I've been wondering, why does nobody think of making Jonan drink through his nose? Does the spell block that up too? (as for food... I once accidentially swallowed a spagetti through my nose, so...)
Mostly because, since he can’t breathe through his mouth, it would be scary bad if it went wrong or didn’t work — he could drown or choke if he suddenly couldn’t breathe through his nose. I know it’s TOTALLY POSSIBLE to drink through your nose but the how-to reference I found on that specifically said to use your mouth for breathing while doing it… plus these guys can’t just google it to make sure they are doing it right/won’t get Jonan killed.
I’m sure Severian has suggested pouring water down Jonan’s nose many times and I’m also pretty sure the idea is terrifying to him. He’d probably try it if he thought he had no other option, or if someone could assure him it’s safe, but the possibility of accidentally drowning himself in the stupidest way possible is a strong deterrent.
(Right now, though, he’s unconscious, and that seems like the WORST time to attempt to introduce water unexpectedly into a person’s respiratory system, just to say)
I would like to get to know more about what you like/dislike about RPGs. What's your favorite genre to play in? Fantasy, sci-fi, post-apocalypse, steampunk? Do you like being aGM or a player? What types of characters do you gravitate towards playing? Do you like math-heavy systems, or perhaps the more narrative ones?
I GUESS I’M BEING FASHIONABLY LATE AND DOING TMI WEDNESDAY
I haven’t actually played many (any?) systems other than D&D / heavily homebrewed D&D / games that are basically fully homebrewed! BUT:
— I prefer Fantasy! Though there’s no logical reason for it, I have difficulty being interested in things that feel like sci-fi, even though you would think aliens and stupidly advanced technology would basically be the same as a fantasy world? SOMEHOW IT’S DIFFERENT. Plus as soon as something feels too much like the real world it’s really hard for me to get into for some reason.
I also have a really hard time being interested in a world where I can’t be magical, haha.
— I’ve never GM’d! I’d love to try, but my favourite part of the game is usually GETTING SUPER INTO MY CHARACTER so I suspect it wouldn’t be my preferred role. I also have difficulty inventing plots, but I’m good at coming up with terrible things to do to the party, and I think my knowledge of the game would make me a good co-DM!
— I gravitate towards playing mage-type classes! Also towards playing people who are outsiders/don’t fit in, in some way. My first actual-D&D character was a paranoid, antisocial werewolf barbarian, and when I finally got sick of him and allowed him to die, I switched to a nervously humble psionic drow (male drow, so y’know, you can’t be too assertive) whose name translated from drow to common as “Mindflayer Bait”, and I had so much fun being a psion that I pretty much never went back to mundane characters again.
(Except for Mr. Hyde.)
— I’m kinda not sure of my answer to the system question. I would say that I lean away from math-heavy systems EXCEPT I LIKE D&D SO UH……
But when it comes down to it I don’t feel like it’s the system that brings that? Ultimately it’s the DM. I’ve played D&D under mathy, optimisation-loving DMs and under storytelling, narrative-loving DMs, and that difference affected how the game played out wayyyyy more than the actual rules of D&D ever did!
While the optimisation aspect isn’t my favourite part of the game, I find I tend to shy away from narrative-focused games because they seem to tend to want to enforce that focus? In D&D I feel like I can kind of interpret sorcerers and clerics how I want, to some extent. In Mage: The Awakening I’m a little more locked down to their ideas of what it’s like to be a mage.
My ideal system would be one that has enough flavour to give me ideas and get me excited, but also enough freedom that I don’t have to be restricted to that flavour. :”)
So, on the character page, you say that Esra's song is "Temporal Shenanigans." Do you choose some of these character songs based more on the sound and feel than on the specific lyrics, or is this a (not so subtle) hint that we can look forward to time-related hijinks in regards to Esra sometime in the future?
I sort of touched on this a bit in the FAQ question about character songs, but lyrics actually do factor pretty heavily into my choices! In Esra’s specific case — “Temporal Shenanigans,” despite its name, doesn’t actually have a lot of lyrics about time travel.
”Everything’s in order, everything will come in time,
just as long as I complete the tasks that are mine.”
The song is originally about Aradia’s understanding of what she must do to keep the timeline on track, but taking it out of context, it describes someone who is sure that she alone understands what must be done, and that she can make everything work if she sets it up perfectly. In that way it reminded me a lot of Esra — though that first verse is the one that struck me the most, there are a few other bits throughout that fit him.
The feeling/sound of the song factors in a lot as well - I’d be lying if I said that the steady metronome-like ticking didn’t make the song feel perfect for his intense need for order. But no, he doesn’t travel through time.
Also he’s not a frog/ghost/robot/fairy.
A lot of them are kinda like that — the lyrics fit but the context doesn’t. Take Sev’s, “Kryptonite” — while he’s not literally Superman flying around the world and the exact scenarios described by the song probably don’t happen in the story, it’s not hard to imagine “I’ll keep you by my side with my superhuman might” applying to him.
