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Sand, Part Three
Posted by News Fetcher on July 18 '13 at 11:15 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Sand Part The Third is up. No, you haven’t missed one; I’m including the pitch in the sequence.

Time has been moving in a strange, thick sort of way. I don’t feel particularly put out by it, it’s not really debilitating, but I’m much more aware of its passage. So when I think about yesterday, each discrete experience is like a train car pushing through a tunnel filled with jam.
At one point a drizzle turned into sheets and sheets of cold water, and Gabriel and I had to take shelter together in a stable. Do with that image what you will.
I also ended up downtown somehow. This was very surprising, because I thought that I was already downtown. I wasn’t anywhere near downtown. I saw the Southern Cross station from the Cab and and sorta flipped out, to the amusement of the driver. I was headed that direction to attend a party of some kind, loaded with tons of early builds and interesting people throughout the continuum of the Melbourne development community. It was on the forty sixth floor of a building and the walls were all glass. I had to stare out of them for awhile before I tried to engage with the event at all.
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Sand, Part Three
Posted by News Fetcher on July 18 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Pinny Arcade
Posted by News Fetcher on July 18 '13 at 12:30 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Pinny Arcade was huge at PAX East and that makes me incredibly happy. Doing this right has literally taken us years and seeing how much fun everyone had with it was super rewarding. I loved trading pins at the show and I actually spent pretty much every free second I had posted up someplace trading. At one point I intended to pop by the PA merch booth and trade some pins. I traded non stop for two fucking hours! When I think about how rad the entire experience was I just can’t stop smiling. So I’m super excited to do it again at PAX Australia next month. We will have the Pinny Arcade core set available as well as a special PAX Australia set you can only get at the show.



So let’s talk about the new pins for a second.

It was clear at PAX East that the PAX logo pin that came in the set was usually the first to get traded away. I understand why, it isn’t a cool character like the other pins. With that said though, I also think it will end up being the most collectible as it was the very first Pinny Arcade event and it has the date on it. Now being as this is the very first PAX Australia I would encourage Pinny Arcade collectors to keep that logo pin!

Upside down Thomas, Gabe and Tycho are in this set as well. They are all upside down because…you know Australia and shit. Thomas is also sporting the brand new PAX Australia scarf. All four of these pins will be purchasable as one set from the merch booth at the show.

The fifth pin is a brand new Chandra pin based on the artwork I did for a MtG coloring book a while back. This pin will only be available at the Wizards of the Coast booth.



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Sand, Part Two
Posted by News Fetcher on July 17 '13 at 03:15 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
A few hours into the Melbourne flight, I was more or less covered in vomit. But I was so happy for something to do that I was - in a way which might be difficult to understand - tremendously relieved. There was something unexpected to manage with a “challenging” material that wasn’t related to the destruction of the plane. It was, in its incalculably moist way, optimal.

I didn’t really sleep on the trip, which felt long but not as long as I expected. My expectation was that it would not actually end at any point, that it would be a new state of being inexorably woven with my physical and psychic selves, so this must be seen as an improvement. Getting out of the Airport once we landed was Kafkaesque, but whatcha gonna do. Sometimes people want to bring nuts into your country that you don’t want in there! Those people must be stopped at all costs.
Melbourne is actually pronounced Mel-Byn, as though it were a wizard; I learned this from Scott And Kris, who are also Kris and Scott. They’re on their way to the San Diego Comic Con, a convention I’ve attended for more than a decade solid, and this is the first time I haven’t been there since I started going. I know how to feel about being here, which is great. But I don’t know where to file the other thing.
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Sand, Part Two
Posted by News Fetcher on July 16 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Chronotheft
Posted by News Fetcher on July 14 '13 at 11:15 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I was under some misconceptions about what exactly the “International Date Line” was, or what the charges might be, if any. Now, flush with wisdom, I understand that it is a completely ordinary thing and not even a real line. But that is no reason not to enjoy myself at my cohort’s expense, or to deprive you of that same enjoyment.
It’s true, though. Monday does kind of disappear. Or, at any rate, it’s experienced in a suspended Pandemonium Box that refracts time. I used to have a problem where I would go up in a plane and then be convinced of my imminent death for the duration; it’s the kind of thing that really makes you want to stay home. I would have to write my way out of that horror, and the archive is littered with examples of that “genre.” Medicine has more or less tamped that down, but ultimately there was also the realization that being in mid-air is the only time an adult can do nothing and it’s anywhere near okay.
Since I don’t get to Australia very often, it seemed like I should try to bring my family. At any rate, it seemed like I should do that months and months ago when I made the decision. At this particular moment it seems like the height of ambition to bring a three year old and a seven year old… anywhere, really. But perhaps especially on a day-long flight…? Are there any laws in the middle of the ocean? I’m wargaming a few scenarios.
I’m writing this on Saturday to make absolutely certain there is a post for you to read, because despite what I might have said re: my understanding the temporal weave I’m still afraid I don’t. So I’m uploading it now, just in case. Hopefully I’m still alive; I’m not certain this post really brings the gravitas of a proper epitaph.
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Chronotheft
Posted by News Fetcher on July 14 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Precipice Was Picked For A “Flash Sale”!
Posted by News Fetcher on July 13 '13 at 08:00 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I don’t know what sorcery brought this about, but there’s only five hours left on the sale, and here’s what it means. You can get On The Rain-Slick Precipice Of Darkness 4 - which just came out, mind - for $2.49. Precipice 3 is also 2.49. Here’s where it gets kind of crazy.

