News Post: Child’s Play Table Tennis Tournament!

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Tycho: August 6th, we’re going back to a classic this year: a Table Tennis Tournament just like we used to do, only now instead of playing Ping Pong you’re playing Ping Pong and changing lives.  Not bad for an afternoon’s work, eh? And get a load of this incredible Child’s Play Stuff - an amazing sweat set, that rad custom bottle from Liberty Bottleworks, and more.  You can’t buy the trophy, though - gotta earn that.  Player registration closes on the 3rd, but Spectator registration doesn’t close until the 5th - and if you miss it, you can still…

News Post: Thornwatch at Gen Con!

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Gabe: I will be attending my very first Gen Con next week! I will be heading over there with the crew from Lone Shark games to talk about Thornwatch. We are coming up on the end of the design phase of this thing and it feels pretty great. We just recently had a meeting to discuss the size,shape and contents of the box. It felt like a huge milestone for me considering how many years I’ve been working on this game. I recently discovered the original notebook I used to design what I was calling Card Warriorz back then. I thought it might be interesting to share some of the earliest stuff I put down…

News Post: Elevenses

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Tycho: I don’t remember if there’s a podcast for it exactly, it might have been after the fact, but somewhere in his rodent mind eleven o’clock in the morning constitutes an afternoonian span.  It’s devilry and/or witch-work; no doubt a data point in our species’ tawdry decline. There’s two new Welcome To PAX Shows up, one for Cosplay and one about For The Watch, which is something I’d love to do again.  But I’m also putting together something else with Josh that I just need to think about out loud. I streamed something I called ELI5 a ways…

News Post: A Study in Saffron

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Brian: I’ve spent the last couple of weekends wandering around my neighborhood with my phone out, collecting Pokemon. It’s seemed a popular past-time and a pleasant one. My usually quiet, keep-to-yourself suburban community has become a swarm of teens, adults and families buzzing around downtown Redmond, sharing smiles and hunting tips. And while I’ve spent the whole of this past week or so wearing some kind of yellow shirt (I’m a Hufflepuff, I have a lot of yellow), I found wearing the sample of our Yellow Team tee to be a neon call for pleasant conversation and fun banter. Wearing that…

News Post: I Zhan, Yuuzhan

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Tycho: Grand Admiral Thrawn is back, welcomed into loving embrace of canon, and I could not be more pleased.  The younger iteration of myself liked him much more than the current revision, but the main thing is what it proves: that they aren’t above boring into the years upon years of calcified work to haul worthies to the surface.  They have an eye on it.  Hopefully not all of it.  Hopefully we can erect some tasteful shōji or something to obscure certain parts.  You can tell from Panel Two where my own fantasies lie, in the voice Karen Traviss brought to the…

News Post: Acquisitions Incorporated: Season One - The Podcast

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Tycho: It seemed like a good time to take it all the way back, back in the day, with a podcast of the new Acquisitions Incorporated season we have promoted so vociferously.  It was too fun not to do, and it’s something I get asked about a lot at the PAX shows - essentially, “can I listen to the new stuff while i’m driving to work.”  Absolutely you can.  The feed is here, so go for it!  “Watch” the new season however you like, even if that includes not “watching” it per se.  Big thanks to Erik Bronnum, Kiko Villasenor, Josh…

News Post: Illiterati

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Tycho: James Patterson, as has been established, is a necromancer.  And he has only begun his dark work. Well, maybe.  Have you heard about Bookshots? In the same way Nike branded the calorie with Fuel, Bookshots are an attempt to brand the novella as a form.  I’m not neutral on the subject: I think the novella is a potent form factor.  Nine Princes In Amber and many other rad, classic books fit comfortably in a space that the traditional publishers don’t give a shit about.  Their optimal scenario is the Book As Word Loaf, a hardbacked rectangular volume that…