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Wow. Way to put them in their places.
Go, Frigg! Psych ‘em out. YEAH.
I have no idea how to process this page.
Welcome to Calvinball 2.0! Now known as Friggball or Frigg’n Chess.
I’d put in my vote for Frigg’n Chess.
I never learned more than the basic moves for each piece, but I’ve heard that a great deal of chess strategy is psychological warfare. Frigg seems to have figured that out now. And I’m sure she’s already familiar with how a high percentage of the male population can only think with one head at a time… X-D
I’m proud to say that I’m one of the few not in that large percentage of men. If Frigg tried that tactic on me, I’d be amused more than anything else.
I dunno if I can agree with amused. Not at first, anyway. I think no matter which “dominant head” male group one falls into, coupled with knowing Frigg likes to break stuff / people, would cause that brief moment of, “Wait, what? -ness” …and then the amusement would show up all fashionably late n’stuff.
amused, flattered, even overbalanced. neither of which would last long while the game was on.
Actually, there isn’t a lot of psychological warfare in chess, you can’t psych your opponent out, because they should just be playing the best move they can.
There’s a lot of psychological warfare in something like poker, where your opponent has incomplete information and you’re trying to mislead them, but you psyching someone out is never part of a game’s strategy when all players have complete information.
Well, recall that part of Chess is seeing more than your opponent. Or pretending you do, It may not necessarily be that your opponent doesn’t have complete information, but that you can make them feel they don’t.
The most iconic, unnerving phrase when you play Chess I think it “Are you sure you want to do that?”
If you’re pretending that you’re better than you are at chess, this isn’t going to actually give you an advantage, because all the game information is public, a game is only ever a psychological game if players are trying to second guess the other players.
Let’s take checkers as a better example. You could use the same arguments to say that checkers is a psychological game, but checkers is a solved game – from the initial position, it’s possible for the first player to always win, so long as they always make the right choice. There is no psychological element to it, because there’s no guesswork.
ANY game can be psychological.
you could even say that all games ARE psychological…right down to 1p games like solitare.
emotional and mental state plays a big part in how well we operate in a problem-solving or reaction-time capacity.
a psychological game is one where you gain advantage from misleading your opponent. You can’t do that in a game where they have all the information. You might be able to intimidate them or psych them into making a mistake, but that’s not part of the game in any way.
You could equally argue that all games are life-threatening because you could always kill your opponent to secure the win, or that all games involve cards, because you can replace the pieces with cards.
you’re missing my point. i’m not talking psych warfare, i’m talking about the role that psychology plays in our ability to play games.
if you’re in a bad mood, your solitare’s unplayable.
Ideally, you play the board and not your opponent, but even so it sometimes pays to choose an opening your opponent doesn’t typically favor. And blitz chess can be a different animal entirely. I’ve spent many an evening trying to figure out if my brother is an idiot or just daring in under 10 seconds.
At top levels of play it approaches the pure analytical form, but a LOT of chess is mental. I play well, but I used to go to pieces as soon as I made a mistake. Learning to play through the errors vastly improved my game. In addition, I don’t think very many moves ahead, but I am very good at looking 3-4 moves ahead ALL OVER the board. During my opponent’s turn I quickly spot every possible move and figure out an answer to it, so when they move a piece I have an immediate response. Done properly this is VERY intimidating, and with the right level of haughty sneer can completely throw people off their gme.
Frigg is establishing right now that even if there isn’t psychological warfare in chess by itself, there can certainly be some between the players independant of the game.
And messing with your opponent’s head, no matter what the subject matter, affects their playing.
actually, i’m not sure the percentage is as high as modern sitcoms would have kimberly T believe.
now, women’s attentionspan and proximity to a shoe sale? there’s a statistic.
Whoa, rpgs + webcomics + chess = sexism. Didn’t see that coming.
Modern sitcoms, nothin’… two decades in the USN. I’ve seen boys in uniform do some amazingly idiotic things for the sake of gettin’ some.
And your statistic regarding women and shoe sales would be…?
Unless there are sharp, bladed weapons or new holsters for my guns, I will not go anywhere near a shoe store. Gun store, knife store, farm store, work wear store, or surplus military definately. Shoes=no. Gotta love generalizations that don’t apply to most people
She’s licking a queen. Does that count as this comic’s first official sapphic act?
I don’t know. We’ll need to see it drawn again with a more dramatic close-up.
Perhaps the entire comic space.
In slow motion.
While the queen may be female, she also happens to be fairly phallic-looking, which has the desired effect on the gnomes. In the spirit of compromise, we can call this opener a queen’s bi-gambit or a bi-queen’s gambit.
There is something wrong with this page… and I can’t decide what it is.
There’s no “BOING!” sound effect coming from the gnomes in the last panel. That’s what’s missing.
