Comic 904 - Game changer...

4th Sep 2013, 6:00 PM
Game changer...
Average Rating: 4.94 (17 votes)

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Centcomm 4th Sep 2013, 6:00 PM edit delete
AND this is gonna change things :D
Tokyo Rose 5th Sep 2013, 6:32 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Re: Marcus's HUD complexity vs. Teedee's

Marcus is that one guy you know who has ALL THE APPS loaded on his smartphone, so he can tell you the time and weather in thirty world capitals, gets real-time Facebook and Twitter updates for everyone on his friends list, and has a constant news-feed ticker display from six major media outlets.

Teedee is the other person you know who's never changed any program from the default layout and skin, because she doesn't give a rip about the bells and whistles as long as it does exactly what she needs it to do.
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mjkj 4th Sep 2013, 6:11 PM edit delete reply

Uh-oh... worked.

Between Marcus' taunting annd Dr. Silver's encouragement - it worked.

Great dialogue, Rose :)

...and I like it how TeeDee's eyes change their colors.
Centcomm 4th Sep 2013, 6:49 PM edit delete reply

Silver was useing the carrot.. Marcus the "stick" and yes Rose did a great job here :D
Stormwind13 4th Sep 2013, 7:11 PM edit delete reply

I love the comments by Doctor Silver about how much trouble Marcus is in and his comment that she doesn't have to be HAPPY about it.

No, no Marcus Doctor Silver is going to be VERY happy about it, since you Shanghaied her for this mission she wants SOMEONE to collect a pound of flesh from you! :-D And this way, she gets TeeDee more normalized too. Win, win in her book. :-D
Centcomm 4th Sep 2013, 11:04 PM edit delete reply

Oh silver is going to enjoy this little tiff.. she doesnt want eather of them seriously injured but she will settle for some rumpling and folding. :D
Stormwind13 5th Sep 2013, 3:08 AM edit delete reply

Well I imagine Doctor Silver is going to get some rumpling and folding for sure. Hopefully that will be ALL she gets, but with TeeDee in the mood she is in... :-p
highlander55 4th Sep 2013, 6:12 PM edit delete reply

Time for Marcus to suck it up and get an ass whooping for Teedees sake guess.
Centcomm 4th Sep 2013, 6:50 PM edit delete reply

like he has a choice?
Stormwind13 4th Sep 2013, 7:21 PM edit delete reply

Well, yeah he could go hide behind the Doctor's shield. :-D
Centcomm 4th Sep 2013, 11:04 PM edit delete reply

well that would work .. :D
Marcus Ramesy 5th Sep 2013, 3:21 AM edit delete reply

for those of us about to die... we salute you..
Stormwind13 5th Sep 2013, 1:48 PM edit delete reply

LOL. Aren't you from the wrong city for that, Marcus? Or are you a double agent? As I thought that was what ROMAN Gladiators said before fighting. :-D
velvetsanity 5th Sep 2013, 2:13 PM edit delete reply

No, no, he's paraphrasing AC/DC :D

o/` for those about to rock...we salute you o/`
anarcha 4th Sep 2013, 6:16 PM edit delete reply

I want that striker hybrid package.
mjkj 4th Sep 2013, 6:19 PM edit delete reply

Me, too.
Centcomm 4th Sep 2013, 6:50 PM edit delete reply

hehe its pretty cool as you will see :D
Stormwind13 4th Sep 2013, 7:14 PM edit delete reply

Can hardly wait to see what TeeDee can do now. :-) I know it is going to be painful and probably extremely bloody... Hopefully not fatal though, Marcus dying MIGHT put a crimp in the mission after all. :-)
Marcus Ramesy 5th Sep 2013, 3:23 AM edit delete reply

its is an amazing package, as you will see very soon..
Stormwind13 4th Sep 2013, 6:19 PM edit delete reply

I love the comments, Rose. Thank you. Was laughing and cringing at the same time. This is going to be blood UGLY.

