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  1. Challenger01

    King’s look in Panel three is PRICELESS!

    • KzT

      Oh man, I was too busy laughing at the faces in the last panel.

      • Challenger01

        You know first I thought the confused King was great, but Pete’s maniacal laugh at Spirit Dragon my just top them ALL! Bravo Rick, BRAVO!

        • Mukavich

          I dunno, I’m rather partial to the Kitsune’s expression, myself.

      • Linkdew13

        Agreed.

        • Shadow Wolf X7

          You’re gravitar has the expression of “agreement”. The word just fit. :P

          PS, who knows what the Cat is that Pete speaks of? Is it… oh I can’t remember the name, but there’s a character with another ancient symbol as a collar. Help me out guys! >_<

          • Thoth

            Well, the sheet King is looking at has “GRA” – and what might be a “P” – scribbled out on it. That provides a fair guess I think.

          • NobodyYouKnow

            sabrina

    • Kamron

      12 Canadian Dollars.

      THERE PRICED WE CAN NOW ALL SLEEP IN PEACE

      • FuRrY321

        Heck no! The price for all those expressions in dollars is OVER NINE THOUSAND!!!

        There, never thought I’d ever say it, but there, I did.

        • Kamron

          Dude, I wouldn’t pay that for a facial expression when I can go make my own in a mirror.

          • thegamist

            I’m a champion at faces
            (I got it from my mother … )

          • FuRrY321

            I just wanted to use that :P

          • thegamist

            TO BAD FOR YOU
            MUHAHAHA

        • Solario the Visored

          I’d pay “five hundred and ninety-nine U.S. dollars.” ;3

          Also, where’d this “Great Kitsune” come from, and why is he sitting behind the DM’s screen? Guess we’ll find out soon enough…

          Also-also, I likes the idea of Tarot-Dragon being love-love with Peanut! <3

          Also (etc.), What's this about "avatars"? Is Pete trying to prepare King's body to be inhabited by him? Was "Tarot" once a normal dog before being possessed by the dragon? Craziness abounds!

          • Akai

            Well, in D&D terms, the player would have created or taken some one else’s character. The player would be that person’s spiritual being and the avatar whom they control. In Housepets’ term, the spirits (Pete and Tarot) inhabit the avatars (e.g. Tarot). Regardless, the spirit would be well aware of their past life and inhabitation would be like gaining magic powers and knowledge. The spirit can’t do what they wouldn’t do, else it’s not roleplaying, hence we have a Dungeon Master (the Kitsune) to say what the players (Pete & Tarot) can or cannot do. Why do this? It’s fun!

            But what I wanna know which “the cat” Pete is talking about. Is it Grape or Maxwell? And if it is Grape…Pete wants to play as a girl cat? LOL

          • psychoHarley36

            one D&D game board $20
            two tweleve packs of soda $8
            the look on King’s face….priceless
            there’s somethings money can’t buy. for everything else, there’s Housepets.

  2. Yokashima

    Great Kitsune!!!

    • Lupus

      Equals Fox? :D

      • Dr. Prower

        That’s kinda what it looks like, but something tells me this Great Kitsune is possibly NONE of the housepets.

        • FuRrY321

          Well, he did say, “What did you have to go and get me up here for?” which suggests that he was perhaps enjoying the celebrations down below, which would explain why it seems like he’s so cranky.

          • Mukavich

            I was gonna say that. But I’ll add that in one of the D&D groups that I play with, our DM has a couple PCs that come along with the main group. It is entirely possible that the Great Kitsune has a character or two in the game, if for nothing else than to ensure that the rules are followed.

          • Gaboris

            Ya know that’s a good point from both of ya, to find out who’s the fox is we’d just need to check out the newer characters in the “game”, like if someone was acting wierd or was makin the events “move”… don’ ya think it’s wierd how Zach is the one who opened that door to the temple so easily? :O

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I think the DM could poke any NPC into action without having to make them an avatar.

          • FuRrY321

            @Gaboris:

            I think anyone who didn’t spend almost all their lives in the forest would see how obvious it was to open the door.

            @Argent:

            I don’t, never have, and most likely never will play D&D, but I don’t need to. I understand the basic concepts well enough to agree with you on this.

          • Lupus

            I think he was celebrating, just as the Housepets are, at that party thingy. And that he wasn’t playing U&U at that moment, but I still get the feeling he plays it at other times.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            It’s the fourth of July. There’s parties all over the place he could have been in. There’s no reason to assume he was in Babylon Gardens at all.

            And even then, he wouldn’t have to be using an avatar like the Dragon, he could have been manifesting directly like Pete.

          • Gaboris

            @Furry: True, but that was a wierd stone slab with wierd symbols… of course it may have been a “Press here.” symbol that I didn’ see so… XD
            @Argent: Never played any D&D type rpg boardgame(wated to so bad but there are no ppl here for that anymore. :( ) so I didn’ know aboot that, thx for the clearing. :) Aboot the fourth of July ye’re right again, but it would be a bit random I’d say… but what do I know, right? XD

          • Lupus

            Nonono. I didn’t mean the Babylon Gardens party. I was drawing a parallel.

      • Mandy

        I’m thinking he’s the DM. :3

      • The_Captain1228

        one thing i notice is that their personalities are intact in both forms. so if hes fox.. hed seem more like foxes attitude in his speech which to me he doesnt.

        • Lupus

          Plus he’s hot.

      • Aeonera

        hmmm i think ur wrong there boyo, notice how hes not around the gameboard, just cos hes kinda like fox in some ways doesnt mean he is fox

  3. Majin-Wolf

    I love the Spirit Dragon’s look on her face!!

    • Challenger01

      Which panel? 7 or 8? or Both?

      • Majin-Wolf

        Both!!^^

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          i like the spirit dragon period ‘wink wink nudge nudge’ ;)

          • MenachemSchmuel

            Oh God no

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            menachem ur just jealous ;)

  4. EHH

    The GM is a kitsune? Yay for Japanese mythology!

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      rally i just gonna call it 9-tails (shorter : )

      • XD

        Well i’ll kall it 9T

        • XD

          Or 9

          • XD

            Or

          • The_Captain1228

            O

          • Lupus

            Can you see 9 tails? I think he’s got 7. Just because.

          • Firewing

            @Lupus
            Look at Panel 4 and count. There are nine tails.

          • Lupus

            I fail so bad :(

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            rally there r 9 tails? i wud just callin it dat cuz ai felt like it ^^

          • Lupus

            Can we call it Kit? I like that :3

      • pet_panda

        kyubi is the actual name.

        and why does he only have 9, they don’t become omnipitent until they grow 10 tails

        9 is like world destroying and rebuilding in his own image wizard…10 is reality altering diety

        • littlebeast

          I’ve never heard anything about ten tails, but I’m not an expert. I didn’t even know the name kyubi. I should try to keep that in mind.

        • Noah

          I’m positive Kitsune’s only go up to 9 tails. Based off of you calling it a “Kyubi” am I correct in assuming that you got that name from Naruto? If that’s the case, the 10 tails you mentioned is refering to the Juubi and isn’t an actual part of Japanese mythology. If I’m wrong in my assumption, I apoligize.

          • FuRrY321

            I believe you are correct, though I did a report on Chinese Mythology for English last year, I still prefer to study the Japanese. The Kyubi in Naruto was actually referred to as “The 9 Tailed Fox”, so apparently it never reached omnipotent status (well, Naruto’s world wouldn’t exist if it had).
            But in this case, I believe this guy is a Kitsune. They’re like a lower-class Kyubi, never reaching omnipotent status. In the Housepets! universe, that’s a good thing, as from what we know none of the mythical beings are really interested in creating/destroying the universe(s) for their own purpose. As Pete pointed out earlier, “Why create a new one when we can just pick one we like?”

          • Kesslan

            Going by everything I’ve ever heard of in official folk lore, Kitsune only have had up to 9 tails, never more. The 10+ tail thing is mostly a more recent creation of fanboys and furries who like to claim their virtual alter ego has more power than anyone else etc. Course that behaviour is long associated with younger people just playing a bunch of munchkins anyway so it’s hardly a furry only thing.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            “My Kitsune goes up to 11″

          • Mika

            Oh yeah? well mine goes to:

            OVER 9000!!!!

          • Argent Stonecutter

            9000 tails? Bet he’s got a chiropractor on speed-dial.

          • Spirit Studios 2010

            Let’s clear this up. The Kyuubi (9-tailed Fox) from Naruto is based on the Japanese legend of the Kyuubi no Kitsune (the Fox of Nine Tails). Kishimoto just used it as a plotline for the story.

            Whether or not a Kitsune can go up to 10 tails, I don’t know. I certainly haven’t read anything about that (and I’ve read a bit), though I do know that when it rains while the sun is shining in Japan they say that a newly wed Kitsune pair is walking through the forest.

            Kitsune’s are basically just Fox Demons who are more like imps and prone to possess women more often than men. They can also shapeshift (again, usually into a woman). The only thing that they can’t hide with magic is their tails, which they are very good at disguising in other ways. The only way to defeat or exercise a Kitsune is to make it show its tail by either tricking it or getting it drunk enough off of sake.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Kitsune are not demons or spirits, they’re just foxes who’ve learned a little (or more than a little) magic.

        • Maros

          that’s why he’s the “Dungeon Master”

      • MenachemSchmuel

        The word Tails is even shorter, but I don’t thing this dude is from Sonic

  5. KzT

    King in the 3rd panel makes me think of Metal Gear Solid.

  6. rWolf1991

    Im with King!!

    • psychoJoker36

      It all makes sense now. Olright, hold up, I have to wipe my brains off the walls

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        i dont remember a KABOOM of brain :(

        • MrMutt

          Sometimes the brains just squirt out the ears.

          • Skytower

            That’s why I keep mine in a secure place!

          • FuRrY321

            I’m guessing in a locked box that is linked wirelessly to your body that is up high in a Skytower? :)

          • MrMutt

            Mine is kept in a jar on my desk at work.

          • FuRrY321

            So what happens when a burglar comes in after everybody leaves for the night, and when you come in the next day it’s gone?

          • XD

            Nothing, because he doesn’t have a brain…

          • MrMutt

            I just use one of my back up brains I collected while working at a theme park. None of those patrons needed them.

      • rWolf1991

        I dont know why but i finally understand it!!
        Man im slow!!

      • rWolf1991

        hey Joker nice Avi!! XP

  7. ReCreate

    OH LOL

  8. Dovewolf09

    Sorry King I don’t think there is a metaphor and if there is… well this D&D game is too confusing to me.

    • Stevie Maxwell

      Somehow I have a sinking feeling King’s going to wake up from either his orange soda hangover or the pet cage crash and wonder if it was all just a bad dream.

      Then again, these are supernaturals involved…

      • Thoth

        I doubt it, simply because that leads to a lot of confusion amongst the readers as to which events in other characters lives actually took place and which ones were part of the dream-sequence – hence the occasional confusion as to Peanut’s actions and knowledge versus those of Dream-Peanut from the original “The Grove” arc.

        http://www.housepetscomic.com/category/comic/the-grove/

      • Mika

        they might do that in order to throw him off their trail, make him think it was just a bad dream…

        • Thoth

          The problem there is that it’s so easily checked; for example, King made a date with Sasha. If Sasha remembers this, then it probably wasn’t a dream.

          Which is the problem, a dream sequence often confuses readers; a month later, some wouldn’t remember that it’s a dream – and would want to know how the date went. Others would remember – but after a few more months of strips, the confusion would escalate. Thus the note on Dream-Peanut versus Peanut.

      • Gaboris

        But before he wakes up a new metaphor scene must take place something liiiike:
        A fourth character some sort of big bro type busts in on them and smashes the game and lecturing the three for being so careless with worlds and lives and well known quote (with higher-being portions of course) “Playing U&U? How old are you guys anyway? 9607 or what?”
        But this is just my first guess of course… and after smashing the table King falls back to earth just to wake up somewhere.
        Like that. :)

  9. Darastrixen

    Very good, funny comic. Seems that everyone who was predicting Tarot was not the Spirit Dragon were correct. Time to count the minutes until Monday’s comic.

    • IceKitsune

      Ok so shes not but again that is not what the Word Avatar means unless I’m really missing something here.

    • Furr Mate

      The Spirit Dragon is Tarot isn’t she. In panel 7, “I… Tarot still loves him”.

      • IceKitsune

        Right now I really have no clue anymore who is right and I think the only way will find out is if Rick just tells us or Monday maybe

      • Darastrixen

        I had interpreted that to be a slip. She instinctively wanted to say “I still love him,” but realized a half-second too late that it’s Tarot (the actual dog) that’s supposed to be in love with Peanut (hypothetically). I would support this with the fact that Pete is trying to gain King as an avatar. Pete is not King, Furthermore, Dragon states that what Pete did was done without King’s permission. This implies a necessity for the avatar to agree to be an avatar for the spirit. Ergo, it made sense to me that Tarot exists in “reality” as a Pomeranian who agreed to act as an avatar for Dragon.

        • Stryde

          This is the best explanation so far, kudos.

          • FuRrY321

            I second this. Though that makes me wonder how much of a bad guy Pete really is; yes, he’s a jerk, yes, he changed King into a dog likely so he could make him his avatar. However, King has to agree to this, and he definitely won’t now that 1)Pete’s abused him (or at least been a bad owner) and 2)He’s heard all of this conversation, and I don’t think they intend on just poofing him back down, thinking it was all a dream. Because why explain everything to him if they were just going to do that?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Because true D&D geeks LIVE for explaining things.

          • FuRrY321

            But they’re not D&D geeks, they’re U&U geeks. ;)

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Dungeons and Dragons, Tunnels and Trolls, Bunnies and Burrows, whatever…

    • Saru

      I have a problem with this, mostly because of the fact that Tarot -turned into- the dragon. King is not going to suddenly explode into Pete, Pete’s standalone. But Tarot disappeared and Spirit Dragon replaced her. I think it’s a disguise :x

      • Saru

        …Wut? I’m not mad. Stupid misinterpreted emoticons ._.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Yeh, the transition from Tarot to the Spirit Dragon really made it look like the Pomeranian was an illusion, like Gaspar.

