Page 308 - Why Didn't You Say So?

8th Aug 2018, 8:00 AM in Cruel Dilemma
Page 308 - Why Didn't You Say So?
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MagicMixture 8th Aug 2018, 8:00 AM edit delete
I don't know if this will ever be stated in-comic, but Andy has ADHD. That's why I researched it in the first place.

. . . I was going to explain what I did with this page, but now I'm wondering if I'm mixing up ADHD with another disorder. More research is needed. And needs to be organized so I don't mix them up.


Andy: This sounds like a "taking you with me" kind of thing. But isn't it a little early for that?
Eric: A what?
Andy: "Taking you with me" situation. Sometimes during the final battle, either the hero or villain will try to take out the other person with everything they've got, which can also kill them, too.
Andy: And yeah, sometimes when you're cornered, you'll do whatever it takes to take out your attacker, but this seems early for a desperate act.
Andy: Speaking of early, it's 2 in the freaking morning. XANA could've done this as a stealth mission while we were asleep, but it pretty much advertised that it was up to something by driving through our backyard.
Andy: The bulldozers should've just stuck to the road and even avoid our neighborhood. Its job would be much easier without us there making trouble, yet, here we are before XANA can even begin Project Demolition.
Madeline & Rachel: . . .
Eric: . . . What?
Ian: Oh man, you should see your faces.
Stein: You suspect a trap?
Andy: That's what I said.
Stein: You left that part out.
Andy: Oh. Guys, I think XANA's setting a trap.
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Rastaba 8th Aug 2018, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
Everything he said made perfect sense to me.

Mind you in the end the only thing I can really say in argument to his statement is...It's a game. It wouldn't be fair if our friendly GM DIDN'T give you a chance to notice the bad guy was up to something.

But game logic is game logic and even considering that, I'd say he has the right mindset. I mean Xana couldn't have made it less subtle that it's attacking unless it threw a brick in their window with a written note.
Cloy552 8th Aug 2018, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
He reminds me of Sydney from Grrlpower in this comic and she's also supposed to have ADHD so I think you're good.

Of course there's a chance both are wrong but it's comic logic so isn't it fine?
MagicMixture 8th Aug 2018, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
I guess it's fine, yeah. I just have a very, very, very strong obsession for accuracy. Very annoying.

I don't think I've ever heard of Grrlpower. I'll have to check it out.
Guest 8th Aug 2018, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
The way he's talking in this page, he can also come off as autistic, more specifically Asperger's. Trying to find logic where there seemingly is none, being laser focused on one specific thing, and talking at length about that thing without noticing how people react to him are all symptoms of Asperger's.
MagicMixture 8th Aug 2018, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
Interesting. Very interesting. Looking them up, they appear a bit similar so it doesn't surprise me that I mixed them up. Although you can have both Asperger's and ADHD; no one ever said you can only have one disorder.

I think what I was doing here was a hyperfocus thing, which I've come across several times from people sharing their experiences with ADHD. But that could also be the laser focus thing you pointed out. Oblivious to other people is another thing the two share. Finding logic where it doesn't look like there is... Hmm... That may be more of an Asperger's thing. Not sure. This is still fascinating information.
Guest 8th Aug 2018, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
I'm always happy to spread awareness of Asperger's. The two conditions are very similar with a few key differences, in fact when I was diagnosed with Asperger's the doctor went on to misdiagnose me with ADHD as well, and I wound up having to take medication that I didn't actually need.
Vanacan 9th Aug 2018, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
As someone with ADHD, the most accurate part of what you had Odd do is leave out the conclusions drawn from the facts, because they’re so obvious.
The way my brain is wired I can take a million and one facts together and jump through the connections before consciously being aware of the connections. Which isn’t to say that’s always a good thing, but it tends to be useful in picking out inconsistencies or mysteries.
Specifically I can point out one particular incident, where in an English class we were reading death of a salesman in class (it was supposed to be an AP level class and it was so boring).
Despite not reading ahead of the class, when the teacher asked about one particular characters motivations for disliking his father, I could piece together that he had found out about his father cheating on his mother. Which apparently was so impossible to get that everyone thought I had read ahead, despite it being perfectly obvious (to me) that was the only reason it would happen.
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