Looking over this one after some time away, I’m a little worried I didn’t quite carry the sense of activity between panels well. Any graphic novel is going to have things happen in the space between panels, that’s just how the medium works, but I don’t quite feel like one panel properly flows from the next, here. That’s something I’m having to work on, through this whole graphic-novel-based-drawing-practice-thing. Luckily, the next several action scenes have given me plenty of practice.
Life’s getting the better of me again. Have some art while I sort things out. Eventually, we’re going to get to the point where I start realizing I need to make text larger to show up on screen. I look forward to that day.
AGLA: That’s what this is about? You abducted me over a video game?
Goon: Don’t play dumb. We’re not the Japanese police, we won’t fall for that. Our citizens have been disappearing directly after playing your game, and nobody knows how your machine works.
AGLA: That’d be more a failing of American engineering than anything else, right?
Goon: Do you even realize the trouble you’re in? If we’re not happy with the info you give us, you’ll be spending the rest of your life in a prison on the ass-end of the Earth! Now, what is your game doing to our citizens?
AGLA: Are you a man of faith, Agent Smythe?
Smythe: Answer the question. What has your game done to our people?
AGLA: Do you believe in Heaven? Hell? Valhalla? Hades? Different worlds the soul travels to after death?
Smythe: Are you refusing to answer the question?
AGLA: What about the Garden of Eden?
Smythe: Refusal will have consequences.
AGLA: The paradise God cast Adam and Eve from when they gained the knowledge of Good and Evil, and lost their purity.
AGLA: God left a guardian there.
Goon: The tablet! Give it to me now!
AGLA: That’s what you were yelling about?
AGLA: Sure. Here. Take it.
Goon: Where did you even get that? I thought they took everything off you when you got on.
AGLA: Sorry, I’m not quite fluent in English.
Goon: Do you even understand the situation you’re in? You need to take things more seriously.
AGLA: You’re questioning me, right? Aren’t I supposed to have a lawyer for this part?
Goon: If you were an American dealing with normal police, then yes. You’re Japanese, flying over international waters, and we’re the CIA.
Goon: We can do whatever we want with you. Now, tell us about your video game.
So, the game in New Eden, this virtual reality everyone’s a part of, is pretty much a virtual reality MMORPG with a bit of Minecraft mixed in. I’ve probably spent less than 10 hours playing traditional MMORPGs in my life, total. And I kind of like the creative process that why. I’m probably not going to create something that’s immediately recognizable, given my inexperience with the medium, but as a result, the setting, or at least this game, will be a lot more unique than if I tried to make a generic MMORPG with complete knowledge of the form, and hopefully, more interesting because of it.
I’ve got a lot of experience with MUDs, text-based MMO-style adventures, and that’s what I’ve largely been basing the game off of. I have no idea if most MMORPGs will let you pull up a list of currently online players, like LadyHate mentioned last post, but that was a pretty common feature to MUDs, so in it goes.
LadyHate: What happened to Annie?
LadyHate: What the…?
LadyHate: It’s never rained in-game before.
LadyHate: Clouds, too?
LadyHate: Annie, are you…
AGLA:So, I’ve got a plan for this game.
AGLA: That’s why I’ve sent each of the Midknights a set with one of these premade characters.
AGLA: I don’t have time to explain now, but find Olympus.
AGLA: He’s in the game, and he knows the plan. He can fill you in.
LadyHate: Olympus is playing? Yay!
LadyHate: Between the four of us, I’m sure we can convince everyone to play.
LadyHate: But… I’ve never seen him on the player list.
AGLA: Yeah, he doesn’t show up there. You’ll have to find him the hard way.
AGLA: I’m pretty sure he’s the only giant in the game, so keep an eye out for him.
AGLA: Anyways, the favor. A
GLA: I’ll need you to do this when you get your set too, Hate. Anke…
Lorelei: Can this wait for tomorrow? I really have to get to bed.
AGLA: The sooner the better. This’ll just take a minute.
AGLA: Ok! To start, can you open your menu?
Lorelei: Menu? Lorelei: How do I…
Lorelei: Oh. I guess that’s it.
AGLA: Now, do you see your Creation Aspect at the bottom?
AGLA: Could you select it?
LadyHate: What happens next?
LadyHate: Are you ok, Annie?
AGLA: Hattie, I suggest you run.