2020 – The Year of Big Changes
2020 – The Year of Big Changes

Happy New Year, everyone!! I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday, and rung in the new year and the new decade. The last decade has been many things – there have been a lot of ups, and quite a few downs. It’s been, overall, quite stressful, but it’s also had moments of sublime joy. But it is FINALLY over, and we’re now on to 2020 – the most cyberpunk of years!

I have a big announcement to make, one that I’ve been building towards for several months. 2020 will be the last year of Weregeek, and the first year of a brand new comic that I will be talking a lot more about as time goes on. (My Patrons may have already seen a bunch of concept art for it!)

Weregeek started in 2007, and I had only intended to “mess around with it for a few years”- HAH! I imagined it as a way to practice my writing and drawing in a gag-a-day format before moving on to something else. However, I very quickly grew to love the cast and their stories, and to cherish and appreciate the responses I got from all of you, my wonderful readers. So many of you seemed to relate to this group of friends and their games, and to see themselves in the characters, which isn’t surprising, since I can see bits of myself in each of them as well. Mark, Sarah, Joel, Abbie, and Dustin are archetypes as much as they are people, and we have all met at least a few personalities like theirs in our games, or at conventions.

This decision has been a long time coming. The ending of the First Chronicle was supposed to be the original end of the comic, and I had it in mind pretty much from the beginning. However, at that time, I felt like there were still so many stories to explore with the cast, and I wasn’t ready to put things to bed just yet. As some of you have commented on, the Second Chronicle has had a greater focus on the character’s out-of-game lives, and we’ve explored their friendships and flaws, their triumphs and their failures. Mark is now on a journey to start confronting some of his biggest flaws, and his friends are there with him along the way. I feel like now we’re ready to wrap up this chapter of their lives, and maybe even look ahead to see where they end up.

But don’t worry – we’ve still got a few chapters left, and I have an ending in mind that I think will be both heartwarming and satisfying. After all, much like the games we play, the story never truly ends. We know, in that part of our minds that turns our DM’s descriptions into an entire world, and our characters into beloved friends whose actions can surprise even us, that the characters we know and love will continue on with their lives after we’re no longer watching them.

Thank you all so much for reading, this next chapter is going to be a big one. I hope you all have a great 2020 and I’m looking forward to what will come next!

News: Posted January 16th, 2020 by Alina

^ 30 Comments to “2020 – The Year of Big Changes”

  1. Joe Says:

    I found this comic a few years ago. I saw how much fun they were having and wanted to do some of that on my own. In high school, I brought a d20 to lunch and played fake, oversimplified D&D based on what I’d seen in this. Now I’m a junior in college, running 3 D&D 5e groups with mostly people I taught how to play, and I’m the Vice President of a club that looks like a larp to an outsider. If it weren’t for this comic, I wouldn’t have had those experiences with my good friends. Thank you for this. I’m excited to see what you do next. I am a weregeek thanks to you.

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 3:11 am
  2. General Tekno Says:

    Looking forward to seeing what you do next, Alina! Has been a fun ride.

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 3:26 am
  3. Meadblondie Says:

    @Joe that is so heartwarming ;_; Tho I had gamed prior to reading I too consider myself a weregeek now. I wish I could get more RP friends to read this (obviously I didn’t put enough points in persuasion <.< ) so we could ALL geek out with quotes and puns from here, but those I got to read it are as smitten as I was and have been ever since.

    A big doofus grining "thank you Alina <3 "

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 3:46 am
  4. Blake Says:

    This comic was the tipping point for me to get into roleplaying. I was alone, bored and dealing badly with life. I found a local club, met some awesome people and my life started improving. Sometimes Mark’s journey has been so close to my own that it has been painful to see his failings in me, but it gave me hope and now my life is so much better. Thank you

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 4:40 am
  5. wren Says:

    I think that you’re making the right decision, and I look forward to whatever you make next! I’ve been following Weregeek for around 9 (?) years and I hope to keep following any creations you make for many more years to come!

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 6:43 am
  6. DKT Says:

    Wow, so it’s really ending! You’ve had an amazing run and it will be difficult to say goodbye to these characters, but I understand and respect that every story has to end at some point. I will be looking forward to your next thing! Lots of love from a Polish larper of 10+ years!

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 6:49 am
  7. Grue Says:

    Whelp. All good things must come to an end. It’s a bit of a shame, I loved the whole mythology aspect of Weregeek combined with the gaming content. The hunters and stuff never got 100% resolved to my liking, but I look forward to reading your new comic.

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 8:32 am
  8. Fabfunk von Cronenberg Says:

    I’ll just quote the doctor: “I don’t want to go.”

