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      DavidB 1 day ago

      Peter Cohen, agreed, definitely if there was internet back then that's how it would look like. It's unfortunate the pressure creators are subject to by their own audiences, and that's why we have this throw-away cheapo entertainment culture and we rarely see decades-long efforts anymore. The few things like OoTS we have, need to be valued and respected, and people like Dale are the ones that end up causing burnout on the creators. I am very glad to see most of the readers stay cool and patient!

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      Peter Cohen on May 25

      I can imagine the discussions that went on around 150 years ago:

      "Wagner says he stopped working on his Ring Cycle for now. I knew he could not manage it."

      "What's he gone and written Tristan and Isolde for? He should be concentrating on the Ring."

      "And now he's doing The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. He really has let us down. I was at one of those readings of the RIng poems he gave back in Dresden. He's got nothing but contempt for his most loyal followers."

      "Have you noticed how the musical style of the Ring changes in the middle of Siegfried? This really lets down people with autism."

      "He should have kept to that grand opera style of Rienzi. What does he think he is doing getting more complex."

      "In that essay he wrote back in the 1840s he said that the opera house where the Ring was performed should be burnt down at the end. He's completely let us down keeping the Bayreuth Festspielhaus up. I demand my money back."

      "He's allowed Buddhist and Schopenhauerian influences to replace the original Feuerbachian concept. He's destroyed it completely."

      "What's he doing taking twenty-five years to complete the Ring?"

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      Tiago Uliana on May 21

      Dale: Did you ever played RPG? Because the way you talk I believe that you sued your Dungeon Master for not completing the quests as it supposed to complete. I never completed any of my long quests because someone had to travel to another city, get married or whatelse that have break the group apart. I played a lot of incomplete stories. And I loved everyone of them. I would never said that they wasn`t good because they didn`t have an end. Of course that I would have liked the ending part too. But playing them for the time that I played was good in its own terms.

      I don`t know if its a thing only in my country or you can find the same experience everywhere. But if you could relate to the same thing, you should apreciate the irony that a comic strip abou RPG is developing the same way of a RPG group.

    4. Nick C. Piers on May 17

      Dale: I'm interpreting the "business" statement differently from you. The Order of the Stick is self-published. As far as I know, Rich does most of the work himself, in creating new products and promoting it. He doesn't have a publisher or a business partner to rely on in order to handle the business side of things while he can focus on the creative.

      He wasn't claiming to ONLY be a businessman. He's saying that his work is a business as well. He can be creative AND still want the product to be financially successful. Which it is. He's not a failed businessman. From what I understand, The Order of the Stick is his main - possibly only - major source of income. He makes a living doing this. As a nobody writer myself with two books published no one's heard of, I would kill for that.

      But running the business yourself and being self-published means you can't just look at something as a creative endevour. You have to be able to sell your product. Rich himself even said that. He finds it difficult to balance between creating content for comic itself, fulfilling Kickstarter promises, and ensuring he still HAS an income in order to do the first two things uninterrupted.

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      Matthew Lee
      Superbacker
      on May 17

      Rich,

      This update completely blew me away in terms of content. Almost a hundred pages exploring one of my absolute favorite characters. I'm amazed time and time again by your ability to craft a world that is so fantastic and real at the same time. Cheers!

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      Georgios Chrysikopoulos on May 17

      (sorry, last post from me, found an even better way to summarize my points for everyone reading this)
      In My Opinion:
      - If you care about the future of OotS and/or the wellbeing of its creator: best to provide honest support (maybe politely ask "how can we help?"), don't try to make decisions for him, we don't know (nor are entitled to know) the full picture behind the scenes.
      - If you care for the morality of a fulfilled financial transaction between a client and a content producer ("what's promised must be delivered"), you haven't received your rewards, and you (understandably) consider it's not worth being patient anymore, then *respectfully* ask to be refunded and put this behind you.
      I personally think any other option would be inconsiderate and unproductive as well. I could be wrong of course.

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      Georgios Chrysikopoulos on May 17

      edit: I mean to say "But if you happen to be one of them (a fan) ..." instead of "...to be one of the latter..."

