Posted July 25, 2009 at 9:04 am
There's a new sneak peek under the vote button to the right there.

Thanks everyone who's voted Goblins up to the #1 spot! Look at us go!

As always, thanks for reading.

~Thunt
Posted July 24, 2009 at 6:43 pm
Those of you who like to pop into the live feed of me drawing, ranting and sometimes playing with my action figures will have noticed that I haven't been there in days. That's because the site that hosts the live feed, Justin.tv, has made some technical changes which have caused my connection with their broadcaster to be choppy and unpredictable. The admins there (okay, one admin) has been very helpful in trying to find the problem but at this point he's basically shrugging his shoulders and giving up. Asking Justin.tv for further help at this point is kind of like calling the police and asking them you help you find your car keys. It's just not going to happen.

Now before you helpful readers start emailing me with great advice on how to fix the problem, let me say that this problem has been confirmed to be on Justin.tv's end and there is nothing that I can do. But thanks anyways to you tech savy folks who were halfway to clicking on my email link to help.

So in an attempt to move on, I looked into Ustream, another live broadcasting site. That's when I noticed this little gem tucked into their terms of service...

(i) License Grant. Ustream.tv does not claim ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by uploading, streaming, submitting, emailing, posting, publishing or otherwise transmitting any User Submission to Ustream.tv or on the Site, you hereby grant Ustream.tv a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, perpetual and irrevocable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, prepare derivative works based on, perform, display, publish, distribute, transmit, broadcast and otherwise exploit such User Submissions in any form, medium or technology now known or later developed, including without limitation on the Site and third party websites. You represent and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to grant the foregoing licenses to Ustream.tv. Ustream.tv will own all right, title and interest in and to all derivative works and compilations of User Submissions that are created by Ustream.tv, including all worldwide intellectual property rights therein. You agree to execute and deliver such documents and provide all assistance reasonably requested by Ustream.tv to give to Ustream.tv the full benefit of the rights granted to Ustream.tv by you.

Now... am I wrong in thinking that they're legally dressing me up in a skimpy french maid's outfit and having their kinky way with me? That they could take an image of say, Big Ears that I was drawing on their feed and put him in a book, movie or whatever they feel like making and there'd be nothing that I could do? I'm no lawyer, but it sure looks that way. I've emailed MINEstream... er... I mean Ustream today with this question, so we'll see what they say.

I'll have a new sneak peak up tonight.

As always, thanks for reading.

~Thunt
Posted July 22, 2009 at 7:24 am
In an attempt to get back onto my "around Monday, sometimes Tuesday and on rare occasions, Sunday" schedule, I'm posting this small update. Next week's update will contain the last third of this page and at least one other page.

(The crowded panels always take so much longer than panels containing one or two characters.)

As always, thanks for reading.

~Thunt
Posted July 17, 2009 at 9:43 pm
There is a new peek of the next update under the vote button to the right of this blog. Clicking on it not only lets you see the unfinished panel, it pushes Goblins up the top ten list over at TopWebComics. This promotes the comic and lets more people find it. Also, there are a ton of great webcomics in that list, I recommend taking a look at them and if you find something else in there that you like, please support them by voting, emailing them praise (we comic authors kinda like that) or even buying a t-shirt or something. Of course, simply returning to their site to read the comic is a great way to support them too!

On another note, I'd like to say thank you to everyone who has been emailing me or posting in the forums with kind words about the comic. I can't respond to everyone and frankly, I gave up trying to answer every email a long time ago, but I read absolutely all of them and every single "thank you for the comic" email that I get makes me smile and feel very good about entertaining people. So to all of you, thank you.

As always, thanks for reading.

~Thunt
Posted July 12, 2009 at 8:39 am
There is a new sneak peek picture under the vote button to the right of this blog. It contains an excessive amount of ogre drool.

As always, thanks for reading.

~Thunt
Posted July 8, 2009 at 7:51 pm
Okay, clearly I missed that Tuesday mark that I was hoping for. Things are going as fast as they can and the update will be here ASAP.

Sorry folks.

As always, thanks for reading.

~Thunt
Posted July 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm
Happy Canada Day to Canadians and non-Canadians alike!

This weekend I'll be camping with family and friends. We'll be leaving Friday morning and coming back sometime on Monday. Because of this, it's safe to expect a one page update on Tuesday (July 7th) and then another one page update the following Monday (July 13th). After that, I should be back to multiple pages.

