Stolen Pixels #70: Does the Carpet Match the Drapes?

By Shamus
on Mar 6, 2009
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Innovator and iconoclast that I am, I have made a joke about how men and women sometimes misunderstand each other. Edgy stuff, I know.

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  1. Kel'Thuzad says:

    I actually never knew the Overlord was undead. I thought he was just sleeping for a long time. If he’s undead, why are there no skeletons?

    I love skeletons. Everyone loves bashing up some skellies.

  2. Benjamin O says:

    I know the comments on these are normally closed, but hey, I enjoyed the comic.

    Oh and btw, who SAYS undead can’t eat? Just because they don’t NEED food doesn’t mean that they can’t HAVE food.

  3. lebkin says:

    “Oh and btw, who SAYS undead can’t eat? Just because they don’t NEED food doesn’t mean that they can’t HAVE food.”

    Exactly. Don’t zombies eat brains? (Not to mention any other human body parts they happen to find along the way)

  4. Conlaen says:

    I was also unaware of being undead. I also assumed a long sleep. Or just a full fledged resurrection? Or transferral of spirit into new body? Never imagined a skeleton (or rotting zombie) underneath the armor anyway.

    • Shamus says:

      It’s true that the Overlord does have one beefy arm visible outside of the armor. But at the start of the game you are clearly lifted out of a casket.

      Living, or unliving? It is a mystery.

  5. Nick says:

    Huh. I’d never assumed he was dead either.

    But yeah, decorating your “tower”.

    *looks around*

    What?

  6. Factoid says:

    @Kel-Thuzad: Not me. I hate skeletons. I’m always equipped with edged weapons and those buggers only take half damage, which means I need to carry around a mace or something in my inventory, which means another weapon to maintain and upgrade and socket valuable gems into…

    Damn you skeletons! Damn you!

  7. Kel'Thuzad says:

    But imagine having an army of skellies serving you!
    It would be much more appealing to me than a horde of gremlins.

  8. Al Shiney says:

    So IS this game fun? Since I’ve been playing Goody Two Shoes through my first Fallout 3 run, I may need to balance it with some Pure Evil Bastardness and Overlord looks like it might be the way to go.

    Does anybody recommend it or is it a waste of disc space?

  9. A fan says:

    Hello.
    You are not taken out of a coffin and you’re not undead.
    You are found among (under) the ruins of your destroyed tower and you are only supposed to have died by the people that left you there (you’ll see).

  10. Jos says:

    I would argue that you were pulled out of a coffin. You might have been placed there by the minions, sure, but if you go back and look it sure does look like a stone sarcophagus.

    As for the degree of deadness… I don’t know. Or particularly care, actually. Revive spells in fantasy settings don’t usually turn dead people into zombies anyway.

  11. Telas says:

    “Does the carpet match the drapes?”

    I don’t know… she has hardwood floors.

  12. R4byde says:

    Note that I haven’t played the game,so I could be wrong, but a friend recently spoiled the story for me and I believe the Overlord is indeed still amongst the living.

  13. Jos says:

    Also, the Overlord nerd within me feels the need to point out that after enough tower redecoration it is actually entirely possible to move on to… erm… baking.

    Therefore this comic and wrong and not funny at all. ;)

  14. Apathy Curve says:

    If I want to get the wife all hot-n-bothered, (which, I hasten to add, I generally do NOT), then asking her to go spend a thousand bucks to redecorate room X is a sure-fire method.

    But I much prefer to sit on the deck and get smashed. Alone.

    Hey, it’s not called “marriage” because it’s fun, you know.

  15. Daimbert says:

    What systems is Overlord out for? I think I want to play it, but I don’t think my old PC can take it …

  16. Kel'Thuzad says:

    @Daimbert:

    It’s for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
    I wouldn’t recommend it for the PC though. It isn’t optimized very well.

    If you DO happen to, remember to patch it immediately. There’s a bug where it will wipe your hard drive if you haven’t patched it.

  17. Daimbert says:

    Thanks, Kel’Thuzad.

    Damn, now that PS3 purchase is looking more and more tempting. All they need is a Persona game, and I’m there [grin].

  18. Pickly says:

    >If I want to get the wife all hot-n-bothered, (which, I hasten to add, I generally do NOT)

    You don’t?

  19. Knut says:

    I haven’t tried it either, but I’m definitely considering it. Love these games witch sort of twists around on the usual formula. Like Dungeon Keeper :)
    ahhhh the fun og being evil :)

  20. Mike Lemmer says:

    If you upgrade your keep enough for your mistress, you get a cutscene where she invites you into her room for some *ahem* private lessons. (“If the castle’s a-rockin’, don’t come a-knockin’.”) And given the ending to the Raising Hell add-on, I doubt the Overlord is undead. Well, was undead, at least. (Ah, the sacrifices made for power…)

    It’s funny: although Velvet was the evil choice, I couldn’t think of any practical reason to get rid of Rose. She’s as much of a looker as Velvet, she just doesn’t flaunt it, and she helps out around the keep. Velvet immediately came across as a whiny, demanding gold digger that any Evil Overlord with half a brain would shove off a cliff for excessive leeching.

  21. K says:

    You pinned down my thoughts perfectly. I was expecting some naked polygons and looking rather forward to it for a change after all that elf-killing, but what do I get? New interior design which I do not even like. Meh.

  22. A fan says:

    Rose is too bossy, in my opinion.They both ask and ask for things, but Velvet at least know how to purr :)
    Anyway, is the addon worth it?
    And have you tried to lock-on-target on the women you kidnape from the village or Velvet/Rose and attack?They knock you down.How emasculating, me a great Overlord, evil and strong, being punched down by a mere mortal??!!One I kidnaped for my pleasure??Damn…

  23. Jos says:

    Rose may be “bossy”, but at least she gets things done – or arranges for other people to get things done for her – without having to resort to the promise of… erm… baking.

    Besides, I think Rose’s pragmatic approach to killing people for wealth and power makes her more evil in a way than Velvet’s reflexive sadism.

  24. A fan says:

    When does Rose tell you to kill people for power?I remember her as a good girl trying to be evil (she is concerned with stoping the plague, which is really not a thing a young mistress of darkness should do).

  25. Jos says:

    Well… she has no qualms about taking the easy way out with Oberon. Or (threatening to) torture Jewel. Or offing Khan.

    After all, it only serves the ascendance of the Overlord, so why not?

    I will give you the plague-stopping thing, though. Even if it also could be said that there’s not much to rule over once everybody’s dead.

  26. A fan says:

    But of course there is: Zombies!!!And maybe other types of undead.Could you imagine having an undead army and marching into a Spree-like town, but a lot bigger and with defenses?

  27. Miral says:

    Yeah, this was funny, but not terribly accurate to the actual game (as others have already pointed out).

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