Posted July 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm
So I'm about to head out the door and go be in the woods for the weekend. This means that I won't have internet access, etc. I'm passing the daily bonus pages over to a friend so that he can update those while I'm gone. Also, I'm putting the latest Goblins page up as I run off. It's obviously not finished, but I really want to have 'something' for you guys. I really hate how slow the updates are, due to working on G:AR. However, I'm really making great headway with the game and I'm enthusiastically racing to the point where I can focus all of my energies on my first love, my comic. A lot of people continue to ask me if the game will be available for anyone to purchase, even if they didn't back the Kickstarter. If the game reaches physical form, you'll be able to buy it. And I can't give out any information yet, but I've been talking to some people and things look very promising. I'll go public with more details once I'm allowed to. I'm still hoping to get that Kickstarter backer list. If you've moved, etc. Don't worry. When the time comes, I'll make sure that you're not ignored. Follow me on Twitter for a nigh-daily look at a G:AR card and for other nonsense. Thanks and I'll see you on Monday! -Tarol
Posted June 11, 2015 at 3:44 pm
The Federal Trade Commission has squished some guy who claimed he was making a board game and went to Kickstarter. He asked for $30,000 and got $122,000 and guess what. He didn't make the game. He did announce to his backers that the game would never be made, though. What a nice guy. Anyways, the guy is actually ordered to pay back the backers! How awesome is that?! Click right here to read about it. What does this situation remind you of? Anything? Oh, that's RIGHT! Goblins: Alternate Realities! Evertide Games asked for $30,000 to make a game, too! Except they didn't get $122,000... they got $182,000. And while this other guy told his backers that the game project was cancelled, Richard James (CEO of Evertide Games) just kinda... disappeared with the money. And while this other guy gave a few people refunds, Richard was still making NEW sales for his nonexistent Goblins: Alternate Realities merchandise for two years before he finally (recently) took that page down. And while the other guy doesn't have a warehouse of Goblins merchandise, books and convention banners that disappeared with him and the money... Richard does. Y'know, when I compare this other guy to Richard, this other guy seems like the lesser of two evils. At any rate, I'm going to the FTC with this story. If he'd contacted me with some kind of reasoning for what's happened, my reactions would be very different, but I'm giving Richard mountains of opportunities to contact me with some kind of explanation. I've been understanding and taken the "Let's work this all out together, I know how being overwhelmed can feel" route, but he's never contacted me (or anyone). So screw it. If there's a chance I can get the thousands of backers some of their $182,000 back, I'm all over that. If you're a G:AR backer and you want to help out with this (or even if you're just somebody who wants to see this come to somewhat of a happy ending for the people who were ripped off), please contact the FTC as well. I don't usually call for Goblinites to do something 'spamy' like this, but this is a lot of people who lost a lot of money. Click here to go to the FTC site. The actual amounts are... $177,850 Direct payments through Kickstarter $5314 Payments made to the Kickstarter campaign through Paypal/credit cards $??? Roughly two years of profits from his ongoing, merchandise sales for G:AR products that were never to be made and shipped. As for the actual game, I've been playtesting it with friends and brought the finished product into focus. Lately, my efforts have been on drawing/creating the actual cards. It's a slow process and it's slowed down the amount of time spend drawing Goblins. I can say for certain, that it will definitely be made available for everyone to play online. Programs like Tabletop Simulator will make that possible. As for G:AR becoming a physical game that people can hold in their hands... I'm doing everything I can, but it's still a big question mark. You can contact me on Twitter for whatever you need (Click here). Thanks! -Tarol
Posted June 10, 2015 at 10:19 pm
Just wanted to let you all know that there's currently a brand new sneak peek of the upcoming Goblins page hidden under the TWC vote button located at the top/left of the Goblins website. Don't worry, it's not all super spoilery. Thanks! -Tarol
Posted June 1, 2015 at 9:18 pm
It's a new month and time to see how well we can do on the TWC list. I've just placed a sneak peek of the upcoming Goblins page under the vote button (upper-left corner of this site). It's four panels complete with text! You can also vote for Goblins (and any other webcomic on the TWC list that you like) every day! Also, if you'd like to read each Goblins page a few days early, you can help me out over on my Patreon (click right here for the Patreon page). Chipping in one buck per update (which works out to be about 3 or 4 bucks a month) gets you access to each Goblins page as soon as I finish penciling it. You can read it before it's inked and coloured! Thanks, -Tarol
Posted May 15, 2015 at 2:36 pm
The upcoming Goblins page shows a room with a LOT of dead adventurers in it. I have a neato idea. If you'd like your favourite D&D character to be immortalized as one of the dead adventurers, email a picture of your character to goblins@dccnet.comĀ  <-That's an email link.

