MMO: Chapter 6 Out This Saturday! **UPDATED! READ BELOW!**

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***UPDATE***

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to give you guys an update on Chapter 6!
So as we all know, Chapter 6 is coming out this Saturday!
However, before that, I’d like to mention one other change that I’ve made to the MMO series!
That change being; from Chapter 6 onwards, MMO will be using the ‘manga’ reading format.

For those who are not sure what this means, allow me to explain.

Think of ‘reading format’ as the direction that the comic is read.

Usually, comics follow the standard left-to-right reading format.

Mangas however, are read in the opposite direction, from right-to-left.

Currently ‘We Live In An MMO?!’ uses what I personally call, the ‘webcomic format’, which is read from up-to-down.
(Again, the name isn’t official, just a personal reference.):

..and here’s how to read the new manga format that I’ll be adopting for ‘MMO?!’ from now on:

Quite a change eh?

– “Why the sudden change?”

Well, for a couple of reasons actually.

First is that CLIP STUDIO has many of these manga-panel templates already set-up to be used instantly, which saves me a lot of time when compared to manually creating each panel for every MMO chapter in Photoshop.

Second, is that with a clear direction to read MMO now, I can create more panels in each page without having to worry about you guys getting lost reading halfway through.

(A problem I had with the current ‘webcomic format’, is that because I set it up to be read simply from the top to the bottom of the page, sometimes following the panels gets inconsistent. Sometimes it’s left-to-right, sometimes it’s right-to-left. There is no proper flow in the paneling in my opinion. Adding the text after that might make it difficult to follow through the panels as well, and would sometimes just make things downright messy.)

Also, using the current format, each page would have an average of 4 panels, but with the ‘manga format’ each page has an average of 6 panels. This means that with more panels per page, I can create better flow and pacing in the storyboards, and the visual story-telling in general.

-“Why don’t you just use the manga panels, but still keep the reading format as left-to-right?” 

This is for a personal reason, honestly. Although I could have done this, I felt it would be weird if I did. It would end up looking like a conflict of interest, in my opinion.

I have personally ran into webcomics where they adopted the manga format for their comics (panels, treatment, etc..), but still kept the reading as left-to-right and it feels just wrong and confusing to me.

It’s like taking a shit standing up, or fishing with your penis.

You could do these things, but you just don’t. (Just me though.)

Anyway, I hope you guys are alright with this change!

I can’t wait for you to read this chapter!

Oh, right! One more announcement!
The character illustrations will be adjusted to fit a more manga look as well!

Sugoi desu!

See you this Saturday!

 

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Heeeere’s Rando!

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Hey everyone!
That’s right, Rando’s back, and boy do I have a lot to say!
It’s gonna be a long post, so to keep things organised, I’m going to categorise this post into 3 parts; ‘Explanation’, ‘Updates and Changes’, and the ‘Current Progress of MMO’s Chapter 6’.
Let’s get started then!
 
1.) Explanation
So let’s begin with why Rando’s supposed 4 week hiatus turned to into 10 weeks.
The answer is simple actually; family.
Immediately after I posted that I’d be going on a hiatus in August, a couple of things happened literally at the same time. One of which I won’t get into too much detail (but thankfully it’s over), and the other being GrandpaWis’ looming signs of dementia.
To oversimplify, both required my immediate attention for quite some time, and unfortunately, Grandpa still does.

Don’t worry though, it’s nothing too serious, but if it comes to a point where I have to push RandoWis aside (and I pray it never does), I’ll be sure to give everyone a heads up.