        • Gaboris

          I just can’t get how’s this again… okay I get it I just don’ realy like it and try to deny. XP So Tarot’s not real just an image the dragon made for herself… that’s sad don’ ya think? :(
          BTW you guys know what that Gaspar thing is, cuz the only thing I could find on that is the hungarian name “Gáspár”, it’s cool to see hungarian stuff here, but still is there any connection?

          • IceKitsune

            No Rick just confirmed on the forum that The Dragon and Tarot are Separate people everyone. The transformation I now take to mean more like a Bruce Banner and the Hulk like thing.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I didn’t like the idea of Tarot just being an illusion either. But that’s what it really looked like.

            Gaspar is what Pete called his “Welshman” illusion.

            And Bruce Banner is the Hulk, it’s just a bad case of multiple personality disorder… like the Jeckyl/Hyde character he’s based on.

          • IceKitsune

            I meant in the sense that they inhabit the same body because I doubt that Dragon is just sitting around at the table when Tarot is out. And it would explain why The Kitsune had to be awoken he was in his Avatar at the time also it explains where Tarot is right now shes in the form of Dragon. (at least this is how I’m taking it for now I might be wrong)

          • IceKitsune

            You know what The Hulk might have been a bad analogy

          • IceKitsune

            In fact Marvel comics Thor would have been a better analogy I think

          • IceKitsune

            You know what I suck at Analogies just forget it my post right after Argent Stonecutter explains what I mean (at least I hope it does)

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I want Rick to explain that transformation business. Is Tarot still there in the Housepets universe, just not in touch with the dragon (but maybe with other spirits)? Or have the Dragon and Tarot become one?

          • Gaboris

            @Ice: Thx a housand for the info man, that helps alot and though the Bruce/Hulk thing was a bit off as ya said it was still clear so no prob. ;)
            @Argent: Yeah it would be the best to hear it from him, but meh what are the odds right? BTW I know it’s his alter name and such, but just wanted to know if is it a normal name in english or the like… but meh let’s leave it. :p

      • Serub

        But Tarot transformed into Spirit Dragon since she WILLINGLY became her avatar, hence King was forced to be pete’s.

  10. IceKitsune

    I love the Kitsunes’ face in the last panel its priceless and so is Pete’s and they are all Nerds absolute Nerds

    • IceKitsune

      Also question so if Tarot and the Dragon aren’t the same person then that mean Tarot is not in love with Peanut only the Dragon is. Right i’m understanding this here right.

      • Darastrixen

        You may be wrong about Tarot/Dragon being two different people but I don’t think so (see above comment). So either Tarot is there on Dragon’s behalf, without much/any love for Peanut, or they both love him, in which case Peanut’s relationship status can no longer fit in a stereotypical triangle =P

        • IceKitsune

          But if they aren’t the same person then Pete’s line implies that The Dragon loves Peanut and not Tarot and she’s basically making Tarot be with Peanut because she wants to be and not because Tarot has any real feelings for him.

          • IceKitsune

            so yeah Tarot is not in love with Peanut if they aren’t the same person. (I think I’m explaining that clearly)

          • Darastrixen

            Yes, I can understand you. That’s quite possibly the case, but I have yet to find a good reason to completely reject the possibility that both Tarot and Dragon love Peanut.

          • Chip Uni

            I have a hard time believing ANYONE doesn’t love Peanut!

          • FuRrY321

            Agreed :P

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        Possibly, I think this is the only time “Tarot” ever refered to Peanut in romantic terms and this would clearly be when she is an avatar (if she isn’t just entirely one)…
        http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/11/23/so-cool/

      • blackwaltz7

        as a seasoned role player, it is completely possible that tarot was the first to fall in love with peanut between the two. if this is the case, what dragon said could fall into one of two, if not both, categories.
        1-the whole “i’m still in character” slip. in an extended role play session one can get caught up with all the “I’s” and “You’s” of speaking in first person. and since you have to keep thinking in character, even when not speaking as such, you could slip up like that.
        2-what i like to call “Avatar projection syndrome” lol. in short, you grow so attached to things your avatar is doing that you end up unable to differentiate between your feelings and the “in character” feelings. as such you might end up falling in love with another one of the characters. if so, dragon prolly jus has the hots for peanut’s kind of personality in the first place.

  11. American Otter

    OH wow. Awesome Kitsune!!!!

    and yeah, sounds like a Lower level being ribbing of DnD…. even super powered beings it seems love to ribbed one another. They are more…. “human” dare I say it?

    anyway, good comic, and FYI, I was going to return no matter what happened, you got me hooked for a long time and I always like seeing what Housepets will be like next comic.

    • American Otter

      Uh….. can we get the Kitsune in some Avatars?

      • FuRrY321

        Iz already done! :P

        The problem is there’s not enough of him to have more avatars (you’d have to start getting creative with Paint/Cut-n-paste to make ‘em different).

  12. EchoFireant

    Last panels expressions are just XD

  13. The_Captain1228

    Yay kitsune my favorite. i love how the spirit dragons in love with peanut. this proves that the whole avatar being her thing. but even better that i assume a god loving a low order being is sooo worse than the fact that peanut loves a cat :P

  14. Mukavich

    Okay. Now I’m horribly confused.

    • Majin-Wolf

      This is Rick we are talking about! Just pictured it for example: Hideo Kojima the creator of MGS introduced Raiden then that goofy LaLiLuLeLo stuff we were all horribly confused then after awhile we were all like “ooh ahah we get it now”!!

      • namelessone

        I believe the there is a trope for that: Mind Screw. I am sure Rich will clarify when he is good and ready.

        • FuRrY321

          Who is this “Rich”? Unless you’re implying that Rick has a brother named Rich. Or maybe Rick is rich?

          Rick! What have you been hiding!

          (PS: Yes, I enjoy nitpicking such mistakes :P )

          • Lycanthromancer

            I think this scene is the equivalent of Order of the Stick’s crayon drawings.

          • WingedWolfGirl

            If you’re going to be such a nitpick, it’s called a typo. :p

          • FuRrY321

            Now that’s just silly. Why would namelessone go through all the trouble of accidentally pressing a key they didn’t mean to, and not go back and fix it? Don’t you people type looking at the screen?

          • Jyoukaagje

            If you’re going to be such a nitpick, it’s called a typographical error.

          • FuRrY321

            Now who’s the nitpick? XD

        • namelessone

          they need an edit button…

          • FuRrY321

            It’s true, but then people would be editing their comments all the time, and instead of checking for new comments, we’d have to re-read all the previous comments all over again! Not to mention the confusion of commenting on something someone said, only to have them edit it out. Mind you, there could be some rule or something in which you cannot edit a post once someone has replied to it.

  15. Apollo

    Man, it must suck to be King. (especially if he understands how bad he’s being insulted here)

    • Wanderer

      He’s not really being insulted; he IS a lower-level being, and there’s no shame in that. You’d prefer all mythicals go around calling humans “Sons of Adam” and “Daughters of Eve”, maybe?

  16. Kytan

    huh similar situations like this happen when i game with my friends…

  17. metaecho

    The faces… the faces are amazing. Im glad I have to wait a day for stuff like this :D

  18. Linkdew13

    I’m confused and I feel terrible for King. Oh dear.

    • Aeonera

      ur image thing makes all your comments seem sarcastic >.>

      • Amaterasu13

        That’s the purpose. OR IS IT?

  19. Kytan

    wait wait wait.. now narutos is in on the housepets action?

    • Naylorfan90

      As long as the Housepets version of Sasuke doesn’t happen…bleh.

    • The_Captain1228

      i hate when kitsunes are related to naruto -_-

      • Kytan

        sorry… thats the only media ive seen one in

        • Stryde

          Inuyasha. =P

        • Argent Stonecutter

          In Pom Poko it’s revealed that at least one family of foxes have given up trying to live as foxes and live as humans all the time.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Oh, and don’t forget that Vulpix and Ninetails Pokemon are obviously multi-tailed foxes.

          • Kytan

            oh duh!!! i cant believe i forgot that!

          • Kytan

            oh yeah and the kitsune was also in zelda majora’s mask give or take afew tails…

          • Kytan

            never mind it only had 3 tails

  20. Pokeblue

    Lol! The Kit’s face in the last panel is priceless. Man, this is getting weird, I’m feeling like someone is just tripping or something, but part of me is hoping I’m off about that.

  21. Furr Mate

    I think if I were King I’d be looking for some place to dig a deeeep hole to crawl into. This look like it going to get bad. HaHaHaHa…

  22. Snowmon

    Guess this proves that Tarot does exist… but SD also exists… But King was… metaphor is the great kitsune is AWASEM

  23. fox-cub-bold

    Being in love with an in-game character, Tarot?
    I’ve been there…sigh

    *looks wistfully at Morrigan from Dragon Age’s portrait*

  24. namelessone

    The Great Kitsune’s face reminds me of Max…I don’t remember exactly where from but didn’t Max smile EXACTLY the same way at some point? Tarot/Dragon’s discomfort amuses me but not nearly as much as Pete’s face in the last panel.

  25. Gaboris

    Okay this just got funny again, but so if I got it right then Tarot’s not real in the end… Ya know what that means? PXG shippers heaven. X3
    The part what I don’ get is what’s wrong with Tarot still being with Peanut and is Pete refering to Grapes dream in panel 6?

    • namelessone

      On the contrary I’d say things got infinitely more interesting for the Tarot…I mean Spirit DragonxPeanut shippers. I don’t seem to recall Tarot ever showing as much emotion as she (by which I mean Dragon) showed in the last two panels of that comic. It is both heartwarming and hilarious (a winning combination). Also Dragon doesn’t want to get mocked endlessly for falling for what pretty much amounts to a game character in the view of the ‘higher beings.’ I would presume that he’s talking about the dream.
      *heavy sigh* Clearly I am very bored tonight…

      • Gaboris

        Hmmmmm good and true points sir… bit wierd view though but still. :3
        Who isn’t, I’m sittin on a beer rack right now in the back of our pizzerias kitchen cuz there’re no orders at the moment… there is a kinda big disco goin on in the main room but that’s not my world so I’m still bored. XD

  26. Amaterasu13

    Another thing, does the character card say “Grape” which was then scribbled out and replaced with King?

    • Challenger01

      Pete says in Panel 6 he was unable to obtain the cat as his avatar. Maybe he was planning on using Grape is Avatar, but Spirit Dragon restricted it, so he had to choose King

      • Darastrixen

        That would appear to be the case, although if that’s true we really have no idea why Dragon didn’t want Grape to be Pete’s avatar.

        • Challenger01

          I’m sure Rick will explain that in due time. Until then. Epic shouting faces from Pete and Spirit Dragon. Kitsune’s look is one I make all the time when I play D&D and someone’s about to lose…..

          • Darastrixen

            When the GM smiles…It’s already too late.

          • Kytan

            well said darastrixen well said

        • SamBlob

          …because the Dragon didn’t want Pete getting too cozy with Peanut, maybe… especially since she wanted to? Just a guess here…

          As for whether Tarot is or is not the Spirit Dragon, this reminds me of the movie K-Pax, where it was not clear whether the man who called himself Prot was or was not an alien.

          Based on the above comic, though, Tarot seems to be a willing host to an alien entity.

          It seems to me that both Tarot and the Spirit Dragon like Peanut and SD wants to stay with the scene.

          BUT… if the duels are only to be between cats and do…Oh. Neither Pete the Griffin (Griffon? Gryphon?) nor Pete the Welshman has actually been involved in a duel.

          • Mystery Penguin

            pete the griffin..

            D’oh

            Peter Griffin

        • Argent Stonecutter

          I guess… if Dragon’s avatar is in love with Peanut, then it would be just too weird to have Pete’s avatar in love with Peanut as well.

          Pete’s really bad at this game.

          • Thoth

            Hard to say really, at least until he either wins or loses.

          • Kytan

            hey i lost the game!

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      yes

    • WyldKAT

      Your avatar goes quite well with your name.

    • Inu225

      You know what I just realized. I think Pete was attempting to lure Grape to being an avatar in “The Grove” story arc.
      http://www.housepetscomic.com/category/comic/the-grove/
      Think about it. Pete being all nice and trusting to Grape was just a ploy to get her to join his side.
      IDK But to me…
      Having Grape as Pete’s avatar may have seemed too girl-ly for my tastes…
      …then again maybe Pete doesn’t know that Grape is a girl. XD

      • Stevie Maxwell

        Well we all assume Pete is a guy too, just as much as we assume the Spirit Dragon is a girl. They could be reversed, or both, or neither. Yay for gender ambiguity!

        • FuRrY321

          Spirit Dragon is definitely a girl. She makes it clear that her avatar is in love with Peanut, which would be EXTREMELY awkward if SD was a guy.

          Plus Pete’s a guy, Tarot even said once that “he’s a bit of a jerk”.

    • Salenstormwing

      I noticed that too. But notice how Pete dodged the question of why King in the bottom panels.

    • umean123

      yeah well its probably grape scribbled out there i mean tarot (the dragon) said that grape whas trying too help pete free at some point then when she did i suppose she whas normal again then they scribbled it out because shes not doing anything anymore.

      • FuRrY321

        Not to be mean, but would it kill you to use a bit of punctuation every now and then? I could barely read that.

  27. Oren Otter

    Interesting… it looks like Spirit Dragon is playing her avatar directly while Pete is playing his indirectly. It looks to me like King isn’t really Pete’s avatar at all.

    • Pogiforce

      It’s also possible though that Tarot being so crazy psychic, she’s aware of the game and it;s players, and so behaves more true to the dragon’s wishes, rather than the dragon having direct control.

      • KnifeToYourFace

        Kinda interesting theory. But somehow sense-making.

      • Kamron

        Or she’s manipulating them from inside the game.

        • Mukavich

          Like Neo in The Matrix? Cool! Will she start tossing people red and blue pills? Speaking of… If the red pill lets you escape the matrix, and the blue pill makes you forget everything, what happens if you take both?

          • Kamron

            A bunny happens. And then you wake up in Laos.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            It’s probably like that wishing kettle in Warehouse 13. You get a ferret.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I think Pete’s just really bad at the game. He failed to get Grape and I don’t think he’s going about things the right way with King…

      • Argent Stonecutter

        What I mean is… King isn’t his avatar yet, and it’s looking like something else is going to happen.