You can get both of them, together, for four dollars. No, I don’t know why. Presumably, the manager is “out of town.”

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My Arcade
Posted by News Fetcher on July 12 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
The rest of my Arcade machines arrived this week and I thought I’d give you all an update. I had a lot of people ask where I got them from but until they arrived I wanted to hold off telling you the name of the place. I didn’t want to recommend the website only to have boxes full of broken wood and glass show up at my house. The machines are all beautiful though and worked great so I’m happy to tell you I got them from Arcadesmarket.com. I worked with Jose there and he has no clue who I am or that I’d ever be mentioning his shop. In fact there is a very good chance this link will wreck his site. I contacted a lot of vendors and Jose not only had all the machines I was looking for but he was also the only one willing to give me a great deal for buying so many at once. The cabinets are all gorgeous and most have been upgraded with flat screen monitors and modded boards to add a few extra games to each cab.

They came all the way from Saint Paul Minnesota and arrived at my house after about a week on the road.



Unpacking them and moving them into the garage took a few hours.



Once they were all situated Gabe invited some of his friends over. Watching a bunch of elementary school kids playing classic arcade games really did my heart good. My son took to Dig Dug and I have to say this is one of my favorite pictures I’ve taken.



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Child’s Play Strip: Privateer Press
Posted by News Fetcher on July 12 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
In a stunning turn of events, we’re getting to one of the Child’s Play Charity Dinner & Auction strips before December. I know! It has to be said: we’re innovators.

We talked to Matt Wilson (who founded Privateer Press) about what he wanted for his strip, and he was freaking out because they were about to run a Kickstarter for a tactics game based on their tabletop wargame, Warmachine. Maybe he wouldn’t like the term “freaking out,” but the deal is that we will make him a strip, not present him as an ultramasculine paragon. He was freaking out, which I understand, having endured two such campaigns myself. But since the Goddamn thing funded in 35 hours, you know, maybe file that away somewhere. Optimally, this might be an opportunity to enjoy life for five seconds. I say that knowing full well that it’s impossible: the man is a verb. I doubt he’s happy unless he’s engaged in the next high-wire act of terrifying creative exposure.
Any individual aspect of it chosen at random would have been sufficient to garner my support, whether it’s the playable figurines, or the electronical tactics game, or the steam-powered pugilism engines with magic brains. Except all of that shit is stewing in the pot at the same time. We’re big fans of Warmachine on the table, though some of us have switched over to Hordes, a compatible system from the same publisher that inverts its resource management. I mean, I could talk about it. It would take a while, it’s like a Yin and Yang thing. In any event: our debt to Privateer Press is paid.

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Child’s Play Strip: Privateer Press
Posted by News Fetcher on July 11 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Precipice: Steam Sailin’
Posted by News Fetcher on July 11 '13 at 01:45 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Precipice 3 is $3, Precipice 4 is $3.74, and you can get 3 AND four for six bucks.

