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    Part 2 of the monthly comic thread! Have fun with #203.

    And before y'all start with the posting and such-
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    Q: Wouldnít it be cool if X, Y, and Z happened? You should totally do that.

    A: Thanks, but I prefer to create my own plots. In fact, I try not to read anything where people suggest upcoming plot ideas because I hate it when people guess what is going to happen. I feel the uncontrollable urge to change what happens, just to prove them wrong. Petty? Probably.

    Q: Hey, you used my idea I posted! Cool!

    A: No, I didnít. Even if your idea that you posted completely matches what eventually happened, you can be sure I was not inspired by your post. Largely because I probably didnít read it (see above question). Top
    Now Rich has said that he creates his own plots, and a literal reading of the FAQ could intreperet as "If you are not suggesting the idea for use in the strip, he will not specifically change the stip because you were intelligent enough to see ahead in the plot."

    So what I'm trying to say is: if people post predictions, I don't want to see any posts saying that "Now you've done it, that won't happen"

    And even though it has not changed in the FAQ, Rich has said that the comic is not late until 12:00am EST (wich is what standard boards time is, check in the profile link at the top of the page) on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
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    OK, that was seriously funny...
    I always thought Belkar more like Chaotic Neutral...
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    I'd just like to add my thoughts, which just missed going into the last thread, of great approval for the idea of an auto-update script. I don't personally mind waiting an extra 12-23 hours for an individual strip, but I think it would just be more convenient for everyone involved, particularly The Giant and his staff.

    In other words: good idea, guys.

    Oh, and I see we've now only got two OotSers without some sort of romantic interest...and personally, I don't want to know about Belkar and especially Vaarsuvius.
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    Belkar and BG, sittin' in a tree, fighting like be-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-es...

    :)

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    At one point in time, I would've wondered about two things. One, what would the offspring of a halfling and a human be? At another point, I would've gouged my own eyes out just for thinking about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corsair
    At one point in time, I would've wondered about two things. One, what would the offspring of a halfling and a human be?
    A halhalfling?

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    Actually, it would probably either be pronounced Humaling or Halfliuman.

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    Half-Hobbit! Oh wait, that'd be a copyright violation I bet...

    Semi-Halfling!

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    Some time ago I read about a combination of elves and halflings called "elflings".

    I don't remember in which book this was.

    Now I continue cursing my 6 hour time difference to the oots local time. ;P
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    Is it possible to have either an RSS feed, or some other warning mechanism the comic's been updated?

    Maybe a simple thread over here which we can all add to our mail notifications and which only mods can update?
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    What, you don't like refreshing the comics page every few minutes come friday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by changeling
    Some time ago I read about a combination of elves and halflings called "elflings".

    I don't remember in which book this was.
    Midnight perhaps?

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    Three-Quarterlings? :D

    I am very keen to see how Belkar is going to get out of this - threatening to harvest his team-mates for the XP seems pretty Evil to me ;)
    Real Life? - so what is that then?

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    So what is the encumbrance of a halfling-sized lead plate when carried by a halfling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nighthawk4
    Three-Quarterlings? :D
    Shouldnt that be (one) Quarterlings? :D

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    i don't know, about detect evil, but i think that the lead shet is just an x-ray joke. oh, und changeling, sprechen sie Deutsch?
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    No, most of the detect type divination spells have the caveat that they are stopped by so many feet of stone, dirt, or whatever, or by a thin sheet of lead. It never crossed my mind to see a character carrying one around though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paragon_Kobold

    Midnight perhaps?
    I know Midnight only a little bit. Had a quick look into the book long ago.

    I think it was some kind of races sourcebook about halfbreeds where I saw this "elflings"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverending_Gnome
    No, most of the detect type divination spells have the caveat that they are stopped by so many feet of stone, dirt, or whatever, or by a thin sheet of lead. It never crossed my mind to see a character carrying one around though.
    Well, I have a feeling that they originally coined that rule with the idea of using lead-lined chambers and things to stop divination, but a character carrying around a sheet of lead to block divination is hilarious. :-)

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    I agree that Belkar needn't have have to carry a lead plate to hide his alignment. Just a thin sheet would have done it.

    But what would the thin sheet have to cover?

    If alignment is what's in someone's heart, then a breastplate would do nicely.

    If alignment is what a person intends when they do something, then a helm would be needed.

    If alignment is the direction in which a character is heading, then lead insoles might be needed.

    Or, if it's true that you are what you eat, then you would need a lead-lined stomach.[/list]

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    I forget what the link is, but someone made detailed rules for procreation among the different races. They had rules for sexual performance, magical venereal diseases, pregnancy, and a lot of other things of that nature.

    I think that they decided that a human-halfling bond just resorted in all of one or all of the other (who just happened to be a little shorter/taller than average), and that pairing between the other races and halflings resulted in the normal half-breed. The reason for the Human/halfling pairing being so compatible was the idea that humans and halflings were somehow more closely related genetically than the other races.

    The guide's an interesting read, although it's definitely not work safe and makes you feel like the biggest dork ever. Someone put a lot of thought into it (although I wonder at times how much experience any of them actually had with the matter ;-)). I'd definitely link it if I could remember where it was or what it was called.
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    I was just wondering where he pulled that thing from...

    I'm also wondering how long this will keep up, will BG continue to ty and read him or just let it drop?

    Did anyone else guess Paladin for BG, was there any indication that her horse was something special before it stood on Belkar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt-M-McElroy
    I'm also wondering how long this will keep up, will BG continue to ty and read him or just let it drop?

    Did anyone else guess Paladin for BG, was there any indication that her horse was something special before it stood on Belkar?
    BG doesn't seem like the kind of Paladin who is OK with fine distinctions... didn't she chop the Bandit King and his daughter into little bits a couple of weeks ago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boro

    Shouldnt that be (one) Quarterlings? :D

    1 + 1/2 = 3/2

    3/2 / 2 = 3/4

    So it would be one three-quarterling. Though I've always thought that the reason one never saw half-halflings or half-dwarves etc in D&D was that only humans, elves and orcs were 'compatible'. But I'm old school and in any case, I don't think that anyone in OOtS would think of Belkar in any kind of romantic way. He's just one sick evil halfling.

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    I doubt blue cloak is a pervy hobbit fancier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boro

    Shouldnt that be (one) Quarterlings? :D

    Nope - half of a Human plus half of a Halfling = a half plus a quarter = three-quarters ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt-M-McElroy
    I was just wondering where he pulled that thing from...
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    I remember the Tribe of One Dark Sun book series had an elfling main character. But Athasian elves and halflings are a bit different than normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary_Schaper
    As Haley reminds us, you can never have too much extradimensional storage space.
    Good explanation!


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