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The Tithe, Part Ten
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '13 at 11:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Ten strips is probably the appropriate number for a project called The Tithe. It seems as though people enjoyed it, which I will gladly accept over the alternative. And it’s not even done! I get to work on it forever. Knowing what I learned from this, I can shift gears over to the novels with no loss of momentum.

I drew a diagram of the series for my cohort on the whiteboard, where thing starts, overall goals, startling revelations (!!!), and he did not immediately vomit. I can work with that.
I’m of the opinion that completing Sand put him in a new place, art-wise, which spilled over into the regular strip. God only knows where we go from here. Well, Automata, I guess. That’s the last long-form piece we’re obligated to perform under the aegis of our Kickstarter agreement. I say obligated, but only because I like the word; I love that place, and want to go to there. I know how.
I know that I’m supposed to, but I do not care about the Steam Box. Steam is a service that I use to get games. It is not some kind of lifestyle choice for me; I don’t feel compelled to wear the stylish universal cap. You can build a Steam Box today if you want to. Indeed, I have one, and so do you; it’s just not hooked up to your television.
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The Tithe page 10
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '13 at 09:30 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
So the Tithe has come to an end. I think of it as Hanna’s origin story. This is just the beginning of her adventures as far as I am concerned. Thank you to everyone who has messaged me about the Tithe, the response has been overwhelming. There will be more Daughters of the Eyrewood in the future I promise.

Sadly the Hanna Pinny Arcade pin is not quite ready yet but it should be soon. I’m going to try and get a better ETA today from Brian. We do have some other cool Eyrewood stuff in the store though.

We are selling the entire Tithe storyline as a set of prints. Getting them as a package will save you about twenty bucks. These are high res prints made from my original 600 DPI files and printed out at 12x18 inches.



we also have the “Hanna’s Crossing” print available. This is the top panel of the second page with all that pesky text removed.





We will also be offering a print of today’s page minus the text and minus the top panel. You should be able to grab this one in the store later this afternoon.

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The Tithe, Page Ten
Posted by News Fetcher on September 26 '13 at 11:15 PM
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the Surface 2
Posted by News Fetcher on September 26 '13 at 08:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Just re-posting this since it didn’t stay on the front page long.

I spent the last few days in New York. Microsoft brought me out there for their Surface 2 event. It wasn’t just me either. They brought together a whole bunch of people from artists, to filmmakers, to doctors and lawyers, to students and gamers. The common thread was that all of us had talked online about how we were using the Surface in interesting ways. The idea was that they would unveil the new Surface 2 and then the media that was there could come and talk to us about how we use the device and why we think it’s cool.

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The Tithe, Part Nine
Posted by News Fetcher on September 25 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
The series wraps up on Friday - here’s the exquisite foyer you can wait in until it does. There were a ton of different forest beasts that auditioned for the role before this one, and I think my recently returned associate is going to break them down for you.

I mentioned Ironclad Tactics Monday, just off the cuff, but it deserves way more.

It’s from Zachtronics Industries, so named because it is the dauntless flagship of a person named Zach. He knows this is funny, I’ve asked him. He knows it’s what you would name your company in Junior High. The last game of his I played was called SpaceChem, which I think is fairly famous, but should link you to it anyway. I described it as a “harrowing embolism manifold,” because of the way it makes blood pool dangerously in the vein. It’s a game where you make tiny machines in order to origami little molecules and ship them to other machines you have also made to make more complicated molecules. I could figure it out, but it was way smarter than I was. It did not negatively color my assessment of it, being made to feel like a chimp striking the keyboard with one of my foot-hands; what it did was make me file him away as someone to watch.
Ironclad Tactics is charming as shit, with its steampunk Civil War thing, and its equippable cats, but in dork terms its a lane-based deckbuilder like everything else is now. And, like Hearthstone - the last deckbuilder I told you about - they’ve gone with a super restrictive twenty card limit that makes every one count. It’s a turn-based/real-time thingimabob, on some ATB shit, so timing is a non-zero consideration.
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The Tithe page 9
Posted by News Fetcher on September 25 '13 at 09:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I spent a lot of time working out the design of the beast from the Tithe. When I think about the “monsters” of the Eyrewood I have some very specific ideas for how they should look. For me the most important thing is that they look like they could be real animals. I like the idea of twisting and combining creatures rather than creating something from scratch. I put together this collection of images from my sketchbook.



click for big

My goal was to create a Treant, but I wanted to put a twist on it. For a while the idea was it would be a creature with a tree on its back and it would burrow under the ground. I went through all sorts of creatures and I think Tycho actually liked the turtle looking one the most. It had a bit too much of a Torterra vibe for my liking though.

