Blindposting to say that it looks like, despite the dire predictions last time I visited the OTT, that y'all have found plenty to discuss. Between being sick and juggling a few different jobs, I was away from the OTT for a little over 24 newpix, and I now am 27 newpages behind.
I could have sworn that last time I was here I saw an uncharacteristically negative post from yappobiscuits, but I don't see it now, so it must have been a feverish hallucination. (Although somehow ChronosDragon managed to quote my hallucination; not sure how that happened!
) I was never worried about the fate of the OTT. I am however, a little worried abut byteflush--his most recent posts have been sounding so discouraged. I hope he's doing better in the future.
Here are a couple of firstposts that may or may not already have been thrown forward:
Offler wrote:Hi, I'm finally delurking to comment on the possibility that Basque is the basis for Beanish, (lmjb1964 mentioned it but I can't quote yet). It might be a mixture of Arabic and Basque, on the map you can see several big dots, not only the Chateau d'If, there is one between Montpellier and Carcassonne, but the biggest one is in Bilbao, (again, I can't insert a jpg yet) so maybe they trade or otherwise know of people over there.
Hi all, yet another delurker, I've been following the OTC since sometime back on the beach, and in looking at the OTT off and on, I've decided that I love what you've done with the place! (yappobiscuits, I'm sorry, but for right now at least I'm just going to throw in my observations on the actual comic.)
Congrats to those who pegged the Mediterranean deluge; I was in the Black Sea camp until the most-recent ONGs set me on the true path.
The Monte Cristo castle definitely seems like it's a winner.
Someone said, ages ago I think, that Cuegan had a platonic relationship. I really don't think that's the case (unless "platonic" is taken to mean "not physical lovers"); I've been reading it all along as the tale of Cueball and Megan falling in love. The trebuchet, jumping out of the tree on him, the teasing, the brief awe-struck handholding when they lay eyes upon the castle in frame 2829 (no links because I'm getting flagged as spam, but it's the xkcd.mscha.org numbering), all remind me of a certain young lady at a campground many, many ONGs ago, and while I can't call it love I can say that it led to my first kiss
OTOH, I'm still not sure I'm convinced that Cuegan are safe in their current environment. Yes, the beanies helped them and shared their food, but this castle still seems to have a military air about it in some ways. In frame 2822, that Beanie looks like a sentry holding a rifle. The court of Rosetta the Exposition Fairy was reached behind a locked door (and the beanies who were dismissed could have re-locked it), she has taken their gear with the lame excuse that "it's heavy" while conveniently positioning herself between them and it, and her first few questions to Cuegan essentially boiled down to ascertaining that they were there alone, with no backup, and the size of group they could possibly bring to bear... sounds like they could very well be prisoners now. OTOH, the GLR could simply be building that atmosphere into the story as a way to get us mere mortal believers to examine how trusting or suspicious each of us is of people who have done us no harm.