There’s not an exact science to it, but I do try to pick songs that don’t spoil anything specific. Quentin Agorath has a different song that I think fits him VERY WELL but it would sort of spoil a lot of the story if you thought about why it applied to him, so I uh, I didn’t put that one on the website. c:
The song I chose for the necropony is just based on sound and feel, though. That just sounds like his theme song, and I can’t be convinced otherwise. Listen to it and imagine him prancing happily through a field of flowers while Jonan stalks beside him, looking displeased about the whole thing. It’s perfect.
Heeey! I really want to share your comic on introverts over on FB but I feel bad downloading/reuploading, so I was wondering if you had a FB page where I could go fetch it and share it from there? :)
Oh dude, I totally never thought to put these things on Facebook THAT IS A GOOD IDEA.
But tbh I probably won’t put it up there until the store reopens (sometime in October) so that I can properly link it, haha. Though if you just wanna share it with friends, you can always post it on FB as a link to my tumblr or deviantart! c:
o man i just tore through all of Runewriters and its FANTASTIC i love it im feeling hella inspired by your art and story wow. so right now i have blue hair i just gotta ask! what sort of magic does that colour indicate? squirrel-head magic? trapped inside a box magic?
Ahhhhh my gosh thank you! ;u; I’m thrilled you’re enjoying it so much!!
But I might have to be coy as regards the rest; blue is a runewriter colour we haven’t seen much of yet. c: These questions will be answered in time~
I think it’s really important, even if you do decide to go for an art college, because it points out some of the major flaws of art school so you can make an informed decision, as well as a listing a LOT of resources you can use outside of traditional schooling!
I think getting a college degree of some kind is still nice, because it makes a lot of things easier — but while art school is an awesome place, and you should definitely follow your passion, be willing to look outside of the idea of MUST GO TO ART SCHOOL IN ORDER TO BECOME ARTIST if it seems like that won’t work for you. ;u;
Don’t feel rushed, either! Would it be helpful for you to take a year off, and pour yourself into studying art outside of school, and making sure you still have the passion (and discipline) to sit down and do art even when it’s work? Then see if you can do that!
Ultimately it all depends on what direction you want to go, though. I can tell you a lot about webcomics, but I didn’t go into illustration and I can’t give very good advice as to how to break into that field. ;u; The only place full of illustrators that I know of is conceptart.org, but there are doubtless others — Look for people who are doing what you wanna do and ask them! :”)
Could you do a comic for extroverts too? Because now people act like extroverts are terrible people (totally not blaming you, how could I?).
Aw, I hope I didn’t give that impression! I know that attitude exists, and that’s part of the reason I worked very hard to make the Introvert poster explanatory rather than anti-extrovert!
But you gotta understand, this is a pretty tall demand! The introvert poster is drawn from my own experience of being strongly introverted all my life, and having to explain the way I function over and over again — I don’t have that kind of knowledge of how extroverts see the world without a lot of research. ;u;
Though actually, I had already started discussing the idea of a companion poster with some friends and drafting ideas with some of the extroverted feedback I’ve gotten. But I spent months drawing and designing the Introvert poster, even when I already knew exactly what I wanted to say and was very sure that it was accurate because it described my experience! There is no way I would be able to make such a comic for extroverts until some time next year, at earliest. xD But I’d like to! We’ll see. c:
Alert: Personal Question. Sorry! Basically, your journal comic thing said that you were flirting with asexuality, and I was wondering if something ever came out of that?
Ahhhhhhhhhh this has been sitting in my box for weeks/months while I try to figure out how to answer it. It’s not a TERRIBLE question, but this kind of thing always bothers me a little, because this implied idea that you have to Fit In A Category Or Else You’re Undecided is icky to me. Like, that if someone said “I’m not interested in a romantic relationship” and you said “but then are you asexual” and they were like “I dunno about that” then that would mean “OH YOU HAVEN’T DECIDED YET” when it should mean “okay, well, you’re not interested in romance and that’s all that’s important right now.” Because, like, there is no uncertainty there. You shouldn’t have to declare your sexuality like you declare a major in college in order to belong somewhere. That’s awful, and I think that as much as no one’s saying it directly, there’s a cultural push to PICK ONE that I don’t think is a good thing. :c
The thing that makes this weird is that I’m not in the closet or undecided — I have always been really open and casual about being uninterested in smooches from anyone, and the only debate was over whether I wanted to use the word “asexual” to describe myself — on the one hand, it’s very empowering, I’m so happy that concept exists, and I like identifying with it. But on the other hand, there’s a danger in defining yourself as a category, and I didn’t want to take that lightly.
