Thankfully, the streak is ending
A Thanksgiving Pause
We did give you a heads up that we were planning to skip some updates around the holidays, and this one's going to be our first. There will be no update for Friday, November 24 so that the American contingent of Team Erfworld (Rob, Xin, Linda, Red, and Brendan) can have Thanksgiving plans and we can get a little pause in the nonstop grind.
This means that our streak breaks at 114 on-time strips in a row, which I think is a record we'll probably never equal. The instinct is to keep it going, but taking breaks is necessary, however much it knocks off the bottom line. (We've gotten suggestions to go to a monthly pledge system, but I believe in the built-in accountability of the Toolshed. For the first time in our history, something is working to keep us on schedule, so it's not going to change.)
Anyway, it's Thanksgiving. I want to say I'm extremely thankful for all the people who are now helping create and run this show, and for all their hard work and sacrifice. What goes on behind the scenes here is something I can't or won't always share, but I want you to know that everybody put in a monumental effort this year. You'd be amazed at what it takes to keep things going and moving forward, but you'll get some idea in a little under two weeks, when we roll out some new stuff to mark Erfworld's 10 year anniversary. I'm telling you, set a calendar reminder right now to visit Erfworld.com sometime on the 7th of December. There will be limited time window to participate in some of it.
And of course, I am also thankful for all of you. You are arguably the most supportive group of readers that any webcomic has ever had, and that fact never leaves my mind when I'm doing this. The way that everyone came through for Erfworld in 2015 when things looked bleakest is just one of the all-time highlights of my freakin' life.
Finally, I don't know what's happening in Stupidworld. 2016 has been this parade of suck, globally and among our own lives and friends. I posted in February when we lost Bud Webster, but I did not tell you that his lovely wife Mary also succumbed to her illness in August. And we lost our friend Bob Ellis this year, who was one of the sweetest and most positive people I've ever known. I'll avoid mentioning anything else about 2016 (rhymes with "your mom, bae"). But whoever you are and whatever your situation, it's likely you took a major hit to your happiness and security and positivity about the future this year.
So I want to say that I am simply thankful that we've gone wire-to-wire, Thanksgiving-to-Thanksgiving, without some terrible Erfworld catastrophe happening as well. I think it's important for your perspective and sanity to take stock of your own Luckamancy, both good and bad, and Erfworld's luck has been buffed this year. 2016 has (at least to this point) been the best year in the life of the comic by far. That's not a challenge to Fate! This is a day to say what you are thankful for. The worse things get, the more you have to appreciate what you've got.
Catching up on Dwagon Masters and Sharpest Tools
One indication that we have been going as hard as we can for all this time is the fact that we fall behind on a few non-comic things. So I'll take this little break to get caught up on (*blushing*) the last five months of Sharpest Tool and Dwagon Master badges. Ahem. Here we go:
July’s Sharpest Tool was Veryinky for comparing Jetstone’s attitude to the limited diplomacy options in strategy games http:/
For August’s Sharpest Tool we have our first-ever (I think) tie. Both of these posts are an analysis of Parson’s character, they’re both outstanding and thoughtful, and I can’t say say that one was better than the other. So I’ll go ahead and award two badges.
The first went to Lipkin, for this opinion/analysis about Parson's true moral nature and Maggie's detecting and allying herself with it: http:/
The second goes to Noigel, for describing the kind of real-battle-conditions strategist Parson is: http:/
Noigel’s post reminded me of this recent nice tweet:
September’s Sharpest Tool was Chris Goodwin, for out-erfing me on what I probably should have called the Dirtamansion: http:/
October’s Sharpest Tool was the_fire_brigade for this insight into the determinism (or not) of unit stats in Erfworld: http:/
So that's it! I'm not really even going to take time to make this post pretty. While Linda's out of state with her family, I'm going to head over to my friends' apartment for some turkey and to watch some "not-football" that is likely to be something like "Thankskilling III." Byeeeee!
It's when you can stop things and then restart them you know that what you are doing is really working and not just some fluke. And planned rest is just so much better then keeping running until you hit something.
So, looking forward to the start of Streak II, the Erfening. I'm sure it will be just as great.
Kudos to the Erfworld team. I whole heartedly agree that this has been your best year. It is more than obvious that the entire team has worked their butts off despite a cruddy year all around. It has paid off as you have put out some truly wonderful stuff.
Thanks for keeping my favorite thing to read going!!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving break...even if it is a month late.
Great job making it to 114! I'll be sure to check in on 7.12. to see what you've planned for us. It feels good to be a part of this. This is the only comic I know that has a perfect mix of comic and text updates, depending on the storyline's needs. Was this idea was born due to the continuous problems you've had in finding an artist or was something like that planned all along what with Parson writing game rules and personal thoughts into his Klog right from the beginning? Anyway, ultimately this is what has made this comic my favorite one. I wish there would be more comic/novel-hybrids out there.
What rhymes with "your mom, bae"?
Should one conclusively conclude from all this that:
A. there is no buffer and potentially more importantly that
B. ERFworld's current production capabilities are capped at 2 pages a week? (Meaning, can't produce more than that to create a buffer.)
No. Please don't stir up trouble.
edit - apparently the indent function doesn't work. It will show in the edit window, but it is stripped when posted.