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News - Child’s Play Golf Tournament Tickets!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '15 at 02:45 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
They are available! I am by no means a golf expert; I come mostly for the buffet and the intensely shared fellow-feeling. For your calendar:

Date: Friday, July 17th 2015

Time: Golf Registration 9:00AM - 10:00AM, Mini-Golf Registration 12:30PM-1:15PM, Mixer 4:00PM

Location: Willows Run Golf Course, 10402 Willows Rd, Redmond, WA 98052

I’ve been to all of them, and it would be a fun way to spend your time even the absence of its profound charitable payload.

(CW)TB

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News - Monday Sketchdump!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 25 '15 at 12:15 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Last week I attended a special “Art Night” at my kid’s school. I ended up spending the evening drawing with elementary school kids and had a great time. Here’s some of my doodles:




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News - Cardophilia
Posted by News Fetcher on May 25 '15 at 10:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
So, last time, I was worried that between Destiny’s immediacy and my belief that there was some mystically optimal condition under which to play The Witcher, it would end up sort of like my Steam library, in a list more akin to a list of achievements than of time played or work considered. But that is not true. Having secured 32 Light in order to make myself marginally less worthless to my Fireteam, I had a chance over the weekend to plow through the “Witching 101” portion of The Witcher 3 and into the game proper, which isn’t an epic roleplaying game at all apparently but a card game called gwent.
I played a ton of Dice Poker in the second one, I was the Champion Dice Poker Man. It was like Yahtzee, and I like Yahztee. Weirdly, one of my favorite things about Dice Poker was how it emphasized the handcrafted physicality of the game: it was a box that people carried around with them, to play where they could. There were different backgrounds depending on where you played, like the table at an inn let’s say. Hearthstone does this, too. Gwent, the minigame equivalent in Witcher 3, doesn’t have the same verisimilitude thing going on. On the other hand, it is pretty fuckin’ rad.
The article I see most often referred to in this conversation is Vince Ingenito’s “The Witcher’s Gwent Is A Better Card Game Than Heartstone,” whose ambiguous, mushmouthed argumentation leaves the true position of the author unclear - a common problem with young writers. That said, we may triangulate from this aimless prose that the author thinks gwent is at least alright.
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Comic - Cardophilia
Posted by News Fetcher on May 25 '15 at 08:00 AM
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Throwback…Friday
Posted by News Fetcher on May 22 '15 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I forgot to post my Throwback Thursday art yesterday. It was a hit last week and I intended to do it again but just spaced it. So to make up for it I’m gonna post two incredibly embarrassing pieces of artwork from my past!

I did this first comic book page back in 7th grade. I don’t remember all their names but I know the purple and yellow guy was named Volt.



This second piece was done around my senior year in high school. This was Sam and he was a teenage runaway with the exiled spirit of a disgraced angel living inside him because…high school.



Please direct all public shaming to my Twitter account.

-Gabe out

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Exile
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '15 at 11:15 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Gavin came up with AirDND at lunch, and it was too good to leave on the table. Utilizing long-forgetten alchemical techniques, including those we have transmuted this notion into a comic strip.

I feel like I’m too new at Destiny to tell you anything of import about the new expansion; I’ve had a few lucky Crota drops, that’s the extent of my career as a Guardian. I’m the inheritor of all the creature comforts and improvements you and Gabriel had to suffer through, I never knew the worst of it. I know that when the game first came out, if you died while in a Darkness Zone not only did you have to restart from the checkpoint, you were also forced to order off the kid’s menu. It’s terrifying stuff.
No, all I have now is that relentless, smooth loop, of which the Prison of Elders is a good example - and between the novel loot structure and the round modifiers it’s filling a very specific role in the experience. I keep trying to sell my compatriots on Trials of Osiris, but they’re not super into the PVP, which I kind of get. I’m not super into the PVP either. But I am into gambling.
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Exile
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '15 at 11:15 PM
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PAX Q&A Question Sumbissionz
Posted by News Fetcher on May 20 '15 at 01:45 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Ask us questions, anything you want, completely asymmetrically! This is the new ritual for the Q&A panels, and it has made them diamond-dense with premium info. Drop a Q in there, and we will deliver an A several months hence.

