Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Digital Gladiators

It was only after finishing tonight's comic that it hit me that there could be a few different ways to describe what I was thinking as my pencil very awkwardly depicted it.

The intention behind the comic was a nod to my current alliance's battles in the web-based game Ikariam.  It's a very medieval, Greek and Roman-based island colonization game that puts groups of players or individuals against one another.  The interesting thing is that you also don't have to fight anyone, instead climbing the highscore chart as a merchant or by having the best defensive scores.  Our alliance is waging war on a single player (mildly hilarious) while the rest of his alliance has given us a pass to bloody his nose a bit.

The other thought that came to mind was that it's really hard to have inspiring pep talks before going into battle if you're then going to sit down at a monitor.  Directing forces by proxy in a fashion makes things a bit less visceral and more detached when firing missiles towards targets.  Now that drones and digital warfare are so integral with battle strategy, it's difficult to wrap your mind around the idea that a person can run a mission, then grab their coffee break before lunch.

Anyways, though my thoughts seem helter skelter that's less to do with tonight's comic and more to do with the kind of week it's shaping up to be.  It's just that time of year when things will speed up and it's a necessary evil to justify the other weeks when the work moves a bit more glacially.

It's almost officially summer, we're nearly there!

Punch it, Chewie!

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