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119248 No. 119248 ID: 395c02

The old thread was getting large, so have a new one! This image was drawn by AQR!

If you're new, my wiki page links to every quest I've made: https://tgchan.org/wiki/Slinko

I also have a patreon! https://www.patreon.com/Slinketza
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No. 119258 ID: a363ac

happy slinko year
No. 119263 ID: b1b4f3

Siphon stop looking at the audience.
No. 119276 ID: 395c02

Because of all the work the update required, and other obligations, the next DR will be on FRIDAY. After that, it'll go back to being (worryingly close to midnight on) Mon - Wed - Fri.

okay i'm going to go sleep until 2019
No. 119278 ID: 6cc25a

There's been an awful lot of polymorph voting in DR lately. To the point where I feel that that's the only thing we're doing.
No. 119279 ID: 94dc35

I mean it's not like we voted to specialize heavily in polymorph or anything

but also this is only like the second such vote in the thread...?
No. 119285 ID: ed67d9

Oh noes, polymorphing is all we're doing! If you ignore the non-polymorph stuff! And ignore that it's literally Ceridwen's thing.
No. 119287 ID: 395c02

Dylan and I bust our asses for 12 hours to make this, and that's your response.

You guys need to have a greater appreciation for how freaking hard (and sometimes thankless) doing these things is!

I hurt my hand twice. Quests are rough drafts by design.

Maybe don't complain every single time something isn't exactly what you want.
No. 119288 ID: 6cc25a

Don't get me wrong, I wasn't complaining about this update. The update itself was great. I'd go as far as to say that it looks professional to the point that it could be mistaken for a real game, so all of you did an awesome job. I'm sorry to hear about your hand. I hope it wasn't anything serious and that you fully recovered.
No. 119303 ID: 3ce125

Slinko you keep outdoing yourself but I honestly don't think that's sustainable or healthy in the long term!
No. 119304 ID: 772fe4

at this rate slinko will make a full on VR game where you are skif and can touch ceri's boobers as part of an update in a year or two for DR
No. 119313 ID: 395c02

D-don't worry that was the last effort post for a little bit
No. 119314 ID: 3ce125

how long is a little bit
No. 119317 ID: 395c02

at [i]least[i] one update

j-just kidding i would die i would die so hard
No. 119328 ID: a363ac

It's okay if you die slinko we can just revive you with powerful fanarts and dragon porn.
No. 119332 ID: 91ee5f

>i would die so hard
I see these words and for some reason this song: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OTyw6cq86kY , pops into my head. I don't know why though.
No. 119338 ID: 3ce125

Don't die slinko.
No. 119390 ID: 395c02

So far so good on using the speed strats I was practicing. I slowed down a bit to lovingly render Ceri's backside, but this update took maybe 1/2 the usual time to draw.

No. 119391 ID: de6d84

No. 119401 ID: 3ce125

No. 119513 ID: a363ac
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hey guys its Pwaffle's!
No. 119514 ID: 0d56d3

put a big one on Skif's head :P
No. 119515 ID: e1c8f7

He'd probably like that!
No. 119518 ID: 91ee5f

Now that's just pwaffle- I mean, awful! That's just awful.
No. 119542 ID: 395c02

Gonna be working on things today and tomorrow (patreons, etc).

The next DR will be MONDAY
No. 119650 ID: dc91a0

>Path System...
You... You forged a way to prevent us from second-guessing every consequential action we make...

Now what will we use to fuel endless toxic arguments?
No. 119951 ID: 395c02

It's come to my attention that the 'dick chicken' segment might have come off as creepy to some. I wish to apologize if this is the case, as DR tries pretty hard not to delve into creep territory if it can help it.

I think I, and my proofreaders, got a little too caught up in 'Hot Mom' to take a purely objective look at the situation, especially with me updating while very tired as is often the case.

I also backed myself into a corner, my fatigue and 'just get it done I'm so tired of doing this' mentality caused me to forget for a moment that I don't actually like or want incest to be a thing that is possible.

I'll try to be better about making the 'is this creepy tho' check in the future. Sorry again.
No. 119953 ID: 6ca046

Eh, I think it was fine, I think we all knew it wasn't going to go anywhere so to me it was just a hilariously intense situation between two very intense people
No. 119955 ID: 3ce125

>I'm so tired of doing this
What are you tired of doing, exactly?
No. 119957 ID: de6d84

Agreeing with >>119953, it wasn't bad to me here, I saw it more as a funny antic of tension.
Do what makes you comfortable, we'll be on board with you all the way.
No. 119958 ID: 395c02

I didn't take a proper break during the year-end break, using that time to work on improving draw-speed without the insane accuracy loss, and designing things that'll come up in the future.

I'm running on empty, to the point that DR6 might get a second hiatus where I actually take a real break and do nothing questy for a week or so.

I want to at least get to the Daatra scene first, which may just be thread-end depending on the pacing... depends on if I accomplish 6's main goal by then!
No. 119960 ID: 6ca046

If you need an actual break then take the stinking break, way too many quests end because their author thought they should just push through when they started getting burnt out
No. 119961 ID: 3ce125

No. 119962 ID: de6d84

Just make sure you're okay with whatever plan of action you do!
No. 119969 ID: a363ac

Yes take a break slinko.
No. 119970 ID: 395c02

if a slinkoquest dies properly, it means something went very very wrong.

I mean, things went very wrong and I touched the graveyard but then they were revived and the threads ended, so we definitely need 2 'very's before I sacrifice my 100% completion ratio.

BUT YES I WILL TAKE A BREAK AFTER DAATRA. I know I'm running on fumes, and there may be occasional delays as I give myself moments to catch my breath, but we'll get there as we always have.

And then I will rest, for real.
No. 119976 ID: 395c02

(which reminds me. I have to do a lot of driving tomorrow and some other IRL things, so DR will go up on SATURDAY)
No. 120035 ID: 395c02

So in light of my friend Dylan visiting me IRL soon, and in light of... everyone frustratedly shouting it at me...

I'm going to do 1 more update, which will reach a decent point to pause, and then pause for a week to rest.

This might sound insanely short, but it's enough to get me to Daatra, after which I will pause for a good amount of time and make sure I 100% rest I promise.
No. 120297 ID: 7fd053

May as well link >>120288 here for prosperity too
No. 120527 ID: 395c02

The next update is the last one that has to cram a whole lot of stuff in a single update to keep things moving, but because it has to do that it's fairly big.

So the next update will go up on MONDAY, and after that the overall size of updates should be much more friendly to the normal update schedule.
No. 120574 ID: 35089a

and then sliko took a break like he was fuckin supposed to
No. 120576 ID: 395c02

About that.
No. 120577 ID: 689e8d

>Don't worry guys I'll take a break soon, after Daatra.

Also SlinkoBoy:
>introduces new plot elements
>introduces new character
>accidentally the 1/n?2 dimension
>uses more color and adds more detail to backgrounds
No. 120581 ID: 395c02

w-what are you saying?????
No. 120893 ID: 395c02


For posterity, I figured I'd type out how the secondary voting system works (though it's probably obvious by now). It's based on a real voting system but I don't know what it's called (runoff voting?).

In normal voting mode, folks get two votes: Primary and Secondary.

The votes are collected, and a script runs them through a series of runoff votes. The option with the fewest votes is dropped, and everyone who voted for it gets their secondary votes added to the other options. If a tie for worst, the letter later in the alphabet is dropped first (G, then E, etc).

Meaning if you vote A/b, and A loses, you give B another vote for the next round.

in the next round, maybe your B vote pushes it ahead, and C loses instead. Well, C's secondaries get added and it continues.

In a couple cases now, the most popular PRIMARY option has actually lost to a more popular SECONDARY option! You might not always get exactly what you wanted most, but there's now a higher chance you'll at least get something you're okay with, which didn't really happen under the old system.

The PATH system further divides things so that a group of choices that all do one overarching idea are put together. This helps cut down on the issue I'd have in the past where people want ceri to do X, but because they couldn't come together on what flavor of X she did, she would often do Y because Y had only 1 good choice, or something like that.

There's almost always two paths max, it's chosen by where your PRIMARY VOTE lies. It's a 'first past the post' system, but there's usually only two choices anyway so this is fine. There may be occasional times where there's no good way to have fewer than 3 paths, but in general the number of paths is kept to a minimum.

If your PATH loses, your secondary choice is considered. If both choices are in the losing path, they are dropped. It's a good idea to put your secondary vote in the other path, either as damage control or as 'well if we're doing that ANYWAY we might as well do this flavor of that'. It's a pretty big gamble to put both choices in one path, but there may be times when you're so sure the path will win that you want to chime in for your two favorite choices on that path.

