am 

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#757 up already; Something Blue.

Tarquin is definitely Evil as well as Lawful, that's for sure.
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Crazedwraith
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PostPosted: 2010-11-10 01:10pm 

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Godsdamn it Elan! This is beyond stupid. At least he admits it himself but still...
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Crazedwraith
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PostPosted: 2010-11-16 04:44pm 

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New OotS up.

Take a look at that last panel. 'Red' If that's Haley's dad, I totally called it.
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Serafina
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PostPosted: 2010-11-16 06:45pm 

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Crazedwraith wrote:
New OotS up.

Take a look at that last panel. 'Red' If that's Haley's dad, I totally called it.
Well, no smiley points for you - it's just too obvious.
Alright, alright, you get ONE smiley :) . Happy now? :wink: (oops, that's two).

I wonder what Elan will do about it, because he obviously got it by now.
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Crazedwraith
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PostPosted: 2010-11-16 07:20pm 

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Serafina wrote:
Crazedwraith wrote:
New OotS up.

Take a look at that last panel. 'Red' If that's Haley's dad, I totally called it.
Well, no smiley points for you - it's just too obvious.


Well of courses it's obvious. Otherwise I wouldn't have been able to call it :wink:

Some other cool stuff there; Tarquin thinks Elan's the leader of his group, this coupled with the comments on Elan acting childishly for him makes me think he's highly over estimating Elan here.

Also the the empires of are blood, sweat and tears. Also Tarquin adventures with a catgirl. I didn't know D&D had catgirls...
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FaxModem1
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PostPosted: 2010-11-16 07:47pm 

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Yeah, D&D has humanoid cats. They're more of a fringe race for players, but they can be PCs.

On the comic, that's just a WWI situation waiting to happen.
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LadyTevar
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PostPosted: 2010-11-16 09:08pm 

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my gods... 11 countries in 8months, and 26 nations to beat him. That alone is badass. Then you get into the sheer evil genius of the 'two man con' Tarq is now running, and all I can do is be awed by the man.

Nale and Elan have nothing on their old man.
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CaptainChewbacca
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PostPosted: 2010-11-16 09:21pm 

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LadyTevar wrote:
my gods... 11 countries in 8months, and 26 nations to beat him. That alone is badass. Then you get into the sheer evil genius of the 'two man con' Tarq is now running, and all I can do is be awed by the man.

Nale and Elan have nothing on their old man.


He's quite the Xanatos, I have to admit. The sort of person you lock up and pray never gets out, like Napoleon.
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CaptainChewbacca
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PostPosted: 2010-11-16 10:22pm 

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Edit:

According to this comic if they just annexed the Free City of Doom, then that means the Empires of Blood, Sweat, and Tears now dominate about 2/3rds of the nations on the continent.

Edit 2: It occurs to me that Tarquin is a master-planner who can't be a 'man of the people'. Elan, however, is a bright and shiny 'young hero'. What if Tarq decides that Elan could rule the western continent?
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Dave
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PostPosted: 2010-11-17 02:16am 

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Crazedwraith wrote:
Some other cool stuff there; Tarquin thinks Elan's the leader of his group, this coupled with the comments on Elan acting childishly for him makes me think he's highly over estimating Elan here.

I suspect that would be "buttering him up" before (as Chewie suggested) encouraging him to go rule a continent. This, of course, would put him exactly where Tarquin would want him: a trusted lieutenant son in charge but easy to set up as the fall guy and remove if Elan gets any ideas.
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