 

Thankfully though, Rando is able to come back, but with a few changes!
Good? Bad? I’ll let you decide!
2.) Updates and Changes
So as I was working on Chapter 6 during these past 10 weeks, I did a lot of thinking of how I could better provide RandoWis for you guys and also, myself.
The first thought I had was ‘NEVER DOING AN 80 PAGE RELEASE EVER AGAIN’.
The second thought I had was how I used to rush every weekend to produce a comic and doodle, while working on MMO too. Sometimes I’d end up sacrificing a comic because the doodles were taking too long to draw, and other times, family-time was the price.
Fret not, it’s not your fault! It’s the artist who can’t deliver!
The last thing I want is to burn out a second time,
so here are the changes that I have in mind:
(a.)
Doodle Raffles will be conducted once every 2 weeks instead of every week.
(Patrons-Only)
EXAMPLE:
Vote starts 18th Nov ►►► Results displayed on 2nd Dec
New vote starts 2nd Dec ►►► Results displayed on 16th Dec
…and so on.
(b.)
Weekly comics will be released once every 2 weeks as well.
The plan is to release doodles and comics alternately every week.
EXAMPLE:
2nd Dec → Doodles
9th Dec → Comics
16th Dec → Doodles
25th Dec → Comics
…and so on, again.
(c.)
Not-So-MonthylyWis QnA will be open to all instead of Patron-Only.
(Let’s be honest though, we all thought this was dead.)
However, IF there is a MonthlyWis coming up, questions will be taken from 1 source at a time.
EXAMPLE:
MonthlyWis Episode 4 → Questions from Facebook
MonthlyWis Episode 5 → Questions from Twitter
MonthlyWis Episode 6 → Questions from Patreon
…and so on, yet again.
(d.)
THAT’S IT! MMO IS DONE! NO MORE!
Nah just kidding.
However, I am being serious when I said that I never want to do another 80 page release.
It’s ridiculous. You wait too long, I take too long.

I’m looking at the script for Chapter 7, and I can already foresee it being around 40-50 pages.

 

So this is what I’m gonna do:
Starting from Chapter 7, MMO Chapters will be released in PARTS.
Each PART will have not more than 25 pages.
So if Chapter 7 has 50 pages, it would most likely be released as:
Chapter 7 Part 1

Chapter 7 Part 2

 

I can’t say for sure how long it will take to produce each release like this, but I can guarantee it won’t take another 8 months.
In other words, less pages per release = more frequent releases.

I don’t want another 8 month production period, PLEASE!

 

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So these are the changes that I currently have in mind.
Of course, I’d like to hear your thoughts about them first before implementing anything.

What do you think about these changes? Love ’em? Hate ’em?

 

Just a suggestion, but if there’s something in particular that you’d like to mention, you can indicate them in this manner:
“2a, I hate this idea you traitor.”
“2b, Thou shall be crucified for thy incompetence, thou rancorous shag-haired coxcomb.”
…and so on, YET again.

3.) Current progress of MMO Chapter 6

 

Remember when I said that I’d returned when Chapter 6 is done?
Well, apparently it seems that I lied.
We’re almost there though, expect a release very soon!
I’ll be sure to post EVERYWHERE once I can confirm the release date! (Again, very soon!)
Don’t forget though, Patrons get EARLY ACCESS!
I hope you’re all excited, because I sure am!
On a side note, I’ve been wanting to ask both Patrons and Non-Patrons a question.
Since I began my journey with Patreon, I’ve always felt that the rewards for MMO releases could be better than what they currently are;
Updates, Early Access, and Behind-The-Scenes.
However, I haven’t been able to come up with much ideas myself, ….probably because I’m too afraid to promise something that I’ll end up not being able to keep up with …like MonthlyWis. >_>
SO, my question is;
To my current Patrons, what would you like to receive as additional rewards for MMO releases?
To my Non-Patrons, what is it that would interest you as a reward on Patreon?
Do let me know in the comments what you think!
Have an opinion/idea? Are the rewards sufficient enough as it is?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
*DISCLAIMER THO!*
I’m not saying I am definitely going to add a new reward for MMO releases!
I’m just curious to know what you think would make an interesting reward!
If your suggestion sounds fair and do-able, I might consider it though!
Anyway,
So that’s where we are right now.
One more thing I’d like to add is, seeing as to how making changes to the schedules, hearing your opinions about them, and having to restart would be too rushed in a week, I’ve decided to stop Patreon payments for November as well.
With all this happening, I can foresee Chapter 6 probably being the only release this month! Haha!
I’ll reactivate my Patreon on 4th December 2017!
Hope you don’t mind!
Please bear with me for a little bit longer!
Never forget, your love and support is always appreciated!
Rando loves you much much, and he’ll see you again.
Very soon.
Muacks~

I’m going on a ‘hiatus’. Can I call it that?

