That’s a wrap
That’s a wrap

Hey, I figured that people would have more comments now that this storyline has wrapped, so here’s a nice fresh comments section! Thanks for your input and support, everyone. Please remember to be honest but not cruel, and kind even if you disagree with me/one another.

EDIT: We’ll be doing “Comedy Check Theatre” for the next two weeks, then we’ll pick up the main comic story again in April.

News: Posted March 18th, 2014 by Alina

^ 114 Comments to “That’s a wrap”

  1. Sadam Says:

    So it means that, that particular storyline concluded or it’s ending of whole series? Hope not the second one.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 1:41 pm
  2. Travis Says:

    It Must be just as Crazy for you as the Readers right now Alina. I hope first and Foremost you are doing fine through out this whole shebang. Were you as surprised as the rest of us by the reaction this got? From Praise to your wonderfull Black and white work in the Battle scene and then a day or two later the Anger, Surprise, Glee and every other emotion people can have all posted on the forums.

    The emotions I’m going thru right now are mixed I didn’t like the it was all a dream aspect and you didn’t really clear it up even with the Marking pulling joels leg ending. The Final strip with Mark pulling Joels Leg and for me it Felt like a you were doing an Akanbe to the audience as the Author with it.

    I wasn’t a fan of the Hunter Story arc but the conclusion bothered me even more. it felt insulting, which I can’t imagine that would EVER be your intention. I had some of the same emotions when i Read MockingJay in the way that MockingJay felt Hamfisted to me. That she used a Sledgehammer to drive in finishing nails. That you both told a wonderfull story but the end felt forced.

    The one thing i do know, and it’s something i think everybody in my Role Playing group has felt at one point or another in the last 20 years we’ve played togethor, is I need a Break. I need to sort out how i feel and comeback later and look at it from hindsight.

    So Until then …

    “I’m Going to push myself away from the Table and say NO MORE JELLO NO MORE JELLO FOR ME MOM!”

    Stay Strong Alina you do wonderfull work

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 1:53 pm
  3. acolytetojippity Says:

    This has been one of my absolute favorite webcomics for a long time. And i’m not sure i can read it anymore. I have never seen so few strips ruin such an amazing comic until now.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 1:58 pm
  4. Kecal Says:

    This is BRILLIANT! All my worries are gone and while I will miss the “were-” part from being real I like how the shadows say that it’s by for nor gone.

    For people complaining about Mark knowing about this LARP, but not Vampire, my interpretation is that for the first chapter Mark wasd clueless on both LARPs, but when the Vampire was explained to him the Weregeek was as well, just off screen.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 1:59 pm
  5. wadewilson1983 Says:

    Over all i liked it, i will admit i was somewhat worried up till this last strip about where it was going (the constant thought of good lord how unbalanced is Mark was disconcerting) but i actually really liked the pay off here with him just messing with Joel not only was fun and well written, but it honestly reminded me of how me and my friends treat each other. As for the way the way you handled the long running story line, i think you made the right choice. While it was entertaining it always felt somewhat out of place to me with the rest of the comic. I can’t wait to see where things go from here with this now wrapped up. Keep up the fantastic work!

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 2:25 pm
  6. Shaka Ragetotem Says:

    All I can say is WOW!!! Longtime fan here and I just want to say a fantastic ending to just a chapter in the lives of these gamers. But one can’t help wonder what’s next for our fellow geeks as one thought came across my mind about Sarah and Mark. Did he put a little bit of true-life emotion into his part when he seen Sarah in the “clutches” of the hand of the enemy getting ready to be eaten? And what new adventures await them in the gaming world? Perhaps there’s a little bit of truth to the Weregeek inside them that will come forth later on. Who knows, and only time will tell!

    For now, I raise my glass to you Alina and say a job well done with this particular storyline and keep it up!! πŸ˜€

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 2:39 pm
  7. Sadam Says:

    Truth be told up to last strip I was thinking it was Hunter master plan to make geeks forget about their “Were-” part and Mark would be the last to remember. I liked that magic-realism part of webcomics very much.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 3:01 pm
  8. Valareos Says:

    I get the feeling something isnt all it seems… Yes, i like the twist, though i did enjoy the hunter storyline.. But there is at least one thing that cant be explained as “It was all a Larp” The geek Moot. There was a LOT of strange things happening there…

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 3:48 pm
  9. Ki Says:

    I’m glad Mark isn’t crazy, but it would have been really interesting to see how that would have played out.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 3:52 pm
  10. Reggler Says:

    Personally, I love the way you closed this storyline, Alina. Weregeek was one of my favourites already, and I think I just started loving it even more. Brilliant job, and I’m looking forward to everything else you have planned!

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 3:56 pm
  11. Maryxus Says:

    No, this still feels forced and lazy, and almost more so because it feels like a response to all the people who’ve been like “Wait, Marc is insane then?”

    The truth is there’s never been anything in the comic that has ever led the reader to that this would just be a LARP. The Hunter plot always been handled as if it were serious, even as recently as the medieval LARP faire thing with behavior completely inconsistent with a situation where people knew it was a game. I mean, if they knew what’s-his-face who was brainwashed was just playing a part in a game, why would they be shocked to see him at another event that was in every other way unrelated? What geek would expect someone to cut themselves off from an activity they really wanted to do for a minor piece in a LARP, especially when they could’ve just showed up at any game store or looked online to find out about the convention for plot purposes? It just doesn’t make sense.

    While I can understand a need to close off a storyline that isn’t working for you, I just can’t help but think that you could’ve come up with a more consistent ending. It’s probably not enough to make me stop reading, because the majority of the comic has never been this and has generally been enjoyable, but god damn me if the shoddiness of the writing in this arc didn’t make me consider it. I mean, really, you do a good job writing story arcs for your game segments; I thought you’d have had a better grasp of narrative coherency than this.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 4:01 pm
  12. LoneHowler Says:

    Well now that it’s over and reasonably explained. I’m going to say thank you. Some of the best things leave you emotionally ruined for a few days, or weeks, or forever. For example I’m still reeling over this weeks walking dead, and I dread the season finaly if they are willing to scar us a few episodes early. I’m loving it that.
    Game of Thrones is another one that’s great for leaving me tramitized for a while.
    So I’m glad we get comidy check theater for a while, so I can get my emotions settled. When I do I’ll go back and do a full reread of the comic

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 4:03 pm
  13. orange friend Says:

    i didn’t like the idea when it was revealed, and i had issues with it not working with things that had actually happened previously, but i suppose you pulled it together well. i’m still not sure why mark would play along with a random person telling him a knife is thrown at him, yet immediately go to actually believing in vampires…

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 4:04 pm
  14. marty Says:

    Yes. Yes yes yes. Brilliant ending to the arc. The last couple of comics pushed me emotionally (what the hell, the Hunters aren’t real?? Is Mark a loon? But the story? Oh no, not the dreaded “it was all a dream” ending, NOoooooooo…..) and then this one. πŸ˜€

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 4:05 pm
  15. Sadam Says:

    Yes, Geek Moot and Alpha Geek πŸ˜€ Those were awesome strips πŸ™‚ Hope that now it won’t become next slice-of-life for geeks webcomics. There dozens of those but only one Weregeek that we love πŸ™‚

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 4:06 pm
  16. Rerim Says:

    I honestly didn’t much like this conclusion to the storyline; it felt like a cop-out. I can see why, from the standpoint of writing the comic over time, you wouldn’t want all these pseudo-magical elements going on, but that was honestly my favorite part of the comic and having it casually swept away like that removes an element I really liked and just gives a sudden and unsatisfying ending to an intriguing story that kept me here through large stretches of the one-off puns that I, personally, don’t really enjoy.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 4:47 pm
  17. So Mark has now developed the best poker face in existence? Well played.