“SCHWING!” would also be acceptable, if a bit dated.
I am wondering if the expression worn by the gnome in blue counts as “boing”…the other one looks a touch disturbed, or even alarmed. Blue Boy there seems intrigued at least.
A slow bass beat with mood lighting?
Woah, slow down there! We’re not exactly at the rule 34 point, yet.
Well. That sure is a thing.
Grk! *head a-splodes*
Time to break out the Barry White and Jello shots.
This, quite possibly, is my favorite Frigg page. and there are so may to choose from….
Cool! I think she broke the gnomes! Also, if it was your intention to arouse those of your readers attracted to Frigg, it worked.
Ah, Frigg, ever the professional. If she cannot smash their bodies, she will smash their MINDS.
I clearly need to start playing chess more often
I have a sudden urge to play chess.
Start by choking the bishop.
I don’t have the admin privileges to give you a gold star but you sir, have won a free internetz.
Thank you, thank you. It is with great honor that I accept this interwebz award for the lulziest sex/masturbation-related reference made in the past 24 hrs. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my mom, my imaginary girlfriend, the great spaghetti monster and, of course, Sir Patrick Stewart. You guys make it all worthwhile.
It is because, good sir, you have “Seen Everything.”
Luckily, I have the authority needed for the task.
The alt text did me in.
So do the Gold Stars.
All of them.
“When it comes to force…” Well that is the job of the tank — exerting force. She’s just be placed into a situation where the force needs to be applied with something other than her favorite axe.
None of the team is totally stupid — they just have modes of operation that are their favorites.
Also, I can kill you with my brain.
I’ll be in my bunk.
I HAVE TRAUMA. YOU HAVE TRAUMATIZED ME NOW.
I have no idea what to think… and I heartily approve. This comic may have made me Frigg’n bi.
“Everyone’s Bi for Frigg”?
Bi-Frigual? Friggsexual? Bi-Frigious?
I don’t know what just happened (or maybe I do) but get the next Frigg page up!!!
wow… i thought it was disturbing when Faye Dunaway did it to Steve McQueen… I suppose if you stood the gnomes on top of each other they’d add up to one Steve McQueen, …. then…..
No! bad mental image! No! BADBADWROOONNNNNGGG!
That’s what I call a Diplomacy check!!!
Check… And MATE.
I see what you did there.
Now would be pretty awkward timing for the gnomes to inform her that they’re gay.
I’m gonna play chess with ya woman, gonna lay ya by the chessboard…
Mwahahahahahaha! /cheer for Frigg.
Does anyone have the urge to play chess suddenly?
You really don’t have to play by the rules to beat someone over the head with them.
Substituting violent unprofessionalism for another kind of unprofessionalism, aye?
Chess will never be sexy. Frigg makes a valiant effort though.
Imagine two sexy librarians playing strip chess. There’s at least four moves left till checkmate, but they’ve run out of clothes and need to figure out a new….. penalty for loosing a piece.
The sexiness there isn’t with chess, it’s with the librarians. You could just as easily say “Imagine two sexy librarians playing strip water polo,[...]” and it would have the same effect.
That reasoning circumvents the possibility of anything that isn’t sexy ever being made sexy, because it’s not the subject itself that’s sexy, it’s X, Y, or Z that’s being sexy.
X+Y*Z = 1Sx
X = Variable 1 (Librarians)
Y = Variable 2 (Chess)
Z = Relevance to sexually formative moments in your upbringing
Sx = Unit of measure indicating degree of sexiness as relative to perception.
Suddenly, Sexy Mustard!
Imagine a massive chess set where all the pieces are pretty men or ladies (as your preference suits.) – and they remove their clothes when they’re “taken”
The strip that started a thousand downloads to My Pictures.
…Did… did Frigg just seduce gnomes?
I think this is one of those mindgames things… they’ve been schooling her ass because they were focused on the game… she’s got them upset/confused/aroused(?) and now the game is the last thing on their minds….
Hahahahahahahahaha!! XD I can’t… stop… laughing at those last two panels!! Frigg is so awesome!!
How many diseases did she just get by tongueing something that generations of filthy filthy gnomes have grubbed over with their filthy gnome fingers? Everybody knows, gnomes are even filthier than Canadians. Ick.
Man, panel four is an absolute triumph of WTF expression. There is not a single thought going on behind those eyes; she has completely destroyed whatever process they had.
She’s the tank, one can assume a good Con save vs. grubby fingered yuck
(to the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it)
If it’s longer than it’s wide, then it’s phallic!
If it’s longer than it’s wide, then it’s phallic!
If it’s shorter than it’s wide,
You can turn it on it’s side,
Then it’s longer than it’s wide, and it’s phallic!
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