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Hey everyone!
Well, as the title says, I’m going on a hiatus. (If I can call it that.)
How ironic that I just came back too, I know.
Don’t misunderstand though, I’m not taking a break or anything.
‘Pssh, Rando don’t need no break.’
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Anyways,
The reason behind this hiatus, is so that I can focus 110% on finishing up Chapter 6 of ‘We Live In An MMO?!”.
Honestly, eversince I missed my intended release date for Chapter 6 back in June, I’ve had one fear for this chapter; that it will take half a year or more for it to be released. Being stuck in the hospital for those 5 days made me feel even more convinced that I should be doing something to finish up this chapter ASAP.
 
“But Rando, you magnificent bastard, it’s 3 times longer than your average chapter, and you’re mostly doing it by yourself!” – A beautiful fan. (You)
 
For me, personally, taking more than 6 months for a single ‘MMO?!’ chapter is unacceptable. It’s way too long of a waiting period for you guys, and unfortunately for Chapter 6, it’s already reaching that undesired goal.
I’ve always tried to maintain the 3 month period in-between chapters, not only to discipline myself as a creator, but to also ensure that a reasonable amount of MMO content would be released annually.
Could you imagine if only 2 chapters of MMO were released in an entire year?
That’s just insane! That’s irresponsible!
And if this keeps up, 2017 might be that year!
What’s next? 1 chapter a year?!
 
SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
Basically, I’m going to temporarily stop everything else; meaning weekly comics, doodles, art and animations.
I’ll be completely focusing on finishing Chapter 6, and Randowis is going to be quiet for a while, therefore the ‘hiatus’.
 
DOES THAT MEAN US PATRONS WILL GET NOTHING?!
As a matter of fact, I’m doubling the charge!
And if you did take the previous statement seriously..
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I’ve already disabled patron-charges for the month of September, meaning that no-one is going to be charged on the 4th September 2017.
If I make nothing, you give nothing.
(If you do get charged on the 4th of September for some reason, drop me a DM(Direct Message) and we’ll resolve it together.)
I may be a perverted asshole, but I also try my best to be as honest and genuine as I can. 
I know some of you genuinely want to support Randowis even if it means getting nothing in return (and for that, you have my deepest thanks), but I won’t allow myself to freeload off your generosity.
 
HOW LONG IS THIS GOING TO TAKE?
I can foresee this hiatus stretching for a month, maybe more.
I won’t be completely silent though.
I’ll make a ‘Chapter 6’ progress post on Patreon and keep you guys updated there.
I’ll also post on Twitter whenever a tweet-worthy post comes along as well.
To be fair, if this hiatus stretches into the 4th of October 2017, I’ll disable Patron-Charges for that month too.
I’ll do my best to NOT let it stretch that far though.
 
That’s pretty much it.
For those who look forward to weekly comics, doodles or anything Randowis basically, I hope you’ll forgive me for this ‘period of disappointment’.
Yeah, let’s call it that.
I also hope this isn’t too shocking for you guys, and if it is, let me know in the comments. Are you okay with it? Do you hate it?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
 
As always, thank you for your continuous love and support.
Love you much much, and I’ll see you when Chapter 6 is done.

We hit a milestone on Patreon!

We’ve hit a milestone on Patreon!
A big shout-out and thank you to all Patrons, wherever you are!
So to celebrate, here’s an accurate dramatization of how I responded!
Use it wherever, whenever!

“Patreon: Congratulations! You and your patrons have hit a milestone!”

“Me: “

OOOOOHHH

You can download the gif and mp4 here! It’s free, don’t worry!
https://www.patreon.com/posts/we-hit-another-13127585