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Tycho / 23 hours ago

Strip Search is still paying dividends, years after filming.  Or, year.  I have to be honest with you: I don’t know how long ago it was.  The actual filming and subsequent release of the show is is filed away as a four dimensional holomatrix.  If I want to try and synchronize any part of it with actual time I have to probe the memory, pushing it this way or that, like a tongue on a loose molar.

Meeting Abby Howard, who was obviously a superstar, ranks sorta high.  Maybe like on the show or whatever but also just in general.  You could read Junior Scientist Power Hour and be convinced of her birthright.  You could also read The Last Halloween, the work funded by her offensively successful Kickstarter, if you were still iffy on the superstar thing.  Or, you can read her contribution to The Talk (also known as today’s strip) right here.

When last we spoke, she and I, we spoke of butts.

Hey!  As Gabriel suggested we are attending San Diego Comic Con this year and will be at your devoted service, waiting patiently at Booth 1334.  We are bringing a highly curated selection with us, epitomized by this precision imagery:


We’re trying to make the show easy on every axis.  As intimated, one thing decidedly not emblazoned upon our holy banner is the fact that we’ll have pins to trade as well.  So if you’ve got any of your stuff from a PAX show and you want to swap, we’re down.  I don’t know how long they’ll last, but I was going over some of my mementos from the Australia trip and I found a handful of AUS pins.  It might surprise you to learn that I can’t just pull those out of a box here, or something: they don’t exist.  We don’t have them.  Every Australian pin that exists is in circulation.

Come and get ‘em while I’ve still got ‘em to get.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 3 days ago

In the real world, the realest one we have at any rate, Gabriel the Younger joined his friends in ridiculing a boy who did not understand procreation.  Except he didn’t understand it either.  Understand that conversations like this happen in Minecraft, now.  So he asked his Dad, who I know well.  And his dad had no idea how he was going to do it, much like our own dads, who simply never told us anything.  Except there’s no way you can get away with that anymore.

I have probably been too frank at home, honestly.  It’s a problem I have: I hate lies.  It has made this job increasingly difficult.  But I would rather that they know something too early than not at all, or to let some malefactor define these things toward their own purpose.

I would never say that I was better at this than Gabriel the Elder.  Until recently there was an active rivalry, but I am currently the worst father in this galaxy - just beating out the malevolent Husk-Ship Armogedra.  But my son does know what his dick is about, on account of a policy called Facts By Five.  He listened in ever crystallizing horror until everything seemed to coalesce for him, he said “Okay,” and finished building his robot; a robot now studded with brutal, gas-powered chain-dongs.

When Gabe and I were talking about this stuff at lunch, it seemed like we knew a lot of people who might be able to “help” with this.  We don’t have a literal rolodex, but we have the social equivalent of it, and it’s stuffed with incredible motherfuckers of virtually every RPG class.  He and I bookend this thing, today is the first one, but there’s a convoy of rad shit en route.

(CW)TB out.

San Diego Comic Con

San Diego Comic Con is this week and Tycho and I will be there holding down booth 1334.

(click for the big version)

We’ve got a few San Diego exclusive items this year. First is a brand new pin set. This is the”Sketch” pin set. We called it that because they are sketches of Gabe and Tycho.

We also have a new poster and shirt featuring the “Wizard” Gabe and Tycho that you might have seen on the cover of the PAX East guide book.

We’ll have a selection of other pin sets as well as some books, a hat and a PA:The Series DVD. Besides all that, everyone in the booth will have a big selection of pins to trade. I’ve got some cool stuff I’ve been saving from various PAX’s and I think Brian mentioned he might even have an extra DLC pin. Spend $65 with us and you’ll get this year’s Merch pin.

We will be in booth 1334 and Tycho and I will try and be at the table as much as possible. I’m happy to give you a sketch and Jerry said he will write a short story for anyone who asks. One of those might be a lie.

We’ve had a lot of fun at Comic Con over the years but I think this will be our last one. So come by the booth, get some PA loot, trade some pins, or just say hi.

-Gabe out

Tycho / 6 days ago

It’s been a long time since I actually stuck with an MMO, but whatever Wildstar is doing seems to be working on me.  Succeeding in these requires, to my mind, some kind of obsession.  Played in an ordinary way, the genre’s tropes veritably ensure that it won’t satisfy.  Wildstar has more immediacy than most, in my opinion, but you gotta commit to this genre.  I have discovered a level of obsession that is compatible with the rest of my life.

The comic is for raids in general, but raiding in that game specifically has a kind of bullet-hell, arcade complexity that requires a lot from players - luckily, we have it to give.  Often.  Most of the time, we do.  Or, others have it to give, and I pay them back when a friend of mine pays me back next Tuesday hopefully he’s going through some shit right now.

We do an afterparty for Enforcers after each PAX, which actually finishes the show in my mind.  The day after is as important as any other day, it’s just not one that attendees know about.  Last time around, a dude I’ve talked to for years and years at these things told me about his game, and he had it, and did I want to play it.

This is a highly complex situation for me, and the person asking it, and every person within a fixed radius of the event.  I was in a band for awhile, a couple different bands, and when you ask somebody if they want to hear your shit, they can’t actually say no.  There’s no social space to do that.  Even if that’s the last thing they want, even if they hate music.  “Please don’t, your dreams are uninteresting to me” can’t really be said even if it is the only true thing.  So, I try not to do that, for their sake.  What it means when someone brings their thing to me is that I understand how hard it is for them to say, “Hey, I made a scale model of my psyche.  Please appraise this molecule of my secret self” and I want to honor it.  But I can’t lie to them, either.  The best I can hope to do is to hurt them temporarily, toward a purpose, like you might “hurt” a bonsai.

Except I didn’t have to engage in any kind of diplomacy - what he came up with was fucking sweet.  It’s a CCG type game where you play cards to a tactical field that abstracts concept like Range, and these cards move like wargame units.  I loved it, and they’re trying to make a digital version of the game I played through Kickstarter.  He wanted to know if he could use Penny Arcade characters for some bonus content, and that was a very easy call.

(CW)TB out.

Fates Forever

I mentioned Fates Forever last week and since then I’ve only gotten more into it. I’m playing it every single day and still loving it. I’m gonna drop the official gameplay trailer in here so you can get an idea of how pretty this game is:

From the UI to the gameplay the entire experience just feels incredibly polished. It feels like a game I could be playing on a PC rather than something that has been gutted in order to work on a tablet. With that said it uses the fact that it is on tablet is some cool ways. Many of the abilities use touch controls in interesting ways, like drawing out a path for a fireball to follow. I also love how quick the games are. The average game for me takes between 10 and 15 minutes with the longest games I’ve played lasting maybe 20 minutes.

I’m really diving deep into this one now. I’ve been researching builds and studying items. In fact a really slick guide site just opened up that has a bunch of helpful info. It’s free to play but I love the game so much I happily gave them twenty bucks for their launch pack that includes all the current heroes as well as the ones slotted to come out soon. If you decide to give it a shot feel free to add me as a friend. My username is Gorb, and if you see me on go ahead and invite me to a game.

-Gabe out

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