    Am I correct in interpreting the last panel as a potential hook for their playing geeks-and-hunters again in the future, if you decide to pick it up for a non-meta-plot arc? Or will you not reveal your plans?

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 4:47 pm
  18. digi_owl Says:

    In all honesty, i found the whole hunters line a distraction. I got to reading this strip with the first Shadowrun session, because i have followed that game line since late second edition.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 4:55 pm
  19. Forest (D&D preacher) Ray Says:

    I am glad this does not end the strip it is the first thing I read in the morning. I look forward to the next chapter.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 5:01 pm
  20. BetaKeja Says:

    OK after the big reveal I went back and read some of the earliest strips when Joel talks about weregeeks, I may not be remembering this correctly but I thought they all were clueless about things when it’s explained later on. Either way I’d say that right here Joel recruits Mark for the Weregeek LARP but doesn’t tell him about the Vampire LARP.

    I also found the scene where Joel crashes through the window, in the very next strip the window is back and the glass is cleaned up, plus no one else cares about someone crashing through the window. (

    I guess in retrospect the Weregeek thing was just more roleplaying, only it was set in real life so the transition isn’t as obvious. Plus it also happens outside of gaming sessions.

    So from here I assume it becomes another game the geeks play?

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 5:14 pm
  21. Stephen Says:

    So does this mean that he didn’t really break up with his girlfriend or that perhaps he didn’t really have one to begin with?

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 5:14 pm
  22. Toastgoblin Says:

    I’m perfectly happy with the storyline. Basically Alina changed her mind about what she wanted to do with the story, which is always a risk with a long-running work. If you write it all *before* publishing, you can go back and revise; not with a webcomic.

    At that point she could have shrugged and scrapped Weregeek and moved on, but instead looked for a way to tidy away the Hunters plot while keeping the comic basically intact. As it is, because of the way in-game stuff has always been such a core part of the comic, and the way that’s been portrayed (like an alternate reality, with very blurry boundaries) I found the switch in perspective to OOC entirely reasonable. Something similar happens in Back To The Shadows, even.

    If I raked back over the archives I could probably find something that seemed out of place now, but I’m not sure. And while I was a bit concerned about Mark (and appreciate Joel’s reaction) the tie-up worked for me.

    To be honest, I always found the Hunters stuff a slightly odd juxtaposition with the characterisation, in-game plotlines and geeky sociality, and I’m happy with a comic that focuses on that. This must have been a pretty difficult decision, Alina, and I appreciate you explaining it properly and dealing with the fallout.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 5:17 pm
  23. Squiggles Says:

    Hey, I don’t comment often and this will probably be the last time but I just wanted to voice my support of the direction you’ve chosen here. This is a great comic and I’ve always loved it. I felt that the were-geek part was starting to feel strained in the later strips and I’m really glad this is how it played out.
    I will continue to read and there are many who will. Thank you for using your time and skill to bring us something entertaining for free.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 5:18 pm
  24. Butchery. Saturday morning cartoon level writing. I wouldn’t mind if this were the normal level of writing, but you can do so much better. :-/

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 5:26 pm
  25. Nascat Says:

    I have to say I this last panel made the ending a bit better, but personally I did not like the ending. Part of what made me a reader in the first place was this mystical/fantasy type of story and to find out it was all imagination in the end makes me sad.

    Does this mean I will stop reading? Absolutely not, while the main story is what caused me to click on the ad in the first place, all of the different RP’s they are playing is part of why I stuck around so long.

    I look forward to the stories resuming (after the comedy checks because they don’t interest me) and I always enjoy getting the updates in my RSS feed =D

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 5:55 pm
  26. Afternoon tea Says:

    Good catch betakeja! Maybe that was supposed to be a clue?

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 6:09 pm
  27. @Stephen @March 18th, 2014 at 5:14 pm :

    How did you get that? The Mark/Jess storyline isn’t dependent on the Hunters game being a game, except as much as Mark’s playing it and a bunch of other games and not telling Jess about any of them disrupted their relationship.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 6:43 pm
  28. Leona Says:

    I seriously thought that it was going to be like a vampire the masquerade pull. Like both the hunters and geeks hate each other but they know they can’t let everyone know about it so they pulled it off as a LARP. Still, a fairly satisfying ending

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 6:53 pm
  29. Talitha Says:

    I have been a lurker follower of Weregeek for about six or eight months now, having never commented on it before. I have to honestly say, I did not see the end of the Hunter story coming this way, and although it wasn’t my favorite one–that would have to be reserved for the Vampires and DnD–its a little sad to see the title story arc go. I think you handled it really well, contrary to what a lot of people seem to be saying. And I’m not just saying that to be nice. πŸ˜€ It was maybe a little cliched, but sometimes cliched is good. Besides, Joel deserves major payback for many. *evil cackle* Don’t get me wrong, I love Joel, but its payback time. >;]

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 6:58 pm
  30. clovermandefleur Says:

    …Well I was not expecting that. Everything that I’ve known to be real about this comic has come crashing down. Not to say it was a bad, just that I have mixed feelings about this comic now, because what is were geeks without “weregeeks”? I’m wondering what direction the comic is going to go now that this arc is finished. Will they come to discover that their imagination is powerful and that they may have abilities like in the larp later on in the series or will things go back to being relatively normal save for the problems of their daily lives?

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 7:01 pm
  31. jy2 Says:

    @toastgoblin I can think of one thing that’s out of place offhand: the first Hunter showed up before Mark met the group.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 7:18 pm
  32. Lukkai Says:

    Mark just messing with Joel’s head to get back at him? You know… in hindsight that seems quite consistent with the characters. And the reveal is quite well done in this comic.

    I think all in all, the transition was handled quite well. And I look forward to what’s in store for Weregeek in the future.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 7:42 pm
  33. Chevron Says:

    Personally, I really appreciate how Alina wrapped this up. Rather than completely scrapping the comic (or worse), she found a quick, easy, and plausible way to explain this subplot in a tone that fits with the rest of the comic. Applause for you, Miss Pete. I have to say, I did enjoy the Weregeek storyline, but it did always seem a little out of place.
    With this new development, however, I’m excited to see where Weregeek goes next.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 7:49 pm
  34. Kit Says:

    Got to admit I’m pleased the hunters storyline is done, it was often mildly irritating (in the same way a small stone in your shoe is).

