This is getting out of hand….
My library of screen captures for DM of the Rings is now 5,531 files, which take up just under 6 gigabytes. They are sorted into 54 folders, according to the barely-serviceable system of organization I’ve managed to devise.
We are exactly half way through the second movie, although I’m not sure that we’re half way through the comic. I skipped over half of the first movie, and it wasn’t until Moria that I made a point of putting in all of the major plot points. I’ve since become aware that the story is a non-renewable resource, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Early in the strip, I’d skip scenes freely if nothing funny came to mind. Now I milk each section of the story for gags because I don’t want to run out of movie. On the other hand, I’m leaving out half the story (Frodo and Sam) at this point, so it’s really hard to tell when the strip will end. Comic 100? 200? I don’t know.
Looking back, I do think I’m getting better at making these. The early comics look cluttered to me, and they flow poorly. The latter strips are easier to read, have more compelling screenshots, and I’ve gotten much better at finding just the right facial expression for the given situation.
I like the turn things took when the party split. The large cast made it hard to define anyone. Now I have three distinct players to work with, and their personalities tend to write a lot of their dialog for me.
My original idea was to go for 24 strips, with the comic ending at Amon Hen. I actually have this “final” strip made. Once the thing took off, I started inserting strips into the original continuity. This is why we have 12 strips take place while in Moria, and only one strip on Mt. Cahadras.
I thought I’d be sick of these by this point, but it’s actually more fun now that I have a process worked out. Someday this story will end, and when it does I’m really going to miss it.
The Middle Ages
Would you have survived in the middle ages?
Silent Hill Turbo HD II
I was trying to make fun of how Silent Hill had lost its way but I ended up making fun of fighting games. Whatever.
Marvel's Civil War
Team Cap or Team Iron Man? More importantly, what basis would you use for making that decision?
The Strange Evolution of OpenGL
Sometimes software is engineered. Sometimes it grows organically. And sometimes it's thrown together seemingly at random over two decades.
The Plot-Driven Door
You know how videogames sometimes do that thing where it's preposterously hard to go through a simple door? This one is really bad.