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 9:09 am
  9. Fen Says:

    I’ve been a shy reader since 2007 (this was one of the first webcomics I ever read) and have reread it so many times since then. Thank you for such a fantastic comic (I was the only one of my friends who was a geek growing up, so it felt lonely until your comic. Gave me hope that there were people who shared my interests out there =P Also, thank you for a respectful portrayal of polyamory. People assume that I just want to cheat and it was really nice to see a healthy poly relationship) and I respect that you have a new clear end in mind. I look forward to finishing this ride out with you and can’t wait for your new project! I hope the new decade is very good to you and that you have a fantastic 2020!

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 9:40 am
  10. Astorius Says:

    I have been Following Weregeek for… Hell, i was in college, and that was seven years ago now. I devoured the archive back then and have followed through on it ever since. I read this, and i can’t help but be sad about it (Picture it, a 1m95 guy built like a brickhouse and weighing at just Under 150 kg, with tears running down his face and a saddened smile as he reads the post silently.)

    But it has been a wonderful ride to tag along on; i know i haven’t been the most “active” of readers, as i hardly ever put a comment here. But i loved every up and down, every shenanigan, every story arc. I Felt the breakdown in the last chapter, and it somehow felt like it had happened to me.

    Now, I want to see where the winds take you, because i have liked this run so much. There isn’t much i can say besides that i wish you the best, but it comes from the heart. As a Wise and memed farmer said, “It ain’t much, but it’s honest work”.

    I know i’ll love the crap out of the last story arc. Endings Always did feel a bit special to me, and i’ll be waiting to see what you do with it.

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 10:00 am
  11. Filkin Says:

    I first found this comic in 2009 and been reading faithfully since. It has been a long run, and I look forward to seeing the end of all things. I’m hoping we’ll see a closure to the Masquerade story arc before then at least.

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 6:22 pm
  12. Martin Bonner Says:

    Damn it! First Schlock Mercenary coming to an end in 2020, and now Weregeek! I demand a full refund. Oh, wait ….

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 6:24 pm
  13. Curtis Adams Says:

    I’ve been reading faithfully and loving your work since 2009. So sorry to hear it’s ending soon but I know all stories have to come to an end eventually and I’m sure you have other great stuff I’ll love to follow as well.

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 7:45 pm
  14. Matt Says:

    I will be sad to see them all go. I have loved this comic ever since I first found it in 09 or 10.
    Thank you for all the great stories!

    I will look forward to whatever you make next.

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 9:11 pm
  15. Andy4Hire Says:

    Weregeek was maybe the second or third webcomic I started reading, probably around 2007 or so, and of those first few it’s the only one I stuck with. I’ve enjoyed the stories, the characters, and the glimpse into a world of role-playing games (both tabletop and live-action) that I’ve never partaken in myself … until a brief attempt at Dungeon Crawl Classics last summer which dissolved after two sessions … and then some friends invited me into a D&D 5e campaign that starts next week … so we’ll see how this goes. But anyway I’ve enjoyed reading Weregeek, and I’m glad you’ve got plans to wrap it up instead of just letting it peter out, and I’m eager to see whatever you’ve got planned next!

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 9:29 pm
  16. HousePet Says:

    Oh wow, Congratulations on deciding on an ending that you think will be satisfying. From what I’ve seen, that can be very hard to do.
    I’ll be a bit sad when this ends. I’ve quite liked most of the characters and really enjoyed the in game stories that they’ve had as well.

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 10:33 pm
  17. Elizabeth Says:

    I will miss the strip but look forward to your new works. Is it possible that you will collect the strips into another collect for sale? I think I have all the of them now.

    Posted January 16th, 2020 at 11:15 pm
  18. Kaunisenkeli Says:

    I’ll be sad to see Weregeek end, but I’m curious what your next comic will be.

    Posted January 17th, 2020 at 3:48 am
  19. SeriousBiz Says:

    Echoing what others have already said. Reading Weregeek has been an integral part of my life since 2010 when I first discovered it, and I’ve loved how the format evolved from a gag based mystery with a varied look into all sorts of geeky goodness to a continuous character-driven story with geekdom and humor at the center. The characters, though geek archetypes at heart, have shown depth and complex personalities, and the way their lives have evolved has felt very natural. I’ve loved the way the comic has not shied away from heavy and controversial topics at times while still maintaining an optimistic outlook on life in general. And, of course, all the real-life games, comics and other nerdy things that I’ve found out about thanks to the comic.

