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… 😉


The Book of Woo: $500 prize money + wiki online again

In a couple of months, I will post the decrypted version of the The Book of Woo. But before that happens, you can still try yourself to decrypt it and win the prize money that I just increased to a whopping

$500

If you’re interested in the challenge, you should definitely check out the Book of Woo Wiki that is now online again thanks to our reader Chris. There, you can find pages about the following topics:

You can find some additional information in this blog post: The Book of Woo – Revisited.

Send your decipherment attempt(s) to novil@gmx.de.


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 2008 to 2017

Here are two diagrams that show how often the main and supporting characters of Sandra and Woo appeared in each year. Note that there were only 20 strips in 2008. The last year saw a renaissance of Cloud who appeared more often than in the previous three years combined. Sandra appeared in almost 70% of all strips, almost beating her all-time record in 2009. Regarding the supporting characters, Luna has appeared the most often of them three times in a row now.

You can click on the images for larger versions.

Main characters occurrence frequency 2008 to 2017

Supporting characters occurrence frequency 2008 to 2017

Number of new strips per year:

  • 2008: 20
  • 2009: 105
  • 2010: 107
  • 2011: 106
  • 2012: 104
  • 2013: 100
  • 2014: 104
  • 2015: 104
  • 2016: 115 (incl. 17 MSPA inspired strips)
  • 2017: 105

VICTORY!

WOO-HOO! Patreon won’t change their fee structure in the proposed way:

VICTORY!

This wouldn’t have been possible without the help of all people who wrote mails to Patreon or communicated their condemnation of Patreon’s new fee structure in some other way. So once again: Thank you to all of you!