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The Endless Forest: "Tale of Tails"
Posted: Monday January 19th, 2009 by

Every so often someone emails me to complain about the direction of the comic. "I liked it better when you were doing ingame comics". "Do a comic about something other than WoW". "Yadda yadda yadda". "Blah blah blah". **rolls his eyes and makes the talking sign with his hand**

The WoW one was the most recent. And by way of suggesting a new game, I was linked to The Endless Forest. I went with an open mind but what I found left me sputtering. In the Endless Forest, you are a deer. And that's it. You're a deer in a forest with a mysterious ruin, a pond, and you can only communicate with the other players deer through sounds and gestures. There's nothing to do. No goals. No quests. Just deer. Some have symbols over their heads since deer don't have names.

So... since I expect the very reason for complaining about WoW comics and thus linking me to the Endless Forest was so that I would comment on the game. I feel my obligation has been fulfilled. It's not a game for me. I'm more interested in playing a game than just being social. This game wasn't really designed for me. It was designed for people who want to socialize in a new and interesting way. So, if your curiosity is piqued, I encourage you to go and try it out.

Now, in closing, I'd like to tell you what I told him in regards to how I handle the creation of the comic.

From my perspective, by asking me no to do WoW comics, he's essentially asking me to produce comics that appeal specifically to him. But, I play host to 30 some odd thousand people per day and each one of them would like the comic to cater to their specific desires. And, since those desires often contradict each other, the ONLY person I can cater to with unwavering success is myself. Put simply, since I can't please everyone it's easiest to endeavor only to please myself. Hope that all makes sense.

Today's Pimpage: Woody is wearing an "Everybody Loves A Yeti" shirt and Ted is wearing a "Black Hole Escape" shirt from Threadless.Com. Ted is Talking about the game The Endless Forest.

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