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Our Diablo III Project With Katie Rice!
Posted by News Fetcher on September 09 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
There are five strips total, but the first one just went up. I would describe this project as deeply, just… fundamentally batshit, and it was a ton of fun to have her take over the art duties.

(CW)TB

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The Tithe, Part Two
Posted by News Fetcher on September 09 '13 at 10:15 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I like this poem.

I like poems generally, all kinds. What is included in today’s comic barely fits my own definition, but it’s probably the correct term. People occasionally compliment me on my writing: they will say something like, “I like your writing,” which is constructed in such a way that I cannot wriggle from it. I accept the compliment because my momma raised me right; refusal of a gift is the first sin. But this is respiration for me. This is the sound of me breathing out; I can’t not do it. Though I suppose I could stop, and die.
I know what shape a piece of language has to conform to, and once I have the mold, words just fall into it. The decision I made for the poem, the only cognitive part of its construction, was that it had to invert itself. A lot of poems and songs do that; Fast Car is a good example. I’m writing a song for Kris Straub that does something similar, in that the chorus repeated throughout the song means something different after the last verse. I’m not telling you this to make you think that I am clever or interesting - I’m trying to explain why it is difficult to absorb compliments for what feel like autonomic responses. Most of the words I’m using are just English words, right off the shelf, with the occasional aftermarket mod. I’m not sure I’ve ever done anything that could not be accomplished as well or better with refrigerator magnets.
It might have to be a very large refrigerator, obviously. And you might need a couple packs of the magnets. You get it, though.
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The Tithe
Posted by News Fetcher on September 09 '13 at 09:30 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I posted ie a while back but if you’re looking for a nice high res version of the first panel in today’s strip here it is:



You can click on that to get the super big version which should work for all your desktop wallpaper needs.

When we did Sand I was pretty much drawing the pages just a day or so before they needed to go up on the site. This didn’t give me much time to work out ideas ahead of time. With the Tithe I started working on it weeks ago and I drawing out ideas in my sketchbook even before that. I’m actually working on page 5 of the Tithe now just to give you an idea of how far ahead I am. I’m really enjoying the time I have now to plan things out and I think the comic is better for it. I thought I’d give you a little peek into my sketchbook for the Tithe.

I have a few pages of sketches for the main character. I tried lots of different stuff but here’s the first sketch of Hanna (oh yeah BTW she has a name)



I work out each page in my sketchbook really rough. Here’s what my layouts for the first two pages look like. You might be able to see some of what became the final panel structure in there.



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The Tithe, Part Two
Posted by News Fetcher on September 08 '13 at 11:15 PM
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The Tithe
Posted by News Fetcher on September 06 '13 at 09:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Any spare minute where we were not in, you know, Australia or something, Gabriel has been drawing Daughters of the Eyrewood: The Tithe. I don’t think it looks like he drew it. Obviously, that’s not my department. I don’t have a robust methodology for determining things like that. But looking at it, with the organs I use for that purpose, it clearly represents a change either in him or in his style.

I don’t remember how many pages it is exactly, other than to say that it is the right amount. This fills out the middle part of the Lookouts as a setting, with Thornwatch being the third. They’re each about different things, and any one of them could be a life’s work, but for some reason we have arranged them so that they teeter in a stack and inform each other.
There were announcements of various kinds at PAX that almost certainly require a boost in signal:

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The tithe
Posted by News Fetcher on September 06 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
The Lookouts tells the story of what it’s like to be a young boy in the Eyrewood. It’s essentially fantasy boy scouts and almost immediately after the first strip we were asked if there was a girl scout equivalent in that world. It was actually a fan that gave us the name Daughters of the Eyrewood but it’s taken us a few years to figure out exactly what their story is.

If you read the six part Lookouts comic book you already know a bit about the Daughters. If you haven’t, then I suggest you go do it because it’s totally rad. In the world of the Lookouts the Eyrewood is an all encompassing magical forest. Tiny villages dot the woods like islands in a massive sea. Navigating the Eyrewood and protecting the roads that link these towns is the job of the Lookouts. They start training as children for this task and all boys must spend some time learning the ways of the forest as a member of a Lookouts troop. Each troop is lead by a master Lookout who endeavors to teach the boys how to survive in the Eyrewood.

While every boy must be a Lookout, not every girl becomes a Daughter. Daughters are “called” by the Eyrewood to serve a special purpose and that’s the story we’re going to tell over the next few weeks with the Tithe.

If the Eyrewood looks a bit like central Washington that’s because of a recent camping trip I took with my family and some friends. We took a trip out to Wenatchee and spent some time exploring the Wenatchee river on the way home. I started snapping pictures like a crazy person and when my wife asked me what I was doing I shouted “I found the Eyrewood!”



