If all of that sounds like a lot of work, then just roll a barbarian. This ain’t no Writers’ Workshop.
Here where we get to the stuff that really clicked for me. I love the reality-switching. This is what made the comic fun to write.
Super-pretentious art wanking: The in-game reality we see is an odd sort of meta-reality that only exists for the audience. When we see a fantasy shot, we see Ramgar as pictured by Chuck, Josh’s character as pictured by Josh, and so on. We’re seeing this blend of what everyone is picturing. That’s a fun idea.
Yay! The gnome paladin! Love that guy.
Artist Rambling #4, may be of interest to no one but me:
I’m surprised at how much I like the really sketchy look for Ramgar and co. As the comic went on, I moved to a much less sketchy, more iconic art style. I think were I to go back in time and do the comic again, I’d keep the in game scenes looking like Ramgar here does, and make the tabletop scenes look flatter and less detailed. More scribbles on the Player Characters, less on the Players.
If we were to do it today, I’d suggest using Comic Sans for Josh. The font has a reputation for being the typographical equivalent of a trollface, so it would suit him. And despite its reputation, Comic Sans is very readable.
Video Compression Gone Wrong
How does image compression work, and why does it create those ugly spots all over some videos and not others?
Deus Ex and The Treachery of Labels
Deus Ex Mankind Divided was a clumsy, tone-deaf allegory that thought it was clever, and it managed to annoy people of all political stripes.
Please Help I Can’t Stop Playing Cities: Skylines
What makes this borderline indie title so much better than the AAA juggernauts that came before?
This is a massive step down in story, gameplay, and art design when compared to the 2014 soft reboot. Yet critics rated this one much higher. What's going on here?
id Software Coding Style
When the source code for Doom 3 was released, we got a look at some of the style conventions used by the developers. Here I analyze this style and explain what it all means.