Episode 117

Zombie Clichรฉ Lookout:
Characters often stumble upon items that initially appear to be of little value. Of course the audience always realize these things are going to play an important roll down the road, usually during some climactic event. This is fairly similar to Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s rule about showing important items: “If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don’t put it there.” In other words, don’t bother showing something if it isn’t going to be important.

Of course, these items might turn out to be red herrings in the long run.

59 Comments

Bob

Hmmm… Body armour of a sorts with zombies around? I’ll take it. (Nobody ever really does in the movies. It would be awesome to see some reenactors or SCA guys running around in full armour in the event of zombies.)

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Dave

Now that would be a hell of a thing to see.

Come to think of it, outside a couple short stories, I can’t recall ever seeing a zombie story/film set in the middle ages. Untapped gold!

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Nekrospike

I know there was something on the plague being zombies (The Black Death) but there is the max brooks comic book of recorded zombie attacks which even includes roman’s despatching zombie celts ๐Ÿ˜€ and explains why Hadrian’s wall was built.

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Dave

I read that, and was a little disappointed. I mean, it was cool and all, but extremely short of most (if not all) the content was from the Zombie Survival Guide.

Still, the art was awesome.

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Calicade

What I read from the ZSG I didn’t like… But that might just be because I didn’t get to read much. Oh well! Differing opinions and who take sit more seriously really gets the job done.

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Lich Barrister

I love the old trope of “Chekhov’s hockey skate.” It’ll totally have to be used for a triple Salchow by the end of the play.

…wait…

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BrickVoid

If you’re going to do foreign languages in-comic, remember to provide an English translation. I only know one language, and I’m not learning another one just to understand a comic! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Dave

Ya znayu ne menoga ryooski-yazeek.

Yeesh/ I’m really bad at changing Cyrillic into Latin.

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BrickVoid

How is it they can sit around in an apartment smelling of rotting flesh and zombie corpses? I guess not having a nose is an advantage for a LEGO character! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Nekrospike

Back from the other page: Red Dead? Loved that mission!
Yeah :D! I’m actually having a bit of fun with the Undead Nightmare DLC at the moment ๐Ÿ˜€

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Dave

I need to get back into it and finish the main mission strand. I got about halfway through (did a few of the Mexico missions) and then got sidelined and wasn’t able to get back into it.

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Dave

How long does it take once you make it to Mexico? I have to be at least halfway through.

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Nekrospike

Your about 6and a half /8 ths Mexico is amazing once you go back to america you’re almost done.

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Nikolai

I’ve saved all the places, but what do I do now? Do I have to talk to the crazy old guy with Moses?

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Nekrospike

If it’s Undead Nightmare uum You have to do something with Nigel West Dickens, I’ve visited Seth with Moses the second time…he was dancing with zombies and whispering about incas, Mayans, Aztecs and Mexico but I still can’t go down there so I think I either need to save all towns or do what Dickens requested at Fort Mercer

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Dave

You need to do couple quests for Nigel. SPOILERS: you end up getting an army uniform and taking the train down to Mexico. It’s an awesome mission. Probably my favorite of the expansion so far.

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Nekrospike

Wow…I can’t find desert sage or violet snowdrop : / …p.s when you save a girl in the woods from 3 zombies and she say’s “Thanks Mister…Don’t Go in THERE!” pointing to the cabin near you… I urge you not to…

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Dave

As far as the plants go, use a Survivalist Map. It helps a ton.

I haven’t had that random encounter yet. Sounds like a load of fun.

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Nekrospike

Gave me the shock of my life Haha I just ran could’t take on that many with little ammo Lol. That’s what I like about undead nightmare…it’s realistic on ammo…bloody terrifying though when your stood there in front of a horde when your gun goes *click* and you realise your just standing there with a flamming piece of wood… ๐Ÿ˜€

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Dave

The lack of ammo make it tough. I even turned on the auto-aim feature since I was wasting damn near all my ammo taking out a handful of zeds.

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Nekrospike

AAAh always leave dead eye for needy moments ๐Ÿ˜€ oh and by the way I don’t know if this has happened to you but the other day Thieves landing was attacked and I let a zed get too close to me and there was a short cinematic in which I was furiously pressing all buttons to get it off me and in it it grabbed me, bit me and I died

Dave

I haven’t had that one either. I clearly need to play more Undead Nightmare.

Nekrospike

Yeah I was kind of shocked because I just thought all they did was hit you…

Silver Fox

My first comment is that it looks like someone’s having fun with the new Collectible Minifigures…

“This is fairly similar to Russian playwright Anton Chekhovโ€™s rule about showing important items: โ€œIf in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise donโ€™t put it there.โ€ In other words, donโ€™t bother showing something if it isnโ€™t going to be important.”

So that’s where that idea comes from. So often players in my RPG games have always assumed, many times rightly so, that an item mentioned or detail given is important and home in on it.

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Dave

Good eye on the collectible figs. I’m having a load of fun with them. I’ve got big plans for the HazMat guys.

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BrickVoid

Zed HazMat guys, will of course, happen, if one of them gets too stupid. ๐Ÿ˜‰
It depends on whether the original designer of the HazMat suits took into account the possibility someone/something might attempt to bite through them! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Dave

I sure hope it’s interesting. We shall see. We’ve got a little bit before that crops up.

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the dude person

No, why would I do that? ๐Ÿ™‚

(I hope you do realize I’m joking! Although I have heard of people boiling their socks to make stew/soup in desperate times. Also, apparently boiling leather can actually get you some nutrients.)

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Dave

That they do. People in the St. Petersburg siege during WWII were eating all sorts of stuff from rats to old books. It’s amazing what people can sustain themselves on when it comes to it.

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Nekrospike

mmmm stakes…. *posted on wrong one above :/

Adelaide C. F.

That’s what I said to myself, too ๐Ÿ˜€ I always imagined Stewart with dark brown hair… hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

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Dave

That’s pretty interesting. I was originally planning on using dark brown, and then I saw that blond and knew Stewart just had to be blond.

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Nikolai

That thing behind the couch might be of some sort of importance…

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Nekrospike

Ha Lol “Military Extraction Point” “No Infected Wanted”

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Dave

They are. I had a hell of a time with these for some reason. I think part of it was that that characters were so far apart and I was trying to maintain a shallow depth of field.

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Nikolai

Stewart hair is troubling me- Is it the standard comb-over, or is it the Mutt Williams style?

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