Failed sneak check, failed sense motive check, just not her day

posted by A on 2014/9/5 (Comics)

Sorry for the day late all, wanted to make sure a background gag was clear! Enjoy. And please remember to keep it civil in the comments. There is no need to insult each other for differences in opinion. (Unless someone insults Rush. Alex, Geddy, and Neal are geniuses and rock gods without peer. all blasphemers WILL be fed to the Red Star)

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Tiri - 2014/9/16
Maybe if the dough was made with soda instead of water? Not sure whether it would make any difference after the bread was baked, though.

Tiri - 2014/9/16
To be honest, I can't see why Turrick would even enchant the magic hairnet for his maid to make her look like an exact copy of someone else, who ALSO had an identical hairnet. It seems far too coincidental and risky. I mean, what if the bugbear bumps into the real woman while in disguise? And why would Turrick take that risk, especially when they are in THE EXACT SAME CITY as the aforementioned woman. Unless the woman just happen, by enormous coincidence, to look exactly the same as the disguise created by the magic hairnet AND have an identical (and supposedly non-magical) hairnet? And honestly, there was no real reason to include this woman in the comic anyway, as her presence serves no discernible purpose and only succeeded in creating confusion. Finally, I would just like to say that the white lines in the water are by no means interpretable as the remains of a hairnet.

A loyal reader - 2014/9/15
*Completely ignores Nona's illuminating discourse*

So... Soda bread? Is that a thing?

Nona Reverse - 2014/9/14
Scali . . . bread.

Nona Reverse - 2014/9/14
I think this was a totally awesome near-miss. With the hairnet, I assumed the lines in the water were cartoonish light effects or maybe ripples. Subtler jokes require a bit more set-up in stick figure comics, which kind-of lend themselves to dialogue and explanation. I think Leakinpen's joke would have been funny, with some explanatory character interaction, and maybe dialogue about the event right afterward. Otherwise, background events have to be really freaking blatant.

And the next person to ignore my illuminating discourse shall be really FREAKING sorry!

Reader - 2014/9/14
Wait wait wait, that grey line in the hair was a hairnet? I thought it was just streaks of grey hair. Hm.
And yes, I think the background "joke" should have been left out entirely, since there was no setup and no explanation, and it really didn't add anything-- rather like the "Lavakport shake" comic of God knows how long ago.

****inger - 2014/9/14
Well they have been kinda messing up in spelling and stuff like that recently. so yea maybe it's just thtat, also why did u guys even put the woman there it's not like she's important to the scene also. What kind of a dumb **** would u have 2 be to make a magic hat that makes u look indentical to someone else who has the same hat instead of having a unique disguise

Anon - 2014/9/13
Wait, wait, you thought that you'd clear up confusion by drawing a background character IDENTICAL to another in the comic, and assume people wouldn't think it was that character? Just how dumb are you?

By the way, with regard to the title, no such thing as a "sneak check." Hide check and Move Silently check, yeah. Stealth check in Pathfinder, okay. Sneak check, not a thing. Are you a D&D webcomic or aren't you?

Nona Reverse - 2014/9/13
I think this was a totally awesome near-miss. With the hairnet, I assumed the lines in the water were cartoonish light effects or maybe ripples. Subtler jokes require a bit more set-up in stick figure comics, which kind-of lend themselves to dialogue and explanation. I think Leakingpen's joke would have been funny, with some explanatory character interaction, and maybe dialogue about the event right afterward. Otherwise, background events have to be really freaking blatant.

Temmer - 2014/9/12
Is there anyway we can implement a system wherin we can ban particularly annoying people? "ME" is quite clearly a useless element of this community, unless his purpose is to unite the rest of us in our dislike of him.

W. - 2014/9/12
there is a trope about "fan" who only critizise someone work and never seem to leave.
(I am thinking of "Me")

Well. There is also a trope about eople like me...

