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July 2, 2008 - Wrong Game, Sorry.
Travel between the worlds of NetHack and Angband was difficult but still possible. Travelling between ADOM and Angband involved a long and indirect route going left at Diablo, straight on through ZAngband, taking the bypass at Ragnarok and finally the dangerous shortcut across Crawl.
July 4, 2008 - Musings of a Ragged Trousered Psychotic
I can't exactly see artifact trousers. How about The Leather Chaps of Elrond? Or perhaps the Cargo Pants of Bilbo Baggins? The Lycra Leggings of Saruman?
July 7, 2008 - Internalised External
Don't give your reflection too much life. It might decide that it's the original.
July 9, 2008 - Shameless Asimov Ripoff
The problem is - this is a comic strip. They know we're watching. So aside from the third law, we know they're not telling the truth. However, painstaking research eavesdropping on dragons when we're sure they don't know we're listening has allowed us to piece together a few fragments of the Second Law. We know that it involves the phases "Not want", "Murder", "Soy Sauce" and "Dumbledore". Other than that, we have no clue.
July 11, 2008 - Shining Elfhood
I've not looked. I've not checked. But this is the internet. I know it's there. If you find it... don't send it to me. Turn off your computer and exorcise your hard drives.
July 14, 2008 - Onomatopoeia
Wok Clang was even deadlier. Tastier too.
July 16, 2008 - The Proverbial Son
One day I will discover a pun so awful that I can reduce a man to tears from fifty paces.
July 18, 2008 - Safer Trinitite
Aleg Guinness = Genuine Glass.
July 21, 2008 - Once Owned By Schrodinger
The Cat Of Doubt tried to make a career as an internet meme but was never that good at posing dramatically for the camera.
July 23, 2008 - Deja Village
There's no place like home.
July 25, 2008 - Mind Over Matter. Literally
Unfortunately, the next day Explorington got ambitious and tried to imagine a harem of ten thousand beautiful women. It worked perfectly... but he forgot to include the caveat that they be attracted to him.
July 28, 2008 - Guest Strip 29 - Rapid Oxidation
Martin Bazley shows why not all metals are that useful for item construction
July 30, 2008 - I'm Too Lazy To Draw Big Battles
Adding in all those p symbols, the well rounded o's, and the D's for heavy artillery? It's hell on your mousing finger. You wouldn't want me to injure myself just to give you all a good comic would you? Are you that heartless and cruel?
August 1, 2008 - The Reason For Autosquelch
At least scrolls of Aggravate Monster are good if you want a challenge... or a particularly creative suicide.
August 4, 2008 - Guest Strip 30 - Explorington's Special Delivery
This strip by Ed Kolis shows that you should always be careful of scrolls. Always.
August 6, 2008 - Counter The Fit
The Fail of Galadriel was made of plastic. But the Star of Alandil came with a free tea cosy.
August 8, 2008 - Why Angband Is Not A MMORPG
Now, there was or rather is a multiplayer Angband project called MAngband. Imagine what it would have been like had it really really taken off and become as popular as World of Warcraft...
August 11, 2008 - Why Angband Could Be a MMORPG
Apparently, MAngband is only pining for the fjords and isn't dead after all. And may I just say what a pleasure it is to rip off old tired Monty Python references for my own benefit? Everyone else on the internet is doing it, so I thought I'd get in on the action.
August 13, 2008 - Dogbone
August 15, 2008 - Gyyyyerrrgh
No, it won't.
August 18, 2008 - Civilised
It's amazing how many adventurers have been saved by the wives of monsters.
August 20, 2008 - Superheroes Of Angband
There are no Batman clones in Angband. Pretty much every single adventurer had their parents killed by a monster, so it'd be kinda generic.
August 22, 2008 - He's An Orc, And He's OK
He sleeps all night and he kills all day... just like his dear papa.
August 25, 2008 - It Might Be Bob
Actually, there are fifty four ninjas. The others are so good that even I didn't spot them until I wrote this.
August 27, 2008 - Justified Denial
The only time he denied anything more than this was when someone told him his nickname was "Teddy"
August 29, 2008 - Guest Strip 31 - The Operative
Sampsa Lahtonen tells the story of why all those adventurers fall to the little monsters... other than comic value.
September 1, 2008 - Saturday Night Live
I don't actually do a comic on Saturdays. I'm too busy sleeping.
September 3, 2008 - Comic Stabs
I was going to do a comic with a very brave Sauron on one square and a staff in the square above... so he'd be bold underline. But then I decided that I didn't want to get lynched.
September 5, 2008 - Joined Together... Never Apart
Also, because despite being metal, they smelled bad. Apparently it's something to do with the rust.
September 8, 2008 - The Creepiest Thing I Could Think Of
Blackmail only goes so far. Intimidation and mind screwing works better.
September 10, 2008 - News Innoculation
Think of it in terms of a vaccine. Inject a weaker strain so the body builds up defenses against the stronger one.
September 12, 2008 - Wings
Just like the Ugly Duckling. Only not.
September 15, 2008 - Gotta Pick A Pocket Or Two
Coming soon... Explorington the Musical! The orc can-can dancers have to be seen to be believed. Then you claw your own eyes out.
September 17, 2008 - Historical Moments Recreated In ASCII
The denizens of Angband put on an art show for you today.
September 19, 2008 - Third Prize
Dwarf Fortress was much more tricky. It took three Reader's Digest prize draws.
September 22, 2008 - Mr Fuzzles
When equipped, it gave +3 to CHR.
