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18 thoughts on “Thwack! – Page 1228

  1. “Your family line ends HERE!”

  2. Oh shit! :-S

  3. Yeah, he felt that one

  4. If Arrogand lost his sword coming down he has bought time for himself, if he didn’t lose it, Pontagar is in serious trouble.

  5. My meat n 2 veg just retracted in sympathy…

    Eli…

  6. THE GRANDKIDS! You fool, what about your grandkids!? He hasn’t given you any yet!

  7. Apparently, “Dirty” is the only way Arrogond knows how to fight. Pontagar had better put that sword straight into his chest, or he may never stand a chance of recovery. He still has it over his head, so he just has to point it down.

  8. Y’all, that hit him in the ass and back. Look at where pontagar is standing over arrogond. The angle of arrogonds kick wouldnt bit the jewels.

    1. I’m with Icekat001 and Ladyofthemasque on that one. Definitively a hit but not a crit. I would submit Pontagar will complain about pain at about the middle of his spine though, as while not specifically pointed the boot is still directing force to one point, ergo much pain!

  9. Exactly what Icekat001 says. It’s not a hit to Pontigar’s family jewels, because there is literally no way that Arrogond could turn to get into position without running afoul of Ponty’s legs. Admittedly, Arrogond ain’t got pointy knee armor on or even pointy ridged metal shin guards (from what we can tell), though those boots might be ridged enough with scales for all I know to do some damage…but I doubt it, since it just looks like a good stiff boot leather with a wool padding. But it can still hurt, and knock a person off-balance if you strike them at just the right/wrong moment.

    …Honestly, Pontigar’s greatest mistake has already happened. He’s challenging his father in private, and if anyone comes in, especially if Ponty gets incapacitated, his father can lie (why not? he’s already proposed crawling back to lick Shuach’s fecal expeller) and proclaim Pontigar is the traitor. He should have made this confrontation much more public, because it’s clear Arrogond isn’t a true Erogenian anymore, and WILL lie, cheat, and even murder his own son.

    1. Admittedly Arrogond could have lied anyway and proclaimed his SON was lying, and it’d be a case of he-said-no-he-said…but at least there’d be DOUBTS in the minds of the Fire Tribe with a public declaration of dishonor. I’m genuinely worried that if Daddy-Shuach-est here wins, it’ll take the Fire Tribe totally in the wrong direction, and nobody else will be strong enough to take him down one-on-one…and Erogenians don’t exactly strike me as the “we must ALL cut him down” types, even in moments of direst cultural emergency.

  10. I find it hard to believe that somebody that highly skilled in one-on-one combat would leave themselves that exposed.

    1. Not so sure, the fire tribe are famously arrogant; and while the old man may be a hair past his prime, he defiantly no slouch.

  11. Well, I’d say that even if Arrogond does kill Pontagar, he isn’t out of it yet. I mean, just the day before he celebrated the hero’s return, and now he’s killed the hero? I fail to see how he could spin that to make it look like he’s innocent. (But then, it wouldn’t be the first time JED pulls something that I never saw coming.)

    Also, going back to make sure there was indeed a hero’s welcome, I noticed I had forgotten that there was someone else here the day before ( http://barbarianprincess.com/comic/a-wise-father-page-1193/ – I don’t remember how to make hyperlinks in these comments, sorry ), someone so secretive they don’t even have a tag. Maybe that person can help Arrogond explain the situation to the tribe. Maybe they can’t, or wouldn’t. If they still are around and see commotion, I guess they won’t be staying. The one thing I’m worried with, come to think of it, would be for Pontagar to best the king, not yet kill him, only to be stabbed in the back by whoever.)

  12. Damn it Pontagar, we just started liking you! Which, I think, means the odds are against him.

  13. Cultural emergency? This is national emergency, for all of Erogenia.

  14. @Shyster
    How come? The odds are not particularly favourable to his father than to himself.
    Both are really experienced fighters, eager and willing, well muscled, resilient.

  15. @Reservist: You’re entirely right as far as in-world logic is concerned, but I think Shyster was using narrative logic: a secondary character who goes from hateful to likable is more likely to meet his demise.

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NEW PDF ARCHIVE

Our ongoing incompatibility issues with the new WordPress are still not worked out, and I am afraid I might have to just redo the whole site again, but until I absolutely have to do that, I have this kludgy workaround.

