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Gabe / on Wed, Mar 26 2003 at 10:09 pm

I don’t need your commas!

Fuck you and fuck your punctuation.

-Gabe out

Gabe / on Wed, Mar 26 2003 at 10:08 pm

Tell LucasArts what you think.

A fan wrote in with this link to a LucasArts customer survey. Question 40 asks what time period you would like to see future Star Wars game take place in. One of the options is “after Return of the Jedi”. The survey might be a good way for us expanded universe fans to let LucasArts know how we feel.

 

The Kansas City Comicon is this weekend and I am getting really fucking nervous. I dreamt last night that we sat at our table alone both days. I don’t just mean that no one came to our booth, I mean no one came to the con…not even other exhibitors. I’m not kidding either, I woke up sweating and clutching my pillow. Thankfully the powerful and reassuring visage of Optimus Prime staring back at me from my pillow case served to ease my frayed nerves. Like the giant robotic father I never had he always knows just what to say. I always get this way before a con but this one is special, we’ve never been off the west coast before. Do people in the mid west read Penny Arcade? Will people from the south or east coast make the trip to Kansas? I have no clue. I do know that besides bringing our smiling faces and our shirts and posters I will bring along some original PA artwork. People interested in taking a look at the pen and ink drawings for the CTS mini series can do that. Or if you’re just curious what the average comic looks like in pencil I’ll have that stuff too. I hope you guys can make it out and say hi. I’m off to play some BF 1942 then it’s another night of restless fitful sleep.

-Gabe out

Tycho / on Wed, Mar 26 2003 at 10:08 pm

Point Of Information

I’d put a comma between restless and fitful, but that’s just me.

(CW)TB

Gabe / on Wed, Mar 26 2003 at 4:40 pm

Over Easy and Stuff

Just a quick update to let you all know that I just finished page six of Over Easy. Here is a little taste for you:

Club PA members should be getting this and the CTS mini series in full color e-mailed to them tonight or tomorrow. I hope you guys dig it.

-Gabe out

Tycho / on Wed, Mar 26 2003 at 8:08 am

Gabe will most likely be very busy today wrapping up this month’s gift and Monday’s comic, so we may not get to hear an extended version of his plea to Factor 5.  We actually cracked out Rogue Squadron II for the Cube fairly recently, it’s still very beautiful, and it’s still very difficult.  But like Gabe, I have a difficult time kindling much enthusiasm for another action game set in the context of the original trilogy.  That isn’t even a comment on those movies - I’ve just always preferred the more adventurous forays into Star Wars mythology, games that take more license with the license.  The New Jedi Order fiction seems as good a place to start as any.

The official Star Wars site does include a good bit of information on the Expanded Universe for fans like myself who are perhaps not dedicated enough to read like fifty fucking books.  Even at that, there are still some names gamers might recognize.  Also, I might receive a mean mail from Gabe (well, another mean mail) if I don’t show you a Chiss Clawcraft.  I can’t bring myself to argue with him about it, I wouldn’t mind taking it for a spin.

I’m still giddy from last night’s Battlefield.  After some ignominious defeats in Stalingrad and some invigorating successes in Berlin, the map switched to Kharkov.  I like the Pacific Theater, and I also think the Africa maps are spot on - but Kharkov really has it all, in my opinion.  For one, the aesthetics are sound.  The wreckage has good feng shui, it’s very tasteful.  The geography is also noteworthy - the conflict takes place on three stacked levels of elevation, the uppermost portion sporting plateaus and artillery pieces in perfect position to shell either base.  Battles were heated, but as it so often happens in Battlefield one team gets an upper hand and it’s hard to shake them out of it.  It wasn’t us, by the way.  They had about seventy tickets on us at one point, and though I was trying to make a difference I mainly stayed on the server just to get to the next map.  Providence smiled on us, or something did, might have been Providence, and we were able to maintain two points while their ticket lead slowly evaporated - but our stock of thirty-five spawns didn’t look braced to hold it.  It got down to the last ticket, and the round I thought for sure we’d lost came around.  We’ve had a few upsets like this lately, for and against us.  For all the good things I enjoyed about the game, I was never sold on the “attrition” style gameplay, where it becomes less and less likely to bounce back once you lose the upper hand.  I think that I just didn’t understand it.  You can bounce back, but it’s not going to happen doing what you’ve been doing up to that point.  The large maps, useful vehicles, and the full roster of professions can be combined by desperate men in devastating ways. 

Cat Update: name has been changed from “Butch Catsidy” to “The Sundance Kit.”  Please note this for your records.

(CW)TB out.

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