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Turn Number:NA AW
Side's Turn:Earth

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Panel 1

A closeup on the same face, staring intently at a yellow marshmallow peep held before it in two pudgy fingers.[edit]

Parson Gotti: A marshmallow peep.

One of the great seasonal treats of this time of year.

Panel 2

A much smaller man, with a scraggly goatee, short brown hair, and square framed glasses, faces his friend who is holding the peep. He looks slightly perplexed, and is raising an eyebrow.[edit]

Ross: Dude. It's July.[1]

Parson Gotti: Exactly. Peeps are one of the small number of foods which are better stale.

They start to get crispy in a few days. By July, they're solidly crunchy.

Panel 3

Parson bites the head off the peep,[2] his heavy lips flapping back from his teeth.[edit]
Sound: SNAP [edit]

Panel 4

Parson and his bearded friend continue their banter.[edit]

Ross: Ah.

Like the "marshmallows" in Lucky Charms...I never realized they're crunchy because they're stale.

Parson Gotti: Technically, those are called "marbits,[3]" short for "marshmallow bits."

You're behind on your scientific literature.

Panel 5

Parson and his bearded friend continue their banter. The view pulls up to show them at the gaming table in Parson's apartment, where Parson has a GM screen and some empty Chinese food containers in front of him. Parson's friend is wearing a yellow yarmulke.[edit]

Ross: Okay, "marbits."

But... When you leave out a box and those go stale, they get soft. What is that?

Parson Gotti: Quantum staleness.

They're working on a supercomputer. Instead of bits, or qbits? It uses marbits.

Panel 6

A closeup of Parson's gaming table, with the corner of the playing board and its volcanic centerpiece just visible, followed by the empty chinese takeout box.[edit]


Ross: They're here.

Parson Gotti: Showtime.

Panel 7

We see Parson from behind as he faces four of his friends across the table. Furthest on the left is an Asian man with an orange shirt depicting a monkey. He has a small goatee. Beside him, standing, is an attractive Indian woman wearing a yellow and green t-shirt. To her right is a fit-looking man wearing a black baseball cap with the international "on/off" 1/0 symbol on it, and a plain black t-shirt. Beside him is the bearded friend Parson was bantering with earlier.[edit]

Parson Gotti: Gentlemen.


Let's do the thing.

Tonight we begin the first beta test of a turn-based strategy game I have been preparing for five solid months.

Panel 8

For the first time we get a good look at Parson Gotti. He's extremely overweight, with cheeks that pouch out like a chipmunk's, and feminine-looking smooth skin. His hair is short, brown, and greasy. He is wearing a stained Hamstard t-shirt, and on the wall behind him is a poster with the same character on it.[edit]

Parson Gotti: You are about to command armies in a desperate final struggle for survival...

between all that is noble and decent... and all that is vile and unholy, not to mention unspeakable.

Parson's Friend: Unspeakable?

Parson Gotti: I said not to mention unspeakable.

Parson's Friend: Damn, Parson...


  1. ^ The speech of other characters in the "real world" scene is also rendered in Maiandra GD.
  2. ^ Note the echo of the dwagon biting off the gwiffon's head earlier.
  3. ^ The Erfworld marbits we've seen do look a bit like real-world cereal marshmallows....