        [cool special effects as King splits into King and Joel, and Joel stays at the table and King goes into the world as Joel's avatar]

  28. BluFox

    ….. Three words:

    AWE-SUM-MUH!!!

    … This is my grammar, so but out!

  29. BlueKitsune

    YAY! a Kitsune! lol

  30. Elwood Blutarsky

    Free Agency? Joel had a shot at free agency! Man by ending up going with Pete he got the short end of the stick there. He should have signed with the Miami Heat, apparently everyone and their brother is doing that now.

  31. Pogiforce

    that’s so sweet, Tarot loves Peanut even as a super all powerful dragon.

    But on the flipside, did anyone else catch that? Apparently Grape’s supposed dream wasn’t just a dream, pete was trying to use her!

  32. sonic id furreh!!!

    OMFG XD HAHAHA LOL *every1 looks at me weird* wut y cant i lauf

    • Kamron

      I dunno. Why?

  33. sonic id furreh!!!

    well on the plus side for king he didnt get arrested : )

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Actually he did and spent six months in jail for it. And he was either about to be sentenced fully or released for paying his debt to society when Pete showed up. And given his unexplained departure everyone in the BGPD thinks he broke out and escaped.

  34. Fenning

    Just a LLIIITTLLE bit creepy in the last panel there, Pete.

    HUGE eyes, teeny-tiny PUPILS!

    • Challenger01

      You’ve never played D&D and had a moment like that then have you? Cause when you get really into it, those sort of things become second-nature to start seeing…

  35. gagi

    AWESOME comic … it has cerainly made my morning

    but i wanna know HOW do you pronounce Pete’s REAL name ?!?! arff

    • Challenger01

      o seven theta square backwards j square. Can you decipher that?

      • Oren Otter

        that’s the sequence of buttons you press to get King to do his secret move.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Falling-down-stairs-jitsu.

          • FuRrY321

            It’s not all that great though. It has lots of drawbacks.

          • FuRrY321

            Or is it “Fall-backs?” XD

      • Thoth

        Unfortunately, it didn’t fit any of the likely alphabets that I was familiar with. Of course, if it’s metaphorical, it might just be Joel/Kings placeholder for “cryptic stuff I don’t know or understand”.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Oh-7-block-reverse J-block?

      • Challenger01

        you missed the greek theta in the middle there….

        • Argent Stonecutter

          The blocks are characters that can’t be represented in a three-dimensional metaphor. You know, like when you’re missing the right font in Unicode?

  36. sonic id furreh!!!

    is it me or does 9-tails look kinda like a mixture or fox & king?

    • KnifeToYourFace

      Yuuuuuup.

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        nice avie ; )

        • KnifeToYourFace

          Ditto. =)

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            thnx XD

  37. Gingly

    Spirit Dragon and Peanut sittin’ in a tree~

    • Challenger01

      K-I-S-S-I-N-G

      • Majin-Wolf

        First comes love~

        • Oren Otter

          Then comes marriage~
          (Do they do that in this universe?)

          • Challenger01

            I can only imagine what will come after THAT!

          • WyldKAT

            Then comes a horrifying dragon doglizard hybrid.

            … in a baby carriage.

          • Gingly

            You guys are awesome, btw :P

          • Gingly
  38. WyldKAT

    I love how the kitsune calls them squares. You just don’t see that terminology anymore!

  39. KnifeToYourFace

    Aaw. The dragon is in love with a dog. Taking the interspecies relationships to the next level. How sweet.

    And emotionally scarring.

    • gagi

      what i find more funny is that a Human in dog form was hitting on a dragon in dog form !! i mean .. talk about not knowing each other (ok tarot did know him but still)

      and yea :) all is fair in love and housepets

      • KnifeToYourFace

        Hilarity ensues in the form of cutesy crushes.

        And emotional scars.

        • CalaverX11

          Why bother with the cutesy at all? Let’s just get straight to the scarring.

          • KnifeToYourFace

            Okeydokey. *knifetoyourface*

  40. Out of Nowhere

    Everyone get’s an adjective before their name, except for Pete. Sucks to be him?

    • FuRrY321

      No, he gets the adjective after his name, so he’s special:

      Pete the Jerk.

  41. Cyberdyne

    WAIT, WHUT, so pete tried to possess grape and failed so now he wants to possess king?

    now we have orders an stuff, i am so close to being done with this comic

    • Wanderer

      Not exactly; an avatar, in the original sense, contains a portion of a god’s essence. That doesn’t make them a god, but it does make them somewhat powerful in their own right… and also liable to get involved in the god’s fights. It’s more that Spirit Dragon prompted Tarot to intercept Grape before Pete could grab her as an avatar… so he got King instead. Tarot is likewise capable of independent thought; it’s SD’s decision to respect her wishes.

  42. kupo86

    Man, the few times I have played D’n'D it ends up in weird and confusing discussions like that… after the first 15 minutes. I’m really bad at that game.

    Last panel made me laught awfully loud. The characters’ expressions are hilarious.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      u no i got a QUESTION *don don dooooon* wts ur avie?

      • Out of Nowhere

        A shiny Zangoose

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          oooohhhh thnx ; )

        • FuRrY321

          It looks sort of like the author of this comic drew it:

          http://cblue.katbox.net/

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            CB is ah majical comic : )

  43. Wilford B. Wolf

    So, if Spirit Dragon is not Tarot, per se, is it a he or she or genderless?

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      she

    • Out of Nowhere

      Pete referred to the Dragon as a “she” in panel 2.

    • Wilford B. Wolf

      Oh, nevermind… Pete calls her “She”. But what about this whole deal about pets in their past?

      • Darastrixen

        It’s against the rules to use a non-canine or non-feline as an avatar. Dragon was complaining that since King was once a human, he ought to be disqualified as an avatar. However, the ruling was that all that counts is that he’s canine now.

        • SamBlob

          Actually, Pete already had two avatars that were neither cats nor dogs: one is the Griffin (well, that’s part feline at least), and the other is his Gaspar outfit as King’s owner.

          What requires strictly cat/dog avatars are the *duel pacts*… which means that Tarot is going to have to fight whatever Pete’s avatar is going to be, because the arguments are still going on about whether it’s going to be King or not.

          …which makes me wonder if Rex has also rejected Pete…

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Sounds like Pete/Griffin and Pete/Gaspar are not avatars, they’re just Pete manifesting directly. Which sounds like it should be against the rules.

            Maybe it’s only against the rules until you get some mortal “opener” to let you in through your temple.

            So where’s Tarot’s temple?

          • FuRrY321

            Until we know more, I’m going to say the place where Pete was trapped was Tarot’s “temple”. It just looks like the closest thing, ya know?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I was thinking of that as Pete’s temple, ‘cos Pete’s was able to manifest fully once it was opened.

          • Mukavich

            I dunno Argent. There are plenty of examples of malevolent spirits being held in a temple that was not their own. Now, granted, Pete’s not completely malevolent, but if it were his temple, he would likely have no problem escaping it because it’s his.

            It’s sorta like Ganon, in the Zelda games? He was trapped in a few temples, but they were never his own, and therefore he wasn’t able to manifest himself fully until some unwitting moron… Er… mortal… operated the mechanism that allowed him to escape.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            In terms of the game he’s not a malevolent entity being chained up, he’s a player trying to manifest in the world directly because he’s having a heck of a time getting an avatar any other way.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Let’s try another tack. What I’m getting at there is that for gameplay purposes they would likely have similar restrictions and rules, so if Pete couldn’t manifest directly until someone set him free, wouldn’t Dragon have the same problem?

          • FuRrY321

            Unless Dragon trapped Pete for breaking the rules. Or someone else already freed her.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      AHA! I WAS RITE!!! XD

    • Darastrixen

      It would seem likely that Dragon is female, from the way that she is (at least seen to be) in love with Peanut.

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        no offesne strixen but ur avie make meh kinda sad <:(

      • Stryde

        Gender’s got nothin’ to do with love sometimes there, babe. ;) But since Dragon’s being addressed as a she, I’d also say female.

  44. Thoth

    Somehow I’d suspect that “lets get this hallucination over with” – spoken AFTER the transformation – wouldn’t really count. Perhaps Pete is counting something Joel said as a child? When he was out on the streets, cold, and hungry, he might well have wished he was a dog.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      1 time i wished i was a dog and then i had a dream i was :)

      • AmericanOtter

        But Notice how the DM says… “Time paradox’s and changes are not happening… doesn’t matter what he was in the past, he is a dog now, so I let it slide.

        Interesting DM… and seems he was woken up for this game…. Must be annoying not knowing if you will get a call to come out and handle a dispute, as from the looks of this, there are no “Set” Game nights.

        • Challenger01

          You’ve never played with my three buddies then huh? Usually I’d end up being the DM by dice roll. I’ve gotten woken up at 3 a.m. just to settle a simple dispute that we wrote down at the beginning of the campaign. Try being a DM, going to bed, then getting woken up. You’ll know how Kitsune feels…

        • Thoth

          That was the first complaint: the second would be the “free will” – or “free agency” – matter of changing Joel “without his express permission”. Ergo, we’d be looking for expressed prior consent (thinking or dreaming is not expressed). Extracting such consent after the fact is irrelevant without “weird time junk” – ergo, Joel/King presumably said, wrote, or otherwise communicated something before he was transformed that Pete is interpreting as Express Consent. This may constitute the “abuse of the rules” that was mentioned earlier.

          • Mukavich

            Well, when he was first turned into a dog, he said “Are you going to turn me into a dog, or what?” Granted, Pete had already turned him into a dog by this point, but it could still be construed as consent. Since Pete has already shown no qualms about bending the rules to his benefit, he could be using king’s “assumptions” as consent.

          • Thoth

            Yep – but assumptions are not expressed consent, and aren’t prior to the forced change. The obvious loophole is “Expressed at some point in the past” – either to no one in particular or to someone with whom Joel was just sharing a passing thought with no belief that such a thing was possible.

          • Mukavich

            Well, I anticipate a flashback to clear this little bit up.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Would a flashback count as weird time travel stuff?

          • Thoth

            Well, definitely not if it’s aimed at the readers, since those are just memories or discribed memories, and memories are generally allowed.

            Probably not if it’s simply using some odd power to show the past to the other characters. That wouldn’t fundamentally be any odder than consulting a book or a photograph.

            If it allows actual changes in the past, such as the people in the flashback actually being aware of the characters in the present, then that’s a pretty definite yes.

  45. Arcanine

    Nobody noticed that the Kitsune resembles the Pokemon Ninetales quite a lot? >_> Golden fur, red eyes, etc.

    Well, knowing Rick, I think it was intentional. He does seem to have some Poke-art somewhere. Otherwise, I’m wrong.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      dude (or girl) i already called that -_-’

    • Darastrixen

      That would be because the inspiration for Ninetails was itself drawn from the Kitsune of Japanese mythology.

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        yet agian already called that

        • Darastrixen

          I felt it required further explanation -shrug-. Not trying to steal your thunder.

        • WyldKAT

          You guys have (relatively) the same avatars!

          • Darastrixen

            I’m aware. I’ve been thinking of just letting Sonic take this one and grabbing another. I was literally just working on that, actually.

          • Kamron

            Yours was better because you actually edited out your speech bubble. *high-five*

          • WyldKAT

            Nice, now you still have the dragon but your identity is no longer confused!

          • Darastrixen

            Well, my ego didn’t need the confidence boost, but I’ll take it where I can get it =)

            Unfortunately, Gravitar seems unresponsive, as I can no longer get my avatar to update. But…if Dragon is my avatar, and Tarot is her avatar, how does that….I’m going to stop this train of thought before I hurt myself.

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            OMG REALLY UR SO NICE!!! *GIVE HUG TO STRIXEN* ^^ oh yah and srry about tha thing ai sed ^o^’

          • Kamron

            You are actually the avatar of your avatar.

            TRUE FACT

  46. Some Guy

    Dear Mr Rick Griffin,

    Pete’s eyes. Yellow or Blue-Gray?

    Regards,
    Adoring, yet nit-picky, fan

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Actually both I think. They are normally blue-gray, which explains why Joel’s changed color when he turned into King, but flip to Yellow when he gets aggressive.

      • WyldKAT

        So it’s similar to some animes where characters lose their pupils when angry?

        • FuRrY321

          This comic in particular has a lot of eye-changes-colour-under-certain-conditions:

          http://www.twokindscomic.com/

          Also, sorry if my linking to other comics on your comic bothers you, Rick. If some of these comics actually had comments right on the comic itself, I’d link here for sure.

    • Out of Nowhere

      When were they blue-grey?

  47. AmericanOtter

    I have said it once and again.

    I feel very sorry for King…

    and nice touch of the paper being larger then King, and showing the change in avatars… but, what in this U&U game, constitutes an Avatar…. let alone is it them in the game? Or …. okay…. I am confusing myself, and I am going to just wait till some kind of explaination is given to save my brain from hurting.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      ooOoOOOoOoWwwwWWwWyyyyyYyyYy u maid mah brain hurt tu >:(

      • AmericanOtter

        I am sorry I did, That is why I try and not post my thoughts here, I like keeping everyone’s minds intact and happy.

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          it ok mah hed stop huwrtin soon ^_^

        • Yarrofox

          That’s okay. My brain decided to take a vacation from saneness as soon as school was out. So it hurts, but it doesn’t mind

    • Kamron

      At this point, I’m rooting for Tarot to be homuncular, since that would make the final revelation all the more uncomfortable.

      “Hey, Peanut, honey? I’m not actually a creepy pomeranian that summons spirits but I’m instead a soulless husk that was created for the express purpose of conveying a spirit dragon to your lower plane so that she(?) could play a nerdy cosmic game.”

      • Darastrixen

        Well, everything sounds bad when you say it like THAT.

      • Rick Griffin

        The funny part is that even though I would not do something so horrible, there’s still plenty of people who would assume this MUST be the case

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          lol ^^

        • WyldKAT

          People always secretly hope for tragedy. It evens things out, I guess.

