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Krosmaster Arena
Posted by News Fetcher on October 25 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I had seen Krosmaster Arena for sale at PAX Prime and I immediately loved the art on the box. I wasn’t able to pick it up at the show but when I saw it again this week at a game shop near the office I had to grab it. The little figures were so awesome I even picked up a set of them as well before I had even played the game. I figured worst case scenario the game sucks and they will just look cool on my shelf. The good news is the game is fucking awesome. The bad news is now I have to buy a lot more of these little bastards.

Krosmaster Arena is a physical version of a digital game that you can play inside the games Wakfu or Dofus. I know that’s strange but it’s sort of like how you can buy and play a real life version of Tetra Master from FF IX. I personally had no experience with the digital version as I had never played Wakfu or Dofus before.



So what sort of game is it? To me it’s sort of like a tabletop MOBA similar to League of Legends or DOTA but without the tower defense. It’s about choosing a character from a diverse roster of heroes and battling in an arena against your friends. You could also describe it as a PVP version of Super Dungeon Explore or If you’re not sick of comparisons already it also feels a bit like a turn based Power Stone.



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Clotheshorse
Posted by News Fetcher on October 24 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Cliffhanger
Posted by News Fetcher on October 23 '13 at 11:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I pushed Telltale’s The Walking Dead hard - not just on you, but on virtually every person I know. And since it’s out for every Goddamn thing, the likelihood that a person has (or has access to) a device which can contain the experience is high.
I said fairly recently that The Walking Dead was the first time I felt that Episodic as a matter of conception or execution had run on “all cylinders,” but maybe it happened before and it was for something I didn’t know about which was also very good. Kentucky Route Zero gets at the same thing - it’s resonant, careening inside the skull. Did you ever play that? Did I forget to freak out about it publicly? If I did, it’s because I thought I could only weakly gesture at it. People are going to study this fucking thing in college. Believe it.
Independent of all the game things, the gamey game game stuff, beeps and boops, creating in a format that leverages these long pauses between releases gives them a lot of power over your mind. Alan Wake played around with this stuff a little bit, a game as discrete episodes all contained on the same disc; the newest Alone In The Dark did as well. Obviously, you could continue playing immediately. But even in those nominal executions, you still felt the twinge: it is over, but not over. I think the word “liminal” has an application here. In those cases, you get a feeling with that shape and then continue on. In these Telltale ones, you - as a player, and as a character - “hang” from a virtual “cliff’ for a month, or more. It compounds the experience, being deprived of it, which I guess explains why Freemium games with energy systems work the way they do. Absence and fond hearts, etc.
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Halloween Contest
Posted by News Fetcher on October 23 '13 at 09:30 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Do you or your kids wanna dress up as a Lookout, Daughter of the Eyrewood, or Thornwatch member? If you do, send me a picture and If I get enough I’ll post a gallery here on the site. I’ll even put together a special Eyrewood prize pack for my favorites. Send me your pics before Halloween if you want in on the contest!

-Gabe out

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Pin Pals!
Posted by News Fetcher on October 23 '13 at 09:30 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Pinny Arcade news

The Hanna pin should arrive in our warehouse this week and will start shipping ASAP. This was a limited run on just 1000 pins and it did sell out in about fifteen minutes. We held a few back for trading purposes so if you didn’t get one I should have a few on me at PAX East.

The Halloween set should also be arriving soon. We have been pushing hard to get this set available to you guys before Halloween and I think we will but it’s gonna be close. In the meantime I can at least share the artwork with you!



The Killer Instinct Pin Ultimate edition is still available and we’ve managed to push the release date of the Pin Ultimate edition to 11/22!



You can get more info about this special edition here. Essentially you get the game, all the characters, all the first season DLC, and a super cool display case with two pinny arcade pins. You’re collection starts with a Jago pin and a KI logo pin. There are seven more character pins drawn by me that you will be able to purchase in the PA store. There are also seven more “engagement” pins that you can earn by completing in game challenges and attending real world events. Complete the challenge and you will get a coupon that covers the cost of the pin! If you can’t make it to PAX East or you’re not able to complete a specific challenge your collection is not boned. These engagement pins will also be available for purchase.

You can read more about our thought process and why we created the Pin Ultimate edition right here. KI might not be your cup of tea but we’re really hoping this is something we can do for more games in the future.

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Bungie Art Show for Child’s Play
Posted by News Fetcher on October 23 '13 at 09:30 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Bungie is putting on an art show to display concept art from the Bungie Artists and any money they raise from the sales will be donated to Child’s Play. The show starts this Thursday the 24th and all art will be posted for sale on the gallery’s website within a day or two of the start of the show.

I’ve actually been lucky enough to visit the Bungie offices on a few occasions and I’ve seen walls covered with their incredible concept art. It really is amazing work. Some of this stuff will have never been seen before and some of it will even give you a glimpse at their new game Destiny. It’s beautiful work and if you can make it down to the gallery I highly recommend you check it out. Even if you can’t make it to the gallery remember to keep an eye on the gallery site. Remember all the proceeds from sales of the work will go directly to Child’s Play!

