Pg 69: Epic Fail

This week in Epic Fail: Clodin explains how, if this was an epic, it would be a failure.

Creator’s Commentary: How many jokes can the characters make about the comic itself without breaking the forth wall?

Btw I sorta ‘failed’ NaNoWriMo. I wussed out. Okay I had RSI from typing and was nervous about continuing because I’m sorta paranoid about my hands. I want to be able to use them for a long time so did not want to risk injuring them further. If I’d really wanted to push on I probably could have but I think it would have been a bad idea. I mean, I’ll still try to finish my story but not at such a break-neck pace!

Pg 68: Crazy Witch

This week in Epic Fail: Tinuvielle reassures Dirk that Amuletts will leave him alone.

Creator’s Commentary: It that an end to it? Will Amuletts stop trying to wind up Dirk?

Pg 67: Fun

This week in Epic Fail: Tinuvielle continues to cast spells on Amuletts.

Creator’s Commentary: More infighting between characters. Amuletts cannot get the better of Tinuvielle it seems!

I’m just going to do a shout out for Liliy who makes Wiglaf & Mordred who is bidding up a storm on my Project Wonderful adbox right now! Thanks, it’s appreciated. I love reading W&M, it’s totally hilarious.

In other news I’m doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month). Blogged about it earlier. I’m living up to all your expectations and kinda sucking but I’m still going. Not sure I’m hit 50,000 words by the end of the month but I’ll have more stuff written than I would otherwise, right?

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Interparty Conflict

Interparty Conflict is the final piece of card art for the WAGON Webcomic Battle Cardgame which is on pre-order right now! I’m not exactly sure what the cards effect will be yet, but something along the lines of characters belonging to the same group fighting with each other! I thought this was a suitable Plot Device to reflect Epic Fail because, as you all know, it happens in the comic all the time! You can’t see the plot through characters squabbling with one another!

I decide to use Dirk, Tinuvelle and Yoru on this card because they don’t have their own Character cards like Amuletts, Clodin and Martin and I didn’t want them to be left out. I thought covering Yoru’s ears so he doesn’t hear any bad language would be the sort of sweet, protective thing Tinuvielle would do. Don’t ask me what they are arguing about – I haven’t a clue. I just had fun doing the facial expressions.

By the way I found a fun Video on YouTube about interparty conflict in D&D. Just thought I’d share.

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Epic Fail wins 3rd in TGT Tournament

Last year I went on the TGT Webcomics Podcast to talk about Epic Fail and as a result was put into their yearly Tournament: Episodic Battles, where all the episodes are put head-to-head and voted on to decide which is best. There’s a video of Kurt Sasso announcing the winners below and he does a good job of describing the contestants and the action so I recommend watching it.

I’m going to describe what the TGT Tournament was like for me and Epic Fail. As you’re probably be aware, due to me hassling you for votes over the month of August, there are four rounds. The first three are head-to-heads, one-on-one, mano-a-mano… you get the idea. One webcomic episode must knock out the other, halving the contestants each round. At the beginning there were 40.

Pg 65: Fool me twice

This week in Epic Fail: Dirk realises Amuletts has been messing with him again and is unhappy. Tinuvielle decides she’s going to do something about it.

Creator’s Commentary: “Fool me once shame on you; Fool me twice shame on me.”

In D&D terms the ‘Slippery’ spell would be the ‘Grease’ spell (but I kinda want non-D&D players to understand what the spell does without reading a spell description, thus the renaming).

I know Amuletts elicits mixed feelings in fans: some love her some hate her. But I think you can all agree that she’s been asking for it for a while now.

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Epic Fail will be at MKomix Comics Fair

I will be exhibiting with Epic Fail at MKomix this Thursday! If you are close to Milton Keynes you should come and check it out. Details at the MKomix website: www.MKomix.blogspot.com

Thursday 19July / 6-9pm / Free

Experience the creatively thriving small-press comic scene at MKomix Comic Fair, in the striking surroundings of MK Gallery’s Pushwagner exhibition.

This is an opportunity to see a wide range of comics representing diverse genres, for all ages, both as displays and some available for sale. Be surprised by the quality of comics, from the handmade to limited editions of just a few hundred.

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Pg 64: Paladin Baiting

Today in Epic Fail: Amuletts plants a gem in Martin’s saddlebag then ‘steals’ it back making sure Dirk is watching her.

Creator’s Commentary: It is Dialogue Free Comics Day today and I took up the challenge to draw a comic telling the story with only pictures and no text. I hope you can follow it easily enough. There are lots of other webcomics doing the challeng as well today so make sure you check them out.

Yes Amuletts is engaging in the sport she likes to call ‘Paladin Baiting’ (quite possibly to distract for her mistake of flying off in the wrong direction on the previous page). I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. You can assume she does this ‘fake theft’ thing quite a bit in order to confuse Dirk.

Pg 63: Just Beginning

This Week in Epic Fail: Yoru seems to like his Pony trembling in fear and so the party depart for Kasperbianca where the Adventure will really begin…

Creator’s Commentary: Prepare yourself – there will be another update of Epic Fail tomorrow because it is Dialogue Free Comics Day. I know! This never happens! Must be someone’s Birthday. Oh wait! It’s mine 🙂

I’m loving drawing that Gryphon. I was originally going to alter the part where it flys out of the frame, so it stayed inside the box, but it looked cool so I kept it.

This page marks the end of Adventure prep and the beginning of Adventure proper. Of course there will still be a fair old bit of general messing around because this comic is Epic Fail.

EDIT: On posting I’ve noticed a few mistakes (Yoru’s funky ears, Dirk’s disappearing sword and Martin’s sword shrinkage). Will fix after D&D.  – FIXED

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Diablo 3 release = EPIC FAIL

So Diablo III was launched at Midnight yesterday after one of the biggest game launches in history rivaling the MMO World of Warcraft. We’re talking two million pre-orders (the most ever for a PC game) and eight thousand launch events worldwide. Over 1000 fans were queuing for the game in Oxford Street alone.

So what happened? In short: The launch was an abject failure. The high traffic from so many players logging on all at the same time not only crashed the server but also the gaming forum battle.net as players flocked to it to find out what the hell was happening!

Diablo 3 Error 37: Epic Fail

The problem was caused because Blizzard – in an effort to combat piracy – required everyone to log into its server, even those who wanted to play a single player game, in order to authenticate. Unfortunately this meant that all most players got when trying to play Diablo 3 was Error Message 37: ‘The servers are busy at this time; please try again later.’ This upset millions of Blizzard fans some of which had taken the day off work for the game’s launch.

Surely Blizzard should have been anticipated this kind of traffic and made sure they had the capacity to handle it. But no. This was a total and complete Epic Fail: all that hype over the game only for it NOT TO WORK when it was launched!

One tweeter said: “Diablo 3 is super hard. I’ve been playing for 30 minutes and haven’t even defeated the login screen!”

Boy am I glad I decided I’d play through Diablo 1 & 2 before moving on to Diablo 3. Will they have their problems sorted out by then do you think?