8 tad, remaining imagination, episode

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Brian Clevinger, creator of the classic Final Fantasy webcomic 8-Bit Theater, made a big announcement this week. I didn’t have another book lined up (I started reading the Aeneid last night, but that’d be a weird thing to do here, even if I was anywhere near finished with it), and all my Discworld novels are with my sister. The rest of my library is in storage, if you can call an uncoordinated jumble at my old house “storage.” So, I either have to go back to webcomics for a bit, or start on Calvin and Hobbes. Ok I definitely don’t know all about how all this stuff works, but why doesn’t he just make a licensing deal with Square Enix so he can use the sprites for, idk I don’t really know this stuff, say 5%. I mean they were pretty stingy with cloud in smash but that was years ago and it seems like they’ve become more open to partnerships since then.

Instead of telling the story of four heroes who left on a journey to save the world, it tells the story of four violent jerks who conned their way into the job and cause comic mishaps as they go. It was one of the first sprite comics and hugely influential on the medium. It was well regarded for its witty dialogue and excellent use of anticlimax. It was one of the first sprite comics, a comic made by using pre-existing video game graphics.

Sarda the Sage — An omnipotent wizard who forces the Light Warriors to retrieve the four elemental orbs. He claims to be “The Wizard Who Did It” and uses his powers in an immensely irresponsible and careless manner. These are third party technologies used for things like interest based Etsy ads.

The comic was part of the Create a Comic Project, in which versions of the comic with dialog removed were provided to allow students to write their own, encouraging writing and creativity skills. An expansion pack for the board game Bargain Quest was released in 2019, based on characters and items from 8-Bit Theater. Matthew Pardue reviewed 8-Bit Theater for the University of North Georgia’s University Press blog. Upon presenting the final orb to Sarda, he dismissively orders the Light Warriors to return to the Temple of Fiends, where they find that the Dark Warriors have made the temple their base of operations.

He was the one who first recruited the Light Warriors, although his original plan was simply to send every applicant into the dangerous wilds to be slaughtered, with the survivors being the “true” Light Warriors. He was tricked by Black Mage into appointing BM’s group after being shown the four fabled Orbs of Destiny (actually four recently-removed lightbulbs), and being told that they were “Hot. Hot with destiny!”. Kevin Sigmund did many of the custom sprites for the comic. Those who have played the original Final Fantasy will note that 8-Bit Theater follows the storyline of Final Fantasy, but the places traveled to and the enemies fought are the only real similarities. For example, Garland, the first boss in Final Fantasy, is pictured as horribly un-evil for a nemesis. This is derived from the fact that Garland is a fairly easy boss in the original game.