    Maryxus – if the hunter/weregeek was a long running larp there could easily have ooc decisions made that if the were geek players came across certain hunter players they would, if possible, drop into were geek character and react accordingly. (Done that sort of thing in a long running larp before – it can be fun if not taken too far, or too seriously. πŸ™‚ )

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 8:54 pm
  35. Curt Adams Says:

    Nice wrap-up. I was thinking last week the only reasonable explanation is that Mark was pranking people and lo-and-behold, that’s exactly what’s going on.

    Looking back through my collection (I have all the Weregeek books) it’s quite clear in retrospect that Hunter was a game all along. Alina did a great job of stretching the plausibility thinner and thinner over time – literally years – so readers have been drawn into the fantasy gradually. Kind of like the metaphorical frog in boiling water.

    I’d thought the Hunter arc was kind of off and Mary Sue-ish for a long time but since there’s so much great about Weregeek I was willing to cut Alina some slack for Mary Sue-ing. But, turns out I didn’t need to cut her any slack and in actuality she’s played a heck of a prank on a large section of the readership (including me). And is it reasonable for me to see some demonstration of how Mary Sue/Gary Stu is generally bad for media fiction but does have a role in participatory fiction? Is Alina an art theorist in her spare time?

    It’s going to be hard to match this arc. Seriously, one of the most successful comic pranks *ever*, along with some serious food for thought and entertaining stories along the way. Still, I’m certainly looking forward to more Weregeek.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 9:05 pm
  36. @jy2 Says: @toastgoblin “I can think of one thing that’s out of place offhand: the first Hunter showed up before Mark met the group.”

    Not true. He meets Joel first, in the 2006 December 1 comic. The first hunter is introduced a few strips after that. We can infer some off-screen briefing before the 2006 December 22 comic.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 9:21 pm
  37. Nader Says:

    Yikes. I’m glad we’re finally through with this arc for definite. I’ll be honest, the “It was all a game” reveal was disappointing primarily for the fact that this whole comic’s concept, the “weregeek”, hinges on this quasi-real world where geeks have some unusual supernatural power to them. Completely undermined that whole idea, imho. The last four or five strips have just beaten this deceased equine into a bloody pulp.

    Good riddance to it, I suppose, it wasn’t even the strongest element of the comic. Your humour and the overarching storyline have always been the biggest draw for me, personally, and though this last week or so has felt like having most of my teeth pulled, i’m looking forward to getting back to what makes this comic truly great.

    Still wondering about the name thing though. I mean, they’re not really weregeeks anymore. They’re just plain, good old fashioned geeks now…

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 9:38 pm
  38. DragonStryk72 Says:

    So what about that time that Mark went Weregeek before he met any of the group, you know, the beginning of the comic? He was in the LARP before he even properly knew what gaming was, or that there were LARPs?

    I keep wanting to feel better about this, but this ending is just horrible. It leaves a point that I cannot trust what I’m reading, regardless of what’s happening, and it’s actually stained every comic that’s come before, because if that can simply be whisked away, then so can anything else that has ever happened in the comic.

    I feel somewhat insulted by being force-fed this ending to events, especially since I’ve followed the comic pretty much since the beginning, and to suddenly realize that so much of that story was a total waste that led to absolutely nothing… what’s the point in continuing to read? You can just pull it again and again with any plot you arbitrarily decide you dislike.

    Oh well, good luck with the rest of the comic, whatever it becomes, but this is the end of…. whatever this was for me, since obviously, Weregeek is a completely incorrect title for it.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 10:09 pm
  39. Yakumo Says:

    I think I may have posted once or twice, but no more. As far as Alina wanting to go a different direction, even ret-conning a bit, I’m alittle disappointed but okay with that.

    But the big problem with this ending that I haven’t seen brought up yet? If Mark was participating in a LARP with a storyteller narrating the knife that was thrown at the wall by the hunter BEFORE he joined the vampire LARP, then what does he have to get back at Joel for? As originally written, Mark was peeved at Joel for running him through a LARP without telling him it was a LARP. But now the story is that Mark was LARPing from the beginning. There’s a definite non-mesh there.

    So I definitely would have liked something different then this, but I am definitely still looking forward to more Weregeek as it moves forward. πŸ™‚

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 10:25 pm
  40. Antipodean Says:

    I can’t say I’m that fussed by the plot reveal. The LARP framework still allows Alina to tell any story she wishes to in the context of roleplay, including continuing the Hunter storyline. It’s not as if until then Alina had been claiming that the comic was a portrayal of real life anyway. (There was always an element of suspension of disbelief.) Don’t like the reveal? No worries, just treat it as non-canon.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 10:41 pm
  41. Tie-dyed Trickster Says:

    I’ll admit, I was deeply shaken and upset at the twist from real to fantasy the ‘weregeeks’ took with the big reveal – or I was when it first happened. Seeing the rest of the arc – especially the fact that Mark has been trolling Joel for the last few strips (which is awesome) – really helped me come more to terms with it. I’m still going to miss the weregeeks being real, but, well, I guess that’s what AUs are for. I’m going to enjoy seeing where the comic goes from here, and I’m glad I’m comfortable watching this new chronicle grow and develop. And, through it all, there’s going to be a little corner of my mind where weregeeks ARE still real, and running wild under a Gaming Moon. πŸ˜‰ Good luck, Alina – here’s hoping you roll all crits!

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 10:46 pm
  42. Nerrin Says:

    The big reveal was one of those things I found a little off-putting at first but settled in fairly comfortably the more I thought about it. It didn’t hurt that I was never a very big fan of the Hunter story, so I don’t mind it settling out like this.

    Did the climax feel a little rushed and awkwardly paced? A bit, yeah, but so it goes. Does it provide an interesting and fairly consistent new frame around previous events? Oh yes. I feel invited to go back over the story and engage with it in an entirely new way, with this revelation in mind.

    There might be a few plot holes but, y’know, welcome to serial fiction. If you haven’t started unconsciously piecing together handwaves to cover small plot holes by now, then reading comic books or watching TV must be some kind of minor hell.

    And for anyone complaining about the title becoming an artifact, now, just remember that it was explained in the text as the characters balancing their geeky lives with their normal lives, not about being monsters. The name still works on its own terms.

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 11:29 pm
  43. Zeph Says:

    The hunter/geek story line was never my favorite (The Shadowrun and DnD stuff tends to be my favorites), but I liked it. And I like the way you ended it too. I really love your comic and will keep reading as long as you put it out here. Thanks for all of the free entertainment! πŸ™‚

    Posted March 18th, 2014 at 11:31 pm
  44. CatDragon Says:

    A little forced but overall an amazing twist to the story. This ending made me feel the comic was hitting a low point, but it seems this is not the case. It’ll be interesting to see what story develops now that the Hunters episode is over.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 12:11 am
  45. Zypher Says:

    Thank you so much for this page. It really saved this “It was all an RP!” thing for me. It seems a lot of people agreed, judging by previous comments.