It would be easier, and not unreasonable, to tell a guy or girl who’s interested in me “too bad, I’m asexual” rather than to carefully talk them through the reasons I don’t date and the fact that I’m uninterested in any kind of physical relationship, and that they have to be able to accept that regardless of what my sexual preference technically is. But while no disrespect is meant to those who strongly identify with asexuality and use the word proudly, I think the choice not to use it is ALSO valuable.
If someone just wants to say “I’m not really interested in anyone” then I really think you have to be okay with respecting that, and not press them to pick a category. :”)
the reason I waited SO LONG before posting anything was because I knew there would be some response and I kind of had to be READY, you know
(I am the kind of person who has to be PREPARED FOR CONDOLENCES, haha)
but omg I did not expect this much response ;A;
You are all so very sweet, thank you so much!! ;o; I don’t know what to say or how to respond to them all, but thank you to EVERYONE who’s left a message or an ask or a quiet Like of support. Seriously, it means a lot. ;u; <3
Writery Question: How does one put gods in a high fantasy setting but also stop them coming down and solving the main conflict Deus Ex Machina-style without making them look incompetent, apathetic or frivolous?
Ooo interesting! I HAVE NO IDEA WHY YOU’RE ASKING ME BUT UH… it’s a fun question so here goes!
There are probably a ton of ways to answer this! The nice thing is that we don’t typically have any deific beings coming down from on high in chariots of thunder in real life, so you can pretty much look to any real-world religion that believes in a deity/deities and see how they figure it works! I recommend finding a friend that doesn’t mind talking about their religion, asking questions and just listening. Some people won’t really know or won’t really have pondered it, but some people might have really illuminating thoughts on a different worldview!
My first inclination would be to give the gods involvement in some other way - after all, if you’re a parent and swoop in to save your child every time he gets in trouble, you’re actually a pretty lousy parent! So if the gods care about their people growing and maturing through adversity, it makes good sense for them to provide aid without providing a win button. If you have D&D-style clerics who can raise dead or heal or destroy vampires b/c the gods gave them power, for example, then it would be easy to point out that the deities are VERY involved even though they’re not making appearances.
Alternately, depending on the scale of your conflict, you could pull a Gandalf and have the gods involved, just at a higher level — the heroes have to stop the Big Bad Evil Guy but the gods are like… fighting off his legions of demons or something. So it’s like, the heroes get the one “easy” (read: actually semi-feasible) part to do while the gods do something that’s ostensibly more at their level.
The thing to consider is whether or not the conflict worries the deities. Gods are, well, god-like. The conflict can be one that threatens them in some way, but it can also be one that threatens the world and the heroes, but never actually gets to the level of a deity feeling a need to step in — to them, it’s still under control, the heroes just gotta get their act together.
"No, dude, just chill out you can totally take this guy no I will not punch him out for you man you can handle this.”
Hello! Sorry, what happened to your suburban necromancer thing? Are you going to be using that story? It seemed interesting.
Aw, nothing happened to it, but it wasn’t really a story, haha! ;u; I just got the idea and thought it seemed interesting so I drew it, but that’s really all that’s there right now. If I get more ideas or want to go back to it at some point, I will! I’m glad you enjoyed her, though. I rather like her, too. c:
On a semi-related note, I’m gonna go ahead and tell you guys a thing about how I work: I HONESTLY HAVE NO IDEA what stories I am gonna “do something” with. xD I spent at least a year doodling Runewriters characters convinced that I was “just getting it out of my system” and somehow RW became my first long-form comic, while other stories that I was very serious about (Made Forest, BreakOut) have been put far on the backburner or abandoned, respectively. If you’d asked me, while I was crafting the pitch for Made Forest, if I was going to be using that story, I would’ve told you “YES ABSOLUTELY it’s going to be the very first comic I do!” and I would’ve been sure of it and very wrong. AND WHO CAN SAY if I’ll dig it back up again later, or when that might happen?
I remember at one point you posted a tutorial about your comic process from start to finish, and I was wondering if you could re-post it. I wanted to try out your method of scanning, but I can't remember what was said about the settings on the scanner. In your "the process of" vote incentives, the scans of your inked pages look so clean and none of the blue from the digital sketches or paneling shows up, and I don't know how to get my scanner to do that.
Oh dear — you might have me confused with someone else! ;u; I’ve never actually posted a tutorial!
But to answer your question, the nonphoto blue totally shows up when I scan — here’s what they look like before I edit them:
I end up removing the “cyan” channel in photoshop in order to get rid of the blue, and that’s what makes the inks look so clean. c:
There IS a recording of the last livestream I did, which starts with the page in raw scanned form, that miiiiiight be slightly helpful to see what I’m doing? (It takes me almost twenty minutes to actually get to the “removing the blue” part, but I do explain what I’m doing kind of xD)
If I ever ACTUALLY DO a tutorial on my process, though, I’ll be sure to link you guys to it!