When I started putting together this year’s Winter-een-mas story arc, I began to envision this huge tournament that would take place to determine who deserved to wear the Winter-een-mas crown. Not just sitting around playing video games, but an ultimate competition in the vein of Battle Royale/The Running Man/The Hunger Games that would push the gamers to their limits.
The more I thought about it, the more excited I got about writing it. However I started to realize that if I tried to do it in comic-strip form, we’d still be in the middle of it come March. The Scott/Ted storyline last year took a long time, and while I’m happy with the way it turned out, and I think that had to be told visually, I didn’t want to do that again so soon.
So instead I started working with the idea of telling the story in a more traditional format: prose. Writing a short story would both allow me to tell you the story I wanted to, without it needing to take up months and months of comic updates.
I can already hear some of you saying “What? You expect me to read?! What is this, school?!” To which I would respond, ‘Look at it this way: If you don’t want to read it, at least it isn’t also dominating the next couple of months of the comic.’
This story counts as the Winter-een-mas update. It’s available in its entirety, right now for you to read or not read. After Winter-een-mas is over, we’ll return to regular, good ol’ comic strips.
Now, the reason that this will count for the next three updates (something I hadn’t intended) is because when I first set out to write this project, I expected it to be a short story. Five or six pages, I figured. What I ended up with is a veritable novella. Nearly fifty pages. Nine chapters. Twenty-five thousand words. The story I wanted to tell was much bigger than I intitially expected, so much so that of the last ninety-six hours, fifty of those have been spent on my laptop writing, trying to get this finished for today.
I started this weeks ago, and if I’m being honest, I still wish I had another week to spend work on it. I admit that I was caught completely by surprise regarding how much I wanted to fit into this tale. I haven’t written a short story for a while, and I misjudged how long it would take me. As such I have little doubt that you guys will find a spelling or grammatical error (or twenty) as you read through the story. Please do email me any such errors or suggestions that you find.
So if you end up reading this story, I do hope you find it entertaining. I had a lot of fun writing it, it’s extremely satisfying to be able to tell a total story like this and not have it take months and months.
Currently the story is in PDF format. I need to find some other options for making it available to people, as my website isn’t exactly designed to easily host something like this in an easily-readable format. I’m definitely open to suggestions for different file formats I can offer you guys so that you can read this on the computer, or print it out and take it with you, whatever. Let me know.
Click to read The Game Games Bowl
Now also available in .epub and .mobi formats for reading on phones/tablets and the kindle!
So this goes straight to the Aftermath, and I can’t find a way to view the Game Games bowl arc. The comics are just not there. I hope this gets fixed.
There are no comics. The Game Games Bowl is a short story. See the news post to download the PDF.
Dude that was awesome!
Just re-read this, it’s awesome! I’d love to see this made into a movie short.. I’d fund that!
EPUB and MOBI links are returning a 403 error. If these are still available somewhere, I’d love to throw a copy of this on my Kindle!
Actually, I’m getting the same thing with the PDF version. I can’t read it at all 🙁
Ditto, still broken.
You don’t have permission to access /images/gamegamesbowl/GameGamesBowl.pdf on this server.
I would very much like to read this!
Yep, still broken…
It’s okay! I found the solution:
This was so epic.
I was the darkest of nights, it was the stormiest of nights
Okay really though
Heh! Not even the toilet could offer any relief from the pressure!
Lucas. Is. EVIL.
So epic, why isn’t this on ESPN!? Instead there’s people kicking a ball across a field and people playing with sticks swinging with their *icks. A real man’s sport is a gamer’s Game Games Bowl!
Really well written, you should consider writing more and more !
Maybe you did in the past 6 years ? I’m not there yet ! (no spoil please)
Nice work Tim! I didn’t read it the first time through. I should have!
That short story, for the whole competition, that was just amazing, as amazing as everything else here that I’ve read so far, also considering I’m typing this in 2019, that means I’ve got plenty of entries to go before I’m all caught up, so yay for that. Looking forward to continuing now that I finished the shortstory. On to the next strip!
I love the short story read, and it was great…. still wish it had comic form because seeing it would be awesome too
Yup. All the stations, the air strike. I believe it would be pain to show in a comic style.
That’s where the other ways come.
Some consider them to be… “unnatural”.
Loved the story. So glad that I printed it off when it was first posted. Still have it tucked away somewhere. Great for some light reading when I want some chuckles.