(CW)TB

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Divergence
Posted by News Fetcher on May 20 '15 at 10:31 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
The strip is hyperbole, I mostly felt like the perspective needed to be made available. I find the show very hard to watch right now, though; I guess it partly has to do with content, insofar as it’s just the weight of it. Hitting play on that show right now feels like rigging up a Sword a Damocles and then sitting directly beneath it.

There are times when I do want to feel pulverized by a work. I read 1984 annually, and the sensation is that of two granite blocks being brought into proximity with one another until I am destroyed. I don’t really feel like it right now, I guess? By the time I sit down at night, I would prefer to be submerged in marshmallow cream. Metaphorically. My construction is such that I’ll long for the lash before long, certainly. But right now I’m on kind of a lash break.
The increasing daylight between the versions of Game of Thrones, which we might call Games of Throne, was always going to create trubs. Peter Jackson knows all about it. In 2015, treating the creator of a work as though they are a person of any import to the work, or that their intentions even matter, is outre - indeed, it hasn’t been cool for nearly a hundred years. The optimal way to experience work is to be exposed to it, like a pathogen, and then to writhe, thoroughly asphyxiated. But if you were curious for some reason what George R. R. Martin thinks about his work being forked, perhaps because you’re a hopeless reprobate, he has spoken on the matter with clarity. Particularly interesting is the idea that both stories end the same, even if they run solo for awhile. Huh.
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Divergence
Posted by News Fetcher on May 19 '15 at 11:15 PM
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Excavation
Posted by News Fetcher on May 18 '15 at 11:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I talked about it on an upcoming podcast, but I absolutely did wholly extemporaneous open poetry readings in a Converted Church Goth Club Coffee Shop Arcade Basement. Shit’s real, kid. I was all about that stuff.

I think I might still be, with the poems. I was always a very safe kind of rebel. Even my excesses were contained within firm parentheses, and tax deductible (when possible).
I destroyed almost all of it, though, in an effort to assert that the version engaging in the destruction was the version that had primacy. I think Brenna might have some of these artifacts in a box at her parents’ house; I should see if I can get my hands on it, but we have a strong cultural prohibition on the opening of ancient, mysterious boxes.
Oh! And the first panel is also true, or true in spirit at any rate. People who use DMT refer, with startling regularity, to a single shared hallucination: that of an encounter with incredibly pissed off multidimensional snakes. These snakes are fucking mad. This isn’t something I have experience with, so I’m working second hand, but these resentful snakes don’t like it when you show up at their snake house or whatever. Apparently, they’re like “WHY ARE YOU HERE” and “THIS ZONE IS DESIGNATED SNAKES ONLY.” I’ve been surprised to hear a similar shared hallucination from young men about the article continued at Penny Arcade >

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Monday Sketchdump!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 18 '15 at 08:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Another Monday, another look inside my sketchbook. Nothing special this week just lots of doodles.




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Excavation
Posted by News Fetcher on May 17 '15 at 11:15 PM
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Universals
Posted by News Fetcher on May 15 '15 at 10:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
As a generality I try not to engage in “do you know who I am” antics when it comes to trying to get free shit, I think I’ve talked about that before. Of course, sometimes “who I am” is the precise reason I can’t have something. If you ask me, I’ve been perfectly reasonable throughout my eighteen year stint - deploying precision rhetorical munitions only when absolutely necessary. It’s entirely possible that I called Epic’s Mark Rein a “Liar-King” who “scuttled out of a rotting log,” but sometimes its vital in a dialogue to suggest that your opponent is some kind of grub. It’s… you know. Aristotelian, or whatever.