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      Georgios Chrysikopoulos on May 17

      Dale, thank you very much for understanding how your comments are received by a lot of us. As I said, I truly believe that they were made with the best intentions. I would also like to apologize for any language in my post that was harsher than it should. As for the link you posted and your worries, I'd be a liar if I didn't admit that I've been somewhat worried myself. However, I completely believe that the best thing a "fan"* can do when the situation becomes "worrisome" is give their unwavering support to Rich to keep going and NOT try to "hold his feet to the fire", "police" his actions or encourage him to quit/admit defeat.

      *to clarify, I don't mean that it is "unethical" for any Kickstarter backer to ask for what they paid for or a refund. No one should be obliged to be a selfless "fan" of any creator/businessman/company. But if you happen to be one of the latter, in my opinion there are good ways to go about it and very unproductive ones that don't help at all. I have come to care very much for the world and the story of oots and I've come to care even more for the man behind it all, so the least I can do is support his decisions (and support him financially, as long as I can afford it).

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      DavidB on May 17

      I would also like to bring to attention the fact that the O'chul story could perfectly have been 15-20 pages long, and no one would have feel cheated nor raised an eyebrow. The Giant decided he had this story in him which required 97 pages and decided to go for it, simply because it felt like the best thing for OoTS, when instead he could have finished *all* the other promised stories making them 20 pages long. This shows Mr.Burlew, regardless of what he says, is not a businessman first and artist later. His main concern is the comic being the way he likes it, and I respect him deeply because of that. Much like Lain Luigi commented below I am also not especially fond of certain recent aspects of the comic, but hey, it is still great, and it is his genuine creation, not meant to please. If he feels like being preachy, then let him be. This is not a democracy, but creation. So while I'd prefer certain things being out, and I've even said so in the forums, well, that doesn't diminish the worth of OoTS at all.

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      Dale on May 17

      Although I do wish to show Georgios this post http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showsinglepost.php…

      Note: "And again, I say: the fact that I'm sitting at my desk means I'm working. Be more worried when I disappear entirely, because that means I'm not at my desk at all." I am more worried.

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      Dale on May 17

      It is clear I am fighting a brick wall here and that my comments are only upsetting both the fellow backers and myself. This has gone on far bigger than intended and whilst I am deeply angered and upset by Burlew's conduct, I will cease performing such actions on this particular avenue at this time.

      Sorry to any backers who took offence.

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      Lain Luigi on May 17

      well, regarding the businessman, as long as he keeps drawing a comic, he is a creative person. the fact that he's also doing the business doesn't make him any less of a creative person, a person who sells a work of creativity.
      regarding the content, I do notice myself that he's getting more preachy in later years, and I do not like that turn of event. especially because a good work of art should pose questions, while if it gives too many answers it starts to lean on political. still, it's not that bad. oots is still great. and the slowing down that you notice happened more at the time that he changed art style than anything else. as for the slowing in pace, i actually like the comic more verbose. I dislike the current favored style of doing comics with as much action as possible and not enough context to give it meaning.
      anyway, there are a lot of perfectly reasonable explanations that do not involve your catastrophic hypothesis or your scenarios 1) and 2). maybe rich really has a lot on his plate, and between increased hassle of managing his activity, new art syle and thumb injury, he slowed down (3). maybe he earned enough with the comic that he decided he can take it easier, that would be perfectly within his rights (4). maybe he had children and his wife has a fulll-time job and he unfocused from the comic to spend more time with family (5). maybe his parents became ill with age and he spend more time to care for them (6). maybe his healt conditions, which he referred back in 2007, deteriorated (7). maybe he really has a lower creative drive, but he'll still finish the comic eventually if given time (8). your estimates on his writing speed, I assume based on comics-per-year and mathematical extrapolation, are definitely not an accurate or reliable prediction. So instead of your scenario 1 and 2, I give you 6 more scenarios where nothing is wrong on a large scale.
      So let's recount your evidence:
      1) rich is slowing down his writing
      2) rich is slightly shifting his writing style
      this means he's losing his drive and will abandon the comic eventually.
      no, sorry, I do not think there's nowhere near enough evidence to come to such a dramatic conclusion. Unless I missed some more evidence in your argumentation, then I believe you are seeing the problem as much bigger than it really is, and your attempts at fixing it are much more likely to do harm rather than good. the "kick him to get him up" strategy works often in movies; in real life, it generally precipitates the crysis.

