(VRISKA): So enough a8out stupid animals, whose presence have no rational explan8tion anyway. (VRISKA): What do you want to do today? MEENAH: today? (VRISKA): Yeah! MEENAH: there is no today (VRISKA): You know what I mean! (VRISKA): Within the am8iguous timeframe that would loosely correl8 with a single rot8tion of a planet. (VRISKA): Any ideas? MEENAH: na (VRISKA): Come on! (VRISKA): We can't just spend all our "days" hanging out in this idyllic, 8izarrely paletted cliffscape with all these stinking idiot quadrupeds. (VRISKA): We should go exploring some more 8u88les! MEENAH: we explored an awful lot already MEENAH: aint they sorta all the same by now (VRISKA): I mean, roughly speaking, yeah. They're all ar8itrary memory collages I guess. (VRISKA): 8ut there's always something new to see every time. (VRISKA): Whose ridiculous memory will we visit next???????? (VRISKA): Like, some nutty version of Kanaya who 8ecame a god tier in some totally ludicrous version of our session? (VRISKA): Or may8e a version of John who never even played the game at all? May8e he went outside to look for the game, and his fatherly lusus 8acked over him with his car? (VRISKA): Or what a8out your friends? They're always fun! (VRISKA): Like Nepeta's ancestor... the deaf one? She's a riot! Plus she has a fascin8tingly dark history which her memories always seem to hint at. (VRISKA): Or Eridan's douchier clone. I KNOW you have a gr8 time whenever you get the chance to own him. (VRISKA): So what do you say? MEENAH: eh MEENAH: i dunno (VRISKA): 8ut you seem kinda 8ored! If you're 8ored, doesn't it make sense to get out and try to have fun? MEENAH: not reely (VRISKA): 8ut... (VRISKA): Why? MEENAH: cause it doesnt sound that fun MEENAH: just sounds like the same shit as always MEENAH: like MEENAH: exactly like dreams (VRISKA): Dreams? MEENAH: they ARE dream bubbles after all (VRISKA): Yeah. (VRISKA): 8ut... I don't... MEENAH: dreams are also like a crazy fantasy ride full of fake shit that makes no sense MEENAH: its a great time in theory MEENAH: and i guess when youre younger its fun MEENAH: maybe you even look forward to sleepin MEENAH: to see what the great mr sandclam has in store for you next MEENAH: but after sweeps and sweeps of dreamin MEENAH: you get used to it MEENAH: its just the same bogus crap yer stupid brain is just shuffling up and serving you again and again MEENAH: so you stop paying attention and just ride out your sleep MEENAH: then get back to business in the real world like a legit person with cool plans (VRISKA): Huh. (VRISKA): I don't think I've had the same experience, honestly. (VRISKA): Sounds like kind of a 8ummer, to look at dreaming that way. (VRISKA): I always liked dreaming! I mean, unless they were awful dreams, which was... fairly often. (VRISKA): 8ut I'd never say I really got 8ored of them. MEENAH: yeah well MEENAH: you are uh MEENAH: a bit younger than me (VRISKA): I am? (VRISKA): Hm. (VRISKA): Yeah, I guess so. I never thought a8out it! MEENAH: then again MEENAH: we fuschia ladies MEENAH: we sorta have to get used to being around people younger than us over our full lives MEENAH: like MEENAH: much younger 38\ MEENAH: or at least id have to if i was actually alive (VRISKA): I guess you're right a8out that too. (VRISKA): That's pretty fucked up to think a8out, actually. That if you were alive, you'd have to deal with existing nearly forever. (VRISKA): Almost as fucked up as the fact that you have to exist nearly forever while dead, too! MEENAH: mmm (VRISKA): Hey. MEENAH: ? (VRISKA): Are you ok? MEENAH: yup (VRISKA): You seem really down. MEENAH: no im cool (VRISKA): Are you sure? MEENAH: meh MEENAH: maybe not MEENAH: dont matter (VRISKA): What's wrong? MEENAH: nofin (VRISKA): Argh! (VRISKA): You know you can talk to me, right? MEENAH: yeah (VRISKA): So tell me! MEENAH: i dunno whats wrong MEENAH: id tell you if i knew (VRISKA): Are you depressed? MEENAH: shrug (VRISKA): It sounds to me like you may 8e depressed a8out something. (VRISKA): Or just... in general? MEENAH: i dont knooooow MEENAH: damn fishska (VRISKA): Hey, it's ok to 8e depressed. (VRISKA): I think just 8ecause you're dead, that doesn't necessarily let you off the hook from having psychological pro8lems. (VRISKA): I'm pretty sure I proved that to myself on more than one occasion already. :::;) MEENAH: yeaaah (VRISKA): So talk to me! May8e I can help! MEENAH: yergh (VRISKA): What's the 8ig deal? MEENAH: i dooont MEENAH: WAAANNA 38( (VRISKA): Sigh. Meenah... MEENAH: wut?? MEENAH: im not good at MEENAH: like MEENAH: talkin MEENAH: about me (VRISKA): That's all you ever talk a8out! MEENAH: no i mean MEENAH: in a non aggrandizing way (VRISKA): Oh. VRISKA: *Cough.*
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??