Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:48 am
Alright people, I was dancing gracefully through the forum and saw more than a few people talking about how the rope shouldn't be going through Kore, so let's have a look, shall we? Over the years, I've had a few intangible items show up in my D&D games. These items often get dirty. So what happens when a magic sword that's supposed to pass harmlessly through, say, the dude standing next to you (and his clothes, etc) is covered in mud? Does the mud refuse to pass through that guy because it's not part of the sword and therefore stop the item from passing ghost-like through the guy? What if it's not mud, but a thin layer of dust? Can this powerfully intangible item be rendered impotent simply because it was left on a shelf for a couple days? What if that dust isn't on the item itself, but instead on Mr. Dude? Would the sword pass through the dust on his shirt without any problems but be stopped by dust that had been on the blade? What if the dust or mud was on the blade, which cannot pass through Mr. Example-dude, so the sword wielder wipes the dust/mud onto dude-guy's shirt, which technically makes it dirt 'on the guy', but not on the blade and therefore the sword passes through the mud-dust AND the guy? And does this mean that someone could destroy the item's power simply by painting it? After all, the paint wouldn't pass through the confused dude, right? It all gets very specific and believe me, players will delve head-first into these specifications. My ruling was usually as follows... The item in question will pass through its target(s) like a ghost. If it is dirty, dusty, muddy, painted, dyed, wet or on fire, then the item still passes through its target and carries with it the added material. That means that the dirt, droplets of water, etc. will also pass through the target in a ghost-like fashion. While this added material is piggy-backing on the item's intangible state, it clings to it's host and will not easily fall off. That means that the weilder of the ghost-sword cannot coat it in mud, 'phase' it into Mr. Dude and shake it to make the mud fall off while inside the poor guy therefore becoming solid within him (certain players have tried this. You know who you are). As any seasoned dungeon master knows, players have tried to add ropes to everything their character's do. Seriously. Everything. Most of us have seen the scenario in which someone drinks a potion or something that allows them to walk ghost-like through a stone wall. This of course, is done with a rope tied around his waist while a buddy holds the other end and promises that "this'll totally work". The rope, along with the adventurer's equipment passes magically through the wall as long as it is in contact with our hero. However, most potions, spells, magic rings, etc. will not allow the magical trait to be shared with other people. Clothing and small objects only. So if we look at the rules established in many text books as well as my own, personal methods of handling the specifics of incorporeal magics, it seems logical that the rope, while attached to the axe, would pass through Kore. Cutting the rope and separating it from the axe caused it to instantly become solid and suddenly occupy the same space as Kore's hunky body which fused the rope to Kore and his armour. Yes, this is possible. Yes it is. Shut up, yes it is. Think of light passing through glass. Sure, that's not two molecules occupying the same space, but the atoms do interact to the point where someone could point at a beam of sunlight shining through a window and say "hey look, that light and that glass are occupying the same space". In this case, Kore is the window and the axe and rope are the beam of sunlight. Hello, my name is Tarol Hunt and I have 24 years of near-constant practice arguing the physics of magic with hundreds of D&D players. As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
Posted January 6, 2011 at 10:06 am
Under the vote button (it's the picture of the goblin with the shield), there is a sneak peek of Friday's update. Check it out. As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
Posted December 30, 2010 at 11:33 pm
Right now, I am setting things up with Creative Creatures to start production of the Big Ears Plushie. It'll still take awhile for them to be made and shipped out to Canada and so pre-orders are still currently available. It has come to my attention that I have been under charging for shipping. Currently, shipping is $5.99. I have learned that sending the plushie out to folks will cost more than that. However, the current shipping cost will remain at this price for any and all pre-orders. After pre-orders close, the charge for shipping will go up. So if you want in on the lower shipping cost, pre-order your Big Ears now! If you have already pre-ordered your Big Ears and received an error message after you finished ordering, don't worry. That error message was a minor problem with the log out page (which has since been fixed) and your order still got to me safe and sound. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
Posted December 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm
Hey readers, I have homework for you. In an effort to better provide us with cooler and more effective advertisements on this site, Blind Ferret has asked me to hit you folks with another survey. It's fourteen questions and multiple choice so it should really just take a moment. The more of you who fill it out, the more it would help me. I really appreciate it, everyone! Click here for the survey Friday's Axe of Prissan update will be the paladin that Saral Caine killed. Then another AoP update on the 28th, followed by the regular comic updates resuming on the 31st. After awhile, the AoP pages get taking down. Why? Because I'm working on an ebook that details every owner of the Axe in order. All of the pages will be included in that book when it's released. Also, I'm working on Tempts Fate this week as well, so it's coming, along with new and old desktop wallpapers. As always, thanks for reading and Happy Holidays! ~Thunt
Posted December 20, 2010 at 2:29 am
Due to family coming over for Christmas, Christmas shopping, Christmas drinking, Christmas stressing and especially Christmas laughing, the updates on Dec 21st, Dec 24th and Dec 28th will be character background pages telling about the previous owners of the Axe of Prissan. From the 31st on, updates will return to the usual comic pages. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Everyone! EDIT: Danielle just jumped up and down and hugged me when I gave her the news of this announcement. Apparently, my family needs this too. As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
Posted December 7, 2010 at 12:33 am
Tonight at midnight, Warcraft Cataclysm goes live and with it, the ability to play goblins. Danielle and I will be running around causing goblin havok in Azeroth, so if you want to join our guild... Server: Steamwheedle Cartel (American servers) Guild Name: Goblins Faction: Horde Contact: Twigs (that's Thunt) or Lotsapockets (that's Danielle) Any Horde race can join the guild, but only goblins can progress up the ranks. As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
Posted November 12, 2010 at 4:13 am
I am SO glad to finally have this go live. Thank you everyone for your unbelievable patience. Tempts Fate 10 As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
Posted November 10, 2010 at 8:21 am
Yesterday, Danielle was feeling under the weather, but today she has been very sick indeed. I woke up this morning at 3am to get Tuesday's update finished and I actually got a few hours of drawing in, but after that I spent the day taking care of Danielle. We're not sure if it's a flu or food poisoning, but she's been having a terrible time all day. Due to this, I lost most of the day and so I'm forced to make Tuesday's update into Friday's update. I want to apologise to all of my readers and let you know that the schedule will continue as normal each Tuesday and Friday. As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
Posted October 24, 2010 at 4:33 am
Pre-orders for the brand new Big Ears Plushie are now being accepted. All pre-ordered Big Ears will be signed by me on request. EDIT: There's now a sneak peek of Tuesday's update under the vote button (down and to the right). As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
Posted October 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm
This week we moved into a new house and my work time was cut down quite a bit. So I give you one of the previous owners of the Axe of Prissan. All the owners of the axe have already been written in a rough format. Having it all written out years ago allows for some of these characters to play parts in the main storylines of the comic and add another layer to it all. Eventually, the entire history of the axe will be public knowledge. Next update will be a standard comic page. As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
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