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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Belial » Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:21 pm UTC

ameretrifle wrote:
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What? I thought Doc Scratch was exposed as a liar ages ago.

Speaking of, my main worry is where the hell those quest beds came from. They seem "naturally" to be on the kids' planets; Bec Noir wouldn't have done it and probably couldn't have; it also looked like they were there before PM and Jade attained their powers. So who put them there? Is all the kids going god-tier part of Scratch's plan somehow? Whether he's actually an out-and-out liar or a "But you never asked me right~" liar, I don't think it's a good idea to trust any information we got from him ever, including his intentions.


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What I'm gathering is that those questbeds were in the heart of Derse, just like Aradia's was. The wiki seems to imply that (at least) the Derse dreamers have secondary quest-beds in their moon's "Crypt" that allows a dream-self to ascend


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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby ameretrifle » Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:34 pm UTC

Belial wrote:
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What I'm gathering is that those questbeds were in the heart of Derse, just like Aradia's was. The wiki seems to imply that (at least) the Derse dreamers have secondary quest-beds in their moon's "Crypt" that allows a dream-self to ascend
Oh, hmm, that could work...
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Jorpho » Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:19 pm UTC

Triangle_Man wrote:If even Jorpho is impressed with the most recent update, than that means that Hussie had to have done something incredibly right in the EoA!
Impressed? No, I'm merely, um, not... less unhappy. Yes, that's it.

If he'd managed to put something together that made complete expositive sense on the first viewing, then I would have been completely blown away. Unfortunately, I can't recall the last time Hussie made a Flash animation about which I could say that.

Hence my comment. I'm waiting to see if he's going to be able to come up with a cohesive explanation that can be read in a reasonable amount of time.

[P.S. My jumbo-sized Problem Sleuth "End Pose" print arrived recently and I am most pleased with it. :mrgreen: ]

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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby ameretrifle » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:32 am UTC

I kinda understand you there-- I'm less "woo thrilled!" than just a lot more content. Curmudgeon-five?

Also, it may interest you to know that he's on his third expository post on tumblr. And counting. XD

(If anyone who doesn't tumblr is curious:
http://mspandrew.tumblr.com/post/11938555890/about-eoa5-part-1
http://mspandrew.tumblr.com/post/11941710181/about-eoa5-part-2
http://mspandrew.tumblr.com/post/11960418585/about-eoa5-part-3)

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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Jorpho » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:35 am UTC

It's a little reminiscent of a modern "artist" who makes an elaborate and aesthetically pleasing canvas and then stands next to it frantically gesticulating about how the profound geometrical concordances express man's longing for extant synchronicity in his ancestral spectrum. But only a little.

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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby The Great Hippo » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:11 am UTC

I'd say it's more like a book where lots of crazy shit is happening that you don't understand, but it's a fun story anyway so you read through it, then you later read through it again and again attempting to grasp what the fuck was happening, and with each rereading, more pieces begin to click together. I excuse a lot of this because of the medium (as an online webcomic, I can read at my leisure, and return to parts that didn't quite make sense for a quick read through with relative ease).

It reminds me a bit of Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently book, actually.

Though I do agree, I think that the flash could have been vastly improved if he had done a bit more work making some of the conclusions it paints more intuitive. I had to watch it twice before I realized that
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they CREATED the Green Sun

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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Game_boy » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:51 pm UTC

He is reluctant to put text in Flashes and you can see why.

Even though he put in
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"draw, spades" and "suckers"
, they didn't really help the first time viewer to see that
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snowman literally was the blue universe and that the green sun was being created.


I don't think more text would help the flow, and I don't think he could have done more with the art to show it, except by making the Flash like half an hour and losing all pace.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby The Great Hippo » Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:03 pm UTC

More context would have helped, honestly.

A few art pages before the flash could have gone a long way to settle confusion. For instance:
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A few sequential art pages showing us that Dave and Rose had arrived at Horrorterror central, and found no green sun to destroy, and were still frantically looking for it. Though this would risk spoiling the surprise of no john you ARE THE GREEN SUN that he wanted to create.
Also just a few brief reminders of details the reader needed to know to properly digest the whole thing in one sitting would have helped.

Still, I think it was pretty great, I'm just rattling off ways it would have worked better for me.

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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Belial » Fri Oct 28, 2011 12:07 pm UTC

Game_boy wrote:Even though he put in
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"draw, spades" and "suckers"
, they didn't really help the first time viewer to see that
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snowman literally was the blue universe and that the green sun was being created.


He had already established that, though. Like, way back in the intermission. He said it with words.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Game_boy » Fri Oct 28, 2011 12:21 pm UTC

Belial wrote:
He had already established that, though. Like, way back in the intermission. He said it with words.