    Naturally, this is YOUR STORY, to tell as YOU WISH, but it’s nice to help things for your readers, too. So thank you.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 12:39 am
  46. Kala Says:

    As someone who loved the Hunter storyline, I’m a little disappointed to see it go. Ultimately though, you’re the writer and you need to do what makes you happy. I’d rather see an ending to a storyline I liked, than to see the comic end because you grew increasingly unhappy with it.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 1:05 am
  47. SorrowfulCry Says:

    Thank you for several years of entertaining story lines, interesting characters, horrible puns, and a truly unique take on a common conceit. I loved almost everything you did with Weregeek, and I adored the clever blend of ‘normal’ geekery and supernatural mystery.

    Now, I think I will take a few months off. I need a mental reset before I can enjoy whatever you do with the reboot… without a palette cleans, I’m just going to mourn the death of the “were” half of Weregeek.

    Until then, best wishes,

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 1:11 am
  48. Dabat Says:

    My first reaction to the wrapping up of this storyline was simply “RRRAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGEEEEEEEE!!!!!” I always LOVED the semi-mythical nature of true geekery in this comic, and while I didn’t always love the Hunter arcs, they provided a foil for the geeks themselves.

    This is still a fantastic comic, and assuming this last comic is all on the up and up it is one of the most fantastic St. Elsewhere moments since… Well, St. Elsewhere.

    A huge part of me hopes this is all not true, or at least partly not true at any rate.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 1:29 am
  49. Sparkus Says:

    Hey Ms. Pete,

    Congrats on being brave enough to make such a change. I have no doubt that the comic will be able to stand on it’s own as a comic about the relationships of the people who game and the games they play.

    After much thought (since the big announcement and subsequent geeking with friends) I realized that I’m a little dissapointed. Not in the end of the Hunter storyline (that’s okay and was hilarious), but in the complete removal of all things supernatural.

    I like the idea of a weregeek, that there’s something in a body that craves gaming (or writing, or sports, or whatever) and needs to be let out once in a while. Or can/will come out if one is really, seriously excited. Now, something like The Geek Moot is no longer possible.

    I (because this is just one voice here) understand your decision to reveal the war as a larp. I just feel that you excised too much in your decision.


    P.S. And because what person isn’t an over-analytic: The weregeek coming out in Mark was his introduction to the geek world. If it was all just a game from the beginning, then his growth into the gamer we now know and love is kind of a moot point.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 2:14 am
  50. Wanderer Says:

    I have to admit, I am a *little* disappointed. But then, I’m a hopeless romantic. πŸ˜‰ “Fantasy-made-real” has always been a favorite hook, so it’s only natural I’d feel a bit peevish with that element fading out of the comic.

    That said, I *do* find the gaming stories involving, being a PnP gamer myself, so I can understand your desire to re-center the comic in a way that makes for maximum potential rather than an inevitable climactic battle. (bows) Well played. Thank you for an interesting and enjoyable arc, and for the comics yet to come.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 2:26 am
  51. Urs Says:

    I just love the conclusion of this particular arc. Now I identify even more with the cast, knowing that they are “just” geeks with a vivid immagination like myself πŸ˜‰

    Thank you so much for all the work you’re putting in to the stories you’re telling us. I’m looking forward to many more enjoyable comics… πŸ™‚

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 2:58 am
  52. Mando Verd Says:

    I’m simultaneously elated and disappointed. It’s very bittersweet. Yet I still love it. And it’s not even the ending! (…Is it? I hope not… it just said chapter ending…)

    I do admit I was, like others, enjoying the semi-fantasy-like nature of the ongoing plot, and was a little sad to see it go. But I think you did it fantastically well. This comic is about REAL geeks, and how our enthusiasm and the power of imagination are what make even the real mundane world we live in genuinely fantastic.

    So major kudos. It’s excellent work, and I hope you continue and your success grows!

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 3:01 am
  53. BrokenKnight Says:

    You mean it was Bobby in the shower and Everything was just a Dream?!!?!?

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 3:17 am
  54. Varkas Says:

    I will miss the hunter storyline…I kind of liked it, though I can see how after so long, it needed to be resolved. The only complaint I have is that the wrapping up felt rushed. What clues have been pointed out were so subtle as to have been easily missed or written off as the changing perspectives of the gamers. The reveal of “it was all a game” is a valid and even a good end given the overall story of the comic…a few hints could have been dropped as it got close…a sudden shock like that is very jarring to a reader. Mark’s trouble going were geek can’t really be considered a hint either…throughout the comic he’s never changed when he wanted to(which begs the question…why could his fellow players who were supposedly just as clueless about it learn how, but not him?)

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 3:18 am
  55. CalvinCopyright Says:

    Honest but not cruel? Hmm.

    Well, all I can say is, I’m going to miss the weregeek fantasy element. There are so many places that that concept could have gone.

    However, I’ll accept it, because 1) this strip makes a nice joke somewhat relevant to previous events, 2) because there’ll be more of the other storylines now, and 3) because treating the weregeeks like they were real made for a better and funnier strip.

    Keep going, Alina. Not many people can draw comic strips; I sincerely hope that all of us will support you.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 3:44 am
  56. Hurbster Says:

    It’s a big cop-out but I do not see how otherwise this radical change in the comics direction could be achieved in just a few pages. Thing is, you can’t really call it weregeek now.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 4:29 am
  57. Lillith Says:

    I really don’t care one way or another about the Weregeek game storyline. I will admit that with the revelation that it was a LARP does make the first few strips a bit implausible, but then I realised that MARK was the weregeek, in that he had non-geek friends who he had to hide his new hobby from, lest be be shunned. During the day, he would have to act normal, but at that time of the night when they turn on the black light, the weregeek runs free. I’m imagining that Mark got into this LARP by wandering into the FLGS just as recruitment started up and that Mark, not knowing how to make a backstory, based it on him trying out these new hobbies and slowly being drawn into the geek world. If Mark decided that the Weregeek-vs-Hunter LARP wasn’t for him, he had an easy out in that he could have been “captured” and “given the blue pill, woke up in his own bed and believed what he wanted to believe”. Besides, if the first few strips were Mark walking past the FLGS and going in to see what the store was, that would be kinda boring.

    I’m more concerned with what is going to replace the Weregeek story in the story rotation

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 4:32 am
  58. Badger Says:

    Brutally honnest, I really wasn’t over the moon about the whole thing being an illusion, not so much that it wasn’t real…but more mark’s reaction, with this twist however, it’s come back around to me loving it, all I can say is Bravo…and role on the seventh! Loving it and going to keep loving it through chronicles 2,3, 4 and beyond!

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 4:33 am
  59. Ender Says:

    It felt a little sudden, but overall, I’m happy to see this plotline resolved in a way that doesn’t end the comic.

    I’m much more interested and invested in the characters at this point, and their real lives as geeks, than I ever was in the notion of geek-metahumans.

    Ready to move on.

    Can’t wait for April 7th.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 4:55 am
  60. Ender Says:

    Also, I always felt that the title referred more to Mark’s status as a repressed geek finally expressing himself than to the whole geekanthrope thing.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 4:58 am
  61. Angie Says:

    If you’re collecting opinions, I don’t like the sudden left turn at all. It smacks too heavily of, “And he woke up and found it’d all been a dream, teehee!” which is pretty much THE worst way to end a story. If I thought you’d planned it that way, I’d be pretty pissed off. But IIRC you said that you originally intended to whole “weregeek” concept to be literal, but that you later lost interest, or couldn’t figure out how to wrap it up, or whatever, so this was how you “fixed” the strip. Sorry, it didn’t work. Looks like a patch job, quacks like a patch job….