In August, Danielle and I will be going to Worldcon in Montreal and that will unfortunately mean skipping a week in the undates. I'm hoping to do some sort of fan-comic contest for that week though. I'll post about that soon once Danielle and I work out all the details. We'll have a table in the dealers room, but it's still unknown whether Book Two will be back from the printers by then (fingers crossed). I will however, be handing out original sketches to anyone I see wearing a Goblins T-shirt or a Goblins costume. If I were to see one of the two people who have Goblins tattoos, you can have one of my thumbs.

Also, I've been getting a bunch of emails in the last few weeks from people asking permission to use art from the comic for forum avatars, etc. My rule is, if you're not making money from my art or claiming that you drew it, then go for it! If you want to use something from the comic on your website, etc. then just mention somewhere where you got it. Just don't, you know... post the whole comic on your site.

Note: This blog post is not a legal contract and can't be used against me in court ten years from now if someone is deliberately trying to rip me off. :)

And now, I'm off to draw, live on camera.

As always, thanks for reading.

~Thunt
Posted June 27, 2009 at 3:02 am
Under the vote button, there's a new sneak peek of the upcoming update.

As always, thanks for reading.

~Thunt
Posted June 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm
First off, thank you to every one of you who has emailed me or posted kind words in the forum. The response from this update has been huge and I'm blown away by the giant smiles that my inbox keeps giving me. I'm just sorry that I can't answer everyone back personally.

So just for the hell of it, let's take a look at what the inner Dungeon Master in me is saying when I write a scene like this...

Okay, Thaco and Goblinslayer are fighting in the sewers. Goblinslayer originally had a -4 due to the darkness created from Thaco's plan, but he cast a minor spell on his sword (which counts a natural weapon) and the glow from that helps somewhat. He's still fighting with a -1 when within five feet of the glowing blade since it doesn't create a huge amount of light and it's still pretty dark. By the way, that penalty gets worse, the further he gets from the glowing blade-stick.

Aside from the darkness, the enviroment creates some difficulties of its own.

1) Medium creatures like Goblinslayer, suffer a small movement penalty due to the water (-5 ft/round) while small creatures like Thaco have a 50% movement reduction.

2) Due to the filthy state of the water, humans will have to make a Fortitude save at DR 12 for every 10% hit point loss they take during this battle. If Goblinslayer takes 43% hit point loss (I'm not saying that's how much damage he took, just using that as an example), he's going to have to roll four Fort saves the next morning. Since in my world, goblins are more resistent to diseases than humans (they have to be to eat the stuff that they do), Thaco's Fort saves are at a DR 6. These saves are done all at once after the character's next sleep and failing just one save is enough to make the character sick. A failed roll means he has caught a fever and suffers a -4 to Con, Cha and Str everyday until the fever clears. Every morning, the character rerolls his Fort save once. A successful roll means that he's feeling better. In other words, the more you muck about in the sewers with open wounds, the higher the chance that you're going to get sick.

3) Those rusty pipes that are poking up everywhere (and yes, there are panels establishing that there are a lot of them, not just the one that Goblinslayer fell on, as some folks think) are a hazzard too. Everytime a character takes damage while standing in the water, he must make a Balance save at DR 5+1/each point of damage taken. A failed save means that he's slipped and fallen. If the character falls, he must roll d6+1/every point he failed his Balance save by. This roll represents how many feet he falls away from his current, standing position. A roll of 5 feet or less means that he's basically fallen straight down, taking no additional damage, but counting as flat footed until spending an action getting up again (this is what happened to Thaco when he got an arrow in the back). A roll of 5 or more feet, means that he's slipped into the next square over, in the direction away from his attacker. If the next square over contains a rusty, jagged pipe, an additional roll to hit is made against the falling character as though he is flat footed. If the pipe hits, the attacker adds another 2d6+8 to his damage roll (this is what happened to Goblinslayer). Once the character has taken pipe damage, there is a 10%+1%/every point of damage that the pipe has done to him that he will become stuck on the pipe and (assuming he's still alive and not suffering trauma effects) need a successful Str check to pull himself free.

4) Also, if a character is climbing the walls in this area, a failed Climb check means similar "fall on a pipe" roles must be made.

So there you have it. Some of these rules don't actually have anything to do with the story in the comic, but regardless, these are the sorts of numbers that dance around in my brain when I'm writing a scene, climbing a tree, wrestling with my cat or standing in line at the bank. I think a lot of experienced DMs live in a similar brain space.

This is why some folks might be scratching their heads saying "wait a minute, why does Thaco have Knock Back?". He doesn't.

As always, thanks for reading.

~Thunt
Posted June 19, 2009 at 7:42 pm
If the update isn't up tonight, it'll be up tomorrow.

As always, thanks for reading.

~Thunt
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