As you may have noticed, the 'vote x' system is often 'vote as many as you want' now. While on the surface it sounds like we lose some of the hard choices the limited votes brought, in practice it's kept by limiting how many choices can win (though it's often more than one).

This adds value in voting for fewer things (voting for every option makes nothing change), but gives you the choice to prop many options you like instead of one option you love.

The mechanics were a double pain to do manually and the script was a real life saver, but for you it's pretty simple.

NORMAL: choose your favorite then your second favorite (possibly in the other path if paths exist)

CHOOSE AS MANY AS YOU WANT: vote for either your favorite option(s), or many options you like over ones you don't

Turns out the key was letting people vote more than once.
No. 120978 ID: 395c02
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Imagine, the romance of Dragon Romance combined with the comfy-ness of Moot Point!

Ceri's so comfy her spikes were replaced with tomatoes pillows!
No. 120982 ID: b1b4f3

That mouth looks so wrong.
No. 120984 ID: 91ee5f

Now she’s even more huggable!
No. 120996 ID: 906811

Those pillows look like some kind of retracted sea anemone or maybe badly made bagels.
No. 121037 ID: 395c02

So... I shouldn't draw dragon romance like this from now on???
No. 121038 ID: 91ee5f

No. 121049 ID: 395c02
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Even nuder version

wait where's the thought-bobble

oh no it's reaaaaaaaalllllll
No. 121052 ID: 67456a

I'd like to formally inform you that I thought that text in the background was supposed to represent "Fuck Yourself" and I was very confused as to why this store would be so crude to its clientele.
No. 121056 ID: a363ac

maybe khandra was sponsored by the toy store.
No. 121062 ID: 395c02

The store is literally called 'love yourself'!

It sounds like you were approaching the joke, but you went in the opposite direction!
No. 121067 ID: 5afc83

Guyyyys I forgot what color the Pomipomi suit is so I don't know if a tie or bow tie would look good with it can someone remind me which thread we chose it in?
No. 121072 ID: 67456a

In my defense, at the time I wrote that post I was pretty sleep deprived.
No. 121089 ID: 395c02
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No. 121094 ID: 5afc83

Thank you.
No. 121246 ID: b1b4f3

Who made the music in the store minigame?
No. 121247 ID: 6cd244

Typo, he's usually the one responsible for that in Slinko's stuff.
No. 121252 ID: 395c02

Pretty much all music you'll hear nowadays is either pure typo or something we worked together on.

The first song in the current update was pure typo, with the second song being a hybrid baby.

For fun, a quick rundown:

Tezakia: pure slinko, obviously
Creator (Penultimate animation): pure slinko
Creator (final animation): multiple songs that are pure slinko or pure typo
Slissa quest (early flash): Co-op
Slissa quest (second flash): Co-op (99% typo)
DR (Dream Segment: Forgotten memory): pure slinko
DR (Dream Segment: Dragon child): Co-op but (90% slinko). This is DR's secondary theme.
DR (Dream Segment: Ceri awakens): Typo making a song from a slinko theme
DR (Dream Segment: A new day) Typo song built from a slinko theme and expanded. This is DR's main theme.
DR (Mallventure 2: Poor Tie choices): 100% Typo
DR (Mallventure 2: is this iiji again): co-op (roughly 50/50 split)
DR (????): Pure typo... Oh wait, this hasn't happened yet.
DR (????): Co-op (80% slinko). One day you can come back here and know what this song is!
No. 121348 ID: b1b4f3

>wah we didn't choose the "good" option for one interaction
Ceri had no way of knowing it would turn out that way, and it certainly isn't that cut and dry. It started out as hostile, then wound up finding a deeper personal issue rather than serving the customer's needs like a sales person is fucking supposed to do.
No. 121350 ID: 395c02

I will note that in every single minigame choice, one choice won over the other by a landslide. 'cool' is the first time in DR history that we had a unanimous win, with 0 people choosing the other option.

The only vote that was close was 'tie' vs 'no tie', with 'no tie' winning by roughly 30% (the original vote data was cleared when the new update went up, so I'm going from memory).
No. 121357 ID: 56b498

True but we also had no way of knowing that being truthful wouldn't end with red lizard going off at us or that or that bird girl wouldn't just straight refuse tits and leave.
I'm pretty confident in saying that the outcomes of the choices affected peoples decisions as much as whether or not Ceri would know or what she would do. If it were another quest I would agree but DR has meta out the ass.

And yes sales persons are supposed to sell as much shit as possible but A Ceri is not a GameStop employee and B she has proclaimed that she will HELP as many people as possible, sacrificing one sale to help someone is something that she would do. For all we now we just ruined that dudes relationship and then Ceri will feel guilty and want to fix it and then sub/side plot/story/mission.
Or he could be fine and and she'll come by the shop herself at some point OR we never hear nor see him ever again, that all remains to be seen.
No. 121363 ID: b1b4f3

No, salespeople are supposed to sell the customer what they want, not push sales onto them like a shitty Gamestop clerk. We didn't push a sale onto him by not calling him out on it, and calling him out on it certainly wasn't helping, in-character. There is SOME meta stuff going on, particularly in this update, but cmon man just because starting an argument wound up with a good result doesn't mean starting the argument was the correct choice!
We would've pushed a sale onto the bird by suggesting boobs.

Telling the truth and confronting awkwardness instead of avoiding it is a completely different thing. Even if it hadn't resulted in more sales I would've picked that, since I knew it would turn out okay.
No. 121430 ID: ed67d9

Congrats on another successful thread!
No. 121434 ID: 395c02

And now, I rest...

I really pushed myself to the absolute limit doing thread 6, especially near the end.

But thread 6 (barely) accomplished its main goals: Do better than 5, and introduce the patreon characters. It even gave a cameo to a brand new patreon character despite the mad dash to get everything done before I die!

(it's the purple tiny lizard in the minigame)

Because there's a new patreon character and someone considering joining (maxing out how many there can be), I'm still not in a great place to pause DR to do the for-free quests I'd otherwise do.

But I also don't like the idea of literally never doing Slissa or Retcon because DR pays the bills.

I'm going to rest for 3 weeks and think on this. Right now, I'm exhausted...
No. 121435 ID: de6d84


Follow your gut in whatever you feel is best, Slinko. We'll support you in whatever path you end up going with either way.
No. 121436 ID: 2fa184

The minigames make my browser lag a bit. Could you embed them somewhere else and link to there in the future?
No. 121441 ID: caf1de

>hey guys ill pause after daatra in a little bit
>one eternity later
>hey guis i'm pausing after this cliffhanger before daatra see you in a mouth
you glorious god damned trickster it better be more than 3 fucking weeks
No. 121447 ID: 395c02

Dylan insists they shouldn't have any notable impact, and when I used ublock under his direction to prevent them from loading the thread was still painful to navigate on my older laptop (even the new laptop goes 'i dunno about this')

I'm not sure if the minigames just ninja'd my cpu even while disabled or what, since 6 is slower to scroll than 5 was and both threads have a similar amount of total posts. 5 also has a minigame of its own.

It could be the large thread size, the higher amount of total images (270, vs ~220 for previous threads), and whatever impact the minigames have all working together to bring death to desktops (phones seem fine).

If the minigames have as little impact as dylan says the test shows, then we should probably add 'don't go over 220 or so images a thread' to the list of things we tell new authors.

But yeah. Me being tired wasn't the only reason I stopped the thread where I did.

eheh i can't help it every time i hunker down to move the plot really fast i think up all these cute character interactions and i should probably cut them but i never doooooooo
No. 121449 ID: c9f250

To be clear, the thread 5 minigame might lag because it has no loading screen (this will be fixed later) but the ones in thread 6 really shouldn't. Browsers do love being awful though.

If you're pretty sure it's the minigame I can make it not even load until clicked, but what makes you think that? Would it help if I made two versions of the thread to compare?
No. 121456 ID: e1c8f7

Sleep sir Slinko! You've more than earned it.
No. 121780 ID: 75c756

The page isn't laggy at all until the minigames start loading. When they do, scrolling stutters even after it loads.
No. 122016 ID: 395c02
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Too busy to do cute april fools jokes or anything for any Day Threads.

DR resumes on the 8th.

...Something else makes a return on the 7th.

May one or more gods give me the strength for what I'm about to do.
No. 122022 ID: ad51b8

>May one or more gods give me the strength for what I'm about to do.

