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Tycho / 1 week ago

Okay, so, I wasn’t able to do it.  Today’s strip is also about this World of Loam evil vegetable horseshit.  But now I’m done.

One of the nonsense things, there are many, but one of the nonsense things about making the kinds of things we do is that when we lean into weirdness sometimes it connects with people…?  As we have suggested repeatedly our audience consists largely of each other.  It’s something we guard with great jealousy.  But I would say that for some reason this one has lit people up, which I’d never suggest was an index of quality and may simply be an assessment of a world gone increasingly dark, where even a bub this dim can seem bright.

It also seems to have encouraged others to make things as well, adjacencies to the Loam, uh, IP or whatever, and that’s when I like Penny Arcade best: when it starts here, but doesn’t end here.

So, Smash Bros was ridiculously fun last Friday, and I can’t see any reason why we wouldn’t try to set that up again.  Join us on the stream at 2pm PST to see play ranging from “F- Exceedingly Poor” to Quasi-Dangerous from our well-stocked and world-renowned War Couch.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 2 weeks ago

My policy is always to push things a very small amount past where it is reasonable or even, like…  good.  Have you ever eaten a burrito, like a Taco Truck type burrito wrapped in foil, and at the very end sometimes you take a bite with real enthusiasm and occasionally eat some of the foil.  But there is a portion of the burrito which is inextricable from the foil by that point, it has suffused it such that only the truly bold may enter this rare and refined Mouth Palace.

Monday’s strip was about Mike’s new campaign, which is coming along really well and I’d be surprised if it didn’t become one of our capital T Things at one point, in the way that Thornwatch or Acquisitions Incorporated is.  Or, you know, Penny Arcade I guess.  I guess that’s also one of the things we do.  Once the campaign gets underway I wonder if he’ll go into it in the post like he used to do.  I guess I could make him; he does sit very close.

But it was difficult for me not to bite further, perhaps further than the available food, with a second strip detailing the unprofitable narrative depths to which I’m willing to plumb.  I would be very surprised if I was able to get a third strip out of Gabriel on this topic.  To maintain the metaphor, that would constitute balling up the empty wrapper and just eating that.  But I am a depraved creature and there are none who truly know the depths of my wickedness.

I had a chance to check out Kards a bit today - I think about it all the time, but it’s possible you’ve never heard of it.  A CCG from a new company called 1939 Games made up of CCP vets, it just entered Beta, oh, about two hours ago.

I never played in the Alpha, so going from screens and short videos I saw I thought it might be a situation where somehow - and deservedly so - Gwent had become a genre.  Kards definitely has Ranks, forward and back, but each player doesn’t have their own Front Lline - there is a single Front Line which players fight over.  It also has Hit Points in a more traditional CCG nod, though those points are contained within a card that lives on the board itself and can be directly attacked.  Lastly, it uses Kredits in lieu of Mana, with a pool that grows every turn, but attacking with many cards costs Kredits as well in a recognition of the Supply Lines which enable conflicts at scale.  I don’t think I want to tell you anything else about Artillery or Aircraft right now, I’d rather you see how these things work in practice. I’m earning the base decks now playing against the AI, and its identity as an offering in the space - defined by some very striking art - is making a very strong impression.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 2 weeks ago


The site isn’t really designed to show it yet, but we typically stream all afternoon on Tuesdays with a bunch of novel, weird stuff.  Want to give it a try?  Here’s what we’ve got, starting now:

12:00 Acquisitions Intoxicated, Twitch’s brewing show.
1:30 Gabriel draws the strip with me in tow.
3 Warhammer 40k Kill Team: GSC v AM, 100 points, learning full rules.


Tycho / 2 weeks ago

What a fun trip to the dentist.  The right side of my head is an infinite, furrowed perturbation, sown with thousands of abraded teeth.  The left side of my head is the anchor that keeps me from leaving the Earth.

I was overjoyed to hear that Gabe was starting a new campaign; he hasn’t invested himself in this vector since.. well, since a long time ago.  We’ve been adjacent to one another long enough to joke about this and have it be okay.  It’s all true, but if it’s any help at all it’s not something that happens consciously - quite the opposite.  I know it’s happening.  It’s just something I can’t help.  It’s essentially a very specialized form of apophenia, where patterns reveal themselves in a mesh of hidden connectedness.  I think that’s what I actually am, deep down: a kind of lensed instrument designed to plumb this secret geography.  The rest of me, including the body, is just there to make excuses for its ceaseless operation.

He just sent me a map, whose primary characteristic I can’t discuss without spoiling things for his players, but I did ask him if he was satisfied with the names partly as a joke based on the strip and partly because I would really, really like to rename everything.  It’s close!  I’m not gonna say it isn’t close.  Just needs a little sanding here or there; a few hard consonants, like a sprinkle of shichimi, wouldn’t go amiss.

I don’t want to bring down the proceedings or anything, but apparently there’s a new Spire, which means Ryan and I have to slay it.  Sorry, that’s just how it is.  And we won’t be heeding any pro-Spire rhetoric and we’re single-minded in the pursuit.  Those who share our position on this issue should join us on the channel at 2pm PST.  Sometimes we have to do battle with some violent geometric shapes near the end but it’s fine.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 2 weeks ago

I like comics when I read them but I always forget they are there.  I’m not trying to speak with insufficient reverence, I’m just a finite creature.  However it came to be, I’ve always been around artists for some reason and they’ve kept me up to date with stuff but I can’t pretend to any kind of true membership in the sanctum.

If I watch a DC movie, it’s generally on one of the planes I have to board all the time.  Outside of Wonder Woman, generally speaking they seem kind of confused about what movies are for or how time works in film.  Something I’m confused about also is how bad these scripts are.  Not even trying to be a dick.  If I were going to spend a couple hundred million dollars filming something, I would at least read it before we started shooting.  But Gabriel says Aquaman is good and though we rarely overlap I assumed it would be physically dangerous to view and he is still alive.   

I was directed to this article from McSweeney’s Internet Tendency on the topic of Aquaman and the attendant aquamania and you may find that it improves your day.

Gabe and I are gonna stream some Smash Bros at 2pm PST, with a rotating cast of others who long to lose to Gabe.  I’m pretty sure at least Dabe and Dora are gonna roll through, but Nick Trujillo (who you might remember from Strip Search or the great work he did on Thornwatch) is apparently a real motherfucker at Smash tryna go pro and shit.  So it’s possible we might learn something from him, even if what we learn is that playing it against Nick Trujillo was a really, really bad idea.

(CW)TB out.

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