I bounced off LawBreakers, and - like usual - I’m happy to accept the blame. I couldn’t find it; it’s possible I didn’t try hard enough. It’s also possible that there is more than one game out right now. I haven’t checked, but I feel confident.
As an adherent of what might be called “old school” shooter, Gabe thinks it is super fun - but the art really bothers him. We talk about it a little bit in an upcoming podcast. I don’t have his condition, but I do understand it in some ways. The first time I ever saw Overwatch running on real machines was at PAX East; I was a fan before I’d ever played it, because I I looked at the art on the booth and I saw Zarya.
I don’t always play Overwatch, but “when I do,” I play as Zarya. Well, occasionally Torbjorn. The main problem with Torbjorn is that he’s not Zarya. I’d never seen someone like her. In a game, I mean. She’s built like my sister. If she ever gets a skin with a massive flannel shirt and a bandana, I’m going to gift Jen a copy on the real. What I’m saying is that the game might as well be called Zarya and for me it essentially is. That’s why I play it. I think that she occupies an interesting mechanical space like the Goblin Shaman in Warhammer: Age Of Reckoning, where her ability to support and her ability to deal damage exist in a complex relationship. But I chose her well before I knew any of this stuff. It just made me like her more.
I like this mid-tier pricing that seems to be going around, though. I definitely want to support that initiative at this level of production; it’s a ground well trodden by Early Access darlings and indie weirdness and I’d like to see more.
PAX Dev is fast approaching… quickly. The schedule is kickin’. Warren Spector is here to drop some science. You can envision PAX Dev either as an Engine or as a Caboose attached to your PAX West experience. Please use whatever conceptual model works best for you when deciding to grab tickets.
I remember when I first conceived the idea of stealing the idea of pin trading from Disney. I hoped that some day it would grow beyond just our Penny Arcade characters and cover all the things we love about games and comics and nerd shit. Never in my wildest imagination could I have foreseen someone at PAX West 2017 trading Garfield and Master Chief. This is seriously an incredible group of pins and I love that a few of them are for good causes. Speaking of which, I did draw the Take This pin. Gamers and mental health are very close to my heart, so I hope you’ll go pick up the pin and support the work they do. Also I still can’t believe we have a Mario pins! Here, check out all the pinsanity at PAX this year:
Gang Beasts and GNOG Pins [Double Fine]
Available for purchase at the Double Fine booth #106
KRZ and Donut County Pins [Annapurna Interactive]
Available at the Annapurna Interacive booth #6908
Spoopbucks, Herk, Torg, Krog, and It Not Perfect System Pins [LoadingReadyRun]
Available for purchase at the LoadingReadyRun table in Bandland.
Love Has No Labels Pin [The Ad Council]
Available for $15 each at the Love Has No Labels booth in the Diversity Lounge. Finish the new Love Has No Labels mobile game, League of Extraordinary Humans, to see if you’re a lucky pin winner! The game is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google play.
Halo Legendary Crate Pin [Loot Crate]
Available for purchase at the Loot Crate booth #6516
FoxTrot Paige GG Pin [Bill Amend]
Available for purchase at the Bill Amend table in Bandland.
Chainsawsuit Logo Pin [Kris Straub]
Available for purchase at the Kris Straub table in Bandland.
Monster Hunter: World Pin [Capcom]
Receive one pin after completion of the Monster Hunter: World demo at Capcom booth #2109
The Witcher 10 Year Anniversary Geralt Pin [CD Projekt Red]
Available at the “Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The Witcher” panel, Sunday 12pm - Main Theatre
Cookie Brigade Pin [Cookie Brigade]
Need to find CC Brigade and purchase a pin!
PAX AUS Roadshow Platypus Pin [PAX AUS Roadshow]
Available for purchase at the Surprise Attack booth #6312.
Dauntless Pin [Phoenix Labs]
Available at the Phoenix Labs booth #2335 - The demo will feature 3 different, 15-20 minute PvE battles. If someone wins the battle they get a pin.
Bullet Hero: Enter the Gungeon Pin [Devolver Digital]
Available for purchase at the Devolver booth #2201
Dr. Whiskers Pin [Dire Wolf Digital]
Available for purchase at the Dire Wolf Digital booth #7405
Gunny Pin [Samurai Punk]
Available for purchase at the Samurai Punk booth #6215
Annie Pin [Riot Games]
Available at the Riot Games room (6th Floor) #614, #613
TeeKO Cat Pin [Jackbox Games]
Available at the Jackbox Stage.
CW Action Figures Pin [Katie Rice]
Available for purchase at Katie Rice table in Bandland.
Molotov Pin [New Blood Interactive]
Available for purchase at the New Blood Interactive booth #7218 - Play the demo for a pin discount.
Queen of Smiles Pin [Ska Studios]
Available for purchase at the Ska Studios booth #6317
Psychomancer 2017 Pin [Take This]
Available for purchase at the Take This booth in the Diversity Lounge.
Meat Boy Pin [Team Meat]
Available for purchase at the Team Meat booth #835
Mimic Pin [ThinkGeek]
Available for purchase at the ThinkGeek booth #Skybridge-9
ToeJam & Earl Pin [Adult Swim Games]
Available at the Adult Swim Games booth #1933 - Play the ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove demo.
Twitch Arcade Pin [Twitch]
How to Get the Pin: Grab a Twitch Pin Passport at Twitch Booth Front Desk at Booth 1909. Collect at least two stamps around the Twitch Booth. Redeem your Twitch Pinny Arcade Pin at the Twitch Booth Front Desk.
