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Desperate Times
Posted by News Fetcher on April 16 '18 at 10:22 AM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
Inspired by true events. My Xbox Live account and at least one of my Uplay accounts are all tied to an ancient Hotmail, which I think is now just some inward lump of Outlook, slowly shriveling like a parasitic twin. It has a folder called Junk Mail, and this folder currently “haz” forty-five mails in it, but even a cursory glance at the “mail” folder will tell you that every mail in there for the last several years is spam. Something like a game reserve, where spam might run free. (I used to use an Outlook plugin called “SpamBayes” back in the…

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Desperate Times
Posted by News Fetcher on April 15 '18 at 11:41 PM
From Penny Arcade:
New Comic: Desperate Times

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Skirmish, Part Four
Posted by News Fetcher on April 13 '18 at 05:01 AM
From Penny Arcade:
New Comic: Skirmish, Part Four

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Skirmish, Part Four
Posted by News Fetcher on April 12 '18 at 11:40 PM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
If I’m going to commit to a Wargame, it has to present itself to me as a place where stories happen. It’s not purely a function of lore, or “fluff,” the story doesn’t have to be a literal story but so many Wargames have so much great fiction underneath them that I can’t be the only one who really wants to buy in to something like this. What I mean is that the systems that apportion time, define units, and regulate interactions have to render these abstractions in a way that feels narrative. Infinity is a game that’s especially good at…

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10 Years of D&D
Posted by News Fetcher on April 11 '18 at 10:21 AM
By Gabe@penny-arcade.com (Gabe) from Penny Arcade:
Almost exactly 10 years ago someone literally had to pay me to play Dungeons & Dragons. Whatever impression I had of the game before that, it was the wrong one. Within a week of playing Jim Darkmagic for the first time I was on the phone with Jerry asking what books I needed to buy in order to be a dungeon master. I started my own home game shortly after and running that game every Monday for my friends was the most fun I’ve ever had playing games. I discovered pretty quick that while I loved D&D, what I really loved was messing with D&D. Specifically pulling themes and…

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Skirmish, Part Three
Posted by News Fetcher on April 10 '18 at 11:40 PM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
I’ve only been to San Francisco twice, if I recall correctly, and the second time - the now that I am currently inhabiting - is only nominally San Franciskian. I have a layover here that could comfortably accommodate a Norse saga. Our Star Wars: Legioning continues apace. Wargames occupy a relatively sophisticated space for he and I, which is to say Gonk et moi. There a couple common apertures through which you might arrive at this hobby, and though we’re both here and we both love it, we only overlap in the very center. One entry point is that you might be a…

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Skirmish, Part Three
Posted by News Fetcher on April 10 '18 at 11:40 PM
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New Comic: Skirmish, Part Three

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Skirmish, Part Two
Posted by News Fetcher on April 09 '18 at 07:41 AM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
It’s pretty rare that we engage in dreaded continuity on the Make-A-Strip Stage, but we’re bold gentlemen untroubled by convention. I always end up here, trying to unzip the weekend after the fact, while in-room coffee cools. Four days makes it harder, but not by much; once you have this much information it’s a penny/pound scenario and the decompression isn’t a purely linear affair. For example: I can tell you that, having gazed into the precognitive orb that is the Expo Hall, the next couple years are gonna be pretty rad if you’re into this gaming…

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Skirmish, Part Two
Posted by News Fetcher on April 09 '18 at 07:41 AM
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New Comic: Skirmish, Part Two

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Skirmish, Part One
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '18 at 09:02 AM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
It’s gonna take me a bit to get used to this “show starts on Thursday” thing. Here’s the strip. I was building an AT-RT with my son the night before I flew to Boston; I was overjoyed because somebody finally made models he found interesting enough to build. I think the larger vehicles especially are very, very nice - Gabe was pleased with the AT-ST he and the boys put together, but I’m partial to the Airspeeder sculpt in particular. Including the flaps separately so you can really nerd out on the degree of fucking apertures is kind of a grace…

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Skirmish, Part One
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '18 at 07:42 AM
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New Comic: Skirmish, Part One