September 24, 2008 - O Live Oil
Healing potions were green this time round. Explorington made a deal with the gods and traded colour-blindness for three extra STR points
September 26, 2008 - Endless September
Yes, I do like NetHack. ADOM too.
September 29, 2008 - Endless October
Yes, I like milking a joke. Don't look up Goatse. Just don't.
October 1, 2008 - Snappy
Sometimes I write a comic that makes me hate myself. This isn't one of them - this is one that might make you hate me. Or at least replace my rations of food with chilli peppers.
October 3, 2008 - Speak With Dead
Not the evil dead... not really.
October 6, 2008 - It Would Have Been AWESOME
Seriously, it would. You would all have laughed so hard that some of you would have gotten nosebleeds from the force of the hilarity.
October 8, 2008 - Captain AJ's Discount Artifact Store
Wouldn't it be cool if the attributes on an artifact were indeed literal? Free Action would mean you live somewhere where your rights are respected. Sound Resistance would give you poor hearing. And Shock Immunity would stop people jumping out at you and shouting "BOO!"
October 10, 2008 - Unusually Specific Curses
Actually, he got it wrong.
October 13, 2008 - The Reanimated
Zombies. Angband's renewable resource.
October 15, 2008 - The Truth is Far Stranger
Yes, this really happened. It was one hell of a shock.
October 17, 2008 - Dance Magic
Tactically speaking, these are the only options in Angband. Attack in some way, run away, or do something stupid.
October 20, 2008 - Like Flies
When you're a strong warrior, I can understand mowing down orcs like blades of grass... but shouldn't ancient dragons be more of a challenge? Or giants?
October 22, 2008 - Stay Awake... Don't Close Your Eyes
Although it has the opposite effect in the movie, did you realise that Mary Poppins preaches sleep deprivation? Clearly that's why the children saw all those very very strange things...
October 24, 2008 - Yellow p
Translating words from the east into western alphabets is always so tricky.
October 27, 2008 - Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
Explorington did at least have the presence of mind to ignore convention and just say "Yoink!" instead of "Pardon me, but I've just stolen all your stuff". This gave him time to run
October 29, 2008 - Ancient Decayed Flesh
The cardigan of doom approacheth
October 31, 2008 - Speedrun
So... what's the fastest you've ever completed Angband or a variant? (Quickband does not count)
November 3, 2008 - The Passive Aggressive Technique
Well, Morgoth does have a few millenia on Explorington. Which of them is likely to die of old age first?
November 5, 2008 - Slurs and Stripes Forever
As it's Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night!) in the UK... perhaps we could combine the US election and the UK holiday... and burn an effigy of the losing candidate?
November 10, 2008 - Emoplorington
Getting up at 6am just plain sucks.
November 12, 2008 - Fallen Angels
Or perhaps they just gently sauntered downwards
November 14, 2008 - The Argument
It started with a dispute over Potions of Augmentation three years ago.
November 17, 2008 - You Got Me Monologuing
And he said to me " ". And I replied with " ". And there was an agreement
November 19, 2008 - Milking The Joke... Again
I promise to stop here. No jokes about fire resistance making guns jam, cold immunity warding off illness or confusion resistance allowing you to make sense of tax law.
November 21, 2008 - Right To Left
There's no reason you can't polka on the line.
November 24, 2008 - Offer Mode
Explorington took the 2000 deal, as the deposit of 100 was quite handleable... and got a very good job for that price. The exploding quails worked perfectly and the single green ribbon was an especially nice touch.
November 26, 2008 - The Angband Etiquette Guide - 24
angband.oook.cz - home of the Angband ladder. A damned useful way of comparing things - there's even a couple of my characters there.
November 28, 2008 - Dev Nuts
Actually, I didn't enter this year. I just didn't have time due to IRL time pressures.
December 1, 2008 - Gift Of The Maggot
It was a dispute over parking spaces
December 3, 2008 - Doctor Doctor
My evil lair is under construction.
December 5, 2008 - Evil Shall Rise
Bake it, shaby.
December 8, 2008 - After The Fact
Telemarixiusan had forgotten the prime rule of being an Evil Minion - never put yourself in a position where you have to contradict the boss, or take responsibility for failure.
December 10, 2008 - Except In ToME Of Course
Do not stab Super Happy Fun Ringwraith
December 12, 2008 - Collector's Edition
If you send off thirty box lids, you get a plastic model of a Great Wyrm of Power
December 15, 2008 - Children Are Like Onions
The crunchy bits can be a bit dry though - children need to be served in a good sauce. We recommend either dragonsblood and mint or lion's pepper. However, if you're allergic to the lion's pepper then green mold extract is an acceptable substitute.
December 17, 2008 - Slurs and Scrapes
After the fan response to Slurs and Stripes (above), I couldn't resist the appeal of the word. Kudos to you, you moistulent creatures.
December 19, 2008 - Total Economic Domination
And just after he'd gotten resist electrity and resist water.
December 22, 2008 - Ozzzzzzzzz
The Tin Woodsman was a porn star.
December 24, 2008 - Just For Once This Season
Merry Christmas All.
December 26, 2008 - Floorless Plan
The Phial of Galadriel was made with pure Light magic. Just like regular magic, but with less calories.
December 29, 2008 - The Jerk
Based on a real conversation I had. Using fake logic to 'win' arguments is not nice.
December 31, 2008 - Technicalities and Species
Well, he was only half an orc. The other half is best not discussed in polite socieiy. It's human of course as all fantasy stereotypes tend to be, but I was trying to preserve a false air of mystery in the last sentence which this one has just ruined forever. Sorry.