    Mark’s journey from an outsider longingly looking at the world of the non-mundane to fully becoming a part of it (with all the complications it entails) has been a particularly fresh treat, as we don’t often see that angle in audience surrogate characters: what kind of ingrained belief systems and attitudes might a person have to unlearn in order to fully embrace the life they want to lead and not remain a simple tourist forever? Ending Weregeek on Mark slowly coming to accept the parts of himself that he’s felt embarrassed about all his life and which first lead to him drooling at the gaming store window all those years ago is fitting: We see him metaphorically end his double life as a weregeek (‘normie’ by day, geek by night) and send him on his way to becoming an unapologetic geek. Paraphrasing a certain meme: “Good for him.”

    I look forward to the rest of the comic and hope to see the main characters and side characters alike get a good sendoff, and I especially look forward to the new project.

    Posted January 17th, 2020 at 6:52 am
  20. FireLeo Says:

    Wait, warlocks in Pathfinder? What book do they appear in?

    Posted January 17th, 2020 at 10:48 am
  21. LordV Says:

    Weregeek is my favourite web comic. I remember discovering it, many years ago now but still with a lot of chapters already published. I devoured it, kept reading until late at night and went to work dead tired the next morning, where I finished reading it (don’t tell my boss!) Of course, like any true geek, I have been critical of a few ideas and plot twists over the years, which is just our way of showing we care, right? But you have done an amazing piece of storytelling here, Alina, some true insight and emotion and realness. My respect for that. To find an ending that does it justice is no small task but I feel you’ve got it covered. Looking forward to it, and to seeing the new comic!

    Posted January 17th, 2020 at 3:17 pm
  22. Incubi Says:

    Weregeek was my first online comic, a friend recommended it and I was hooked instantly. I also loved moosehead stew and I am sure I will love whatever comes next.
    But to agree with Martin Bonner, dammit 2020 first schlock now this lol.

    Posted January 18th, 2020 at 9:20 am
  23. Narzen Says:

    In a note related to the comic…. Pathfinder (neither first one second edition) does not have warlocks. Oracles, alchemists, sorcerers, even shamans, but warlocks….not that I’m aware of. Unless they are running some 3rd party stuff?

    Posted January 18th, 2020 at 10:49 pm
  24. Jerry Says:

    I will be sad to see this comic end. I found this comic 2 years ago and it didn’t take me long to be hooked. I consider myself a weregeek because of this comic, and it has given me a place to feel accepted and a place to belong, especially when due to my own unique quirks and personality I have no place to belong in my home town. I do look forward to your next adventure. And thank you. For bringing a smile to my face when I was depressed and making me feel like I’m not such a loner.

    Posted January 20th, 2020 at 4:51 am
  25. Karstaag Says:

    I am very found of Weregeek. It gives me that warm feeling in heart about the community of geeks. It is like an adult fairy tale to me that makes me forget all the drama and imperfections of this community in the real world.

    Weregeek touches those as well, but in the end it always goes back to that nice atmosphere that creates smile on my face. It inspires me and motivates me to do more RPGs and in short….I love it.

    But all things need to end, all stories need to be concluded and it is best when its done in a proper way, instead of overstaying its welcome. Weregeek is great and deserves to end on a high note. So in this way it makes me both sad and glad.

    I am looking forward to your next project and I believe it will be great as well.

    Thank you for making such a great comic. It will always have a special place in my heart and I will enjoy the last year of it.

    Posted January 20th, 2020 at 9:38 am
  26. Annonamousethatscurriesinthedarkness Says:

    All things come to an end.

    It is better that a story come to a satisfying conclusion rather than – falling into longer and longer posting intervals before expiring – Just stopping [too many to list] – A hiatus in the middle of a story with promises to start up again [never happens] – Just disappearing [Wormy – sad sigh]

    Posted January 20th, 2020 at 3:41 pm
  27. Puck Says:

    I’m going to really miss Weregeek, but I guess all good things must come to an end. I’m excited to hear more about this new project of yours.

    Posted January 21st, 2020 at 11:15 am
  28. CC Says:

    Warlock? In Pathfinder? Like the vigilante or the kineticist?

    Posted January 21st, 2020 at 4:05 pm
  29. Alina Says:

    Re: warlocks. OOPS!! My mistake. I was going to have them playing Pathfinder, then changed to D&D when I came up with the fun idea of putting my own player’s characters in as an easter egg and forgot to update the script. Gotta change that. 🙂

    Posted January 21st, 2020 at 4:45 pm
  30. MikeGermany Says:

    I am following since September and read it in one row.
    I realy like the characters, there paths and where there are going.
    And as everybody said, it’s make sad, but all things will die.
    To quote master Yoda: “Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not.”
    And so I hoped for your new comic and hows this ends! I still hoped for an Mark/Sarah ending. :3

    Posted January 28th, 2020 at 4:55 pm