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Gabe / 14 hours ago

Rock Band 4!

Harmonix just announced Rock Band 4 this morning which is awesome. You can hit their site to read all the details. Tycho and I have always loved the folks over at Harmonix and I’m really excited to say that I got to design a guitar for the new game.

So how do you get one of these?

“Attendees of PAX East in Boston between March 6 and March 8 can pre-order an exclusive Penny Arcade-themed guitar in person at Harmonix’s booth, #4224.”

So there you go. If you’re gonna be at PAX this weekend, be sure and stop by the Harmonix booth. I also heard they have a “secret” Pinny Arcade pin that is maybe not so secret anymore.

-Gabe out

Thornwatch at PAX East

Like the comic says, PAX East is a big step for us in terms of testing Thornwatch. Previously we have run the game ourselves or trained Judges ahead of time so they could run it for folks. This time we’re just giving people a box of pieces and a few pages of rules. Starting at 8:00pm in Tabletop on Friday and Saturday night we will be doing unguided playtests. If you’d like to play, watch or just see me go crazy, please come on down. We will also have a Thornwatch panel on Saturday at 1:00pm in the Dragonfly theater. Sadly this is not a “streaming theater” so there will be no Twitch broadcast.

I’m really excited to see people playing the game on their own.

As long as they all play it in exactly the way I want them to of course.

-Gabe out

Tycho / 2 days ago

It’s all true, actually; the new Thornwatch playtest is completely hands free.  Well, hands free for us.  You will probably need your hands to roll dice, move characters around, or to physically strike allies who miss vital rolls - preferably with a gnarled old cane.  Every other playtest he’s ever done has been rigorously controlled, with hypnotically conditioned gamemasters whose subconscious programming ensures an optimal experience every time.  Every couple months this process gives him an opportunity to feel terrified in a completely new way.

There is every likelihood that I am playing Monster Hunter on an airplane when you see this, obliterating Genpreys, or whatever the next-level Genprey equivalent is.  Right?  Whatever a Genprey becomes after it graduates college is what I’ll be fighting.  I feel confident that I will receive a mail shortly telling me that the plural of Genprey isn’t “Genpreys” but is just the word Genprey, again.  As I said before, though: I am new here.  Teach me.  Teach me what to say if I should happen to see more than one Genprey.

We needed to get a few comics queued up for the show, and when we were talking about what we could do there I felt the hot lash of dreaded continuity.  We had something we sorta liked, but then I saw a super loose pen sketch he’d done in that book of his, one he never showed anybody, and the kid on the page basically took the whole thing over.

There was a preview of the first panel in Gabe’s sketchdump earlier this week.  So: I wrote it, Gabriel drew it, and then Gabe got he got Steve Hamaker to handle the colors.  Steve has handled this task for all kinds of awesome shit, like Bone, RASL, his own PLOX, and the near and dear to my heart Table Titans.  The story is an Eyrewood kinda deal; hopefully that is something you can make peace with.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 2 days ago

Merch Banner For PAX East

I know that usually Gabriel does these, but he is drawing a comic at the moment, and it’s got every limb of his operating at 100% capacity.  Here’s the banner:

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I know the things that have Brian really cranked up are the awesome, timely new Scarf, the Strip Search boxed set, the Polygonal new show shirt, the PAX East poster and Pin set, and the new Merch pin.  He wanted me to make sure that you know that the limited edition show pin - the one with Gavin’s frankly incredible vector-inspired design that defines an entire year of shows - will only be available at “Merch Lite,” in the main lobby.

Okay!  I think that’s everything.


Tycho / 3 days ago

Apparently, Boston is being reverse terraformed.  Initially I avoided looking for weather related information altogether, because I had been told that snow was a social construct and I didn’t want to reify it.  But pictures of the town I have tilled up in my hesitant online searches are indistinguishable from Hoth, except for the super old woman shoveling her own walk all the way out to the fucking street, in the manner of a boss.

Because I am super with it and together, and I never put things off or try to iterate a partially concocted scheme to gruesome effect, I have already established a grim persona optimized for domination in that frozen hell.  The reality of course is that instead of, say, establishing a necro-monarchy, we will take our boardgames out of our bags and establish another, smaller convention there in the terminal.

It must be said, though, that they have a different kind of cold than I have in my town.  Brenna wanted to take a walk before she had to fly out one year after the show, and I said no, that was a terrible idea, because people were freezing in place where they stood out there and being loaded onto trucks like cordwood, bundled for quick sale, to those for whom freshness was paramount.

Somehow we ended up on the walk anyhow, because whatever, who cares, and we hadn’t gotten three blocks before we turned back.  I would like to say that this was a choice we made, turning back, but we were turned back because your cold is of a fundamentally different sort.  We went back because we could not go forward.  It wasn’t a land habitable by people.  Their cold is the great Leviathan, which marks the edge of the map.

(CW)TB out.

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