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lirvilas
15th Aug 2016, 10:00 AM

I don't really like having to see the previous page; it's all goodbyes from here but at least I won't have to look Eric in the eye as I screw him over.

There will be a page addressing the fallout for each main character.

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anonymous coward
15th Aug 2016, 11:20 AM

There are a zillion ways that Eric's miserable crash can play out, and only a small sliver of the possibility tree involves lethal injection/firing squad/electric chair.

I could well see him being given 'life imprisonment' and getting drafted for special service by some damn jackass agency or another that wants a proven thug to do its dirty work. I could see him getting jailbroken. I could see him getting assassinated before he ever enters a courtroom for reasons. I could see him engineering his own jail riot and escaping in the mess, with only minimal outside help. Heck, I could see him getting psychiatric commitment that ends with him kicked on the streets as an 'outpatient' due to budget cuts. I could see all sorts of gangs recruiting him and springing him.
As a former/occasional GM I'm now momentarily lost on how to structure the dice rolling and encounter structure to figure which possibilities do and don't happen....

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lirvilas
15th Aug 2016, 11:34 AM

On Wednesday we'll cut that Gordian knot... sometimes the most direct outcome is what you should expect, sometimes not.

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Centcomm
15th Aug 2016, 12:08 PM

Im really looking forward to the next page.. i really wanna know what happens

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lirvilas
15th Aug 2016, 12:23 PM

I can promise you a fairly decent LA sunrise.

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Seabiscuit
15th Aug 2016, 12:44 PM

I-I guess I should give up all feelings of hope after reading those author notes... D:

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lirvilas
15th Aug 2016, 12:51 PM

Seabiz, here's the deal:

It's easy to kill characters. Really, really easy. And if I was a sadistic, lazy dude who got off on "breaking reader expectations" I'd do that.

But I'm not. I'm a sadistic, hard-working dude who gets off on hurting his characters, on causing them real emotional pain. But pain only means something if there's the hope that it might stop.

So don't give up hope, I can't have you being all numb!

(srsly, I appreciate your readership, stick around 'till September...)

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Spelledeg
16th Aug 2016, 1:49 AM

That cliffhanger asoidshrpojfd

It's been a good ride. My heartstrings are thoroughly shredded. Can't wait for epilogue.

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lirvilas
16th Aug 2016, 5:37 AM

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy cried wee wee wee all the way home.

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