Rumors of War is coming up on its first birthday (the comic began March 1st, 2010), and I’m trying to think what, if anything, I should do, to commemorate the occasion. I’ve never been much of a birthday-celebrating-type person, myself, seeing my birthdays more as an opportunity to do things that I wanted to do all the time, but could never organize sufficiently more than once a year.

A year’s worth of daily updates means the archive is pretty big, and there are actually more pages than days in the year — mostly because I insist on two chapters each month, running sixteen pages per chapter. More than half of the chapters are my “ideal” length (I’m compelled to check on my progress), with Chapters 6, 9, 12, 13, 18, 22, and 23 (and 24) being fifteen pages, and Chapter 8 being fourteen pages.

So, for my “bragging rights” reward, I’ll have 374 comic pages online by the end of the month. I think I get an achievement unlocked for something — I mean, I certainly get one for a year and maybe for such an odd number of pages in that time, maybe an achievement for increments of pages — finishing 25, 50, 75, and 100 pages, depending on how generous the game is in handing out achievements — maybe 150, 200, 250, and 300 pages.

That seems quite generous, until you think about how long it actually took me to get that far. I’ve logged more time on the webcomic than most people log on video games. Well, with the exception of some Massively Multiplayer games that shall go unmentioned.