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Character Selection
Posted by News Fetcher on April 24 '13 at 09:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
As a fan of Capcom’s Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and Shadows Over Mystara, as well as games like Vanillaware’s Muramasa and Odin Sphere, Dragon’s Crown is more or less the song of my heart. It is my heartsong. Apparently it’s not everybody’s heartsong! That’s what I read. They don’t like the game’s ridiculously, freakishly, borderline scarily rendered “woman” and to a certain extent I can understand why.
You probably don’t have to guess how I feel about this latest round of compulsory swaying and fainting, so much like an old timey Tent Revival, complete with its hopping devil and its perpetually put upon holy warriors. But let’s try to look at what’s actually here on the plate.
What would Vanillaware do with something that isn’t as readily interpreted through a cultural lens, say, a piece of text like the words “Dragon’s Crown”? I’m connected to a global network whose language is light; it’s not hard to find out.



I think it’s fair to say that if it weren’t for the words “Dragon’s Crown” etched at the bottom, many people wouldn’t understand that they were looking at language. Imagine the same refracting prism applied to people, and actually you don’t have to imagine it, because that’s literally the whole game.
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Character Selection
Posted by News Fetcher on April 23 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Strip Search!
Posted by News Fetcher on April 23 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Another Tuesday and another artist leaves the Strip Search house.



We’ve seen in the comments and on Twitter lots of people trying the Strip Search elimination challenge themselves. The idea is you stop the show when the topics are revealed and then give yourself 90 minutes to make a comic. It’s essentially Strip Search the home game and I think it’s awesome. In fact Tycho and I decided to take the Strip Search challenge ourselves at PAX East this year.

We think it’s so cool in fact that we’d like to feature some of the best results on the Strip Search site. Hit this page for all the details and find out how you can share your comic strips with the rest of the Strip Search fandom.

-Gabe Out

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Mother’s Day
Posted by News Fetcher on April 22 '13 at 03:30 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Mother’s Day is coming up on May 12th. In can be difficult to pick out the right present for Mom but we are giving you some great ideas over on the PA store.

First up we have a very cool ladie’s T-Shirt/infant Onsie combo. Both feature our “a dinosaur is its own reward” design taken directly from this PA comic.



We also have a second combo featuring another T-Shirt and Onsie. This one features the Player One, Player Two design though.



Probably the coolest item we have though is a special customized Penny Arcade comic. You might remember this comic from a few years back. Well now you can have your special Mom’s name dropped into the strip and get a nice high quality print to giver her on Mom’s day!



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Emulator, Part Six
Posted by News Fetcher on April 22 '13 at 10:30 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I think that does it for “Emulator.” In a year or so, when your tolerance for familial excursions of this type has perhaps regenerated, I’ll let you know the types of shit my daughter gets up to. She has her mother’s head for math, those inexplicable and sorcerous divinations. I’ve always resented numbers, and really, what’s to like. As an accomplished (and arguably, professional) liar I vastly prefer words, whose precise meaning is almost always in superposition. I took debate, certainly; I can lie with numbers, too. Eventually though, eventually, numbers have a way of holding their shape.

I have returned from the Magic Kingdom demi-refreshed. I only lost my children once on account of my sloth and inattention, which I guess is good. I maintained connectivity with “your world” through various conduits, acquiring information of the type you actively seek out, commingled with the sort of information that will not be denied. It was a banner week for the latter, and if you are in any way conscious Disneyland was an exceedingly strange place to be.
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2013 Child’s Play Invitational
Posted by News Fetcher on April 22 '13 at 08:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Considering the today’s comic strip is about golf, this seems like a good time to mention the 2013 Child’s Play Invitational. This year We will be playing at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore Wa, rather than down in California.

Inglewood is a beautiful course and a great venue for our event.



Date: Monday, May 20, 2013

Time: 11:45AM-1:00PM registration

Format: Shotgun start with a four-person scramble. Team with the lowest round score wins!

Obviously I’m a huge golf nerd but even if you’re not a great player you can come out and have fun with Jerry and I as well as the rest of the Penny Arcade crew. This is our third year running a golf tourney for CP and I can tell you that each year we get players of every single skill level. We have people who are swinging a club for the first time alongside teams of scratch golfers. Regardless of your score, this is always an awesome day.