I'm not sure but going from the picture you left I'm guessing it's going to involve us having to find a crew of oil riggers and train them how to go into space to drill a hole into a astroid to blow it before it collides with their planet?
No. 122056 ID: 395c02

Ok, so...

As some know, my break had very little actual break happen, due to IRL shenanigans and other things going on.

I'm woefully behind on patreon, and neither quest is in a great place to go up.

I'm going to leave the date up in the air for now. When I do start the quests, there will be so much slinkoquest happening all at once. But I simply can't do it until patreon is caught up and other things are in place. The threads would suffer immensely if I tried to force any start date.

Most of the IRL shenanigans ruining the break are dealt with now, meaning I finally have a moment to breath, steel myself, and get to work.

I'll keep you posted on my progress.
No. 122058 ID: de6d84

Rest as well as you can and do your important duties, we'll be waiting until these two quests return, so don't worry about us.

just gonna sit here and build hype for one of them...!
No. 122074 ID: b1b4f3

No. 122476 ID: 395c02
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Progress update: SQ stuff all drawn. DR title image drawn.

Grinding through the patreon owed arts right now.

Also here's a bunch of images I made on stream once I was done doing patreons for the day, reacting to what people were saying.

Dylan said i was banned if i didn't post it !
No. 122478 ID: de6d84

Good to hear! Just make sure you're able to still get a good break again once all the owed arts are done

please, we worry
No. 122542 ID: a363ac

PANKANK - Today at 7:22 PM
Slinko- Today at 7:23 PM

for all the people who don't know we have a new weapon
No. 122600 ID: 395c02

Current Plan:
Today: Typoquest. happy 9th anniversary!!!
Finalizing SQ's intro

Tomorrow: SQ happen

Friday: DR update

Monday: Next DR

After which it goes Mon/wed/fri DR

and SQ I will do when I can on days that aren't those days. SQ is going to update much more slowly than DR, but have my absolute best put into it.

Typoquest whenever he writes. it's intended to be very fast to draw so I don't die.

Breaks will happen as this schedule is guaranteed to wear me down over time.
No. 122601 ID: de6d84

[Hype: 100%]
No. 122631 ID: f0e552

so we're doing a redo of SQ? neat, I'm gonna contribute the same thing I did last time this quest came around and it'll be funny.
No. 122632 ID: f0e552

actually maybe not a redo? i cant tell.

also Slinko, I think it might be worth doing some css trickery for the thought bubbles, they look really nice as it is, but if you got yourself or Dylan to make some css to change the text to a white background and have borders on the top and bottom to make it fit in with the thought bubbles, it would look pretty nice, and is pretty easy to code too.
No. 122638 ID: cb585b

I believe that this is just a continuation of the previous SQ thread, as the previous was just one big intro/prologue, the fun and possible death is about to start soon :V
No. 122765 ID: 395c02

Me: I'm going to update so many quests! All the updates!

Lifelong Chronic depression: Hey

Me: Oh. Right.

Rather than try to set a schedule, I think I'll yield to depression and not burning out and say DR will update every other day (taking an extra day off occasionally), typoquest when I can make myself do it, and SQ when I can make myself do it and no other quest is in need of updating

SQ is going to update extremely slowly until my depression wanes, with DR being top priority because it pays the bills.

Also: DR, wherein a person bad at suggesting has to make 3+ suggestions for his own quest as options.

SQ is not using DR's voting style... it's something a little different. It will do what is essentially PATH votes, with the details being left to freeform where possible. hopefully this will allow more freedom while also making 20+ suggestions manageable.
No. 122766 ID: de6d84

That's alright, we'd rather have you not burn out, just tackle these when you can.
No. 122879 ID: 395c02

For some reason, I feel it important to note that if you go 'THIS, and if that fails THAT, and if that fails THIS'

that vote's going down as NULL.

You have to actually pick a main choice and a secondary choice (Or come up with a CUSTOM OPTION), not just tell Ceri to try everything until something works.
No. 123034 ID: 395c02

Gonna get an SQ update out soon, then take a week to get stuff done for DR and SQ, as well as give myself a moment to breathe.

These occasional weeks are vital for me being able to handle the workload of two plot-heavy quests happening at the same time!
No. 123035 ID: de6d84

No worries man, you take the rest that you need to recover, we'll be here.
No. 123105 ID: 2202fb

Based on what we know, what is the tentative end-condition for this quest?
No. 123106 ID: b1b4f3

No. 123130 ID: 395c02

All my quests have ending plot blobs that, once reached, will mark the end of the quest

even if DR is being slow about it, there *is* a point its ultimate leading to!
No. 123165 ID: 395c02
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This is the first time I made a map this complex since Tezakia in 2009

fun times~
No. 123166 ID: b1b4f3

Oh hey it's 3d-sortof.
No. 123409 ID: a363ac

According to extensive research of DR~ and all its plot blobs, We the People have found out that Ceridwen is not actually a water dragon but a close cousin know as the Spaghetti Dragon. The spaghetti Dragon is know for constantly messing up and spilling their spaghetti on the ground and then screaming into the air.
No. 123499 ID: 05ff2f

To Hard Rpetilian With No Extremities: In case you miss my post (>>/quest/888173) in the quest, I wrote that I think you missed a piece of important information in the update that Ceri can prove she's a dragon to Daatra. I figured you'd want to know in case you did overlook or misread that.
No. 123500 ID: e5c658

Speaking of Hard Rpetillian With No Extremities, is he aware that "Rpetillian" should be spelled "Reptillian"? I don't know if it's been pointed out, or if it's intentional.
No. 123501 ID: 575ec0

No. 123502 ID: de6d84

Bless these Pile building names in the Ketza Kapital
No. 123529 ID: 7fad5d

Reptilian still only has the one 'l'.
No. 123531 ID: bb4e90

Apparently I can't spell either.
No. 123537 ID: eeb7d9

Oh yes, i did actually saw that. I didn't say anything about that because i thought it wasn't necessary, since it is proof that she is a dragon and i had nothing to argue about that. If anything, i say it is a good way to prove to Daatra that Ceri is a dragon.

Why didn't anybody told me about this!?
I must have look like an idiot!
Honestly, i didn't noticed the lack of the "e" at all.
Although, i can use the excuse that english is not my first language. Wich is true.
No. 123538 ID: eeb7d9

There, it should be correct like this, right?
No. 123540 ID: efcc58

Yeah, you're fine now.
No. 123541 ID: eeb7d9

Good. Let's not speak again about this.
No. 123605 ID: 2202fb

Dragon Romance

Aside from anything the alien crew have/had, does this world have firearms?
With all of the dangerous adventuring we plan on doing later (checking out those hotspots), we should probably learn how to use a weapon of some sort. I suggest an assault rifle for versatility, although if that doesn't exist, I would then suggest (going further back in history respectively) a semi-auto hunting rifle, a bolt-rifle, a crossbow, and lastly a bow. Ranged weapons are much more versatile allowing you to use them for hunting as well as fighting.
No. 123606 ID: 4ecc08

The tech level is high enough for there to be firearms, but the presence of magic may have stunted any sort of weapon development. There's no great need for guns when you can spike people in the forehead with spears of ice.
No. 123616 ID: 2202fb


What you are saying makes sense, which is why I included a few suggestions. I actually remembered that Ceri's dad has a small army's worth of Lethal Weapons in a gun safe.

Regarding the use of magic, it is for precisely that reason that Ceri should learn conventional combat/survival. iirc, while magic is prevalent, it is rare for people to know more than a small handful of spells. If Ceri wants to avoid attracting unwanted attention while traveling, she should avoid using magic unnecessarily.
No. 123618 ID: 2202fb


Change it to Rptilian. It is like reptilian, but it is rp, like roleplaying.


Aww, can't it just go on forever like Asteroid Quest?
No. 123619 ID: eeb7d9

Hmmm i will consider that about the name...

I don't know if Asteroid Quest will be eternal. I would love to, but that is kind of a stretch.
No. 123620 ID: de6d84

Good things must come to an end, rather than get stale over time, which is a bittersweetness I think prefer

But hey, I'm also glad that so many different great quests were made and some still continuing by Slinko!
No. 123622 ID: 2202fb


While I was exaggerating slightly, i would like to see Slinko keep the universes and just start something new thats related yet different rather than abandon them entirely.

...I am the type to get emotionally attached and invested in characters, however.
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oh um

I guess I radio silenced a bit there. long story short: things aren't ideal, but will soon be much more ideal.


