This is similar to a Rube Goldberg machine. You can see some examples of his work at his web site. Note that this isn't quite like a real Rube Goldberg machine; his comics almost always portrayed an animal or person perfoming some action in the contraption. Early revisions of this sketch included a rooster and a dog, but that made it more complicated than I could fit into a comic.

This marks the first time I've used the square text background for a character other than the Game Master.

Three points to the readers who saw this one coming.

Comments? Throw your words at the forum thread and see if it sticks.


Scene: Thorgrum is being attacked by a death trap.
Thulsa Doom:What did I do?
Conan:Thorgrum (a) hit the helm down, which (b) drove the shaft down. This pulled a rope down, releasing (c) the pin, which held the axe in place. When (d) the axe fell, it (e) cut the rope connected to a boulder. When (f) the rock fell, it (g) pulled a rope, which turned a pole. This (h) turned a spike attached to the pole, which spun around to Thorgrum's chest.
Thorgrum (as Thulsa Doom):That'll never work.

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