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      DavidB on May 17

      Dale, you can "move on" whenever you feel like, can't you? All it takes is never coming back here, and voila! you are free. Nobody is a prisoner of OoTS, right? Regarding the list you present... come on.You can't be serious. There's a reason you're here angrily stomping the ground over your update not being out, instead of reading all those other wonderful free webcomics. The normal reaction to slow updates is... losing interest, moving on, like you said. But no, in the end, you're still here, reporting to the press over a web cartoonist having slowed down his updates; championing for justice, I guess? could be. Or maybe you're absolutely hooked by one of the best fantasy stories ever published, most of it given to you for free, yet you feel entitled to demand, even aggressively, more free stuff. You say the Giant once calling himself a "businessman" justifies any vitriol you may launch at him. I find that lack of logic appalling; the webcomic is a free product, if you are displeased by a businessman's actions, either sue him or move to the competition, you don't beg and nag and harass.

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      Tyrus on May 17

      Guys, there's no point in engaging Dale. Let him stew in his own misery. Being inside his head must be punishment enough.

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      Georgios Chrysikopoulos on May 17

      @Dale Lythgoe: So, apparently you cannot "move on with your life" because a single webcomic/kickstarter project isn't getting finished in a timely manner? Have you considered how unreasonable that sounds? If you are still owed some material, just ask for a refund and never look back, problem solved.

      Now, I know it's so incredibly unlikely that anyone can ever reason with you, but, similar to other "lurkers" here, I can no longer remain silent on the face of such inconsiderate posts as yours.

      To give some perspective, I pledged almost 1000 dollars (through 4 different accounts) to this Kickstarter and I haven't yet received most of my "Patience" rewards (partially my fault, as personal problems made me reply to the surveys with a half-year delay that coincided with the "thumb incident"). However, even if I never get these particular rewards (signed copies of books I already have and a family stick portrait) this has been already the best-value Kickstarter I've been a part of (40+ kickstarted projects among all my accounts) and I do not regret a single penny of it. In fact, I've made sure to buy the backer pdfs at "full price" -and the pdfs of books I already have in print- simply because I feel I still "owe" Rich so much for this amazing story he allowed me to be a reader of. (the above paragraph is not for "bragging" rights, but to show I still have serious stakes in this)

      So, finally getting to the "meat" of the issue: of course it is a bit upsetting when an ongoing story of such incredible quality seems to stall or be delayed (ask GRR Martin fans -I'm not- for example). It is also MORE upsetting when such a story stops or gets cancelled (see many beloved TV series). So, guess which of the two I prefer (and to which of the two your suggestion that Rich should quit leads). You are NOT HELPING ANYONE (except you, maybe?) by suggesting this and I personally am 100% opposed to this idea. I definitely DO NOT want Rich to quit (unless HE decides to do so of his own volition and not because of disrespectful posters like yourself).

      Now, you'll probably say that you gave an alternative option, for Rich to "step up his game". Sounds like a great idea, doesn't it? The only problem is that ... the person who MOST wants Rich to step up his game is ... Rich himself! Do you think he "enjoys" owing people Kickstarter content for years? Or publish less money-making books? There's NO kind of forum post that can "encourage" him to improve his pace if (for any reason that is NOT our business) he is incapable to do so, and definitely NOT THIS kind of rude posts that you are making.

      In conclusion, I've loved EVERYTHING that Rich has produced, through this Kickstarter or not (it gets better and better every year), I eagerly LOOK FORWARD to any remaining material and I'm willing to wait PATIENTLY for as long as it takes, I do NOT want him to QUIT and I find Dale's posts to be the WORSE kind of posts possible, only adding to any existing problems. I sincerely hope that the DAMAGE you are trying to inflict here Dale (hopefully without realizing it, I want to believe your intentions are not malicious) will be mitigated by our support to Rich and his amazing endeavor! For me, he truly is the O-Chul of webcomic artists! ;-)

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      Dale on May 17

      Also, the two of you are both under the misunderstanding Rich is a creative person. He's not. He's a Businessman http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showsinglepost.php…. And from this standpoint he's a FAILED Businessman.

      Everything I stand for in these comments is based on that assertion.