          • Kamron

            Cases in point: Tavros, Tinkerbull. Absolutely everybody on those fora wanted aT to be crippled and his lusus to die in the way it did until both things actually happened.

            Then everybody just cried.

          • WyldKAT

            “It’s no fun until someone dies” – Tool, “Vicarious”

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            oh PEESHAW! there can be fun without death … sometims ;)

          • FuRrY321

            Really, sonic?

            Try saying that to all those gamers out there who play just about every kind of genre except for racers. ;)

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            ai is like dat ~ ♥

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Well, you know, Rick, Peanut got Tarot to imaginate a whole army of soulless zombie hyenas just so he could beat them up. How would Dragon imaginating Tarot be creepier than that?

          • Kamron

            As far as I know, Peanut didn’t fall in love with any of the hyenas. Sure, he had a fanboy attachment to Saso, but I don’t think he ever crossed over to thinking of that miscreant as fully real.

          • Rick Griffin

            That is SORT OF like saying that the sprites in a video game are soulless husks

          • FuRrY321

            Sprites are easy to tell. Just look at their skin colour or their eyes.

            Now, three dimensional models on the other hand are harder. There’s a lot more room in there for a spirit to possess (i.e. they’re not flat).

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Not seeing them as real doesn’t make it any less creepy that Tarot imaginated a whole army of talking hyenas just so Peanut-as-Spot could waste them.

            Tarot’s imagination is more like a Holodeck with full AI characters than like a videogame as we have them today. I always found the way Holodeck characters seemed to be full Turing-level AIs created just to be blown away by the “real people” kind of creepy. Even before the “holodeck is kinda creepy” episodes with Barclay. And that whole Holodeck-people arc in Voyager.

            So, yeh, if sprites in videogames were that apparently intelligent, yeh, I’d wonder about whether they should be treated better than that.

          • FuRrY321

            If characters in video games were that intelligent, then we’d have to use at least 12-core CPUs. I don’t think today’s 6-cores can handle that much stress (maybe for like, 5 enemies at once).

            Also, that would make “realistic” shooters even more realistic. They could hurl creative insults at you, most of which you wouldn’t even understand ;)

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I think the holodeck must be using massively parallel computing. maybe even “smart dust” like Vinge’s “localizers”.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Deepness_in_the_Sky#Localizers

          • FuRrY321

            Hmm… perhaps. But I was actually referring to standard VR or even immersive AR, not quite something so advanced as a holodeck.

            By the time holodecks arrive, each microprojection system will have its own multi-core, multi-thread processors smaller than 25nm.
            Or maybe even something better.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Oh, I was referring to what Tarot’s imaginating is like.

          • FuRrY321

            Right sort of got off topic there XD

  48. falcon01

    I wonder who the kitsune’s avatar is…..

    • AmericanOtter

      Same here…. we may never know.

      Though someone up top suggested it was Max, with the smile at the end.

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        w8 who r yuh takin ’bout?

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        oooohhh i get wut u gize’s takin about

    • namelessone

      Sabrina perhaps?

      • WyldKAT

        That would actually make sense.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I don’t think the DM needs an avatar. But…

      Sasha. That’s how she could play the toy piano like Schroeder.

    • Raishi

      If he’s the DM, he quite likely doesn’t actually have an avatar of his own. The DM usually isn’t playing a character like the players are.

      • Arbajor

        Who even says the the DM is even a he? I think that the Great Kitsune is a ‘he’ but since gender ambiguity happens in Housepets who can really be sure?

    • Wilford B. Wolf

      Daisy.

      It all makes sense! Really.

      • Chip Uni

        *LAUGHTER*

        I had the same idea.

        The Kitsune needs to play Daisy, because she’s only an observer. By answering every question with “Hi! I’m Daisy!”, she ensures that she does not cause any changes to the balance of power in the Housepets! universe.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Played by Peter Sellers, just “Being There”.

        • Mukavich

          You know, suddenly I have this image of Daisy being the Grand Galactic Inquisitor. You know, from the Venture Bros? Only instead of shouting “IGNORE ME!!” she says “Hi! I’m Daisy!”

  49. Fenning

    Tarot vs. Grape?! This might get UGLY!

  50. Skoon

    Sooooooo, exactly how long until we get the ” Peanut is the chosen one ” plotline

    • Oren Otter

      I thought Zach was the chosen one. But of course, Zach isn’t a cat or dog. Where does that fit into the rules?

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Zach is the Opener of the Ways. You know, like Rick Moranis.

        • Nohbody

          So who in HP! is Sigourney Weaver? ;)

          (Not that the whole gatekeeper/keymaster thing is gonna happen in a PG comic, granted… :P )

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Well, he’s going Walkies with Sasha on Tuesday.

            Dr. Peter Venkman: You’re gonna endanger us, you’re gonna endanger our client – the nice lady, who paid us in advance, before she became a dog…

          • Nohbody

            That was King, on Tuesday, not Zach. :P

            Zach may be doing so on Thursday, though. ;)

            (And tangentially, when did the maximum level of reply nesting get truncated? I could’ve sworn that it was possible to go more deeply nested than this.)

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Oh, it doesn’t matter who goes walkies… remember, Rick Moranis wasn’t Sigourney Weaver’s boyfriend until she turned into a dog.

            Does King get to be Bill Murray or Dan Ackroyd?

            I think Bino would make a better Bill Murray. :)

  51. Squival

    Debate it with the DM, no sense shoutin at each other. His word is law… (in appropiate context with the rules :P )

    • Pax

      Don’t you mean UM?

      • FuRrY321

        Nice one. :rolleyes:

        Yes, I’m aware there is no Smiley for that. Doesn’t mean I can’t imagine there is one ;)

  52. rtlstien

    I wonder which cat Pete is talking about. Most likely it’s Grape, but there are a couple others.
    I shall never view Housepets! the same way after this arc. (I’m not complaining though ^-^)

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      yah it gwape……… I wike gwape but who duzn’t? ^^

    • Challenger01

      It says in Panel 3, Pete originally had intentions on getting Grape as his avatar, it’s scribbled out, and re-wrote in red pen “(King)”

      • rtlstien

        Sorry. I was too focused on what they were saying that I completely ignored that piece of paper.
        Now it makes me wonder why he wanted Grape in the first place, and why Tarot prevented him from doing so…

        • Pax

          Isn’t it obvious?

          If Grape was Pete’s avatar, it would make PeanutxGrape that much harder! This is all for the best.

        • FuRrY321

          I believe there is another rule that no one can choose Peanut or Grape. Tarot said earlier that they had to be together, or something. So if Pete had chosen Grape as his avatar, not only would it be weird (guy talking through a girl?) but it would probably interfere with the natural flow of the universe.
          Mind you, I’m not quite so sure what’s “Natural” anymore -_-’

  53. Majin-Wolf

    This reminds me of Quest World for some reason!

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      wut dat -_-?

      • FuRrY321

        Perhaps he means World Of Quest :P

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          oh -_-

          • FuRrY321

            (I really hope he doesn’t. I really do.)

  54. Corodan

    I’d like to give a big thank to everyone for making me scoll down past all of that.

    Now for my two sense, was I the only one that widened their eyes during the panel showing that Grape was scribbled out?

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      nu evryw1 saw dat >_>

    • Corodan

      And I just realized I made two mistakes of failing to put my OWN avatar on, and writing “sense” instead of “cents”.

      Which is a perfect excuse to use some sort of pun here, because I know the two could be easily switched around…

    • WyldKAT

      First off, *cents.

      Second, Pete said he originally intended to use “The Cat”, which explains Grape’s dream.

      • Corodan

        Gee, you sure didn’t see my self-correction. :/

  55. Kamron

    We need Pete’s mom to start yelling at them about making a ruckus in the basement and how they need to shut up when they play that stupid game or go home.

    • WyldKAT

      Maybe they’re in the Kitsune’s house. Every time I’ve played D&D, it’s basically “It’s my house, I’M the GM.” I don’t know if other people play like that though.

      • Kamron

        Cosmic beings have weeeeeird familial structures?

        Or maybe their moms are having cosmic tea upstairs. With little cosmic cucumber sandwiches.

    • Fenning

      Yes! Although Imma have to agree with wyldkat on the whole Kitsune’s house deal.

      That being said, if anybody came down and told the group to keep it down, wouldn’t that make that person like, a DOUBLE god?

      • Kamron

        I’m thinking of these cosmic beings as the dangerous group of misfits we know as the Greek and Roman and Norse and everybody else pantheon. They have all the squabbles and interactions of normal people, just with magic juice. And more bizarre familial relations (what the heck, Loki?).

        I’d like to think that we aren’t going to get to any sort of god until we find out who the cosmic beings worship. Unless this is some sort of Ouroboroid mess.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Careful throwing Uncle Fox’s name around like that.

          And, you know, it’s obviously D&D all the way down. Or up. The Gods are chess pieces in the tentacles of the Elder Gods. And it sucks when they manifest ‘cos they always get ichor all over the cosmic chips.

  56. Fenning

    Quite a difference in interest from the first Houspets! comic, eh?

    From two pets playing pretend, to cosmic D&D (or U&U to be specific) with a griffin, a dragon, and Naruto’s true form. (Cyber high-five for Unnecessary Naruto reference!)

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      YAY NARUTO
      buuut i already named it 9-tails -_-’

    • Foxstar

      Wbat makes you think it’s a Naruto reference?

      • Nohbody

        Yeah, I was wondering that, myself. Considering Pete and Spirit Dragon are mythologicals, taking a creature from another mythology is a lot more likely than pulling from an overhyped cartoon series. :P

        • FuRrY321

          It’s not a Naruto reference. Naruto itself borrowed from Japanese mythology. So really, the Kitsune is referring to that, not Naruto.

          • Thoth

            Oh, I don’t know; Mythology is stories about greater beings, doing impossible things, in ways that humans can only dream about and which sometimes carry morals that illustrate the culture. Some people try to model themselves on mythical heroes, some will believe they are or were real, and most will accept the stores and entertaining and sometimes enlightening tales. I’m not sure that anime productions like Naruto don’t qualify as current japanese mythology under some of its definitions.

          • Nohbody

            I know that, I was wondering why other people thought “Naruto”.

            And Thoth, Naruto was a cheap rip-off of the mythological kitsune. For starters, real (well, within context, anyway) kitsune wouldn’t be caught dead wearing orange vests while trying to be all ninja-y. :P

          • Thoth

            A living mythology, like a living language, changes over time. The point is that Anime could reasonably be taken as the most current version of japanese mythology, and thus would not be “borrowing from ” or “ripping off” classical mythology: it would simply be the current version.

  57. Pontos

    Of all the hilarious face gestures in this strip, Pete takes the cake on his mocking face on the latest comic :P

    The comic took a really interesting turn (Mindf*** plot twist for some, heh), and so far you’re running it very well. Specially with Tarot’s “player” being way too into her character :P

    Also, awesome seeing another two-row strip, similar to the second version of last Wednesday’s :D

  58. Zekermeme

    …I think this is a metaphor for the fanbase. Pete represents Grapenut shippers, and the dragon represents Tarot x Peanut fans, and the message is basically shipping is evil.

    …not that King would know that.

    • WyldKAT

      How does Pete represent Grape x Peanut?

      • Zekermeme

        Okay, that he intended to do what the dragon is now doing was a bit of an assumption; all we know is he was planning to make Grape his avatar.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      How’s the message that shipping is evil? Nerdy perhaps.

      • Zekermeme

        It goes against the rules of the game and involves creepy mind control.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Pete doesn’t seem to have a problem with creepy mind control.

          • Zekermeme

            Q.E.D.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Pete does have a problem with Dragon being in love with Peanut.

          • Wanderer

            Technically, he’s never mind-controlled anyone in this comic. He guided Zach through dreams, for instance, but the choices were still Zach’s; likewise, King’s name wasn’t mind “control”, as much as a convenient “edit”.

    • Pax

      BLASPHAMY! *Burns you at the steak*

      • Lycanthromancer

        Mmm…steak…

      • Chip Uni

        O noes!

        Burned steak!

  59. Shinmera
    • sonic id furreh!!!

      okami wuz a wicked good game ^^

      • Shinmera

        It was and still is the best game for the wii.

        • Pax

          I still say Twilight Princess ripped off Okami, not the other way around…

          • Lycanthromancer

            Well, Okami did come out first.

            Though it’s been outright said that the Legend of Zelda games were one of the definitive inspirations for Clover’s swansong masterpiece.

          • Mukavich

            I dunno. I thought that Twilight Princess ripped off Ocarina of Time more than anything else… Not that that’s a bad thing at all! I found it an exceptional game in its own right. But it DID feel a lot like OOT.

        • FuRrY321

          Anybody play it on PS2? That’s originally what it was for…

          I still haven’t played it, and I’m not letting the ridiculous-looking DS game be my introduction to the series. So I’ll have to rent it and try it out on Wii sometime…

          • Lycanthromancer

            I have the PS2 version. It’s incredible. The only complaint is that the intro is way too long, though I did enjoy it. Get past that and you’re gold.

            There’s more to the PS2 version than the Wii. They cut out a good portion of the ending.

            However, the Wii version does have the remote functionality. Some people love it, some people hate it. Seems a wash to me, on the balance.

          • Shinmera

            Wii has also a bit better graphics and music than the PS2 version.

          • Lycanthromancer

            You can never have too much of an awesome thing.

    • WyldKAT

      I love that game and that boss.

      So by association, I love YOU.

      • Shinmera

        Why thank you! I’m glad you do.
        You get a cookie and a hug!
        =3

    • Spirit Studios 2010

      Cool. Now I need to go and finish that game so I can see the Kyuubi no Kitsune boss.

  60. FireRyder

    Okay. Sorry for saying this. But I am very confused. In this the universe and everything is a game of D&D. SO pete and tarrot are playing in a avatar in the game. And when they opened a temple to free pete. Why couldnt he just get out without being freed.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      because! XP

    • Fenning

      Obviously, he rolled with 6 decades, and got a bad luck outcome, thus making him trapped in that space until he got a god enough roll to get out, or another player set him free! Guh!

      Haha, Jk, me no play D&D, I just know some terminology and the basic rules.