    I started reading the strip because you had a cool, original concept. Now you’ve ripped that original concept out of the strip, wadded it up and tossed it in the trash. Gee, guess I was just stupid for liking it. [sigh]

    I get that this is one of the dangers of doing a comic strip, or any serialized story where you’re creating and publishing as you go. You’re committed to what you put in front of the public yesterday and last week and last year, and the only way to go is forward. I get that it’s easy to put yourself into some tough situations because of that. But coping with what is, after all, the essence of the medium is part of the job you took on.

    I like the characters, so I’ll keep reading for a while, see how it goes. Whatever happens, I hope you’re happy with it now that you’ve remodelled, and that the comic does well, whether or not I and other readers who are incredibly disappointed at this point stick around.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 5:14 am
  62. DM's Choice Says:

    I’m somewhat relieved that this whole “hunter thing” has come to a conclusion. I love the “geek slice-of-life” strips, the game sessions, and so on, but this “hunter story line” always baffled me, to say the least. Great that this has finally been resolved.
    Though now, I could very well accept that some guys on the hunters’ side might have taken this for real…

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 5:34 am
  63. RiderOfPhoenix Says:

    The main thing I dislike from all this is not that it’s not mythical. It’s that in order to make it so, everything has been retconned and treated as a lie. It’s a big “I just trolled you all” moment to the readers. Not to mention that while the strips have been referencing the comments (I’m betting mine sparked the explanation for the sushi restaurant thing) there still remain plotholes and things that don’t make sense. Not intentional, I’m sure of it, but it comes as an insult for those who liked the fantastic part of the Weregeek. It’s pretty much clear that those who didn’t like it or didn’t care about it are the ones who liked the way things have been resolved.

    Still, it’s one of my rules that only the owner of a book / comic / whatever piece of fantasy is the one who decides what is canon and what not (and it’s why I dislike fanfics that much). I must respect your decision here, Alina, even if it didn’t end up the way I would have liked it to end (which I already mentioned in the other set of comments).

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 5:44 am
  64. Alexander Says:

    Thank you so much. I kind of hated the hunter story line ever since because it felt for me so out of place. Now with this wrapping up of being a LARP I can read the story again without this bad feelings. Thank you so much again!

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 5:47 am
  65. Stormfric Ulcloak Says:

    I’m very disappointed, but on the other hand, I completelt understand. Been there myself. And my players had enough trust in me that they let me get away with it. Gods know I’d never pull that sort of thing again.

    So I’m still reading Weregeek, because I trust Alina, dodgy cop-outy reversal aside. I trust her never to do this again, because it’s clear to me that she regrets it as a necessary evil. To be fair, if she had to retcon the Weregeek stuff as just a fiction, she couldn’t have done a better job, really.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 6:22 am
  66. Oneironaut Says:

    I think some people are being too hard on this.
    While I admit I was liking the “Weregeeks vs. Hunters” stuff, I didn’t really see the ending of that as a “cop-out” as such.

    It does fit the theme of the comic nicely, where the characters are geeks who play their games and throw their entire imaginations into those games (like everyone who plays games should do!)
    But in the end, it turns out that the game is still just a game, and the characters have to return to the dreaded over-complicated world of “RL”.
    (At least until the next game begins!) πŸ™‚

    So yeah, nice wrap-up to the first part there Alina. This is your story, you’re the GM around here. Just go with what you wanna do!
    Definitely will continue reading when I can.
    Looking forward to the next game! πŸ˜€

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 7:27 am
  67. Sigma Says:

    It was an excellent storyline, and I was a little disappointed by the ending. It appeared to be building to something big, and the hunter storyline was part of what made this comic unique.

    But I am interested to see where you take it next.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 9:11 am
  68. Nespa Says:

    i liked the ending actually, it was a bit inception like. beside what where people expecting? for the hunters to be real there had to be a reason why they actually hated the geeks. it would have been weirder if the hunters turned out to be former geeks who became hatefull because they became so obsessive with there games that they lost there jobs and girlfriends πŸ˜›

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 9:21 am
  69. Vissum Says:

    Geeks can be some of the most amazing, imaginative people on the planet. They can also be the most brutal when they’re disappointed with something – and are often prone to hyperbole. Such emotion. I wish my life were so devoid of real problems that not liking the storyline of a free webcomic actually seemed like one.

    Alina – hopefully you can focus on the positive comments here. This has obviously been a labor of love for you, and I definitely appreciate my little regular doses of free entertainment. Thank you.

    And to those who think the title no longer applies, I’ve always read it as this: Mark has his “normal” 9-5 office job where he blends in and seems just like everyone else. At night, he indulges in his geek passions. Weregeek. I guess I see it that way because it reflects my own life so much, and that’s why I’ve always found the character/game stuff more fun and interesting than the hunter storyline, anyway.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 9:25 am
  70. Hanabikun Says:

    I really didn’t like this ending. It felt rushed and way out of the ball park, like an M. Night Shamalan movie. I really liked the magical aspect of it all, but knowing this ending and looking back makes me question the entire comic. The consitancy no longer matchs up to anything and it all be comes a confusing mess.

    I have so many questions now, like, was Marks girlfriend in on it? Did they really break up? What part was reality and what parts were acting? As someone said above, the whole scene at the ren faire no longer makes any sense.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 9:25 am
  71. Goken Says:

    I love this ending and I’m really looking forward to telling my friends about it! I think they’ll be much more likely to become regulars without the Hunter thing hanging over the proceedings. So look forward to lots of new readers!

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 10:19 am
  72. Frankie D. Says:

    Yeah, still not buying it. If he knew it wasn’t real, why was Mark suprised that be couldn’t geek out like the rest for the final battle?

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 10:37 am
  73. DM Says:

    I was a little disappointed that it was all a big LARP, but that’s also a very fun idea. I’m very interested to see where your story goes from here. I’d love to see another LARP with the Hunters, and maybe this becomes a game that Joel or Abbie or someone is developing and it becomes the next big LARP idea.
    One of the things I really like about this comic is that it shows that not all geeks and nerds live in the basement, doing nothing but playing World of Warcraft and their only human interactions is mostly through a headset – yeah there are people out there like that, but I think the majority aren’t. They have jobs, lives outside their geek-dom, and personality. They have other friends besides each other and even go outside their usual circles (Sarah hanging out with Mark’s now-ex-girlfriend, perfect example… though frankly I’m glad she’s out of the picture >.< never liked her).
    I think you're doing great, you deserve a huge hug and a plate of cookies ^_^ I'm very much looking forward to your next Weregeek Chronicle!

