Zombie Cliche Lookout: Splinter Groups
While conventional wisdom holds that there is strength in number, there are also a lot of interpersonal issues to deal with. Even though having more people around to deal with zombies is a good thing, if everyone is fighting and nothing is getting done, that strength simply isn’t worth it. In times like this, sometimes if makes sense to break up the group into two or more smaller and more functional groups. Of course, this often introduces some new conflicts about how to fairly split up the resources of the original group, especially if people brought some very desirable things into the group in the past.
This is another flavor of this trope, which is where two groups temporarily merge toward some common goal, with the plan to split back up once they accomplish whatever it is the group was formed to do. This can be as simple as securing a temporary location against the zombies, or something far more complex and long-term. Either way, everyone enters into the group with the understanding that it is very much temporary. Of course, sometimes allegiances shift during the temporary merger.
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And we’re back! Thank you all for your patience while I took some time away from the comic for the holidays. It was really nice to spend time with my family, and I’m totally ready to get back to work on things.
Discussion Question: New Year’s Resolution
This is an obvious one, given the time of year, but I’m going with it anyway: what is your New Year’s resolution? I’m going to play along on this one. During my recovery from my broken leg and the two surgeries I need to put things back together, I put on a fair bit of weight. Somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty pounds. Now, I wasn’t exactly in good shape to begin with, so I certainly couldn’t afford the extra. So my goal, as I’m sure you have guessed, is to get into better shape in 2015. I’m also doing this to train up for Tough Mudder in September, which is going to kill me if I’m not in better shape.