-Gabe out

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Cliffhanger
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Pin Pals!
Posted by News Fetcher on October 21 '13 at 09:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Pinny Arcade news

The Hanna pin should arrive in our warehouse this week and will start shipping ASAP. This was a limited run on just 1000 pins and it did sell out in about fifteen minutes. We held a few back for trading purposes so if you didn’t get one I should have a few on me at PAX East.

The Halloween set should also be arriving soon. We have been pushing hard to get this set available to you guys before Halloween and I think we will but it’s gonna be close. In the meantime I can at least share the artwork with you!



The Killer Instinct Pin Ultimate edition is still available and we’ve managed to push the release date of the Pin Ultimate edition to 11/22!



You can get more info about this special edition here. Essentially you get the game, all the characters, all the first season DLC, and a super cool display case with two pinny arcade pins. You’re collection starts with a Jago pin and a KI logo pin. There are seven more character pins drawn by me that you will be able to purchase in the PA store. There are also seven more “engagement” pins that you can earn by completing in game challenges and attending real world events. Complete the challenge and you will get a coupon that covers the cost of the pin! If you can’t make it to PAX East or you’re not able to complete a specific challenge your collection is not boned. These engagement pins will also be available for purchase.

You can read more about our thought process and why we created the Pin Ultimate edition right here. KI might not be your cup of tea but we’re really hoping this is something we can do for more games in the future.

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Unicology
Posted by News Fetcher on October 21 '13 at 09:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
You would think, even I would think, that this strip came about because I had seen a sparkly word somewhere and had endeavored to integrate it into my nest. Not so!
We have a soft spot, if not a hard spot, for the workings of Dave Gross. By which we mean his books! Not his other operations. But there’s no reason to believe the way in which he metabolizes carbohydrates isn’t also great. I’m sure he puts his own spin on it. But he has found the trick of writing licensed fiction that is fun to read and is also sprankled with ideas you carry out with you.
Jamie, Sandersonian Sorceress Supreme, grabbed Gabriel’s copy of the book and becan to read passages from King of Chaos with a gravelly lisp to shame him - she referenced a unicorn’s “hooveth” at one point - and he was seared, with the tasteful grill marks that indentify a true barbecue champion. Sometimes you want to read, but you also want to play Dungeons and Dragons, and he writes books that sort of let you do both simultaneously. For the time conscious, the man is a godsend.
Anyway, I don’t know if it is a spoiler, but there’s a Unicorn in the book somewhere. Maybe more than one. And there’s a word for such a thing. There are out of the way, more than likely specious names for all sorts of animal heaps, it turns out:
A Jerky of Martinets

A Bruschetta of Flatworms

A Lepton of Hummingbirds

A Crunchwrap of Wildebeests

And so on. I don’t think there’s an international body that even keeps track of this shit. I think it’s the wild-ass, motherfucking west.

(CW)TB out.

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Unicology
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Pin Ultimate
Posted by News Fetcher on October 18 '13 at 08:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
More details about the Killer Instinct Pin Ultimate edition came out today. You can head over to the XBLA blog right now and read through them. You should jump over there and read them before continuing on with my post. Go ahead I can wait. I have to catch this Zubat anyway.



Back?

Okay so now you know that you can earn pins by completing in game challenges or attending in person events. You can still purchase them though if you don’t have the time or desire to do all that stuff. It’s also worth pointing out that I’m drawing all 8 of the character pins, the first of which is Jago and comes in the Pin Ultimate edition. There are another 8 engagement pins which are being designed by me and the other artists here at PA.



That makes for a total set of 16 pins which is the largest single Pinny Arcade set we’ve done to date. I’ve always said that my goal with Pinny Arcade is to create the Disney Pin trading of games. Already just in the first year of Pinny Arcade we’ve managed to get pins for some of the biggest names in the industry, indie games and fan favorites. I’m super proud of how far we’ve come in less than 12 months!

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Halloween Contest
Posted by News Fetcher on October 18 '13 at 08:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Do you or your kids wanna dress up as a Lookout, Daughter of the Eyrewood, or Thornwatch member? If you do, send me a picture and If I get enough I’ll post a gallery here on the site. I’ll even put together a special Eyrewood prize pack for my favorites. Send me your pics before Halloween if you want in on the contest!

-Gabe out

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Gotta Catch them All…again
Posted by News Fetcher on October 18 '13 at 08:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I’m really loving Pokemon X. I put about 150 hours into Pokemon Diamond back in the day but could not get into any of the games after. I tried White but it just felt to similar. I don’t know if it’s the updated graphics or the amount of time that has passed but I’m hooked on X now.