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 11:04 am
  74. Sable Says:

    Love the comic, has been a wonderful escape from actually doing work for years.
    I was a bit disappointed with the ending of the arc though. I understand why you did it this way, but I was really hoping for an epic showdown between the Geeks and the Hunters. This ending just didn’t really fit with everything else in the arc. It felt more tacked on than like an actual resolution.
    Still, Looking forward to what comes next.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 11:16 am
  75. Wesley Says:

    I’m not sure I buy it. Something about this still rubs me the wrong way. Maybe its just the fact that excepting the very first story (and even then to a degree), the audience has always been ‘in’ on the game. This would also mean that when Mark showed up to the first game he actually already understood that it was a LARP, because how could he not? Maybe its something else.
    Anyway, I’m pretty eager to move on from this plotline so… moving on.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 11:24 am
  76. Seurimas Says:

    I’ll say that I was very skeptical and definitely wary of such a dramatic shift in plot, but that brought it back. It’s a good ending. Kudos on bringing things around to a close in a satisfying way.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 11:36 am
  77. chamilet Says:

    I never was really fond of this storyline, so I’m glad it’s been wrapped up (it could have just faded away and I’d be happy.) To those who say the supernatural element is now gone, I’d urge you to look at that last panel again and pay attention to the shadows…

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 11:39 am
  78. Shinobi Says:

    I’m perfectly fine with the entire story, right up to the ending. The whole point of reading someone else’s story is that you don’t know how it all is going to end, and the fact so many people got outraged by the deception leading tot he big reveal just shows how completely it was done. The passion that is being shown is commendable, that a comic can draw that many emotions impressive.

    The Weregeek LARP, the one bone of contention folks really seem to have, seems like it would be a pretty boring LARP. One side never seems to have any interaction with the others. Good LARPs are inclusive, or have the players and monsters take turns. I’m sure this can be explained around as well, though.

    I really enjoy the comic as an avid role-player. I love the Vampire storyline, the Werewolf LARP they played, their D&D and Shadowrun campaigns, and the camaraderie the group shares. I even get excited for each new installment into the lives of their characters. I hope as the Weregeek LARP has been revealed as such, we can get some justification with is by meeting the principal characters and organizers for that game. I’m sure there’s a bit of overlap between the LARP groups. Keep on going Alina! I’m sure a lot of people didn’t like Martin’s treatment of his characters in Game of Thrones, but it didn’t bring down the books or shows. Weregeek will get past the umbrage of a few.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 12:17 pm
  79. Gingkage Says:

    I was in the ‘I’m not particularly happy’ camp when the Weregeek/Hunter thing was proven to be a LARP. I LOVE that particular story, and I do wish that it was real.

    But the biggest problem I had, after thinking about it, was Mark not knowing. It meant one, there was very probably something WRONG with him, and two, he has some crappy friends. When it was revealed that Mark was just expertly trolling Joel, that concern vanished entirely.

    I stayed with this comic despite the sour taste the reveal left because one, I love this comic. It’s my absolute favorite that I read. And two, I had faith that you, Alina, could turn the sour taste around into something brilliant. I’m very glad to see that that faith wasn’t unfounded.

    Though I am still confused. After all, we saw that the Mark/Hunter interactions were being narrated, and Mark’s reactions (“Oh no! A knife?”). So that would imply that he KNEW that was a LARP the entire time. Which would mean that he should know that the Vampire LARP was just that, so why would he have to get revenge on something he knew the entire time? And if he DIDN’T know, how is that possible? Over-active imagination is one thing. But why would he agree to go to one LARP (the weregeek one) and not another? And knowing that the people he was talking to were LARPers, he should be able to know that, logically, the rest of them are probably LARPers as well. So there’s a massive… I think the word is ‘incongruency’ between the beginning of the comic, and the last few panels.

    Tl;dr: I’m very glad that Alina was able to save the reveal and the part that most bothered me (Mark’s cluelessness) into a humorous outcome, but still very confused about some contradictions between earlier chapters and the last few strips.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 12:54 pm
  80. Verypeachykeen Says:

    I’m kind of happy to see that that was all a big LARP.
    Hopefully the next chapter focuses more on the character development of your lovely crew, cause that’s my favorite part, and the D&D games.
    Can’t wait for April!

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 1:01 pm
  81. TK Says:

    I dunno, I don’t think that Mark being “in” on the Weregeek LARP and clueless about the Vampire one is necessarily an inconsistency. Mark being a fledgling geek in the beginning hasn’t stopped being true; the Weregeek story was his first introduction to LARPing and he was still very new to the whole concept, and gamer culture in general, and despite trolling Joel here and being a little more genre-savvy these days, he has always had an extremely active imagination. This “retcon” hasn’t changed Mark’s personality, nor wiped out all the character development as a growing geek he’s gone through over the years!

    While I am a little disappointed at such a jarring shift in the story, I can respect the fact that a writer can grow beyond his or her original ideas over such a long-form kind of storytelling. Mind-wrenching, yes, but I personally can’t think of any better way to have made the change were I in the same position. Losing the Weregeeks-as-real aspect will do nothing to damage the rest of the great story arcs this comic has produced, and I have no doubts will continue to serve up in the future. ^_^

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 1:40 pm
  82. Lord V Says:

    I agree that the “prank twist” makes it better. I’m looking forward to the next Chronicle, seeing where the Mark + Sarah storyline goes, and more RPG In-Time!

    And more regular updates, please! It’s been a lot of placeholders and comedy interludes lately.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 1:44 pm
  83. Mark Antony Says:

    I liked how it turned out. As I mentioned before, I never liked the metaplot storylines as much as everything else. Knowing we’ll focus on the “everything else” part makes me happy. As for the ending, I enjoyed it immensely and applaud how expertly you trolled your audience. Thanks, Alina!

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 3:16 pm
  84. Jeremiah Says:

    I agree with the readers that find this ending forced, but it’s your story, your ideas, your rules. I think that you could have closed the story without making it all “pretend”.

    On the whole, I still like weregeek, and will continue reading.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 3:54 pm
  85. Jordan Says:

    I think it’s good for the comic to move on from the hunter storyline, but the ending felt forced. I’m really not sure how I feel about this.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 4:25 pm
  86. Plasma Man Says:

    Honestly, I don’t like that the big build up with the Hunters was for nothing. But I can understand why this has been done – the Hunters storyline, whatever games the group were playing AND their personal lives are a lot of different story threads to keep going. My favourite bits are the ones where the group are playing games, so I’m looking forward to continuing to read Weregeek and am looking forward to more of that.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 4:31 pm
  87. Daniel Says:

    I’m glad the whole ‘weregeek’ story is over, I like the characters but that metaplot never sat well with me.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 5:10 pm
  88. Jacopo Says:

    I liked this! It’s the only possible ending that fits with a lot of details I thought were plot holes, and yet I didn’t see it coming. Last week I liked the plot twist but I thought it was done sloppily, because mark’s behavior didn’t fit… Sorry if I underestimated you!
    I also like how there is some detail (last panel, mark at the store, the previous convention…) that leaves an opening for future supernatural developments.
    Thank you for the great comic!
    PS: To everyone complaining about the transformations being seen “as real” in the images: we were prepared for this in the werewolf LARP arc.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 6:02 pm
  89. Bookwyrm Says:

    I’ve been reading this comic for years & loved it. The Hunter aspect of the comic was fun at first, but was beginning to irritate me (why can’t they just leave the geeks alone? Why do they have to be so mean??) so I’m not upset that this story-arch is done. I wasn’t quite a fan of the way it ended as Mark being nuts would have tainted the rest of the comics. I was feeling as sad & droopy. When Mark reveals that he was pulling Joel’s leg it was as if the sun had come out from behind the clouds!
    The fact that Alina’s writing was able to get such emotional responses means she’s doing a great job!

