Thursday, October 27, 2005

Vol. 4 - "Shepherds" - Episode 2

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Exciting new navigation options

I continue to pwn Blogger for the convenience of my readers. At the bottom of every strip close-up, you'll now find navigation links to the close-up versions of the previous and next comics. This way, you can go through all the strips in their full-rez, scr33n pwning, chronologically ordered glory with a minimum of interruptions. Try it by going to the first strip, scrolling to the bottom and methodically walking back and forth through the entire collection 57 times. If that sounds boring, just pretend you're farming for Arcanite!

You might have to Shift-Reload every page that you've already seen to get the new navigation options to show up for the first time. Or just clear your browser cache. Or just get a new computer. N00b.

The next strip, episode 2 of volume 4 will be up - ahead of schedule - tomorrow morning. It will be a very special episode.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Vol. 4 - "Shepherds" - Episode 1

Wherein those who should know, don't.

Unexpected Break

Adventures with Play has been on an unexpected hiatus as I catch up with real life, but production of the strips will resume this week. Thanks to all for making the last "One Shots" the most popular strip yet!

Monday, October 17, 2005

One Shots - 3

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Another One Shots?

With the latest "One Shots" strip, the humor in Adventures with Play has officially reached a new low. I'm trying to find the level of the room, as they say in the biz. Volume four of the regularly scheduled series will start next week after one more low-brow "One Shots", methinks.

On the up side, I just got a shipment of most of the items from our store. Full reviews are forthcoming.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

One Shots - 2

Monday, October 10, 2005

Adventures with Play committed to losing money in style

As I previously said, part of the fun of running this site is playing around with new things. The Google ads and the AwP store are two examples of this. I like watching the ad behavior, and designing hokey products that no one is likely to buy is a hoot. Of course, the money that these things bring in is miniscule; I've made a whopping $66.04 on the ads and the store revenue stands at a nice, round 0.

On top of all that, I'm not overly fond of some of things advertised on my site. Do I really want my readers to buy (in pig latin, so as to not further encourage the ad robots) "Orldway ofway Arcraftway Oldgay" or "owerpay evelinglay ervicessay"? No sir, I do not!

So how do I karmically reconcile the short money and the questionable ads to the sheer fun of monkeying around with this stuff? Easy: I'm going to give all the revenue away.

So from now on, every penny Adventures with Play makes will be donated to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund. I'll also keep a periodically updated counter on the sidebar showing how much money has been "collected" so far. I'll kick in the first $100 so the amount isn't quite as puny as it would otherwise be.

So now, whenever someone buys those Angry Dwarf Boxers or clicks on an oldgay ad, we'll both feel vaguely better about it.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Legal Disclaimer

The comic strips and other content on this site is Copyright © 2005 Tile. Tile is a fake name for a real person. All rights are reserved.

Much of the material for the comics comes from staged and edited screenshots from World of Warcraft. World of Warcraft is copyrighted, trademarked and otherwise owned top to bottom by Blizzard Entertainment. This site has nothing to do with Blizzard. Blizzard doesn't endorse or produce any of the content. Nothing on this site or the associated comics is in any way designed to impinge on Blizzards rights to World of Warcraft.

Word.

Vol. 3 - "Hooked" - Episode 5

The conclusion to Volume 3 is the most scr33n pwning357 episode yet.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Another childhood dream fulfilled

God, I love the Internet.

During my strange childhood, I'd always wanted to do just two simple things: to draw a comic and to write product descriptions for a mail-order catalog (my role model for both was Jarvis). A lack of talent and motivation had always quashed these childhood dreams, but no more! What World of War craft and Photoshop have done for my comic-making-prowess, CafePress has now accomplished for my pecuniary ambitions.

Introducing the Adventures with Play online store!

Are these products any good? I have no idea. I just ordered one of each so I guess we'll know in 3 - 5 business days. Is anyone gonna buy them? Stranger things have happened, but what's really important is that I got to write the descriptions for real products that somebody could actually order. Wheeeee.

[Update: New items and prices!]

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Vol. 3 - "Hooked" - Episode 4

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Hero Classes falling off the edge

In browsing though the stats for this site, I noticed that my "Hero Class Secrets" post from a month ago is one of the most popularly linked-to pages. That makes sense; there's no ugly comic on it.

Anyhoo, I couldn't help but also notice that the post itself is about to fall off the bottom edge of the home page. Where does it go after that? I dunno, maybe the archives or something, but I've never clicked there myself. So from now on, a link to the Hero Class post will live on the right-side nav bar. Eventually, it will be joined by other links in an "Adventures with Play Greatest Hits" section. For now it will be lonely, waiting for other hits to become sufficiently great.

Monday, October 03, 2005

The most important vote you'll ever pwn

All Adventures with Play strips are made by taking World of Warcraft screenshots, fading out the background behind the main actors, adding thousand-monkeys-on-a-typewriter style dialogue and doing some post-processing. I've been experimenting with different levels of background fade and am still trying to figure out the right balance.

A heavy amount of fade (for example in Vol.2 Ep. 3) really pops the characters visually while evoking the ennui that you should rightfully feel after playing the game for sixteen hours straight. A light amount of fade (for example in Vol.3 Ep. 3), preserves more of the colors and feel of the game. Help me decide how much fade is just right by voting in the new poll. To the sidebar!

Update: My free poll-hosting service seems to be going up and down randomly. Oh well.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Vol. 3 - "Hooked" - Episode 3