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Dusk City Outlaws

I have a whole new appreciation for the art of game design after watching Rodney Thompson and Mike Selinker inspect and construct Thornwatch. I knew I had a cool idea and some genuinely new mechanics but I had hit a wall. Rodney came in and looked at what I had done and saw all the little problems, but more importantly he saw what I wanted the game to do. He cut out old rules that only hurt that game and built new rules to support the Thornwatch I wanted.  When Rodney isn’t working at Bungie or helping me design Thornwatch, it turns out he is making his own game! Tycho and I actually played the game, and we both loved it. It’s true! You can watch the video of it for yourself:

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If creating your own fantasy heist movie with your friends isn’t enough, there’s more!

Tycho and I will be creating a custom heist for the game!

If you are still not convinced to hit up the Dusk City Outlaws Kickstarter, well then you are a machine with nothing inside.


Rodney is my friend and I hope you will go support his Kickstarter in its last 24 hours.

-Gabe out

Tycho / 2 days ago

You’ll be playing Horizon: Zero Dawn soon enough here, but since you need to manufacture practically every shot you fire from your weapons, it might be worth keeping an eye on what you’re putting out.  Sony’s had fairly strenuous limitations on streaming the product, much more strenuous than you might think for a game whose reviews came out a week ago and are all incredible.  I asked them, actually, because I wanted to stream it last Wednesday with Mr. Gribbz.  Alas; there are authentic mysteries here, most people still don’t know much about the game, and they want to safeguard that for as many people as possible

In other news: I have gotten weirdly obsessed with the Switch.

I sorta had it on lock before I saw Stephen Totilo’s homespun tales of carrying his around in a sock.  And then, as a licensed Gerstmanniac, I began absorbing his aggressive Switch spores.  It’s not even that people are completely unalloyed in their praise or that their experience has been flawless in every respect.  It’s literally not released for a reason.  But I’m nodding along with the form factor, the cozy app that extends the platform… it’s weird and cool.  They’re still doing weird, cool things.

Watching people approach this new Zelda has been a delight; they’ve apparently broken the formula over their knee.  And gimme them Snipperclips, obvs.  I could probably orchestrate a scam if I really wanted to; I couldn’t throw a rock and hit their office, but it wouldn’t take me very long to drive a rock over there and then, you know, just gently set it down.  But if I had a Nintendo Switch, I wouldn’t feel like I do now.  Just…  good, in a generalized way, content that a cool thing is about to happen, and if I can feel this for four more days I think I’m gonna do it.

Roll through the Twitch channel around 2:00 PST for card games with Ryan Hartman and usually myself, but this time it’s gonna be Dabe.  The truth is that Dabe is often waiting just off camera watching the stream, so he won’t have to move very far to join in.  I gotta go do some doctor shit.  I want to thank LauraQQ from over at HyperRPG for running the board for us last week while Josh was away, they do some cool stuff over there and it’s been fun sharing a studio with them.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 5 days ago

The Banner Saga 3 Promotion Thingy

Hey!  I backed Banner Saga hard, like, so hard that I got to write a Godstone for the sequel and create an item and stuff.  I was asked to help with a promotion for The Banner Saga 3, and I know the second one was a rough ride for the studio so I said yes several times in rapid succession.

They said that I could make three to five items for Banner Saga 3, but if I could make five items instead of three, why wouldn’t I do that?  So let’s go with five.  Also: Twitch Prime is setting up a thing where members can download the original Banner Saga for free through their Twitch Launcher from February 23 through the 28th. And then, from March 2nd through March 6th, Twitch Prime members can get Banner Saga 2 for free via the same mechanism. Here is the novel piece: for every person who downloads and plays either game this way, a dollar gets donated to the development of The Banner Saga 3 - up to $200,000 total.  You can try Twitch Prime free for 30 days here and you’ll get to keep the games (and help out the developer, Stoic) even if you don’t end up subscribing.

That’s a lot of text!  Maybe this incredibly insane video Gabe and I made with Kris Straub will nail down the finer points.


Tycho / 5 days ago

Horizon: Zero Dawn comes out on the 28th here in the States, and March 1st in Europe.  My feeling is that you should buy it.

The introduction has a few very interesting moments, and my daughter Ronia was there for all of them; when the game begins, there are many games it could be.  I like the one that it chooses, but they take their time to let things breathe in this unformed space.  They allow the center to bake through.

Horizon is clung-to by incredibly strange ideas; Ronia doesn’t know much about the game, other than the fact that the protagonist looks like her.  But Aloy is also like Ronia, in that she’s clever, and she often arrives at the conceptual station before her old man does.

I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say there’s a montage.  I recognized it well, because I’m living in one now.  The way time works when you have a kid her age is that so much information is coming through, so much data is being created and processed, that you can only get it in slices.  It’s like Whatever Rocky Was Doing, but now it’s a few seconds of her holding her white dog’s face in her hands and now I’m taking out a splinter and now she wants to kiss someone but she doesn’t understand why followed by her handwriting is now better than my handwriting followed by tearing a picture she made but doesn’t like in half followed by the realization that there are things even tape can’t fix.

I’m a complete mess, but she’s gonna be okay.  It seems like a little thing, but I saw it happen the moment she saw a self that she recognized in a work of art.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 1 week ago

Update On That Stolen PS4 in New Zealand

A torrent of generosity from the Internet washed the whole situation away, essentially - but there was an opportunity to make a lasting improvement to their Play Therapy department by supporting the playrooms and stock a new teen room they’d planned.  Travis over at Child’s Play did a write up that includes the overwhelemed response from the hospital; you can find it all here.


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