Ways to Collect Stamps: Take a photo with the Glitch statue and share on social with the hashtag #TwitchatPAXWest. Meet your favorite streamer at our Meet & Greets. Play Shadowverse at the Cygames Game Zone. Check out new products from the Twitch Demo Zone and Twitch Prime.
Limited pins available per day, only while supplies last. One card per person, per day.
FarCry 5 Flag Pin [Ubisoft]
Available at the Ubisoft booth #605 - Reward for high score winners during contests or attendees will be able to get the pin at our panel at the Hydra Theatre that takes place on Saturday from 2:30PM - 3:30PM.
Owlboy Otus Pin [We Love Fine]
Available for purchase at the We Love Fine booth #7411
Star Realms Pin [White Wizard Games]
Available for purchase at the White Wizard Games booth #6702
Shovel Knight Pin [Yacht Club Games]
Available for purchase at the Yacht Club Games booth #433
Game Wizard Garfield Pin [Toonhound Studios]
Available for purchase at the Toonhound Studios booth #7609
PAX West 2017 Pin Set
Available for purchase at both PAX Merch Booths.
Limited Edition PAX West 2017 Pin
ONLY available for purchase at the PAX Merch Lite Booth.
Merch 5.0 Pin
Available at both PAX Merch Booths.
SUPER MARIO BROS.™ SINGLE PINS
Game Over Mario and Super Star Pins
Available for purchase, for the first time, at both PAX Merch Booths. Available on the Penny Arcade Store on September 13th, 2017.
My oldest son Gabe is about to turn thirteen and already I can feel him emitting powerful teenager angst rays. One of the things he wanted for this momentous birthday was for me to run a D&D game for his group of friends. Well I ran it on Friday and I have to say that running D&D for twelve year olds is the absolute best thing ever. Especially when it’s everyone’s first game and they have no fucking idea what to expect.
I let them pick from some pre-generated characters and made them pick names. I know in Tycho’s game the kids are roleplaying as kids but at my table they are all typical D&D archetypes. I ran them through a version of “The Changeling Baby” which is an adventure Tycho wrote a few years ago and left my wife and I in tears at the table. A woman stumbles into a tavern holding a baby and collapses on the groups table, a dagger in her back. I lay it all out for these kids and then the barkeep looks at them and angrily shouts “what’s all this then?” and I do shout it, and I stare at them and I am the fucking barkeep and they aren’t kids anymore.
Of course the bandits that show up an instant later are after the baby but why? It’s time to fight but someone has to hold this baby! They are in the thick of it now. They understand the roll to hit and the damage dice. They even drew a little blood from one of the bandits which got a cheer from the table. Then holy shit the bandits are werewolves! Now they are getting sliced up and all of a sudden 12 hit points isn’t a lot. Then, “I rolled a 20!” and a werewolf gets his head sliced clean off. “Dad, can I use mage hand to pick up one of the mugs and slam it into his head?” I fight back tears. “Never call me Dad when I’m behind this screen…and make me an arcana roll.”
They decided to knock out one of the werewolves instead of killing him. They wanted some answers and the rogue has a “+4” to intimidation. They drag the unconscious werewolf into the cellar of the tavern and lock the door behind them. “I have a bell with me and I ring it right in his face to wake him up.” the rouge says. I smile for too long and start rolling dice . “You take 11 damage.” I tell him and it nearly kills Azmaran the half elf who likes to do card tricks. The fighter looks at me stunned and asks “Should we have tied him up?” then to his friends “We should have tied him up!” They start making plans but it’s too late. It’s time to roll for initiative.
They learn by passing the baby around to keep it safe that it takes on the features of whoever is holding it. When they finally knock him out again and tie him up they find themselves trying to get information out of a werewolf who has no reason to answer any of their questions. Nothing is working and then I hear my own son say “I’ll let you have the baby if you tell me why you want it so bad.” I ask him to roll to deceive the werewolf and he tells me it’s not a lie. Now the table talk starts and I’m loving it. The fighter ends up just beating the crap out of the wolf and only manages to get that they like to eat changelings. They barely survive the fight with this monster and stumble back upstairs where they investigate the dead woman. She has a map that shows the town and a spot in the woods nearby is circled. The cleric recognizes that clearing as housing a temple to Bahamut.
The rogue spots more werewolves sneaking towards the tavern and it’s time to go. They race out the back door and in the alley behind the tavern they scrap with another werewolf after their cleric doesn’t spot the sentry and trips into a pile of discarded fishing nets. This fight it brutal but the rogue manages to steal a horse and wagon after asking me “Can we split the party?”. They all nearly die but the rogue shows up with the wagon just in time and they take off into the woods. They find the temple and the priest who lives there. He explains that he and the other priests of Bahamut operate a sort of network that helps those in need and a group of adventurers able to take on a pack of werewolves would be most helpful to their cause. They agree to help him with a job. He produces a wooden box, “It’s just a simple delivery but the journey will not be easy. There are many who seek the contents of this box and they will do unspeakable things to get their hands on it.”
“Can we see what’s inside” they ask almost in unison.
I shrug, “The old man lifts the lid and nestled in a bed of straw is a perfect black dragon egg.” I give them a second to share wide eyed looks with huge grins and then I say “I think that’s where we’ll stop for tonight.”
And the crowd goes wild.