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We’re Gonna Stream Us Playing D&D: Chronicles of Mystara
Posted by News Fetcher on June 10 '13 at 01:45 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Capcom asked us if we wanted to do that, and obviously we did. We used to break out the copy we had for the Saturn every now and then, but having it on a machine that doesn’t make the kinds of sounds that Saturn makes is probably a good plan. We will joined by Scott who is this Scott, and Kris who is this Kris. This is also useful information, not only because it says when, but also where:

Event Date: 6/18 (Tuesday) 12 Noon~1pm PST

Live Stream: twitch.tv/capcomunity

(CW)TB

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Compulsory
Posted by News Fetcher on June 09 '13 at 11:15 PM
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“fan” mail
Posted by News Fetcher on June 08 '13 at 08:15 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I just got the best fan mail ever and I had to share it:

Dear Mike,

I love the Strip Search competition that Penny Arcade is currently involved in concluding and have enjoyed watching every episode.

I am definitely not your typical fan, but started watching Penny Arcade TV after my son, who is 24, introduced me to you all when you selected Erika (definitely the right choice) as you new hire. Since then we have watched lots of other very entertaining episodes. What I like is the banter and the chemistry you all seem to exude. What I don’t like is the over use of the f word. It just isn’t very original. Also, in all honesty, I don’t find your comics that you create with Jerry very funny. My son has to explain most of the jokes….not good. That being said, I find you all very likable people and feel like a proud mother (since I am old enough to be all you moms) at your success and how you are helping other creative individuals achieve their goals.

I can’t wait to see the final episodes.

Thanks,

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sent from my iPad


I love it!

-Gabe out

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Attend a showing of the STRIP SEARCH FINALE!
Posted by News Fetcher on June 07 '13 at 10:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Why not come watch the last three episodes with us, the artists, and lots of other cool people? Tickets are up now, and we expect them to go fairly fast.

(CW)TB

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Conversions
Posted by News Fetcher on June 07 '13 at 09:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
Our own Galabriel was selected for inclusion into the Google Explorers Club, which might not actually be its name. I suspect there is a cool patch for your backpack, like the one you get for defeating a Gym Leader. What it means is that he was given the opportunity to travel on his own dime, and then purchase one at exorbitant cost which he’ll never truly own. It’s absolutely vital that he do so, though: I don’t want to harangue people I see wearing them in public, I want to harangue him about them while I’m haranguing him about something else. Plus, and here’s where they become a capital investment, these fucking things promise to be a strip generating engine.
Yesterday, Microsoft decided (no doubt at Ben’s fervent urgings) to break out as many facts as they felt comfortable with all at once. Some people think it’s bad. It’s definitely different. But I don’t need to buy anything today, and I can’t anyhow, so we can think about this in an abstract way if we want to. As near as I can tell, it’s the first time anyone has given any thought to what happens after iTunes.
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Google Glass
Posted by News Fetcher on June 07 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Two things about today’s comic strip.

1. It’s true. I’m going down to California tomorrow to get my Google glass.

2. We recorded a podcast for this comic strip yesterday. It will be the first of our new season of the DLC podcast and you should get it next week sometime.

The Google Glass thing is pretty interesting. I’m a big gadget nerd so I was super interested to see how Glass worked. I submitted my entry into the Explorer program and said that I would use glass to film myself drawing and show PAX from my point of view.

I guess they liked that idea because I was accepted! It’s sort of like winning a prize I suppose except that the prize is to pay for a trip to California and buy something really expensive.

I’m turning it into a little weekend vacation though and taking my wife with me. We will spend a day checking out San Francisco and I’m also going to get to see some internet friends that I hardly ever get to hang out with in person. It should be a cool weekend and when I come back on Monday I’ll be well on my way to becoming a cyborg.

-Gabe out

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Strip Search!
Posted by News Fetcher on June 07 '13 at 09:00 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Today’s shocking Strip Search will SHOCK YOU!



Are you sufficiently shocked?

Be sure and tune in next week on Friday the 14th for the first part of the mega-huge super exciting two part season finale!

-Gabe out

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Conversions
Posted by News Fetcher on June 06 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Pinny Arcade
Posted by News Fetcher on June 05 '13 at 02:45 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Pinny Arcade fucking blew up 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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Extra Credits: Games For Good
Posted by News Fetcher on June 05 '13 at 01:45 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
It is our great pleasure to know the crew from Extra Credits, and I have suggested to James over there that I am at his service; he’s just given me an opportunity to prove it.

We spoke on the phone at length last week, as long as our respective schedules could possibly allow after failing to meet up for nearly a month. He told me he more or less wanted to dedicate a year of his life to creating a public conversation about what games are and what they can accomplish. Like, “move to Washington D.C. and become a citizen lobbyist” type stuff. Act as a catalyst to get grant funding moving toward electronic games that further this dialogue. It’s a fairly clear evolution of that they do with their show, and it makes a lot of sense to me. If it makes sense to you also, you’re in luck: they’re crowdfunding the whole shebang here.

