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Episode 1655: Summon Bigger Phish

Episode 1655: Summon Bigger Phish

If you're going to be brazen in your "I'm here because I'm meant to be here" attempt, at least be really brazen. Oh, and carry a clipboard, that always helps.*

* Except in fantasy or historical games set before 1871.

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

aurilee writes:

Quick thinking from Jim there! It's almost like... he's done this... before...

Hmmm...

Jim's questionable past aside, Bria has probably very likely done this kind of thing before. Given that she was raised by Kyle and likely was a bit of a troublemaker. Still, you'd think that the Rebellion would have trained some of its members in breaking into Imperial facilities prior to sending them to break into an Imperial facility. After all, it's actually a very well organised and funded Rebellion, not a simple rag-tag bunch just trying to fight the good fight. The fact that a Rebel who's put in charge of a mission isn't able to quickly figure out a way to get into an Imperial facility isn't a great sign.

 aurilee

Keybounce writes:

The sad thing is, this has a good chance of working.

 Keybounce

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Two Lumps - May 21, 2018

Two Lumps comic for Monday, May 21, 2018

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Episode 1654: Scamming Tunnelling Break-in Trope

Episode 1654: Scamming Tunnelling Break-in Trope

Technically, they're space palm trees, since actual palm trees are only native to Earth, but for the sake of descriptive convenience it's often best to just call a smeerp a rabbit.

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

Keybounce writes:

First, we know that she is going to die. So, next year, she will be in the afterlife with him, and can send him a card there.

I see user training in computer safety and security has not improved. Do you really think that your system security firm (it's not too unreasonable to assume that the company that you use can be predicted, or looked up in records) will send a cargo shuttle in person to deal with your data breach? Unannounced, without your supervisors informing you, without going through secure channels?

Seriously, how does this even work today anyways? Hold on, I got a telephone call ... Hey, Microsoft is telling me that my computer is infected with "the virus". My Macintosh.

 Keybounce

aurilee writes:

As predicted, K-2 prioritises getting to shoot things over the safety of the team. I guess Cassian needs to be a pacifist just to balance things out.

Do people still send e-cards? I remember really liking them back in the day, both to send and receive. At some point or another though, there started to be fewer and fewer free e-card services available and they seemed to fall out of favour. I guess also the appeal of cute little Flash animations wishing you a happy birthday died out (also the obvious security risks became obvious). Amongst my friends they were a sort of precursor to sharing funny YouTube videos. We'd send each other amusing or strange e-cards we'd find, and usually customise them to be more scandalous than was probably intended.

In any event, it seems that the universe of Darths & Droids still has e-cards going strong. And that makes me feel happy.

 aurilee

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Two Lumps - May 18, 2018

Two Lumps comic for Friday, May 18, 2018

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Episode 1653: Don't Bring a K to a Star Destroyer Fight

Episode 1653: Don't Bring a K to a Star Destroyer Fight

Never make things too easy. Basically, why have one overpowered defender when you can have two? And a force field?

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

aurilee writes:

Sally's been playing too much Grand Theft Auto methinks.

Mind you, K-2 would probably be fine sitting outside a spaceship and shooting assuming she was designed to work in that level of cold. Sure, the meatbags might be at risk of dying if the door is left open too long, but there are things to shoot! Really big things! If there was ever a time to imitate the rocket-launcher-from-back-of-car scene from Commando, this is it!

 aurilee

Keybounce writes:

Jim is very clearly concerned with his plan. He knows that in order to use the data about how Kamino's orbit was changed, they have to raid the data facility on Toprawa. That is clearly very important, because it is the first step to finding the water planet.

"What does it look like?"
"A planet made of water."

and the duh-obvious award goes to ... GM I guess.

If you didn't know what a planet made of water looked like, this would provide no information. Now, all the information that I have read about weather modeling says that a planet entirely of water should be completely covered in clouds. Not spotty, patchy clouds like that.

"We blast our way through!". Yeah, Sally is role-playing a combat robot.

"I open the door and start shooting". Ahh, Now we get to the fun part. There are role-playing games (planet mercenary) that follow the "you say it, you do it" rule. In those systems, the door has been opened.

"Air is for sissies".

 Keybounce

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Two Lumps - May 16, 2018

Two Lumps comic for Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Episode 1652: Jar Jar ex Machina

Episode 1652: Jar Jar ex Machina

Sometimes the players just need a gentle nudge in the right direction.

But most of the time you'll need to apply the nudge with a sledgehammer. Probably twice.

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

Keybounce writes:

Jar-Jar, you're a genius.

Seriously though, locating it with that much (little) information, even with a +5 to your roll, sounds very much like a Batman deduction.

Madame Soleil's wax museum indeed.

 Keybounce

aurilee writes:

Ambassador Binks saves the day again! It pays to have a genius ambassador you can count on.

I hope we get some more Jar Jar soon. Sally-as-killer-droid is fun and all, but I miss good ol' Jar Jar.

 aurilee

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Episode 1650: Chromatic Scales

Episode 1650: Chromatic Scales

Coming up with names on the spur of the moment is always fraught with danger. You want to come up with something which sort of fits the expected pattern for whatever it is you're naming, but which is also original. So take a mundane name for the thing, and tweak it a bit! Perfect!

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

Keybounce writes:

The first couple of panels serve as a reminder that Jim plays these games to turn his brain off. Beyond that? I would think that a call sign is assigned by Central Command, so that they know who is behind each name. To allow everyone to come up with their own name would result in a mass confusion as names such as Mascara Pie, Long Wood E, Cyan I, or even Red I. Not to mention all the confusions over whether it is the letter I or the facial eye.

And besides, call signs are not just cosmetic. Unless you're in the military, and have to get operation names approved in advance, oftentimes long before any operation happens to be done, and when it actually is done you just pull a name off of the list of approved names. At least, that's what we have been told is how things work. "Desert Storm" on the other hand, seemed far too close to fit that procedure.

(Remember, a long piece of wood is a log, and the color cyan cannot be displayed in sRGB. Plus the whole rogue versus rouge name confusion.)

 Keybounce

aurilee writes:

The Rebellion actually doesn't use a wide range of colours for their call signs. They just use monosyllabic colours in different languages. This makes a lot of sense since you never want your call sign to be too long or difficult to say.

At least, that's what I was able to glean from this at first blush.

 aurilee

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Two Lumps - May 9, 2018

Two Lumps comic for Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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