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Srip Search!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 21 '13 at 07:00 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Time for another episode of the number one webcomic reality show on Penny Arcade, Strip Search!



I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but I will say that the elimination you will see this Friday was epic.

-Gabe out

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The Shame Hole
Posted by News Fetcher on May 20 '13 at 09:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
What I actually said was “Yes Jamie, Thank You Jamie,” but that comic sucks. This comic improves substantially on reality.
I met one of the guys on my team at the first Golf Tourney we ever did, and we kept in touch - he’s pretty sturdy, as I recall. And the “format” is Team Scramble, one of several co-op variants, which has everyone hitting from the best position each time and ultimately sharing in the best score. I would never say that this meant you should bet on my team, or whatever, or follow my curse-laden journal of horrors on #CPGolf, but it does elevate the possibilities from “that’s genuinely insulting, shut up” to a score below two hundred strokes.
All primary writing tasks for On The Rain-Slick Precipice Of Darkness 4 - the culmination of the games I started writing in 2008 - are now complete. Enemies, items, attacks, dialogue, all of it. Good god. I have to type it here so it will be real and maybe the muscles in my neck will let go.
There wasn’t going to be a third game, let alone a fourth one to finish it out, and I want to thank people for making sure we understood that you hadn’t forgotten it. I would also like to thank Zeboyd Games (which is really just thanking Robert and Bill) both for having the courage to do what they’re doing and also for being down to perform this kind of unholy resurrection. It has occasionally been terrifying, like any prolonged psychic exposure. I enjoyed it, in aggregate. I will miss it.

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The Shame Hole
Posted by News Fetcher on May 19 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Video Content
Posted by News Fetcher on May 17 '13 at 11:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
We had some technical difficulties this week and the result was that a couple of our shows ended up being late. I apologize for the mess up.

Here’s the new episode of Gabeart that should have gone up yesterday.



And here’s the latest episode of Strip Search that should have gone up earlier this morning.



Sorry about that.

-Gabe out

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Increasingly Damn Late
Posted by News Fetcher on May 17 '13 at 09:30 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
“Too Damn Late,” like Strips Which Include Div, is a specifically Gabriel form. I relent when when we are exposed to a glut of news which might individually make for thin gruel, but leveraged in this context are appropriate. The cadence is also fun to model. Anyway, the stars were right.
Electronic Arts has dicussed the wealf they’d stacked as a result of Online Passes, part of Project Ten Dollar, which was itself a kind of retail counterinsurgency. With the advent of new consoles, cost conscious players will almost certainly stay or adopt the existing platforms, which are as robust as they’re going to get; that could be part of it. You’d think they would take any revenue at this point, but EA has the kind of problems ten million dollars don’t fix.
Is this an olive branch to the realspace edifice that undergirds big launches? Does it imply that there is another way - a global code for games themselves, or a platform level capacity - to obviate this program? I’d hew toward the second, but nobody knows any Goddamn thing. Well, some do, but the things they’re telling me sound like the crypt-songs of face chewers being projected into orbit by bath salts. Functionally speaking, it’s all negative space. Portents and omens.
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Increasingly Damn Late
Posted by News Fetcher on May 16 '13 at 11:15 PM
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CP Golf Tournament
Posted by News Fetcher on May 16 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
The Child’s Play invitational golf tournament is coming up next Monday and we have cooked up a sort of home game. You can hit up the Child’s Play site and place a little side bet on your favorite Penny Arcader. All the money we raise will go directly to Child’s Play. The winning team will get bragging rights and all of their supporters will be listed on the Penny Arcade site.

So hit the CP site for all the details and place a bet on your favorite PA golfer. Oh and it’s true that I did have Lasik yesterday but I’m healing really well and I don’t think it will effect my golf game.

-Gabe out

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Next Stretch Goal: Rewards From MC Frontalot And Paul & Storm
Posted by News Fetcher on May 15 '13 at 03:45 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Longtime friends of the site have collaborated on goodies for backers. When we hit the next goal, MC Frontalot’s twenty track “Favoritism” LP will be joined by Paul & Storm’s “Do You Like Star Wars” and the “Learning Town Soundtrack” on the flashdrive you get at the $55 dollar pledge. That little flashdrive is starting to get pretty plump, kid.