    • Darastrixen

      It probably had something to do with the complicated set of rules they’re playing by. Remember, the rules are so complex, that they cannot be contained in a mundane rulebook. Pete also complains about how Dragon had to have the exactly copy of the rules she wanted, which probably included having Pete start sealed up in a temple.

    • FrostDemn

      “In the Jungle you must wait
      Until the dice read 5 or 8″

  61. Elwood Blutarsky

    At least we know why an ancient Akkadian temple was doing in the middle of the USA. Now the question, who moved it? Dead Mr. Milton?

    • Pax

      The Hulk.

      • Jordan

        Your Mom. With the assistance of Limerick Guy.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Oooh, that makes sense. They were originally going to have the game in Babylon but Mr Milton had the temple moved to his estate and later called the neighborhood Babylon Gardens. That’s why the map’s got “Gardens” pencilled in.

  62. Dracona

    Im starting to wonder if king just got “knocked out” due to over consumption of Orange Soda…. but thats just me

    • Pax

      My theory? The spirits will make him think that after all this is over.

      • Lycanthromancer

        I doubt they could do that, really. I mean, he knows magic exists now. He was turned from a human to a dog. I mean, seriously.

        Basically, they’re going to have to lobotomize him a bit to make not seriously consider this to be potentially real.

        Though having a concussion from the fall earlier would definitely confuse the matter, and may make him doubt his current experiences.

        You do remember the fall down the stairs, right?

  63. Fenning

    Dang! The rules to this version of U&U are almost as hectic than Calvinball! Quite an achievement, masters of the HP universe!

  64. Kamron

    Quit yappin’ about yer Narutomans, kiddies; kosmik kitsunes were around before animes!

    :D

    • Pax

      No, Animes have always been and always will be. It was the great Anime who said “Let there be light!” It was the Anime who wrote the ten commandments of drawing. It was the Anime who created the number 42. ANIME RULES ALL!

      • Kamron

        So killallnerds.exe is actually the great destroyer? I knew computers would be the death of us!

  65. ZeroSeraph

    Okay, have to put my two cents in here.
    First, the past three comics have made me wtf harder than I have ever wtf’d before.
    Second, an avatar, or at least the understanding I have of it, is a secondary being controlled by a greater force, a physical presence that allows metaphysical or spiritual beings to act in the physical world. Sometimes, these avatars are merely constructs made via the controller’s power, and sometimes they are beings who willingly, or unwillingly, give control of their own bodies to another being.
    Personally, I believe the situation we have here to be one of the latter variety, but I will wait until this plays out further to make any serious judgements.

  66. HonorèDerazey

    Wait, that other being is a fox with 9 tails… did you use to watch Naruto Rick?

    • Fenning

      CONGRATULATIONS!!! *Confetti explodes all over the place, and balloons fall from the ceiling.*

      You’re the 1 millionth person to bring up Naruto in this comment thread!

      You’re prize is this reply!!!

      hehe, JK. But seriously guys, ENOUGH with the Naruto.

      • Mr.Zero

        Hey, that fox reminds me of Naruto!

        Sorry, couldn’t resist.

        • JiroDyne

          *Hits with a rolled up newspaper* Bad! Even I am a big Naruto fan, but don’t see this is a Naruto reference. I see it more as the Kitsune being the DM, cause Kitsunes, like dragons, are magical o.o And make such cute plushies! *huggles Kitsune*

          • Spirit Studios 2010

            *Steals Kitsune to huggle*

          • Pax

            …I thought touching one of the tails would curse/burn you. Or maybe that was just a different legend…

          • AmericanOtter

            well, depends, Ninetales if you pull one, but what if the Kitsune says you can hug and touch their tails?

            But yeah, it is Ninetales that the pull of one of their tails is the cause of their curses.

          • Mr.Zero

            Ahhh! I’ve been assaulted! Man down! Man down!

          • Yarrofox

            I would say this has an oriental theme, except that Pete is a gryphon. Do they exist in Asian mythology or are they only in European myths?

          • Thoth

            I believe the earliest known occurances are pre-1000 BC around greece, somewhat later – but still BC – appearances are widespread, including central asia.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I wanna huggle Yarrofox’s avatar. Grey foxes are so cute.

  67. Fuzzypaws

    I feel bad for King and I keep hoping for him to stand up for himself and tell off the spirits.

    • Pax

      …you do realize that they could just shoot him with lightning or something if that happened, right? I can see it now…

      Pete: *Tells off the spirits*

      Tarot: *Zaps Pete with lightning*

      Pete: Hey! Foul! You can’t use godly powers against each other’s Avatars!

      Tarot: It doesn’t count, he’s here on the table and not on the battlefield.

      King: That’s great. When any of you feel like it, please just drop off my smouldering remains at a hospital.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        King isn’t his avatar yet.

        • Loki-Impisi

          Wait… So king’s soul gets drained from his body?…
          …I don’t like this plan D:

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Did Tarot’s soul get drained from her body? I sure hope not! That’s the kind of thing that was creeping me out before!

  68. Eric

    LOL! The Spirit Dragon is a serious RPer!

  69. Mr.Zero

    Housepets is like a sandwich. Drama and cute pictures are the bread. Romance is the condiment. And comedy is the main ingredient.

    • Pax

      Great job comparing Housepets! with a sandwich like that, given the fact that the two main characters that everyone wants to be together’s last names are Sandwich.

  70. Oren Otter

    Don’t Pete’s wings get tired being constantly held up like that?

  71. Inu225

    I think it would have been ironically odd and a bit funny if Pete did get his way and had “Grape” as his avatar.
    If that were the case then you would have Grape and Tarot as avatars with lone Peanut in the center to witness this epic rivalry.
    His “Girlfriend” Tarot vs. “Just friends… but might still love” Grape
    Now which team should Peanut root for?

    • JiroDyne

      Grape, no thought needed. He is only with Tarot because Grape is taken, but still would choose her over anything and everything else, cause he truly loves her most.

      • Pax

        I second that comment.

      • Inu225

        I guess the decision would have been unanimous.
        It’s just the thought of Peanut witnessing two of his best friends battling each other that make me smile at the idea.
        (Imagining Peanut on the sidelines holding both a “Go Tarot!” and “Go Grape!” sign at the same time.)

  72. nrocha20

    Must… resist… nerdy Naruto joke.

    • Pax

      Let it out, man! Let it all out!

  73. Nia

    Oh great, now we have the reject from Naruto dropping by. What’s next, Degan or Cthulu makeing an apperance?

    • WyldKAT

      cthulu would be AWESOME.

    • Spirit Studios 2010

      Hey. The Kyuubi no Kitsune was around long before Mr. Bright-Orange-Jumpsuit. He is an old Japanese legend that, in my opinion, deserves more respect than he is given in the Narutoverse.

      • Nohbody

        There’s any respect possible from being featured in that overhyped series? :P

        • Nia

          If there was, It probably got high on cocaine and threw itself under a bus.

        • FuRrY321

          To the people who walk around in Naruto cosplay all the time, yes.

          • Nia

            Then those people can die fire.

      • Nia

        Hey, I could have said “Oh look, it’s one of thoes Pokemon rejects”, but that woulden’ make a difference since both Naruto and Pokemon blow

        • Spirit Studios 2010

          Truthfully, the Pokemon Ninetails is closer to the Kyuubi no Kitsune than the Kyuubito is.

  74. Thoth

    Well, at least on the ethical front, the Spirit Dragon may be off the hook; she was apparently unaware of Joel/King’s actual status, and may be registering a protest on his behalf. Depending on what Pete presents for a rationale (if we see it), and the Great Kitsune’s ruling (if we see that), he/she/it and the rules may also be exonerated. Pete’s harder; he’d need some really good reasons to justify his abuse of Joel/King and apparent abuse of the game rules at this point.

    Now, the notions of free agency and free will suggests some form of bargain with benefits for the mortal involved (possibly the origin of some or even all of Tarot’s special powers). I suspect that Pete may be one or more of (a) a cheapskate, who doesn’t want to pay, (b) a control freak, who wants a pawn rather than a delegated representative and feels that Joel/King, who can be easily manipulated though has legal problems, desire to be human again, desire for human privileges, inexperience as a dog, and lack of an existing mortal owner (making him totally dependent on Pete), would be easily controlled, or (c) sees some special advantage in using an ex-human – probably a form of powergaming.

    Ah, the many joys of speculation…

    • Pax

      …you play D&D/U&U a lot, don’t you?

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I think Pete’s just not very good at this. All stick, no carrot.

      • Thoth

        Well, a lot of conflict comes down to logical gamers – who tend towards a stragegy of playing the rules and odds – versus social gamers, who tend towards an (often unconscious) strategy of manipulating the game master and their fellow players. Unsurprisingly, the players who run to one or the other extreme tend to see the other approach as cheating. The logicians see the social players as manipulating things that are outside the game to obtain unfair advantages. The social players see the logicians as rules-lawyers who are abusing the system.

        Fortunately, most games have enough middle-of-the-road players to keep the two extremes from meeting head on. Sadly for them, Pete and the Spirit Dragon don’t seem to have a large enough group for that.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          When you gotta actually convince your character to cooperate, you need to be able to operate on both sides. Spirit Dragon seems to be good at that. Pete doesn’t.

          • Thoth

            And thus the difference in strategy; attempting to convince someone of something – especially in the face of opposition from someone with better social skills than you have – is often an exercise in futility. In that scenario, Pete has taken a quite logical – if socially inadept – approach of attempting to leave his chosen Avatar with no real choice except to cooperate.

            Still unethical of course, unless something really important for the individual involved is at stake. Thus Joel’s stated desire to work for pets rights could be taken as consent if Pete arranges some way in which Joel becoming Pete advances that cause.

  75. Jakkal

    ehhm, you can see that Pete is referring with “Prevented me of gaining the CAT”, check the 3rd panel and the first Avatar name… Grape… Grape was meant as the Avatar of Pete…

    • Jakkal

      I wanna have a edit button ^^
      ehm yes it was mentioned above and I am sure her dream was the gain of the avatar… also like mentioned above…

  76. Zeekthelion

    This has gotten…so strange yet im still inlove with it….

    • Pax

      Amen.

      • FuRrY321

        You have to rearrange that into a prayer, first.

        “Dear God, thank You for the gift of Rick Griffin and his masterful piece of storytelling and artwork that is Housepets!

        Amen.”

      • Yarrofox

        Ditto!

  77. Eisfuchs

    Mmh … Can we go back to Housepets! please? *puppy eyes*

    • Pax

      New Comic: I AM YOUR HOUSEPETS! NOW! *Weird mouth noices*

    • Kamron

      No. Oh and you’re grounded.

  78. Ada

    Pete, panel 6.
    Kitsune, every panel.
    Darn it, Rick! Stop strumming my heartstrings! <3

    Or continue. Whatever. ^_^

    • Valerio

      he loves us so much! :D

      • Pax

        So… so much…

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          i wuv evry1 exept for some ppls that i will not mention *cauf cauf*majin*cauf cauf*
          no i just kidin i wuv u to majin ^_^ * huggles majin*

  79. JiroDyne

    Ha! I totally called it! Pete made King is Avatar! Woot

    • FuRrY321

      Or tried to.

      Besides, I thought Avatars (with the capital “A”) were supposed to be 7-feet-tall blue people?

      *grins hugely*

      • Yarrofox

        Oh, and I thought Avatars (with a capital “A”) referred to taking on new bodies and controlling them with your mind. The huge blue people appeared to be inhabitants called Na’vi
        *grins hugely in return* has only seen the movie twice

        • FuRrY321

          *tries for a huger grin* has seen the movie same amount of times – has movie, in fact

          The Avatars were based on the Na’vi. So in other words, we’re both right.

          • Yarrofox

            exactly my point!
            *sorry, has huger grin* just kidding

      • Nohbody

        No, Avatar is the player character in Ultima, so named from U4 onwards. 1985 trumps 2000-whatever, so Cameron can kiss Richard Garriott’s butt. :P

    • Argent Stonecutter

      He’s trying to, anyway. King isn’t cooperating.

      • Thoth

        Who knows? Considering Joel/King’s “success” record, he just might be more helpful while not cooperating.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Pete isn’t acting like he’s all that helpful.

          • Thoth

            And if Joel/King’s “rebellious” activities were working out well for Pete, wouldn’t he want to act like that was not the case?

            Of course, the trouble with that is that you can never be sure just how deep the levels of manipulation go, or of who is manipulating who in the end.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            His name’s Pete, not Xanatos.

          • Thoth

            Ahh! How does Argent know about Pete’s role in the last game!

          • the game

            at least we can all agree on one thing you all just lost THE GAME!
            :D

  80. tahrey

    So, I went back a page to check on something and apparently the previous strip has doubled in length?!

    Just fyi for anyone who wouldn’t otherwise have noticed :)
    Interested to see where this goes BTW
    And I’ve a feeling neither of them have their originally chosen avatars. Quite what game they’re playing is anyone’s guess. Possibly some pointless little diversion like Harvest Moon or Animal Crossing?

    • Argent Stonecutter

      You missed the huge war in the comments in the previous strip that got wiped out when Rick re-uploaded it at 10:30.

  81. Phonti

    DO WE GET EPIC BATTLES!?

    • Pax

      I HOPE SO! Because if he introduced us to the world of U&U, and he set us up for all these epic battles, and Rick DOESN’T give us any epic battles… well… let’s just say it won’t be pretty. *Pulls out midevil flail*

    • Salenstormwing

      How about CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES!

      • Rick Griffin

        CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES!

        • Thoth

          How about the Kung-Fu CB Mamas on Wheels versus The Motorcycle Aztec Wrestling Nuns?

          Hm. Maybe I should be writing that one in ancient akkadian.

          —–End ancient geek joke—-

          • the game

            MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB! (punches random old lady in the face in slow motion)

  82. tahrey

    Thoth: increased mental agility / experience? After all he’s already lived longer than most of the pets would hope to (going on the stated canon re: speed of growing up). Though then again, despite an understandable childishness, they’ve often seemed smarter than their “masters” :)

    • Thoth

      Oh, in IQ terms, Grape is about 3-4, and I’d say she compares favorably with most human teenagers; in terms of learning ability, that would peg her around a 400 IQ (as a ratio of Expected Knowledge to Physical Age)- just like most of the other pets. They may slow down drastically after physical maturity (likely around 4-5 from what information we have) however.

