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Episode 40: Diplomatic Impunity


When a new player joins the group, you sometimes have to explain things that you've done earlier in the game. It had all seemed perfectly sensible and logical at the time, but somehow when it comes to trying to justify it later, the carefully constructed chain of events suddenly seems not merely to contain a weak link, but to be constructed entirely out of stupefyingly enormous mistakes and errors of judgement.

This is a perfectly natural consequence of typical player character actions.

Incidentally, the screencap of Bibble rolling his eyes was so compelling that two of us, making different strips independently at the same time, chose exactly the same frame grab to use. When we saw what we'd done, we laughed so much that we actually considered not only keeping it in both strips, but using it in a third strip later on to reinforce the repetition. But in the end we decided that not reusing the same frame would be better. (And to save people asking, it was strip #39 where we removed Bibble's eye-rolling.)


Sio Bibble: The Trade Federation were here to sign a trade treaty with us, but now for some reason they're acting like they were provoked into attacking. What happened with your negotiations?
Qui-Gon: The negotiations... uh... never took place.
Qui-Gon: {aside to Obi-Wan} Who's the Trade Federation again?
Obi-Wan: Those samurai guys at the start.
Qui-Gon: Oh.
Jar Jar: Youssa seen them before?
Obi-Wan: No, we um... insulted their hospitality, then attacked their droids, then tried to break in to their bridge, then stowed away on their dropships.
Jar Jar: So theyssa not oursa friends?
Obi-Wan: Not any more.
Qui-Gon: Let's not mention this to the Queen, okay?
Amidala: Good idea, Master Jedi.

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Published: Sunday, 02 January, 2011; 14:36:51 PST.
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