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Hi, dear readers! This and next week we’re taking a break but luckily we’ve got the empty slots filled with guest comics for you! The first one is from a local comic creator and board gamer from our town. Thanks again JJ, we love it! And now for a few words from JJ himself:


I’m JJ Sandee, and I spend most of my days as a teacher at a university of applied science in Software Engineering and my many hobbies (guitars, reading, drawing, martial arts, gaming). In a past life I wanted to be a cartoonist, and produced many wonderful comics that you can still read and find links to on my website. With http://cultofbob.com being the latest creation. My favorite boardgames include the featured Small World, Union Pacific, Chronicle, Cosmic Encounter, Netrunner, Chinatown and many others. Regarding the comic. My girlfriend holds grudges and will on occasion disregard winning if it means preventing me from winning. Other players sometimes get worried what this means for us. But it’s all in jest, I’ll just get her next time. The only confession is that we have yet to play a game with Rachel and Heinze, but based on how I know them, this is my assumption of how they play. I’m sure we’ll get to playing an actual game with them sometime.

Have you come across any other board game relationship types?
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Hello Semi Co-op readers! We’re Eran and Aviv, and we’re from a DIFFERENT WEBCOMIC WHAAAAT. We’ve been posting geeky tabletop strips for the past two years at Up to Four Players, along with some London-related stuff, and some “Israelis away from home” bits, which is quite niche, even for the internet, but there you have it. Starting next year we’re moving away from one-shot boardgames-related jokes to a new style of storytelling, focusing on our protagonists’ role playing adventures, so we’re really happy this Semi Cross-over happened before the Switch!

It’s funny, the different way in which you look at a comic when you’re just enjoying it is a reader, and when you’re “researching” it for homage purposes. You pay more attention to characters’ looks, the way they speak, act or emote, the number of cats per person per strip. For example, we’re not sure we ever noticed Rachel’s characters having only 4 fingers before starting to work on our guest comic. Have you?

It’s also a cool exercise to take on someone else’s characters and try to balance their inherent style with your own. It kinda reminded us of a special April’s Fools session Eran ran in our D&D campaign, where we each got to play a humorously abridged version of someone else’s character. It’s an interesting experience and lots of fun, so give it a shot, whatever medium you take your characters in!

Thank you, Rachel, for doing this switcheroo with us, it was a blast! And you guys can check out her guest comic on our website, over there.

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