IC Drama happens in the IC room, OOC drama happens in the OOC room. Drama lighting happens in either. :p

News: Posted October 2nd, 2014 by Alina

^ 27 Comments to “Drama!!”

  1. honored cur Says:

    I see this going two ways
    1) Revealed emotions that end up in a relationship/date so it’s no longer pretending
    2) very…very…painful heartbreak…..
    Please don’t be 2….

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 2:10 am
  2. Bookwyrm Says:

    πŸ™ THE FEELS!

    the stress of drama spilling over into your hobby can ruin it…

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 2:35 am
  3. Yakumo Says:

    dun dun DUN!

    Absolutely mandatory that someone post that.

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 3:13 am
  4. Caau Says:

    Wait no! A marathon from around the snake temple in chronicle one to now, and this is where I’ll have to wait like everyone else!? :'(

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 4:39 am
  5. Zoabeast Says:

    So this is what weregeek has been reduced to then. First the hunter thing turned out to be just a game. And now the ‘slice of life’ drama just drags on and on. I’m sorry but I’m gonna stop reading.

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 4:58 am
  6. Gyran Says:

    dun Dun DUN!

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 5:13 am
  7. winthster Says:

    gotta say, one of my favorite parts of the comic is the real life consequenses that intermingle with the games πŸ™‚

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 6:35 am
  8. Skridlowe Says:

    Aww, c’mon… Mark’s not really a douche is he? Surely, he’s just saying it bothers him because he feels more, right? Right?

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 7:12 am
  9. Larkness Says:

    I sympathize with Mark on this one. Yes, I know there are some that will be thinking “so what, it’s a game, it doesn’t mean anything and he shouldn’t let OOC drama influence IC actions.” But we don’t live in a perfect world where IC and OOC can be perfectly, 100% divided. Some people need to set limits on what they’re comfortable RP’ing based on things that have happened in real life, and that’s perfectly okay.

    It will be interesting to see how they handle this. And chin up; sometimes the best RP comes out of working together on what someone’s comfortable with.

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 8:18 am
  10. Syhron Says:

    I have seen this kind of drama, fortunately it I wasn’t affected by it. That said, I just have to say how much I love this comic, especially since it involves pieces of the everyday life of a Roll player in it. I can’t speak for other people, but I am still as amazed today as I was when I started reading your comic in 2007.
    Keep the good work up Alina and stay true to your style of story- writing!

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 9:33 am
  11. Mortium Says:

    DAMNIT! It’s Thursday. That means tomorrow is a sketch. Which means we don’t get to see Mark confess his love for Sarah until Monday. DAMN YOU, ALINA!

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 10:24 am
  12. Myth Says:

    Got to say, this entire arc has put a lot of the cast in a very bad light. Good gamers don’t put the gaming ahead of friendships, and in any game where you have actual power dynamics – like the Blood Bond situation here – you need to be really careful to make sure everyone involved is comfortable with the situation. Especially given the background of how the game already impacted Mark’s life – and the spiral Mark went through following that – the fact that his friends (and the storytellers) have let things play out like this is awfully disappointing.

    Which isn’t to say it isn’t realistic – this sort of drama happens in gaming groups all the time. But it was nice having the comic about a bunch of friends who were actually decent people, and Sarah really keeps coming across as a… not exactly good person, here, given how she doesn’t seem to have learned her lesson from the damage she caused previously.

    Consider – if it was a male character who had ‘blood bound’ a female character, with the full support of the storytellers and other players, and continued to ardently pursue and stalk that female character when it was clear that they weren’t interested – and bitch them out in private for not being appropriately subservient enough in public – would that change one’s perspective of the story?

    I’m really hoping that Monday’s strip involves Mark giving a calm, reasoned explanation of why the situation is uncomfortable to him and putting a strain on their friendship.

