TG: kay then TG: what do you want me 2 say TG: for you to autobelieve in GG: Hmm. GG: Everything, I guess. I'd like to get completely up to speed, if possible. TG: yeah TG: but TG: im pretty sure i already said everything TG: want me to just TG: sayit all again..... GG: Some reiteration certainly couldn't hurt. GG: But this time I won't work so hard to sift the fantastical from the plausible. TG: so like TG: stuffs i said about my mom or GG: Sure. TG: ok well fors tarters TG: she really is the notable author u know GG: Oh, I know that! GG: That was always something I had no trouble believing, considering the public documentation even reclusive celebrities receive. GG: And frankly, the family resemblance is obvious. TG: yup GG: Anyway, it would be disingenuous if I found your relation far fetched, since we're all apparently related to noteworthy people. It's just one of those funny things. TG: true dat TG: then TG: what else can i talk about TG: like her occolt majyyks and stuff TG: because i dont know a whole lot about the mayjjykks TG: besides th fact that theyre all real as shit can get GG: Maybe we should start at the very beginning. TG: ok TG: but the begninning was a hecka long time a go GG: Do you remember around when we first started talking? TG: y GG: And you claimed you were the one making my pumpkins disappear? TG: hahAHA TG: *aha TG: y :3 GG: You later proceeded to try to prove to me that what you were saying was true. GG: But none of your attempts thereafter would ever bear any fruit, pardon the pun. TG: k but it aint pardoned because a pumpkin aint even a fruit TG: its a big orange porch thing for holloween numbnuts GG: Yes, I know what pumpkins are. It was a joke, silly. GG: What I'm trying to say is, in thinking back to those days, when you couldn't verify your claims, it made me think the whole thing was a big ruse. GG: And I think this unfortunately began a pattern of mistrust. It was always hard to rule out the possibility that you could be joking about other things as well. TG: yeah TG: but its not my fault i mean appeafrification tech is notoriously unreliable TG: remember TG: i xplained this TG: i cant just always appearify stuff from you any time i want TG: i can only take stuff im "allowed" 2 which is pmuch random TG: like stuff that by takin id be messing up the time line cause that stuff is supposed to be there and serve some funciton it hasnt served yet TG: so most of the time if i try all i get is slime on my end TG: but pumpins 4 some reason are a lil easier to take i dunno why TG: like they are specifically and arbitrorily unhinged from spacetime TG: is spooooko TG: *ky GG: I couldn't begin to explain the science behind such a technology either. GG: But I guess the important thing is, regardless of how or why it works, this is a story you continue to stand by? GG: That is, you are still taking credit for the mysterious disappearance of all those pumpkins I grew years ago? TG: f yeah TG: i so gonked your gaurds jane GG: ... GG: Did you gank them when my gourd was down? TG: * yes TG: * yes i did exectly that TG: snatched ur patch sucka!!!!!! TG: hehe GG: Very well! GG: Then I believe that is what happened. GG: That's all I am trying to say here. TG: so TG: ok TG: u believe that TG: now what?? GG: Now... nothing, really. GG: You may continue to tell me anything you would like with the confidence that I won't doubt you. GG: So by all means, go ahead! TG: ok gotit TG: so jane TG: whas tit feel like 2 get stabbed by a bab guy GG: Oh, come on! TG: huh GG: That is a question! TG: yeah so GG: It's not any sort of revelation, or statement for me to take at face value. GG: Dadburn it. This isn't that difficult! GG: And for the record, it's not great. TG: whats not GG: GETTING STABBED BY A BAD GUY. IT ISN'T ALL THAT PEACHY. TG: yeah i bet TG: musta suuuucked TG: or TG: dream sucked idk GG: So, you're not in the mood to tell me things? TG: no i am TG: im psyched about u wanting to believe me and all TG: but part of me still feels like i should prove it TG: like i tried to once TG: it was just frustratin i mean im a sciestist i should be able 2 prove my shit TG: like TG: subject my claims to the fuckin madrigogs GG: Um... GG: Madrigogs? TG: *mad rigors TG: u know what i mean??? GG: Yeah, I understand. TG: i mean trust between friends is sweet and everything but i dont know if i wanta be the repipient of like a butt load of pity believins GG: It's not about pity! GG: It's more like a gesture I'm trying to make. GG: Or maybe that's not quite right. GG: It has more to do with setting things right for myself than making it up to you. GG: Does that make sense? TG: ............. GG: Shoot, I'm doing such a terrible job explaining this! :( TG: (patiently sips bev rage) GG: The bottom line is, I WANT to believe the things you say now. GG: That's all you need to know! TG: ok thats good TG: i want that 2 buuuuuuut TG: i still wanna prove it irregardlessly!!!!!!!` GG: *Shudders uncontrollably at "word" usage.* TG: whoops sry TG: * still WANT TO prove it irregaurdlesally TG: ^ all fixed tght as fuck TG: so u down for one last try GG: Sure! TG: k lets get busay TG: what you want 2c me disappearify
Here's another huge deal announcement. A "bomb shell", you could say. The zodiac has officially been extended to include 288 signs, instead of the meager assortment of 12 you are familiar with. The resulting system is known as the Extended Zodiac. You may determine your True Sign by taking a test, if you wish.
