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Gabe / 38 minutes ago

Thornwatch Preview

There’s a really big article over on the Escapist this morning about Thornwatch. I sat down with Jonathan on Sunday after he got a chance to play the game and we talked for about an hour I think. The resulting article is a really good look at the current state of the game and some insights into the process of building it.

(The Thronwatch play test area at PAX East)

If you have questions or want to chat about the game you can always hit up our official Thornwatch twitter. That’s also a good one to follow if you want to stay up to date on playtesting plans and behind the scenes development stuff. Right now it’s got tons of great photos from PAX East.

(We had 9 game masters running the game for about 5 hours each night.)

The amount of amazing fanfic and fanart coming out of people who played the game at PAX is just mind blowing. It was absolutely incredible to see people show up at the playtest dressed as characters from the Eyrewood (including an entire Thornwatch crew) especially considering how little content there is right now.

(Hanna playing Thornwatch!)

Reading all the stories and looking at the art from people whose imagination has been grabbed by the concept is beyond inspiring. To see this sort of response when the game is still so early is just incredible and I can’t thank you all enough.

So head over to the Escapist and check out their preview. Then hit the Twitter account and look at all the amazing fan created work coming out or send us your questions about the game. PAX East was a huge goal for us and we hit it. We managed to bring a fully playable game to the show and demo it for a few hundred people. Now it’s time to tackle the next goal and I couldn’t be more ready.

-Gabe out

Tycho / 23 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.


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

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.

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