#31 Bringing Home the Bacon

#31 Bringing Home the Bacon

Original Text:

A little behind-the-scenes stuff on this strip:

Of course, Casey wouldn’t put something like a “used livestock” lot into his world. He simply presented the players with a vague NPC who sold them what they needed. He wasn’t planning on this course of events, so the place is light on details. The players fill the descriptive void with their imaginations and their kidding around, and that reality creeps into the strip.

This was one of those cases where I really missed the ability to just spend a dozen panels on something. I had all sorts of little quasi-jokes I wanted to pack in here. The idea of a “used car lot” for livestock made me laugh, and I wanted to really explore the idea. However, it wouldn’t have been good storytelling to stretch this encounter out for three strips, and I don’t think the smaller jokes would carry a strip themselves.

I imagined the animals would have numbers painted onto their sides, the same way car lots put the price in neon across the front window. I imagined a bunch of banter from the players describing the place while Casey droned on and they ignored him.

I pictured signs hung on the animals:

“A fortnight, same as cash!”

“All-leather exterior!”

“Delicious and hard working!”

Shamus Says:

I have nothing to add to the commentary above. If I did, it would be way too meta-meta.

Shawn Says:

Man, “All Leather Exterior” still cracks me up.  I don’t remember if that was in the original script or not, but that totally should have gone in to the comic.

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Discussion (9)¬

  1. Girl Gamer says:

    I love the used livestock lot. The little bandage on the bull is a nice touch.

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  3. AA says:

    All pigs must be carried above one’s head. Got to be in the rules somewhere! That silhouette cracks me up every time (:

  4. Silas says:

    See, this is why I don’t bother to have my gameworlds make any kind of sense. If they don’t make sense anyway, I lose nothing when player characters come in and make nonsense out of them!

  5. Blayze says:

    I prefer ‘delicious and hard-working’ myself.

  6. Bryan says:

    I agree with Blayze. Delicious and Hardworking is hilarious.

  7. Morzas says:

    I don’t see an image loading here.