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    Default Re: OOTS #668 - The Discussion Thread

    Pretty much what the boards have been saying for a while.. for once. Hmmm.. wonder how it will get turned around on us

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    "And that makes us one big happy family? Screw that."
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    Finally, the Linear Guild makes another appearance. I can only hope for Hilgya's return, though.
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    Awesome comic strip Giant!

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    A 50/50 chance? V needs to work on those odds.
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    Isn't it just perfect?^^
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    Exposition and foreshadowing

    I smell the return of the Nale and co. And the plot beginning to move to the next gate.

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    Ooh, interesting.

    So creating destructive conflict, and possibly wearing everyone involved down so they can move in, is their overall goal.

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    …They look like total morons.

    They are! Isn't it just perfect?
    I love the look on Orange's face…

    But that's an interesting part-motive for the splice; like the ref yelling for Jailbreak in some game of Capture the Flag, to get things moving again.

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    Most satisfying!

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    And I just noticed: That picture of Linear Guild Classic is from Dungeon Crawlin' Fools. A nice plug.
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    Wait didn't Sabine talk to these guys way back when?

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    They just want conflict? That seems doubtful to me. Sure they don't want either of those two sides to win, but I'm sure that they want to win.

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    Hooray for the return of the Linear Guild!!

    Sort of.

    "They look like total morons."
    "They are! Isn't it just perfect."

    PS: The squiggles on the ex members of the LG was a fantastic little touch.

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    They are
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    That would be a lot of Good dragons, ya know.

    And why aren't they worried about the Snarl or HobGod more?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RMS Oceanic View Post
    And I just noticed: That picture of Linear Guild Classic is from Dungeon Crawlin' Fools. A nice plug.
    Not only that, but it's updated with the surviving members. Even the one who can not be named due to the Spooky Wizard By the Coast.

    I think the comic was satisfying as it let us know for sure that the Fiends were going for the big one. I also like how V's actual alignment is still in question by even the fiends.

    I like even more how much they figured would go down by giving that power to V. What I really can't wait for is in a goodly number of strips, at the final book, when V is helping to control the gate how they split at the last second to defeat each other...
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    Love how they've scratched those from the Linear Guild who died.

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    I honestly thought this was going to be the big end of story arc thingy. I loved it, can't wait to have Nale back on screen... back on panel.

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    Is it...is it okay to express negative opinions on these boards? I hope so, I used to hang out at a webcomic forum where saying "I don't like this plot development" got an entire thread closed by the author, twice

    Anyway, I don't see anything in the rules about it, so I'll just say: I didn't really like this strip. It didn't advance the plot much or have anything in the way of humor, but also the color scheme is a bit grating; everyone's word balloons just sort of blend with the background and with each other.

    That said, I am pretty happy about the prospect of seeing the Linear Guild again. :)
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    They seem somewhat devilish in their goals, seeing as how they traffic in souls. At the very least eternal conflict tends to produce more evil, and that means more souls to collect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aarondirebear View Post
    Wait didn't Sabine talk to these guys way back when?
    Yup. Back in like 380 http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0380.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tundar View Post
    Love how they've scratched those from the Linear Guild who died.
    D'oh, I had thought they just got some new friends. Well, nevermind.

    And as far as we know, Hilgya didn't die - she just ran away and never came back.

    Soooo, still scratched, then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by werik View Post
    They just want conflict? That seems doubtful to me. Sure they don't want either of those two sides to win, but I'm sure that they want to win.
    If the two sides exhaust themselves and weaken each other, then they get to swoop in and pick up the pieces once all is said and done.

    After all, why fight two sets of opponents when you can get them to kill each other?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haven View Post
    Is it...is it okay to express negative opinions on these boards? I hope so, I used to hang out at a webcomic forum where saying "I don't like this plot development" got an entire thread closed by the author, twice

    Anyway, I don't see anything in the rules about it, so I'll just say: I didn't really like this strip. It didn't advance the plot much or have anything in the way of humor, but also the color scheme is a bit grating; everyone's word balloons just sort of blend with the background and with each other.

    That said, I am pretty happy about the prospect of seeing the Linear Guild again. :)
    No, negative opinions are fine, as long as they're polite.

    That said, I think this strip was more to set up the IFCC's role in the later part of the plot. It was more foreshadowing than actual plot. Besides, the plot's moves at breakneck speed since 628, so we need a bit of a breather.
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    What is that red stuff covering some of the Linear guild's members?
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    i love the last two panels. and here Nale thinks of himself as the King when he really is the pawn

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMS Oceanic View Post
    That said, I think this strip was more to set up the IFCC's role in the later part of the plot. It was more foreshadowing than actual plot. Besides, the plot's moves at breakneck speed since 628, so we need a bit of a breather.
    It also, thematically speaking, sets up the return of the Linear Guild, which hasn't been in this book at all. In fact, they haven't been seen since Comic #458, over 200 strips ago.

    I tend to think of this (and the last few ones) as the gear shift as the plot moves from one arc to another.
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    What is that red stuff covering some of the Linear guild's members?
    Crayon.

    They've been scribbled out by the IFCC since Zz'dtri, Yikyik, and Hilgya aren't currently members of the team.

    The fact that Rich used a Chapter Splash Page from Dungeon Crawlin' Fools was just icing on the cake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pandabear View Post
    What is that red stuff covering some of the Linear guild's members?
    just a scratching out of the former members.
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