    Or, yes, I suppose he could instead declare his love for her and the lesson is that the path to true love involves manipulating your crush into breaking up with his girlfriend and using the societal expectations of your gaming group to force them to be with you. Again, would certainly reflect some very true-to-life gaming groups out there… just not ones that are really desirably to be a part of…

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 11:20 am
  13. UE Says:

    Hahahaha finally getting around to wrapping this up, I feel that having the characters forced apart was harming the gaming arcs a bit.
    Kinda weird to think that this has been going on for a year and a half now O.o

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 11:30 am
  14. Bluegeek Says:

    I think Mark is confused enough that I wouldn’t expect him to tell Sarah he’s in love with her.

    I agree with Larkness about setting boundaries IC/OOC and I think it’s appropriate for Mark to do that in this case. I would not be surprised if that was Alina’s intent, to show that kind of emotional conflict in a LARP setting.

    Which means there will be more drama if and when he does decide that he’s in love with her, after going through the motions with his character to undo the blood bond. Hell hath no fury, and all that.

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 12:03 pm
  15. Dickie Says:

    I still haven’t learned my lesson about mixing gaming and dating, so I really hope this story arc serves as a cautionary-tale for young gamers. My best friend still throws me dirty looks from time to time for breaking up with an ex (full disclosure: she dumped me, not my fault! Well, yes, my fault but not my fault!) not too long after starting a D&D campaign he was really into…

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 4:51 pm
  16. Trina Lockary Says:

    I think Mark needs to tell her he is confused, he feels all kinds of torn about it, he doesn’t know how he feels about Sarah, Jess or anything but pretending to have a relationship is not helping and he thinks that feeling this confusion is making him hate the game.
    I would like to see him get out of the blood bond and deal with any resentment he has for Sarah over time and then MAYBE end up realizing he cares for her

    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 11:28 pm
  17. xero Says:

    This story brokeuphis long term relationship… honestly im suprised he waited this long

    Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 12:40 am
  18. Elihias Says:

    ‘It’s just a game’… the cry of every f-wit who logs into an online game and then try’s to piss off as many players as possible in the least amount of time…

    People invest of themselves into their online personas. I know this, I’ve played 2 particular games for 14 years and 10 years respectively. I’ve seen people meet online, get married, and have kids. It’s not ‘just a game’. To many, its an extension of their lives, and they react to online idiots exactly the same as they would in real life. I could say more, but I think that would dilute my point, or make it seem like I’m on a rant. Flamers to dev null, please.


    Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 1:56 am
  19. She keeps saying “Her” plotline. Isn’t it also Mark’s plotline? Doesn’t he have a right to want to modify the plotline to suit him? I realize that he handled it badly in this case, he should have talked to her before the game, but still. It’s not just her plot alone.

    Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 3:51 pm
  20. Death Proof Says:

    The Abbie and Mark ship can still sail! It’s what the people want, Alina!

    (and by people I mean me… and probably no one else.)

    Posted October 4th, 2014 at 1:58 am
  21. Minando Says:

    Larpers…strange folks. On the other hand, this talk is long overdue.

    Posted October 4th, 2014 at 2:30 am
  22. Sutei Says:

    Right now, I just picture people standing on the other end of the curtain listen in and eating popcorn.

    Posted October 4th, 2014 at 11:27 am
  23. MerchManDan Says:

    Zoabeast, nobody will miss you.

    Posted October 6th, 2014 at 5:32 am
  24. Jeremias Says:

    Oh wow. I’m really reminded of my former vampire larp group. And I was in Marks position…
    And the group went up in flames. Because of a situation like this. So yeah, very realistic…

    Posted October 6th, 2014 at 5:55 am
  25. Death Proof Says:

    Bah… part of me just wanted to see Mark grab her and kiss her.

    Out of game!

    Posted October 7th, 2014 at 8:48 am
  26. Disloyal Subject Says:

    Myth posted:
    “…with the full support of the storytellers and other players, and continued to ardently pursue and stalk that… character when it was clear that they weren’t interested – and bitch them out in private for not being appropriately subservient enough in public…”
    When did Sarah ever do anything like that?

    Posted October 8th, 2014 at 1:56 am
  27. Dru Says:

    Yay for plotlines and potential drama handled by talking about it πŸ™‚

    Posted October 8th, 2014 at 2:33 pm