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Episode 124: Hot Air


Some players will nitpick about the tiniest details of a setting, complaining endlessly, for example, how unrealistic it is to have a type of armour called "splint mail", which never existed in real history, blah blah blah, when the thing wearing it is an orc. Or how a coinage system based on large quantities of more or less pure precious metals is completely economically unsustainable, while ignoring the fact that there are literal miracle-working priests and wizards running around the countryside. Or that nobody ever seems to be sick in a society with no concept of personal hygiene, yet are perfectly happy to accept that dragons fly and breathe fire and masquerade as human beings.

During the finalisation of the script for this strip, the following words were uttered:

Comic Irregular 1: It looks cool. But maybe the punchline needs polishing.
Comic Irregular 2: No pun intended.
Comic Irregular 3: I'd really like to get the word "adiabatic" into there somehow...


{Night on the ship. Padmé quietly moves across a room and activates a recording of Governor Bibble's message to the Queen from Naboo.}
Sio Bibble: {hologram} ...the death toll is catastrophic... We must bow to their wishes, Your Highness...
Anakin: I'm cold.
Padmé: {looking around} You're from a warm planet. Too warm for my taste. Space is cold.
Obi-Wan: Actually, the major thermal problem with a spaceship would be keeping it cool. It's hard to radiate waste heat in space.
GM: The ship has a cooling system.
Obi-Wan: So where does the heat it generates go? It's a closed system; you can't just magically pump it out into space. We're trying to be realistic, right?
GM: Yeah...
Obi-Wan: In fact, didn't you say the hull is polished silver? The thermal emissivity of polished metal is—
GM: This ship hovers with no visible means of propulsion and travels through hyperspace, and you're worried about the air conditioning?

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