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Thanks to our loyal fans, we reprinted the entire back catalog of The Order of the Stick—and funded a bunch of new stories, too!
Thanks to our loyal fans, we reprinted the entire back catalog of The Order of the Stick—and funded a bunch of new stories, too!
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Random Encounter with 1d4-1 Updates

Posted by Rich Burlew (Creator)

I think I already talked about the spiral where I put off updating because I haven't done enough, which increases the amount of stuff I feel I need to do before updating, so I put it off, etc. The gist is, I am bad at accomplishing things, and even worse at expressing how bad I am at accomplishing things. But here's a pretty wallpaper:

This is obviously an homage to David Trampier's famous cover illustration for the AD&D Player's Handbook from 1978, one of the most famous pieces of D&D artwork. Since we have a new Player's Handbook coming out this month, it seemed appropriate. As always, you can get a variety of sizes at the wallpaper page on the main website.

You'll notice that two boxes for crayon drawings are half-shaded. The reason for this is that there is a pile of about 20 finished crayon drawings on my desk that I haven't mailed out yet. There are a whole bunch of reasons for that, but right now the only one still standing in my way is my Kickstarter inbox, which has 374 messages that I haven't looked at. Since some of those are almost certainly address changes—and since the artwork is one-of-a-kind—I need to dig through that before I can mail the drawings, or else they might get lost in Mail Service Oblivion. That's one of my tasks for this week, and when it's done, those drawings can get packed up and mailed. And then I can move on to doing more of them. (I mention this less as an excuse and more to assure you that if you've messaged me and not heard back, that response may yet still be coming.)

Other than that, it had been my goal to finish one of the digital stories during my hiatus from the main comic strip back in March. As it turned out, I didn't even get to start one. All the Real Life stuff I had been putting off overwhelmed me and it took all my effort just to get back to the regular strip on time. I've since been able to get some work done on the Therkla backer-requested story in the last three weeks, so hopefully that will be done by the next update.

Anyway, I think that's everything. I haven't done as much as I would have liked, and I hope to do better going forward—both with the work and the updates. Thanks for whatever patience you have left.


I Have No Witty Title Ready

Posted by Rich Burlew (Creator)

Hey guys. I have the flu, I think, or something, so this update is going to be straight to the point. Let's start with the wallpaper again. 

 I call this one, "There Must Have Been Some 5th Level Transmutation Magic in That Old Silk Hat They Found." I just did this one this week because I wanted to get the seasonal theme in at the start of the season in question, just for novelty's sake. You can download them here. Enjoy.

I've been doing a little bit of everything and thus finishing not much of anything (other than that wallpaper), but I do have good news for a small group of backers who have not gotten any love in a while. I'll let Elan deliver it. 

Yeah, I picked up my crayons again and am (slowly) starting to work on crayon drawings for people. I'll probably do a few more practice drawings first, actually. I have no idea what my production rate on these will be—assume not fast until proven otherwise—but these will start trickling out in the coming weeks. Non-patience drawings first, naturally. Workometer. 

Finally, I need to plug my holiday products, because I still need to pay my rent and such. I've plastered them up all over the main site, but in case you didn't know, we have a new 2014 "Tenth Anniversary" wall calendar available with 12 new pieces of art based on scenes from the comic re-interpreted. Here's two samples: 

There's a third sample on the order page.
There's a third sample on the order page.

 So that's on sale (while supplies last) at Ookoodook, while over at the CafePress shop we have new holiday ornaments and t-shirts. You can see them here. Some of these are based on characters I created for A Monster for Every Season for this Kickstarter, such as the very-popular-so-far Unicorn Princess design, so I guess everything is full circle or something. 

I'm going to try to finish as many packages (with or without crayon drawings) before the end of the year as possible, so next update will probably be another wallpaper rather than a delivered story. But if you're waiting on a package still, there's a better-than-usual chance of getting your shipping update. 

I'm going back to bed. Thanks for all your patience and stuff.


DOWNLOAD NOW: A Monster for Every Season (Summer)

Posted by Rich Burlew (Creator)

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RELEASE THE KRAKEN (and 359 of his friends)!!

Posted by Rich Burlew (Creator)

I’m happy to announce that the second set of A Monster for Every Season is completed; you’ll be getting the download link in a separate update email in a few minutes. I didn’t manage to beat my deadline and squeeze it into Summer itself, but in my defense, there are 106 more monsters in this set than last year’s Spring set.

Technically, I’ve now fulfilled my original commitment to create a set of 400 monsters—we’re over 600 now—but don't worry, I’m not done yet. There are still a ton of monsters left for the remaining two seasons. Though I guess I should just say upfront that there’s no way the Autumn set is getting completed in Autumn, much less before the thematically appropriate Halloween holiday. These sets are an enormous amount of work and tend to absorb all of my time once I start so I think I should finish one or two other things before diving back in.

In completely unrelated news, today is the tenth anniversary of The Order of the Stick. I posted the first strip on September 29, 2003 with no goal more lofty than to amuse the 10-20 people who were visiting my message board. It’s been a pretty good run since then. Since I couldn’t have made it as far as I have without the support of everyone reading this, I thought I should take a moment to say thanks. Thanks! Rest assured, it won’t take another ten years to get to the end of the story. Maybe four? Tough to say.

So let’s look at the Workometer.

I’ve added both the Autumn and Winter sets because they were the last things left that weren’t already on there. So that’s a pretty good view of what I have left now. Still a lot.

OK, that’s it for me. Next update, another wallpaper (probably)!


Summertime Sticks

Posted by Rich Burlew (Creator)
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Hey gang, here's a quick update. First, your new wallpaper:

As you can see, it has a definite "Summer" theme, which is why I'm trying to squeeze it out before Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer here in the US. I would have put it out first instead of the forest-themed one, but I didn't want to spoil the Silicon Elemental's appearance in the main comic. But it's here now, so you can go to the Wallpapers page on the main site to pick it up. Notice that I also updated the first wallpaper to have a few more sizes that were requested late.

In a similar "get it done before the end of the Summer" way, I've dived into the next Monster for Every Season release. So far, I've finished the aquatic animals, sea monsters, ogres, and most of the kobolds—with a lot left to go. Here's one of the sea monsters, the dreaded Eye of the Deep:

My goal is to finish the set before the actual official end of Summer on September 21st. Beyond that, I did a few more digital portraits and worked on the regular comic, as always. Workometer!

Not much else to say. See you back here for more monsters in a couple of weeks.