      Actual ability to manipulate acquired facts, make logical deductions, and project future consequences seems far more limited in most of the pets, and may constitute a reason for human dominance.

      In terms of Joel/King, he’s been to college (although we don’t know what he studied or whether or not he graduated), and has certainly had access to human skills and financial experience. Ergo my speculations on some earlier comment threads about the possible advantages of having a speaker for the pets who is a pet and yet is still familiar with the law with regard to pets, driving cars, formal logic, and similar items. If Pete really was attempting to bring about equality (of sorts) for pets and humans, or drastically change the world, such a figure might be extremely useful – and it might even make sense of his casual abuse of Joel/King; it could be a way of pushing King into a role as poster boy for pets rights – which is one reason why it’s still possible that Pete is NOT fundamentally grossly unethical.

      There’s a lot of this stuff over on the Character Dossiers thread, which I really must find my password and get back to updating: http://www.housepetscomic.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=199

      • Kamron

        Now THIS is a theory I want to believe in!

  83. tahrey

    Phonti: NO D:

  84. Spirit Studios 2010

    *SQUEE* OMGISAKYUUBINOKITSUNE!!!!… *ahem* OMG it’s a Kyuubi no Kitsune! Epic. Win.

    Now that THAT is out of my system… So, Pete basically wanted to have Grape for an Avatar. Not surprising really. I don’t know why she wouldn’t have accepted, seeing her reaction the first time she met him.

    • Spirit Studios 2010

      Wait… now that I think about it, while Grape may be a choice, Sabrina may be a choice as well. Perhaps she is Mr. Kyuubi no Kitsune’s Avatar.

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        Who says he has one?

        If he does the idea that he’s Maxwell is appealing but Max is firmly established to be cat and only a cat (time in shelter, lives with Bino, hangs out with every cat in the neighborhood apparently)

      • FuRrY321

        I still say it’s far too confusing and weird for a male spirit to have a female avatar.

        Of course, now that I’ve said that, Rick’s going to make it so. -_-’

        • Argent Stonecutter

          For all you know gryphon spirits have 13 genders, and “he” and “she” are just metaphors.

  85. Kitch

    THEY REALLY ARE NERDS!!!! xD

    • Pax

      We prefer the term “Geeks” thank you very much.

  86. Valerio

    ….Silliness time:
    The nerd overlords with living beings as avatars have become avatars, here.
    Talk about the circle of karma

    • Pax

      Yes, I would completly agree with you if it wern’t for the fact I didn’t understand what you just said.

    • FuRrY321

      Oh, I understand that quite well.

      On a completely unrelated note, now that I’ve seen Kitsune’s malicious grin, I keep trying to do one.

  87. Captain50

    Kyuubi? The nine-tailed fox? (And yes kyuubi was also sometimes called the Great Kitsune.)

  88. fox-cub-bold

    I want Joey to join the game. Think about it, a mere mortal puppy giving the Gods a run for their money..

    ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Yes! Doesn’t everyone play themselves in D&D at least once? It’s King’s chance!

  89. TallenMF

    This is what I can tell is on this strip so far:

    So, Pete and Mrs. Spirit Dragon have agreed to a “duel” for whichever reason. They then set up the rules for the pact to make it fair and went for it. However, for some reason the Temple in which Pete was being held changed locations, meaning a handicap to him, altough the third party who did it remains unknown. Pete’s choice of Avatar was Grape, but Spirit Dragon knew it and entered with Tarot, somehow preventing Pete from taking Grape as Avatar by becoming an item with Peanut. As a result, Pete had to make do with a replacement, which became Joel, turned into King. However, he had to keep King separated from Tarot, otherwise she would have realized something was wrong. Now she has and called the local Gamemaster (KitsuneFTW btw XD) to settle the issue to keep the duel going on.

    Now, all that is left is who is the third party, why they moved the temple and for whatever reason. Also, how Pete is going to explain turning Joel into King against his will is anyone’s guess.

    Rick, you’re awesome btw.

  90. Pax

    Okay, first, I’ll get my fan-boy ism out of the way. *Ahem*

    OMG IT’S THE NINE TAILED FOX THIS IS AWSOME RICK YOU’RE AWSOME THE NINE TAILED FOX LOOK EVERYBODY IT’S THE NINE TAILED FOX!!!!!

    Okay… okay, I’m good now.

    Also, aww, Tarot really loves Peanut! This doesn’t change my whole PeanutxGrape views, but aww, it’s so adorable!

  91. Argent Stonecutter

    I think he looks more like a coyote in the last panel. Though I guess the Tricksters are all really just aspects of the same Force.

  92. Salenstormwing

    Oh, look, we finally know Pete’s real name… of O7Sliced-OSquareReverse-jSquare….

    • Maros

      uh, I believe it’s Greek

      • FuRrY321

        There’s no way all those characters are in the Greek alphabet.
        Unless Rick is using his own form: Geek Greek? :P

  93. Yarrofox

    sweet!! I love kitsunes!

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I couldn’t have guessed. ;-)

      • Yarrofox

        I know! who would have right? oh, and thanks for that comment on liking my avatar way up at the top. I’ve always had a thing for gray foxes so…….

        • Argent Stonecutter

          I didn’t find out how cool they were until a few years ago. They’re dogs, but they can climb straight up trees. Win!

  94. Dr. Prower

    Spirit Dragon loves Peanut!

    • Valerio

      perish the mutt…

  95. FerreTrip

    A Kyuubi-no-kitsune as a GM. That is just BEAUTIFUL.

    Wait, how did the Spirit Dragon prevent Pete from using Grape?

    P.S.: Fifth character of Pete’s real name, I SWEAR, looks like an “E” (I think, or a “C”) in Twilight Princess Hylian…

    • Valerio

      right when her avatar, Tarot, showed in to warn Grape and Peanut not to become separated or the end of things would have come and yadda yadda.
      After that, she tried to use Peanut to stop Zach and Grape from setting Pete free.

      • FerreTrip

        Ah, thanks. (I’m still confused as to the “And Nothing But” title, though…)

        • Indagare

          It’s part of the phrase: “The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

  96. Flame-LoneWolf

    Is THIS what gods domin their free time to control the world?

    • Flame-LoneWolf

      woops

  97. The game

    love the last panel! XD

  98. Flame-LoneWolf

    Is THIS what gods do in their free time to control the world?

    • Wanderer

      No, this is just a game. Say hello to Pastimes of the Bored and Godlike…

  99. Blackgatomon

    If Pete supports Grape x Peanut, then I will support Pete n_n

  100. umean123
  101. Kytan

    an all powerful imoratal being falling in love with a mortal? have i seen this somwhere?

    • Thoth

      Oh My Goddess perhaps? It’s not an uncommon notion, but that one is – in some ways – fairly close to the Housepets style and self-imposed restrictions.

  102. Tree Sekaon

    wait wait.. So Pete was sopposed to play Grape? Or was sopposed to play an avatar that was with Grape? But couldnt so he used King as his avatar… But Im still confused….

    Cause Dragon is Tarot.,,,,,,, but Griffon is Pete a Human… Shouldnt both their Avatars be Animals?

    UGH! My brain is about to explode.. But I love the whole IDEA!

    • MalixDexide

      Seems you’ll have to wait till Monday or later for it to be explained further. :P

      • JiroDyne

        You just reminded me I’ll have to wait 2-4 days to continue. Noooooooooo!

  103. Ace

    Pete and the Kitsune’s expression in the last panel, win.

  104. FlareKitsune

    KITSUNE. *flails*

  105. WingedWolfGirl

    DRAGON’S IN LOVE WITH A LOW-ORDER BEING!
    -Priceless. 83

  106. petitcake

    Whatever that dog creature is…he’s now my favourite purely because of that awesome expression in the last panel :D

    • Kitch

      He’s a kitsune. I thought that was obvious. o.o

      • JiroDyne

        Not many people learn alot about the mystical creatures. Everyone knows of dragons and Griffens, cause there used alot in like, the olden days myths with knights and castles all around the world. But Kitsunes are used more in folklore over in Japan I think. I wonder how many people would know what a Xenomorph is. And to give you a hint, it’s not of this world o.o

        • FuRrY321

          I’ve heard of Xenomorphs, but I can’t remember what they are, exactly.
          Great, now I have to go search that on Google!

          • petitcake

            Ahh, I didn’t know that was the actual name for one of those; it sounded like someone’s interpretation. :D GET IT NOW. I’m more in tune with the ‘olden days myths’ as JiroDyne says. I don’t know a whole lot (anything) about Japanese folklore. :3
            And what on Earth is a Xenomorph? :O

    • Spirit Studios 2010

      OMG your avatar reminds me of Bun Bun!

      • petitcake

        It’s rather adorable, methinks. X3

  107. Dreama

    WAIT WAIT WAIT
    … Is Tarot a real dog that Spirit Dragon took over? Or did she create Tarot??

    • Thoth

      The requirements for “consent” and the reference to “free agentry” tends to imply that the game calls for approaching a pre-existing individual and getting them to agree to allow you to act through them. Presumably there are benefits for the host-turned-avatar in agreeing to share control of their lives with a “higher being”.

      • JiroDyne

        Sadly, it wasn’t really clear on what happens to the host. It probably will say in the next page since King will most likely want to know. But it doesn’t say if, like, the host is in full control but gets new powers, however have to listen to the player. Or if the player is in control with the host being the little voice in the back of their head. Or even if they both control the body, taking turns and such. Also to Kitch and Argent below this, We don’t know if Tarot really IS psychic, Grape says she was because of her powers, but we don’t know if their her own or if their one of the benifits from being a host

        • Thoth

          Yes – but the indication that the Spirit Dragon considers the statement that “Tarot still loves him” to be a possibly-creditable alternative to whatever-it-as that would have started with “I” would seem to indicate that the host consciousness continues to exist, remains aware, and continues to exercise that aforementioned free will.

    • Kitch

      She took over Tarot, and is probably the source of Tarot’s power.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Or she’s channeling through Tarot because Tarot was psychic. That would make sense, picking a psychic for an avatar would be useful.

    • Mukavich

      It wouldn’t be “taken over” as much as influenced. If King is Pete’s avatar, as seems to be the case, then it would appear that most of the rules that King fleshed out would be in action here. In short, she can’t interfere with the free will of Tarot. So, it appears that tarot WANTS to give the dragon control, or WANTS to do the dragon’s bidding. Since she’s already invested in the occult, she could just be much more in tune with the dragon’s will.

      As for the creation? I don’t think she created Tarot outright. Just like Pete didn’t create King. I know, I know, he changed King. But that’s all he did. He CHANGED him. It’s like Pete said earlier why would we create a universe when there are infinite amounts of them to choose from. Likewise, why would they create their own avatar when there are lots to choose from there, too? The fact that Pete had to go to all that trouble to try to get ahold of Grape suggests to me that they are not allowed to create their avatars outright. But they are allowed to take an existing form and change them to suit their needs, assuming of course that they have permission from that form to do so.

      • Jordan

        I dunno. Why do you make new avatars every once and awhile?
        *philosophical sarcasm*

  108. Maros

    Next a Stoner unicorn will show up, and he’ll start playing the ferrets

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Is that before or after Native American spirit Thunderbird returns, apparently having won his cease-and-desist case against Ford.

  109. Yarrofox

    So does that mean that Sabrina might be that kitsune, or is that out of the question?

    And on another note, King now reminds me of my best friend in every aspect… how strange is that

    • FuRrY321

      I’m thinking “out of the question,” as Male Spirit -> Female Avatar would be just creepy. As already stated, the DM does not need a character, but then again, I don’t think the guy was just down on Earth sleeping away until he was needed.

      • Yarrofox

        Yeah, but keep in mind that Pete wanted Grape for his avatar even though she’s a girl

      • Kamron

        Since when has Great Kitsune been male? Honestly, I’ve been thinking that it’s a she.

        • IceKitsune

          Which would make sense since Kitsune are mostly Female (There are some Male ones but they are rare in Mythology)

          • FuRrY321

            I guess that you don’t agree with Thoth’s line of thought that Naruto can be interpreted as the “current version” of Japanese mythology then, huh?

            I dunno, the entire time I just thought that the Kitsune was a guy, but now that I think about it… the speech bubbles do look a little pink.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            The foxes we read about in Japanese mythology are mostly variants of the fox-wife story. So it’s not so much that powerful foxes are necessarily mostly female, but more the nature of the story.

            A male fox playing the same game in Japanese society wouldn’t have land or property so wouldn’t marry his human lover. It would be a completely different story.

  110. FuRrY321

    They sure have a lot of stars in the Housepets! universe, huh? :D

  111. Ki

    KYUUBI!

    *shot*

  112. kai kuchuki

    hahaha king is so confused by whats going on

  113. JiroDyne

    Wait a minute… Pete changed king into a dog for him to be his avatar…. So earlier when he said he was doing it to have King learn his lessen and trying to be nice and such, it was a lie! Pete is totally a jerk/evil! So no one can say he is a nice guy anymore, woot

    • Thoth

      Still possible if Pete feels that this is required for some sort of save-the-housepets-world intervention (a possible, if ominous, interpretation of “Universes and Unrealities”) or if he’s fulfilling one or more of Joel’s underlying desires – perhaps to effectively work for pets rights.

      Whether or not that’s likely is another question entirely.

  114. tigerwingtamer

    Wow… that was a lot of interesting conversations going on. I watched the comments building up and now I wish that I had commented earlier. Now my comment is at the bottom of the list. BUT IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT!!! I have no life and now I found other people who have no life!

    • Surge

      Wow… well, at least one person read your comment *Laughs*, although, I’m not sure how enjoying a web-comic translates to having no life.

    • WingedWolfGirl

      Yesss, U are of Our kind.
      We welcome U with open arms. :D

    • Argent Stonecutter

      You’re not at the bottom any more.

  115. kingofkings97

    Hilarious! One word to sum it all up. The fox in the last panel was funny.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      dude, it’s called a Kitsune -_-

      • kingofkings97

        Im Sad, I watch Naruto I should’ve known that D:

        • Argent Stonecutter

          It’s OK, “kitsune” just means “fox”.

