Starfall Part 2 – Page 5

Starfall Part 2 – Page 5

Hey everyone, We took a mental health day last week, but we're back. If you're enjoying Starfall, let us know. Feedback will help us decide what to make next. We should be reaching the end of this arc soon(ish).

Starfall Part 2 – Page 4

Starfall Part 2 – Page 4

Hey everyone, So I found an amazing tool that I want to draw a little attention to -- Eigengrau's Essential Establishment Generator. It literally creates a city for you, and in very, very great detail; you randomly generate every important building, important NPC, and...

Starfall Part 2 – Page 2

Starfall Part 2 – Page 2

I know a lot of people will write what Keelie is doing here as an annoying sort of rules lawyering, but I think it's important that everyone at the table is playing the same game. 'Frightened' is a condition. It does very specific things. If, suddenly, it stops doing...

Starfall Part 2 – Page 1

Starfall Part 2 – Page 1

Zach and I are trying a different method of creating comics. Instead of my writing scripts, I am writing prose and Zach is translating that to comic form. This means that there is going to be, at least for this arc, a fiction version of the story as well. I am not...

Star(fall Damage) #40

Star(fall Damage) #40

I want to add to this my "Three Step" rule, because I tend to have the environment have the occasionally lethal challenge in it. (I say "my," but I've been playing this game for ages and consuming content on how to DM it for just as long; I almost certainly read or...

Smote Like Sheep

Smote Like Sheep

We do not have the energy to survive that eternal election and still create a full comic. There were a lot of disappointments, but the worst offender is gone, and a slow decline into despotism is, at the very least, delayed. Fascism is the enemy. Or maybe you call it...

Starfall #39

Starfall #39

We’ve decided that it’s okay to show the DM’s face, and this is the first public-facing comic where she’s not just a text-box. Meet Sera, I guess? - I always have trouble with making the various entrances to my dungeons feel meaningful. This is, I think, because I...

Starfall #38

Starfall #38

I am late today because sleep is starting to feel mythological. That's the other side of having multiple jobs. 🙂 My weekend also had massive middle-school energy, so I am looking forward to a returning to my low-drama norms. I love this comic. I think it's one of the...

Starfall #37

Starfall #37

I started teaching again, so this post is very short! # In my COS game, I had a poll during zero session asking whether players wanted a gritty, difficult game where they’d likely burn through a couple of characters each, or a game that was character-centric and...

Starfall #35

Starfall #35

I have been sitting on "The bunny worships Orcus" for a while, but I realized that the word Orcus is meaningless to a ton of my readers in a way that "Death Cleric" is not. So he's just a Death Cleric from the DMG. Also, yes, I am aware that Animate Dead doesn't work...

Starfall #34

Starfall #34

In which the tide does some turning. -- All right, I've got my shit, gathered it all together, and placed it back into the shit bag where it belongs. I'm referring to, of course, Patreon which - for those following along - decided to unpublished my reward tiers...

Starfall #33

Starfall #33

Sweet, sweet revenge. If you're on our Patreon, you can compare and contrast these comics with the scripts and rough drafts, in addition to reading the next comic as soon as we finish it, rather than next week.

Starfall #31

Starfall #31

Oh Ship! Hey guys. I got a new part time job at a computer repair place, so I am running a little behind on today's update. I just now learned that Patreon removed all of my reward tiers without telling me. This is as good of a time as any to revisit what exactly I do...

Starfall #30

Starfall #30

Hey guys, I've got some new minis up on the store. We're going to experiment with smaller packs for cheaper so that we don't burn out making them. If you're a patreon patron, you already have these, so go grab them here.

Starfall #29

Starfall #29

Hey folks, It's Monday and things are getting exciting around here. I'm gearing up for a Curse of Strahd game and hope to be able to tell you guys more about how I'll be setting up for it soon, complete with my homebrew rules, encounters, maps, and more. I'm also...

Starfall #28

Starfall #28

And we are back to comics. Like I said on the patreon preview, I thought it'd cool to come back from a break in the comics by fading from black. It won't make tons of sense for archive divers, because they'll be able to read the last comic and then this one instantly,...

Starfall #27

Starfall #27

Officially speaking, this is still Starfall. Unofficially speaking, I am working on the story a bit behind the scenes, so you get some jokes about resurrection. And meta-officially speaking, WoTC has been deeply disappointing lately and I'm going to let that be an...

Starfall #25

Starfall #25

Being a creative during a pandemic is hard. In the before-fore times, being in my home meant something different. It was relaxing, by default, and it wasn't super important whether the division of workspace and recreational space was particularly hygienic. In other...

Starfall #24

Starfall #24

All right - we're back with part 2 of Starfall. Thanks so much for checking in with us during our feed drop and learning about new artists. These posts were a combination of my sharing things I already liked by Black creators, and Black creators responding to a...