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Never Mind That: A “C” Team Story
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '18 at 03:32 PM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
One of the most humbling things about Acquisitions Incorporated and The “C” Team in particular is how much fan work it seems to generate. One enthusiast, Nurse Normal, has created a lot of work that I know we just think of a canonical. Early in the second season, Dragonborn narcissist Donaar Blit’zen is exposed to a material that obliterates memories. I’d heard that Ryan Hartman and Nurse were working on a project, and I’d seen parts of it, and so when I needed to choose a memory I chose the one they had been working on together. They…

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That’s So Gabe
Posted by News Fetcher on April 03 '18 at 11:30 PM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
I grew up quite Churchy, for lack of a better term; eventually I couldn’t square some of the concepts. Then religion was simply the casualty of a mother who wanted her son to remain alive and a son who thought he was smarter than every other living person. I often refer to it as a Snake Handling sort of church, but there weren’t literal snakes; it was just a lot of stuff that, again, I couldn’t square. The Speaking in Tongues type stuff is one thing, not really a fan of that, but other people in the room claiming to translate the nonsense another person had said…

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That’s So Gabe
Posted by News Fetcher on April 03 '18 at 11:30 PM
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New Comic: That’s So Gabe

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Freedom
Posted by News Fetcher on April 02 '18 at 12:51 PM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
Far Cry 5’s Hope County is a fallen place in desperate need of liberation, and one of the ways you know this is that occasionally a person will be tied up, muttering to themselves, and you can press X to LIBERATE them. Of course, once they’re liberated, they’re free to be operated on by elaborate systems that sustain the game’s world, which means that they have an opportunity to enjoy some “emergent gameplay.” It happens a nontrivial percentage of the time. I’m not very far into it; it’s hard to move forward when there is so much to the left…

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Freedom
Posted by News Fetcher on April 01 '18 at 11:30 PM
From Penny Arcade:
New Comic: Freedom

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PAX EAST PIN QUEST!
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '18 at 01:41 PM
By Gabe@penny-arcade.com (Gabe) from Penny Arcade:
PARTNER PINS Pillars of Eternity II: Tekehu and The Banner Saga 3: Juno Pins [Versus Evil] Available at the Versus Evil booth #13096 YIIK: A Postmodern RPG: Alex and VA-11 Hall-A: Jill Pins [Ysbryd Games] Available at the Ysbryd Games booth #19115 Sparkle Kitty and Rise of Tribes Pins [Breaking Games] Available at the Breaking Games booth #TT81 Outer Wilds Pin [Annapurna Interactive] Available at the Annapurna Interactive booth #19103 FoxTrot Peter Arcade Pin [Bill Amend] For purchase at the Bill Amend table in Bandland. Due Process Pin [Giant Enemy Crab] Available at booth #21103 …

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A New Record
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '18 at 11:00 AM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
I feel like this one happened kinda fast. Soon we’ll arrive at a point where we can power our societies with the rise and fall of the heroes we create and destroy. If we’re going to continue in our effort to transform the Earth into a perpetual reality show, we’ve only begun to witness the grotesquerie. The effort to annihilate Ninja hasn’t been mounted with the same vigor as previous campaigns, they have instead mounted a sumptuous, nuanced narrative, possibly because sites have done everything possible to associate themselves with his rise.…

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A New Record
Posted by News Fetcher on March 30 '18 at 09:40 AM
From Penny Arcade:
New Comic: A New Record

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The Rub To Race Ratio
Posted by News Fetcher on March 28 '18 at 11:03 AM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
We used to play on Dark Iron. I introduced it in that way so that people who knew what the phrase meant had a moment to value their secret knowledge, but that’s a PVP server in WoW. In a song off The Impossible Kid, Aesop Rock describes an environment so uncivilized that it’s possible to catch rabies simply by walking to your mailbox and that’s exactly the kind of place it was. It might still be, who knows. No doubt part of its reputation as a heinous crucible for warriors came from what I presume were higher populations; more spinning teeth to catch other…

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