(CW)TB

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Marvel Heroes
Posted by News Fetcher on June 05 '13 at 12:00 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
I’m probably not going to play anymore Marvel Heroes. After the prologue I arrived at the Avengers headquarters and immediately saw tons of the free heroes as well as a few of the purchasable ones. It looks sort of silly to see five hawkeyes running around but I figured this was the hub where you buy shit, get outfitted and group up so it’s not a big deal. Tycho and I formed a party and jumped into the first zone. Now I was imagining that it would be an instance that Tycho and I would share and we would beat up some dudes together similar to Diablo or torchlight. That was not the case.

It’s actually a zone similar to an MMO with tons of people running around killing mobs that spawn, get beat up by roving bands of heroes and then re-spawn. So we arrive in the zone and immediately notice that all the bad guys are already dead. We begin moving through the city streets and find more corpses scattered around. Eventually some bad guys spawn behind and run to catch up with us. I’m not sure why some gang thugs would run towards the Thing and Daredevil but they did and we beat them up. All the while we see groups of heroes running around just like you would in any other MMO. Over here you see three Scarlet Witches beating up some dudes. Around the corner you find four the Things and a couple Spidermans doing the same. Eventually we found a massive group fight against Electro and joined in. I was one of five the Things hitting this dude and I felt like a complete jackass. It’s very cool to be the Thing. It’s dumb to be one of many the Things. Also I have a hard time believing there are many bad guy type problems that five the Things could not solve.

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Marvelous Heroism
Posted by News Fetcher on June 05 '13 at 10:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I had installed Marvel Heroes during a Beta Weekend, and it had been continually updated, so when it actually came out at ten yesterday morning I was in a very good position to play it.

I emerged from the introduction more impressed than I expected to be - far more. As Daredevil, my clubs really seemed to be hitting these jagoffs and they were not fans. What’s more, there was a nice loop where I could strike multiple jagoffs, conferring a slowing effect, which I could then capitalize on with an attack I’d just skilled into that hit all opponents and did extra damage to those who had been slowed. Then I hit some other guys, and I hit the Green Goblin, and then I left.

Gabriel had a similarly enjoyable time in his own shard of that universe, and we immediately tried to get into the next missions together. The icon you’d think would let you add and interact with friends is actually the list of all the superheroes you don’t own; the actual friends list looks like two speech bubbles and is over by the chat window, which is like… I don’t even know what it’s like. Maybe it was a test. Anyway, we passed it, and entered a mission.

That is the moment we have collected in the strip.

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Marvelous Heroism
Posted by News Fetcher on June 04 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Strip Search!
Posted by News Fetcher on June 04 '13 at 08:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Who will make it into the final 3?



-Gabe out

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Daughters art now a print!
Posted by News Fetcher on June 03 '13 at 03:30 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Hey do you remember that Daughters of the Eyrewood drawing I made the other day? Well now you can buy a print of it!



-Gabe out

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Moichandising
Posted by News Fetcher on June 03 '13 at 03:30 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
We have some new offerings in the PA store that I wanted to share with you.

First up is a brand new Strip Search T-Shirt



If you’ve been watching the show you’ll recognize our “ready, set, art” catch phrase and the wastebasket of broken dreams.

Next we have the Kill Streak shirt.



This one comes from the Call of Duty strip we did a while back.

Finally we have a huge sale on First Party stuff going on. With Father’s day just around the corner this might be a good time to pick up some classy gaming gear for Dad.

-Gabe out

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Here, Have Some Truth
Posted by News Fetcher on June 03 '13 at 11:00 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
When you have made a successful game, making a sequel is just what happens. it’s natural! Physics asserts itself, and the notion condenses out of the solution.

I don’t mean that making it is autonomic. Even telling other people to make things is exhausting; ask Jeff, who has maintained a tyrannical atmosphere the last few weeks to get On The Rain-Slick Precipice 4 out the door on Friday. But whether or not a project like that is undertaken at all is more straightforward.

Asheron’s Call had done well, that was the one I’d actually lost myself in completely, and since making a sequel to successful games is what you do, they made another one that collapsed in months. You can see the “mad science” aspects of the plan from our current chronojuncture: the creation of an ultrabeast, leveraging existing DNA, who has the same food source as the original organism. It’s not something you should do. This is how conventional wisdom turns people into dumb animals.
For years, NC Soft enunciated a discrete plan - to make and sustain a host of massively multiplayer games that invariably caught the players churned out of other genre entries. Their own, and others. EVE Online has simply reinvested in the original game. But if you are operating World of Warcraft, we know now that you don’t make a “World of Warcraft 2.” The reality is that we’re on World of Warcraft 5 already, and it’s still not done.
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Here, Have Some Truth
Posted by News Fetcher on June 03 '13 at 06:30 AM
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Daughters art now a print!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 31 '13 at 04:15 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Hey do you remember that Daughters of the Eyrewood drawing I made the other day? Well now you can buy a print of it!



-Gabe out

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PA DLC FIN
Posted by News Fetcher on May 31 '13 at 02:45 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
The Kickstarter is over, and I feel confident saying that this particular Kick has been well and truly catalyzed.

I feel like I should go to Merriam Webster Online and pick a good synonym for overwhelmed, because I already used overwhelmed in the update on the project page over there. Flabbergasted oughta do it. I hardly know what to do with a mandate at this threshold! What I intend to do is make a huge pile of podcasts, claiming undisputed ownership of your commute; hopefully we are of one mind on these matters.

(CW)TB

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