I've been working on what will be the last cutscene/minigame we'll be seeing for a while, at least the last 'intended' one. I've been making these a lot lately, and I'm definitely at the point where I'd like to go back to normal quest mode for a while :X

This means things might not update for a little bit longer, but soon the updates will flow again like wine and bird juice!

Yu and Typo-related things

To help Typo regain his questing mojo, I'm eventually going to be reviving and running Koror with Typo playing support instead of sole writer. He's also having a 'RL situation is not ideal' ...situation, which will also be resolving soon.

So I'm hoping that doing this with Koror will help him get back in the game!

Sadly, this does mean Yu might be sleeping for a while, but in the long run I think there will be some good stuff to look forward to.

But Koror isn't reviving for a little while. It's a month or more out.

I definitely need to be in a better RL situation first, as right now I can barely handle doing DR and SQ (and if I'm being honest SQ maybe started sooner than it should have, since it really needs me firing on all cylinders and I haven't been for months).

Between the next big scene going up and things returning to a normal quest normal schedule, I'll be taking a week to try and close the Patreon gap that was worsened by my deteriorating mental state. By this point, the RL stuff should be way better, meaning I'll be way better, meaning I can finally do thing.

Reacting to posts time

S-spoilers !

Ceri's dad is shown to be the owner of several firearms. Ceri isn't likely to use them, because I don't like drawing them and people take them way too seriously.

You really have to write a different type of story to handle guns, since they tend to 1-shot everything. In general, guns require quests to have Combat Strategy, and this is an area I'm very weak in.

That said, there is a plot blob that might do something with Sheriim's DEADLY WEAPONS, but who can say if I'll ever find time with the many many other things DR has to do.

All things must end, but... who knows?

Tezakia 2 is the last 'planned' quest in the uh... slinko cinematic universe? hmm.

it's the last one that's been 'planned' since 2010, is what I mean. Once tezakia is done, I'm out of things I was planning to do, and... who knows? Maybe I'll find new stories to tell with what I've built, or I'll be inspired to build new worlds.

We'll find out, one day...
No. 123664 ID: de6d84

Good to see you're still doing okay! Don't worry about us over here, just take the time you need to catch everything up.
No. 123738 ID: 32dc9c

Just finished reading all of the Tezakia Quest and all of the smaller sequels few days ago.
I don't normally read interactive fiction that much. The only other major one, that I read before this is the Prequel (A.K.A. Making A Cat Cry: The Adventure).
But I gotta say, it's been a blast reading through the chapters.
Currently reading the Venji Quest, though would love to see Tezakia 2 come into fruition someday.

I also have couple of questions:

Are you still updating the character ask blog on the Tumblr?

Also (This might be a wrong place to ask), is there more info about Only Peep? I've read about it essentially being Only War, but converted into Tezakiaverse.
The descriptions on Trout's pictures about it only made me more curious. Is there a campaign log or something, considering this is a tabletop game?
No. 123739 ID: 91ee5f

Sekani’s probably too fat to wear his favorite super stretchy pants anymore!

But lucky for him, it’s gonna be a while before Slinko starts up Tezakia 2, which gives Amiel more than enough time to whip Sekani into shape! XD
No. 123742 ID: de6d84

(Welcome aboard to Slinko-quests, woo!)

The ask blog's low priority so quest up-keep is manageable.
Only Peep things, uhh, that'll need Slinko's answer.
No. 123779 ID: 395c02

That DR took a while to make!

Thanks to Dylan for code, and Typo for making a somber version of the main DR theme~

Normal updates will resume soon, after I knock out some patron arts.

>Are you still updating the character ask blog on the Tumblr?
The ask blog is likely dead, due to being busy with other things and also Tumblr made some changes I don't like.

I might actually try to answer questions asked in the Inside The Quest thread on tgchan, though.

>Also (This might be a wrong place to ask), is there more info about Only Peep?
If there is a log, I'm afraid I don't have it. Only Peep was a campaign that ran in a modified version of the tezakia world. From what I understand, there was a lot of shooting and bird sex.

And Bikki, who was canonized.
No. 123994 ID: 2202fb

>Bikki, who was canonized.

Saint Bikki, pray for us.
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No. 124239 ID: ae9bd9

Previously you said that you want to stay away from combat since you dont think you are very good at it. Lago seems to do it pretty well, and since you are both (TGChan) celebrities you might be able to ask them for advice in that area.
I personally think that DR should have some more conflict once Dr. Snek comes back w/ the dragon. Dragon riders could show up, the main chars could investigate the energy spikes or try to save the prince, or something else might happen.
Guns (in addition to bows, melee weapons, and possibly alien weaponry :3) should probably make an appearance since they have already been shown to exist, however with the presence of magic, advanced alien technomancy, literal metal-headed adversaries, and plot armor, guns dont necessarily have to be one shot one kill.


Quite a while ago you offered to share your milk story which created your aversion to lactation. Since discovering this, I have been really curious as to what this is. Would you mind sharing it now? :3
No. 124254 ID: 7fad5d

>Quite a while ago you offered to share your milk story which created your aversion to lactation. Since discovering this, I have been really curious as to what this is. Would you mind sharing it now? :3
Not him but the tl;dr is that during a certain quest milk became a joke and then people beat the horse into a corpse and then the corpse into its component molecules. It went a fair bit beyond what Slinko was comfortable with. It's not a particularly cool or fun story.
No. 124275 ID: 395c02


DR is combat-light as heck, but does intend to have some in places. I might seek lago's council, but part of it is you need to actually draw backgrounds for people to hide and strategize around, and drawing BGs is raw unrefined suffering.

I don't like drawing guns, and people get way too serious about guns, so it's unlikely they will ever play a major part in any of my quests. Amiel's DEADLY WEAPON was played a bit tongue-in-cheek, and that was before I spent time around gun-fanatics.

The milk stat was a joke I almost didn't do, was pressured into doing, then regretted for many years.
No. 124283 ID: f0e552

can we add a protein stat so we can min-max our intangible GAINS?
No. 124289 ID: ae9bd9

A flexibility (or DEXTERITY) stat would fit yoga better, plus add a metric for reflexes.
No. 124384 ID: 86239e

My city was hit with a 3 storm combo and a huge chunk of the city is without power, including us...!

Expect delays.
No. 124388 ID: ff82d2

That's terrible! I hope that everyone's alright and that any damage can be easily undone.
No. 124417 ID: 8e1942
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Power is projected to return at midnight.

On Tuesday.
No. 124504 ID: 03d323

I just wanted to say that seeing Slissa update again put the happiest grin on my face, and that my days are always the best with it around.
Thank you for doing such amazing quests!
No. 124520 ID: 2202fb

Well, if you have a laptop, you could probably go to a fast food joint and use their free outlets and wi-fi.

Regarding backgrounds, you could probably get away with recycling backgrounds or just using very simple ones. Alternatively, you could draw a bunch of assets(like trees, rocks, buildings, etc.) and save them without a background and then use them to quickly paste together a background.
No. 124529 ID: 395c02

aww, thanks! It's been taking me a bit to settle back into a routine now that the excitement (and power outages) are behind me, but I'm confident that we'll be seeing more SQs more often soon.

To aid this, I'm slightly reducing how perfectionist I am about SQ's art. I think people generally prefer a quest that updates consistently to one that tries to wow the audience with every image, you know?

The desire to use a laptop instead of a phone almost beat my social anxiety screaming at the idea of me doing something so awkward in public.


I do reuse things here and there, but the front-loaded effort needed to make 'sprites' tends to keep me from going this route.
No. 124531 ID: 33cbe7

A trick for backgrounds I once saw is making a nice background of respectable size - for example, a city block - and then in panels, zooming in on different parts, or even rotating it if you can get away with it (such as in a cave system).
No. 124571 ID: 2202fb


Omfg, i feel you there. Social anxiety is a bitch. I will say, however, that there are usually spots in the corners of places that are usually pretty secluded.

As far as the workload goes, you could probably just ask and i'd wager that people would be more than happy to donate (matching) sprites. You could also just make sprites as you need them (i mean if you have to draw the tree anyway, might as well) or go back and take the raw files from your past frames and turn parts of those into sprites.
No. 124614 ID: d5c00e

Know what's more fun than a power outage?

Two power outages in two weeks
No. 124620 ID: 91ee5f

Oh shit! Are you ok?! O_o;;
No. 124629 ID: 864e49

What the fuck! Where do you LIVE!?
No. 124644 ID: 395c02
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Thankfully this time it did come back a few hours later instead of after 3 days !


for posterity, I'll post the old one here~
No. 124692 ID: 395c02
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>btw, the weight difference from >>895789 to >>895790 is pretty extreme. I am not saying either are bad, but you might want to try to keep them a bit more consistent. Ofc i cant draw for shit, so i suppose i dont really have room to judge.