I really liked the Rhino with wooden horns but I wasn’t sold on it yet. I had a great chat with Kiko and he inspired me to think about the branches as the mane of a lion. The first sketch was too much lion not enough monster so I started looking at pictures of lion skulls. The final design is essentially a wooden lion’s skull with branches forming the mane and I kept the big heavy body of the rhino.

I have a couple high res panels for you today.





you can click on those for crazy high res.

only one page left and then it’s back to Gabe and Tycho. Thanks for going along with us for the Tithe.

-Gabe out

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The Tithe, Part Nine
Posted by News Fetcher on September 24 '13 at 11:15 PM
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the Surface 2
Posted by News Fetcher on September 24 '13 at 01:45 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I spent the last few days in New York. Microsoft brought me out there for their Surface 2 event. It wasn’t just me either. They brought together a whole bunch of people from artists, to filmmakers, to doctors and lawyers, to students and gamers. The common thread was that all of us had talked online about how we were using the Surface in interesting ways. The idea was that they would unveil the new Surface 2 and then the media that was there could come and talk to us about how we use the device and why we think it’s cool.

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Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag Project
Posted by News Fetcher on September 23 '13 at 01:30 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I pitched them a set of pages that was largely about the drunken singing of sea shanties, mostly so I could write one, and there really wasn’t a discussion - these things feature prominently in the game, apparently, so they were down. Then I tapped Katie Rice (of her own fame, but also of Strip Search fame) to handle art duties, and we were off to the races. I hope you enjoy it.

(CW)TB

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The Tithe, Part Eight
Posted by News Fetcher on September 22 '13 at 11:15 PM
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From the Forums
Posted by News Fetcher on September 20 '13 at 10:00 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Tycho and I have a tendency to make our projects a bit ambiguous. We like to leave room for your imagination. Somehow forum user PedroAsani cut right through all our bullshit and nailed the world in just a few lines. It’s too perfect not to post here:

“From what I understand, based on the comics on the site and the Cryptozoics, the three factions have loose affiliations based on their mandates.

Lookouts: protect the village from the things in the forest.

Daughters: protect the forest from everything. Sometimes that means the people in the village.

Thornwatch: protect the vulnerable from the village and the forest.

So sometimes their goals align, sometimes they are opposed.”

I am shocked at how on the money this is. I don’t think we could have ever put it so succinctly.

-Gabe out

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The Tithe
Posted by News Fetcher on September 20 '13 at 09:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
The Tithe continues! We are on page seven today and I can tell you that in total this is a ten page project, meaning it will wrap up a week from today.

I’m feeling super good today and it’s all because of you guys.

The tweets and the emails you’re sending about the Tithe are much appreciated.

Today I even snuck into the forums to see what people had to say about the latest page. I know that “reading the comments” is never a good idea for an artist but I was curious. What I saw made me so fucking happy. The discussion taking place in there made me feel incredible. Seeing people talking about what they think this means, what the motivation is behind the different characters, I could not stop smiling. I even (gasp) posted my thoughts on the Thornwatch and what each of them is about. So many of you are invested in this world and in Hanna’s story specifically. I could not be more inspired to finish up these last few pages now.

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The Tithe, Part Seven
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '13 at 11:15 PM
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The Tithe, Part Seven
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '13 at 11:15 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
So that’s the other one. I don’t know how much people like the “after action report” aspect in the post, but I get excited about something like this I want to talk about it. When I see a new page of it, I have to pace around the office and breathe for a little while. I have to. So let’s talk.

There’s also a lot of information that isn’t or can’t be communicated in a project like this, which is why novels are a good fit. I have thus far managed to keep from having a character that is simply a talking book that dispenses incredible wisdom, but I make no promises as to the final draft. The Tithe is about girls who are called, but it is mostly about Hanna. It doesn’t always go like this - a calling can happen when you’re much younger, though not much older. And if you can’t or won’t leave on your own, they come get you. How that goes depends on who comes. That’s how you end up with this kind of stuff:
daughter, daughter

killed her father

look at what her

blood as bought her

Is that even true? Maybe it is. Maybe it looked like that. Honestly, maybe her father had it coming. Maybe there was no father, was never any father, and there’s a vested social interest in “protecting” girls from agency. But there it is again, the idea of culture as a kind of curated misinformation. And this setting basically gives us three lenses to look at it.