Oh! And Front also has a new video, entitled “I’ll Form The Head,” which you can see here:



(CW)TB

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Randy Pitchford At PAXDEV
Posted by News Fetcher on May 15 '13 at 11:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Robert asked me to mention that Randy Pitchford was handling the Kickoff Session for PAX Dev. I have done so! Now, I don’t know what I should do next. I don’t really have a plan, and frankly, it scares me.

(CW)TB

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Deets
Posted by News Fetcher on May 15 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I am surprised virtually on a daily basis to find that my memories are all my memories.
They don’t seem like it. I wouldn’t have done the things this other person did. Well, except for hooking up after a D&D session. That’s still on the table, which is a double entendre obviously. Occasionally I can muster sympathy for that folded-in creature, and say that he did those things because the options available were constrained. It’s a fairly common mechanism for deceiving oneself. The reality is that I had a dilapidated framework for assessing the priority of a given activity.
Okay, so, this is the Golden Age. I’ve never been so happy. I mentioned it in passing before, but I only gave a couple examples. I didn’t even mention Card Hunter, which is a game that keeps me up far too late, withering my ancient husk until the bark peels clean off.
I could write an unlimited amount, but I won’t. I will write about a very specific thing: deckbuilding, as a mechanic. Games like Dominion or Ascension successfully made the intricate metagame of a CCG into the main event, with (what started as) single boxes that contained a gradient of playstyles. Even so, systemically, this is still deeply intimidating to most people. Ascension’s limited auction size makes it more inviting, but still: you can fall right through the floor of those games. There’s a lot going on. It’s scary.

It is; it just is.

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Deets
Posted by News Fetcher on May 14 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Strip Search!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 14 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Another elimination episode and this one is pretty crazy.



***SPOILERS***

***SPOILERS***

***SPOILERS***

There’s a lot of discussion about how heated the banter got in this one. Everybody reacts to the stress of the elimination stage differently and it was pretty clear that Monica wasn’t going to take any of my shit. I’m not stranger to snark as a defense mechanism (hell, I built a career off of it) so it honestly didn’t bother me at all. Both artists turned in great comic strips and in the end we just had to go with our gut.

-Gabe out

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Monaco Prints
Posted by News Fetcher on May 13 '13 at 02:31 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I love Monaco. I love the game play, I love the music, I love the art. I love it all. For fun I started doodling the characters just as sort of a fun drawing game. I wanted to take the little pixel people from the game and try fleshing them out into full blown cartoon characters. At first it was just something I was doing for fun but we reached out to Monaco creator Andy Shatz with the idea of selling them as prints. He liked the cartoons and so we teamed up to make Penny Arcade your official source for Monaco merchandise. We’ll start with a set of prints based on my designs but we’ve got ideas for all sorts of other cool stuff.



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So here are my designs for all the characters. We’re working out the details for the prints now but it should not be too long before they are in the store. I’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, go play some Monaco!

-Gabe out

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DLC Podcast Update
Posted by News Fetcher on May 13 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
The DLC Podcast Kickstarter is doing incredibly well. We’re nearing our last stretch goal with 18 days left to go. Already we have “unlocked” some cool stuff.



The show will now have an original theme song by Tycho and Kris Straub. The USB drive that all of our $55 supporters get will now be emblazoned with the DLC logo. One of the episodes will be animated by Kris Straub. The USB drives will come loaded with almost all of our PAX Q&A panels (we lost two) and we’re very close to hitting our final goal which is my favorite.

Once we break the 100k level we will produce a special episode of DLC that will be a Thornwatch adventure run by me and played by some of our very special friends. Thornwatch is the tabletop card game/RPG that I created set in the Lookouts universe. I’ve run it for friends and even did a playtest out at PAX East this year. The game is really solid now and this will be a great way to share it with you all. Not only that but everyone at the $35 level or above will get a free Steam code for Defense Grid!