Feed Drop – REM: Shadow Work

Feed Drop – REM: Shadow Work

Rickeria Lendale (Artist, KAJ or Keria’s Art Journey) and Aniekanabasi White (Writer, Affai Basi) are co-creators of the anthology Webtoon story REM: Shadow Work. The psychological drama is about a man named Mendel who miraculously starts seeing shadow figures...

Feed Drop – Good Morning…

Feed Drop – Good Morning…

Hey, my name is Lena! I’m a digital illustrator and graphic designer. I’ve had a love for horror since childhood. I’m working on my first anthology called “Good Morning...” In my series we’ll get a look into a monster’s day-to-day. My first story is called “Good...

Black Creators… unique, yet not so much

Black Creators… unique, yet not so much

I want to thank Thieves Can't for providing this space to allow Black creators to speak and share our creations. There is tremendous value for non-Black creators to actually see the works of Black creators and artists for these fundamental reasons: Those of us who...

Feed Drop – The Bone Herder by Zaire Lanier

Feed Drop – The Bone Herder by Zaire Lanier

Black Lives Matter and so does Black Art I won’t make this long. The president just used racist codified language to declare war on Black Americans, protesting the right to not be killed by the police and to receive equality. I wish I could say that I was surprised,...

Feed Drop – Nightlight: A Horror Fiction Podcast

Feed Drop – Nightlight: A Horror Fiction Podcast

Werewolves. Simulated Realities. Organ donations gone wrong. Nightlight is a podcast of skilled actors and chilling horror fiction. Here's a taste: Nightlight is performed by Black actors and (the reason I wanted to kick off this week's feed drop with it) pays its...

Feed Drop

Feed Drop

Hey everyone, This week, Thieves Can't is doing a feed drop. Zach and I are retreating into our holes and working quietly - among other things. The protests are ongoing and important - and are making important progress. Pressure that originated from these protests is...

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

The comments section will be open, but I will delete anything written from a place of hostility. How to help: https://www.joincampaignzero.org/ edit: As some of you are learning, I will also delete masturbatory horse-shit.

Starfall #21

Starfall #21

I have no idea how or why it is Tuesday. I'm updating this late because I am lost in the mists of what I guess I'll call Pandemic Time. On Patreon? Read tomorrow's comic, Today!

Starfall #20

Starfall #20

A villain loves watching a hero walk away. Gives them time to snark under their breath. Meanwhile, Ormond, Keelie, and R3Y have sneaked around back to save the Sheriff. That'll be next week's comic, but our Patrons can read it right now by clicking on the preview...

Starfall #19

Starfall #19

Okay, I'm interested in you guys' perspectives: would these goons have beat up the Sheriff if Candor hadn't let Ormond spend so much time chasing his Time Mage theory?

Starfall #18

Starfall #18

So as usual, you can read the next comic early. And we're still in lock-down, so this is still free for everyone. It'll eventually go back to being a $5 perk for my patrons. For now, though, I want them to be available to anyone who'd like to look at them. That said,...

Starfall #17

Starfall #17

Good morning, folks! I take D&D a little too seriously on occasion, and often don’t give my world room to have stupid things like Birth Meats (you know, the sacred meat that lines up with your lunar[s] cycle) and honestly that’s kind of a shame. As much fun as I have...

Starfall #16

Starfall #16

Reminder: until things get back to normal, everyone can read Next Week's Comic right here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/sniff-35928463

Starfall #15

Starfall #15

Hey everyone, Just a reminder that reading ahead is free during the pandemic: https://www.patreon.com/posts/35702017

Starfall #14

Starfall #14

I am not certain whether I like sidekicks or not. In my Curse of Strahd game, our gunslinger had a sidekick. It straddled the line between an NPC and a player running two characters; we would both speak for the sidekick, which worked out fine (or at least the player...

Starfall #13

Starfall #13

Hey, intrepid adventurer, going through my archive. I bet this comic seems new to you! You know why? Because I completely forgot to upload it when we finished it. I have no idea how that happened. =| Anyway, it's here now.

Starfall #12

Starfall #12

In my new Red Hand of Doom (RHoD) game, I am experimenting with meeting in real time for adventure, fighting, and puzzles, and dealing with town business via a large chat room. I need a way to track time asynchronously, because RHoD is a campaign that requires the DM...

Starfall Map

Starfall Map

I need to head out the door RIGHT NOW, but check this space later tonight for a blog post. So Paper Minis aren't really working for us. They're fun, but we're not convinced that more than a very small handful of the overall D&D community are using them, especially...