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Provisions
Posted by News Fetcher on July 10 '13 at 10:30 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Brenna’s been packing since Sunday for Australia. Most of our personal items are arranged around the house in patterns which I assume have a metaphysical component - perhaps they focus H-waves, like a lens. I used to try and help with this process, until I realized that the best way to help was not to touch nothin’. When I pack, it’s like, I put as many underwears in as I have days, and one pair of pants regardless of the trip’s duration, and as many identical black shirts as are currently clean. I think of my backpack like a diving bell, or something: I’m not trying to live there, wherever it is, it simply furnishes whatever is required to exist wherever I happen to be going.
I tend to operate directly out of that bag. She packs like we are moving to wherever we’re going, and then she unpacks first thing. She tries to make wherever we are home, which is very time consuming but it’s also a really cool thing to do.
Thus far, Gabriel has not packed anything in the typical packing continuum. The Surface continues to pay dividends, in that the lion’s share of what Gabriel is bringing to amuse himself</a> is made up of PC games I demanded that he play weeks or months ago. I should make sure he grabs the 400 Days DLC for his Walking Dead though, because (as a kind of electronic short story compilation) it’s a distillation of the things Telltale did so well in the first season. They couldn’t really end it, but they weren’t in much of a position to; it was advertised as a bridge between seasons, and it certainly does that. It makes you long for (slash deeply dread) more in a way that is rare in games. It happens, but there’s a lot of “look away” moments here that you couldn’t get away with in most other genres, whose “gameplay” constantly demands that you be in active control.
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“Video Games!”
Posted by News Fetcher on July 10 '13 at 10:00 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I actually just grabbed a screenshot of my desktop for the middle panel today. I think I’m as ready as I can be for the 17 hours of flying. Here’s what I’ve got:

Final Fantasy 7: I am ashamed to admit I never played very far into this game. Grabbed it on Steam for the nostalgia.

The Walking Dead: I have managed to avoid playing this game. I tend not to go in for stuff that will press my “Dad” buttons but I just finished Last of Us and really loved it. Maybe I’m ready for the Walking Dead now.

Clash of Heroes: This is an awesome puzzle game that I can play pretty much indefinitely.

Magrunner: I picked this up on Steam the other day after reading a favorable review that compared it to Portal.

Sol Forge: It’s not Duel of Champions but DOC requires internet and I won’t have that on the flight. If I need a card game fix this will be my jam.

The Swapper: I picked this up intending to save it for the flight but I started it and ended up playing for an hour. I had to force myself to stop and save the rest for my trip.

Fairway Solitaire: This is another game that I can pretty much play forever I think.

Where’s My Mickey: I LOVE this game. It adds a bunch of new mechanics to the Where’s My Water formula and gives the entire thing a cool classic disney cartoon vibe.

Super Puzzle Platformer: This is a great game when you want something quick and fun. It’s hard as hell too.

Ittle Dew: This is a top down Zelda style adventure game. I started it already and I was really impressed. It’s got cool art, funny writing and some clever puzzles.

Civ V: Picked up the new expansion but saving it for the flight. I love that they built touch controls into this game so it runs great on the Surface.

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Provisions
Posted by News Fetcher on July 09 '13 at 11:15 PM
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More Sand
Posted by News Fetcher on July 09 '13 at 09:30 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I’m still plugging away on Sand and I’m really happy with the way it’s turning out. It should start running on the 15th or the 17th and it will pick up the story immediately after this strip.



-Gabe out

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Near Miss
Posted by News Fetcher on July 08 '13 at 09:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
You have probably heard about Justin Carter in passing, maybe on one of the sites you read, or video channels you watch, but it comes down to the fact that a dumb kid said something dumb and because of the world we live in now this entitles the state to steal eight years of your life.

Context is, as they say, important; part of that context must almost certainly be derived from who happens to be participating in the conversation, what it concerns, and where it is taking place. And even if - taking all of this into account - even if you still feel a compulsion to determine whether a young man in Texas is the next Osama Bin Laden, get a warrant to watch him or turn his house upside down. Don’t throw him in jail for months. Don’t throw him in jail for month, singular. Don’t set bail at a half-mil. Is there something we don’t know? Something on his computer? The mind reels. I want there to be a reason. Some reason.
I’m not exaggerating very much in the second panel of the strip, or the third for that msatter. I’ve talked about it before. It took me a very long time to figure my shit out, most of it at any rate, and you’ve had a front row seat to the rest. If you want to know why people are making big to-do about this that they are, it’s because they know full well that they’d be in there with him. We used to understand that young people said things they didn’t mean, that people leveraged abstraction to expel demons. Euphemism. We aren’t safer since we’ve adopted this “be terrified of young men” stance. Demonstrably.
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Near Miss
Posted by News Fetcher on July 07 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Tell Me What Sounds Best
Posted by News Fetcher on July 07 '13 at 07:15 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Write me back, and tell which option they would find more horrifying. On the docket now we’ve got my “famous” Texas Tofu Skewers, or something from our Jail Dining series like “Hot Potato” (sounds euphemistic, is actually literal) or Snarfs, which is whatever they wouldn’t eat last night with microwaved with ketchup.

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Confidential to Tycho
Posted by News Fetcher on July 07 '13 at 11:00 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I made a delicious chicken parmesan last night and both my kids turned their noses up at it. I think I might send them up to your house for a dinner so they can see how good they have it here. Can you let me know the next time you’re making bok choy and white rice?

-Gabe out

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