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Tycho / 5 hours ago

James Patterson, as has been established, is a necromancer.  And he has only begun his dark work.

Well, maybe.  Have you heard about Bookshots?

In the same way Nike branded the calorie with Fuel, Bookshots are an attempt to brand the novella as a form.  I’m not neutral on the subject: I think the novella is a potent form factor.  Nine Princes In Amber and many other rad, classic books fit comfortably in a space that the traditional publishers don’t give a shit about.  Their optimal scenario is the Book As Word Loaf, a hardbacked rectangular volume that demands its place in the culture.  By which I mean the retail shelf.  And the premium that commands.

It’s hard not to think of it, in some ways, as being of a piece with initiatives like his own JIMMY Patterson or Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read, literacy engines which…  I don’t know any “guys” who don’t read, but so many groups are straining themselves to fix this that it must be a thing.  I have a “guy” in my house, a small one, that prefers books to people.  If a person preferred Overwatch to reading, though, I guess I wouldn’t entirely be surprised…?

You can purchase Bookshots in slight volumes - the fantasy is that, in the manner of a tubeworm, they might live in environments that have been hostile to other kinds of literature.  You can grab them as ebooks as well, but there’s also an app which I have downloaded that is basically a frontend for these things.  There’s a free book in there called The Witnesses that I started reading but quickly determined it might not be for me.  I can’t even read a Beach Book on the beach.  I will sit under an umbrella and read an entire Numenera sourcebook cover to cover, so I’m definitely not in the crosshairs of this initiative.  Is the actual problem with books that they are too long?  Is that really the “why”?  Bookshots might work then, even if I don’t like the word.  But if he ends up creating a cultural space and a business case for the novella as a form, I mean, I can’t not love it.  It makes me want to write one, frankly.

Obviously he’s my blood-foe, we’ve warred for millennia.  But I’m trying to figure out if there’s such a thing as a good necromancer.  Maybe so; maybe so.

(CW)TB out.

Destiny Pins!

I am really excited to announce our latest pin set. This is one that I’ve been working on for a while now and I can finally show off the end result.

We play a lot of Destiny at my house. Between my wife, my son Gabe and myself, we have a pretty solid little crew. When the opportunity to draw these Destiny pins came up I knew I had to base them on my family fireteam. So to most people that’s just a cool set of pins but that Titan is Gabe, the Warlock is Kara and I am the hunter. Destiny means a lot to me, it is something that brings my family together. We’ve had hours of fun running strikes and chatting together. I’ll always be able to look back at this set and remember when Gabe was 11 and how excited he was to fight Oryx with his Mom and Dad.

This set will be available for purchase at the Bungie booth this year during PAX West. The pins themselves are big and beautiful. I’m really proud of how they turned out and Gavin did an amazing job on the backer card. This is a set I can see folks keeping on the card back for display. Be sure and stop by the Bungie booth at PAX to see them in person. I think you’ll really be impressed.

-Gabe out

Tycho / 3 days ago

I don’t like having my teeth scraped with metal hooks, but I can endure it.  I don’t seek it out, or anything.  But I love having teeth, so if there is the occasional tooth maintenance procedure sign me up.  I’m trying to imagine eating a Fruit Roll-Up with no teeth and friends it is a fucking mess.

For my cohort, it is a cloak of fear that, in his words, “devours the sun, making all things dark.”  Maybe those are my words.  He called up the tooth store and informed them of his mouth trubs, but the extended, detailed conversation he had with them about their gas availability struck me as very funny.  He did not think he was being funny!  But he was.  It’s okay - I called him up from the vasectomy place (“the dick store,” to maintain the earlier metaphor) to tell him that they did not have any kind of gas like I thought, and that I had been wrong, terribly wrong about it, and Oh God.  He laughed.  And that’s why I called him; to turn that awful feeling into something else, for somebody, even if I couldn’t appreciate it myself.

We recently made a hire for the PAX shows, and I wanted to make sure everyone on Earth was aware.  He’s not actually new to the crew, he’s worked to make the show what it is for the last five years or so, only from the shadows.  He comes to us from our partner ReedPOP, who puts on shows like New York Comic Con and Star Wars Celebration.  His name is Ryan Hartman, he’s our new Director of Events, and if you have a question about any of the PAX shows you want to talk to him - and you can, at  He’s worked out of our office for years - he was in the strip on Wednesday, he was on my Overwatch: For The Watch team, he’s been around.  There’s a picture of him on the store, actually, as a model for the First Party 1.0 Shell Jacket.  I don’t know.  That kinda seems like foreshadowing, hiring wise?  You tell me.

I don’t know what the falcon is about.  But if you need anything related to PAX, or… falconry, he’s your guy.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 5 days ago

Humble Puzzle Bundle!

Lone Shark Games & Friends put together a Humble Puzzle Bundle, a truly bonkersville collection of puzzle collectionsChild’s Play is among the potential benefactors, along with Worldbuilders and It Gets Better!


Tycho / 5 days ago

There’s a podcast for this strip that’ll hit in a little while, and the reason I call it out specifically is that you will hear within this podcast that the strip is essentially a documentary - you’ll be able to hear the moment my heart breaks.  I was getting on at 10 because I thought everybody was getting on at ten.  Not true!  They’re actually getting on much, much earlier.

Character stacking for Competitive Mode is out, before I ever even got in there seriously.  I understand why, because it’s busted for real sometimes.  A seam erupts in the competitive floor and demons start leaping out of it.  I’m not sure that I want to take the game so seriously that the edge cases aren’t possible anymore, which is probably why people play Competitive Mode before I get on.

Fighting five Torbjorns can be a huge pain in the ass, or the Triple Torb-Bastion-Symmetra chimeroid one must occasionally contend with, but I do like the fact that such monsters are possible in the system.  I like that it’s sort of wooly and unkempt sometimes, possibly even tousled; my favorite thing about the game is cracking bullshit team comps.  Bullshit being a relative term, of course; if you’re trying to succeed at the game, and everyone has access to the same toolkit, and they lose and you win we need to take that data into account.  Even if, you know, said data consists of five mechanically inclined dwarves all using Molten Core simultaneously.  My favorite memory of the game so far is when we went with six Zaryas, which kicked off an arms race of warring compositions that lasted three full rounds.  It was, functionally speaking, Identity Jazz.

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another feverish bout of Acquisition and Incorporation.  Here’s the latest and greatest, as always, with an artisinal thumbnail by Josh Price, but you can also Subscribe to the channel or Start From The Beginning.

(CW)TB out.

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