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The Tithe, Part One
Posted by News Fetcher on September 05 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Some Clarification
Posted by News Fetcher on September 05 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
There have been a lot of assumptions about what I meant or thought at the panel last Monday. I wanted to clear that up, so get ready, let’s talk about Dickwolves.

Robert had the idea to host a panel at PAX this year that would be him interviewing Jerry and me. The thinking was that there’s stuff only he can ask us because only he knows about it, or if anyone else asked us we would tell them to fuck off. He got us to talk pretty openly about some very private stuff, from our finances and how we spend our money to our wives and details about the times we’ve been approached to sell Penny Arcade. It was a super intense interview but the one question that is getting the most attention is when Robert asked us to name a time when we thought he made a mistake.

That’s a hard question because honestly Robert makes very few mistakes. Although if he asked me that same question today I’d probably say “the time you asked us to be brutally honest in front of three thousand people.” So I had to think really hard about it and the only time I could remember really thinking he made a mistake was when he told us we had to pull the Dickwolves merch. I didn’t really get a chance to elaborate on why that was though, and unfortunately by not doing so it created a bit of a firestorm on the Internet.

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I Am Generating 16,321,332.2 Cookies Per Second
Posted by News Fetcher on September 04 '13 at 04:45 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
God help me. God helps us all.

(CW)TB

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Rayman Legends
Posted by News Fetcher on September 04 '13 at 11:30 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I’ve been playing a ton of Rayman Legends on the Wii U for the last two days. This game is fucking incredible. The way it uses the Wii U gamepad is nothing short of genius. I’ve been playing it with my wife, me taking on the platforming while she handles the touch controls on the gamepad. If you played the demo you know that the person on the gamepad can do cool stuff like cut ropes to lower platforms or stamp out fireballs before they reach you.

I had no idea just how many incredible mechanics they put on the gamepad though. We just played a series of levels that had her carving out paths and tunnels “Where’s My Water” style that I then had to run through. She had to divert a pool of lava with one tunnel while carving out a path for me to get past it. A later level has a lantern that casts light all around the level. If I’m hit by the light I get zapped with a laser. She has to pick up the lantern with the stylus and move the lantern around as I run and jump through the level. I’ve honestly never played anything like this. The way it forces you to work together is fucking inspired.

If you play it on another system I’m sure it’s a cool game but when you play it on the Wii U you get something truly new and incredibly special.

Rayman Legends is a reason to get a Wii U.

- Gabe Out

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Flinch
Posted by News Fetcher on September 04 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I would have gotten here a lot sooner if it weren’t for Cookie Clicker. Man, fuck that guy. You work so hard to ennoble play and craft and systems as aesthetics and whatever other Goddamn thing, but if you put a cookie on the screen and ask me to click it I will apparently do that for hours and fucking hours. I’m creating three and a half million cookies per second and it feels like the apex of human achievement. I stand atop a cookie ziggurat, my arms outstretched; chocolate lightning strikes both palms.

Jesus Christ; I need to go through all these business cards and try to remember what I intended to tell these people. I usually put them behind my license, in the little marsupial pouch, but there got to be more than I could fit in there.

Gabriel had almost no time to play anything of any kind the entire show, the regular old Cobbler’s Sonundrum, but he did get his mitts on Sonic Lost World which so impressed him that he was willing to offer the franchise a temporary loan of goodwill, to be rescinded at the first moment of grimdark.
I went as nuts as I could, by comparison; I’ve watched the harvest from every game show I can’t attend mount and mount and it was time. This stuff is going to leach at a steady rate from my mind, I’ll get to it all eventually. Some of it, like Always Sometimes Monsters, I need to get builds for. Some I need to remember to Kickstart, like Chromancer. But today I’m going to talk about Titanfall.
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Post PAX post
Posted by News Fetcher on September 04 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
PAX is over now and I’m at home recovering. It was an incredible four days and I wanted to share some of my highlights.

A soldier who was stationed in Afghanistan gave me an incredible gift. He said that he was stuck in a tiny outpost in the middle of nowhere. A friend of his was able to dig a good sized chunk of Lapis Lazuli out of the ground and gave it to him. He took this solid rock of pure Lapis and began hand carving dice. he made two sets, one to keep and the other to give away. From the second set he gave 2 dice each to myself, jerry, Scott, and Kris. Here’s a picture of the two dice I chose.



Keep in mind these are hand carved. He said that during his deployment he would just spend a little time each day sanding and working on them. I can’t believe how beautiful they are. It’s an incredible gift and I wanted to share it here.

I was also given another amazing gift this year.



This is a one month sobriety chip given to me by a fan who told me that Penny Arcade helped him through some very difficult times. I get items like this quite often and it’s always an incredible honor. It means alot to me every time someone comes up and tells me that PA has helped them in some way. On the last day of the show I was walking back to my hotel and a young man ran up to me. He had tears in his eyes and he didn’t say anything. He just hugged me. This was a, no bullshit, real hug and as he did it he just said “thank you for all of this.” then he just ran off before I could even respond. I remember all these stories and all these hugs and they are a continual source of inspiration. So thank YOU.