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      Dale on May 17

      David DB: I can name several comics. Freakangels, Homestuck, 8-Bit Theatre, Girl Genius, Axis Powers Hetalia (although Hima-Papa went big later). I can name more, if I knew more. But off this alone it's possible to balance quantity with quality. Maybe none of these people did it as long but note that they FINISHED IT in time. If Rich did 11 a month every month like he used to, this whole thing would be wrapped up by 2014. I realise he couldn't do that if he tried now but even a weekly update schedule starting now he could wrap it up by 2026, ahead of my estimates. You ask me to do a project of this magnitude. I know I can not do this. If Rich cannot finish, he must know his limitations and quit.

      To both David and Lain: My beef with this matter is not primarily how long it takes him to finish. It is that I do not believe he is capable of finishing it and I believe he is lying to himself and us that he can. Even the O-Chul story evidences this both in quantity and content.

      95 pages (or as Rich crowed to one on his forum, 96) sounds and is a lot especially over two years. But recall Rich produced Snips, Snails and Dragon Tails (97 pages) whilst STILL being able to maintain a five or six a month production rate. Even Haleo and Juelan and the Belkar story (39 pages) were made parallel to a six a month schedule. That the 95 pages would slow production so vastly (especially as he was three weeks late) is a worrying sign. Especially as we KNOW the first nine pages were fully drawn (and I assume the story largely plotted) by February 2016.

      The second is the content. Rich Burlew once said "Fantasy literature is ONLY worthwhile for what it can tell us about the real world; everything else is petty escapism". Whilst it permeates all his writing and is a large part of why I like the comic I have noticed it has become more "heavy handed" since Book Six began, especially starting from the 2016 line up. And the heavy handedness is linked to the slow in quantity. I believe that it is a sign that Mr Burlew (subtly or actually) considers his work "not worthwhile" and "escapism" and is overcompensating. I predict that the signs are pointing too Burlew ultimately quitting and NEVER getting it finished.

      Thus my comments are designed to trigger one of two reactions. 1. Rich steps up his game and both accelerates production and behaves with transparency. Or 2. Rich realises he can't manage and quits. Scenario 2 will happen without my intervention. But if it's done earlier we won't have to wait over a fortnight for every update for years and be able to move on with our lives quicker.

      I hope you see where I am coming from.

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      Lain Luigi on May 17

      oh, one more thing; I used this kickstarter to buy the board game, and most of what I paid was it, plus shipping expenses. I'm getting all those extra goodies practically for free. the only thing preventing me from going to throw more money at rich burlew right now is that I already bought all the books and a significant amount of merchandise, and that amounts to a small fortune when transoceanic shipping is taken into account.

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      Lain Luigi on May 17

      JRR Martin is also writing a saga that will take over 20 years in the making; brandon sanderson has his whole "cosmere" project which won't end until 2050, in the most optimistic estimation. Robert Jordan's wheel of time was completed 20 years after it began, by a different author after the original one died.
      when you sign up for an epic fantasy project, it is absolutely normal that it will take decades, and there there will be hiccups along the way.
      If nothing else, this new o-chul story shows that rich is still capable of delivering 100 pages of comic per year.
      I certainly fail to see your point. Yes, rich burlew has the common problems of many indie artists. so he should quit? what would be gained by that? even if you are correct and rich is indeed incapable of finishing his project, everything he's going to do before he inevitably retires is going to be more oots for all of us. and it's likely you are not corrrect; rich has manifested times and again a determination to finish his masterpiece no matter what it takes.
      As for the "silent majority", it appears that the silent majority has more emphaty than the cynists give it credit for, and that it would rather have slowly updating oots than no oots at all.

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      DavidB on May 17

      Dale, I can't understand what's your problem with OoTS being finished in 2030, 2040, or even 2050 if that's Rich's choice. Go read another free webcomic, if that troubles you. I suspect the only way you could understand Rich's situation is becoming yourself involved in a decades-long creative and technical effort, like OoTS is, then showing us how you handle yourself the creative pressure and all the financial challenges involved. There's a reason there's no other comic out there like this one, not even close, in terms of complexity, scope and longevity: it is damn hard to do what Mr. Burlew is doing for such a long time. However maybe you could point us to other online artists that have produced anything like OoTS for a similar stretch of time. Surely, if Mr. Burlew is the lazy man you claim he is, you can easily single him out among other artists?

