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FaceYourArt2019 by AriochIV FaceYourArt2019 :iconariochiv:AriochIV 19 11 Dream Realm 4 by AriochIV Dream Realm 4 :iconariochiv:AriochIV 24 2 Outsider: Hostile Work Environment by AriochIV Outsider: Hostile Work Environment :iconariochiv:AriochIV 19 7 Stars in Shadow: Arid to Garden Terraforming Test by AriochIV Stars in Shadow: Arid to Garden Terraforming Test :iconariochiv:AriochIV 255 25 Outsider: Emergency Tour Guide by AriochIV Outsider: Emergency Tour Guide :iconariochiv:AriochIV 34 10 Stars in Shadow: Terraforming Chart by AriochIV Stars in Shadow: Terraforming Chart :iconariochiv:AriochIV 73 23 Outsider - Storm Witch by AriochIV Outsider - Storm Witch :iconariochiv:AriochIV 39 4 Outsider: The Needs of the Few by AriochIV Outsider: The Needs of the Few :iconariochiv:AriochIV 67 15 Outsider: Tempest Going the Other Way by AriochIV Outsider: Tempest Going the Other Way :iconariochiv:AriochIV 62 8 Outsider: Fire All Missiles by AriochIV Outsider: Fire All Missiles :iconariochiv:AriochIV 126 28 Outsider: Prophet's Reason by AriochIV Outsider: Prophet's Reason :iconariochiv:AriochIV 48 10 Outsider: Do You Experience Anything? by AriochIV Outsider: Do You Experience Anything? :iconariochiv:AriochIV 61 26 Outsider: Talon Exercises Diplomacy by AriochIV Outsider: Talon Exercises Diplomacy :iconariochiv:AriochIV 48 18 Outsider: Black Razor by AriochIV Outsider: Black Razor :iconariochiv:AriochIV 99 12 Outsider: Grab On To Something! by AriochIV Outsider: Grab On To Something! :iconariochiv:AriochIV 54 26 Outsider: Beryl Saw a Bug by AriochIV Outsider: Beryl Saw a Bug :iconariochiv:AriochIV 61 20




Jim Francis
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United States
A number of readers have been suggesting for some time that I set up a Patreon page for Outsider, and I have finally done so. My hope is that it may allow me to create pages on a more regular schedule. If you're interested in the comic, I encourage you to take a look. If you're not familiar with Patreon, it's a recurring payment system that allows users to pledge small payments per page of content. It's not like Kickstarter, in which there is a one-time pledge to reach a certain funding goal; rather, it's ongoing.

If you have ideas for pledge rewards that you'd like to see, I'm open to suggestions.

Patreon Graphic 1 Copy by AriochIV

(I won't be spamming regular Patreon ads here the way some folks do; I just wanted to let y'all know that the page exists.)


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jmozynski Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2019
I like is this wargame for computer or tabletop I like
AriochIV Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
It's a computer (PC) game available through Steam or GOG.
Yllande Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
zwartekraai Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2019
can Loroi stand a similar wide range of temperatures as humans?
AriochIV Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
More or less.
Cylexus Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2019
I've thoroughly enjoyed the story of Outsider since I first found it all those years ago, And Stars in Shadow is a truly awesome game.

Have you considered making a game set in the Outsider universe? Perhaps a fleet or ship management game? Maybe something like Faster Than Light, - where you captain a Lorai ship and have to staff it with various crew members as you go on missions to hold back the Umiak. Or something way better than that I'm sure.

Anyway congrats on all the great work you've done, looking forward to what you come up with next.
AriochIV Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
It's something I think about, but the war setting of Outsider doesn't really allow characters the kind of freedom that one would expect of a traditional Starflight/Star Control/FTL style exploration game. I thought about a Stars in Shadow style strategic level version of Outsider, but same conditions that make the war a bloody stalemate in the story would probably make for very uninteresting strategic play.

I think one possibility is a game of tactical scenarios, kind of like Panzer General. Though designing a combat system with realistic physics that is still accessible would be challenge.
Cylexus Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2019
Yeah that would be pretty difficult to do, how about perhaps setting it in an alternate setting then? Like using the all the same characters, races, ships, etc but setting them in an alternate universe for the game.

Like how the Star Wars empire at war game is a separate universe to the Films, but has all the same characters, technology, etc.

Perhaps something like lifting key strategic battles from the history of Outsider and joining them together into a strategic narrative - separate from the novel but still having the same general plot and themes. The game could start with a novice Lorai ship and crew taking part in some kind of strategic exploration that leads to them fighting a precursor war set before the major events of Outsider.

I have always seen movie adaptations of books to be a way for the director to tell their own story within an established world - like how Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie trilogy is based off the J R Tolkein Lord of the Rings books, but he added in his own ideas and themes inspired from the story. So I don't see how you cant make a game based off your own setting and just change things to make it fit the narrative better, its also a chance for you to tell a new story.

Sorry for rambling, I just really enjoyed Outsider and Stars in Shadow and would like to see more from you.
AriochIV Featured By Owner May 5, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Well, like I said, I think it could work as a campaign of tactical scenarios taken from the events of the story, possibly even going back to earlier battles of the war. It would be contingent on creating a good tactical combat engine.

It's something to keep in mind as a possibility for the future. I have my hands mostly full at the moment. :D
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
After reading through your Outsider pages so far, consider me your latest fan. =D

Incredible work, Jim!   Looking forward to more.
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