Posted January 12, 2010 at 8:57 am
I don't want you to think that Goblins has become stuck in a 'one page a week' schedule, because it hasn't. Not permanently, anyways. If you haven't already caught my complaining on Twitter, I had some yucky dental surgery done, which lead to some gross complications, which lead to me going back to the dentist today. It's been a painful, whiny week. If you add Tempts Fate and the recently passed holidays in there, you get one page per week. Very soon though, I'll be able to do more as well as finish cleaning up the site.

Also, Book Two is a hobbit's hat-rack away from to shipping out! Hang in there, peoples!

As always, thanks for reading.

Posted January 5, 2010 at 11:38 am
On Tuesday morning, I have a dentist appointment to remove a wisdom tooth that is apparently right on a nerve. What is the difference between removing this tooth and removing a normal wisdom tooth? This will cost more, hurt more and take longer. I'm not sure exactly how this is going to go down, as soon as my dentist said "Okay, we're going to separate your jaw from..." was when I started watching old cartoons in my head so i don't know everything about the process. I do know that my dentist is against knocking his patients out, so I'll be awake for this.

I'm not sure how much drawing I'll be able to do tomorrow, but I know I won't be broadcasting any of it. In the meantime...

Dear Dentist who is about to torture me:

Dantooine. They're on Dantooine.
Shire! Baggins!

As always, thanks for reading.

Posted January 2, 2010 at 3:23 am
Under the vote button there is now a new sneak peek. Check it out.

As always, thanks for reading.

Posted December 24, 2009 at 7:30 am
I had hoped for there to be a Tempts Fate update today, but holidays with the family has been hectic and (I'm not going to lie) loads of fun. Since my two boys will be away with family for Christmas Day (sniff), we've celebrated Christmas with them today. Presents, turkey, trying to put together the new toys, crumpled wrapping paper covering the entire livingroom... we did it all!

On Christmas eve, Danielle and I will go stay with her family for three days, making drawing impossible during that time, so the next Goblins update will be Monday, January 4th and Tempts Fate will update on Wednesday, December 30th.

Have a great holiday season and I'll see you next year and as always, thanks for reading!

Posted December 3, 2009 at 9:28 pm
There's a new sneak peek under the vote button. I've added text to the sneak peek that is not the actual text that will appear in the comic.

Also, I want to thank everyone who's been donating to Tempts Fate. THANK YOU! The last couple months have been... well, you know when your bills and income decide to have a foot race and the bills start to win? Yeah, that. I've gotten a couple emails lately asking what the minimum donation is and the answer is $1 (just because Paypal charges a bit for each donation so less than that starts to equal zero). If every Goblins reader donated a dollar, I could buy a house! Well, a small house, but you get the idea.

For the desktop picture that Tempts will win for everyone, should he survive, send me an email letting me know what you'd like it to be. :)

As always, thanks for reading.

Posted November 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm
I um... well... I forgot to put the donation button up. It's there now though, at the top-left corner of the Tempts Fate comic.

I seem to have critically failed my intelligence check. Feel free to mock me.

As always, thanks for reading.

Posted November 29, 2009 at 4:10 am
Tempts Fate started as a fun way to create a donation meter. I drew a few pictures of a goblin either surviving or dying in various traps depending on how donations went. As the concept grew and Tempts became almost a comic of his own, I tried to find new ways for the whole thing to be original and fun. I started coming up with ways for readers to help Tempts along without ever donating a penny.

This all came to a screeching halt however, with my idea for a visual, play-by-post Tempts Fate game. I wrote a dungeon crawl, filled it with rooms, traps and monsters and set up a system in which readers could adventure through the crawl, gather magical gear and help Tempts fight an entire army. I drew goblin body types, hair styles, jewelry and hundreds of various weapons and armour bits each sized in a way so they could all be put together by myself in a sort of virtual paper-doll manner. My plan was to have readers email me their actions, so I could email them the game's reactions and update the picture of their character on the site. When the game, which was to be Tempts Fate's ninth adventure, launched last year, I was amazed to find that in under 48 hours, I had over a thousand character submissions with no sign of the emails slowing down. Accepting defeat, I realised that I could never handle that many characters and so I reluctantly took the Tempts Fate 9 down.

Since then, I have tried to find a cheap way to turn the game into an online automated version to allow everyone to play without me needing to manually handle each move. Those of you who have been waiting know that it hasn't been happening. One person in particular has been great with working on programming the game but as both of us have full time jobs that must take priority, it's been a very uphill battle.

I miss Tempts Fate and judging by the emails I've been getting asking when he's coming back, so do some of you. So for now, I must reluctantly shelf the game idea and let poor Tempts get back to doing what he does best, tempting fate. Maybe one day the game will happen in some form. I've still got a mountain of artwork for this project just sitting here.

When Tempts Fate 9 launched and crashed all those months ago, I had gotten some donations from readers. Since it would be unfair for those donations to go uncounted, I've transferred that money onto this Tempts adventure, giving us a bit of a head start.

Also, in the interest in doing new, interactive things with Tempts, I've added The Door to this adventure. It's a way for people to take part in helping Tempts without donating any money. I hope you guys like it.

Note: The site is still under construction, so some pages are pretty messed up. That's being worked on.

As always, thanks for reading.

Posted November 26, 2009 at 9:12 pm
I have this theory about intelligence. It's an over-simplified theory but here it is...

There are three basic levels of intelligence. The first level consists of people who are not smart enough to know anything about the complexities of the universe and the deep suffering humanity has endured since its beginning. These people, unaware of the dark or disappointing aspects of existence, take blissful pleasure in small, insignificant things like a sunny day or a blueberry waffle. They spend their days with dumb looking grins on their faces, talking about unimportant, simple pleasures.

The second level of intelligence is made up of people who are smart enough to have a notable understanding of those complexities of the universe and that deep suffering that humanity has endured. With their grasp on the bleakness of existence, they see no emotion in a sunny day, knowing full well that emotions are nothing more than chemical reactions in our brains, triggered by our environment to help dictate our actions in ways that might benefit our species. They fail to see the point in that blueberry waffle, knowing that at any given time, uncounted people around the world are dying of hunger caused by corruption.

People within the third level of intelligence are also aware of these detailed and dreary points of our world. They understand the moral failure that so much of our planet endures. They know about the distant, permanently undiscovered details of the universe that are so vast and numerous, they masquerade as a great, black emptiness to our simple, mortal minds. Yet, these people who are completely aware of the dark or disappointing aspects of existence, have the extensive intelligence that is needed to take blissful pleasure in small, insignificant things like a sunny day or a blueberry waffle. They spend their days with dumb looking grins on their faces, talking about unimportant, simple pleasures.

As always, thanks for reading.

Posted November 25, 2009 at 2:21 am
Working on the new site look now, expect bunches of things to not work properly for the time being.

Thanks for your patience.

Posted November 18, 2009 at 11:00 am
The good folks over at GeeksOn have interviewed George R.R. Martin, Gina Torres (Zoe from Firefly) and Joss Whedon, but in their latest episode, they're stuck with me.

Slow day.

Check it out.

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