I find a lot of critiques I get are things I already know, when they're not just 'try being less bad'. Especially for quest images, I prioritize the images existing over the images being perfect. Slissa Quest is a slight exception, but even it has a 'okay I've spent 3 hours on 1 image let's call it good enough' point.

I recently figured out a new way to draw stomachs that lets Ceri look actually chubby instead of 'thin girl but there's a stomach sometimes'.

Problem is, it's a complete departure from how I was drawing tummies before, meaning I need practice to get used to it and to be able to be more consistent. Until I get it down better, she'll sometimes look too fat or too skinny.

She didn't actually gain like 50 pounds, I'm just using the quest as practice to get to where she looks 'a bit chubby' using the new method, something even harder to do at quest-art speed. The included image shows roughly where the 'intended' level of chub is.

Dilia, on the other hand . . .
No. 124696 ID: 91ee5f

>The included image shows roughly where the 'intended' level of chub is.
That looks nice.

>Dilia, on the other hand . . .
Oh? What about Dilia? Now you’ve got me curious!
No. 124698 ID: 395c02

i mean, Dilia is actually canonically overweight, so this new stomach method works quite well for drawing her??
No. 124740 ID: 2202fb


Speaking of drawing, i have been wanting to learn how to draw. In the past, when i tried, i could never find a decent guide. Most said to just practice, but they conveniently forget to mention what to practice and how to practice it. The best i could find was simple exercises with circles and such, and while that is great, there is a pretty huge and overwhelming gap from drawing circles and squares more-or-less consistently to drawing people, landscapes, and things.

How did you learn?
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Many years ago, drew crude comics of Sonic, a popular thing to draw comics of when you're a teenager.

I started wanting to learn how to draw properly, which was spear-headed when I found an artist who drew well enough to look nice, but simply enough that I could just barely understand how their lines came together to form a picture.

I spent a while just drawing pieces of their style, trying to understand it. They mostly drew dragons, so I'd mimic their claws. Their legs. Their other set of legs. Piece by piece.

I didn't do this for months or anything, it was a single afternoon spent on this. Eventually, I took what I was practicing and used it to draw dragon 1, seen in this image.

Now, at this point most art tutorials were useless to me because they are obsessed with circles and I have a hard time thinking of things in shapes (which is why some of the 'just get it out' DR updates look pretty 2D, as do older images of mine).

After dragon one, I would continue to spend time practicing bits and pieces of that artist's various drawings, making more dragons as part of the Dragon Project. Around the time of dragon 15, I expanded out to looking at what tutorials I could understand and practicing pieces of things other artists have drawn.

I ended up skipping over the 'basics' of drawing, instead practicing and memorizing how to make an image through guesswork alone, and knowing roughly which line connects to which and how.

Because of my struggle with understanding 3D space, a lot of my stuff was either from the side, or facing the viewer. It was actually a challenge for me to upgrade to the 'default angle' every artist knows, 3/4.

Around dragon 33 I fell into an art slump that would last from 2001 to 2009 when tezakia happened. So I'd advice skipping this step.

Tezakia and the quests that followed gave me an insane amount of practice, much more than the previous 10 years.

Around 2012 I decided to start trying to learn anatomy by studying various naked ladies in various naked poses. I gained an obsession with drawing breasts, partly for obvious reasons but largely because of the insane challenge they represented-- many artists well above me in skill struggle to make them look remotely real or natural.

In december of 2017, I would once again look at proper art tutorials and understand, if only barely, the Shapes Method (drawing rough shapes to get an idea of how the pose will look and where things go in relation to each other), finally enabling me to draw things in a slightly more 'standard' way with slightly less guesswork.

Still a lot of guesswork though.

And that's why people always say 'practice a bunch'. At the end of the day, there really isn't a tutorial that magically makes you draw good. There's a lot of required intuition that only comes through practice and studying how things work in real life and slowly but surely understanding what line you need to draw where to achieve the results you desire. It's a never-ending process, but one full of little eureka moments where you can look back upon where you were, where you stand now, and feel a hint of pride.
No. 124796 ID: afa802

lol slinko
>Little tight around the belly, but that should fix itself as you stop being drawn 30 pounds too heavy. Er, you mean, as you do a bunch of off-camera situps and tighten things up. That's what. You meant to say.
No. 124835 ID: 2202fb


Honestly that is a huge help. Just the insight of how one could carve a path from point A to B helps immensely.
While i dont plan on copying what you did exactly (not to mention you probably would recommend against it), i can still use some of what you did to gain direction so i can start moving toward the end goal.


Somewhat unrelated, but do you draw professionally, or is this just a hobby and you have a separate job?
No. 124847 ID: de6d84

Dragon Romance is the result of Slinko's patreon (his main source of income) hitting a goal, so in a way, DR is his job.

Slissa Quest and the others are through the passion of wanting to tell grand stories.
No. 124884 ID: 2202fb


Idk about that, i mean his patreon currently doesn't seem like it is generating enough income to live off of.
Speaking of, while i would love to donate, i am currently a broke, jobless (but searching), college student, so i literally cant afford to give anything.
No. 125053 ID: 395c02

>Slink why is one that recesses of this planet a pokemon?
No. 125056 ID: 395c02

Speaking of which.

All patreon characters have officially shown up in DR!

There are no additional slots for new people to take, either.

This should lead to a somewhat smoother story flow from here on, as the focus is no longer on getting everyone in, but in making a narrative everyone can be a part of.

A lot of the pressures plaguing me since mallventure (itself originally a segment to introduce a patreon character whose owner pulled out last-minute) are finally gone.

DR is unlikely to open itself to new people again, especially as the period of my life where every dime counted is moving behind me.

For better or worse, it's time to focus on the story itself now.
No. 125176 ID: 2202fb

Look Stanley, the story!
No. 125183 ID: a48264
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>tfw you try to hide all of your spaghetti but it's just too much
No. 125488 ID: 395c02

Gonna pause DR for a week, as I'm suffering pretty heavy burnout.

DR will resume on the 24th, hopefully benefiting from me not running on fumes as I have been. The next segment should be a lot of fun!
No. 125489 ID: de6d84

No worries man, just take any time you need to relax.
No. 125505 ID: eeb7d9

Sure thing mate, take a rest and don't fry your brain with overwork.
No. 125540 ID: 91ee5f

I just thought of something: What is Ceri’s family’s last name?

We know their first names, Myra (Mom), Sheriim (Dad), and Ceridwen, but I don’t think we’ve ever been told what their last name is.
No. 125554 ID: 395c02

One was never decided. At one point I went back to thread 1, intending to be cute and use the second-place winner of the 'what do we name this dragon girl' vote... only to realize 'Ceridwen' was kind of the only real name anyone came up with. oops.

Rather than come up with one myself, this could be an opportunity to have a faux quest decision while I recover a bit:

Gimme some last names for our dragon family!
No. 125556 ID: de6d84

Mercia - Compassion or forbearance, which could relate the names, albeit maybe a little simple
Ester - Capable, performing large tasks with success
Fernande - Adventuresome
Blithe - Happy, wanting to live life without tradition

Some that're kinda neat from sound: Escanes, Viera

My naming sense is probably not the best, but here's some ideas maybe who knows
No. 125557 ID: 2e0f31

No. 125562 ID: a62780

How about Tethis? I think it'd sound nice.

That said...
I giggled heartily at Blithe, it'd fit too well wouldn't it? Ceridwen Blithe!
No. 125563 ID: afdebc

No. 125580 ID: b1b4f3

Guys remember this is her parents' family name. So it's either Myra or Sherim's original last name. Unless they're SUPER rebellious and came up with a brand new one when they eloped I guess? Regardless it should be something that suits them first and foremost.
Though I guess I don't know much about their races' naming conventions.

No. 125593 ID: 65c9b9

Ceridwen's family name is probably Hugge.
No. 125597 ID: eeb7d9

I am split betwwwn Mercia and Blithe. Really liked those.
No. 125603 ID: ab8afd

Ok, so, this is sort of goofy but I think it works: Merriden.

Originally "Merryden", which is the sort of surname a little hobbitlike furry in a silly fantasy story would have, but this is a silly fantasy story and why not some happy lizards? It would be originally Myra's name, taken by Sheriim when they married. It implies a story, like that when the pressure was on and he suddenly had to think of a name while distracted he went uh uuhm names what's a name uhh and not being able to jump very far at a moment's notice his brain just went to a name that rhymed with his wife's name. Ceridwen.