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Flinch
Posted by News Fetcher on September 03 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Pinthusiast
Posted by News Fetcher on September 02 '13 at 09:30 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Ordinarily at this time I’d be trying to disassemble an Incan stonework of tightly compressed memories in a more or less mute attempt to to communicate the previous three days. But since PAX Prime is now four days, I’m still trying to do that while new memories are being added higher in the stack.
The purpose of the four day gambit was to allow people who wanted very badly to attend PAX access to the show, and in my experience - I’ve met hundreds and hundreds of people - it had the intended effect. There are also many people who come for a single day, now; Helljumpers, fired from orbit, ready to PAX as though PAX were a verb. I like it.
We did the Make a Strip Panel on Saturday as per usual, and
this was the result; it’s a question that we get often and we DO have a lot of traded pins. The real answer probably has more to do with being sanitized and offered in blind boxes, but that comic SUCKS. I think it’s worth nothing that between Gabe’s Surface (the computer, not, like… his skin) and Manga Studio, he’s able to deliver a much more robust product under hard constraints. Without those tools, I don’t know that he would have even attempted something this elaborate on stage - let alone completed it in eighty minutes or so. Yeesh.
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Pinthusiast
Posted by News Fetcher on September 01 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Decor, Part Two
Posted by News Fetcher on August 29 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Decor, Part Two
Posted by News Fetcher on August 29 '13 at 11:15 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Just in case you think this is a purely fictional enterprise, let me assure you: it’s all so terrifyingly real. I would tell you who we went through, or whatever, but I don’t want to advertise for a service I haven’t received anything from yet. Maybe they’re huge jerks! Maybe you open the box, and in addition to your cravats or whatever there is also a ton of skin and hair. Man, I don’t know.
I didn’t actually speak to Anton Guarana, who I am sure is an actual person somewhere you could probably talk to about which scenarios are and are not “sandal occasions.” No. I spoke to someone else, in a conversation that had elements of anthropology, therapy, and the lemon-wax tang of the confessional. What I came away with is that I am way, way out of my depth. I know a lot about manticores and that’s basically it.

I was not prepared for the extent to which discussing clothing would make me feel naked.
For the duration of PAX, On The Rain-Slick Precipice Of Darkness Three and <href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/237570/">Four</a> are each half off, which makes them two fifty apiece. And then, through some Necromancy I don’t have the language to contain, you can buy both of them at the same time and get them both for four dollars. If you are the sort who craves value, four dollars for fifteen hours ain’t bad. And I’d describe that as conservative, especially taking the bonus content and prequel chapter from 3 - functionally, a self-contained game - into account. The fourth and final chapter of the series is, um… vast? Let’s go with vast.

The “duration of PAX” includes today, of course, because PAX - the PAX known as PAX Prime - is well and truly on.

(CW)TB out.

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Decor, Part One
Posted by News Fetcher on August 28 '13 at 11:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I wholly standardized my clothing options some indistinct period of time ago - thick black shirts, black shoes, dark jeans. The socks and underwear are black also, so that I can wash my life all at once if needs be. I tend to ensconce commentary regarding my reasons for doing so - or, indeed, any kind of self-assessment - in an impenetrable ironic bulwark. I don’t think this makes me a statistical outlier, by any means. I hope you won’t be surprised to learn that I’m kind of a dork.
The problem is that there’s Catch 22 woven into the entire fucking mess, in that you can’t actually opt out. Even if you adopt a platform similar to my own, you’re still communicating… something. This is precisely the kind of fan language, status hierarchy bullshit I find repulsive/want nothing to do with, but if I’m playing some kind of a game without knowing it I want to be better at it. People hack this mechanism to their benefit constantly. Even if most of the signalling done in this context is most likely for a man younger than myself who is substantially less married, I… don’t know. I wonder what that looks like.
As a direct result of reader generosity, Downloadable Content - also known as the Penny Arcade Podcast - is now thoroughly available. Some have already savored its intensity. But it has a link at the top of the page, like a feature that’s all growed up. Install it on a jumpdrive, and apply it directly to your swollen commute. Listen to it on a run, and spur yourself to new heights of fitness by imagining we are nipping at your very heels. Or, listen to them if you are not currently listening to anything else! Godspeed, and may you find them of use.
(CW)TB out.

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Twisp and Catsby Pin Set
Posted by News Fetcher on August 28 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:


This is an online exclusive set meaning it will not be sold at any shows. You can get it right now in the Penny Arcade store.

-Gabe out

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Decor, Part One
Posted by News Fetcher on August 28 '13 at 07:15 AM
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