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#69 "Merc Quest II"

15th Nov 2013, 11:24 PM
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#69 "Merc Quest II"
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Songgu Kwon 15th Nov 2013, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Screen grab from the popular sequel to Merc Quest I (text based game). ;)

Coloring. What a pain.
Ralph-Man 21st Oct 2014, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
Beautiful comic you have here. Been reading it for a few days now.
Coloring, Yeah I know I hate to color too but in the end it's all worth it. This page was hilarious I was cracking up. Nice job again!
Dean Clark 15th Nov 2013, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
Looks like Blackfeather and the mercs will celebrate their new found alliance today with cerveau de grell Suzette. Maybe Clarence won't have lost too much blood, and will feel like eating by then.

Good to see Erhni isn't holding a grudge, and is willing to take orders from Durgo.
Dodom 16th Nov 2013, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
I always wanted to know that brains taste like myself!
DizzasterJuice 16th Nov 2013, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
Wren uses Tweet on Grell. It's super effective.
Mayyday 16th Nov 2013, 12:59 AM edit delete reply
This is the most adorable village destruction EVER.
Centcomm 16th Nov 2013, 1:26 AM edit delete reply
I WANT THIS GAME!!! I will play this game! MUHAHHA! thats really awesome..
Songgu Kwon 18th Nov 2013, 3:44 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Merc Quest II is a realtime strategy RPG where you take command of a company of mercenaries and roam around, taking on contracts for gold or sometimes just food or glory, recruiting new members, pillaging... etc. You can eventually command up to 100 unique mercs but running such a large crew becomes challenging since they all need to get paid. Efficient resource management is critical. I too want to play this game. ;)
hibou 16th Nov 2013, 2:14 AM edit delete reply
gah! i hate it when cats poop in the garden! surely there's a spell against such horrors!
Songgu Kwon 18th Nov 2013, 3:46 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Turn Cat. 1st level Druid spell.
DocMesa 19th Nov 2013, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
Don't you mean epic level druid spell? Even with magic persuading a cat to do anything is damn near impossible.
Songgu Kwon 20th Nov 2013, 12:56 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
It summons a vacuum cleaner guardian for 1 hour.
Antonymous 16th Nov 2013, 4:47 AM edit delete reply
Clarence has nonzero HP! Yaaaaay!
Songgu Kwon 18th Nov 2013, 3:46 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Yes. He still has a sliver of health left! :o
Draginbeard 16th Nov 2013, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
oh poor Clarence, I see a tear in his eye!
Dodom 16th Nov 2013, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
Aaah! I was worried Clarence was dead! :D
Songgu Kwon 18th Nov 2013, 3:47 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Just taking a little nap.
Dean Clark 16th Nov 2013, 5:04 PM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
Durgo mentioned seeing Khojin summon a monster before. Since it's unlikely Khojin just happened to run into Durgo again, in this village, it seems safe to assume he is a member of this mercenary party. So where is Khojin in the party's time of need? Waiting in the wings to deliver the coup de grace against the grell? If not, he's a pretty lousy team player.

What's left of the mercenary party combined with Blackfeather's party makes for a formidable force, especially with Khojin included. Taking on the grell can bring the group together, and demonstrate its abilities. Clarence' critical status, though, highlights the need for a healer in the group, to fill in its most obvious remaining gap. Hopefully, someone not too sanctimonious, or new agey, but if they are, ridiculously so. Pieter, a thief, is doing double duty as a healer for now, but not a very good one.
hibou 17th Nov 2013, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
you'll notice there's only one character on the field who has a life bar AND a mana bar...i think you just need to scroll down the character list to see Khojin's stats!
Songgu Kwon 18th Nov 2013, 3:50 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Pieter is a jack of all trades, master of none. He does make some good potions though.
CyberSkull 16th Nov 2013, 9:40 PM edit delete reply
I love it.
Aviv 17th Nov 2013, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
Oh wow. That's a game I wanna play.
Dean Clark 17th Nov 2013, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
The character with the mana bar indeed has a pointy cap, like Khojin. I just didn't recognize him in his diminutive form. I had wondered why a torchbearer would have a second status bar. Spellcasting always seems to involve some gesticulation, so I guess he can wave his torch around in the air if he has enough mana left for a useful spell. The Extra Strength Summon Monster spell seems to have already taken two thirds of his mana. Maybe he has a magic item (the spear?) that allows him to cast Summon Monster at above his level. Or maybe it is a racial ability. Neat trick, but the material components are a bitch, and the results are unreliable.
Erador 17th Nov 2013, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
At first glance I mistook Clarence for a Moogle. ;-)
Songgu Kwon 18th Nov 2013, 3:54 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Heh, he is a bit moogle-like, isn't he?
Dean Clark 18th Nov 2013, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
The colors really add volume to the figures, some of which were difficult to distinguish form their backgrounds before. Nice touch making the mana bar a different color from the health bar. The health bars seem to change colors depending on level. Below 2/3, they seem to switch from yellow to green. And maybe below 10%, at Clarence' level, they turn dark red.
Mayyday 18th Nov 2013, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
How is this not a real game?!
Dean Clark 18th Nov 2013, 7:32 PM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
If the book does well, a for real game might be in the cards down the road, to mix metaphors. But even if it never is, this is a very clever episode.
CyberSkull 21st Nov 2013, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
I love it more in color.
LEMullin 21st Nov 2013, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
A pain, coloring?? Next time you want a page colored, I color it for you. I'm serious!
Songgu Kwon 21st Nov 2013, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Expect a PM from me sometime in the future!
Guest 21st Nov 2013, 8:01 PM edit delete reply
The hook for Snorri being bait is a nice touch.
Songgu Kwon 22nd Nov 2013, 12:29 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Thanks! Good catch.
Badbunny 24th Nov 2015, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
I love the video RPG layout.
Songgu Kwon 25th Nov 2015, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
It's very Heroes of Might & Magic III. ;)