* WordOfGod: Doc Nickel is a regular on his comic's forum, and frequently answers fan questions. He's not above [[ParodiedTrope poking fun]], either: in response to a fan's question on the forum [[BellisariosMaxim asking what had happened to the rest of Sandy's Egg McMuffin]], he [[InvokedTrope invoked]] Word of God, then [[http://www.network54.com/Forum/9013/message/1334486332 had a bit of fun with it.]]
* WriteWhatYouKnow: The author's [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/misc/latod.html biography]] makes it pretty clear that he knows what he's talking about (he even owned a paintball field for a couple years).
* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: Repeatedly on the forum for the strip, Doc Nickel has admitted that he makes up the strips as they go, with almost no previous planning. This has occasionally resulted in an AbortedArc like one year's Thanksgiving storyline.