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 6:11 pm
  90. Lord Ellion Says:

    To be honest I’m not sure how I feel about this reveal…

    Up until now the whole weregeek universe had a sort of something special and mystical about it in the whole real life setting of the hunters vs geeks war. Every story arc saw a hint of extra going-ons. It made it feel fantastic and wonderful if not sinister and worry-some. When it was all real suddenly there was an example of blurred lines, if this was real, maybe those other moments had a sense of the real… or maybe that’s what you’re trying to say with making it another larp. Each one of these already existing realities can be as manifest as we can make them… definitely food for thought.

    I admit I could mostly be upset at the aspect that now when i see those moments of apprehension or danger involving a hunter, the curtain will be gone and in the back of my mind I’ll now know that there is not any real danger to be fearful for the characters for… I will admit, the Lovecraftian Esq. monster at the end of the arch was becoming hard to believe, but I wanted to see where the powers of a weregeek went.

    I’ll continue to read and love your comic no matter what way it progresses as far as I can see, but I feel like there could have been something more to this than just another LARP and a prank on Joel.

    P.S. In other news, Mark and Sarah have never been more tantalizing. Please return to the vampire LARP soon, i’d love to see where that goes ;p

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 6:37 pm
  91. The whole “it was all fake” ending feels a bit forced, but not too shabby as far as things go.
    I was wondering, how are you going to square away the time Jess saw Sarah’s “Shadowgeek” and the time Mark went to that Geek Moot? Does the Hunters vs Geek story continue or is that it?(That one was my fave!)

    Well played mark, well played! XD

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 6:53 pm
  92. Curt Adams Says:

    Nothing’s been retconned, folks. Read Alina’s and Layne’s comments on reveal day:

    “This is the end-goal I had in mind from when I first created Weregeek.”

    “The Geek Hunters were always intended to be a LARP.”

    And, in hindsight, the Hunters-as-reality was implausible from the start, and obviously false for years (e.g. the unbreaking window in the restaurant scene.) But, hey, Alina managed to suck almost all of us in, which is a credit to her skills.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 7:15 pm
  93. TC Says:

    One one hand, it is a little disappointing that this webcomic is going to become just another slice of life webcomic for gamers. And a better pay off would have been nice.

    On the other hand I not read the webcomic for its supernatural aspect for a long time, but instead for the in game stories and out of game drama.

    I am largely indifferent about the change, I guess. I will keep reading.

    And if you hated writing the weregeek portion, then I am good with that. What ever keeps you producing.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 7:19 pm
  94. Death Proof Says:

    Still shipping Mark and Abbie. *rolls dice* C’mon, lucky seven… daddy needs a new imaginary relationship…

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 8:14 pm
  95. Othniel Says:

    Can we get weregeek masks for sale?

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 9:39 pm
  96. Felix Magister Says:

    “Yeah, but the dog wasn’t *that* shaggy…”

    Frankly, I feel the same way about this as I do about the ending to Dream Quest of Unknown Kaddath- it’s been a decade, and I still can’t decide if it’s truly brilliant or just a lazy copout.

    Posted March 19th, 2014 at 10:40 pm
  97. Ilithandie Says:

    Have to say that personally I am not impressed. I enjoyed the mystical aspect as it set this comic apart from many others. I understand that you have your issues with it, but it just is not the same comic I started reading over a year ago now. I will continue and much as an insane person as I am, I will hope that the final panel shows that you haven’t completely thrown that mystical aspect of your comic away. I guess I just wish there had been more hints to gradually pull us away from believing it was real.

    Just to clarify it was not so much the Hunter VS Geek that I really enjoyed as it was the shadow creatures the geeks became. And I do believe that there could have been a better way of ending it. However you did a good job of keeping as much of the continuity together while cutting out what you didn’t like. It is believable of the characters. I am hoping (most likely in vain) that that hasn’t been entirely removed. If it was … well the final panel just seems like a kick in the pants.

    Either way I will be a bit apprehensive but continue to read. The characters have grown on me as well, and I am eager to hear their stories.

    Ultimately thank you for not just ending this comic.

    Posted March 20th, 2014 at 12:52 am
  98. caz Says:

    savings throw. that`s actually pretty funny.

    Posted March 20th, 2014 at 4:47 am
  99. Frankie D. Says:

    “Mark was joking” doesn’t work either. The only way he could pretend that he didn’t know it was real was if he’s never done anything out of character between the games or mentioned anything about the game at all in the last few years, which seems like an impossibility. Either he didn’t know it was a game, or it would have been obvious that he did know.

    Posted March 20th, 2014 at 10:21 am
  100. Kenneth Says:

    While I am not trying to be mean or rude, I felt that I should mention a few things. First, if you read the first five strips of the comic, you will see why the name still works. Second, Alina hinted throughout the hunter storyline that it wasn’t real, but it seems that most got too caught up in the storyline to notice what the analytic or logical minds would notice. Some of the hints, are as follows:

    1) Nobody in the restaurant reacted to Joel bursting through the window

    2) The police were not called and the event never gets mentioned despite them being regular customers. They also don’t talk about it among themselves.

    3) There is no mention of Joel going to the hospital or having to get stitches

    4) When they leave the restaurant, the window is mysteriously intact despite the fact that Joel had just busted through and the waitress only reacted to how fast they left

    5) Despite the hunters being like a military style organization, none of the geeks were getting hurt.

    6)Law enforcement was not involved in it, which normally would since kidnapping is technically illegal. To do any sort of brainwashing, they would need to hold them longer than just a day, which would cause a missing persons report to be filed

    7)Except when the hunter storyline is taking place, everyone is casual about meeting up instead of being cautious about it.

    8)When they haven’t seen Joel in days, they automatically assume that he was holed up in his home with a new game despite them knowing that the hunters have been kidnapping people. Nobody thought that maybe the hunters got him.

    Overall, I love how she wrapped up the storyline, since it solves a lot of these “inconsistencies” to the storyline being real. I had a hard time believing it was something other than a LARP because of all of the hints. Normally poor storytelling is not an occurrence with Alina, which is what might have been the case if the storyline was not a LARP I also love the fact that she basically showed Joel’s personality with not cluing us in on the fact it was a LARP the whole time, just like Joel would. A lot of times, authors tend to put a bit of their own personality into their characters.

    On another note, is it really out of Mark’s character to fall for a Larp being real? I mean, despite falling for the Vampire LARP, Mark still believed that the Zombie LARP was real.