          • Kouichi Toyama

            But that’s not what they call it in grorious nihon which is liek so much cooler and stuff @_@

          • Surge

            This is not a Japanese comic, so technically, “fox” would be the correct terminology.

  116. shenhibiki

    Is just me or there’s another point (that I’ve missed someone commenting?)…

    The way they talk about ‘the dog’ and ‘the cat’… Peanut and Grape seem QUITE important to this game, like some kind of prize!

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      actually it was grape who was meant to be petes avie
      then he couldnt get grape so he got king instead
      and spirit dragon got tarot

    • Kamron

      You’re right; even an earlier conversation between Grape and Tarot (I forget exactly where) indicates that they’re extremely important to this whole mess.

  117. Quiran

    hehehe i think pete is going to be in trouble, and now joel has to deside….

  118. Noah

    I’m not sure how I feel about the direction this comic is going in. But I do know one thing. I laugh so hard every time a new comic comes out and 50% of people switch their avatar to a screen cap of one of the characters.

  119. chess123mate

    This is awesome, Rick! How far ahead do you plan these things? It’s very neat :)

  120. Fenning

    Although this is AWESOME, y’know, being crazy universe space land, I kinda wanna see everyone else.

    Also, who thinks king could be a good addition to the comic? He wouldn’t really be human again if that were the case though. Good way to stay outta jail, i guess.

    I say we keep him!

  121. Wolf Pup TK

    Hehe, so this is what goes on whenever Tarot goes into trance to communicate with the spirit world? Adorable. And dorky. ;3

  122. Argent Stonecutter

    I keep reading “naruto” as “natto”.

    • FuRrY321

      Eeew.

      (Ever read the extras in one particular Fullmetal Alchemist manga volume?)

  123. Mika

    So it seems like the reason the map in the last comic had ‘GARDENS’ scrawled on it was because tarot moved this ‘temple’ from Babylon, Egypt to Babylon Gardens

    • Mika

      or Babylon, Iraq

      take your pick

      • e

        please note that Pete never said that the temple he was in was on Earth in the HP! realm.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Oh, that’s a nice theory.

    • IceKitsune

      I bet the people who moved his temple are going to be the main bad guy/antagonists of the series eventually because its clear while Pete is a jerk (and IMO so is The Spirit Dragon but that is just my feelings on it) he is not the main antagonist any more (if he ever really was) I just wonder who it could have been who moved it. (Unless it was Milton and Rick is going for a Gargoyles like thing here with the moving of the Temple)

      • e

        there are villians in the Hp! realm. only people who make fun of others for a living.

  124. Phonti

    I can’t decide if King’s life sucks more or less after finding out the truth.

    • e

      i think it might be the same level of sucking of King’s life.

      • Mukavich

        I find it interesting that King’s life maintains a pretty constant level of suck throughout. So, even though he DID get to have some fun, enough bad stuff happened to even everything out.

    • Thoth

      I’ll go for “less” first. On the hopeful side, he now knows that Pete has opposition on his own level, that someone opposed to Pete now knows about his situation and actually registered an objection, that there are rules (even if he doesn’t understand them), that Pete may actually need him for something, that Pete can be effectively defied, and that he’s actually of some importance for some reason.

      On the downside, Pete evidently has even more powers than he’s shown, he wasn’t even a first choice, he’s bluntly regarded as a “low-order being”, that the whole “lesson” thing was a blind, and that his attempt at finding a confidant was a failure. Still, most of that isn’t even really news.

      Ergo, I’d say looking up a bit – if not a lot.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Maybe the “lesson” thing was an excuse to treat him like a dog and make him enough like a dog that he could be used as an avatar without Tarot twigging to him. That’s basic sympathetic magic.

        Which explains why he didn’t want him to go to the party and meet Tarot… he was still too human.

        • Indagare

          I suspect Pete may not have wanted King to meet Tarot because he wanted to avoid exactly what’s going on now.

  125. Toriningen

    I wish that gryphon would do me.

    • Skytower

      Um.

    • Chip Uni

      Good night, everyone!

    • Flexico

      What exactly do you mean by that?

      • Leinad

        Honestly, i think we’re better off NOT knowing.

  126. Argent Stonecutter

    Incidentally, “Kitsune” just means “Fox”. In Japanese mythology any fox who cares to take the time and effort to learn how can learn shapeshifting and other tricks of the fox clan, and grow extra tails as they grow in power.

    • IceKitsune

      Also just so people know any Kitsune can gain Nine Tails and when they do they become very close to a God in terms of power.

  127. kingofkings97

    And by the way, Naruto Is actually a nice anime. You shouldn’t hate it just because its Over-hyped. Im not even going to go into the content, but its a person whos just trying to make a living off of what they do. Just Like Rick Griffin and Housepets!

    • Nohbody

      They’re more than welcome to try to make a buck. That doesn’t mean people have to like their work, however. :P

    • CalaverX11

      The guy running the grocery shop and the guy he’s paying protection money to are both “just trying to make a living.” Doesn’t mean I have to like the extortionist.

  128. Eli

    I have this feeling in the back of my mind he (King) will wake up the next morning in the middle of the woods with seven or eight soda cans around him and think it was all a bad dream. Odds are it may be anyway.

    • JiroDyne

      Nah, it can’t be, Too much info he has never seen before. There wouldn’t be a way he’s dream about so much info he just doesn’t know. We know cause we’re watching it, but he doesn’t.

      • e

        i agree with you.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Ditto. Same reason I couldn’t buy the “he’s still in his cage at the foot of the stairs” theory after he met Tarot. It’s just too unlikely he’d dream about stuff he didn’t know. That would be poor storytelling.

  129. CalaverX11

    If not for the Na**** references, there’d be 38 fewer comments in this thread (including mine).

  130. e

    pete: spirit dragon and peanut sitting in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
    spirit dragon: stop it, you over size turkey!

  131. Blargh

    What’s confusing is what, exactly, an “avatar” is. King and Pete are obviously quite separate, and even on “our” plane, have separate characters. But the Dragon and Tarot seem to be much more closely connected, if they aren’t the same person altogether… Was Tarot just an average canine before the Dragon got to her, with a life and mind of her own — like King? In that case, is the Dragon some sort of body-snatcher, while Pete, all his other jerk-iness notwithstanding, at least has the decency not to take over King’s body altogether? Or was Tarot created whole-cloth, like Pete’s Bowler Hat persona? Either way, it seems they’re playing by different rules when it comes to “avatars”…

    • e

      you are making me learn and it’s summer! why!?!?

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Rick implies on the board they are separate.

    • JiroDyne

      We do not have the answers, but I think on Monday it will be explained. I’m pretty sure King will pick up the “Pete choose King” Part and act on it. Then either they will explain it then, or in the comic after it, on wensday

      • Arbajor

        Personally I got the impression that Tarot and Dragon are the same person, after all Tarot appeared to transform directly into Spirit Dragon a few pages back as well as the whole love comment in the second-to-last panel which sounded quite personal. Also something that has nagged at me a bit has been the fact that Tarot seemingly appeared at Babylon Gardens in the middle of the ‘date’ arc, nobody seemed to know her before that (yes I understand how this could very easily be explained away but how do you miss a psychic dog?).

        I’m overthinking all of this aren’t I? Rick will explain eventually…

        • Elwood Blutarsky

          She could have just been really shy. Perhaps she had a crush on Peanut and struck a deal with the Spirit Dragon for her powers which she thought she needed to impress him. Maybe she really needed the confidence they could bring her. It’s a thought.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          If the game was originally going to be in Babylon, then when they realized the temple was in Babylon Gardens instead that’s when Tarot showed up.

          Or maybe Babylon Gardens is bigger than we’ve seen, and there’s lots of pets we haven’t met yet.

          • thewhitedragon

            remember they said the temple was moved..
            perhaps the rich guy used his money to build babylon gardens.. MOVED THE TEMPLE to the forest!

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Mr. Milton. If Mr. Milton moved it, that would certainly explain why he called the neighborhood Babylon Gardens.

          • IceKitsune

            I would assume that yes it was Mr. Milton who moved the Temple. Its possible Mr. Milton figured out about the game and wanted to stop it for some reason and moved it into the woods to hide it but it could have been someone else who did it for possibly the same reasons.

            And that brings up the question of where was the Dragons Temple from the look of Tarot and Sabrina’s Tags it could have been Egypt and that means either Tarot is from Egypt originally or possible both of them but the cast page says (or implies anyway) that Fido met Sabrina when he was a Puppy so most likely its just Tarot who is from Egypt.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Mr. Milton is the one who left all his money to his ferrets, hid part of his assets using a secret map, and … well, guys like that don’t need any better reason to move a temple from Iraq than “oh, hey, that looks cool”.

          • Thoth

            Especially not when you’ve got eighty billion dollars to play with and a massive income.

          • IceKitsune

            Argent Its possible that he did just do it for fun (and that was what I originally thought) but why hide it in the middle of the woods where its hard to get to that doesn’t make any sense.

            That’s why I think its either some one else who did it for the reasons I stated or Mr. Milton did it for those reasons because normally people who buy things like that wouldn’t hide them unless they had a reason to.

  132. Chip Uni

    King looks at his character sheet.

    “Charisma 15, okay…
    Wisdom 6 — hey, wait!”

  133. Pecan

    So…. if this game is called U&U… wouldn’t the Kitsune be the UM, not the DM? Just wondering.

    • Darastrixen

      What say we just call him the GM (Game Master) and be done with it?

  134. Lanagor

    You know its serious when the Nine-tails is your GM.

  135. Mystery Penguin

    Let’s see.

    Pete the Griffin
    —-
    Pete Griffin
    —-
    Peter Griffin

    I C WAT U DID THAR!

    • Fenning

      I get it now!

    • Argent Stonecutter

      No, Rick said, “no”.

      • Kamron

        Indeed. It was just an unfortunate coincidence.

  136. sonic id furreh!!!

    i think rick took of sum of my comments :(

  137. Zekermeme

    I care not what his name actually is. I’m calling the new guy Michael.

    • Phonti

      He looks like more of a Steve to me..

      • Argent Stonecutter

        So long as he’s not Gary.

        • e

          i will call he bishop. after the Synthetic crew member in Aliens.

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            HID NAME IZ NYNE-TAILES!!!!! >:(

          • Majin-Wolf

            Good name there e!

          • e

            thank you, Majin-Wolf.

  138. Loki-Impisi

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH
    HERESYHERESYHERSYHERESYHERESYHERSYHERESY
    *Smash smash smash*

  139. Tommy

    wow who’s the gorgeous with fox :D he’s cuuutue

  140. hennessyvenom

    lol wut?

  141. e

    i would who the Great Kitsune’s avater is? it has to be someone who smart and yet cool at the same time. hmmm

    • e

      i mean i “wonder” who the Great Kitsune’s avater is? he has to have a low-order being form when he on Earth.

      • FuRrY321

        Does he/she? (Pink-ish speech bubbles and the strong arguments here have me leaning more towards Kitsune being female.)

      • JiroDyne

        Totally has to be Sasha! I can see her doing it. Kitsune: “Be my Avatar, and you can have Fido” Sasha: “Deal!”

        • Yarrofox

          I still think it might be Sabrina

          • Thoth

            Well, that would fit in with the “you get Fido” theory there.

          • FuRrY321

            Then that means that she would have had to accept the deal WAY before, as when Sabrina and Fido are introduced they are already together.

          • Thoth

            Oh yes – but for all we know, the game really has been going on since Akkadian was a modern language.

            I don’t think this particular theory is really all that likely, but it doesn’t contradict any observed facts and does fit in with a known relationship.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        I’m pretty sure that if Pete can manifest directly as Pete/Gryphon/Welshman then Ninetails can manifest directly as well.

        • thewhitedragon

          Can you imagine one of the ferrets or the buttler? lol

      • umean123

        i do not think he has one… great kitsune looks like hes apparently the guy who decides who is right and who is wrong and what the rules are what you can and cant do or something i don’t know.

  142. Absolut

    I think the Kitsune is like the DM, he makes up all the stuff that goes wrong. As for gender, it seems like a male look. Females have a more rounded structure, curvatures, not so many sharp angles, but Tom’s right, cute as hell.

    I’d also like to announce I’ve taken this as the true explanation to the universe, it’s the one that makes the most sense so far. D&Dism

  143. Flexico

    Hey, Rick, I’m curious — exactly how far did you have this all planned out when you started the thing with Pete way-back-when?

  144. Dakota Lesmercy

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  145. thegamist

    ok this will be an addition to my daily reading
    (make one big book of around 83 pages and read them whenever I want)

    • thegamist

      …wow…
      (I’m kinda surprised no one is complaning that i print these comics)

      • thegamist

        yup! I am an addict
        I can’t help it! they’re to cute (93 pages of cutenes)

      • thegamist

        and now i’ve printed all of them (just now)

      • thegamist

        Okay something went wrong here
        I was NOT talkin’to myself

  146. Leinad

    AUGGHHH! Brain… Hurting!

    • thegamist

      from what … thinking?

  147. i am

    Man what is up w/ you rick and 5,000,000 geeks and Dungeons & Dragons?!?!?!!? I can’t get the appeal of it for nothing in the world. >_> Nice twist in the story though and the last panel ’tis pure win, even if I called it. ;P

    Side Note: btw I’m new to la comic, spent most of my week(when not working) digging through the archives. Past couple of arcs were too much win. Keep it going Mr. Rick, and expect to hear alot from me from now on. My madness ’tis too contagious!! >:D

    • Rick Griffin

      If you really wanna know, it’s because D&D and RPGs in general are a “make your own game” sort of thing, your actions aren’t limited to what the designers can come up with, and it’s completely modular without having to know any code or any equipment other than paper, pencil and dice.

      • i am

        ……I think I’d rather stick w/ RPGs like Pokemon, Strategst(Yugioh), Fighters, and MMOs where I can kik some tail. If I where to make a D&D game, people would probably think I’m insane….which probably I certifiably am. >_> XD

        • Kytan

          I find d&d more fun when im not dming… theres a slight chance every thing would go to hell if i was dm… plus uve got full creative control of your characters apearance.

