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20th Sep 2018, 6:35 PM in Chapter 5
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Rocktopus 20th Sep 2018, 6:35 PM edit delete
Rocktopus
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Rudofaux 20th Sep 2018, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
Rudofaux
Who's in the mood for mushroom stew?
Stevie 20th Sep 2018, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
i like stew
Rocktopus 21st Sep 2018, 12:57 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
That skeleton probably liked mushroom stew as well :P
URBAM 20th Sep 2018, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
Beware of the Fungal Artillery

:3
Rocktopus 21st Sep 2018, 12:57 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
No human faces on those mushrooms.

Yet.
kyrtuck 20th Sep 2018, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
kyrtuck
I would think a meat hoard would go bad really quick, even if it was dried or preserved with spice.
Guest 20th Sep 2018, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
Not if its in a refrigerated chamber. Just put a White Dragon or a couple of Ice mephits in as guards and you're good.
pkrankow 20th Sep 2018, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
pkrankow
Salted and smoked meat will keep for actual years. Food has been preserved in this manner for centuries prior to refrigeration.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_preservation

I find many refernces to shelf stable sausages lasting "for years", but no guidelines. The meat is salted and dried, but not as dry as jerky (which is even more stable). Sliced thin it can be eaten directly, but there is a chance that bacteria such as e.coli can survive, so heating or cooking is recommended.

https://preparednessadvice.com/food_storage/shelf-life-dry-sausages/

Another prepper link

https://www.offgridweb.com/preparation/8-shelf-stable-varieties-of-survival-food/
kyrtuck 21st Sep 2018, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
kyrtuck
Even in a musty moldy dungeon?
AdamTutkus 24th Sep 2018, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
AdamTutkus
Yeah but

Would YOU eat meat from a dungeon?
Rocktopus 21st Sep 2018, 12:58 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
If a giant aquarium that hangs from the roof if possible for Marblegate, a meat hoard shouldn't be too tough ;)
Garth MindFeather 25th Sep 2018, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
especially if it's kobold or goblin meat -- i hear flank of kobold starts out pretty dry to begin with. as long as you don't mind eating something that approaches sentience there should be plenty of supply.

now, fresh orc or hobgoblin meat -- that's juicy!

don't even get me started about bugbear rump roast in a light teriyaki sauce.
Crinos 20th Sep 2018, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
Hey, its a Mush room.
Seriously though, listen to the Dwarf. So many nasty fungi monsters: Violet Fungi, Shriekers, Phychomid, Various types of molds and slimes, were it me I'd just turn around and find another route.
Rocktopus 21st Sep 2018, 12:59 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
That other route could be worse; there could be flowers. As bad as mushroom monsters are, there are much, much worse flower monsters!
Garth MindFeather 25th Sep 2018, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
one of the PCs in a game i've been running for nearly 3 years recently became a mushroom warrior after watching some TED talks on fungi. fascinating life form.
Gabrielli 20th Sep 2018, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, if the fungus can strip a triceratops down to its bones, it can probably do some nasty stuff to humanoids.
Rocktopus 21st Sep 2018, 12:59 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
That is, assuming, it was the mushrooms that killed him ;)
Sturzkampf 20th Sep 2018, 7:45 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
How come by hippy pixie shaman never encounters dungeons like this?
Rocktopus 21st Sep 2018, 1:00 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Because you've never had me as a DM. You'd be seeing enough mushrooms to make you sick if that was the case.
Grim 20th Sep 2018, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
Oh dear...the death mushrooms on the chapter cover page were not metaphorical (not only metaphorical anyway)
Rocktopus 21st Sep 2018, 1:01 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Hehe :)
Lurker 20th Sep 2018, 9:12 PM edit delete reply
Fun guy meets fungi...
Rocktopus 21st Sep 2018, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Fungus ain't fun for us
Worstcase 20th Sep 2018, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
Did they actually start a new level by going in through the portal itself?
Would they be still able to teleport in where they had left off the time before?
Rocktopus 21st Sep 2018, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
You can go back through the teleporter and get back to the floor you were previously on, or you can take the stairs to a new floor. Portal scrolls cost money, but it's the only way to get back to the floor you were on.

In Marblegate, it's your choice whether you want to continue on the floor you were on, or just get a new floor by going through the Gate on the surface. The floor you end up on cycles to a different one every single time you go down the stairs (but not when you go up; you'll get the same floor you were on previously if you go up the stairs).

