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115339 No. 115339 ID: 15a025

The dis thread for a quest about a herd of sheep.
Feel free to ask questions and throw some critique/feedback at me.
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No. 117220 ID: ca0e20
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I heard Marsh is a fan of computers. =P
No. 117221 ID: 91ee5f

She's a wolf, so why is she wearing wool?

Unless she's a literal "wolf in sheep's clothing" traitor?
No. 117307 ID: 15a025
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With the first thread of The Herd finished, I'd like to thank everyone who's made it to the end with me for sticking around. I hope it's been as enjoyable to read as it is to write!

College is kicking into high gear for me though, and I might be taking a break to keep up with the load of work!

In the mean time, I'd love to hear back from everyone on a few things.

For new readers who haven't read Blind Quest, have things been easy to understand? Were there any moments, scenes, etc, that didn't really make sense or felt confusing? If so, what could I do to make things clearer and easier to understand?

Then for everyone,
What are some things I could do to improve the quest in general?

What parts/scenes did you enjoy the most? What about the least?

What would you like to see more of in The Herd?

Any other comments and critique are also very much welcome. Thanks for reading!
No. 117340 ID: 3abd97

>What about the least?
Not having the magic lighter carry over annoyed me. It seems silly she left it behind. But that's a pretty small thing.

>What are some things I could do to improve the quest in general?
Some of the decision points seemed a little weird to me- like, we would agree to go with someone to someplace to do something, and then they would ask us what we wanted to do when we got there.

For instance, this might have been me reading signals wrong, but it seemed odd that after deciding to not pursue leads and go home to bed that we then had a Marsh prompt for activities.

Neither of those is really a serious criticism, though. Overall I'd say you did well and I had fun. The addition of the sprite artwork is a big improvement.
No. 117353 ID: 91ee5f

I agree about the magic lighter.
No. 117380 ID: 5760ba

No magic lighter or Tybalt out of 10
No. 118795 ID: 15a025
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First, sorry for bumping up the thread with a minor "update" here

Little update about what's been going on and where The Herd went this week.
Been having a lot of annoying on and off power outages this week and haven't really been able to work on The Herd at all. Plus exams were this week as well. It's sounding like the power issues are going to be going on for awhile yet, so at worst The Herd might become The Hiatus for a week or two yet.

Until then, feel free to drop some questions and feedback (which are always welcome) and enjoy this doodle of Marsh.
No. 119476 ID: 830fb7

Take your time and thanks for the warning.
(on another topic talking about a cheap alternate to buying that can of compressed air is if her sister has a hair dryer you can just put a cardboard cone [with a 5mm hole at the tip] on it and that'll be a sufficient enough pressure to remove at least some of the dust {just watch out if it only has a hot setting because it could catch the cardboard alight from the direct heat})
No. 121677 ID: 15a025
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Another goofy little "news"-ish post.

First, some life stuff. Going back to the last post, >>118795
Power issues I was having are (seemingly) fixed. Hasn't been a power outage here in awhile. College is getting close to wrapping up for me and I'll be graduating in May and then joining Candy on the hunt for a job. The Herd might hit another hiatus or slow down again towards late April and through May.

Now for some stuff for The Herd.
I've been digging around old pictures and sprites, and found some concept art/scene from last year of the gang (minus Sugar, she was in charge of photo taking that day.) Looking at back some of the other scenes has me wanting to do some more, but can't really decide on anything. So, I'm willing to take on some sprite scene requests for The Herd. Feel free to drop some ideas or requests here in the dis-thread.
As always, any questions, comments, feedback, and critique are all welcome.
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Little doodle of Marsh's first run in with Vienna.
No. 122959 ID: 15a025
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Today was a big day! I've finally graduated from college today! No more school~!

Celebrating with a little pic of Candy from her graduation.
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No. 122963 ID: ca0e20

Woohoo! Alright! =D
No. 123066 ID: 094652

Good for you!
No. 123074 ID: a363ac

good job Buck!
No. 123958 ID: fafba8

Thank you for doing this for us... kinda the highlight of my day.
No. 124006 ID: fafba8

Happy 4th of July everyone
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Thank you all so much for the congrats and graduation wishes!

