Thankfully, the streak is ending

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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 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:


June’s Dwagon Master is Sonic Screwdriver for Units of Faq

June’s Sharpest Tool is DunkelMentat with some thoughts about Erfworld and plot:



July’s Dwagon Master was Celebrenithil for Another King Tramennis Fanart

July’s Sharpest Tool was Veryinky for comparing Jetstone’s attitude to the limited diplomacy options in strategy games (honorable mention to kerofune for lifting the western cultural blinders on the definition of a “god” )



August’s Dwagon Master was Andrew for Fan art: the Perfect Warlord

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:

The second goes to Noigel, for describing the kind of real-battle-conditions strategist Parson is:


Noigel’s post reminded me of this recent nice tweet:



September’s Dwagon Master was kilantolshi for Mapping Out Erfworld

September’s Sharpest Tool was Chris Goodwin, for out-erfing me on what I probably should have called the Dirtamansion:



October’s Dwagon Master was mbellish, for It's a Croaked Units Party, parts 1 and 2

October’s Sharpest Tool was the_fire_brigade for this insight into the determinism (or not) of unit stats in Erfworld:


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!


  • mortissimus

    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.

  • Sir Dr D

    you guys are my heroes.   Keep it up :)

  • DukeofTuring

    Keep it up, Rob & Co! If I had the money I'd be paying you all what you're worth!

  • ArtyD

    *sees post, rejects breaking a streak and substitutions are made of the mandatory erfsgiving vacation*


    There... No unscheduled breaks in the posting line.

  • Istaro

    Happy Thanksgiving! Talk about a well-earned break! :)

  • Noigel

    Proud and honored to share the tie with Lipkin, good company to be in!

    Thanks to both the Titanic Creators and the Fellow Readers for all you do... its been a pleasure enjoying Erfworld along with you.

  • Arky

    There will be no update for Friday, November 24


    Well, of course not, because Friday is November 25.  We're wise to your tricks!

  • Count_to_10

    Wait, you are saying that the_fire_brigade was right?

    You have got to be kidding me.  If that were true, then character's stats would be bouncing around all the time (which is never mentioned), and none of what you have said about fate works at all.  Luckamancy wouldn't work at all.

  • FormicaArchonis

    Actually, this year's been good for me. Got a new job with better security and more money, everything's going nice TBH. But your concern for others is touching, and I am very sorry to hear of your personal anguish this year. All the best for 2017.

  • Sonic Screwdriver

     I'm certainly happy to see the work done here and hope your holidays are great.

    Also, I'm a Dwagon Master?!

  • SkyLark (Tipped by 1 person!)

    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. wink

  • Knott

    Oh, 2016.....

    At least we can look at some silver linings..; It was probably a good year for Crap Golem production...

  • Lord Scotticus (Tipped by 1 person!)

    Just for the record.  'Pre planned missings' of strips don't count for breaking the streak.  -You're still going strong.


  • Vontos

    I guess this is a good time to start re-reading the entire story and figure out what all I've forgotten.

  • Squall83

    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"?

  • WurmD

    +1 to "pre-planned vacations are not a break in the streak" everything is still going as planned =)

  • Infidel

    Happy Thanksgiving.  I was actually expecting erfworld to take a break around Thanksgiving and Christmas. So was only surprised that you didn't announce it weeks ago.  Enjoy a well deserved break.

  • CDS

    Congratulations to all the winners! Your contributions really make the forums worth reading. 

    Congratulations on the long run with no missed updates, very much looking forward to the new year.

  • neogeo

    Planned breaks and planned vacations don't count as breaking the streak.

  • DunkelMentat

    Wow I am SUPER proud of myself thank you!

  • OneHugeTuck

    I love the streak.

    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.)

  • DreadArchon

    It would be more professional to have a buffer, but I don't begrudge you your break.


    2016 was a big improvement for me.  I hope your 2017 goes as well.

  • Axiom (Tipped by 1 person!)


    What rhymes with "your mom, bae"?

    Harambe, may he rest in peace, was killed on May 28, 2016.


  • Infidel (Tipped by 1 person!)

    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.

  • Polvane the eraser

    Congratulations, team Erfworld.   Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.