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Tycho / 22 hours ago

Cyber Monday, Quote Unquote

We launched a whole bunch of new stuff on Thursday. Pins, tees, hoodies, etc.  I believe I made a decree to that effect.

But we already HAD a bunch of delicious stuff on the store.  And I don’t want to you to forget about those.  So… Cyber Monday!

The full First Party line, our fanciest stuff, is on sale for 30% off. It’s worth noting that this is your last chance to get the First Party notebook in its current iteration.

Also, we slowly released a full line of new mug designs this year. They’re all available now and are all 25% off.

There’s also some scarfs that are 50% off and the PAX Poster set - a travelogue, really - available for under $20.

All of these supreme deals will go away at midnight PST tonight. Hashtag Cyber Monday, etc.


He has different problems at his house than I do.  It’s funny, if you let it be.  It is hard to.  But you can see, with your physical eyes, the moment a person learns that what they say doesn’t have to be connected with real events.

They’ll lie about any Goddamn thing.  They’ll lie about things you just saw them do!  They’ll lie about previous lies.  They’ll lie about lying about lying.  And they don’t seem to understand a hundred percent that it’s happening, either.  They seem just as surprised as anyone else that language has the power to describe unreal events.  They’re still grappling with the idea of permanence.  For example, teeth are permanent.  Well, technically, only some teeth are, but yeah.  And Ronia, I know you haven’t brushed your teeth because your mouth smells like ground beef.

Like some ground-ass, motherfuckin’ beef.

My son is “on the spectrum,” and there are a bunch of letters doctors have told us to use when describing him, but one of the things that isolates him from other people is that in order to live in our society (and maybe other societies, I dunno) you have to lie 24/7 just to get by.  He has a hard time figuring out some of these nuances.  People lie and call it being “nice” or “diplomatic” or some other little tiara we place on the good lies.  There is also a class of behaviors which are not lies exactly, but abrogations of self, though it still feels like lying.  People smell gross and you can’t notice.  People are wrong about, you know, Ambystoma Mexicanum sometimes and you must make peace.

It’s a matter of specializing.  My position, of course, is that writers are liars, they are simply liars we sanction.  I endure strong compulsions to make sounds of various kinds, and I learned that people privilege certain sounds over others, enough that it was worth my while to make these sounds conform to them: keep the sounds in a rhythm, or make them tonal, and people perceive it as music.  Write down the voices in your head, stud it with novel words, and now you’re a writer.  You know, instead of a whackjob.  At least some of the time.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 4 days ago

Merchandise: FINAL FORM

Kiko and Brian and given me this Alpha-Q level commerce communique.  Let’s dig in:

Ready or not, it’s time for all of the Holiday Shopping Season messages. Let’s do one too!

We have new things for the holidays. Other things are on sale for the season. And some items are even holiday exclusives. Plus we’ve got our seasonal reward items that you earn as you buy more of our things. Here’s what we’ve got!


-Buy $35 of things: Get this year’s Holiday Card
-Buy $65 of things: Get a Last Christmas Board Book
-Buy $100 of things: Get a Merch 3.0 Pinny Arcade Pin


Merch and Fleshreaper Mugs

Christmas Pin Set

Enfu Pin Set

Lookouts Graphic Novel

Push Fight

Streamer Tee


Co Op Hoodies

PAX Poster Set


This weekend only: PAX Poster Set is $19.99
Select apparel, including: Fruit Friends Hoodie - $10 off
Roll for Initiative and Hate you To Death Tees - $7 off


Tycho / 4 days ago

In another comic strip ripped from the headlines, our Gabriel has decided to involve a neutral third party in order to mediate between himself and another, different part of himself.  I would never presume to tell you things he hadn’t told you in a comic, or hadn’t authorized in some other way - not unless I had performed a calculation and determined you would be more amused than he would be angry.  But I have my own problems, certainly, and I can tell you that being an introvert who is constantly, violently thrust into the public eye is perhaps not an infinitely scalable state of affairs.

At the last PAX Prime I talked with the creators of Darkest Dungeon, who were at that time in midst of one of these Two-Minutes Hate things the Internet is always getting into and that some (as we have so recently discussed) are financially incentivized to create.  Something wasn’t working the way the developers had intended it to; what some players saw as an optimal strategy was seen internally as a reductive failure state, a kind of stagnation.  So they had the temerity to change something in their unreleased game and became that week’s honorary Satan.

They were trying to absorb all this new data, but they wanted to know how I had managed such things.  They knew that I had some experience in these matters, and yet I stood before them quite alive.  Here is what I told them: that I came to believe I had died, that my enemies had killed me, and I had to invent a new person to be.  I don’t know if that helped them at all.  But it’s something I felt like they should know.

In case you aren’t keeping score, our species developed the ultimate form of communication.  This is a Tier 5, virtually game winning achievement.  But if you use it to do or say anything interesting, people conspire to exile, terrify, or murder you.  And that’s where I work.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 6 days ago

Holiday Merch Preview

Brian is gearing up hard down in the warehouse.  He asked me to post this, and I agreed, because he had the look of a deranged and dangerous animal:

Tomorrow kicks off the so-called “Holiday Season.” A period of noted commerce and great savings.

Come noon on Thanksgiving, we’ll have a bunch of stuff up on our fancy new store: New pins, tees, a hoodie, new mugs, a book and even a new board game. We’ll also have a fresh batch of our coveted Double Secret Boxes and a few “Black Friday” deals that will start a day early and run through the weekend.

As is traditional, we’ve got our Holiday Reward tiers running. Here’s what you can get this year:

-Buy $35 of things: Get this year’s Holiday Card
-Buy $65 of things: Get a Last Christmas Board Book
-Buy $100 of things: Get a Merch 3.0 Pinny Arcade Pin

If you are the eager type, it is worth noting that the Holiday Rewards are already up and running, so even orders made today will qualify for seasonal recompense.

(CW)TB out.

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