The Rules

  1. The picture doesn't have to be all expertly drawn. It just needs to clearly show what he or she is supposed to look like (including gear). If I can't really understand what the character is supposed to look like, I'll probably just pass it by, so be clear.
  2. Notes are okay, but keep it short. I'm going to be getting a lot of emails for this, so I won't really have time to read all about the background of your character, etc. I'm sure it's really interesting, but I'll be paying more attention to pictures that I can look at and instantly get a good idea of what to draw.
  3. Sending me a picture doesn't guarantee that your character will appear in the comic. Like I said, I'm going to be getting a lot sent to me.
  4. By sending me a picture of your character, you are giving me permission to draw that character and use it in my comic, on my site or on any merchandise or promotional material. You are also claiming that you are the creator of that character and you're not sending me a Dragon Ball Z character or something (I have to be thorough with this legal stuff. I'm not looking to steal your ideas, I just don't want to get sued down the road).
  5. Finally, thank you for the use of your character and I'm so very sorry that he or she had to die in this room like this. But it's okay, this is an alternate reality and your character *may* still be alive in your reality. It's going to be okay.
Thanks! -Tarol
Posted May 9, 2015 at 10:42 am
If you click on the vote button at the top of the site, you'll see a glimpse of the upcoming Goblins page. It's an... erm... "epic" battle. By clicking the vote button, you also help to support Goblins by spreading the word about it. Thanks! -Tarol
Posted May 5, 2015 at 5:17 pm
I'm trying to get back into the habit of live broadcasting my drawing. I miss the good times we all had! Anyways, I'm firing up the broadcasty goodness now. If you're reading this hours after I've written it, I may have stopped. But go make a Twitch account (if you don't already have one) and then favourite my channel. That way you'll get an email whenever I go live. Or you can follow me on Twitter, since I always mention there, when I'm live as well. Come and chill out with us and either join in the chat or lurk in the shadows. :) Thanks, Tarol
Posted May 2, 2015 at 12:01 am
Under the vote button (found at the top of this website), you'll find a brand new sneak peek picture of the hallway that the goblins have to travel down. So what about you? Would you think that hallway was trapped? Would you be one of those players that starts throwing copper pieces down the hallway to see if spikes fly out of the walls or something? Thanks, Tarol
Posted April 23, 2015 at 10:08 pm
Hobbitcomic
Posted April 18, 2015 at 12:06 am
I just sent this email to Kickstarter. Dear Kickstarter. Let's recap... I told you that the project was a scam that ripped off thousands of people in my name by taking their money, disappearing forever and forcing me to face everyone. I explained that no backers would ever receive any rewards or product. I asked for the backer list so I could send all of them 'something' to try and make this as right as I can. ...You refused to help in any way at all and told me to talk to the person whom you know disappeared forever with the money. I further explained that none of the backers would ever receive any rewards or product and asked for your help in the form of advice, discussion or somehow removing or altering the scam project page. ...You refused to help in any way at all and told me to talk to the person whom you know disappeared forever with the money. I sent you a DMCA take down notice, explaining once more and with great care, that no backers would ever be receiving any rewards or product. ...You took the page down and sent a blanket email to every backer, explaining to all of them that they will indeed be receiving their rewards and product. Then you gave all of them a link to a page with my home address on it. I understand that I'm talking to a business and not a single person, but whoever is reading this right now, please think about this for a moment. You promised over 2000 people that they can expect the non-existent products that they paid for... that have my name on them... and then you gave all of them my home address. Please stop this. I honestly can't take anymore. -Tarol Hunt
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