#13 The Sun-Tzu of Bartering

#13 The Sun-Tzu of Bartering

Original Text: (From Casey)

Casey Says:Sometimes, in order to keep the players on the rails, you have to bribe them. In order to bribe them, you need to know what they really want. Unfortunately, what they usually want is a way to escape the rails.

Little bastards.

Shamus Says:

Wow. Re-reading this a couple of years later, I was kind of surprised at how bitter Casey sounded in the above text. I would go so far as to say that sounds kind of out of character from how I imagine him. He’s supposed to be sort of idealistically clueless about how poorly his material is received. What was I thinking?

And here begins the running gag of pigs being carried by hoisting them over your head. A gag which never got old for me. (And was Shawn’s idea.)

Shawn Says:

I really like this strip.  Aside from being perfect fodder for the drinking game and the fact the farm is still in some white featureless void, I think it works pretty well.  This is, I think, a great example of a strip that’s both funny and moves the story along.  Plus, panel 2 makes me happy.  The guy with the pig over his head just kind of happened.  I did enjoy how People Running Around With Pigs eventually became something of a running gag in CB.

Also, compare Sapphire here to her first appearance, just a few 8 comics prior.  I think it took us about 15-20 strips to really find our legs with Chainmail Bikini, but we’re getting there.

As a complete aside, I found Wednesday’s Stolen Pixels hilarious, and I’ve never even played Mass Effect.

And finally: pants.


Discussion (7)¬

  1. gedece says:

    I have to agree that the goblin with the pig over his head is hilarious, but the one holding it with just one arm is better, that guy has serious strenght. He’s running while holding around at least 50 moving kg.

  2. Wil K. says:

    Shawn: “Also, compare Sapphire here to her first appearance, just a few 8 comics prior.”

    Eh. The first drawing was better, in my opinion – for starters, better detailing all around for one (especially noticeable on hair and cloak). The previous version also didn’t have the OH GOD FREAKISH ALIEN HAND this one has.

  3. Shamus says:

    Ha ha! He said pants!

    It’s still funny!

  4. Viktor says:

    Quite frankly, I found the earlier version to be funnier. “Dude with a massive rack” is basically how I figure the entire party(including Marcus) pictured Sapphire.

  5. Rutskarn says:

    When I first read CB, I liked it, but something about it seemed a little unsatisfying to me. Like it had all the right jokes and interesting characters, but it was somehow awkward.

    Now that I’m re-reading it, I’ve finally figured out what it was: the comic is much, much funnier when read all-together like this. Sort of how some of the Comics Irregular series are better when you do an archive binge, the humor of this is a lot stronger when it’s read all-together.

    If by some magical super miracle the comic was re-booted, I think it would work better as a straight-up comic with pages than a webcomic.

  6. Deth Invictus says:

    This is now one of my favourite comic comments:

    “Sometimes, in order to keep the players on the rails, you have to bribe them. In order to bribe them, you need to know what they really want. Unfortunately, what they usually want is a way to escape the rails.

    Little bastards.”

    So funny, so true!

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