peteranckorn
The creator of such titles as Goblin Hero , Small Town Punk , Escape and many more comics that no one's ever heard of. Now I'm working on By The Book. When I'm not making comics I enjoy video games, D&D and Warhammer.
  • Real Name
    Pete
  • Age
    36
  • Gender
    Male
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lol-Maybe he is a she. Only Zeen really knows (or does he?). It can be hard to tell with some races :)
I see-the tank was giving advantage? I think that's how it works. Combat advantage. That's good-as long as it was a team effort :)

Nah-not girlie-I just like drawing eyelashes like that from time to time :)
Which version of D&D were you playing? 5th ed? Pathfinder?

It's good but it's more powerful in some encounters than others. If it's a small encounter then getting a sneak attack in right at the start can be a big deal while if it's a more epic clash then the flat footed sneak attack will have less of an impact (though two weapon fighting rogues can be real blending machines once you get them into position with flanking).

Rogues are pretty weak in general (I like them but they have a lot of weaknesses). Very vulnerable to magic that targets Fort or Will and not particularly resilient in terms of AC and HP (though not bad if you have a good Dex and take the 'shield' spell as a Rogue talent). Sneak attack is good but I think you pay for it with other deficiencies that the class has. A powerful rogue can become an amusing tool in the hands of a sadistic DM with a 'dominate person' spell to hand ;)

Rogues are stronger than fighters I'd say, but then-what isn't? ;)

That's Pathfinder/3.5 of course. 5th ed is a different kettle of fish (I've only played 5th ed a tiny bit so I can't really comment on power balance here).

I think every class can seem OP given the right circumstances though. I know a guy that ran a rogue in his first game and kept telling me about how OP barbarians are because one of the players in that game had a barbarian with good stats and the DM gave them encounters that were good for that class.

The best thing to do is run a character that you want to run. If they're too weak then a good DM will try to balance things out with a bit of gear (hopefully). Don't worry about power-just try to run something you enjoy.

That said-a character that dominates every encounter can make things a lot less fun for all concerned. That's for the DM to sort out though ;)
I'm sure Rambo would be quite handy to have right around now :)
He moans a lot but he knows who's boss. Alice is the daddy bear in this team ;)
Team work! It's true-sometimes attack is not the best approach. When you're outnumbered by an unknown foe it can be a good idea to turtle up. Despite her timid nature, Alice is easily the most experienced warrior on the team at the moment-so listen to what she has to say, Rath! ;P


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You could be right, Panther ;)
He could be, Xaton :)
Hello, Bane? Astrerix the Gaul would like a word.

Asterix? Yes-there's a man called Popey here to see you.

And so on ;)

They are quite Baney though. Hopefully nobody will get their backs broken :)
So-as per my comment last Saturday we are now coming into the 1 update per week phase of the month (2 per week in the first two weeks, 1 per week in the 2nd two weeks)-so the next update will be next Saturday. Over a 4 month period this should mean no fewer pages but less filler and a more continuous progression (hopefully). We'll see how it goes anyway.

If you like what I do or would like a little more (or both!) and can spare a few bucks a month then you can back me on Patreon here- https://www.patreon.com/ByTheBook

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lol-Good stuff XD I could finish the whole fight quite quickly like that :)
Or-this town ain't big enough for the both of us https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAzESJ62irI

Hmm-I may have found the song that the bards will sing :)
Exactly, Panther!-They're in for a world of hurt! And strangeness... ;)
I think the Witch Sniffer may have underestimated our heroes somewhat... ;)
Or both, Specter ;)

I would if I could, George Labour-that sort of thing never seems to work very well in a comic.

Zeen has some very strange spells, Panther. I'm sure he'll be using some of them quite soon :)
Some grade A (or at the very least grade B-) smack talk is indulged in by all-indubitably the prelude to a bone shatteringly rambunctious bout of fisticuffs! Be sure to return to this very spot on Saturday so that you might revel in the unspeakable carnage to come :D

If you like what I do or would like a little more (or both!) and can spare a few bucks a month then you can back me on Patreon here- https://www.patreon.com/ByTheBook

A big 'thank you!' to all my existing Patrons-you make this possible :)

Please vote every day (or as often as you can) using the blue button up above!
Speech bubbles have very puritanical senses of morality (it's a well known fact amongst those that have to work with them). That's why the speech bubbles in BTB are semi-transparent. The lewdness on the comic saps their strength! ;)
Rath may be protected by his hellish vigor (I was going to mention that but decided it'd make the scene longer than it needed to be). Alice may not have been close enough. Or they just made their saves (although you still take half damage).

Given the level of Mortem her channel does 4D6 damage. So if you pass the save you'll probably take about 7HP damage. A failed save would take about 14 hp on average.
Although you can choose to do either positive or negative if you're Neutral (but only at character generation-you can't switch back a fourth ;)).
I'm starting to realise why most web comics only publish 1 page per week. It's really hard to make more than that! :( I was hoping I could tough it out and keep going at 2 per week until the Patreon support allowed me to quit the day job but that doesn't seem to be happening. The current Patreon support is REALLY helpful to me (it basically lets me keep making the comic) but unfortunately it's not quite enough to live on yet.
I'd also like to keep intermissions to a minimum without lowering page quality-so-I've decided to try an experiment. I'm going to publish 2 pages per week as usual for the first two weeks of the month but then only one page per week in the 2nd two weeks. This way I should be able to sustain a publishing schedule for much longer without intermissions.

I actually think I won't be publishing any fewer pages than usual (I certainly don't intend to slack off on production) but this way the story will go on at a steadier pace-rather than grinding to a halt every two months or so.

Anyway-we'll see how this works out. I hope you all understand-I'm still doing my best :) If the Patreon ever reaches a livable level (say $1500 per month) I can do this full time and go back to 8 pages per month-but for now I think dropping it to a more reliable (and less sanity shattering) 6 pages per month is the best option :)


If you like what I do or would like a little more (or both!) and can spare a few bucks a month then you can back me on Patreon here- https://www.patreon.com/ByTheBook

A big 'thank you!' to all my existing Patrons-you make this possible :)

Please vote every day (or as often as you can) using the blue button up above!