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Tycho / 2 weeks ago

Acquisitions Incorporated: The Silver Spheres

Dabe sent me a ton of cool shots of the table he made the custom skin for.  They are presented below, with my director's commentary:

I couldn't fucking believe it was real. Understand, we've been sitting on this thing like a patient hen.   


"Yep, yep," (gently pats the side) "You can fit a whole lotta balls in this one."


Just wicked.  Dabe got a lot of use out of the art from the book - this is the cover of the official D&D book, the one we had to fix using Waifu2x.


You can catch some of the custom branding here for the multiplier and the Ball Save mechanic.  


That is the name of my D&D character.  But also, hitting those letters is a huge Intern Death Multiplier boost, which is super on brand.  


These are the Green Flame bumpers just below - the letters in Omin also crank these bonuses.


Our fantasy is to make the custom info tabs here and install them.


You go around back of this to activate multiball.  It's a good hook!


Dabe knows how to take pictures of me that make me feel like a cool person.  


Here is me telling people in the UK to fuck off.  


Here's CommanderZim!  It was his birthday.  It seems like maybe things didn't go super well on this ball.  


Here is Dexor, 2019 runner up and winner of the Omegathon, wearing atop his head the holy raiment that guaranteed his victory.  He passed it on to CommanderZim.


"I can't believe what a great job Dabe did on this table.  It's world class.  Just shocking, shocking stuff."  


See me recoil in horror here from the confetti cannons.  I always forget it's gonna happen.  Like, a hundred percent of the time.    


I mean...  that's real good.


This is how you would address the table if you, yourself, were an Omeganaut.


Here's the old table Mars God Of War alongside the reskin, lovingly made by Dabe using heaps of art from Gabe and our good friend Aviv Or.  



Tycho / 2 weeks ago

I haven't played it in a bit, since they added Blissey - a few weeks, then - but Pokemon Unite is still a very frequent occurrence over at Chez Gabe's House. He's gotten to the point where… well, I mean, it's all in the strip.

The final Round of the Omegathon - in which 2019's runner-up Dexor claimed a win over CommanderZim, who will return next year - took place in, or perhaps on, a new venue - Dabe's custom reskin of the classic pinball table Mars God Of War, called "Acquisitions Incorporated: The Silver Spheres." Here's the canonical shot from Dabe:

And here's a few more from Ryan, though I know some more robust ones are coming once everybody has a minute to rest:

Older tables are a bit more legible than modern ones - newer tables are like "build a psychic foundry you can use to assemble useful molecules in your forebrain" and older tables are like "check it out guys, I got FOUR FLIPPERS." But we were able to build a kind of narrative you can play on the table where knocking out two banks of targets lets you recruit the "A" Team or the "C" Team - lock balls, essentially - and then when you Establish A Franchise in the upper right, you deploy those teams with Multiball. There's a couple other twists in there, but generally Dabe took the task on like a sacred trust and it shows. We had the table commissioned way ahead of time, for last year's show that was stolen from us, along with the year itself.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 2 weeks ago

I've had so much going on the last month or so that I haven't had time to even purchase Aliens: Fireteam Elite, let alone install or play it. I'm generally insufferable about Aliens shit, so insufferable that I often avoid games of this kind altogether just because I know that I'm exceedingly picky about this kind of shit. I've told you before: I'm "that guy" about it. It's not a point of pride for me. It actively diminishes the joy I might otherwise receive from substandard horseshit and is something I consider a net loss.

Anyway, I've been so strangely silent about it that even Gabriel noticed it. We discussed it before the show. Which, technically (and also literally) is still ongoing. You can catch Friday's Acquisitions Incorporated game right here, which has a few surprises:

Keep in mind that Gabriel is home from this show, after having served it dutifully and long; that is to say, Jim is currently in the Plane of Retirement. But that won't keep Omin from looking for him. And because there was no Make-A-Strip, I decided to do something incredibly weird and run a psychological horror game with a single player - Kris Straub. Ryan called it Penny Arcade Dungeon Masterclass, but I would never have chosen that name myself; even seeing the title was intimidating to me. My name for the project is "1v1" and a few people said they liked it. You can watch it here, at the beginning of this day-long stream on the main PAX channel:

Back at it - I'll be doing the Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team Better Advice Panel at 1pm PDT on, then closing ceremonies later in the day. After the first day, my social muscles were so atrophied that it felt like a full show worth of interactions. Now, on the last day of course, I remember exactly how to do it.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 2 weeks ago

I've just had too much to do leading up to the show to catch it, and when I rest I fall into the dark sleep of prophecy - but the Doctor Strange episode of What If? is something I need to make time for. At least, that's what I'm being told by Gabriel, except he told me in a weird way that doesn't map onto any known sayings. Please let me emphasize that this is something he really said. It was probably a slip of the tongue, but now it's out here and we need to contend with that.

I think - I think - he meant Flip My Wig but now I don't know. I don't know! Maybe we asked for too much; perhaps this is just how Wigs are oriented and we have to make our peace with it. Maybe they can't be inverted. This may simply be the Wig's equilibrium - it's natural state. We merely slink and writhe in the shadow of the Ur-Wig.

I've done PAX from my gaming PC the last couple times, so packing for a show was a combination of really new - I haven't done this in a while! - with really old, i.e., I've done this since 2004. That's an odd combo platter of feelings. The main addition to my repertoire has been a series of masks, a very high volume of sanitizer, and the firm resolution to attend the show in as safe and as conscious a way possible - I know that's a sentiment we share. You'll want to understand precisely how to get into the show with that in mind, and the particulars of our COVID-19 protocols - especially how to get your Wristbands which, together with your Badge, grant you access to the PAX. All of that information can be found here. I put up the merch banners yesterday, all that stuff looks rad, and for the first time ever it's available at the show and online. I look forward to seeing the top half of your face.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 3 weeks ago

PAX West Merch Banners!

The designers love making this stuff, and it's not hard to tell.  Just look at it! This year's Camp theme is a blast, and for the first time it's available both at the show proper and up on the Online Store starting Friday, September 3rd.  Here's the banners from the show:


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