      Giving up due to burnout is almost the guaranteed outcome for almost all indie creators. Rich has failed to meet deadlines and probably has been through trouble, so what? he makes mistakes like we all do, yet he keeps marching on even if he has the right to stop producing the main comic any time he wants. If he hasn't sent you your books or crayons, ask him for a refund, I am sure he'll have no problem with that. And there is where your right to complain ends.

      I advise you to stop pretending you represent the "silent majority", given all the reactions you've gathered from people that hadn't posted in a long time (like me) yet couldn't stay quiet reading your stuff. Maybe you could begin working on the "silent" part for a while, once you perfect it you might try to cover the 'majority', which involves among other things to understand what other people thinks and care about it.

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      Vicente Cartas
      Superbacker
      on May 16

      Incredible work as usual :) This was my first kickstarter and every single thing that has been delivered from it (and the comic) has been a delight.

      Rich, take as much time as you need to tell your stories and complete your projects, they are well worth the wait. And if there is a way to throw money at you, please share it!

    22. Christian Steudtner on May 16

      Well worth the wait! After starting I couldn't put it down before finishing it.

      I can't speak for others, but I can't thank you enough for the rewards you have given us so far. I certainly do not regret supporting this Kickstarter. I'm happy to wait a bit longer (especially if the reward turns out to be as great as the last stories, notably the magnificent O-Chul story). More than all I hope with this update there will be less negative feedback here - because it makes me really sad to read it, while I don't think it adds anything that might improve the situation.

      Keep up the good work :-)

    23. Jonathan Holmes on May 16

      Thanks. This was worth waiting for. I was so excited when I saw how many pages it was! And it was such a well-constructed story too. I believe in you.

      Also, complaining about the new art style is ridiculous. It's fantastic.

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      Edward on May 16

      Thanks Rich. This is fantastic! Way more content than you promised.

      Is there any chance you would consider offering printed copies for sale on your website? There is enough here for another prequel volume.

      Agree with Chris. What you do is special. Thank you again.

    25. Chris Riedel on May 16

      Dear Mr Burlew,

      I am a bit over half finished with the O-Chul story. It is truly inspired, and deeply moving. I just wanted to let you know, you take all the time you need. Don't rush a thing. It is a privilege to read your work, and I am happy to have made any small monetary contribution to helping that happen. You are not simply an artist, or a storyteller, although you are wonderfully talented at both. You write literature that touches and informs the human spirit, and I will be forever grateful for having read it.

      I know these past few years must have become frustrating, nerve-wracking and exhausting. I know you have been judged by people who don't know all the facts of your life (nor should they, or I; it is your life, and not our business, which is with your art). Were I in that position, I do not know that I could have persevered. But I am grateful you have. What you do is special. Please continue, and know that you do so with my thanks, if that is any comfort.

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      Aaron wayne on May 15

      Hey dale,

      NEENER NEENER NEENER HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHH YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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      Dale on May 15

      I wish to apologise to all who are upset by my comments. My ire is at Mr Burlew alone. I am aware it is harsh but things cannot continue as they are.

      As for whether Rich is lying, consider the reality of what is happening now. The current story arc in the comic is a battle involving Five members of the Order which is largely a secondary conflict in the grand scheme and appears to be dragging. The update schedule has been going on a 2/3 a month schedule. Rich is juggling this with a Kickstarter story about the past of a character with high Constitution which is almost but not quite finished. The last update on the comic was the sole update of that month, and there is a record-breaking absence. From where I sit, history is repeating itself.

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      Jan Ostatek on May 15

      Dale, AFAIK this is the third time you infer that Rich is somehow lying. In fact majority of your posts are more or less thinly weiled threats or baseless accusations. I really do not like that attitude. If you think you did not get what you pledged for, ask for refund. These toxic posts of yours really do not help anything.

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      Dale on May 15

      I only said perhaps with regard to the forums. I accept the "official" story of what happened and won't probe further. Although it is troubling that Burlew did not comment on it. He usually does.

