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Tycho / 17 hours ago

As suggested by my equal and opposing force, today’s strip was from the stage at PAX East.  People asked to have one of my many lumps immortalized in the strip for some reason, in an act of craven lump-shaming, but I’ve put them in the strip myself before so maybe it’s fine.  I suggest in the video of the panel that these are akin to the “lovely lady lumps” immortalized by Fergie, but Gorbiriel thinks they are not those and are, in fact, disease.  I can sometimes feel them stealing my vitamins, but beyond that, I think we can both live in here and have it be mostly okay.

I’m back home now, but only just, as we took a slight detour home from PAX that went through Disneyland.  My feelings on Disneyland are incredibly complex, but without expending a ton of high contrast phosphors let me say that my son appears to prefer playing Plants vs. Zombies 2 over anything we did down there, and that doesn’t cost anything unless you really, really like the Torchwood.  The citizenry of the happiest place on earth is comprised of granite fathers, psychically shredded mothers, and crying children holding an empty cone in their hand while its fallen scoop flattens on the sidewalk.  If I were to look at my post history, searching it surgically with keywords, I would no doubt find other instances of this progressive revelation.  They would constitute the physical and spiritual negation of the crumb trail that lead to that haunted desert, a negatrail, which leads home and is home.

When I got back, I watched an episode of Inside Amy Schumer in bed with Brenna tipping the back of an IIPA up high enough so that the contained liquid slid into my craw zone.  It may be that my standards are incredibly low, it may be that low standards constitute a strong policy.  But it was a top ten kinda night.

(CW)TB out.

Gabe / 18 hours ago

Make-a-Strip

Today’s comic strip was the Make-a-Strip comic we did at PAX East a couple weeks ago. You can actually watch the entire panel and the creation of the comic right here:


Watch live video from PAX on TwitchTV

You can see this year we switched things up a bit and had the questions submitted before the panel. I think it made for one of the best Q&A sessions we’ve ever had personally. Robert went through all of them and pulled out the best. Tycho and I obviously didn’t see them until we pulled them out of the bag. The “red envelope” questions made it especially fun, even though Robert’s idea of what constitutes a difficult question didn’t always seem to line up with ours.

-Gabe out

Return of the Stream

Now that PAX East is behind us things are getting back to normal around here and that means we have more time to stream. I’ll be playing some Trials Fusion with Erika today at 3:00pm PST (about two hours from now). You can watch us right here:

Watch live video from CWgabriel on www.twitch.tv

and if this works you should be able to join in the chat right here:

Jamie will be in there to answer your questions and keep out the trolls. If you have anything you want to talk about post PAX come join us.

-Gabe out

 

Tycho / 3 days ago

The Night Of A Thousand Hours: Finale

(This is the last part, of both adventures.  Regular stuff starts back up on Wednesday, beginning with the strip we did at PAX East.  I don’t have any smart-ass shit to say about this part - and whatever else it may be, it pushed the thorn of my intention straight through his cornea.  He never forgot it.)

Before he can finish the story, she is asleep.  He tried to gloss over the worst parts, to soften them, but he knows she is no fool.

Father Gordon stands from his stool, leaning over the simple bed, making sure the blanket is tucked properly.  As he does so, she begins to change, gently.  First, taking on the soft violet of an immortal deva - exquisite and delicate.  Then, a half-elven boy, whose ears begin to soften.  She begins to suckle on her thumb, the hand dense and dwarven.  Then, horns, sweet and small, curl from her forehead.

Her life will be hard, he knows.  Very hard.  She must learn to hold her form when she is hurt, or angry.  He lifts his holy symbol to his lips, speaking a word of thanks to Avandra, and to the strangers who gave him a new life on the longest night of the year.

(CW)TB out.

Hearthstone update!

After my last news post, I got a ton of Hearthstone advice. Lots of it was about card strategies, but one piece of advice changed the game for me. One reader sent me an email saying that he assumed I was playing casual, and that was part of my problem. He says all the hardcore players are afraid of losing stars in ranked games, so when they want to play a new deck, they go to casual. It ends up making casual play a place for these monsters to try out their crazy deck creations. He told me to play ranked instead, and I am having a great time. He explained in his mail that when you play ranked you start out at level 25, and as you win games, you work your way up through the ranks. You end up advancing pretty quick until you sort of level out and end up playing folks of about your same skill level.

I started yesterday and moved up to level 20 by the end of the day. Even when I lost a game I felt like I had a good chance to win it instead of getting steam rolled. I’m playing level 20’s now for the most part and the games are great. I win some and lose some but they all feel like great games. If you read my last post and felt like you were in the same boat, I can’t recommend this tip enough. Generally I avoid ranked play in all my games because I figure that’s where the hard core players hang out, but in this case, playing ranked introduced me to a community of players right around my own skill level!

I’m about to get on a flight out of Charleston, and I’m already wondering if their GoGo inflight wifi will be enough to feed my Hearthstone addiction.

-Gabe out




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