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He established that killing Snowman would end the blue universe, but not that she actually was the blue universe (in the same way that the frog is the red universe).
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Jorpho » Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:07 am UTC

For those of you not keeping score, Part 4 of the explanation is up, and the next page will be up on 11/11.

I find myself still not yet ready to give up, though this nonsense about dream selves dying on quest beds in planetary cores is starting to strain credibility.

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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Game_boy » Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:08 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:I find myself still not yet ready to give up, though this nonsense about dream selves dying on quest beds in planetary cores is starting to strain credibility.


How do you deal with other forms of media? 99% of that is unforeshadowed deus ex machina plot, especially fantasy/sci-fi genre content. HS is much less than that, but I agree the locations of questbeds are one of those things.

When people start screwing with the characters is what I find unacceptable.

Let's look at what he managed to avoid in this Flash: events happening exactly as forecast, OR something completely different happening rendering most of the exposition in the last act and a half irrelevant.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby The Great Hippo » Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:17 pm UTC

Yeah, for me, one of the hallmarks of a consistent, good author is their ability to maintain the relevancy of events; i.e., I don't feel my time has been wasted when I discover that everything that happened prior somehow plays into everything that's happened now. But if everyone that's happened now invalidates what's happened prior, then I get pissy.

Part of the fascination with this story for me is the idea of building a language and context with your readers that becomes far more intricate with every passing stage--for instance, show any of these flashes to someone unfamiliar with the story and they'll just go 'buh'? You can't even explain a lot of the more dramatic moments in this narrative without an incredibly long conversation first; that's because the narrative has taken steps to build up an entire context which, without, absolutely nothing makes sense. Most stories do this to some degree, but the enormity of HS's reliance on this trope really interests me.

Also, if Lord British turns out to be Inspector Pickle or Mobster Kingpin, I'm going to flip a car.

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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Game_boy » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:46 am UTC

Spoiler:
Doc Scratch is an excellent host.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby IronicalVitriol » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:54 am UTC

Game_boy wrote:
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Doc Scratch is an excellent host.


Spoiler:
Don't turn your back on the body

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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby cephalopod9 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:51 am UTC

IronicalVitriol wrote:
Game_boy wrote:
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Doc Scratch is an excellent host.


Spoiler:
Don't turn your back on the bodies
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or bleed on the suits
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Game_boy » Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:12 am UTC

He said on his Formspring that he doesn't even write anything down when planning because he doesn't do specific details in advance.

That can't be true.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Triangle_Man » Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:07 pm UTC

Spoiler:
Doc Scratch was Lord English all along.

I am fairly speechless right now...
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Magnanimous » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:48 pm UTC

So the Wiki says that Lord English comes from the pool term "english" and an Ultima reference to Lord British... But is there any relation to the Fourth Doctor? Because the overcoat looks awfully like a certain multicolored scarf, and being a Time Lord would explain the Lord part.

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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby cephalopod9 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:41 pm UTC

... So that was terrifying.
Triangle_Man wrote:
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Doc Scratch was Lord English all along.

I am fairly speechless right now...
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I was inadvertently right.
And he does seem to be embodying the pool-cue metaphor/imagery.

This is a complicated story.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Jorpho » Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:58 pm UTC

But...
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If both universes are destroyed, wouldn't that have taken Doc Scratch along with them?

And isn't Bec the equivalent of Doc Scratch? Wouldn't something happen to him too?
Dangit, now I'M thinking about this too hard.

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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Belial » Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:27 pm UTC

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both universes were destroyed, I'm not especially convinced that both Mediums were.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Game_boy » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:39 pm UTC

Sbahj comic

Hussie's Twitter: "sorry, the halloween comic was late"

http://www.mspaintadventures.com/sweetb ... id=037.jpg
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Triangle_Man » Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:44 am UTC

Spoiler:
Back when the Gaurdianswap theories first came about, I remember shooting them down because I thought that the concept was too stupid to persue for the Kid's Scratched session, even after we saw a similar thing happen with the Troll's session.

Tonight, I am here to deliver this simple message.

Well Fuck Me and My Inability to See the Future.

Hopefully this stupid concept can be taken in an awesome direction.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Game_boy » Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:03 pm UTC

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The simple act of making "John" a girl already means he plans to subvert expectations despite the obvious format.

