Friday the 13th Luckamancy
I've said a few times that missing updates will occasionally happen, and that I won't always be able/willing to share the reasons for it. This is one of those times. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we won't be able to post an update today.
I realize that's frustrating to hear. If you are concerned, please don't worry. If you are angry, please be kind. If you have ideas for how we should be doing things differently, please express those the way that you would want to receive suggestions about how to do your own job. This was an unavoidable blip, and regular updates will resume on Tuesday. Thanks for understanding, and for reading and supporting Erfworld.
In the meantime, since these have been popular in the Toolbox, here's a for-everybody post of more of my terrible panel roughs from earlier in Book 3. See if you can identify the panel and page they were for.
This says monday but updates have switched to tuesday, right? Or did I miss something? Part of me assumes this was written before hand as a "just in case" message so as not to be doing it while in the midst of putting out fires and thus predates that change, but if that's inaccurate I'm curious what exactly is meant by that.
This reminds of time that the servers of the MMORPG Dungeons and Dragons online were down for longer than expected and the player base were getting annoyed.
I thought I'd help in an unofficial capacity by posting pictures of dogs wearing bee costumes (aka. beedogs) to the forum in the hopes of calming people down and cheering them up a bit.
It might surprise you to learn that it didn't help in the slightest. If anything, they seemed to get angrier that their complaints were not being met with assurances from forum moderators that their complaints were being listened to, but instead being met with pictures like this;
Angry fan 1: "This is not acceptable from a proffessional (sic) D&D game"
Me: "You still sound upset, did you not see the first beedog? Let me find another picture for you."
Angry fan 1: "NO! Why are you doing this?"
Me: Please be patient, those beedog pictures won't find themselves etc. etc.
(That was actually a lie, I had a folder full of them from another, separate time when I needed a lot of pictures of beedogs)
Not an angry comment, but a query; over Christmas you said that the missing holiday updates were not proof that you don't have a buffer - I understand and respect that you don't wish to disclose the reason for this update being missed but surely if there was indeed a buffer as recently as the holidays it would be difficult for you to have already run out of it! We want you to have a buffer for the selfish reason that we like getting our updates, but also because some of us read a lot of webcomics and have seen some of their creators become very stressed largely because they don't have a buffer, and we don't want that for you!
So, no need to respond to this as I'm sure you're bored of comments about the buffer, but just a word of concern from a fan who has a lot of friends who gave up and never came back during one of the various pauses in this comic's history.
Also, just to end on a positive note - no matter how long it takes for you to be finished with Erfworld, no matter how many updates get missed or if there's more big breaks in the future, you'll always see my Toolbox subscription on the list. This is my favourite webcomic, and one of my favourite stories in any medium. Love and power to you Rob, and hope that everything is alright :)
Anyone getting angry about the lack of update has their priorities messed up. It's quite obviously in your interest to post updates on time, but you don't owe them to anyone. That being said, wasn't there supposed to be a backlog to help with unavoidable blips? Not asking to be a smart ass, I'm genuinely curious about it.
>"See if you can identify the panel and page they were for."
Sorry, but I like cross-referencing, so challenge accepted, and here's the panels the sketches are for, in the same order Rob posted sketches
https://wiki.erfworld.com/Hvs.tCF_64 (all three)
During Christmas, you said there is a buffer. I absolutely believe you. Today, an unforeseen circumstance prevents you from updating. I am not angry or disappointed.
At this point I imagine the art is drawn in advance, then you personally add lettering/speech bubbles and some quality control; if you wrote Tuesday's page three weeks ago, for example, I can imagine a consistency check for today could be made to ensure it does not clash anywhere. Which would explain why even the buffer doesn't help, because you ensure each page is the most up-to-date it can be on the day it is due. Is that correct?
Reframed: I currently gather it is your commitment to providing the highest quality you can, and avoiding inconsistencies, which is the cause for these sometimes misses?
While I would've loved to read Erfworld today, I understand missing a day hurts you and your staff much more than us (financially).
I trust you want to deliver us the best Erfworld you possibly can.
"If you have ideas for how we should be doing things differently, please express those the way that you would want to receive suggestions about how to do your own job."
a) Not sure why you ask this, because the answer is have a buffer.
b) You said last miss that even though it's a miss, that "doesn't mean we don't have a buffer," which implies you have/had one, but are choosing not to use it.
Frankly I know you have been busy with the kickstarter and you are a perfectionist which I applaud. Really I don't expect you to make it up to us for missing and update. If you would like to console me some how I would love an extra hour of your time this week using the canonize hammer in the wiki. Also I think you still might be the better artist between the two of us so bravo on your sketches.
Will you be kickstarting a the Erfworld books with your drawings? I think there is a niche for the drawings that represent the depth of insanity as well as these do.
I really hope everyone on team Erf is safe and well and this missed update isn't signifying anyone being in a less than well state. If they are my sympathy and respects go to them and hope they're in a better state soon. I can 100% respect an employer respecting the privacy of the team (and it is an admirable quality) and we'll see you all next update.