You’d best believe I did everything I could to secure this Witcher shit in advance of the 19th, but it didn’t matter, because the PC version isn’t available even to reviewers yet. Everything you’ve read about it from reviews is most likely from the PS4 version, and I didn’t put a new board in my computer so I could play a console version of the game in the same way that a person doesn’t go to eight years of medical school in order to be called Mister.
So I’m pretty fucking cranked up right now. I’m fucking around in the strip, obviously - my mission is, as always, to create wholly new sentences, and I feel confident that “Real wyverns want to fuck midair in a haunted caldera” has never been seen before, nor will it be seen since. It’s simply not that useful a phrase; it doesn’t have broad application. That’s not a burrito option at Qdoba, for example.
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Universals
Posted by News Fetcher on May 14 '15 at 11:15 PM
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Throwback Thursday
Posted by News Fetcher on May 14 '15 at 02:45 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I don’t social media very well but I’ve heard that Throwback Thursday is a thing. I know generally you’re supposed to post an old picture of yourself but I thought I’d embarrass myself by posting old artwork instead. This was the very first drawing I ever did for Kara back in 1997. That’s right I tried to woo her with my mad watercolor skills. We’re still married though so I guess it worked.



Let me know if you like this. I have years and years of embarrassing artwork including some especially dark high school stuff when I thought The Crow was the best movie ever. I’d also like to extend a friendly challenge to my good friend Scott Kurtz. I’d love for him to post some Throwback Thursday art as well.

-Gabe out

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PAX Ticket Sales
Posted by News Fetcher on May 13 '15 at 03:45 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Robert did a fantastic interview over on Geekwire about PAX ticket sales. Obviously with Prime selling out again in record time there’s a lot of talk about the systems we use and lots of suggestions. Well Robert breaks down his strategy in this interview and it’s pretty interesting.

-Gabe out

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Child’s Play Invitational 2015!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 13 '15 at 12:46 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Tickets to the 5th Annual Child’s Play Invitational are now available! This is always a super fun day on the course and it all benefits Child’s Play. Just like last year we’ll be holding a Mini golf tournament alongside the normal scramble style tournament. You can also get a spectator ticket and just hang out in the shade drinking cocktails and still join everyone at the BBQ afterwards.

You can check out this Child’s Play site for all the details but here are the basics:

Date: Friday, July 17th 2015

Time: Golf Registration 9:00AM - 10:00AM, Mini-Golf Registration 12:30PM-1:15PM, Mixer 4:00PM, Spectating All Day

Location: Willows Run Golf Course, 10402 Willows Rd, Redmond, WA 98052

So come out and enjoy a day of golf with the PA crew and help support Child’s Play in the process.

-Gabe out

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Negative Valor
Posted by News Fetcher on May 13 '15 at 11:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
At some point it became clear that if I ever wanted to play a videogame with Gabriil again, I’d have to take up Destiny. So I did, purely as a medium of communication. I thought of it as being something like going to a bar I didn’t especially like because it was my friend’s favorite bar. And maybe I don’t have a high opinion of my friend’s opinion on this bar. He doesn’t even drink, he eats here. On purpose. He only likes this bar because he can sub tots for fries at no additional charge.

I could tell you about my raid experience in detail, it was not recorded in the “positive” column, but the strip is loaded with every fact you might need. Except that I spent about forty five minutes huddled thus. Hell yeah! That’s how a tactical motherfucker like me invests his rare and precious leisure hours.
I wanted Destiny to be something else, back when it came out, and it’s not that. I think it’s entirely possible I was wrong about it, but this is a fairly complex idea in practice. It would be like being a fan of, say, Tegan and Sara, and then they made a techno album for some reason. Maybe it was even a good techno album, but it’s not what you wanted. Who is “right” in this case? Everybody? Or is it even about “right”? Under optimal circumstances, we are not obligated to one another: we rejoice where we find common ground and we accept that we won’t always do that. For example, I’m going to spend the rest of this post talking about Jem. How does that make you feel?

I like Jem for some reason. Specifically, Jem and the Holograms. I also like gems; I gots the dragon sickness. We can cover that later.
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Negative Valor
Posted by News Fetcher on May 12 '15 at 11:15 PM
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