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Tycho / on Fri, Mar 17 2017 at 12:03 pm

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In strips like Apophenia and Potential Thingness, we go into the type of puzzle that The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild has wedged in literally every crevice: puzzles you must recognize are puzzles.  The distinction I would make is that every time we think something is a puzzle in Zelda, it has been.  That might also be true in The Witness, but I simply wasn’t smart enough to perceive it.

The reward you get for these is a Korok Seed, what you might call a kind of “premium currency” of Hyrule.  They’re used to expand your inventory slots for various items, and you need those a lot, because when sometimes when you’re killing dudes you kill them so hard that your shit breaks.  It seems churlish to complain about a broken sword when you’ve just murdered someone, but here we are.

You redeem them with a creature called Hestu, or maybe he is a Hestu; he puts them in his maracas and does a wild dance, and then mystical energies issue forth.  These energies may be related to inventory slots or they might not!  It isn’t a hundred percent clear.  But knowing what a seed is, and knowing what it must mean to get it, is just… huh.  I don’t know.  Maybe they’re down with Hestu.  Maybe this is an aspirational arc for sentient plant people.

Yesterday was a big one for Acquisitions Incorporated, Faerun’s fastest growing adventuring franchise: we launched the adventures of The “C” Team.  You can meet them all here on the Official Staff Page, but in their first outing I thought they managed things quite well!  One thing I wasn’t prepared for was all this baller fan art to roll in on Twitter:

From @Sean__Evans

From @erdelas

From @nightslayerdan

From @lonniecomics

From @prinxemu

And one more, from our own Gabriel.

I could not have better players in Amy, Kate, Kris.  And Ryan.  The world we were building together wouldn’t go away; I had a very difficult time getting to sleep.

(CW)TB out.

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