Poor Marcus, but he'll have a better team if he survives what he is about to receive. :-D
Centcomm 4th Sep 2013, 6:50 PM edit delete reply

yep and TD is getting all her ducks in a row finally :D
cattservant 4th Sep 2013, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

Now that her 'ducks' are all rowing she can get up to ramming speed!
Fairportfan 4th Sep 2013, 10:23 PM edit delete reply

As Dave Drake's SF mercenaries say when artillery is inbound: "For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful."
Stormwind13 4th Sep 2013, 6:21 PM edit delete reply

When TeeDee smiles like that the only SANE thing for everyone else to do is RUN AWAY! :-D
Centcomm 4th Sep 2013, 6:51 PM edit delete reply

i never said marcus WAS sane :D
Marcus Ramesy 5th Sep 2013, 3:14 AM edit delete reply

you dont have to be crazy to do this job... but... awe hell who am i kidding.. you have to be crazy to do this job.. its one of the prime requisites
Stormwind13 5th Sep 2013, 1:50 PM edit delete reply

Well, at least you are HONEST about it Marcus. And the rest of us need some of the crazy people to help protect the rest of us from the crazy PREDATORS. :-p

For that I thank you. Though I have a feeling you aren't going to be happy later in the (comic) evening.
velvetsanity 4th Sep 2013, 6:30 PM edit delete reply

And now she knows just how badass her body REALLY is...been nice knowing you, Marcus...
Centcomm 4th Sep 2013, 6:51 PM edit delete reply

hehe yes she does.. :D
Stormwind13 4th Sep 2013, 6:42 PM edit delete reply

Everyone but Santa's elves chirped in on that conversation, didn't they? :-D I mean, Marcus, Ada, Doctor Silver... and of course, TeeDee.
Centcomm 4th Sep 2013, 6:51 PM edit delete reply

yep all but connie and black :D who arent on the TAC comm set up
jamie59 4th Sep 2013, 7:02 PM edit delete reply

Damm Centcomm you need to blow up the page 5X to follow it all. Great page! Teedee is scary!
Centcomm 4th Sep 2013, 10:59 PM edit delete reply

LOL you guys are insane .. - i was wondering if anyone would actually try to read all the little details in the UI/HUD :D
Stormwind13 5th Sep 2013, 3:03 AM edit delete reply

Well, we may be insane, but it is a FUN kind of insanity. :-D
Highlander55 5th Sep 2013, 10:21 AM edit delete reply
I was reading the HUD too!
cattservant 4th Sep 2013, 7:13 PM edit delete reply

Payback is a complex and multi-layered thing!
Stormwind13 4th Sep 2013, 7:54 PM edit delete reply

A complex and multi-layered thing is the combat analysis that TeeDee is getting now.

Took me awhile to read it all (and had to crank up the zoom a bit). I mean, showing Doctor Silver and the Drone Orb both shielded. And colour coding who and what to target. I like how Ada is listed as a non-target. :-D

Now what are the percentages scattered all over Marcus' body? Is that her chance to hit? Or how much power she needs to damage the area? If it is either of those, Marcus is in DEEP trouble. :-D
Centcomm 4th Sep 2013, 11:01 PM edit delete reply

actually the higher the percent the better the chance of a critical hit. Marcus's limbs are fully artifical and do not have many weak points :D
Draginbeard 4th Sep 2013, 7:31 PM edit delete reply

Awww I would never have guessed TeeDee had freckles! She is such a cutie pie!
Stormwind13 4th Sep 2013, 7:56 PM edit delete reply

While I have to agree with you Draginbeard, I would NEVER say it out loud. TeeDee heard that, and I would be spare parts. :-p
Draginbeard 4th Sep 2013, 7:59 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, not saying out loud...unless she is jacked into the comments section...then I think there are a good number of us on the 'hit list'.
Stormwind13 4th Sep 2013, 8:08 PM edit delete reply

I don't think TeeDee's list would just be for HITTING, Draginbeard... More like turning us into hamburger. :-p
Centcomm 4th Sep 2013, 11:00 PM edit delete reply

hehe yes she does.. amazing isnt it :D
Rashala 4th Sep 2013, 7:38 PM edit delete reply

*Watches tedee Eviscerate Dragin and then marcus* this is gonna suck
Don B. 4th Sep 2013, 7:52 PM edit delete reply
The following ass whoopin' is brought to you by the letter T and the number 100%
Stormwind13 4th Sep 2013, 7:55 PM edit delete reply

LOL Don. So true though.
cattservant 4th Sep 2013, 8:03 PM edit delete reply

TeeDee = Triumphant Destruction
Stormwind13 4th Sep 2013, 8:09 PM edit delete reply

No, no Cat. TD was Triumphant Defenders on Triumph in CoH. I was in that Super Group. :-D
cattservant 4th Sep 2013, 8:20 PM edit delete reply

Terrible Dissuasion?
Stormwind13 4th Sep 2013, 8:13 PM edit delete reply

What is reflected in TeeDee's eye in the last panel? I can't tell if it is anything or if it is just her enhanced eyes. :-)
Don B. 4th Sep 2013, 8:48 PM edit delete reply
That would be the reflection of Marcus boarding the red-eye to pain...***wincing in anticipation***
Stormwind13 5th Sep 2013, 2:59 AM edit delete reply

That Don was kind of what I was expecting in the last red eyed panel; however, I couldn't see it. So I was wondering if anyone else could see it, but doesn't sound like CentComm went there. :-)
Centcomm 4th Sep 2013, 11:00 PM edit delete reply

its just a reflection mapping thing. :D
plymayer 4th Sep 2013, 8:57 PM edit delete reply

She has so much steam built up she probably has steam under her collar.
The_Edwardian 5th Sep 2013, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
Apologies for the non-sequitur...