      Tyrus,
      You are taking what I said out of context. I asked about "the exact percentage number" because Rich had mentioned a percentage number for his thumbs recovery in an earlier update. I wanted an updated percentage number.
      I mentioned OCD with regards to the Monster Minis. The Spring and Summer set were in the old art style. The Fall set is in the new art style. I know for a fact that some people with OCD could be upset by inconsistencies like this.
      You say you are upset by the "endless delays" but what are you doing to address this? Sunlight is the best form of disinfectant. I am putting sunlight on someone who is obviously hiding lots of things.

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      Sebastian Nerz on May 15

      As a comment states that "The forums, perhaps the greatest asset of Rich which he has neglected for a long time, have been shut down, Burlew perhaps doing so to quell a potential riot" ... the forum is (back) online.
      Downtime was due to a server crash - http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showsinglepost.php…

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      Tyrus on May 15

      Wow Dale. Just looked through your post history and it's all this kind of stuff. You even asked Rich to give an "an exact percentage number" status on how his thumb was recovering, and accused his change in art style of being insensitive to people with OCD.

      I'm not happy either with the lack of communication about this Kickstarter, nor with the seemingly endless delays, but posts like yours are counterproductive at best and borderline harassment at worst (calling up a hometown newspaper to investigate Rich...wtf). I don't like taking this kind of tone on the internet, especially with a stranger, but you need to step away from the computer, figure out your priorities, and think before posting here again.

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      Dale on May 14

      "massive decline it has caused on quantity". My mistake.

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      Dale on May 14

      Hi Aaron and AMartin,

      I am aware my comments are harsh and I'm sorry you took offence. We're all passengers on the same boat in a way.

      I make my comments not to harass or pursue a vendetta, but because I genuinely believe Mr Burlew is incapable of completing both the comic and the kickstarter. I have calculated that assuming there are about 450-500 individual strips left, OOTS will finish by 2027-2030. However, this assume that Mr Burlew maintains a consistent three or four strips a month on average (like he has since the new art style). Given the recent decline in updates (and elements of a creative breakdown seen in the 2016 output), I expect this number to fall. Especially once Rich hits 50 in 2024. My main beef with the new art style is not it's quality, but both the massive decline it has caused on quality and the fact it came out of nowhere without consulting any of the backers (now the autumn monster minis are inconsistent with prior sets). It is not a coincidence that the art changed on the year of Rich's 40th, perhaps indicating dissatisfaction with still doing this at 40. I do not wish to wait until then for Mr Burlew to bail like he will ultimately do.

      I'd rather he dropped the pretence and bailed now. Rich is not a web cartoonist or author. He's a businessman. Businessmen should be honest and transparent. If I were Rich I'd bail after doing the backer stuff I'm bound by money to do (O-Chul, Cliffport, Crayons maybe Winter Minis) and then find another job or make a new story. Healthier for him and us.

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      AMartin on May 14

      Yeah, don't shove me into your "silent majority", Dale. I'm content with waiting for Rich to finish his work. He made a great story until now an I don't want it go to waste because some people didn't have anything better to do than harassing a web cartoonist.

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      Aaron wayne on May 14

      Dale,

      I too am upset by how Rich has handled this kickstarter, but making thinly-idled threats like "we should call such and such news outlet" is unhelpful and probably detrimental to the effort of actually getting content. Comparing him to Trump is also unwarranted and incredibly inaccurate.

      I really don't like that he didn't post a "hey, I still exist" update at the very least, as he promised. And it was tacky to post that update on twitter, and tackier to *not even apologize* but instead express "thanks for your support". But it's well known that the giant has had struggles probably with depression and anxiety for a long time. I get that it's easy to say "well, that doesn't excuse his actions, he promised something and he should have delivered it". But *realistically*, knowing that he's had those issues means that yes, we should support him even when we feel like he's being a dick, because for all we know being hostile could lead to a total breakdown, and for all we know that's what is happening now. I don't think he's the kind of person to take the fact that 15,000 people are waiting for this lightly. And when he sees hostile posts dominating the discussion, his and our human minds are liable to assume that *everyone* thinks this way. That's not going to be good for his mental health --- I think most of his readers are aware of this.

      I have been following this comic for more than ten years. I want to see the end, and I want to see how the paladin got his scar just as much as you do (probably more, since I like the new art style).