Aw ;3;! I hope The Herd continues to be enjoyable for you, thanks a ton!

Hope everyone had a happy 4th of July!
No. 124919 ID: 15a025

This is just kind of a quick question thing. I feel like I had things go a little all over the place with the last thread here. This might be a little too "meta" but I'm wondering what'd I can do to make the next thread better or more interesting? What makes The Herd an interesting quest for you? What parts make it not interesting?

Any feedback/critique is welcome!
No. 125070 ID: 891b91

Sorry for the lateness of this -- I only just now got caught up through volume 4.

>I feel like I had things go a little all over the place with the last thread here.
The thread meandered a bit and seemed a bit aimless at times, but I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing. I get the impression that you were trying establish to multiple "subplots" over the past couple threads: Sharcole's insomnia, the cultists, the police investigation, whatever is going on with Sugar, etc., which will play out in more detail in future threads. If that's the case, then I think it justifies the relative lack of focus in that thread.

>what I can do to make the next thread better or more interesting?
I think the next thread should focus on one or two of the subplots I mentioned above. If there are still more future plot events that you want to set the stage for, you could still do that in thread 5; but for the sake of keeping things interesting, I think at least one of the subplots needs to start developing further. (For example, maybe we'll find out what's causing Sharcole's insomnia and begin working to get rid of or otherwise deal with it.) I think it would also be interesting to start seeing hints that some or all of these subplots are connected in some way.

>What makes The Herd an interesting quest for you?
The characters are the main point of interest for me, especially Candy, Marsh, and Sharcole. (Officer Nibbles and Officer Freeze get an honorable mention.) I'm not sure how to describe why they make it interesting for me, aside from saying that I like their personalities. Aside from that, I have a hunch that the various plot threads are somehow intertwined, and I'm interested in seeing how that plays out.

>What parts make it not interesting?
I think some segments of the quest took longer than they should have -- the Old Maid game stands out in particular, but I seem to recall some of the segments at the cafe were longer than I would have preferred, as well. This isn't to say that no segment should be lengthy, but rather that the length should be justified by what happens during them. The Old Maid game, for example, seemed to mainly be meant to introduce some new characters, and I think it might have been better to just skip to the results of the game (at the expense of railroading the game itself).
No. 125117 ID: 15a025

>Sorry for the lateness of this -- I only just now got caught up through volume 4.

No problem! Thanks for checking it out and for the feedback! Hopefully with volume 5 things will get rolling and a little more interesting.
Dead Dust is a pretty cool quest by the way!
No. 125131 ID: 891b91

Thanks! The Herd is really neat, too!
No. 127380 ID: 15a025

Giving this bump with the end of thread 6.

I might be taking a short break before starting up the next thread. In the mean time, what did you all think this thread and Roxie's
intermission? Any/all feedback is appreciated!
No. 127787 ID: 15a025
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Happy Valentines day!

Decided to get into the spirit of the holiday and make one with Candy on it.
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No. 128663 ID: 15a025

Sadly it seems like Marsh's computer problems are spreading to mine now. Starting to have some issue's with my hard drive and had to order a new one.

I'm probably going to play things safe and put the herd on hold until I get things backed up on a hard drive that isn't dying with my main one. Should only be a few days, but thought it would be worth mentioning now in case something does happen and I'm gone for longer.
No. 129956 ID: a9af05

You know what I'm kinda hoping will happen? I'm hoping that Candy ends up like Riku from Kingdom Hearts!

She'll be able to effectively use the power of darkness to fight evil and she won't become corrupted by the darkness!
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This ended up giving me the idea of Candy cosplaying as Riku and I couldn't resist it.
No. 129974 ID: 91ee5f

It would be interesting to see happen, that’s for sure.

No. 130450 ID: 15a025
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Candy and Marsh would like to remind everyone to stay cool and hydrated during this hot season. Nothing like a cold cup of water to fight off the heat!
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I drew a thing.

