One of my proudest achievements

Sometimes old geezers like me have to prove that we still have it. So I accepted the challenge and finished the ridiculously hard PC game Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy, and with a pretty good completion time of 1:00:50 h.

Getting Over It is a short game that can theoretically be completed in just a few minutes, but it is ridiculously hard since it requires extremely precise mouse input. And if you fall at one obstacle the wrong way, you may fall all the way back to the starting position. There are lots of funny videos on YouTube of Let’s Players who scream and cry like little children due to their frustration when playing the game:

All in all, the game is so hard that only 4.5% of all Steam users have managed to complete it.

That was my second attempt after achieving a completion time of 3:59:54 h on the first try. I initially just wanted to show my mother how to play the game at the start of the 1 h run, but then I managed to get to the area with the anvil without any severe error. Too bad that I struggled immensely to get past the anvil area and ruined a good chance of a sub 30 minute run. Afterwards, I was a bit salty about missing a sub 1 hour run by just a minute and tried several times to beat my record. Well, let’s say the game mercilessly punished me with fall after fall for this act of hybris. I really should have known better… 😉


Ask Novil questions about Gaia

It’s been almost a year since the last “Ask Novil questions about Gaia” post. Since it’s a pretty popular format, I want to do that once per year. Here are the previous editions: [1] [2], [3].

The comment section of this post is the right place for all your questions about the plot and characters of Gaia and everything related to it.


Fanart: Ryker by Puyon

Our reader drew the following piece of fanart of Ryker:

Ryker by Puyon


Some minor health problems

I currently suffer from some minor health problems. Most notably, I’m constantly getting colds. There’s also some other stuff I have to take care of. Nothing serious, but we may miss a couple of updates if it goes on like this.


Character occurrence frequency 2011 to 2017

Here is a diagram that shows how often the main and supporting characters of Gaia appeared in each year. Note that there were only 28 pages in 2011. Due to the nature of the plot, 2017 saw an uneven distribution of the “screen time” for the major characters with only Ilias and Viviana appearing in a large number of pages. 2018 will see a much more even distribution again.

You can click on the images for larger versions.

Main characters occurrence frequency 2011 to 2017

Supporting characters occurrence frequency 2011 to 2017

Number of new pages per year:

  • 2011: 27 + 1 cover
  • 2012: 95 + 1 cover
  • 2013: 84 + 2 covers
  • 2014: 99 + 1 cover
  • 2015: 101
  • 2016: 101 + 1 cover
  • 2017: 103 + 1 cover

Gaia must be one of few webcomic that updates more often with time. 2017 was the fourth year in a row with more published pages than in the respective previous year.