Page 1141 - A Book's Life

10th Nov 2018, 5:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 2
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A Book's Life
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Newbiespud 10th Nov 2018, 5:00 AM edit delete
Sometimes, an image reminds you that you've kinda opened up a weird existential rabbit hole that you have to dive into real quick...

The Desert Bus for Hope live marathon is rolling, and that's pretty much what I'm gonna have in the background all week.

Notice: Guest comic submissions are still open until this arc is finished! Guidelines here.



Makyura 10th Nov 2018, 5:15 AM edit delete reply
I forgot how much of a surprise it was that the elements were there all along

Good Job making us feel the whole episode again as it was the first time
Hankroyd 10th Nov 2018, 5:39 AM edit delete reply
Good! They got the McGuffins and Rainbow Dash is here!
Nothing wrong can happen now!
Discord 10th Nov 2018, 5:54 AM edit delete reply
You know I happen to go by another name.
I think you him, called Murphy.
Draxynnic 10th Nov 2018, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
That's... actually a misconception. Murphy was less about the "things will go wrong" and more about the "if you make it so that things cannot POSSIBLY go wrong, they won't." There are a lot of practical applications to Murphy's Law.
Chaosbrain 10th Nov 2018, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
I still remember the original story. Basically the military was testing rapid acceleration on s human body and so a man was strapped into a rocket chair hooked up with sensors and sent off. The experiment was of course very dangerous and the man even blacked out, but he survived with no ill effects.

Then when they looked at the data everything read “zero.” It turns out the connections on the sensors could be inserted two ways, a right way or a wrong way. They were put in the wrong way so no data was retrieved. Murphy pointed out thst if the connectors had been designed such that they could only be put in the correct way then that would not have happened.
Needling Haystacks 10th Nov 2018, 9:33 AM edit delete reply

I'm a John Stapp fan and I didn't know that! Stapp was often the man in the chair (although not on this particular run: they were still using chimps at that point): an Air Force colonel and biophysicist who decided he could best understand the effects of acceleration on the human body by experiencing it himself. He volunteered more than anyone else, despite being one of the guys reponsible for reading the results.

According to Wiki, Murphy had been offered a chance to double-check the installation and declined. The rest of the team was not thrilled when he made the law rather than owning up. (The law predates that but the incident was reported widely enough that Murphy got the credit).
Digo Dragon 10th Nov 2018, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I use a different name, but the site censor is watching. ;)
Lethologica 10th Nov 2018, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
Fortunately, science fiction brings us the perfect substitute in the form of Finagle's Law: the perversity of the universe tends to a maximum.
GrayGriffin 10th Nov 2018, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Is that basically like talking with your mouth full?
Digo Dragon 10th Nov 2018, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
That seems to be what it's like.
Guest 10th Nov 2018, 9:38 AM Extensional dread edit delete reply
So, nice little side look into how the sort of thoughts that talking books have. I guess for the book having all your pages and words yanked out would be the same as being undead.
Rastaba 10th Nov 2018, 1:36 PM edit delete reply
Gasp! Zombook!!!
Freelance 13th Nov 2018, 3:38 AM edit delete reply
Great, now I'm imagining books shuffling across the ground muttering, "Iiiiiiinnnnk...."
DuoScratch 10th Nov 2018, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
You know, one thing I never got is, how do the elements stay around their neck? They're not big enough to wrap all the way around, yet when Twilight shoves them on them, you hear a clicking sound as if they do. the elements bolt into their flesh?
ThatGuest 10th Nov 2018, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
They're clip ons.
Manga Shoggoth 11th Nov 2018, 3:22 AM edit delete reply
Or Torcs.
Digo Dragon 10th Nov 2018, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Maybe they operate on the D&D magic item logic that necklaces and rings resize themselves to fit the bearer.
HappyEevee 12th Nov 2018, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
Which is a good thing... can you imagine having to pay to get rings/necklaces resized at a shop before you could wear them without rolling periodically to see if they fall off? "Ok, that's 300 GP for a clean and resize for a Ring of Protection +2. Here's your claim ticket, you can come back for your item in... 14 business days. Thanks for visiting Narl Finkleton's Jewelry Shop!"
Archone 11th Nov 2018, 10:22 AM edit delete reply
I'm thinking they're like ioun stones. Circling around on their own.
Famout 10th Nov 2018, 2:31 PM So about Desert Bus for hope.... edit delete reply
I am currently running a game jam for it as well! Plenty of time left if anyone wants to join,
Famout 10th Nov 2018, 2:33 PM edit delete reply
Huh, can't edit my comment. Anyway click Desert Bus for Hope Game Jam for more info/if you want to join.
Chronic Lurker 10th Nov 2018, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
This is a fun arc! It's giving me so many ideas! ...Downside is I only have two friends and neither of them are really available for tabletop RPG fun... You know you are in hell when you have too many campaign ideas and no way to implement them...BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOBODY TO PLAY WITH!!!! GOING INSANE!!! AAAAAAGH!!!

Still love this comic.
SilverShadow4 12th Nov 2018, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
Check out Roll20 or something similar. They've gotten some bad press lately but if you're desperate for a game, it's worth a try. I have many friends I've met through Roll20 that I still play D&D (and other TTRPGs) with 4 years later! Playing TTRPGs online isn't as bad as it sounds, especially if you use Discord/Skype/Hangouts/etc for decent audio and video. Roll20 may have upgraded their broadcasting quality as well but I don't know, we use Discord. Many DMs, like myself and my current DM (though not all), are usually cool with using real dice, as well. AND if you'd like a nice place to keep your character sheets if you don't use Roll20's would be Myth-Weavers.
Mr Wednesday 10th Nov 2018, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
Ok, now I’m seeing something I like quite a bit: MainGM is being more vocal and backing Twi up. Particularly, letting her interact with Spike gives her a break from talking to the cursed players, and will let her do the thing she wants to do: make some progress. This is some good GMing.
Philadelphus 10th Nov 2018, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
I'm now hearing the Reference Guide in the voice of Wheatley from Portal 2.
Mr Wednesday 10th Nov 2018, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
I'm holding all the cards! And guess what? They're all full houses!
HappyEevee 12th Nov 2018, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
Hahaha, this is a great page. ^_^