As long as you have the scroll that you used to return to the Town with, you can get back to the floor you teleported out of, since it acts as a sort of "homing beacon".

It's not super important to know exactly how it all works, but I do have how Marblegate works planned out in my notes. Maybe I'll make a Youtube video about it one day when I have more time.
Worstcase 21st Sep 2018, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
*As long as you have the scroll that you used to return to the Town with, you can get back to the floor you teleported out of, since it acts as a sort of "homing beacon".*

Thanks that is exactly what I wanted to know. In most video games it doesn't work that way - not to mention that in common random 'floor changing' rpg's you can't go back to the upper levels and have to teleport out at some point.
Matthew 21st Sep 2018, 2:35 AM edit delete reply
Yes Randulf, money from treasure hoards can indeed be exchanged for food and alcohol. "A big treasure hoard" as Colleen wishes to find is the equivalent of a liquor and meat hoard, so you're just being contrary to be contrary.
Rocktopus 21st Sep 2018, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Correct on both fronts
padanew 21st Sep 2018, 4:22 AM edit delete reply
padanew
Oh man, so many fungus related jokes that I could make here. I skip them because they are so easy. One thing about mushrooms it is very likely that the mushroom is very poisonous so don't eat the mushroom unless your a 100 percent sure its not toxic. Two fairy rings are awesome but make sure you plug the portal or it will cost 100's of gold to exterminate your house and land of fairies. You can tell you have a fairy infestation by holding up an item and the nearest fairy will tell you what it is and what it does.

P.S. what does she want with the money anyway?
Worstcase 21st Sep 2018, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
What if that fairy ring is a ring of carnivouros fairies?
Rocktopus 21st Sep 2018, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
A Carnivore Fairy Ring would definitely make you disappear
Lurker 21st Sep 2018, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
Yeah that'd be fun. A ring of mushrooms so toxic you'd die just from inhaling a couple o' spores, and infested by carnivorous fairies that will eat your remains afterwards. Or just eat you outright -- if they don't kill you the spores will. :-D

A room full of mushrooms like this one will have the air saturated with poisonous spores. Our duo may need to visit a clinic / detox center after this trip to clear themselves of the spores and reverse the effects of the poison, lest next morning they find nightcaps growing out of their nostrils (now wouldn't that be fun, Gus? :-P).
Averest 21st Sep 2018, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
I think the strength of this comic is not only in the character design but in the architectural design. Marblegate itself is a character. An ever-shifting character that wants to kill anyone who dares enter. I just love the details in each scene. While many artists dread backgrounds, you embrace it. The backgrounds would make amazing player handouts for a tabletop game. Yay Rocktopus!
Rocktopus 21st Sep 2018, 6:36 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Wow! Thank you very, very much! That's a really big compliment!
Lurker 21st Sep 2018, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
In my younger, more foolish days, I've imagined an entire building that was "alive" and could sprout organs (like eyes) to watch you or kill you by sprouting appendages / sharp protrusions at will.

Marblegate, though... it's more like a very, very large cat (or lion?) that loves to play with its food. Draw you in with treasure as bait, then swipe you a few times with some monster hordes, but spare your life because food is so much more delicious the longer you play with them and lead them to think they have a chance, when ultimately, they will all die. But it won't kill everyone outright -- 'cos that only means nobody will come anymore. Just kill off enough of them to feed the hordes, but let enough of them survive to draw in other fools. Dole out just enough treasure to keep 'em coming, then kill them off once they've served their purpose.
Sturzkampf 21st Sep 2018, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
An entire building that was alive? Ever visited Castle Heterodyne?
Lurker 24th Sep 2018, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
Haha, I didn't know about Castle Heterodyne at the time. But it was also an actual, biological entity, not merely a mechanical building.
Product Placement 21st Sep 2018, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
Product Placement
Small text error in panel 2.
"Things have been a lot more more difficult..."
Rocktopus 21st Sep 2018, 6:33 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Oops! Thanks!
Creavate 21st Sep 2018, 11:28 PM edit delete reply
Its a treasure hoard of magical edible mushrooms, mixed with lethal murderous mushrooms!
Guanabana 24th Sep 2018, 2:44 AM edit delete reply
And then the theme from the eye of the beholder from sega genesis starts playing