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Gabe / 48 minutes ago

Thornwatch at PAX South

Everybody on the Thornwatch team has been hammering away on the game and we have lots of new stuff to show/test at PAX South this week. I am in full on art production mode now. There’s so much art that needs to be made for this game that I’m bringing in some very talented folks to help me out. Strip Search fans might remember Nick Trujillo from the show. He’s on the Thornwatch team now and he’s working on all the map tiles that need to be painted for the game. Each of these tiles is a little window into some strange part of the Eyrewood. When I sat down and talked with Nick about the direction for these I told him that each one of these tiles shouldn’t just be random bits of forest. Each on needs to be a place in the Eyrewood that the Lookouts would have a name for. There is something about each one that is interesting or unique that would make it a point of interest in the wood. Ideally I want judges to be able to grab a handful of tiles and find in those paintings the inspiration to make up their own adventures. This tile Nick painted is a great example I think.

There will be dozens of these beautify painted tiles in the game and each one will reveal some new strange part of the Eyrewood.

We’re bringing a bunch of new adventures to PAX South in order to test mechanics and make sure that everything is working as intended. Eventually each one of these adventures will be accompanied by a series of comic book style storyboards that will guide players through the story. Here’s an early example of one of these storyboards.

Obviously I don’t have art for all the adventures yet but play testers at PAX South will be helping us nail down the raw mechanics of each of these stories. With that in mind I’d like to invite you to come and play Thornwatch at the show. Here’s are the details you need if you’re going to be at PAX and want to try the game:

Playtest signup sheets are going to be at Tabletop HQ.

Friday 8 PM to 10 PM: Playtest Session 1

Saturday 10 AM to 12 PM: Playtest Session 2

Saturday 8 PM to 10 PM: Playtest Session 3

This show is all business for the Thronwatch team so we don’t have a panel this time. This is full on hardcore play testing and we need your help to get it done. I’ll be over in Tabletop running games and playing with folks whenever my schedule and my frail human body allows. The more folks we can get to play what we’ve got right now and give us feedback, the better the final game is going to be. So if you’re going to be at PAX this weekend, please stop by the Tabletop HQ and sign up to play some Thornwatch!

-Gabe Out

I had to change the title on this one, too; Ben Stone of The Twitterlands suggested Mad PAX and I gotta go that way.  That’s what’s happening.

I understand that one of those Rascal things has been secured for Mike’s use, though I’m not certain if it’s a Pride Victory model or the Progress Executive.  The main thing is that, prior to the show, I’ve assessed a solution that will allow virtually unfettered passage for the vehicle throughout the show: technically, I think it’s even cosplay.

He’s back in the office, too; I’m so used to it being just me in here when I write the post that having him across from me is actually very unnerving.  Every few minutes I realize that there’s this stranger here that I have to contend with.  All the podcasts I’ve recorded for the last few weeks have been remote, except for the one I did with Kris Straub, the man who I have come to know as Superior Mike.  We’re supposed to write a comic here in about ten minutes and I honestly don’t know how it’s gonna go.  It feels like the first time.

It feels like the very first time.

Oh!  And Ryan is down south for a PAX, specifically PAX South, and I don’t trust his hotel Internet at all as the foundation for our 2pm PST stream this afternoon.  I’ll rustle somebody up, and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna make them learn The Elder Scrolls: Legends card game, because it’s oblique to genre norms in a couple really interesting ways.


PAX South Pin Post!

Pax South is just less than a week away now and already people are calling it the Pax South of the year. I will be in attendance although you might see me zipping around on a scooter sometimes. I’m feeling much better now but my doctor doesn’t want me to push it and the scooter has already been rented. Let’s talk pins!


Clank and Bandit Queen [Dire Wolf Digital]
Available for $15 each at the Dire Wolf Digital Booth #10641. Will also be given away to players who win demo games throughout the weekend.

Edith Finch [Annapurna Interactive]
Attendees who complete a playthrough of the Edith Finch demo at Annapurna Interactive Booth #11022 will recieve a pin.

Child’s Play 2017 [Child’s Play]
Available for $20 each at the Child’s Play Booth #10485.

Falcon [tinyBuildGAMES]
Available for $15 each at the tinyBuildGAMES Booth #10669.

Thrax [Toonhound Studios]
Available for $15 each at the Toonhound Studios Booth #10071.

I will be getting my hands on that Edith Finch pin as soon as humanly possible. We also have a cool show set for you this year. I’m drawing all of the covers to this year’s Pax guides and they are all based on the same theme. Each one will be based on a level from an imaginary Penny Arcade platform game. We will also be pulling the show set of pins from each cover. Here’s the first cover I did for Pax South and you can see the pins below.


PAX South 2017 Pin Set
Available at both PAX Merch Booths.

Limited Edition PAX South 2017 Pin
ONLY available at the PAX Merch Lite Booth

I’m having a lot of fun with the covers as you can probably guess. I think for pin fans it will be really cool to display the show set alongside the cover from that year. Hopefully you all dig the idea…because we are already done with the next one and we can’t really change the plan right now.



Get your Pin Quest here.

-Gabe out

Tycho / 4 days ago

Now that it seems like Gorobriel’s stuff is staying in, and he can laugh without terror, he’s back to his old haunts.  He loves Symmetra’s playstyle, and he loves her comic, which I love also.  The moral dimension of Overwatch is deliciously robust, even before you broach the subject of erotic Tumblr comminglings.

Symmetra is not his attack choice.  Although, I just had a conversation with somebody yesterday about the effectiveness of Attack Symmetra after the rebuild, so who knows.  He has an Attack roster and a Defend roster, and he won’t mix those anymore than he would allow foods to mix on a plate.  When I go to a buffet, it’s a gruesome affair; people gaze upon my works and despair.  I swear to God I wasn’t trying to rhyme.  When he goes to a buffet, it’s as though the warring food factions are held in place by a spectral bento box.

I included a dense brick of links at the end of the post yesterday, mostly as a joke, but it ended up being really useful to people?  We’ve been around forever, to the extent that you can spend as much time here as you want to really.  Our engineer (though the official title of the position is TECHNOMANCER, in all caps) modified the RSS for the podcast to include more archive, if you want it.

Oh!  And, if you have just emerged from a Time Portal that only allows organic materials through, Gavin’s new “Thanks, Internet!” tee is up on the shop, on a soft, unisex blank that is basically like wearing a hug.


Tycho / 5 days ago

Cool PAX South Teaser

Octavio Abea, who does the Welcome to PAX series, just delivered unto us this morsel:

It’s next week!  And you can go!


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