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A Slow and Careful Return to Normalcy 07/03/2020

by Joe

Went on a short camping trip with the family recently as campgrounds have re-opened in my neck of the woods. I want to stay as far away from other people during camping anyway so it was the perfect activity for family R&R while social distancing. Even took a small boat to find our own personal stretch of lake beach :D Sure, it wasn’t as nice and sandy as the “main” beach but from what we could see in the distance, that beach was packed with kids and their parents not caring about being 2 meters apart. No, thanks.

Restaurant patios are now opening up with limited and separated seating and we’ve been visiting essential stores with our masks on. Things are slowly returning to some degree of normalcy :D Schools are even opening up in September with staggered group attendance mixed with online learning. It’s gonna be interesting!

I know some other parts of the world aren’t dealing with the virus quite as well but I’m hoping that we all eventually return to an even better world when we all beat this as a whole :D

Enjoy Scene 6 – “Seed of Doubt”!

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Calling it now, new guy’s name starts with a B!

Mr. Comment on July 3, 2020 at 4:40 pm

I wonder of Sam wants to try replicating the experiment that made Joe and the others, maybe it would be as a way of replacing simon’s spot or something.

Lucia on July 4, 2020 at 5:08 am

“I’m almost surprised they aren’t pumping us with crack or-”
“May we suggest opium poppies and marijuana instead? They are Organic.”

Justinwya on July 4, 2020 at 10:22 am

I just caught up, reading from the very beginning of the comic to this point. It took about three days of reading, about six hours each day, not counting these last few scenes that I just read today. I want to quickly discourage anyone from trying to read the whole comic in one go, because the twists and deaths and new antagonists really kind of make the experience exhausting and can make you start to actually dislike the comic.

With that said, now that I’ve slept and had food, I’m in a lot better mood, and the more recent tone here seems to be more positive, which I appreciate. I think all these folks really deserve a break for the better part of or even an entire chapter, and while it may or may not last that long, it does seem that most of the characters are getting that break.

The scenes always look amazing and sound great, although I really do think the UI could use a back button, and a larger version of the scenes would be welcome, especially for increasing accessibility. I’m glad that I came back to see what was going on with this cool webcomic I used to read in high school!

dominateeye on July 5, 2020 at 11:31 am

@Mr. Comment – MayBe!
@Lucia – Also maybe? ;D
@Justinwya – Haha! The machines could totally run a drug empire.
@dominateeye – Thanks for all the great feedback and welcome back again! A back button had been requested many times and it has always been on my list of things to figure out :D What do you all think a back button would do? Rewind to the last dialogue box? Rewind 1 second per click?

Joe on July 6, 2020 at 12:24 pm

@Joe – I think a back button would be best for going back to the last dialogue box, skipping any animations, and then pressing Go would continue the story as normal

dominateeye on July 7, 2020 at 7:55 am

I agree with @dominateeye for the back button. As for the scene, I feel exactly as the family does – things are relaxing, but it makes me quite worried, consequently…

Znayx on July 8, 2020 at 6:10 pm

Mr. Comment it certainly isn’t who you think it is though, if you look at the wiki, Bernard Senior looks nothing like him, unless you’re referring to another person with B in their name and I’m a fool

Niko on July 9, 2020 at 12:11 am

I agree with @dominateeye on the back button. I don’t know how feasible this would be (as my programing knowledge) is very limited but maybe creating a button that rewinds the last text box (with the respective character’s portrait), but not resetting the animations might solve this. I generally miss the text when the animation catches my eye a bit more (which is a good sign) so other readers might disagree with me on this haha :D

Tio Ba on July 9, 2020 at 10:11 am

@Tio Ba – I’d actually like a Back button to rewind the animations along with the text, because they tell part of the story that the text doesn’t, and also sometimes I just want to enjoy a particular animation again. And by rewind, I don’t mean play in reverse order, I just mean snap to the last still frame when the previous text box was visible.

dominateeye on July 10, 2020 at 2:21 pm

Also, while I’m thinking about it, is The Pocalypse Defense 2 still in development? I know it’s been a while and other things have come up, but even after all these years I still haven’t found a game that lets me build a post-apocalyptic survivor city in a satisfying way, and I was hoping Defense 2 would scratch that itch.

dominateeye on July 10, 2020 at 2:26 pm

Thanks for the feedback, everyone! I’ll have to figure out the back button stuff – code doesn’t seem to complicated (in my mind haha)

As for TPD2, yes, it’ll always be an active project as I have the art animations for it but finding a consistent and motivated programmer is the biggest hurdle. I’ve dabbled in trying to program it myself but I don’t have the time or ability :( But as long The Pocalypse is alive, the project is too!

Joe on July 10, 2020 at 10:11 pm

Philip and the family’s is such an interesting story, I almost wouldn’t mind if everything else almost took a sideline because for some reason it’s just really fascinating to me, but I suppose that wouldn’t really work because interesting as it may be it would run out of intrigue pretty quick without anyone stirring things up.

satanofhellhimself on July 14, 2020 at 9:59 pm