Happy Birthday HoTS!

Well, sort of. See, Home on The Strange isn’t actually a year old, so it’s not it’s birthday. It’s more one of those ‘fake’ anniversaries bestowed upon small babies and new relationships; worse even than “six months old,” is today’s HoTS celebration; it’s, er, 100 episodes old.

Still, everyone has to start somewhere; even Dudley’s Dungeon had to start somewhere, and if ever a webcomic was running along on minimal material, you’d think that’d be it. [Assuming you don’t count ‘LOL TEH NEWT!!’ as material, anyway…]
So, yeah. I’m doing links to the funniest HoTS ever. For me that’s a bit hard, but I’m going to plump for The Slap Dance Is Always Better When The GM’s Crying and send you off there.

I’m also going to put in a link to the HoTS that isn’t the funniest – it’s not even that amusing, to be fair – but which doesn’t try to be funny, and doesn’t need to be funny; that’s this one, which is brilliant.

I’d do links to others, as well, but that would annoy you all, so I won’t.

Have fun!

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  1. On September 08, 2006 Statto says:

    I don’t get it.

    Are these meant to be stand-alone, or do you need massive understanding of the characters’ backgrounds to get the jokes?

  2. On September 08, 2006 Mister JTA says:

    Er, I don’t *think* you do. It helps if you understand the roleplaying culture, I guess, & yeah, there is backstory to the strip, but I’m fairly sure it’s self contained. Then again, I know the backstory, so anyone else fancy answering him?

  3. On September 08, 2006 Statto says:

    I may be screwed. I don’t even know what “the rôle-playing culture” is…

  4. On September 08, 2006 Ferrett! says:

    To be fair, I think the “Slap Dance” one requires a little in-strip context to properly work out. But thanks for the kind words and the “birthday” mention!

    And when I caught the mention of HotS, the snippet it chose was, “HoTS isn’t the funniest – it’s not even that amusing, to be fair – ,” which led me to have a much greater feeling of dread about viewing this entry than I probably should have. *G*

  5. On September 08, 2006 Statto says:

    Hmm…I’ve just re-read the “funniest” one about the slapping thing, and realised that they’re not writing a film script together but playing some kind of ad hoc storyline invention game.

    No wonder I was confused.

    I think my assessment that I’m screwed is probably pretty fair.

  6. On September 08, 2006 Mister JTA says:

    Hello Ferrett! Yeah, that comment probably does look a bit ominous taken on it’s own! But, hey, you came and had a look anyway, which is cool. No, I like it. Though, actually, looking back through the archive, the style is a lot more settled than it used to be, which is cool.

    Statto… er, yes. It is indeed some ad hoc storyline invention game. That’s probably my bad for forgetting some of us didn’t cut our computer gaming teeth on Hillsfar and Curse. Tch. All you fancy people wandering about having friends and social lives…

    Yeah, er, the ad hoc storyline game thing is roleplaying. It’s like the old (or, indeed, the new,) TSR games, but, generally, with more dice. Also other people. You were never in Aber for an Everway night, so you’ll not have seen any (and, to be fair, we did awfully at it), but never mind. Sorry, I think I may’ve made an “Even if they’ve never done it, everyone can recognise roleplaying when they see it” assumption there. Whoops.

    Still, go back to the first episode, and work along from there. There’s only a hundred of ’em, and I can’t believe Google don’t have the bandwith… ;-)

  7. On September 15, 2006 The Pacifist says:

    And of course, the title of the strip is from the Bloodhound Gang song “The lap dance is so much better when the stripper is crying” from “Hooray for Boobies”…