So she'd be Ceridwen Merriden, daughter of Myra Merriden and Sheriim Merriden. It's cute and would make it hard for people to take her seriously (perhaps explaining why it hasn't been used up until now) but that in itself would suit her pretty well!
No. 125641 ID: 06fdc0

is Sekani an unlockable character in sibling smash 2
No. 125642 ID: 395c02

After a prominent role in the Smash Siblings meta, there was a huge public outcry at his exclusion from the sequel. Hopefully he makes a triumphant return for 3!
No. 125801 ID: 06fdc0

slinko your quest is pink why
No. 125812 ID: 65c9b9

what is the emoji board cheat code Ceridwen?
No. 125813 ID: 395c02

(for those playing at home, wondering why DR turned pink when the konami code was mentioned...

Why don't you try typing the konami code? Like, right here?)
No. 125818 ID: 06fdc0

slinko, you somehow made it worse/
No. 125828 ID: 395c02


I should also say that you can turn it off by putting the code in again.

fun fact: this easter egg wasn't added for DR purposes-- it's been something you could do for a few years now. DR was just referencing it!
No. 125949 ID: b1b4f3

It's almost time for the Picnic!!!! Are you excited I'm excited
No. 125953 ID: 06fdc0

i'd like to say that the art in last DR thread was wonderful, the faces and poses were pretty good; you've really been improving, slinko!
No. 125977 ID: ae9b99

what do you guys imagine might happen at the picnic? I'm expecting the naturals to show up to crash the party for some reason.
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O-oh gosh, thanks~!

So! DR7 is done! After the struggles in 5, and figuring out where I want things to go in 6, I think 7 is when I get my stride back.

I have high hopes for 8, because we no longer have to introduce new patreon characters. We can take everything we have and build on them to make the best story I'm capable of telling which hopefully people will find okay oh no who put this spaghetti here.

Anyway, someone wanted to see the stat screen, so here??

I might talk about the stats more later. Of note is the fact that there's now spreadsheets keeping track of things instead of relying purely on the graphics and remembering things. So organized!
No. 125983 ID: 8e1ef2

That's our thing, you're not allowed.

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No. 126004 ID: eeb7d9

We are going to like, clean this chart, is a mess.
No. 126005 ID: 395c02

Oh right, future plans.

I got extremely burned out near the end, and I don't think a normal 1-2 week break is gonna cut it. I need a big, proper break from things to recharge.

I'm not giving a hard date for DR thread 8, as it's better to do it when I feel ready rather than force myself to do it at X time. But I do know I need at least a month away from our blue-ish dragon-ish hero.

So the plan for now is I'm going to rest until NOVEMBER 12th. On that day, I'll determine how I'm feeling and if I need more time or if I'm ready to go. I'm going to say now that the odds are decently good that I will need more than a month. The burnout is very strong.

I'm not going to vanish completely, however, as I hope to spend the time doing SQ updates. But I'm not doing anything for a couple weeks at the least. SQ will be kept at a slow pace, as resting and other art obligations are my priority right now.
No. 126006 ID: de6d84

Take your time man, your efforts everywhere deserve it. Still hype as hell for Slissa Quest so that'll be fun!
No. 126009 ID: eeb7d9

All right, sounds good. Have your rest, you deserve it, Slinko boy.
No. 126056 ID: 575ec0

>SQ updates slowly at all

Error: The class "Sq Update" is obfuscated and is not compatible with "Rest".
No. 126066 ID: 396f54


Holy crap, I can't breathe.
All jokes aside Slinko, take as long as you need, you've earned it a hundred times over.
No. 126089 ID: 395c02


SQ is gonna be on a low stress setup (whereas DR kept shooting for 3 a week even if it was failing a lot near the end). I'll do it on my own pace, and if I don't feel like it for a bit I'll just not.

I already wrote an update though-- I think I might be less burned out on questing in general and just a bit burned out on DR itself. It didn't help that I felt pressured to continue doing DR at all costs, something I hope can be fixed going forward by just offering bonuses to patreon people on the 'off months'

But yeah. A lot of my time has been spent chilling and sorta regaining my artistic mojo. I'm already feeling myself bounce back a bit, so I'm hopeful!
No. 126090 ID: de6d84

[Hype intensifies]

Best of luck on finding something that works out for less burnout, Slinko.
No. 126386 ID: 5b4e02

Hey Slinko this thing you made is really good. Thanks for giving me something good to binge, I'm gonna have to be around for Thread 8 once you've got your stamina back! <3
No. 126457 ID: 395c02

Time flies! And I actually took a break, what a concept.

I super appreciate the nice words, and the patience everyone has shown! Things are starting to gear up, but as I kinda expected I'm not fully 'there' yet.

Work on DR8 is progressing, but it'll be a few more weeks before everything is ready to go. I hope to hit the ground running, putting out content I can be proud of and hopefully you all will enjoy.

Let's tentatively put DR8 starting on the 26th, assuming I can get done the things that need doing.
No. 126458 ID: de6d84

Continuous best of luck, man.
No. 126459 ID: b1b4f3

I await your return, questing pillar.
No. 126540 ID: 395c02

Some bad news.

Due to insurance shenanigans, I'm without a certain fog-clearing pill until December 03 (...and there's a bit of 'fingers crossed' on me getting pills at that point).

With an addled mind, my ability to be productive has dropped dramatically, and since DR8 has some Things planned, I can't quite say what the overall delay will end up being.

Due to all this, I'll be reducing my normal year-end break to just a few days around X-mas, since I don't exactly need a big ol break at this point. Once DR8 begins, it'll run with minimal interruption for a good while.

Certainly not feeling burned out anymore, at any rate. Just need my brain to turn back on...
No. 126552 ID: 40faf8

Aww, hope you get things sorted soon, Slinko :(

you should eat other people's brains to heal your brain, isn't that how it works?
No. 126555 ID: de6d84

Dang, we'll be hoping for the best with you, Slinko.
No. 126556 ID: 91ee5f

Take all the time you need!
No. 126657 ID: b0eafe

(hopeful) Return soon hype
No. 126756 ID: 06fdc0

hi slinko, i hope things are going better for you now!
No. 126758 ID: 395c02

An update: Work on DR8 is underway and things should be up and running soon! I got new pills thankfully, it's just taking me a bit to get back into the groove because of the giant downtime.

As I said before, I'm skipping my usual Year End Break (except for a few days around christmas) because I got a break and then some.

As much as being a mental zombie can be counted as 'a break'.
No. 126763 ID: bdb209

but hey at least you got then in the end! hideously late but you finally got them! also I had sportsdrink save your ask blog content because of the great tumblr (and apparently soon the rest of internet) lewd purge as I am sure topless duban ceri and other such pics would not survive it.
No. 126824 ID: 2202fb

hol up, there's an ask blog?
No. 126826 ID: 465a14

Yes, link is in his wiki page
No. 126838 ID: 2202fb

Yeah, i did my own sleuthing and discovered it. It is about what i expected.

Found out where Chei came from (and i assume ketzas came from slissa quest...?).

I feel like there is a need for some more backstory on the DR aliens since they seem kinda 2D at the moment; especially since they were created prior to DR. Tbh, most of Slinko's characters were pretty 2D until relatively recently. Imo it is because the quests get bogged down by tangents that keep the story from moving forward. The characters just haven't done enough to get fleshed out.

Maybe it is just me, but it just doesn't feel like we have really gone anywhere. There has been backstory about conflict and battles and dragon politics and then we find out the prince (prince of what? and why does that matter?) has been taken by a dragon. With all these dark undertones, it seems to want to build up towards a fairly big shift from its slice of life feel (not that that should go away cuz i like that too) towards a drama sort of like Asteroid Quest (the drama part, not necessarily the setting or characters. Comparing cuz it seems to have a good story balance), but instead it is just kind of sitting here stagnating, stretching out a few days much longer than they should be.

I do love DR, I just think that while it is currently great, with the amount of potential it has, it could be Legendary.

inb4 i get mobbed: I am not trying to criticize anyone, i am just expressing my views. Slinko is absolutely amazing and i will keep reading regardless of what is decided (if anything).
No. 126841 ID: 2202fb

I think i may have voiced this at some point earlier, but idk. If i am coming off as annoying, just ignore me.

