Friday the 13th Luckamancy

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By balder Comments (101)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  • Squall83

    I guess I'm with Tensor here, but missed updates are perfectly fine with me. I don't need the perfection that requires last minute changes for each update either, but the choice between perfection and getting money is yours to make. Maybe you want to choose perfection because you feel obligated to all those big-time backers in the many many very successful kickstarters?

  • danixdefcon5

    Too bad, but honestly Erfworld rarely misses its updates these days. I'm ok with that.

    At least there's a schedule! OOTS is now so rare I don't check for weeks.

  • zbeeblebrox

     @wolfpax181  Ha!  Howard used to be in a complete league of his own, updates-wise, until Gunnerkrigg Court came along.  These days you do see way more consistency overall, but then again that's comparing things to the bad old days of legions of Penny Arcade ripoffs choking the internet to death.  It's almost unfair.  That said, I do recall a webcomic that shall remain unnamed which had a slooow update schedule, and one day the author posted that the next chapter would be coming soon...then spent the next [i]two years[/i] updating on how the next chapter was doing, apologizing, etc, before finally giving up and admitting that the comic was dead.  That was the only time I experienced webcomic vaporware, and the only reason I would ever be mad at a webcomic not updating.

    But I don't think anyone will ever have the stamina to outdo Pete Abrams' total lack of buffer for Sluggy Freelance, which has been missing days or weeks here and there without fail for going-on twenty years.  If you can do better at updating than Sluggy, you're doing well in my book.

  • leparlon

    Dear Rob,

    You are doing a awesome job, everything willl be alright.

     

    Take Care.

  • Cayzle

    More beedogs please! Beecats would be even better, and beelions get reposted on my wemic blog!

    That way people can make a beelion to my site!

    :-)

  • Artherax

    Said that... Learn what you can from my grumbling rants:

     

    ¡Gluck! ¡Gurck!

    BHAAAAGRHHHPMHHHAAAAAAAEEEUGHH

    TRRRAUBGGGHHHHHAAAAEEEUUUUUGHTTTRRRRRRRRR

    .

    .

    Well, afther that, I hope you have learnt your lesson. 

    ¿Which was that lesson? I really do not know... not my lesson.

    Anyway, as a small advice, ""O, tempt not a desperate man... nuncle!"" ...

    .

    Sometimes (most of the times, if you want to succeed) you can match others expectations... 

    Sometimes, you will not be able. Nothing to worry, if your quality is quite good (and here, the quality is excellent).

    So, take care, waiting for the next update, hoping not to be out of date, although having in heart the secret wish to date Wanda...

    errr.... ¿did I say something?

    .

    Better to say only this:

    Take care, good job, bad luck about today's update.

  • BakaGrappler

    These things happen.  Good luck ironing out the wrinkles.

  • BillDoors

    Such is life.  You guys have always been good about explaining situations when they spiral out of control, so... if it's just a blip, no need to panic about that.

  • Hammer

    No worries, boss. We appreciate the update so we can stop mashing the F5 key into oblivion. Sorry things were so screwball for you.

  • Morsious

    As of my writing, not updating today costs erfowrld $1901.52 or 19,015.2 Schmuckers. 

     

    If Rob says they cannot update today, I believe him. That is a very non-trivial amount of income, I cannot imagine that they wouldn't take it if they could.

     

    Still sad no Erf today though.

  • wraith203

    BAHAHHAAHA!  
    Those drawings are fantastic (terrible)!!!

    This almost makes up for the missed update.   Thanks for the sketches.

  • Ansan Gotti

    What DarianRedwin and Morsious said.

    Drawings are great. Well, absolutely terrible, actually.  But better than I could draw, and still great. Oh, you know what I mean.

    Thanks again for the unexpected extra holiday update back around New Year's! Looking forward to Tuesday.

  • Count_to_10

    We all have our off days.

    Or weeks.

    We try things.  Sometimes they don't work out.

