Without the element of surprise, it makes a fair amount of sense for the dwarves to save their attempt for later. Things will be plenty weird without them...
Speaking of plenty weird: this next scholastic quarter's awfully busy for me. I'm trying to bank up several strips to see "YOLT" through to the middle of March, but it'll be touch and go occasionally. Your patronage is appreciated, and I'll do my utmost to keep things moving along.
I don't know how well it'd fit your schedule, but do you want any guest strips submitted? Perhaps those can be used to fill in some gaps when they appear.
I might even have a comic ready myself, if I can get the initial idea right.