News Post: The New Kids

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Tycho: When I read that E3 was allowing “fans” to attend the show, and not merely those ostensibly associated with the journalistic edifice, I was like…  well, yeah.  I’ve been doing that with PAX for a decade or so and it’s worked out pretty good.  But fans means something very specific in this context: it means people invited by the exhibitors directly.  Which gave me a second opportunity to say “well, yeah” in an incredibly short span of time. Two things are sort of happening at once, and it’s fascinating.  I have described the…

News Post: Spice Girl

http://penny-arcade.com/news/post/2015/05/29/spice-girl

Tycho: The first part of the strip is absolutely true: his haircut man was not available.  It’s a continuum of human experience I’m not connected to in any way.  I “cut my hair” the way a druid gathers mistletoe: under a full moon, with a scythe. Upon learning that he would be granted an audience with the Master Barber, the pun shone brightly in his mind.  Master Barber is an actual term I was not previously aware of, but what it means is dependent on where you are.  Occasionally a class quest is required.  In Lancashire, becoming a Master Barber…

News Post: Observer Effect

http://penny-arcade.com/news/post/2015/05/27/observer-effect

Tycho: I was lucky with my own bandmates, actually; I was always the least reliable, least talented member, so disappointment tended to flow reliably in the opposite direction.  I only played guitar at a couple shows, ever.  I mostly just brought a microphone, or put it in someone’s bag at practice so it would arrive without effort on my part, then hit the bar before the show to down a Snake Bite to sand the edge off my nerves.  Then I’d hand a drink and a blank cassette to the guy at the board, and after the show I would listen to the tape on the way home, and make a…

News Post: Child’s Play Golf Tournament Tickets!

http://penny-arcade.com/news/post/2015/05/26/childs-play-golf-tournament-tickets

Tycho: They are available!  I am by no means a golf expert; I come mostly for the buffet and the intensely shared fellow-feeling.  For your calendar: Date: Friday, July 17th 2015 Time: Golf Registration 9:00AM - 10:00AM, Mini-Golf Registration 12:30PM-1:15PM, Mixer 4:00PM Location: Willows Run Golf Course, 10402 Willows Rd, Redmond, WA 98052 I’ve been to all of them, and it would be a fun way to spend your time even the absence of its profound charitable payload. (CW)TB

News Post: Monday Sketchdump!

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Gabe: Last week I attended a special “Art Night” at my kid’s school. I ended up spending the evening drawing with elementary school kids and had a great time. Here’s some of my doodles: Here’s me drawing shapes and the kids figuring out what they are. I was trying to explain how the game worked to a little girl and I asked her if any of my shapes looked like anything. She said that one looked like a fish but I had forgotten some parts. I asked her to draw the missing parts for me and she did. Nothing beats making art with kids. -Gabe out  

News Post: Cardophilia

http://penny-arcade.com/news/post/2015/05/25/cardophilia

Tycho: So, last time, I was worried that between Destiny’s immediacy and my belief that there was some mystically optimal condition under which to play The Witcher, it would end up sort of like my Steam library, in a list more akin to a list of achievements than of time played or work considered.  But that is not true.  Having secured 32 Light in order to make myself marginally less worthless to my Fireteam, I had a chance over the weekend to plow through the “Witching 101” portion of The Witcher 3 and into the game proper, which isn’t an epic roleplaying game at…