Starfall #11

Starfall #11

It's been a rough weekend. I got T-boned in my wife's little Scion IQ. My shoulder is all fucked up, but other than this, no one was hurt. Insurance has covered everything, including a rental, so at least I don't have to take any time off of my horrible...

Starfall #10

Starfall #10

Okay, and the story ball is rolling. I hope you like fantasy space 80s weirdness, cuz that's where we're headed. Edit: I relettered the last panel and re-uploaded it. It was kind of hard to follow. More Edit: Also fixed a half-billion typos.

Starfall #9

Starfall #9

Alternate Ending: I detest milestone leveling. I really do. Enough of the game is already at the DM’s complete whim that also denying the players the ability to know precisely when or how they’ll get their next class feature feels lame. I get why people do it though;...

Starfall #8

Starfall #8

Hey everyone, Kickstarter for Issue #2 updated: I am officially waiting on the test print. Once that comes out, physical books are going out to folks. In the meantime, my awesome wife has started her own etsy, making crochet dice bags. They are fantastic dice bags and...

Starfall #7

Starfall #7

Puzzle my players can't solve over 2 sessions: a DC 10 locked door to a closet, behind which is absolutely nothing according to the module, but now that they've wrestled with it and attributed divine significance to its door-knob, I feel compelled to make a secret...

Starfall #6

Starfall #6

This comic has actually been ready for me to letter it for quite a while, but my mother ended up in the hospital and needing surgery. She is recovering, but needs a bunch more surgeries before she's anything close to better. It's a complicated situation with her...

Starfall #5

Starfall #5

Okay, first thing’s first – vote here: https://forms.gle/DKzvd8VyDvYzgFLS8 If you’re a Patron, you are my precious, my special wormtongue, and your vote counts for a lot more. Vote here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/32088075 #   Okay, I want to talk about Frozen...

Starfall #4

Starfall #4

VOTE HERE https://forms.gle/mJrBuXGBkL7QU9LXA Voting closes tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon. PATREON PATRONS - VOTE HERE: https://www.patreon.com/posts/32021219 Votes from patrons count extra. If you really, really like one option over another, consider signing up as a...

Starfall #4

Starfall #4

Hey everyone, Help us spread the word about the comic! If you're on facebook, find us here: https://www.facebook.com/thievescant/ If you're on twitter, we are @yesthievescan, and we'd love it if you tweeted about us with the hashtag #yesthievescan And if you're on...

Starfall #2

Starfall #2

So the DM has a new balloon. The old balloon was such a massive pain in the ass to make that I welcome the reprieve of switching settings. It's good to be back in the comic saddle. Let's get this ball rolling.

Starfall 1.5

Starfall 1.5

This comic didn't make it in the site transfer, for some reason, so now it is Starfall 1.5, because I'm not renumbering 40+ comics. I have no idea where the original post went. There might be a Starfall comic tagged wrong? Idk. So we're uploading it anew and making...

Starfall #1

Starfall #1

I'm hoping to get my Adventure Journals for Curse of Strahd updated later tonight or tomorrow, so check back if you're interested to see how I'm running that campaign for the KU math grads. 🙂

Starfall

Starfall

I love my players, but occasionally I'll give a prompt like "make a character who would take a job investigating a vampire attack in a medieval fantasy world" and they'll come at me with a character sheet for Master Chief. To be fair, John-117 would probably go after...

Ignoring the DM is an Auto-Fail

Ignoring the DM is an Auto-Fail

We're transitioning into a story-line in the spelljammer setting, since doing comics about specific campaigns turned out to be legally dubious and, frankly, boring. This is definitely an excuse to break out the Jelly Cube of Character Redesigns.

No Moosery

No Moosery

I have no idea if the "no moosery" pun works in writing, so I've omited it from the top of the comic jpeg. I've been DMing from modules lately. In 5e, I've been adapting old modules, and in Pathfinder 2, I've been running Plaguestone, mostly because I want to see how...

Types of Metagaming

Types of Metagaming

Honestly? Metagaming can be fun. Give them an intuition modifier, and when they make some weird ass assumption about the world, set a DC for them being at least partially correct. Give the players with history expertise copies of the module's backstory. As long as...

Thieves Can’t Win the Metagame

Thieves Can’t Win the Metagame

I'll be releasing a whole bunch of new paper minis on the Patreon later today, Monday the 8th, as well as (with any luck) a video sort of highlighting all the stuff we've made / are working on. Original Script Thieves Can't Play With their RHOD P1 Keelie is leading a...

You must be at least this tall to solve the puzzle.

You must be at least this tall to solve the puzzle.

I'm not saying that I have to make my puzzles absurdly easy lest they be taken as insurmountable, but also that's what I'm saying. Actually, I don’t use puzzles super often, because I feel like they tend to break immersion – IE, the player with the 8 int barbarian is...