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Realness
Posted by News Fetcher on May 13 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I tried unsuccessfully, all weekend, to come up with a way of saying “we are in a golden age of electronic gaming” without sounding dumb. I eventually gave up, for two reasons. One, if I’m saying what I believe, I don’t care what people think of it. And two, it’s true, which is always a good reason to say something.
We have said that Gabriel’s primary motivation for playing games is to be exposed to new art, and in the same way I want to exposed to new mechanics - that is to say, I want to be made to think in a new way. I’m sure that’s the end result for him as well, you just gotta get to each of us via a different route. So, if that’s my motivation, there’s never been a better time - because a nontrivial volume of the games available now cost nothing but time.

I don’t have a lot of that, but learning is so encouraged biochemically that I will always invest it thus. The Age of the Game as a Service is especially amenable to collectible card games, and I’ve had a sequence of torrid affairs with the genre online and also backed a few nascent offerings. Never having been a serious Everquest player, I was surprised at the extent to which I lost my shit for Legends of Norrath, which is just a whip-smart manifestation of everything they’d learned in their other outings.
I had a Tekken Card Battle phase, technically I’m still having that, as it’s my go-to whenever I’m forced to be somewhere I’d rather not. It’s Super Rock Paper Scissors essentially, or maybe Rock Paper Scissors: Alpha 3, with fun push-your-luck headgames. That’s not the new shit, though. Duel of Champions is the new shit.
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Realness
Posted by News Fetcher on May 12 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Malefactor
Posted by News Fetcher on May 10 '13 at 09:30 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
It’s quite true: we did call a man a bad name for his brutally effective shenanigans in the World of Warcraft card game. That was before we knew who he was, before we entrusted him with a few of our own games.
Then he had to come out the box with this shit, which rocked our alliance. Also, since it’s an electronical card game, each card has three sides! He doesn’t give two shits about natural law - the man’s got no moral compass. He needs to be put down like a sick dog.
I backed THE FUCK out of Hex, which confers a series of increasingly gross benefits, but what we’re backing is the creation of a Free to Play game - if it succeeds, everybody wins. That’s my favorite type of Kickstarter, from the Creative Commons stylings of Mobile Frame Zero to another digital card game, Solforge, and yeah, our own Kickstarter for the Downloadable Content Podcast. We made our goal in thirty-four seconds, and we’re currently sitting at 681,634% funded, so… clear off some space on your iPod, I guess.
I saw something over at IGN that I don’t think is getting enough play, because it’s very interesting strategically: it has to do with the Xbox Live Family Plan.

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Penny Arcade Stuff
Posted by News Fetcher on May 10 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Today is Friday so there’s a new Strip Search to watch.



Remember that three episodes of the show is actually just one day in the life of the artists. So when we do challenges like ping pong or the go karts, it’s to give the artists a bit of a break. We really didn’t want to burn these kids out so it was important to us that we give them some time to just have fun. Don’t worry, on Tuesday we verbally abuse two of them and then destroy the dreams of one. Yay!

In other PATV related news, I’ve committed to giving you guys a new Gabeart every Thursday. These are just me setting up a GoPro camera over my shoulder while I draw the strip. Here’s yesterday’s episode.



I’m doing all the sketching and inking in Manga Studio. I’ve had a few people including other artists ask me about the switch from Photoshop. I find Manga Studio to be much better for “drawing” than PS. The brushes are better and there’s a lot more options.I find that the lines I can get with Manga Studio using the default pen are much nicer than any custom brush I’ve tried in PS. There’s still some stuff like text editing,certain effects and polish works that PS just does better but for basic drawing I’m sold on Manga Studio.

On Wednesday we launched a new Kickstarter to bring back the DLC podcast.



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Malefactor
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Gabeart
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '13 at 01:15 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
It’s Thursday and I’ve got a new Gabeart for you. Here’s the 8x version:



For those asking, I am using Manga Studio for this strip right up until it’s time to add the dialogue. I still prefer Photoshop for text editing.

you can watch it in real time as well over on the PATV site.

-Gabe out

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