VDSD – 2021 (barbarianprincess.com)

See at the top menu on the right, “, I have converted the entire history of the web comic into a series of yeary PDF files that any one can download.

It’s not elegant, kind of a brute force workaround, but at least you all now can really start at the beginning and read the whole thing at your leisure.

Many thanks for your patience, and with hopes of a permanent solution in the near future.

Warmest regards,

JED

Zona Animation: Morning Exercises V2

In this, the final version we’re doing of this proof-of-concept video, Brian put in more fancy stuff and fixes and attention to wonderful details.  Now we dive into production of the actual product, beginning a trailer for the series itself with all the new elements and knowledge we have put together so far.    

Rubbing my hands with glee.   

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-JED

We’re On The Road!

We are moving from California to Connecticut, and we’re driving with the dogs and cat and so for the next couple of weeks the updates are going to be sporadic, and communication with you all might drop out. Never fear, we will return as surely as the sun rises and sets on our VW camper van. Still, I might have a little surprise for you Thursday or Friday. Stay tuned!
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-JED

Animated Zona – Final version for Unreal Engine

This is the final version of Zona in Unreal Engine before we begin full production on the trailer.  Long time coming.  Brian’s outdone himself, IMHO.

She breathes, she moves, she inhabits the space.  Next update will have her in full-on sword-slinging action.   Brian wanted to show her being something other than angry and hulked out, so he imagined her swooning at the sight of Mentl.  I said that’s not really how the story goes, but it could be her first sight of Mentl naked, which is, well … long-time Zonaphiles know about Mentl’s Pride. 

This is the realization of a dream I’ve had for a very long time, to bring Zona and Mentl fully to life in an animated series telling their story. Romance, violence, adventure and sexy stuff! Thanks to all of you for your support, and especially to all the Patreon Patrons for the generosity that they have shown and continue to show.

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GAME CHANGER: UNREAL ENGINE

Zonaphiles:

We have been at this for a long time now, and using Daz Studio for animation is adequate, but we needed much much more than it could deliver in order to do justice to Zona’s world. So we have ported all the Daz character assets into Unreal Engine, and Brian is finding that this is not only more realistic than we could have realized before in Daz, but also so much faster that he has accomplished more in six weeks than he did in six months before – maybe more. For myself I could not possibly be more pleased. This is a huge game changer!

This little teaser is a taste of what we will be making the series look like. It’s just the prelude to the opening scene where Mentl comes upon the Urtts. In 2021 the real stuff begins.

Until then, judge and compare the previous efforts to what Brian’s doing now.

Enjoy, and don’t forget, the patrons on Patreon.com/jedraft are going to see more sooner and enjoy additional benefits and rewards as well!

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Rich Morris – YAFGC Patreon

One of my favorite webcomics is “Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic” (https://www.yafgc.net/). Its creator, Rich Morris is a telented professional who has been creating these delightful fun, engaging and funny long form fantasy comics for years. At long last he’s got himself a Patreon site so that we can give back a little for all the free stuff he’s put out there.
My Zonaphiles will recall when he did the portrait of Zona and Mentl, and now as part of my Patreon-age, he’s doing a finished portrait of my choice. And I chose Ipola. The prelim sketches see below.

I cannot urge you strongly enough to support art, and support artists, and support this artist and his art.

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At Last! “Challenges Of Zona – Confessions” Visual Novel

Frigging finally, after hours and hours of solitary toil to make a visual novel/game of Zona (including an abortive attempt to export it which meant I had to practically recreate it from scratch) I have a 0.01 beta version as a demo. It is short and a bit rough around the edges, but I hope you all have fun with it.

Set in the master bedroom of the Hollywood mansion right after their engagement party, it’s where Zona confesses to her new silver-bonded Mentl the one thing that she has been keeping to herself forever.

In a way, this returns Zona to her origins in the adult find-your-path books she was created for, as the visual novel medium is just a higher tech version of that. Also, it’s very dirty. Definitely NOT safe for work.

I think of this as a “proof of concept” for one more product and direction we can take the characters and reward my wonderful Zonaphiles. Frankly, I think she lends herself to this medium pretty handily.

A one dollar patronage at patreon.com/JEDraft gets you access to this and much more!

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