I love that the game is 3D now, it really makes Pokemon feel fresh and more like a modern RPG. The old sprites had a certain charm to them but the animations and character they have put into all these 3D models is just outstanding. I actually feel a little bad now when I see them faint. In terms of the mechanics the game also feels more modern. A lot of the old stuff that to me just felt like a punishment is gone. Getting XP for capturing, the XP share working on all your Pokemon, super training, it all goes a long way towards making the game more humane.

The upgrade to the multiplayer aspects of the game is also a welcome addition. The new P.S.S. (player search system) allows you to trade and battle with other Pokemon players nearby super easily. Also it saves so much faster now!

Today’s comic brings back evil Pokemon trainer Gabe. We’ve done a lot of Pokemon strips over the years and I thought I collect some of my favorites.

Evil Pokemon Trainer Gabe.

Punching Down

The Gabriel Method

Pokemorality

Freshness

The Coming Apokelypse

The Pokemon Card Game

The Tournémon, Part One

The Tournémon, Part Two

The Tournémon, Part Three

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Tall Grass, Big Stakes
Posted by News Fetcher on October 17 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Halloween Contest
Posted by News Fetcher on October 16 '13 at 07:00 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Do you or your kids wanna dress up as a Lookout, Daughter of the Eyrewood, or Thornwatch member? If you do, send me a picture and If I get enough I’ll post a gallery here on the site. I’ll even put together a special Eyrewood prize pack for my favorites. Send me your pics before Halloween if you want in on the contest!

-Gabe out

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Pin Ultimate
Posted by News Fetcher on October 16 '13 at 03:00 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
More details about the Killer Instinct Pin Ultimate edition came out today. You can head over to the XBLA blog right now and read through them. You should jump over there and read them before continuing on with my post. Go ahead I can wait. I have to catch this Zubat anyway.



Back?

Okay so now you know that you can earn pins by completing in game challenges or attending in person events. You can still purchase them though if you don’t have the time or desire to do all that stuff. It’s also worth pointing out that I’m drawing all 8 of the character pins, the first of which is Jago and comes in the Pin Ultimate edition. There are another 8 engagement pins which are being designed by me and the other artists here at PA.



That makes for a total set of 16 pins which is the largest single Pinny Arcade set we’ve done to date. I’ve always said that my goal with Pinny Arcade is to create the Disney Pin trading of games. Already just in the first year of Pinny Arcade we’ve managed to get pins for some of the biggest names in the industry, indie games and fan favorites. I’m super proud of how far we’ve come in less than 12 months!

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No Country For Old Pokémen
Posted by News Fetcher on October 15 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Golem Arcana on Kickstarter
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '13 at 07:15 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Looking over at the page, it has nine or so hours left to go before it funds. They’ve got about 20k left to go on a 500k ask, so they’re close. I said I would say what was up with it, and I never did, partly because I’m a bad person but also because no that’s why.

One of Golem Arcana’s primary goals is to make wargaming something everybody can do. People at that company have already revolutionized gaming on the tabletop three or four times at my last count, so they’re good for it - but one of the things I like most about wargaming is the Arcana: that is to say, the secrets and mysteries. The tomes and chin-stroking, the unearthing of some esoteric bullshit that has within it the molecule of victory. But I still backed it, for two reasons.

The first is that I agree with its mission. I think a lot of people, including a lot of gamers, are actually wargamers who simply never had the opportunity. Painting is intimidating as fuck. What’s even more intimidating is hauling a tacklebox full of treasured minis to the “friendly local game store” to play against strangers who all seem to have slightly different levels of rigor regarding rules questions and measurement. This game, whose primary differentiator is a stylus that communicates game data and position to an impartial tablet or phone, hacks down a lot of that stuff in one fell swoop and heaps it to burn. It’s informed by boardgames, but isn’t one - it’s definitely in the wargame continuum, and a skirmishy volume of on-table plastic makes every maneuver count.

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Pin Ultimate
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '13 at 01:45 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I wanted to talk a little more about the Pin Ultimate edition of the new Killer Instinct. The KI team originally came to us with a question. They were making a digital only game but wanted to know if there was a way to give it a cool physical component that would sort of take the place of the game box you would have put up on your shelf. We all put our heads together and what we came up with is the Pin Ultimate edition.



The idea is to go beyond just sticking a statute in the box. With the Pin Ultimate edition you get a case that when closed will look something like a hardcover book on your shelf.



When open though it becomes a tri-fold display for a custom set of Pinny Arcade pins.



There will be pins of all the characters but beyond that there will be a series of what we are calling “engagement” pins. The idea behind these was to turn things such as in game achievements and experiences like attending PAX into something physical that you can put in your display case. The idea is that you can put it up on your shelf and see pins for the KI tournament you played in, meeting the developers at PAX and maybe the challenge you did where you had to play a hundred ranked games in a month. The Pin Ultimate edition is less a “collectors edition” and something more like a scrap book.



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Also
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '13 at 12:30 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
NUCLEAR THRONE!

p.s. nuclear throoooone

(CW)TB

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