I envisioned an expansion like this a couple years ago, when it became clear that due to the large volume of NPCs in Hiveswap, many new troll symbols would have to be created. So we made a large library of symbols to draw from when designing characters (A lot more symbols than characters. Don't worry, the game roster isn't THAT out of control.) But why stop at just a static library of new signs when you could take the opportunity to reinvent astrology itself?
The test uses a couple other personal classifiers from Homestuck lore to triangulate your True Sign designation from this dizzying barrage of iconography. What do you do with this information? I don't know. Make some cool new OCs? Discuss your new sign with friends? Cause great agitation and bewilderment among astrological purists? The sky's the limit. Also, those invested in what qualifies as "canon" when it comes to Homestuck lore may take interest in this test, which formally evaluates whether you are a Prospit or Derse Dreamer (involving a new term of art for the sake of this system, called Lunar Sway), as well as your Aspect. I am sure some will wonder whether this means a God Tier Class test will be available as well. Some day, yes, probably. For now, only Aspect is applicable to this system. But the precedent now exists for the expectation to be CANONICALLY classified by literally any absurd profiling system I have ever concocted, and you have just obtained a full license to not let anyone forget this.
Here's a very special new book made by me, dril, and KC Green, which you can preorder here. This seemed like a good way to do it since we had no idea how many of these books to print. A hundred? A million? ZERO??? You guys will decide. Plus there's a lot of other cool stuff there. If you have any interest in this book at all, it's probably a good idea for you to jump on it now. There's no telling how easy it will be to get your hands on after the first run has shipped to backers.
About the friends who helped out: my guess is you are probably familiar with dril's twitter brand? A couple years ago we talked about working on this, one thing led to another, and now here we are asking you to buy a book with a spoon concealed inside of it. The way I see it is, you don't just get any clown off the street to write for characters with the complexity and emotional depth that these ones have. You bring out the big guns. This is a man who knows his way around a huge ass. A man who knows all too well the plight of the gamer. A man who won't hesitate to engage with some of your favorite brands, and will not flinch at a longform narrative about a pissed off guy searching the world for his spoon.
KC Green has already done some good work with the SBaHJ franchise, you may remember. For the sake of authenticity I did a lot of coloring work over his pencils and put some serious attention on generally screwing everything up. Don't worry, we had some very important standards of quality that I took great care to ensure we catastrophically failed to meet. KC does a lot of other great stuff too. Did you know he did the dog who says this is fine even though the room is on fire? It's crazy how much people love that damn dog. Not everyone knows he did it though, and people should applaud him more for his stuff. Same with dril. Let's hear it for these boys and their priceless contributions to our society. I hope you like this book!
Hey check it out. Every week we'll be revealing some new troll characters from Hiveswap until Act 2 is out. Follow the Troll Call here, and meet the first two here. Expect a few more surprises like this to drop in coming weeks.
Hiveswap has been released. You should go play it!
Huge thanks to the entire What Pumpkin Games team for all their hard work on this project. Everyone involved has much to be proud of. Personally, I think the game is VERY GOOD! Really, better than I imagined it would be when scribbling notes for it years ago. Credit is owed to the fans for their patience while the necessary time was taken to build a studio capable of making a game like this. And above all, credit is owed to the great team that brought it to life. If you happen to spot any contributors out in the wild, on social media or such, I hope you will extend your appreciation for what they have accomplished.
What Pumpkin and Homestuck are partnering with Viz Media to work on a lot of cool stuff together in the future. This will include projects based on both the Homestuck and Hiveswap worlds. The possibilities are wide open, but here are a couple examples of things we know we're going to work on already...
Viz will begin releasing the Homestuck books again, starting next year. These will be nice new hardcover editions, and the plan is to just keep turning out volumes until the entire story is in print. Each volume will be full of my Secret Notes just like the previous ones were. Viz will also be involved in the release of the mysterious epilogue project I alluded to a while ago. Details on format, release date, etc, will remain undisclosed until further notice, but you can expect more information about that to surface next year too. I wanted to do something a little unusual for it, something existing outside the confines of the web story. Working with Viz struck me as good opportunity for this.
Aside from that, anything can happen. Take a look at the sorts of things Viz has already published or produced. These are all examples of things on the table for future consideration for either Homestuck or Hiveswap. I've got plenty of ideas, and so do they. Maybe you do too??