I keep finding my eyes being drawn to the art on the wall of the tavern...

A business-suited man with a Mac-10 machine pistol stepping out of a Viking longboat, with a huge American flag waving in the background?

An astronaut riding a robotic horse on a moonscape?

Is there any way for you to show us (me) close-ups of those pieces?
Tokamada01 5th Sep 2013, 7:47 AM edit delete reply

...yes Teedee upload the sprite.ini, it will probably ask you if you want to add the Google bar to your HUD, just click no. Make Google Chrome your browser, click no. Update Real Player...waiting...OK then you'll be able to fight Marcus! oh wait...hit accept for license agreement. Meanwhile Marcus can have a drink...OK now Ready!
Did we mention the Milsec backdoor Marcus has...cuz he's Marcus...or the worm Centcom plants on all her projects?

Let me know how the wall tastes Teedee...
Stormwind13 5th Sep 2013, 1:54 PM edit delete reply

LOL Tokamada01! Hopefully the mil-spec version doesn't have ALL those time wasters! So TeeDee can get to fighting. Hopefully before some gutter with an old fashion knife comes up and cuts her throat while she is still loading (under your loading sequence).
Hornet 5th Sep 2013, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
Who keeps ringing that bell
Stormwind13 5th Sep 2013, 5:55 PM edit delete reply

Blame John Donne :-D
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated...As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness....No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
KarToon12 5th Sep 2013, 8:22 AM edit delete reply

I like how we get to see things from her POV. It's not very often we get to see how the androids see things, with the HUD and stuff.
JustNoPoint 5th Sep 2013, 12:03 PM edit delete reply

Well, at least she seems to be enjoying herself now. We've got to consider the positives here!
Larodis 5th Sep 2013, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
Is the threat level in panel 3 for TeeDee specifically or the situation in general? And if it's for TeeDee is it before or after integration?

I'm really hoping it's just for TeeDee and is before integration, just to see what it jumps to after!
Marcus Ramesy 5th Sep 2013, 12:23 PM edit delete reply

its a composite threat rating of Tee Dee, her problem was that she didnt integrate her systems.... software integration problems doesnt make her any less dangerous
AlpineBob 3rd Oct 2013, 1:26 PM edit delete reply
Her eyes were red the last page and earlier, and even in the first panel here, so it struck me as odd that they changed back to amber for the penultimate panel, just so you could show them changing <i>back</i> to red <i>again</i> as a bad-ass indicator.

Also, I had some real trouble attributing the convo in the first panel, because the comm bubbles have no real clue to source beyond context. I finally got it after reading the comments for clues. May I suggest you give com bubbles either a subtle color (maybe silver for the Doctor, and camo for Marcus, for example), or begin each bubble with an indicator icon. Red cross for the doctor, insignia for the major, etc.
Finally, I don't know if it is a good idea, but you might consider making the comm bubbles translucent, instead of solid, so your cool art comes through even if people are talking a lot. Then again, if there is something you want to cover, that could be less than useful.
Tokyo Rose 3rd Oct 2013, 6:39 PM edit delete reply

Silver's psi/comm effects have a pale blue outline; Marcus's is black. The androids are easier to distinguish due to the color-coded backgrounds and the differing font. And yeah, sometimes we use the boxes and bubbles to cover stuff that can be hard to postwork out :)
antrik 9th Oct 2016, 12:52 AM edit delete reply
See TeeDee, you should have read that manual ;-)
Oldarmourer 20th May 2019, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
odd as it might seem to comment from so far in the future, I was rereading and when TeeDee finally sees the blissful wonder of entering ass-kicking mode and her eyes flash pure battlelust, my background music just happened to chime in at that exact second with

"...Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Some silicone sister with a manager mister told me I go what it takes

She said "I'll turn you on sonny to something strong..."

and seeing that Dr. Silver is technically a "silicon sister manager" at that point it sort of fits :)
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