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Last call: come see us at Booth 1334 if you’re headed to SDCC.  If you aren’t, or… if you are Croatian, I apologize.  That information doesn’t really help you at all.  I hope everything is cool in, like… Zagreb.

The one thing about San Diego Comic Con I always forget the rest of the year is how cold it is in there.  The show I attend and the show an attendee attends aren’t the same one: I arrive and situate myself for maximum availability.  I don’t absorb popular culture.  I assume my coordinate, and then if I am lucky people tell me about the things that are happening at the show I am supposedly at.  The show-shard I am reflected in is the Frosthome shard, where stern dwarves craft a convention out of nothing in arctic conditions, kept so cold because they want it to reach some kind of habitable equilibrium when the same hall fills with respiring humanity.  When we stocked hoodies at the booth, we would wear as many as we needed to to tauntaun up until such time as we needed to start peeling them off.  This year, we’ve kept warm by pissing on each other in shifts.

There might be things I know about the show that you don’t, I guess; I fantasize all year about the Taco Trucks that typically roll up to the back of the center in order to feed everyone building the show.  I didn’t know what a Torta was before I saw these trucks.  It’s not a Pokemon, which is honestly surprising.  It isn’t, though - I checked.  A torta (at least, a Torta as rendered by these trucks) is basically the sandwich other, lesser sandwiches want to be when they grow up.  One of the toppings appeared to be another entire sandwich.  I couldn’t figure out how to eat it in a non-boar sort of way, but nobody back there seemed to give a shit.

Scott Kurtz is a perpetual font of advice and wisdom, the ur-Uncle and Knower of Things, so he helped us out with The Talk in his Skull the Troll guise.  It probably doesn’t bear going over, so renowned is he, but he does PvP Online and Table Titans (the latter of which I am pleased to have helped with, on occasion).  He is also Binwin Bronzebottom, a founding member of Acquisitions Incorporated, a Dungeons & Dragons campaign styled as live theater, which works far better than you would think or I could possibly imagine.

Thanks, Scott.  For this, and for everything else.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 3 days 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 / 5 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.

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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 / 1 week 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.

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