      Which do you care about more, and I'm seriously asking: Getting the content, or satisfying your vendetta?

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      Dale on May 14

      The gap between comics is the longest unscheduled one (and the third longest gap overall). The deadline for the update has been missed by three weeks with absolutely no explanation why something which was 90% complete in February is taking so long. The forums, perhaps the greatest asset of Rich which he has neglected for a long time, have been shut down, Burlew perhaps doing so to quell a potential riot. And even if How the Paladin Got His Scar is a 100 page megalith, it will be done in the new art style and thus will not be what we asked for 5 years ago.

      Rich intends to shift to a patreon system after completing the Kickstarter. He will make no money off of it because of his behaviour here. I speak for the silent majority when I say that Rich Burlew has obliterated all trust I had in him. At this point it would be better if he revealed the full plot of OOTS now and got on with working on something else instead of dragging the whole thing out until 2028 or later.

      Why am I being so hostile? In his last posts on the forum which did not announce a new comic, Burlew identified himself as a Businessman first and a Writer second. Therefore, he should be treated as a man of Business. Rich Burlew is little better than Donald Trump, a failed Businessman who is not sufficiently transparent in his dealings.

      For those who agree please call (215) 854-2000 It is the number of the Philidelphia Inquirer. I urge you to tell them to investigate Rich Burlew. I have.

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      Max Martini on May 10

      Its kind of funny how little gets posted anymore when an update gets missed.

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      Totally Guy on May 3

      Ok, fine, he's not dead. But he's not here either.
      I am.
      Look, I'm not asking for much. If he shows up someday, I'll step aside. I just want to be yours even for a little while. I want to feel your arms around me, even if I know that they'll be around him tomorrow.

      :p

    39. Rune Ulset Furberg on May 2

      He is not dead, at least he was not until recently. Yesterday he posted on Twitter that he had been out of touch for a while, and is now concentrating on finishing the O-Chul story.
      (https://twitter.com/RichBurlew)

    40. Mike Petrillo on April 30

      Yes I have the same question. He did not die right?

    41. David Burszan
      Superbacker
      on April 30

      Actual question: is Rich still alive?

    42. Christopher Baird on April 25

      Thank you for the April 24, 2017 update! /s

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      Tyrus on April 25

      @Max: I was wondering the same, but there's nothing on twitter either. Maybe it just isn't happening?

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      Max Martini on April 25

      Did I miss an update?

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      Michael Stanton on April 18

      Over 5 years from expected delivery now. For the love of all that is holy if you can't honour the pledge for drawings (and no, not a patience one) at least send the books...

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      Dale on February 23

      Rich Burlew said "I'm going to tell you now when the next update will be. The next update will be on February 22, 2017, the five-year anniversary of the end of the drive. I'll make a post that day even if I haven't finished O-Chul or a wallpaper or anything." Clearly this was a lie.

      Not to mention the tweet that a Wall Paper was being made right now implies that the O-Chul PDF has not been made (otherwise a new wall paper would be saved until the future to placate the backers later). Yet another example of poor time management caused by the change to the new art style.

      Maybe the philidelphia inquirer and daily news should be informed of this? If you know people in them, contact them.

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      yotam on January 3

      So... AWESOME!!!
      I especially liked the scarred elf necromancer.
      Thanks!

    48. Zokir on January 2

      Woo! New monsters for every season!

      Question... where can we download spring and summer?

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      Dale on January 2

      This is completely ridiculous. We have been waiting five years for something which won't be what we asked for because it will be in a different art style which nobody wanted when they pledged money (and inconsistent with the previous sets of minis in that particular case). An art style which has in turn caused larger delays to both the comic and fulfilment of the kickstarter than any thumb injury, real or fictitious (and there is evidence of both) could ever accomplish. All because Mr Burlew does not want to continue the story and is only doing it because he wants to finish what he started (he has said that he changed the art style because otherwise output would be slower because he didn't want to do it and that sometimes he only updates because it's been a week since he did the last comic).

      Rich Burlew, if you see this message, either get a life coach to sort out your appalling work ethic or publish all your notes and future plot lines for the Order of the Stick in your next update and move on to a new story which you will have more investment in than Order of the Stick. Because you can't continue as normal.

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