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Tycho / 19 hours ago

I had to change the title on this one, too; Ben Stone of The Twitterlands suggested Mad PAX and I gotta go that way.  That’s what’s happening.

I understand that one of those Rascal things has been secured for Mike’s use, though I’m not certain if it’s a Pride Victory model or the Progress Executive.  The main thing is that, prior to the show, I’ve assessed a solution that will allow virtually unfettered passage for the vehicle throughout the show: technically, I think it’s even cosplay.

He’s back in the office, too; I’m so used to it being just me in here when I write the post that having him across from me is actually very unnerving.  Every few minutes I realize that there’s this stranger here that I have to contend with.  All the podcasts I’ve recorded for the last few weeks have been remote, except for the one I did with Kris Straub, the man who I have come to know as Superior Mike.  We’re supposed to write a comic here in about ten minutes and I honestly don’t know how it’s gonna go.  It feels like the first time.

It feels like the very first time.

Oh!  And Ryan is down south for a PAX, specifically PAX South, and I don’t trust his hotel Internet at all as the foundation for our 2pm PST stream this afternoon.  I’ll rustle somebody up, and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna make them learn The Elder Scrolls: Legends card game, because it’s oblique to genre norms in a couple really interesting ways.


PAX South Pin Post!

Pax South is just less than a week away now and already people are calling it the Pax South of the year. I will be in attendance although you might see me zipping around on a scooter sometimes. I’m feeling much better now but my doctor doesn’t want me to push it and the scooter has already been rented. Let’s talk pins!


Clank and Bandit Queen [Dire Wolf Digital]
Available for $15 each at the Dire Wolf Digital Booth #10641. Will also be given away to players who win demo games throughout the weekend.

Edith Finch [Annapurna Interactive]
Attendees who complete a playthrough of the Edith Finch demo at Annapurna Interactive Booth #11022 will recieve a pin.

Child’s Play 2017 [Child’s Play]
Available for $20 each at the Child’s Play Booth #10485.

Falcon [tinyBuildGAMES]
Available for $15 each at the tinyBuildGAMES Booth #10669.

Thrax [Toonhound Studios]
Available for $15 each at the Toonhound Studios Booth #10071.

I will be getting my hands on that Edith Finch pin as soon as humanly possible. We also have a cool show set for you this year. I’m drawing all of the covers to this year’s Pax guides and they are all based on the same theme. Each one will be based on a level from an imaginary Penny Arcade platform game. We will also be pulling the show set of pins from each cover. Here’s the first cover I did for Pax South and you can see the pins below.


PAX South 2017 Pin Set
Available at both PAX Merch Booths.

Limited Edition PAX South 2017 Pin
ONLY available at the PAX Merch Lite Booth

I’m having a lot of fun with the covers as you can probably guess. I think for pin fans it will be really cool to display the show set alongside the cover from that year. Hopefully you all dig the idea…because we are already done with the next one and we can’t really change the plan right now.



Get your Pin Quest here.

-Gabe out

Tycho / 4 days ago

Now that it seems like Gorobriel’s stuff is staying in, and he can laugh without terror, he’s back to his old haunts.  He loves Symmetra’s playstyle, and he loves her comic, which I love also.  The moral dimension of Overwatch is deliciously robust, even before you broach the subject of erotic Tumblr comminglings.

Symmetra is not his attack choice.  Although, I just had a conversation with somebody yesterday about the effectiveness of Attack Symmetra after the rebuild, so who knows.  He has an Attack roster and a Defend roster, and he won’t mix those anymore than he would allow foods to mix on a plate.  When I go to a buffet, it’s a gruesome affair; people gaze upon my works and despair.  I swear to God I wasn’t trying to rhyme.  When he goes to a buffet, it’s as though the warring food factions are held in place by a spectral bento box.

I included a dense brick of links at the end of the post yesterday, mostly as a joke, but it ended up being really useful to people?  We’ve been around forever, to the extent that you can spend as much time here as you want to really.  Our engineer (though the official title of the position is TECHNOMANCER, in all caps) modified the RSS for the podcast to include more archive, if you want it.

Oh!  And, if you have just emerged from a Time Portal that only allows organic materials through, Gavin’s new “Thanks, Internet!” tee is up on the shop, on a soft, unisex blank that is basically like wearing a hug.


Tycho / 5 days ago

Cool PAX South Teaser

Octavio Abea, who does the Welcome to PAX series, just delivered unto us this morsel:

It’s next week!  And you can go!


Tycho / 6 days ago

I was trying to figure out why Gabriel would be playing Diablo III; I kept seeing his PSN account logged into it.  If you’re down with the D or whatever it’s fine.  Lots of people play Diorblo, specifically, lots of people not named Mike.  Overwatch or Titanfall 2, certainly.  I asked him about it, and he said that while his guts are still fucked up, playing “exciting” games hurts too much, and that playing Diablo - a game where you beat back unrelenting waves of hell monsters - is relaxing by comparison.  Relaxing for the heroes, at least.  It’s less relaxing for everybody else.

I try not to get in your face about stuff generally, I know that you have entire life that is not necessarily about reading my shit and I try to optimize your time.  But!  Somebody on Twitter asked me if the podcast - specifically, Downloadable Content: The Penny Arcade podcast - had come back.  Except it’s been back for years!  For years and years!  If you haven’t been listening to the podcast because you thought it was over, or you didn’t know we had one, holy shit.  I’ve got podcasts for days - and not just euphemistically.  I mean that if you started listening to them now, multiple days would transpire before you were done.  Even I listen to our podcast, which is is probably weird, but whatever.  Get a load of these:

- Downloadable Content records the writing process behind the strip, and any bizarre conversations that get trapped in the amber.

- Acquisitions Incorporated: Season One is available as a podcast now also, with the Live Finale added to the feed.  If you want to go way back, Wizards of the Coast has popped our classic adventures into a feed as well!

- Staff at Penny Arcade have a podcast as well, available for Club PA members.

Now I’m getting paranoid.  You know about the store, right?  And that we’re making incredible, official Super Mario Bros. pins?  And PAX South is coming up next weekend.  Did you know that we host as convention?!  Dabe and I will be streaming this afternoon at 2pm PST - on the Twitch channel we most assuredly do have.  We have YouTubes also!  Plural!  I’m also going to link the comic page just in case.  We didn’t just make the one you see today - there are lots and lots.


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