So hit the CP site for all the details and get your tickets today!

-Gabe out

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Emulator, Part Six
Posted by News Fetcher on April 21 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Strip Search
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '13 at 03:45 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
A big part of making a living as a webcomic artist is the convention scene. Setting up and running a good merch booth is huge. In the latest episode of Strip Search we put the artists to the test.



-Gabe Out

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Emulator, Part Five
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Emulator, Part Five
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '13 at 11:15 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
A systemic sidebar.

Aside from the Warrior-Jumper’s startling ability, there are other mechanisms of note. The “movement” system was especially interesting, I thought: characters have a certain number of Movement Dice, and the values these things turn up become a currency you can spend, with each class having its own peculiar economy. I say yes to that.
If you think of “hit points” and “elfs” or whatever as the lines, the thick black ones which constrain the set, he’s coloring them in with aplomb. As his pretend uncle, I could not be more proud, even if he is at the age now where adults being proud of him is cause for embarrassment.
I mean, look at this stuff:


Logo samples he made with his consultant/playtester/babysitter.


Looks like he already understands the DM’s true alignment.



“Jungleafy”? What? How could I love you more?!?

(CW)TB out.

(instrumental)

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Strip Search and Lost Lands
Posted by News Fetcher on April 17 '13 at 06:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
How will the artists in the house respond to last week’s crazy switcheroo? Find out right now!



Tycho and I are both on vacation this week but I hope you’re enjoying the storyline we put together. As usual it’s all 100% true. My son cooked up his own tabletop game and in classic Axe Cop style what comes out of the minds of kids is sometimes surprisingly awesome. We don’t really go into it in the strip but mechanically his game is pretty cool too. Each of the characters has a number of “movement” die. These are d6’s and they get rolled at the start of your turn. you then spend the resulting number on movement (1 for 1) or attacking (two movement for one attack). I suggested he call this energy rather than movement since that’s more accurate but he told me that was impossible. He had already written all the character sheets.

-Gabe out

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Emulator, Part Four
Posted by News Fetcher on April 16 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Emulator, Part Four
Posted by News Fetcher on April 16 '13 at 11:15 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
My suggestion to the creator was to expand the charter somewhat by adding the designation “dagger-ma’am,” but I don’t know if it penetrated the scalp. I like it, though! I guess I would. It’s the sort of thing I would like.
I’m at the point now where I am trying to figure out a chicken slash egg scenario: specifically, which has primacy. Are the kids that we have making games because

1. They see us making and playing them?

2. They play games where modifying them is the game?

3. It’s fun, and… they want to?

If they live in a place and a time where any of the above things are real, and describe actual events, any specific impetus would be inextricable. These things are simply airborne in the culture. And children have always, always made games. But the games they’re cooking now are more sophisticated, systemically, in that they have systems, as opposed to the awesome wholly emergent sort of thing they usually get up to. They’re starting from our fucking apex. They’re starting there.

It’s like when a young person decides that they want to draw their own hero, and it’s basically Spider-Man, but it’s not Spider-Man Spider-Man, or even famed New Yorker literary critic James Francis Spiderman. It’s “The Spider,” their wholly owned IP. Or Arachnidd, or whatever. Except today’s kids are up to their asses in games, not comics; they’re an aerosol. Ambient. So they make games that “look” like other games and learn how. I spend a lot of time trying to figure out what this generation’s Punk will look like.
(CW)TB out.

<a>slow fade</a>

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Strip Search and Lost Lands
Posted by News Fetcher on April 16 '13 at 06:15 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
How will the artists in the house respond to last week’s crazy switcheroo? Find out right now!



Tycho and I are both on vacation this week but I hope you’re enjoying the storyline we put together. As usual it’s all 100% true. My son cooked up his own tabletop game and in classic Axe Cop style what comes out of the minds of kids is sometimes surprisingly awesome. We don’t really go into it in the strip but mechanically his game is pretty cool too. Each of the characters has a number of “movement” die. These are d6’s and they get rolled at the start of your turn. you then spend the resulting number on movement (1 for 1) or attacking (two movement for one attack). I suggested he call this energy rather than movement since that’s more accurate but he told me that was impossible. He had already written all the character sheets.