And this Flash made me appreciate Homestuck Anthem finally.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby cephalopod9 » Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:45 pm UTC

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but if John switched place with his Nana, then what happened to his father?
Did Jade's grandfather shoot her this time? Betty Crocker is good now?
They're 15 now? Are Dave's Bro and Rose's Mom going to be the same age?
This is challenging to think about.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Belial » Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:39 pm UTC

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The age thing isn't but so weird. The trolls' ancestors ended up temporally disjointed from each other when they were NPCs (with Tavros' ancestor happening many many years after Karkat's), but were presumably synchronized in age when they were players. So yeah, bro is probably the same age.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby ameretrifle » Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:40 pm UTC

Spoiler:
16, I think. I don't remember why I expected that, but I swear I did.

This has been foreshadowed for a while; we learned from the conversation with Aradiacestor what happens after a scratch, and we learned from Act 5 that Hussie is perfectly willing to drop everything and chase after new characters for a while. >_> <_< Though he seems to be blowing through them much more quickly than he did the trolls at first, which is excellent both for pacing's sake and because we've been introduced to them a little already; there's going to be a lot of differences, but the basic connection is already down. There are also a lot fewer of them! This should go much more smoothly hopefully.

Anyway, for most of the finicky details (where the kids/new guardians fit in, etc), we pretty much have to wait and see...
Game_boy wrote:The simple act of making "John" a girl already means he plans to subvert expectations despite the obvious format.
I don't really understand what you mean by this?

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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Triangle_Man » Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:44 pm UTC

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Well, we can pretty much assume that the J who powered up the Bunny is in fact Jake English from the scratched session.

We also know exactly why he refers to Jade as his Grandmother; due to the Kid/Guardian Swaps that have occurred at this point in the story, Jade is Jake's Grandmother in the reset universe. So he wasn't from the future like we assumed here.

Also, I am okay with the current pacing. It's fast, but cutting back on the shenanigans as much as possible is probably a good thing as it avoids having the story get diverted to new characters and away from the four core kids for months on end (such as with the Trolls).

And it will be interesting to how the new kid players fit in with the rest of the plot.

And I wonder if Earth's 'Doc Scratch' is now Jake's Guardian instead of Bec...
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Game_boy » Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:32 pm UTC

ameretrifle wrote:
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Game_boy wrote:The simple act of making "John" a girl already means he plans to subvert expectations despite the obvious format.
I don't really understand what you mean by this?


Spoiler:
Yeah it's Nanna I don't know what I was thinking.


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Someone's name will end in SCRATCH because it is seven letters like ENGLISH and CROCKER and 4+7=11
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Magnanimous » Sat Nov 12, 2011 9:29 pm UTC

Spoiler:
I'm very much enjoying Act 6 so far.
In public, you and your DAD made quite the pair. Everyone could tell by a glance that you were your father's daughter, sired from his loins directly and genetically, through what was undoubtedly a natural process of human procreation involving a man and a woman. People would definitely nod and say, "Yep, that little lady sure did emerge from a womb on account of that gentleman's awesome virility."

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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Game_boy » Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:06 pm UTC

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Since then, the author has been steadily updating PROBLEM SLEUTH 2, which you have been following avidly. You are happy that he stayed in that lane, and stuck with a time-tested formula. If he went in a different direction, you probably would have found it really disappointing.


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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Magnanimous » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:43 am UTC

I love how there's already so much new fanart.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Triangle_Man » Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:23 am UTC

I minor news, Andrew Hussie has finally gone to Olive Garden.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Game_boy » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:29 pm UTC

Triangle_Man wrote:I minor news, Andrew Hussie has finally gone to Olive Garden.


We need fanart of this.

And maybe a 20-track album.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Triangle_Man » Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:12 pm UTC

I don't like this Earth anymore.

Tis' a scary place...
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Not A Raptor » Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:53 pm UTC

Triangle_Man wrote:I don't like this Earth anymore.

Tis' a scary place...

You were supposed to STAY ASLEEP.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Game_boy » Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:17 pm UTC

Is Olive Garden really that bad?
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby SecondTalon » Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:17 pm UTC

No? Yes? I don't understand the question. It's mass-marketed "Italian" food whose redeeming quality is the same of all chain restaurants - it's edible, sometimes even tasty depending on your likes and dislikes, and you know that if you go into one in Florida it's going to be the same thing as what you had in Washington and Maine. But like all chains, if you're wanting Italian there's far better places out there.

If you want zero surprises because you're just hungry and don't want to have to deal with some restaurant you've never been in before's crazy bullshit because you're in a new city and for all you know the local good Italian joints require that you carry a tuba with you and you're not looking for a meal that will leave you with fond memories years later, you just want to not be hungry and pasta sounds alright, then Olive Garden may not be a bad idea.
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Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

Postby Game_boy » Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:44 pm UTC

OK. I was wondering to what degree Andrew was making it sound worse than it was in his most recent blog.

Thanks.
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