It's Roxie as some sort of anime human with wonky eyes.
No. 130630 ID: 15a025

Aw, thanks. I think the biker gloves were a nice touch too.
No. 130681 ID: 58b4f3

Can we please make this happen? I want Candy to be able to control the darkness!
No. 130771 ID: 15a025
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Small birthday bump. Did a little doodle of Candy with a cake to celebrate my birthday today. And in a few weeks it'll also be the 2 year anniversary of The Herd. I might do picture to celebrate it, but not sure what I'd do.
No. 130783 ID: 40a1cb

Happy birthday! Even if I am late. And you should totally do an anniversary picture, something like the main cast all posing under a banner with a legend like: "two years and counting" Or something. It should really be you deciding though, this is your legacy, after all.
No. 130988 ID: 15a025

Another kind of life update.

Things haven't been really going all that great for me.

The Herd and my other quest aren't dead, but I just want to give everyone a heads up it might be awhile before I get back to working on them.
No. 131302 ID: 15a025
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On this day four years ago I started my first quest, Blind Quest. It's also been a little over two years now since I've started The Herd! It's pretty crazy looking back through the past few years and seeing my art go from the "blindar" to do actual and decent art in The Herd now. On top of The Herd hitting 1,000 panels today! That's a ton more writing and drawing I thought I'd ever do back when I first started. I can't thank everyone here enough for pushing me forward, giving me help and feedback, and for reading my stories over the years. I couldn't have done any of this without you.
No. 131303 ID: 15a025
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To celebrate the occasion, here's the original duo back in action!
No. 131306 ID: 0d5cb3

Great to see the journey! The art is nice and cute! =D
No. 131310 ID: e7c7d3

All the congratulations!
No. 131422 ID: 15a025
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Sharcole baked some cookies.
No. 131744 ID: 15a025
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Candy chilling out after a long christmas season.

Sorry updates have been slow. Lot of things been going on. Hoping everyone had a Merry Christmas!
No. 133071 ID: 15a025

Just a heads up, with current events going on right now, I'm going to be putting The Herd on further hiatus/break while I decide on some important changes.
No. 133073 ID: b1b4f3

Why change it?
No. 133077 ID: 15a025

After seeing all the acts of police brutality going on, I don't feel comfortable writing police characters in a positive light.
No. 133079 ID: b1b4f3

Your quest doesn't have to accurately represent the sorry state of the police force in the US, and in fact it would get a *little* grimdark if the police in the quest were to suddenly betray the protagonists.
No. 133080 ID: 87353e

If it's making you uncomfortable, take all the time you need to decide how to sort it out. Its cool.

Like >>133079 said I think its ok for the Police in your quest to not be a 1-1 representative of their real world counterparts.
Your characters being decent people who uphold higher standards doesn't detract from your condemnation of police brutality.
Nibbles and Freeze are good eggs and they can be representative of how police can and should be.
No. 133479 ID: f3f534

If having jars was so important, then we should've automatically been given jars before we went into the sewers! That way not collecting anything would've been all our fault for forgetting.

But since we never had any jars in the first place, that made it impossible for us to collect anything! So it's not our fault we couldn't collect the cultists' ashes, it was an automatic fail that we couldn't prevent! Which is a really dumb thing to do to us!
No. 133485 ID: 87353e

I mean we were kinda told by Relina in Thread 7 ( https://questden.org/kusaba/questarch/res/919135.html#925802 ) that the church gets its status & funding by turning in bounties on cultist/chimera remains that the royal family puts out.
But to be fair its been a while and the situation in the sewer was kinda hectic, so I can see why it was forgotten/not a priority for suggestion at the time. Maybe if Relina had been in the fight group she would have reminded Roxie? And this might just a side effect of not having her there, along with just forgetting to scoop up/loot remains?
There was a lot of trash down there that we might have been able to use as containers on the fly.