  • Keybounce
    1. Thank you for the scketch work.
    2. Very good job on tracking all those panels; have a shmucker.
    3. Hey, I stopped checking OOTS, and missed something like 7 pages of forum discussions that I have to catch up on. (Yes, it updated).
  • Keybounce

    GRR, is there no "edit" button on these things? That was supposed to be a numbered list. It numbered as I was entering it (auto formatted for a numbered list). So I left it for auto-numbering. And now, it displays as an unnumbered, un-bullet-pointed, un-anything "indent" more than a list.

     

    Grr. :-)

  • Kerf

    I appreciate the notice, thanks! 

  • kiyote

    @Tensor

    > 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.

    > You asked.

    From the tone of the updates, both here and on Facebook, I gather that the comic's writing and initial artwork is done ahead of time, but there's still a lot of editing and quality control edits that are done right up to the wire.  So much of the comic relies on small details which can have huge consequences, so they use all the time they have to make sure it comes out perfect.  Which honestly is why this is one of the best web comics out there.

    Which, of course, means if a critical mistake was noticed last minute, but there Rob and/or Xin don't have the time available to fix it, then that means a missed update.

  • Tensor

    Perhaps, but maybe we have different definitions of "buffer."  I consider a buffer to be something where there are say two weeks's worth (4) of fully-completed updates sitting on a hard drive.  You just released #542?  Well, 543, 544, 545 and 546 are also done, ready to go, 100% complete and QC'd.  Yes it takes effort to get ahead like that, but it's worth it right?  Think of it as paying yourself forward.  Maybe it's a form of you accruing vacation/sick time that you get to take when you need it.  Imagine being able to wake up one day, throwing up, knowing that damn, this sucks, but hey, I don't have to do anything for the release today really, because I have my buffer.  Or, maybe you get up and it's beautiful outside, so you think "hmm, I'm taking the day off."  Whatever the reason, if you have that buffer, you don't ever have to write a "sorry, missed the update" post ever again, much less lose the update money.

  • multilis

    I propose the following solution:

     

    The 3 authors/artists are moved to North Korea.  This will help free them of distractions of outside world.  As well, since North Korea is short on US dollars and every time they miss an update that means less income, there will be extra incentive for the North Korean government to persuade them to get the updates done on time.  Persuasion does not have to be negative, there are plenty of attractive young people working for the   State Security Department.

     

    I suspect that with this change we may end up with even more than 2 updates a week!

     

    Now we may have small problem in that Rob Balder and friends may not want to leave for North Korea without a little help.  So we may need a white unmarked van, several people with free time, a few ski masks, and someone with good connections in smuggling cargo out of the US.

     

    ;-)

  • CelebrenIthil

    If I hadn't put so much effort in my avatar and signature, I'd replace one of them by that "Tiny Maggie Angel" note.

  • Yenzen
    Yenzen

    I don't care to get angry about a free entertainment being delayed, and those that pay only pay you for on-time updates as I understand it so... Thanks for the heads up, hope whatever is going on will get better.

  • Chris Goodwin

    From the tone of the updates, both here and on Facebook, I gather that the comic's writing and initial artwork is done ahead of time, but there's still a lot of editing and quality control edits that are done right up to the wire.  So much of the comic relies on small details which can have huge consequences, so they use all the time they have to make sure it comes out perfect.  Which honestly is why this is one of the best web comics out there.

    It's the little things that make a difference.

  • Keybounce

    And yet, we still have little art errors that we're waiting on the fixes for.

     

    (ducks the pies thrown in anger)

  • kosteraku

    As i said before, this posts about missing updates are nice

    we already know that you work this comic to perfection, and we like it

    when you show us that you care to the point of letting us know we won't see an update, weknow that you care for your audience as much as you care for the comic

    that' the kind of thing that made me start supporting this comic

    you guys deserve it

  • kosteraku

    As i said before, this posts about missing updates are nice

    we already know that you work this comic to perfection, and we like it

    when you show us that you care to the point of letting us know we won't see an update, weknow that you care for your audience as much as you care for the comic

    that' the kind of thing that made me start supporting this comic

    you guys deserve it