I don't like making people mad at me.
No. 126842 ID: 395c02

I can go ahead and say that part of this was just that introducing all the patreon characters slightly fuzzed the pacing a bit. Should be clearer sailing going forward.
No. 126849 ID: de6d84

Ketzas do originate from Slissa Quest, yes.
No. 126856 ID: 395c02

Now that everyone's in (and the Daatra stuff is effectively done), things should improve in that regard. The aliens were added awkwardly, something I'd have to reboot the quest to fix, really. But I learned some important lessons from that and I'm going to do my best to make it all work.

I can't promise it'll be 100% perfect because quests are flawed by nature (they're essentially rough drafts), but I'm gonna try. There's things I really want to do, and we can't do them if the quest spins its wheels!
No. 126864 ID: 2202fb

Since ceri is going to visit them, this could be a good chance to hear their story since ceri doesnt know anything about their backstory either. Siphon is probably to cryptic and omniscient to be the one who tells their tale, as is Eezeryh (sans omniscience), but Gulketi seems to be a good option, especially since we dont know much about them.
No. 126865 ID: 2202fb

aside from the accounting skills

tell me if i am forgetting anything
No. 126875 ID: 395c02


I mean, it's not like the quest didn't delve into their backstory a little.

There's no clean way to go into details without bogging DR down even further, sadly. I'm going to try to drop bits and pieces as we go, since I feel a giant wall of backstory text all at once wouldn't be an easy segment to swallow.

Again, as much as I enjoyed doing the Daatra segment (and how important it was to me to be able to do it), she really did kind of get in the way of everything else. Getting things back on track is the general theme of thread 8.
No. 126954 ID: 395c02
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Hi again! Since X-mas is just about here, my plan is thus:

a DR tomorrow, assuming nothing goofy happens.

the next DR after that will come on FRIDAY the 28th, and continue as normal from there.

Happy Holidays!
No. 126957 ID: 91ee5f

>nothing goofy happens.
But doesn’t something goofy happen in DR all the time?
No. 126958 ID: 06fdc0

nothing as goofy as slinko's holiday thumbnail
No. 127116 ID: 395c02

Sorry for there being even more delays. We got a bit sick and are dealing with that. I have an update written, and will try to get it drawn. DR might only update twice this week, but it's being worked on!
No. 127120 ID: a9af05

Hope you get well soon!
No. 127124 ID: 395c02
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Due to popular demand, we're exploring new options for Outissa's design in DR.

You see, Noxons store magic in their bellies. And, well... Ceri's eggs have a lot of magic.
No. 127125 ID: 65c9b9

No. 127126 ID: 10b02e

>Magic Fat TF

Raptie, this is your fate! Muahaha!
No. 127127 ID: 87bb36

the dangers of D'EGGnog I see
No. 127128 ID: 094652

I expect this is some kind of New Year Fools' poll but if you want my opinion make her fur grow uncontrollably longer in random places due to magic overload along with uncontrollable animated shaking due to her teleportation dash overloading.
No. 127133 ID: daffb0

But it's Ceri's magic! And Ceri's magic, we have seen time and time again, is focused on enhancing one thing before all others.

Well, technically two things.
No. 127134 ID: 26e358

By the way: I seem to have forgotten the important! How is Outissa's scarf related to her being recently involved in some ~-time?
No. 127143 ID: 66577a

Tyrsis x Kliss! I watched the original video of them. IT WAS ADORABLE!
No. 127144 ID: 66577a

forgot to put name...
No. 127150 ID: 395c02

I felt better enough to do the last update, but now I'm feeling unbetter

if only there was a word for feeling unbetter.

I'm calling the DR vote, but it might take me a second to make the update in full as I combat illness.

I really hope we hit a point where stuff stops getting in the way of my mighty return...
No. 127151 ID: de6d84

Hope you feel better soon man.
No. 127152 ID: a9af05

Get well soon! Don't push yourself too hard!
No. 127374 ID: 395c02

It's been a while, so I figured I'd go ahead and post an updated collection of all the music from slinkoquests (now with pretentious titles!).

I went back and adjusted most of the tezakia music to be less randomly loud in places hopefully. I wouldn't say I did enough to call them 'remastered', but they sound a tiny bit nicer than the original MP3 files do??

songs made by Typo are marked thusly. The rest were made by me (though some newer songs had typo help!).

The .zip of the songs is here: https://tgchan.org/slinko/Slinkoquestmusic.zip
No. 127455 ID: 864e49

are you
trying to
retcon out
the penis
No. 127456 ID: b1b4f3

The good thing about the internet is sometimes you can fix your mistakes.
No. 127459 ID: 823813

It's a bit untrustworthy and creepy when "fixing your mistakes" involes using their mod powers to modify old posts in secret to make it seem somthing never happened.

I do admit it was a weird scene and I don't believe there were any evil intentions(unlike a lot of the secret mod stuff that happens on the internet) behind the secret modification but I still feel we should of been told (in quest or questdis) "that was a weird scene that gave some improper impresses, so I'm laying down a quick fix" or something like that.
No. 127461 ID: 395c02

If I didn't mention it, it's cause I forgot.

The scene was very uncomfortable in hindsight, and people kept making very... concerning jokes in relation to it.

The new scene sticks as close as it can so none of the overall story is affected.

I'm not going to argue about it, though. It's my quest. I do what I want with it. Others can ask the mods for the same.

That's all there is to say about it.
No. 127466 ID: 864e49

Completely understandable Slinko, but many of us will forever remember the princes package tied up in a bow so you just need to wait for us all to die and then you won't have to worry about it.
And I'm still gonna reference it every now and again cause I found the whole scene and some of the reactions hilarious.

What I wanna know though is what that read thing in the background is?
No. 127467 ID: 06fdc0

Jesus, it was a dumb joke made in good humor that didn't quite stick the landing, and who cares if a quest author edits his/her quest? And it didn't happen "in secret", there was actually a discussion about it between Slinko and the suggesters.

Please don't get on Slinko's case about a silly thing that happened two and half years ago.
No. 127468 ID: 395c02

>...two and a half years ago
wait... what?
No. 127485 ID: 06fdc0

The joke the ass of hat referenced was from two and a half years ago, when Ceri and Skif met prince Chei for the first time as kids. Then some other anonymous poster said that editing old posts was creepy for some reason.
No. 127487 ID: 395c02

No no I get that!


two and a half years????

No. 127489 ID: 5be368

it was time well spent drawing big dragon tiddies
No. 127491 ID: b1b4f3

Time keeps on slippin slippin slippin
into the future
No. 127502 ID: 395c02

You probably noticed DR's pacing has been perhaps... lacking.

I don't have any excuses anymore, really. Depression a shit, and in general I think I'm reaching the point of being kinda done doing quests.

10 years is a long time to be doing something, after all.

It could be burnout, but it feels like the burnout that needs not a couple months off, but an entire year.

Of course that option is off the table, so I keep forcing myself to continue, caring less and less that DR's quality and speed are slipping.

I don't know a real way to fix it. I'm desperately hoping I can get into a proper habit of doing it such that, at the very least, it feels like a job and not 6 hours of doing a thing I don't really wanna do.

If you have advice, I'm all ears.
No. 127508 ID: 5fc3a0


I'll take a shot, although this may not be advice so much as my thoughts on this sort of thing.

I'm not good at advice, but I've had to work through burnout 98% of the time for a few years now, and depression for much longer, so your troubles are hitting close to home. For me specifically, I consciously want to quest and draw consistently, but every time I sit at my computer, all non-conscious parts of my body very bluntly say 'no'. Often if I try to do so much as grab my tablet pen, my arm won't move to do it, and that's a weird thing to explain to people who haven't personally experienced that sort of will failure.

I've combatted this sort of thing directly for a long time, acting like willpower is a muscle that gets better the more it's exercised. Maybe that's worked for some people, but I don't know any and it sure hasn't worked for me. I'm not the slightest bit better at ignoring burnout or forcing myself to do things I don't want to do any better than I was years ago, when UnSe started choking on its own mechanics.

It's only recently that I've started to come to terms that short of calling it quits and stopping my quests (I'm not doing this) to move elsewhere in life for some new novel career/hobby/whatever, I have to to treat burnout like a permanent obstacle that has to be navigated, rather than an obstacle to be permanently removed. Same thing with depression. This comes with a simultaneous desire to have updates be top notch quality while also wanting to knock out update after update without a fuck about the end result.

What success I've had has been more about focusing on things I can do, things the rest of my body won't bluntly say 'no' about and also lend themselves to doing what I'd like to do. For instance, instead of attempting to draw an update, I'll just look at my drawing program and sit there gawking at it until I'll finally actually start doing something with it. I've spent upwards of 45 minutes doing nothing but putting an ass dent in my chair staring at the screen, knowing that if I let myself get distracted from that for even a little bit, I'll ruin all momentum I have against the inevitability that my body will eventually draw. Alternatively, I've also just had to treat it like a job, and accept that 8 hours of my day will be sacrificed whether I like it or not. These are just examples, not necessarily recommendations that are universal solutions.