On the bright side, it looks like we might still at least be able to do some damage control to deescalate the situation. Like trying to talk the Grumpy Cat down. Or also maybe take stock of who of the two teams is still in good condition and put a group together to go back and search for any remains that weren't washed away or lost.
Worst case scenario if Lumein gets excommunicated, we take her in to help her out and give her a place to stay. Then maybe we go underground to become badass rouge church agents or something.
No. 133638 ID: 15a025

Another small update. Going to be taking another break from the herd after I manage to finish the next update. Just haven't had a ton of motivation or inspiration to work on things lately. Hopefully should have the ball rolling again sometime in September.
No. 134769 ID: 15a025

Giving the thread a bump, how did everyone enjoy thread 10?
No. 134773 ID: e7c7d3

It's been cute and fun as always! I'm liking Candy's new outfit, I'm glad we got that opportunity.
My main critique would be that there were a couple of updates where there wasn't really a decision or guidance by the readers wasn't needed. And there wasn't enough energy happening in the scene to give comments on.
Still, you've got good intrigue going on and I'm looking foreward to the next thread
No. 134959 ID: db90b4

Chaos is the spice of life
No. 135275 ID: 15a025
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Oh no! Something happened with Candy and Marsh's enchantment stones and their souls ended up getting swapped. Now they're stuck in the other's body!
No. 135369 ID: 15a025

Status update:
Messed up my wrist/finger from too much drawing, gaming, typing, the whole works. Had to wear a finger splint for a bit. Starting to get better, but typing with my bad hand makes it hurt again. Might be a bit again before I can work on updates.
No. 135410 ID: 15a025

Another update:
Getting better. Finger and wrist brace are helping out a lot. Getting back into drawing again. I've got some of the next update written as well. In the meantime, have another goofy swap joke pic.
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Relina: "Something must have happened when I tried linking our enchantments. I think we ended up in the other's body?"

Roxie: "Uh, you think? Last I checked you weren't six feet tall. Not to mention you're wearing my clothes now."

Relina: "Oh, this could be a really tricky situation to fix. I'm not sure if I can use my powers to link our enchantments with your body or not."

Roxie: "Oh that's just great! How am I going to go around doing my delivery job now? No-one's going to recognize me, and I doubt I'll fit on my electric bike now."

Relina: "I-uh... don't worry? If I can't use my powers in your body, maybe you can use them in my body now? I'll have to teach and explain how to use them though."

Roxie: "Is that going to take long?"

Relina: "Uh, if you're good at using them and learn quickly. We might be able to get back to normal in a month or so."

Roxie: "Ugh, I hope that's not the case then."

Relina "It...it might be that case. I can't really feel or grasp for a link between our enchantments."

Roxie: "Rotten luck. I guess that means we're hitting the books on this then."
No. 135490 ID: 15a025

I'm going to cross post Marsh's enchantment info here in case it's easier to just come here for it later on instead of scrolling up and looking for it.

Shatter Shot- Takes water built inside the sword and fires a sharp icicle. The more water used, the bigger the projectile. Marsh can have the icicle shatter like a grenade for possible spread damage. Twenty second cool down. Requires water built up in the sword.

Geyser- Allows Marsh to take from a water source and blast a powerful stream of it at something. Water built up in the sword can also be used. Thirty second cool down.

Spike Set- Marsh can freeze water on the ground and raise sharp spikes made of ice. Ice already on the ground can also be reshaped into spikes. Thirty second cool down.

Absorption- Marsh can refill her sword with water from a nearby by source. Ten second cool down.

Frosted Coating- Takes all of the water in Marsh's sword and uses it to freeze over and extend the sword by three inches per gallon. Extended part of the sword shatters upon impact. One minute cool down.

Marsh's Sword can hold up to two gallons of water a time. This also affects the weight of the sword.

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Found some old concept pics and doodles I did waaay back like 3-4 years ago. (Has it really been that long?)
Felt they're goofy enough to post/share. Well, the ones that don't have any spoilers at least.
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The Herd: Now available on VHS
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"Haha, well ol Sugar's gonna ticked tonight. As per agreement, cheers for the home team's victory and a free drink on the house for everyone to celebrate!"

Little pic of Marsh I did to practice some anatomy and drawing bigger size pics again. It's not the greatest anatomy here but happy with how it turned out.
No. 136210 ID: 15a025

The Herd now has a discord! I'd like to just mainly use this as an easier/centralized place to throw update notifications. Feel free to join, link expires in 1 week and has 10 uses for now.
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