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They're never called Beholders outside of D&D because somehow WoTC holds the rights over a word that means "person who sees." Eyebeasts! Terrible word. We should call them Gazers. Oh, shit, they have that too.

Starfall, Page 9

STARFALL PART 2, PAGE 8

Opportunity Attacks revisited

Opportunity attacks in 5e, in my humble opinion, make combat boring. Disengaging to avoid an Attack of Opportunity (AoO) sacrifices your own action but leaves the enemy’s in-tact, making it one of the worst trades in the game. While the mechanic can create tense...

Starfall Part 2, Page 7

Super Quick Combat Rules

Quick preamble: this is probably system agnostic on some level, but I designed it for 5e. 5e’s design assumes you’re having probably way, way more combat encounters than you actually are, and that you’re playing long enough and quickly enough to resolve those...

Free VTT Tokens

I have created a repository of about 1200 VTT tokens that you guys can use for free. If you don't want to read more, you can just go to this link and grab them: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54992126 Why Tokens? I like them. During 2020, all of my D&D came to a...

Pathfinder 2e on Foundry vtt

I am a huge fan of Foundry VTT. For my purposes, it is the perfect virtual tabletop system. It supports a ton of systems, including the two that I love the best, namely Dungeons & Dragons 5e (DD5E) and Pathfinder 2e (PF2E). A massive part of the appeal of a VTT...

Starfall Part 2, Page 6

oversized weapons

Okay, so we did an info-graphic this week. We like the idea of building a 5e character around over-sized weapons, but the oversized weapons rules in this edition of D&D are helter-skelter at best.This is not about game balance. At all. This is about throwing...

A One Shot

Hey guys, I am working on a major website overhaul, and then it'll be back into Starfall. In the meantime, have a golden oldie from the Patreon archive.

Better Know a Monster: The Mimic

I love the idea that mimics are cryptids to the rest of the world. Adventurers, at least with the players I've known, would be almost universally unpopular -- even when they save the world, they do it out of eyeshot of everyone else, and burn a lot of bridges to get...

The Hobgoblin (and you!)

It's been a hot minute since our last update because I've been dealing with a very sick pet rabbit, and it's leaving me absolutely drained. - This comic arose somewhat naturally out of my Red Hand of Doom group (retooled for 5e). Hobgoblins in 3.5 are just kind of...

The Trade – Page 5 (End)

To celebrate the release of Ricky's Guide to Spooptopia, we did a mini-arc about that setting's most infamous villain. We had fun making this, and it's based on, perhaps, the most dramatic character death I've ever had at a table. I always sub Candor and the gang out...

The Trade – Page 4

The Trade – Page 3

The Trade – Page 2

The Trade – Page 1

Sketches

Starfall Part 2 – Murderlude

We cut quickly to Keelie, doin' her thing.

Get you that Fauci Ouchie

Seriously, y'all, I miss real dice. Get the vaccine. I got super lucky; I am on my first shot and get my second one in a few days. I'm working at the geological survey right now, and someone basically dropped from the rafters and jabbed my arm. (Well, it was more like...

Beauty is definitely elsewhere

by | Jun 18, 2019 | Comics | 0 comments

I think this was funnier to me last night, but that Zach nailed the art. I love it when he uses negative space in the backgrounds like this.

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There might be some strangeness from the website in the next few days. I’m getting ready to push my staging site live, and when I do that, there will be a store, from which you’ll be able to buy our PDFs and comics – probably in “Pay What You Want” form for both, and where I’ll also be selling printed versions of both (the comic being the harder of the two because, yaknow, color.)

Part of Kickstarting the comic was always going to be “Get the comic into stores.” Part of what I have learned with comics is that:

1. Big publishers have zero interest in our project. To date, not a single publisher has responded to my query letters. That’s not unusual, and even though I find it annoying, it really is an industry standard to ignore propositions you’re not interested in, so please don’t send anyone mean tweets or whatever because of this.

2. Indie comic stores are generally interested in 1-2 copies, but have universally told me that they won’t buy those copies from me and that those copies are more likely to decay on a shelf than to sell.

2a. The caveat here is that if I can get the comic into a Diamond Comic Distributors’ catalogue, this changes, since customers can ask for the comic and it becomes easy to order.

2b. But Diamond Comic Distrubutors is among the people who ignored my queries. Again, please no mean tweets. I promise this is normal.

3. It’s just going to be easier to have a relationship with a printer and sell stuff on the site.

There is some back-end stuff I have been doing to make our site a place where our fans can buy our stuff without having to go through middlemen like the DMs Guild and Patreon (though we’ll still be on both), and that stuff is almost ready for human consumption. If you arrive on the site over the next few days and something doesn’t work right, please pop over to reddit.com/r/thievescant and let me know. It’s most likely something I’m working on or that will fix itself in short order, but I’d much rather hear about a problem I know about than not know about a problem.