    Posted March 20th, 2014 at 11:04 am
  101. Valareos Says:

    I think.. its time for me to reread back doing from a new perspective…

    But simply put, after thinking long and hard, it makes sence. The hunter line being a long LARP (designed to accumulate into a demonstration for the con) and being displayed as real actions is NO diffferent than displaying any of their other characters in their other RPs. I myself have ran games where a person technically plays themselves ( imagine a DND campaign where you stats are chosen based on how OTHERS see you as a player!) ANd because in EVERY RP they done here, the artist only shows the final results, not the background stuff.

    That being said, everything we see is consistent, even marks reaction (imagine a behind the scenes action where they decide to play the trick on joel.) That beign said, i think its safe to say Mark has an overactive imagination. I think people would have taken this twist better if there was more background hints.. simple things (such as a scene at the sushi shop, you see in the background the leader of the hunters speaking calmly to one of the scientists.) simple thigns that someone may overlook, but if taken together, gives a.. Doh, should have saw that.. moment.

    Biggest sign we had that it was all an RP was the hunters in the shadowrun campaign…

    Posted March 20th, 2014 at 5:01 pm
  102. Harrow Says:

    Don’t make a savings throw in a Monty Haul campaign, unless you want to kill the bank clerk.

    Posted March 20th, 2014 at 7:14 pm
  103. Jc Trix Says:

    this ending reminds me abit of something waaaaay back in the beginning of the comic when sara found out mark had a girlfriend and was staring out her window and there was a dragon above it and you explained in the book as geeks our imagination helps us create anything and thats all it was really im guessing that is somewhat the same here mark just wanted to believe and saw everything he wanted too

    Posted March 20th, 2014 at 9:24 pm
  104. Texas Red Says:

    Part of me feels a *little* upset, kind of like the slap in the face that was “Brand New Day” in Spider-Man. But I also like some of the things from the post fall-out of that, so I’m confident that I’ll continue to enjoy Weregeek as much as I ever do.

    Posted March 21st, 2014 at 11:03 am
  105. tom Says:

    I did not like the meta plot anyway, so I am glad that you ended it.

    The “normal” storyline, on the contrary, I like very much.

    How you wrapped up the meta plot? Not really important to me. You found a nice way to mash it into the story, even with a second mop-up of loose ends.

    The last pages feel a little bit pushed. That’s of course because they are. But there is only so much someone can do with a plot hole like that – a compromise is inevitable. And I think you found a good one, making the best for different expectations.

    Posted March 21st, 2014 at 3:55 pm
  106. MasterPython Says:

    Another thing is that the text style in the first couple of comics is in the boxes the way it is when the other LARP games are being narrated.

    Posted March 21st, 2014 at 7:49 pm
  107. Alex Says:

    Still processing this…perhaps this is better art than it being real would make, and the technical execution is wonderful…but even so, up to now there was always a mystical disconnect from reality in the comic, that is now missing. OTOH, a few times in real life I have experienced such a disconnect and had reality messed with, so perhaps the comic is tying into that?

    At any rate, thanks for writing a fantastic comic, however we may feel about the particulars. Your work has brought me a great deal of joy.

    Posted March 21st, 2014 at 7:56 pm
  108. Preston Says:

    Well I’m not as disappointed as many of my friends; however I am… concerned. The hunter/geek war has been such a big part of the comic for so long I don’t know what could replace it on that level, hopefully you have a plan. You say that this is just the wrapping up of the storyline, not the comic, so I assume you intend to continue but honestly when I read it was all a larp my first reaction was, ‘Oh God, she’s ending the comic and decided to take a quick and dirty way to wrap it all up.”

    Without some sort of overarching plot Weregeek, for how wonderful it is, is reduced to a slice-of-life comic. And while you’ve done that well in the past, and I probably will continue to watch, you’ve lost something special. The slice-of-life genera is one of the most used in webcomics, either as the primary or secondary focus. with adventures in a fantasy setting is a close second.

    I’m concerned that without something to replace the hunter/geek war Weregeek will slip from a comic with a special quality about it to an above average to good comic.

    Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 2:30 pm
  109. I have just started reading Weregeek in the last week or so, and so I got the impact at a different rate than those who have read as it was published.

    One point of, to me, hilarity in the way that the Hunters plotline ended is the people who are offended because it was a *game*. Don’t you play games?

    “Calvin and Hobbes” was mentioned a couple of times in the March 11 comments, but the posters did not mention Calvin’s flights of fancy. One of my favourites is Calvin the Criminal.

    Paraphrase: Calvin the Criminal is being taken on a cart to be executed. As he reflects on his many heinous crimes, he is not repentent. As they put the rope around his neck, he realises this is the end. Flash back to reality where his father is trying to put a tie on him. Choking sounds from Calvin. Father: Oh, knock it off! Some of us have to wear a tie every day!

    Side Note: I was looking for the aforesaid strip. I Googled for “Calvin the Criminal”. Most of the first page was for criminal lawyers.

    If Alina was showing Mark’s WSOD, it fits quite well. Did she leave out details? So? The untrustworthy narrator is an old, old literary device.

    As others have stated, I felt that the Hunter plotline did not mesh so well with the other toys in the box, but it sure went out with a glorious bang!

    Just think if Alina had waited until April 1st to spring this. “Oh, we get the joke.” followed by “What do you mean that it was not an April Fools joke?”

    I look forward to whatever comes next.

    Posted March 24th, 2014 at 7:24 pm
  110. Hina Setsuko Says:

    Damn it! Why’d you go and do that. I always loved the hunter story. It added a dash of seriousness to a comic that might have otherwise been just a little too over the top. So the entire thing was one giant long running larp? seems lazy to me to just suddenly have it end like that with no clues or hints.

    Posted March 26th, 2014 at 3:43 pm
  111. Bearded Geek Says:

    …I must say I am one of the disappointed ones.
    Which is odd, because I am one of those who didn’t care for the hunter subplot at all…
    I just feel it doesn’t add up. Plus it feels cheap and rushed. But yes, it just doesn’t add up.

    Posted March 29th, 2014 at 2:01 pm
  112. Bearded Geek Says:

    …Don’t see an edit function for comments:
    I might have missed something but to me… I STILL don’t get how Mark could BOTH not know what a LARP was and mistake the vampires for real AND already have joined a LARP by then?

    Posted March 29th, 2014 at 6:25 pm
  113. Montague Summers Says:

    Hm. Popped back to see how things finally wrapped up, and found my worst fears confirmed. Mark isn’t crazy: we, the Readers, are. Only the Narrative View is delusional, rendering literally every event in the comic suspect. There is now no suspense possible, no “growth” on the part of the characters, because the Narrator is now seen to be incapable of separating fantasy from reality.
    This went from injuring reader/author trust to removing it entirely, most likely (though I can’t confirm this) as a lazy response to the comments re: Mark’s sanity after the first lazy ending.

    Posted March 30th, 2014 at 9:47 pm
  114. Weirdo Says:

    This felt a bit…forced? I feel like Mark from the last page, what? And yet, there’s still that mystic orb thing from a while back, maybe that’ll play in somehow somewhere

    Posted March 31st, 2014 at 12:37 am