Even through the background was hard to understand, the foreground is very clear. So i think calling the strip "failed" is bad faith.

Me - 2014/9/12
LMAO!!! Right, THIS is the one you failed at; THIS is the one that isn't a 'winner'! You're SO right! All those other comics were awesome, hilarious successful comics! It's THIS one where you failed! (facepalm)

Leakingpen - 2014/9/12
The background, I guess I failed on that one. It is supposed to be an interpretation of the ice bucket challenge that is going around. The maid looking character has shown up earlier here in the thieves guild. However, if you all would look near her feet, you'll see the deluge has removed her hairnet, and she hasnt changed back. So that is how this woman ACTUALLY looks, it's not the bugbear maid. It was a way of removing the earlier red herring from the equation, and I guess I failed at that. Enh, they can't all be winners.

Nona Reverse - 2014/9/11
Scali bread.

Nona Reverse - 2014/9/11
The maid%u2019s presence seriously confuses me. Before, she was in a wagon with Turick, and now she%u2019s in the Thieve%u2019s Guild. That elf spellcaster probably is not Turick in disguise. The background confused my fragile brain, so everyone without an explanation sucks.

I'd also like to voice some more, non-constructive criticism. As long as they%u2019ve stood there taking, why is no one discovering the guy Lana hypnotized? Didn%u2019t she ransack a room?

W. - 2014/9/11
i read it as "hold that, thought". But i understand your point.
her sword is free, her dagger is sample.

Anon - 2014/9/10
I think her sword is called Free.
Or is that her dagger?

A loyal reader - 2014/9/10
She's actually asking Lana to hold that thought, not her swords (unless they're called "that thought", of course). >_>

W. - 2014/9/9
Or not. She is asking Lana to hold her swords => she wont need them => she is going to beat, not kill the lizard.
(i believe)
(I cant fly)

atristain - 2014/9/9
Looks like Keriss will sport a new pair of lizard-skin boots for next strip.

Kit - 2014/9/8
Take your time Keriss. Take your time.

Tiri - 2014/9/8
What? That comment made no sense.

atristain - 2014/9/8
I know that is a common thing among lizards, but that lizard man surely has such cold blood to be that near to Keriss after what he did to her...

Nona Reverse - 2014/9/7
So, my last comment stands, but for the record, it's always google-searched as 'Ci%u2014ciaba%u2014ciabatta.

Nona Reverse - 2014/9/7
That lady in the background looks like Turick's Hispanic bugbear maid, and she's appeared in the Thieve's (sic) ( . . . ?) Guild hall a lot. Weren't they traveling to D'dango on Dyluth's Wagon just a little while ago?

Ci%u2014ciaba%u2014ciabatta?

Fitzy - 2014/9/7
Um...I don't get what's going on in the background. Any help? Thanks!

Venalitor - 2014/9/7
Regarding the last panel; haven't we been here before?

podian - 2014/9/7
Well, that one could be seen from another galaxy Happy

Tiri - 2014/9/6
Naan bread!

Tiri - 2014/9/6
I like this strip. Feels less awkward than most of the recent ones. 'HA HA HA HA' should really have a punctuation at the end, though. Also, who are these people Leakingpen is talking about? Also, Leakingpen, thanks for fixing the problem I had with commenting. Unless that was someone else, in which case convey my thanks to them.

W. - 2014/9/6
At least, we now know...
(about the debate on whether the lizard was Kaal)

Nona Reverse - 2014/9/5
Rush isn't my favorite . . .

Nona Reverse - 2014/9/5
Great strip! This is among my favorites, out of the last fifty. Before, I kind-of wanted the plot to advance faster, but with how many different elements are being simultaneously worked into this one, it really helped! Mentioning Eldhin for some characterization was nice, too.

Also, thank you for the advice, Leakingpen. A lot. Now that it%u2019s been said, I%u2019ll have to not insult Red Star. But now there%u2019s a compulsion.

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