          • i am

            hmmm….I may have to try it sooner or later. I’ve always wanted to do/play something that will let my imagination completely free….I have ALOT of day dreams about random stuff everyday, yet I can’t seem to dream at night. :S

  148. Naya

    I approve of the DM, nine tailed fox spirits ftw X3;

    Y’know, cuz all this fancy talk goes a widdle over my head ^^;;

  149. enty

    So essentially, peanut, grape, max, and all of the above are NPCs? o.0

  150. thewhitedragon

    when Pete means the cat.. does it means Sabrina .. or Grape?
    remember Pete appeared in Grape’s dreams? o_O

    in the other hand.. wtf
    they use third party style control (indirect) to control their “avatars”?

    because the paper that King has, shows that ” KING ” is the avatar of Pete, and not Melchior.

    this is kinda confusing. XD

    • Yarrofox

      ok, that sheet of paper that King is holding? Look beneath his name and you’ll notice that it has Grape written there first, but it’s kinda hard to read since Pete scribbled it out

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Melchior?

  151. e

    my theory: if any immortal would came to earth they would take a mortal form. it would makes more sense to transform into something else than jump into someone’s head and make them do what you want against their will. what kind of the powers to be would want to screw with one free will?

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Ones that are “a bit of a jerk”.

      • e

        but Pete has a mortal form.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          But he’s been plenty screwing with Joel’s free will.

          • JiroDyne

            Actually… Technically he hasn’t… He has never actually forced him to do something he didn’t want to do. He locked him in a cage, yes, but King broke out, of his own freewill, and wasn’t kept there magically by Pete against his will unable to escape without Pete there to let him out.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Um, turning someone into a dog against their will? And Joel can’t even say his original NAME any more.

          • Thoth

            It’s purely a technicality, but transformations and preventing people from doing things isn’t really interfering with his free will; free will is always limited by the environment and by the actions of others.

            My free will says I ought to be able to fly through space and visit alien worlds via pure willpower. Physics keeps telling me “no!” though.

            Miserable physics.

  152. Yojimaru

    My hypothesis is that Tarot and the Dragon are in a symbiotic relationship. In return for being allowed to inhabit Tarot’s earthly body and serve as the dragons avatar, she is allowed to use a portion of the dragons powers. Perhaps this only works if the avatar is willing to share their body. Maybe that was what Pete was planning to do when he insisted that King say home, go over the terms and perform a ritual or something to join himself to King. Of course, this is all just my postulation, so take it was a pinch of salt.

    • JiroDyne

      No, He insisted on him staying home, so he would not meet Tarot, the Dragon’s avatar. Pete wanted king to be his Avatar, and wanted it without a fight. But since Tarot met him at the party, she now knows he was once human, which is why the dragon brought up that issue.

  153. Thoth

    Actually U&U seems to be precisely opposite to D&D.

    D&D is all about pretending to be someone you’re not, with abilities you don’t have, in an imaginary setting that only the game master can manipulate, with rules to tell you what you can do, and (normally) no particular stakes involved except your time.

    U&U seems to be about limiting the abilities you actually do have, with rules to tell you what you can’t do, playing in an existing setting through existing creatures – both of which the players can manipulate – with a game master to prevent excessive manipulation of the setting and some sort of stakes involved – whether that’s something to do with the universe being used as the setting or some sort of higher-level thing humans can’t comprehend.

    I’m still wondering whether it’s simply that Pete and the Spirit Dragon have a philosophical difference about meddling, with Pete being for meddling with the Housepets universe to produce greater equity between humans and animals (and thus having concerned himself with the details of the restrictions on pets) and the Spirit Dragon liking it the way it is and being opposed to meddling – and thus associating with Tarot, who would then presumably have a loving owner who takes good care of her and sees nothing wrong with the Housepets world the way it is.

    • CalaverX11

      I think you’re Rick, secretly in disguise.

      • JiroDyne

        Nah, Rich is too cool to have an avatar like Thoth, and isn’t the kinda person to do that. Thoth is just your average Stalker fan, stalking Rick, going through his trash for failed plot ideas, and using them to eliminate what can’t be happening o.o;….. That, or he is just thinking too much on this comic and needs to go back to playing video games, like DDO xD

        • Majin-Wolf

          Rich?! 0.o

      • Thoth

        Nah, it’s no fun to try and make deductions about your own stuff. Where’s the puzzle?

  154. FlareKitsune

    666 comments.

    Ayep.

    • thegamist

      Anoying for WII users aint it?

      • FuRrY321

        The only thing the Wii users would be able to see would be the fiery pits of hell reaching out from their non-3D TVs.

        Now, thankfully, you get no such thing. But 730+ comments are still annoying to read on a normal TV (font is not as crisp as on a monitor).

  155. Jasper-Must-Speak

    I. Love. The. Great. Kitsune. So. MUCH!

    Rick, you rule!

  156. Paradox043

    D’aww. I am suddenly for TarotxPeanut and not PeanutxGrape <33

  157. Jagy

    Is it just me or am I detecting a case of Cerberus Syndrome? I’m not saying that’s a bad thing though so long as Rick keeps the humor intact.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      ITYM Cerebus.

    • namelessone

      If one is willing to advance any kind of future plot with Tarot/Spirit Dragon (presumably immortal) and Peanut (presumably not) a bit of Cerberus Syndrome is to be expected. I’m confident that Rick will continue to balance this out with expressions like the one Pete has going for him in that last panel.

  158. anthroguy101

    This comic couldn’t get any weirder, yet I still can’t wait for what’s next.
    Are we going to see more of the Great Kitsune character?

  159. Mika

    Does anybody else think that there is a reason both players are aiming for Peanut? First the dragon uses Tarot to get to Peanut, then pete using Grape…wait…

    there must be something really special about Peanut.

    • IceKitsune

      Well it really implies that there might be something special about both Grape and Peanut but the fact that Pete’s Temple had been moved so the starting points were supposed to be different IMO means that no their not special and there could be a hundred reasons why Pete wanted Grape. (most likely IMO is because Pete thought they would be a fit personality wise or she was just closest to his temple.) As for Dragon she just likes Peanut and didn’t want to see any harm come to him most likely.

  160. Kurra

    Housepets just shifted into the 7th gear of STUNNAH AWESOME and cooked the pooch. XD

  161. thegamist

    LOL
    name: ???????? <- scratched
    (Pete)
    remember the comic were peanut introduced pete to Grape?

    • JOFOXX

      “I’m gonna call him Pete!” “I already told you my name is-” “I can’t pronounce it!”

  162. Rusco

    I find that this strip answered more questions for me than it asked…

    Although I am curious as to why Dragon is letting Pete get away with such evasiveness…

  163. Hoheh

    So Tarot is the dragon’s possessee/avatar, Pete wanted grape but settled for Joel/King, and there’s another avatar we don’t know about yet? TIGER OR ZACHARY!

    • Hoheh

      Zach may not be a cat or dog, but he has so little screen time. Tiger could end up becoming better loved around the neighborhood as an avatar. Wait. Marvin, Sabrina, and Daisy might also have potential…

      • Grisere

        It is possible that Zach might make an appearance in this arc.

        We still don’t know what was the business with Zach opening the temple and Pete flying out… and since there’s now talk about a temple, and we have Pete, maybe Rick is planning to tie these loose ends together?

    • Thoth

      If the Great Kitsune is functioning as a game master, he/she/it really doesn’t need an avatar; he/she/it is enforcing and intrepreting the game rules rather than playing under them, and so is not subject to their restrictions.

  164. Cthulhu

    Heehee, they’re D&D player stereotypes.

    Pete’s the powergaming jerk who picks stuff that doesn’t even make sense within the setting. (“My avatar is a human that became a dog!” “Dude, we already had talking cats and dogs that acted like humans. Going a bit far there.”)
    Spirit Dragon’s the fanfiction writing RPer girl. Technically Peanut doesn’t count as more than a fictional NPC within this ‘game’, and Spirit Dragon’s releasing her creepy fangirl side.
    DM’s the bitter “Oh god why did I become DM these players are a disaster” type.

    • e

      there is always a stereotype for something in this domain we call Earth.

    • JiroDyne

      I don’t agree with the last one. I believe the Kitsune is more “I need more friends than these geeks” kinda person

  165. shadow1w2

    Soo, they have to pick a creature that they use an avatar of which they control semi-directly… uuuummm ok.
    Though for the universes sake I hope this dimensional breaking thing doesn’t zoom out some more and reveal that they are in Pete’s bedroom in his parents house and the stars are just some cheap wallpaper cause he’s weird. xD
    Also glad theres no Naruto refrences, the US version of his tag line quote would be so horribly fitting here what with the NineTails and unbeleivable bits, I think I hinted enough at it.

    Hmm, is this why Orange soda is intoxicating? For small animals anyway.

    Also isn’t Tarot her own person and not the dragon? Or they temporarely the same person which brings the question as to why King here has to be forced into it….

    Eh anyway, is that Cherry Cola or Regurlar cola…. does this mean theres interdemonsional cola distributers and if so then they mu…… *brain explode*

    • Argent Stonecutter

      My guess is that Tarot and the Dragon get along because Tarot was already psychic and the Dragon was sympatico. Joel and Pete… not so much.

      • shadow1w2

        So that means Peanut isn’t dating a mystical dragon god like thing?
        Sucks for him. xD
        Not like Tarot doesn’t already have a ton of powers anyway so not much of a loss.
        Though Tarot and the Dragon seem very much alike so far.

        Hmm, would kinda think Tarot would be there with them too…
        But anyway…
        *explode*

  166. MissKmae

    Mkay, few questions… If Tarot and Pete are both the major, well, players, and Tarot has Tarot and Pete WANTED Grape, then why are they in the same spot? If Pete picked an “avatar” far away from where Tarot’s Avatar was, then couldn’t she have not stopped him? Or did he have to remain close to there, as a result of the temple being there? Is the whole area that Housepets takes place in of some special significance, or is it like that for the story’s purpose?

    What abut the Fox? As he APPEARS to be the DM, does that mean he has no “avatars”? Or does he have one, but it is not currently with the rest of the Housepets? Is he hidden? Or can he manipulate “NPCS” such as Peanut and Grape (though she almost wasn’t one)? Maybe we’re all overthinking the game concept?

    Many more questions… But I think I’ll wait till Monday to ask those.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      All good questions. Add them to the “what does it REALLY mean to be an avatar anyway” stack. :)

    • Thoth

      Well they have mentioned a “duel”, with the only allowed parties being cats and dogs. Ergo, possibly it’s…

      (1) Get someone to come to your temple and fulfill your entry conditions. It seems reasonably likely that any valid creature that comes to your temple and lets you out will become your default avatar. Since it was Zach who released Pete, and Zach – not being a cat or dog – was not a valid choice for an Avatar, that may be why Pete was free to wander around and try to manipulate his selection of an Avatar for the maximum possible advantage.

      In any case, if you don’t already have an Avatar after being released, then:

      (2) Obtain an avatar in the vicinity. Speculatively, given multi-dimensional “Higher Beings”, an avatar may serve as a necessary focus to work at full capacity in a lower-order universe. What makes a good avatar is as yet unknown, but what (little) evidence there is suggests:
      (a) Agreement to become an avatar, albeit possibly obtained under duress.
      (b) Useful personal qualities. This may have been being inclined towards psychic abilities for Tarot – or simply a sympathetic personality, which was probably important to the apparently socially-oriented Spirit Dragon. Pete may have wanted Grape because she’s shown an excellent capacity for effective violence, and little compunction about employing it. Pete’s current choice of King may indicate that he sees an advantage in an avatar with human skills and memories.
      (c) The ability to channel a Higher Beings power effectively or serve as an anchor for them in a particular low-order universe.
      And
      (d) Whatever other advantages might mean something to a higher-order being.

      (3) Maneuver for advantages – whatever those may be in the context of the cosmic game and the universe you’re playing in.

      (4) Resolve the outcome of your “Duel” – or possibly, be forced to call it a draw or postpone things.

      (5) Tie up loose ends, pay off any bargains struck with Avatars, and (possibly) fix up the universe you’ve been imposing on a bit before you go. I’d like to think that the game calls for cleaning up your messes before leaving a lower-order universe.

      There might well be other steps, or entirely different ones, but those do seem fairly likely.

  167. Max Wolfe

    Hmm, is that inscription above Pete’s name in the parantheses Akkadian?

    • Argent Stonecutter

      It’s metaphorical. I figure that since they have a tesseract die their own script is 3- or 4- dimensional, anyway.

    • IceKitsune

      No its not Akkadian at all. Its most likely just some random symbols that Rick strung together

  168. Phonti

    THAT AD TO THE LEFT GROSSES ME OUT!! BLARGHHH

    • Out of Nowhere

      BCB?

    • e

      yeah that ad freaks me out, too.

      • FuRrY321

        He said “grosses”, not “freaks”. If that freaks you out, you should not be playing the Game of Life.
        Spin a 7 to advance to the “I’m Outta Here” retirement spot.

  169. Spirit Studios 2010

    Ahhh… so little images of Kit. MS Paint what would I do without you? *huggles avvy*

  170. Wanderer

    Minor point for those wondering about King’s free will:

    http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/12/02/an-undigested-bit-of-beef/

    Pete didn’t actually make the decision. :> All he did was create the conditions for Joel to make the choice and have it take effect, by starting out with his little speech about “a broken conscience”; by setting it up like that, he prompted Joel to choose either a dog or a cat, in keeping with his known issues.

  171. txteclipse

    Oh dear. This makes me want to play D&D. But it’s nearly midnight and the closest people who would play with me are six hours away. Sadness.

    Anyway, I’ve decided to stop lurking. Yay.

    • Wanderer

      Don’t suppose you’re in Texas… ?

  172. umean123

    apparently grape was forced then controlled by Pete but tarot knew that he was not abiding by the rules by forcing grape to free him with mind control without her acceptance to it so after he was free he was forced too break the mind control because he knew tarot had found out that she was being forced and because king went too the party he met tarot and tarot found out that he was human and told the dragon made her/him bring the subject up.