An “optimal” Lookout has certain characteristics. Badges, a short blade, you know what’s up. At their truest expression, they are regimented. Given the nature of their task, they have to be. It’s not like that for someone like Hanna, and that’s all I’ll say until the second book.
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Video Games
Posted by News Fetcher on September 18 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
My wife and I have been playing Diablo 3 on the Xbox for the last few nights. We played a bit of the PC version together but both of us agree this is much better. Controlling your character with an analog stick rather than with pointing and clicking just feels better to me. It could be that I was a console gamer long before I ever had a PC but the couch just feels like the right place for Diablo 3. Kara and I are both playing new characters so while we’re covering some of the stuff we already played on the PC we’re at least experiencing it in a new way. If you never played it on the PC I highly recommend you give the console version a shot.

We don’t do PA presents projects for games unless we like them. In this case once we got our hands on the console version of Diablo3 we knew it was something special. So we did a series of comics that you can read over on the official site. This was a really cool project because it was the first time we got to work with Strip Search winner Katie Rice. Jerry and I wrote the scripts and Katie drew them. She’s super talented and the end result looks great I think. If you’re missing the video game comics here on PA you should hit the Blizzard site to read some jokes about Diablo.

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The Tithe, Part Six
Posted by News Fetcher on September 17 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Pins!
Posted by News Fetcher on September 16 '13 at 03:15 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
The Lookouts pin set that we had for sale at PAX Prime is now available in our store.



Also if you’re interested in picking up the Twisp and Catsby pin set I have a deal for you.



Enter this code:

TNM00n

and get 10% of your T&C pin set. That code is only good for another couple days, so use it quick.

-Gabe out

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Tithe Fan Art
Posted by News Fetcher on September 16 '13 at 11:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
The ammount of fan art I’m seeing for the Tithe is pretty amazing. We’ve never done anything before that has generated this sort of response. I’m getting songs and drawings and stories sent to me every day. I’m hearing from readers who are reading the Tithe with their own real daughters and loving it. I’ve actually walked by offices here at PA and heard girls that work here talking about what flower would grow in their hair if they were a daughter. I am so happy.

Anyway I wanted to share one of the fan art pieces I saw. This is by the very talented Mu (warning her site can be NSFW) and I absolutely love it. She has titled it

“try as you might, they always grow back”



LOVE IT!

-Gabe out

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The Tithe, Part Five
Posted by News Fetcher on September 16 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I’m gonna leave his up there; no reason to move it, so far as I can see. We’re both doing the same thing now.

As he suggests, there are stern proscriptions about a Lookout calling the Thornwatch. The three part poem he mentioned lays it out pretty clean. There are linkages between the last page there and the current project, in the form of that archetypal warrior, one of the classes you play in Thornwatch. They’re all playable, really. You’ve got DPS to the left, and hard support to the right. You’re missing a Mage and a Brierlock, but that’s down to the knot she chose. Any of the other three might have demanded a bit more mystical torque.
Even though there is clearly a strong cultural no-no machine telling you not to summon them on what is functionally penalty of death, the same voice also tells you precisely how to do it, and why you would. That’s more or less my experience of culture; warring narratives and fucking nonsense from a circus of spiritual and secular priesthoods that all claim to have it figured out. But Hanna isn’t a Lookout - she’s outside that machinery altogether. She doesn’t know why you might not summon a raft of brutal teleporting oathbreakers, which are arguably worse than the other kinds.
I like the last panel, because, you know, just look at it. But the fact that she can’t have her gloves on for the ritual is probably my favorite part. It really is the weirdest feeling to be a fan of something, but also be the creator of that thing, in a position to make more of it. And we can make it out of nothing but time.

(CW)TB out.

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The Tithe part 5
Posted by News Fetcher on September 16 '13 at 08:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Page 5 has Hanna scared and alone in the forest doing the only thing she can think of, Calling the Thornwatch. We’ve spoken of them before on the site and even did a little three part comic based on them. The comic was from the point of view of the Lookouts though and they see the Thornwatch as oath breakers and criminals. Boys are warned to never call the Thornwatch no matter how dire their situation is.

In reality the Thornwatch is probably not nearly as bad as the boys think. They are men and women who have left their duties true but they have found new purpose helping those in need. I like to think of them as the A-Team of the Eyrewood. They are summoned by tying a wreath of thorns around a birch tree. The knot you tie (and the blood you shed) finishes the spell that summons the Thornwatch and also informs them of your particular problem.

All of this was cooked up for the card game I created awhile back. It’s a tabletop RPG that has each character represented by a deck of cards. You play as members of the Thornwatch and in fact all three of the characters in today’s comic are playable in the game. From left to right you have the Blade, the Warrior, and the Greenheart. As far as the game goes I’ve decided to re-dedicate myself to getting this thing out so that you can play it. We’re currently exploring a few different options but ideally I’d like to see it available next year.

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