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The Witcher Game Review

The Witcher is an action RPG based on a book of short stories by the same name. It’s a Polish game and uses Polish folklore providing a different feel and monsters you will not have encountered in other games. It’s low fantasy within a believable, feudal world stricken by war, poverty and plague. Witchers are monster slayers – mutated humans with superior strength and an affinity for magic. You play Geralt of Rivia, the famed White Wolf, mysteriously back from the dead but suffering from amnesia. The adventure starts when the Witcher’s secrets are stolen by a criminal organization called Salamandra and Geralt has to get them back.

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Phineus: Magician for Hire Interview – Part 2

The Phineus: Magician for Hire interview with Barry Linck continues…

Click here if you’ve yet to read the Phinius: Magician for Hire Interview – Part 1.

Q6: Has being a Role-play Gamer helped you with creating stories for Phineus: Magician for Hire?

Yes, definitely. As well as my theater and film background.

Role-playing has gotten me to think as a character, act as a character would act. Being a DM, helped me create worlds, tell stories and create conflict in the stories.

In addition, all the monsters, magic, and Myth are right in there. I know most of the stuff in , say, the Monster Manual, is based on mythology. That said, the various gaming manuals itemize and describe the characters so succinctly that they sort of become my go to Beast-encyclopedia.

There have been stories I’ve done directly lifted from advesntures I’ve played with my game versions of Phin and Sara. I’ve even created a RPG around Phineus, with the help of my friend, John Burris. I’m even working on a second edition.

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Webcomic Review – Jake the Evil Hare

Jake the Evil Hare - A Superhero Webcomic "What happens when a very bad jackrabbit goes good?"

Jake the Evil Hare‘s tagline is: What happens when a very bad jackrabbit goes good? Jake is an Anthromorph, or ‘Furry’ if you prefer, which the comic explains in a ‘Secret of NIMH‘ / evil-scientific-experiment-gone-wrong kinda way. He’s also evil and a bit of a dick, fond of random violence and justifying murder to his own satisfaction, but he is the lesser of two evils and moreover trying to change.

This is a story of redemption althought that’s hard to see at first, largely because Jake keeps acting like a dick – an amusing dick but a dick nonetheless. Jake the Evil Hare is a complete lampoon of the Superhero genre and it’s anti-hero protagonist is probably as anti the Marvel-stlye Superhero as you are going to get.

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Dialogue Free Comics Day

Today, May 14th, is ‘Dialogue Free Comics Day.’  It’s a challenge to create a silent comic, a mute comic, a comic where actions speak rather than words.  Talking heads can take a hike.  Show – Don’t tell!  Text, in the form of signs or sound effects are allowed however.

Conceived by Noel Curry of D. J. Bogtrotter to reaffirm comics as a primarily visual artform forty other webcomics decided to participate.

I think it’s a great idea! It’s easy to fall into the trap of explaining the story through dialogue rather than trusting the images.  The pictures in a comic need to be important otherwise they’re superfluous.  Creating a silent page is a great exercise.  They say a picture paints a thousand words which makes them capable of greater impact.  Some jokes are purely visual – they’re simply not funny in the telling.  And of course silence breaks all language barriers.

Saying nothing…sometimes says the most.” – Emily Dickinson

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Webcomic Spotlight: Mysteries of the Arcana

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Mysteries of the Arcana is a Fantasy webcomic and fellow member of the Webcomic Planet Collective. Inspired by Tarot the story involves travel to different universes, or ‘Arcana’ as they are called. As such it is, literally, a colliding of worlds. There are many weird and wonderful creatures to encounter with elements from several different genres all mixed together creating a big a tasty stew! It’s difficult to anticipate what happens next as each universe is different, bringing together a great variety of magic, technology and, erm, stuff!

The story (written by J. Gray) moves quickly, getting across the important points as briefly as possible and then moving on. The art (by Keith W.) matches it perfectly, communicating just enough information and impact. But skip a bit and you’ll be confused so you need to read the whole thing.

The main characters are Chys and Theresa. Chrys is a Bisexual elf and experienced Arcana traveller. She’s on a mission to save her Mother and so far the story concentrates on that. Theresa is a Catholic from Earth and entirely new to all this. She’s a bit grim but has her funny side.

But so far my favorite character is Mandrake the Faerie! Because I love Faeries and she is awesome! So go check out Mysteries of the Arcana – easy to pick up, hard to put down. It’s one of the few webcomics I’m actually up-to-date with. Now how’s that for a recommendation!