A year without missing!

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Today's post is page 200.


It is also page #104 with the new art team.

anybody even know what this meme is?

 That's significant, because it means we've gone 52 weeks since relaunch, without missing a single on-time update!


I want to congratulate Xin and Lauri and the whole team for making this happen. It has not been easy. Everybody had a major life event in that span. I moved. Lauri got married. Xin moved and got married. Everybody made significant sacrifices to keep the story going, and to keep our promises to Erfworld's army of supporters. This creative team truly works as a team, and I couldn't be prouder of everyone for supporting each other and covering for one another, and doing whatever it took to keep on schedule.


That said, we need to make one big adjustment. Starting next week, Erfworld's update schedule will be Tuesdays and Fridays. Backer stories, when they resume, will happen on Sundays.


Literally everybody on Team Erfworld needs this change, especially Lauri and Xin who both need to transition to working on weekdays only. Frequently, an update requires big changes on or near the day it goes up. Moving from Mondays to Tuesdays will let us deal with the revisions, adjustments, and the blow-this-away-because-everything-changed moments.


Also, the web team can only do our weekly Skype meeting on Monday evenings. And whenever Linda and I are at a con, we always end up barreling home to get the update dealt with. It's not fun. This will help a lot with that.


We're also going to need to occasionally schedule some time off. Our plans and budget count on putting up 100 updates in a year, not 104. For the sake of sanity and a balanced life, I think we'll want to give everyone some time for family around the holidays, and we'll definitely need a break when we go to Finland next year. (More to come about that.)


I really hoped we'd get to this point. But given all the difficulties we've experienced in our schedule in the past, I honestly did not know if it was possible. So as we get closer to the 10-year anniversary of Erfworld, I want to thank Xin and Lauri, and Red, John, Brendan, Steve, Josh, and Linda too, for making this year the best one of the ten by far.


I hope everyone is having fun.






  • maestoso

    Wow, it's been a year already? It feels like last month that the new art team stepped up to the plate and turned everything around! Well done to all!

  • Ansan Gotti

    Love it all. Totally makes sense. Kudos to you and the whole team!!!

  • jovalicious

    Woooo! Congrats! The new team is seriously killing it. Keep up the great work!!!

  • Vorteks

    Well done! It's been a great year. Of course you should schedule some time off for yourselves.

    And congratulations to Xin and Lauri on their respective nuptials!

  • Knott


    Congratulations and Well Done!

    And I guess a belated congrats to Xin and Lauri as well. May your new spouses bring stability and happines to your lives!

  • ThisIsNotDan

    Wow, I can't believe it's been a year already! Time flies when you're having fun! Congratulations on the milestone, and definitely feel free to take breaks as needed! We'll be here when you get back.

  • spriteless

    Oh, man, same update schedule as SFP. Noooo!


    Ha but you do what you do for the good of the site, not for my irrational wish for each weakday to have the same # of webcomic updates.

  • smurfworld (Tipped by 1 person!)

    I became a Tool because after contacting the Erf team about problematic ads, (constantly redirecting me to the android app store when I viewed the site on mobile) they actually permanently addressed the issue.  This was quite a long time ago, and they have been consistently improving the website experience ever since.

    Thanks for creating such a great reading experience for us, Erf team and Erf family :)

  • Polvane the eraser

    Congratulations.   Really happy for you, Rob, and for the Erfworld team.

    And for us, too.  It is because of Erfworld that I have come to look forward to Mondays and Fridays (soon to be Tuesdays and Fridays).

  • Arky

    Congratulations! The change in schedule makes sense (and gives us something to read on a Tuesday when all the Monday/Wednesday/Friday comics are off, just like Darths and Droids has always done with Tue/Thur updates). This has been the most consistent stretch of Erfworld maybe ever, and the story is going from strength to strength, whatever it takes to keep this team together on Erfworld, do it! 

  • Spicymancer (Tipped by 4 people!)

    "The Day Balder graced your village with an update was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday."


    M. Balder, from Street Fighter

  • Spicymancer

    But seriously, thank you so much to everyone on the Erfworld team! smile

  • deus EX

    "time for family around the holidays.."


    that is totally overrated wink

  • contrabassist

    Thank you all for your hard work and dedication. Erfworld is a wonderful thing.

  • Squall83

    Cool, that means we get another update today, right? tongue-out

    Good job on sticking to the schedule for an entire year! Erfworld is still my No. 1 favorite comic, because it's the only one that has the best of both the comic and the novel worlds. Novels are generally deeper than comics, but sometimes a pic says more than 1000 words.

  • falcore51

    Its weird to think that Erfworld has been part of my life for 10 years now.  Love you guys.

  • robertzi7

    For a moment I thought you said Backer Stories were resuming... Oh well, congratulations on the milestone. 

  • youngstormlord (Tipped by 1 person!)

    cool news. Keep up the good work, team Erfworld.

    We love you all, oh yes we do,
    We love you all,  anwe'll be true,
    When you're not posting,
    We're blue!


  • stormbuilder

    I am happy to see that things are going so well, Rob.

    I started following this story since the first few pages on giantitp (still recall obsessively checking to see what's the gambit with the dragon pincer), but often during the years I feared that this would go the way of a very good, but unfinished work.

    It's a great feeling to know that you have achieved stability (hopefully forever :D)

  • Keybounce

    Wow, ten years? Congrats.


    I still remember reading the first dozen or so at once from OOTS ...

  • thomaszwanzinger

    10 years ....

    Congratulations to you all - it is easy to forget how difficult update schedules were before. You get used to good stuff really quick :-)


  • yogomakeoshimi

    I am so glad that they are moving to Tuesdays. I feel like everything I follow is on Mondays and there is never anything to check on Tuesdays. FINALLY! Something to read on Tuesdays.

    Thank you!!

  • Glorendil

    Absolutely no problem with the move to Tuesdays, and more so regarding vacations - there has to be a work-life balance, and as it changes adjustments need to be made. More changes will come in the future (kids have a huge impact for example), so future adjustments are inevitable, and there's no need to apologize about them.


    This year had a great arc going, and the consistent arrival of new material was great.

    Thanks for a great year!

    And since now is a new Hebrew year, I'll take the opportunity to wish you all a happy new year! :-)

  • arin

    Congratulations! You've done an AMAZING job, both in accountability and in actual schedule success. It's been extremely wonderful. 

    If I may make a suggestion about how to apply the work-life balance plan without losing revenue? Now that you have a track record of success and have gained the trust of the community, perhaps switch to a set monthly toolbox fee rather than a per-update fee. For example, at Stabber level, $4.50 per month would guarantee 8 updates a month. That formula - a flat charge of what would have been 9 updates per month for a guarantee of 8 - would be more than acceptable to everyone, I'd think, because frankly you all deserve a raise. And it would help people like me, who to date have not become tool supporters because the variation of the exact amount charged per month has been a bit scary (what if I budget $4 and there's an extra Friday in the month and it bounces? Yeah, sadly my finances are /that/ tight right now.)

    You could still tie the amount to the performance, a statement like "for every update less than 8 in a month, the charge will decrease by 12%". I think that does make the lynch mobs comfortable. ;) But you'd only have an obligation for 96 pages yearly with the revenue matching 108 at the current rate. That would hopefully give you enough breathing room to take the occasional vacation or add a backer story without breaking you or forcing you to, as of this writing, give up $1702 to take an unpaid 3 day vacation. That would be a pretty crappy deal. 






  • Cheez

     Wow, congratulations and thank you!!