-Gabe out

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Emulator, Part Three
Posted by News Fetcher on April 14 '13 at 11:15 PM
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Emulator, Part Three
Posted by News Fetcher on April 14 '13 at 11:15 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I thought Gabriel the Younger’s bit of worldbuilding was pretty cool, here. When we were running through the setting with him, I asked if there was any chance a squirrel might scrabble in while the Good Guys and Bad Guys were locked in their traditional array and take a seat. He laughed, but I put a stop to that quick. This is some profoundly serious B.
Brenna suggested that the Throne was probably glamoured in such a way as to preclude Tyrants below a certain weight, or above some ill-defined “squirrel threshold.” It’s fairly clear by now that she’s carrying water for the rodent hegemony. I want you to imagine living under his tiny thumb. Imagine your children straining under the yoke of an increasingly onerous suite of acorn-related decrees.
When I’ve had time to play a game, a state of affairs which is ruthlessly conspired against, the venue is never in question: it’s Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. I did not follow this game, I did not “anticipate” it with the hyperawareness available to us now, and I thought the old Luigi’s Mansion was cool but probably wouldn’t have adopted it as a lifestyle.
That is precisely what I have done.

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2013 Child’s Play Invitational
Posted by News Fetcher on April 12 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
Considering the today’s comic strip is about golf, this seems like a good time to mention the 2013 Child’s Play Invitational. This year We will be playing at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore Wa, rather than down in California.

Inglewood is a beautiful course and a great venue for our event.



Date: Monday, May 20, 2013

Time: 11:45AM-1:00PM registration

Format: Shotgun start with a four-person scramble. Team with the lowest round score wins!

Obviously I’m a huge golf nerd but even if you’re not a great player you can come out and have fun with Jerry and I as well as the rest of the Penny Arcade crew. This is our third year running a golf tourney for CP and I can tell you that each year we get players of every single skill level. We have people who are swinging a club for the first time alongside teams of scratch golfers. Regardless of your score, this is always an awesome day.

So hit the CP site for all the details and get your tickets today!

-Gabe out

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Emulator, Part Two
Posted by News Fetcher on April 12 '13 at 09:45 AM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
I.

When I’m as sick as I am now, it’s incredibly difficult to sleep. We’ve invented ways of managing that part: today, in the year of our lord whatever whatever, stimulation of a type which the organism can perceive is in ready supply if not literally omnipresent. I can deal with that part. What I can’t deal with are the alien thoughts that are constantly testing my resolve, trying to pass themselves off as homegrown cognition. The externals that talked to Philip K. Dick gave him books, at least. These jagoffs ain’t giving me shit.

II.

Gabriel the Younger has other classes in the works, in various states of dress, but even the bedrock is comprised of some fairly novel material.

III.

When I backed the Pebble, that “second screen” watch for smartphones, I had every intention of choosing a red one and actually thought that I had done so. Apparently I didn’t, and it’s a good thing, because red ones were apparently harder to make - no doubt on account of their increased speed. What this means is that I have one on my wrist, now, and at the risk of spoiling the next paragraph I like having it there.
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Strip Search!
Posted by News Fetcher on April 12 '13 at 08:45 AM
By Gabe from Penny Arcade:
New Strip Search episode is up and it’s a controversial one.



***SPOILER WARNING***

***SERIOUSLY THIS SHIT IS GETTING SPOILED!”

There’s not much I can say about this one really. Plenty of people love it. Sometimes reality shows let their own ridiculous rules get in the way of the real purpose of the show. We made a judgement call here to try and avoid that scenario. Some of you are mad because you feel like we’ve screwed with the rules of the game though and that’s totally fair.

I love both Nick and Mac but after looking at those two comics I was incredibly disappointed. Remember that for me the previous elimination had just happened the night before. I looked at the work in front of me and I felt like Lexxy deserved one more shot. Does it break the “game”? Don’t worry, there are plans in the works and that’s all I can say without spoiling it. (stole that line from my man Nick)

The comments are already going crazy over this one, so head over and join them or follow the discussion on Twitter with the #stripsearch tag.

-Gabe out

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Emulator, Part Two
Posted by News Fetcher on April 11 '13 at 11:15 PM
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