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Tycho / 1 week ago

Nintendo Switch And More At PAX South

Did you find yourself fascinated by the Switch presentation last night?  It’s going to be at PAX South!  There are still some tickets available for Saturday and Sunday.

You know what else is at PAX South?  The Southern Debut of Acquisitions Incorporated - featuring the return of the elven archer Morgaen.  We have relied on her in the past, and she answered the call.  But do you know what else we have at this show?  Tons and tons of rad music.

You know and love The Bit Brigade, and with good reason: it’s a crisp wedge of performance art that could only exist at this moment in time.  The OneUps investigate the music of videogames, and report back with their unique interpretations.  These two bands have delighted PAX for years, try to get in front of them if you can.  But there’s a bunch of new faces this year, and I wanted to handle the intros:

Descendants of Erdrick suggest on the site that their album Advent is “a progressive-metal, RPG/Adventure themed album, inspired by epic soundtracks from epic video games.”  What does that mean?  Well, this:

URIZEN is…  URIZEN.  They might be Robots?  I think they might be actual robots.  Maybe inviting them was dangerous.

Viking Guitar is just…  blistering.  Hot metal.  Do not touch this superheated metal without gloves.

The last one on here is Mariachi Entertainment System.  They just…  everybody, listen.  Listening to MES made me happy when I felt the opposite.  See what this does for you:

PAX is, as I have suggested, a bunch of shows all happening in the same place.  One of them is a Concert Festival, and it’s a very, very good one.

(CW)TB

Tycho / 1 week ago

I’ll be calling Mike Krahulik here in a sec to write new strips; my suspicion is that he will like having something else to do besides writhe on the couch.  Or, at least something to do while he writhes, just to leaven the anguish.

But here’s the truth: with Kris Straub at my side, I’ve been unleashed.  Do you know how long I’ve been waiting to put the word verisimilitude in a Penny Arcade Strip?  However long it’s been since November 18th, 1998.  Actually, please don’t look for it, I probably managed to sneak that payload in at some point in the last twenty years.

The truth, of course, is that there are two gates that keep my worst propensities at bay: one is the three panel structure.  I originally typed “stricture” there, a deviation that is meaningful.  Devoid of art, they pretty clearly represent a prison.  A word prison!  This represents The First Gate.  You can make that limitation a joke, but how many times could you actually get away with that?

The Second Gate is the person of Gabriel himself.  He doesn’t suffer fools, and I often comport myself in a manner that is foolish or fool-adjacent.  But it’s his labor that creates the strip, and I need to earn that labor.  With Kris, and I’m not saying this is good or bad, it just is: I am myself, but with much greater density.  If you ever listen to DLC: The Penny Arcade Podcast, (going by the capitalized letters, “The Dulcet Pap”) you know that I’m always trying to jam diagrams into strips, and what’s the first thing I did.  Right?  Overthinking things is a very Kris Straub trait, a fact I relate in love, and we talked for awhile about how maybe being hernial in some way is vital to performing “gabriel” in an art sense.

Probably not!  That’s what I told him.  Probably not.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 2 weeks ago

We Need Your Qs for PAX East!

I can sense it - the Qs burn within you.  Let them be RELEASED!

(CW)TB

Tycho / 2 weeks ago

As you might have read, our own Gabriel - whose handle I will not corrupt this time, out of deference for his ruined state - got all fucked up over the weekend.  He called me Monday on my way home from work; he sounded like shit, and it was very difficult to hear.  I mean, he was perfectly audible, I just didn’t like it.  As soon as I found out he was ensconced firmly within the Bone Zone I called my friend and colleague Kris Straub, who had backed me up before when Gabriel’s frail humanoform gave way a couple years ago.  I brought him “back in,” as it sometimes said, and we had a pretty good time.  I had a good time, at any rate.  Me and the Cloister of the Crimson Arc.  Kris mostly mewled as his body was made the gate for the Comic Beast.

Before Penny Arcade was really a thing that anybody knew about, Brenna saw our writing process for the strip which - at that time - involved eating cookies and rolling around on the ground.  I don’t say that for your amusement.  We would buy a box of cookies at Safeway and then for some reason we’d gotten it into our heads that comic material floated very near the ground, like a heavy gas.  That ancient ritual got rolled into the strip somehow.  Kris will be with us Friday as well, stay tuned, hopefully Morak Khandalar will have regained some measure of his function by Monday.

Wanted to mention the Acquisitions Incorporated Holiday Special, as judging by my Tweetzone people are still finding it.  Free with Amazon Prime in selected regions, otherwise five bucks there and anywhere else.  I mean, technically there’s an SD option for three bucks, but it’s like…  you know…  SD.  (shivers)

US - Amazon
UK - Amaz’n
DE - Amazon As Well
JP - Keeps Bein’ Amazon

Anywhere else, we’ve got you covered on Vimeo.

(CW)TB out.

Gabe / 2 weeks ago

I am cursed

I ended up in the hospital on Sunday getting an emergency surgery to repair a nasty hernia. I went in the morning because I was in pain but did not expect to need an operation. It was a scary night but the folks at Evergreen hospital over in Kirkland were fantastic. Everything went well and they ended up sending me home the next day. I’m in bed now recovering and I’d like to thank Kris Straub for working with Tycho to make a couple strips for you guys this week and give me a little break. Just in the last three weeks I have had the flu, horrible food poisoning and now this. I am pretty sure that if I were to leave the house today, a piano would fall on me. 2016 was a rough year but I think 2017 might actually be trying to kill me.

I mentioned that we got my son Gabe a Cozmo for Christmas. I ended up checking it out with him and playing a few games. I was so impressed with it that I actually got one for myself to keep on my desk at work. I’m a huge fan of ANKI and all the stuff they make over there. We still play lots of Overdrive at my house and I just picked up one of the new “Supertrucks” to add to our collection. Years after its release they are still improving and adding to the Overdrive experience. That’s not something you see from a lot of developers, certainly not in the “toy” space. I would say that right now Cozmo is incredibly impressive, but a bit limited in terms of what you can do with him. Just like Overdrive though I am certain the folks at Anki will be updating and adding to his tool kit as time goes on. I really like Cozmo but even more than that I like supporting a company like ANKI that seems so dedicated to making beautifully designed, fun, and creative toys.

As you can imagine I am laid up in bed as I recover from this surgery. I ended up hitting Hulu this morning looking for Documentaries to watch and I found Fursonas. I don’t know what the feeling on this film inside the community is, but as an outsider I found it really fascinating and well done. Rather than focusing on the “Shock” value of people in animal costumes, this documentary was really about the people inside the suits. I thought it was great. I’ll probably be recovering for a couple more days at least. If you have any other good Documentary recommendations send them my way.

Thanks for all the well wishes on Twitter and in my email. I really do appreciate it. Also thanks again to Kris for stepping in on such short notice and giving me some time off to get better.

-Gabe out




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