All I can recommend is to try your best to find where your priorities are, and figure out what actions best solve/pursue those priorities. If something remains a priority even after difficulty and suffering is factored in, then said difficulty and suffering should be accepted through the pursuit of the goal, and I don't believe there's nothing wrong with that. There are things worth doing even if you don't enjoy them. If, on the other hand, you end up completely disinterested in questing, inside and out, then maybe the priority should involve an escape plan.

This sort of outlook is something I've only recently started to internalize, so my thoughts here may be very prematurely delievered. I'm only doing it now just because of the timing of your post. If my wall of text here doesn't seem helpful, then I won't be surprised, because a lot of this is stuff you have to figure out on your own. If you manage to find an answer through someone else or some other external means, then great, but I wouldn't count on it. If nothing else, now you know some of my issues.

On the other hand, if you solve burnout and figure out how to passionately care, let me know how you did it.
No. 127509 ID: 06fdc0

so, I'm not an artist, so I don't know if this will help, but I found a blog post:


Maybe you'll find something that will help!

Also, as a fan whose read a lot of both Slinko and Lagatrope quests, the most important thing to me has been the characters and how they interact with each other. For Slinko, watching the Ceri and her friends and family all interacting is my favorite part of Dragon Romance! I haven't actually noticed a decline in quality of quest, I think the art still looks great, so don't be too hard on yourself, Slinko!

A lot of that also goes for you, Lagatrope. UnSe had me alternating between laughing out loud in the wrestling sections, and on the verge of tears in others, like when Likol sacrificed himself. Asteroid and Polo Quest are wonderful, and Three Stripes is adorable!

You are both great artists, which means that the art doesn't need to perfect. I almost flunked out of school when my dad pulled me aside and said, "It doesn't need to be perfect, son. It just needs to get done." You guys are both talented and practiced artists, so it's okay if the art isn't perfect; don't kill yourselves over it!
No. 127510 ID: 06fdc0

I'd also add on to this something else.

I've also suffered depression for a long time, and it wasn't until just a few months ago that I finally started getting it under control. I'd tried different therapists and medications for years until something actually worked and it wasn't just a temporary placebo. I don't know your guys's situations, but um, I guess you could contact me if it would help? I don't if I could do anything, but depression fucking sucks, so let me know, I guess?
No. 127511 ID: 395c02

oh no we both have these struggles up to and including staring at the tablet pen wishing our hand would move to grab it

I wish I could figure out some way to bring the 2009 tezakia hype magic to 2019, or to not have had a Questing Embargo rob me of a few years of productive hype (and the early completion of slissa quest).

There are moments I'm still excited about, but they feel so impossibly far away now.

Almost all of the people we were inspired by have left or otherwise minimized their output. We might be the only two people who stayed here that whole time.

I guess it follows that we're the two who need to figure this out...
No. 127512 ID: 395c02

Oh! I'll check this page out, thanks
No. 127513 ID: a9af05

This isn't really advice, but maybe this'll help you speed up to the events you want to do.

On the calendar in the quest, all the days with events marked on them can be the focus for most of a thread. And if we finish the event fairly quickly, the rest of the thread can be spent doing 1 thing until the end of the day.

However, all of the days that are blank with no events marked on them, we can skip through them. Just give us a list of options at the start of those days and we'll vote for which 3 we want to do that day. Then you just give a general summary of what happened during that day along with any stat increases. Then once we get to another marked event, that event becomes the focus for the rest of the thread, unless we finish quickly enough, then it's back to 1 activity for the rest of that day.

I hope that I explained this good enough. And if you can understand any of it, then I hope it helps you!
No. 127514 ID: b1b4f3

Disclaimer: I'm not really what I'd call an artist, so you can probably stop reading if you don't want to hear an outsider's most likely useless advice. I just want to try saying something on the off chance it might help.

When I get bored of video games I like to put arbitrary restrictions on what I'm doing. Like, using only certain jobs in a job-based game like FFT, or using items I don't normally use, or gimmick builds in something heavily customizable like path of exile.
What I'm saying is try doing something different with your art program to mix things up. Even if it's something as simple as a different color on your sketch layer. Or maybe draw something completely unrelated before you start drawing updates. You know, silly sketches to warm up. Maybe with your off hand, or with a different brush than usual. Play around with digital painting, sketch something from real life, see how many dickbutts you can fit on your canvas...
No. 127517 ID: 395c02

Not to get too far ahead of myself, but I do intend for thread 9 to finish out the remaining days with a strategy similar to that. Depending on what happens we could see it require both 9 and 10, but I'm really committed to getting the plot going places (as much as I like the slow slice of life stuff-- which isn't going away! just being streamlined).

To think I originally wanted to do the entire 2 week bloc in thread 5...

Koror's doing that a little bit. It's being drawn in CSP instead of SAI, meaning it lacks the SAI smoother and the familiarity I have with that program. In exchange, I have a whole bunch of new tools to play with for coloring and digital painting.

Anyway, I've made a decision in light of all the drowning I seem to be doing. For now, DR is going to drop to two updates a week, with no hard set days. Koror will go up in between it, but will likely hover at 1 to 2 updates a week itself.

Once I'm in a better place I'll go back to my intended schedule of MWF, but for the moment I think crawling along at 2 a week is better than floundering out until I stop completely.
No. 127525 ID: 04e62f

Words fail me. The English language doesn't do this often, normally I've got eloquent speech, synonyms, and over-long words out the ass.

Not this time.

You two are the quest authors. Not some of the quest authors, the quest authors.

I've read Chee quest, Fen quest, Asteroid quest and Story seeker. Venji quest, Dragon romance, and Koror quest.

And I can't think up the words to express what these stories mean to me.

You two are the icons of TG, the patron saints, the vanguards and the heroes.

You were here in the beginning, and you've stuck with it the whole time.

You've shaped this website into the amazing place it is today.

You deserve more praise than this fanbase could ever give.

I know the feeling, you stare at a blank screen, chastising yourself for not having the will to write, the will to draw.

But both of you, in a display that can be called nothing but heroic, kept going.

And you just keep on going. And I just don't know how to explain how incredible that is.

I'm crying right now. I haven't cried in four years, but there you have it. I can't tell if they're tears of joy, or if I cry for the sacrifices you've made, but I'm crying.

On this day, words, who have been a steadfast and reliable companion for my entire adult life, have failed me.

But you two? You've never failed me.

And maybe this sounds weird, and maybe you won't believe me, but I love you both.

Maybe I do have the words after all: Thak you.
No. 127538 ID: 395c02

I find I lack the words to respond in the way I feel is deserved. It's hard to fathom that my silly stories and scribbles would mean anything to anyone. I can't speak for lago, but it can be all too easy to fall into the trap of assuming nobody cares (even as people tell you they do).

But I'm not thinking that now.

I'm struggling a bit, but I've no intention of giving up. I crawled out of a similar hole when I started DR, so I just need to do it again.

For those who find my stuff worthy of their time, and to those who stuck with me through mistakes and bad times, You have my sincere thanks.

Rest assured, I will do everything I can to keep the promise I made ten years ago: To see this through until the end.
No. 127539 ID: de6d84

We'll keep being with you 'til then, man.
No. 127544 ID: d564f6

You just keep doing what you want to do, man. If you need a break, than you go ahead and take it.

Days, weeks, months, any break would be justified after the decade-straight marathon that is your questing career.

Seriously, I love Dragon romance, and will always be there to read it when it updates, but don't brake yourself over it. Quests are only worthwhile if the author wants to be a part of it.
No. 127745 ID: 395c02

Lil update:

I'm doing better! But DR will remain a bit slow while I prepare Something Special Tilde.

Depending on how things pan out, it might even have to pause for a bit. I'll let you know

Once Something Special is finished, I'll possibly take a week off, then see if I can get back to 3 a week.
No. 127746 ID: befa5f

Geez Slinko, take it easy when you're done! We worry for you.
No. 127805 ID: cea4f8

I'd like a music video of Ceri in a Mario outfit out to defeat Skif's mom and rescue Skif... 7 times followed by her one true love Princess Spaghetti

Lots and lots of gainaxing

And all in SMG4 style
No. 127810 ID: 575ec0

The only question burning in my brain is: Who will prove to be the better meta-mancer, Ceri's Dad, or Syphon?

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