DAVE: so youre just gonna let him suffocate in there then VRISKA: Dave, give me a little more credit than that. VRISKA: Gamzee is supposedly relevant to some stuff that's going to happen in the new universe. VRISKA: He's still got some "plot armor" or some shit. VRISKA: So when Earth is resitu8ted, I'm just going to drop the fridge in the fucking ocean or something, and let him find his own way out. DAVE: ok thats fair DAVE: i mean DAVE: firm DAVE: but fair DAVE: well maybe not that fair but i guess i dont care DAVE: so is johns hot mom awake yet? ARQUIUSPRITE: No DAVE: i mean DAVE: not hot mom DAVE: just mom DAVE: damn DAVE: did anyone hear that TEREZI: Y3S DAVE: shit DAVE: lets reboot all trains of thought starting now DAVE: how much longer til his hot moms awake DAVE: mom DAVE: i mean his DAVE: not mine DAVE: his mom not my hot mom DAVE: my mom i mean DAVE: fucking hell DAVE: not my mom his DAVE: johns hot mom DAVE: JESUS VRISKA: Sigh. VRISKA: The Strider Express is off the rails again, so I'm going to duck out of this convers8tion. VRISKA: See you every8ody. DAVE: no vriska dont go DAVE: at least do me the solid of letting me land squarely on some phrases that allow some plausible deniability over whether i think johns mom is super fucking hot DAVE: shit wait DAVE: pretend i didnt say that while still rendering its meaning in your mind somehow DAVE: vriskas gone im not even talking to anyone TEREZI: D4V3 TEREZI: FORG1V3 M3 1F 1 4M M1SS1NG SOM3 NU4NC3 H3R3 TEREZI: BUT 1T SOUNDS TO M3 TEREZI: 4S 1F YOU B3L13V3 JOHN'S MOTH3R 1S PHYS1C4LLY 4TTR4CT1V3 DAVE: ok now youre just twisting my words around TEREZI: WH4T WOULD JOHN TH1NK?? DAVE: ok thats an interesting thought but hear me out DAVE: what if DAVE: we ran an experiment and spent the rest of our lives finding out what happened if we never told him TEREZI: 1 W1LL CONS1D3R YOUR R3QU3ST FOR S3CR3CY TEREZI: M4YB3 TEREZI: FR4NKLY, 1 4M NOT SUR3 SH3 1S 4NYTH1NG TO WR1T3 HOM3 4BOUT DAVE: what oh what the fuck DAVE: are you on the idiot drugs today DAVE: how could you possibly be serious about that DAVE: how is this unconscious teen grandmother not a completely smokin babe TEREZI: 1 GU3SS SH3 1S NOT MY CONT41N3R OF SC4LD1NG L34F FLU1D DAVE: no i dont even believe you DAVE: youre obviously just trying to rile me up by going against the grain of fragrantly obvious babefacts ROSE: Is Dave saying inappropriate things about John's mother over there? DAVE: no! DAVE: im not saying anything DAVE: just standard casual observations from a regular bystanding person TEREZI: H3 K33PS C4LL1NG H3R HOT DAVE: wow DAVE: wow DAVE: peddle LIES much? DAVE: i guess reprehensible dishonesty is all the rage with the troll kids today ROXY: wait wats goin on ROXY: are we all talkin about how hot jane is??? DAVE: no! DAVE: maybe ROXY: cuz janey is a straightup sexual fox riding a red hot nuclear bombshell ROXY: right toward the yowza plaza in the heart of babe city, assachusetts, U S A ROXY: the last A just stands for more ass DAVE: THANK you DAVE: for DAVE: defending the position i may or may not have been arguing for moments ago ROSE: No comment. JOHN: hey, are you guys talking about me? JOHN: what's going on! DAVE: NOPE ROXY: lmao TEREZI: D4V3 TH1NKS YOUR MOM 1S HOT JOHN: what!! DAVE: god DAMMIT terezi
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??