Happy New Year! 2020. Wow.
I’ve been playing a lot of Jurassic World: Evolution lately. It’s a sim-type game where you run a Jurassic type park, and have to make dinosaurs and make the enclosures, and make sure they’re fed and visible to the public, and then you also have to make sure all the people attending your park are taken care of.
The game is a lot of fun, but what happens to me when I play a game a lot, is that it starts to enter my subconscious. And then, when I’m are trying to fall asleep, I’m thinking about the game, and the managerial tasks that need taken care of. And lo, in the middle of the weekend, when I’m playing with my son, I may find myself building a dinosaur park around him, making sure his comfort levels are OK, and he’s fed and watered.
Anyways, it’s been a nice change of pace from the stressfulness that is Control, the other game that’s kept me occupied.
From the art side of things, I tried a softer shading method this time around, and I’m happy with the results.
Oh man. I lied on the last post. I really thought the Star Wars post would be the last comic of the year. And yet, here we are.
Game nights typically happen this way. We’ll have big plans at the outset. But they usually devolve into just hanging out. The night is usually hampered by game updates, or installation wait times, or just internet/multiplayer connection woes. The magic number seems to be 4 people. Anymore, and games just aren’t happening.
For true this comic wraps up 2019. Happy Holidays from iRogan. See you in the New Year.
Welcome back. Last comic for 2019. A fairly prolific year for Stranger than Friendship comics, I must say. Four whole comics. Beats the “one” I did in 2018. As always, my goal is to do more, and 2020 feels like the year! But I say that every year…
I recently completed STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order, and one of the gameplay elements is that whenever you save your game progress, the enemies in the zone you are in will respawn. This sounded like a funny concept when you think about it from the perspective of the enemies. Do they retain any knowledge of what just happened before I killed them, only to save, and then kill them again just to grind out an achievement?
Back to the video game related comics. This one taking place within the Gears universe. Illestrader and I have been playing through Gears 5 in co-op, and we have been struggling through on the Experienced difficulty settings. The franchise has always had 4 levels, Casual, Normal, Hardcore and Insane. With Gears 5, its now Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced, and Insane.
We’ve been playing on Experienced and it has felt like a grind. Especially on some of the bosses. Maybe we’re getting older? Maybe it’s because we only have a few hours each week of dedicated co-op time. And there’s no reward for punishing ourselves for this, no achievement, etc. So we dropped it down to Intermediate and its now fun again.
I’ve been re-reading a lot of older web comics like Mac Hall recently, which inspired me to work on my own. Hopefully at a little more regular pace.
I’ve stopped working on the Air to Ground web comic, and have decided to solely focus on my own projects.
Also, funny enough, this comic being #13, I lost a lot of work when my toddler turned off my computer. I had all the ink done luckily in another program, as I use both Manga Studio and PS. I had all the colour done in PS and was just working on the frames and dialogue boxes. Had finished for the day, and saved the project. And was just flattening all the layers to export a progress jpg, when my little guy turned off my computer. In the middle of the flattening process. This corrupted the PSD file and I lost all the colouring work. Unlucky #13. I was able to recreate it last night, and now we have the final product. And I will admit, it’s even better than the first pass. 😉
Wrapping up the Fatherhood trilogy here. The next idea I have is Motherhood related, and then we’ll probably go back to more conventional stuff.
I’ve been experimenting with different techniques lately, and learning a lot about lettering and word bubbles. But I will probably go back to my normal, more comfortable style for the next comic, so that I can complete a few more in quick succession. Experimentation is a lot of trial and error, and just makes everything take longer.
On the business side of things, I finally decided to make this comic a little bit more legitimate, and registered a domain, which is http://www.strangerthanfriendship.com. So that’s fun :).
And I’m also still working on the monthly military comic with my friend, over at Air To Ground.
I guess that’s all for now. Be good.
So our son, Cillian, was born Aug 12, 2018, at 2 in the morning. As the comic depicts, it was a pretty strenuous labour, but we all made it out happy and healthy, but extremely tired.
I had help with the idea and writing for this comic, from my fiancee, as she’s the one that did all the hard work. I just stood by and stress drank Red Bulls.
Our kid is 5 months old now. Already! Which is crazy, how time flies.
Hopefully I’ll get pt. 3 up quicker than the 6 months it took to get around to this one.
So I’m gonna be a dad in August. Baby boy on the way. He’ll be a professional gamer in no time I suspect.
When most people ask if I’m ready, I just reply “Yup. I’ve played all the necessary games to train myself.”
Fully competent until proven otherwise, right?
Also, new comic? Whoa, right?
True story. Butt Butt achievement in Runbow.
Runbow is actually a pretty fun game. Sort of like a poor-man’s Super Smash Bros which a single-player mode. It was last month’s Xbox One Free Games with Gold so I won’t complain either way.
I tried a new style this time around. Going black and white, 4 panels and different character style. Compared to my pin-up drawings, this is closer to my comfort level, as cartoony, simple art style is definitely out of my comfort zone. But as always, I will continue to update and change as necessary until I’m 100% comfortable.
Over on the game side, Playing the Waiting Game, I wrote up a review for RIME. Check it out. The game and review ;).
The whole concept of “finding” cars in the Forza Horizon series always seemed very illegal to me. The barns are just out there, and inside are these forgotten, neglected classic cars. And we find them, and suddenly they’re ours, for our car crew to fix up.
But who did these cars originally belong to? I mean, the property the barns are on have to belong to somebody. Therefore the barn and its contents would too.
Illestrader and I have been grinding our way through Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. As evident in this accurate, albeit, late comic.
True story though, the characters in this game say “shitballs” a lot. Sometimes it is hard to take the game serious when you actually listen to their dialogue. But I guess that’s part of its charm.
The game is incredible though. It is a near perfect Co-op experience. The missions structure gets a little repetitive, but it gets mixed up often enough that it never feels stale. And every interaction feels unique in co-op because any number of things can go wrong.
I actually started this comic back on April 4th, but for some reason it just took the back burner to everything else I had going on. I’ll try to get better at the regular updates.
In other news, I wrapped up WatchDogs DLC. There’s another one coming out soon, but I won’t worry about that for a bit. I also wrapped up Dues Ex Mankind Divided. Currently working on Call of Duty Black Ops II now that its finally backwards compatible and some other games. I purchased the Bioshock collection, and will be playing through those 3 games in the near future.
That’s all for now.