JOHN: don't worry, i am not a villain. JOHN: i'm just passing through, looking for someone. JOHN: i was told to find a girl named roxy. ROXY: roxy huh ROXY: sounds like a babe JOHN: heh. JOHN: yeah, maybe. JOHN: do you know her? ROXY: kinda JOHN: really? JOHN: have you seen her?? ROXY: nope not in a while i am fraid JOHN: darn. ROXY: i could help you find her though ROXY: w a series of vexing riddles + clues ROXY: each more bewildering than the last ROXY: each less infuriating than the next ROXY: for i am the sphinx of this pyramid and that sort of coy bs is the shit i get up to ery day ROXY: (all pyramids have sphinxes i decided j now) JOHN: no, that sounds really dumb. JOHN: i would rather just have some straightforward information as to her whereabouts. ROXY: ummmmmmmmmm ROXY: *strokes sphinxly chin enigmatically* JOHN: can you at least tell me what she looks like? ROXY: well the thing is ROXY: shes hard 2 recognize lately ROXY: she started wearing a mask for some fukin reason ROXY: maybe so as to avoid detection from snoopy boys??? ;) ROXY: (just wonked @ u fyi) JOHN: you just what? ROXY: nothin! JOHN: alright, well... JOHN: can you tell me where and when you last saw her? ROXY: heck yes ROXY: it was last time i looked in a mirror ROXY: theres no mirrors in jail though ROXY: which is a shame ROXY: could use an eyeload of that stone cold fox 2 get me thru the long nites ROXY: hardest time i ever done :( JOHN: oh my god. JOHN: it's you! JOHN: how could i possibly fall for such a stupid prank. ROXY: ell em ay friggin OH ROXY: youre almost as gullible as english ROXY: how perf is it that thats some kinda family trait JOHN: what? ROXY: you must be john right JOHN: yes. JOHN: how did you know that? ROXY: because jake rambled about meetin you a bunch of times ROXY: also u sound like him JOHN: oh. JOHN: it seems like you have me at a disadvantage then. JOHN: which is impressive, considering you are in jail, and also in a little green pyramid thingy for some reason. JOHN: did you... JOHN: did you actually build that thing? ROXY: f yeah! JOHN: that's cool. it's like a little fort. JOHN: i built a fort once in my room. i made it out of a bed sheet, and some cruxite dowels. JOHN: then my friend threw it in a bottomless pit. ROXY: hahah ROXY: thas awesome JOHN: it was alright. ROXY: no but 4 real dont wreck my fort or i fuck you up JOHN: i wouldn't dare. JOHN: aren't you going to come out so i can see you? ROXY: i would but ROXY: ive been tryin to concentrate on something ROXY: so i built this sick pyramid deal to help focus my brain chi and spiritual majyyks and if at all possible to blitz my chakras out the yin yang JOHN: is it working? ROXY: no ROXY: but at least its nice and dark and quiet in here and free of distactions ROXY: or it was until a guy came along lookin for some chick JOHN: what are you trying to do exactly? ROXY: i have to make a spikeball appear out of thin air ROXY: but all i can make are these lame cubes JOHN: you made all these cubes?? ROXY: yup JOHN: that's a neat power. ROXY: ty ROXY: i also made some pumpkins ROXY: cubes n pumpkins ROXY: the manifestations of amateurs ROXY: theyre basically freebies for void players i think JOHN: i remember making some of those cubes with my alchemiter. JOHN: i think that's what a blank card makes? so yeah, they're super primitive. JOHN: but making pumpkins is pretty impressive. they're like... these big ol' vegetables. ROXY: no dude ROXY: pumpkins are helllls o primitive ROXY: voidwise theyre like the middle square on a bingo card ROXY: drummin up a dumb gourd aint nothing to write home about JOHN: well, if you're really having trouble... JOHN: i know a thing or two about learning to use god tier powers. JOHN: maybe i could help?
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??