JASPROSESPRITE^2: Anyway, enough of that horseshit. Back to our date!!! JASPROSESPRITE^2: That is, if you are ok with calling it a date! Are you ok with this being a date? I mean like a romantic one?? NEPETASPRITE: :33 < i... y- NEPETASPRITE: :33 < yes? NEPETASPRITE: :33 < i mean, sure! :33 JASPROSESPRITE^2: Yay!!!!! NEPETASPRITE: :33 < but i still dont... actually know you that well? NEPETASPRITE: :33 < at least not the rose part of you. NEPETASPRITE: :33 < but i suppose maybe that is the point of a date... to get to know the other person a bit better? JASPROSESPRITE^2: Yes! Yes Nepeta, exactly! That is exactly the point of a date! :3 NEPETASPRITE: :33 < h33h33, okay then! NEPETASPRITE: :33 < uh hmmmm so what do we talk about? JASPROSESPRITE^2: Anything you would like, beautiful. ;3 NEPETASPRITE: :33 < ... NEPETASPRITE: :33 < j33z NEPETASPRITE: :33 < rose NEPETASPRITE: :33 < i mean NEPETASPRITE: :33 < rose cat... JASPROSESPRITE^2: Jasprose! NEPETASPRITE: :33 < jasprose i... NEPETASPRITE: :33 < h33h33h33 JASPROSESPRITE^2: What is it? NEPETASPRITE: :33 < youre making me blush! NEPETASPRITE: :33 < my head probably looks like a big old olive here JASPROSESPRITE^2: It's quite a lovely color. :3:3:3 NEPETASPRITE: :33 < i dont... NEPETASPRITE: :33 < ahhhh! NEPETASPRITE: :33 < X33 JASPROSESPRITE^2: Is something wrong? NEPETASPRITE: :33 < no i just NEPETASPRITE: :33 < sorry NEPETASPRITE: :33 < ive never really had anybody like me before! NEPETASPRITE: :33 < im not sure how to handle it JASPROSESPRITE^2: I find this very hard to believe. JASPROSESPRITE^2: Nobody? Are you sure?? NEPETASPRITE: :33 < pretty sure! JASPROSESPRITE^2: What a reprehensible injustice. Had your colleagues no taste??? NEPETASPRITE: :33 < heh NEPETASPRITE: :33 < well ok i guess eridan hit on me a few times NEPETASPRITE: :33 < but his advances always struck me as cr33py and insincere JASPROSESPRITE^2: A pox on the name of this charlatan. I hiss on his grave. NEPETASPRITE: :33 < hes dead? JASPROSESPRITE^2: Yes. NEPETASPRITE: :33 < gosh NEPETASPRITE: :33 < i mean... he could be kind of a jerk sometimes but that is still a shame :(( JASPROSESPRITE^2: No it isn't. It's fine. Please! Continue! NEPETASPRITE: :33 < huh? JASPROSESPRITE^2: You were saying? About being liked! NEPETASPRITE: :33 < oh right NEPETASPRITE: :33 < um i am just NEPETASPRITE: :33 < still somewhat confused? NEPETASPRITE: :33 < im not sure why you like me NEPETASPRITE: :33 < not that im not flattered! NEPETASPRITE: :33 < but you dont really know much about me NEPETASPRITE: :33 < or... NEPETASPRITE: :33 < do you? JASPROSESPRITE^2: No, not really. JASPROSESPRITE^2: I just know that you are very pretty, and from my limited interaction with you as a cat, that you are personable and kind. JASPROSESPRITE^2: I don't need to know much else about you to like you. I am a catgirl of simple tastes. :3 NEPETASPRITE: :33 < haha NEPETASPRITE: :33 < ok NEPETASPRITE: :33 < i guess i cant argue with that! NEPETASPRITE: :33 < for what its worth you s33m very nice and pretty as well JASPROSESPRITE^2: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JASPROSESPRITE^2: (Jake, did you hear that?!) JASPROSESPRITE^2: (She likes me too! This is almost too good to be true.) JAKE: I think you should both kiss! JASPROSESPRITE^2: JAKE!!! JASPROSESPRITE^2: Please, mind your manners. JASPROSESPRITE^2: I mean, not that that isn't an EXCELLENT idea. JASPROSESPRITE^2: But all things in due time. There is a PROCESS to this courtship business. JASPROSESPRITE^2: Much how one doesn't just LIE DOWN for a nap. The bedding must be ritualistically kneaded and massaged before lowering oneself in a circular fashion for a prime snoozing position. NEPETASPRITE: :33 < :oo NEPETASPRITE: :33 < oh my goodness what a beautsnifful analogy :'33 JASPROSESPRITE^2: Besides, she has only been prototyped once. JASPROSESPRITE^2: I believe unprototyped or once-prototyped kernels can weather brief or incidental contact, the same way you can investigate the flame of a candle without burning your nose as long as you are quick enough. JASPROSESPRITE^2: But the sort of contact we are talking about here would be ANYTHING but incidental. ;3 ;3 ;3 NEPETASPRITE: :33 < omg NEPETASPRITE: :33 < you are making me blush again with all this kissing talk! NEPETASPRITE: :33 < how can you be so forward about those things? NEPETASPRITE: :33 < i have never met anyone who was so brazen and confident about liking somebody NEPETASPRITE: :33 < how do you do it??? JASPROSESPRITE^2: There isn't much too it. JASPROSESPRITE^2: I used to be quite guarded about my feelings as a girl. JASPROSESPRITE^2: But cats do not have complicated thoughts about what should be expressed and when. JASPROSESPRITE^2: What to convey about your current state of mind is everything. When to do it is now. NEPETASPRITE: :33 < dont get me wrong jasprose i have a great affinity for all things feline in nature NEPETASPRITE: :33 < but its never b33n that simple for me! NEPETASPRITE: :33 < i get so shy and worried what people might think of me if i say how i f33l NEPETASPRITE: :33 < im always so scared that they wont f33l the same way or just think im stupid or pathetic or something JASPROSESPRITE^2: Was there someone you had feelings for you couldn't talk to about? NEPETASPRITE: :33 < ummmm NEPETASPRITE: :33 < yeah JASPROSESPRITE^2: Who? NEPETASPRITE: :33 < ummmmmmmm NEPETASPRITE: :33 < i dunno im embarrassed to say! JASPROSESPRITE^2: You can tell me Nepeta! Please tell me your secret will be safe, I promise! NEPETASPRITE: :33 < well NEPETASPRITE: :33 < ok NEPETASPRITE: :33 < as long as you can really k33p a sneakret! JASPROSESPRITE^2: My muzzle is sealed. NEPETASPRITE: :33 < it was karkat NEPETASPRITE: :33 < but i never told him and im pretty sure he never found out how i felt! JASPROSESPRITE^2: Karkat eh? JASPROSESPRITE^2: I'll let you in on a little sneakret too. You dodged a vigorous spritzing with a spray bottle there. JASPROSESPRITE^2: He wouldn't be any good for you. Oh no no. NEPETASPRITE: :33 < why? JASPROSESPRITE^2: Too many anger issues. Always with the shouting and whatnot. He's way too volatile! NEPETASPRITE: :33 < but... i liked that about him! JASPROSESPRITE^2: Oh, but that isn't even all there is to it! JASPROSESPRITE^2: On our journey he was so obsessive and controlling toward his desired matesprit. I do not believe that is any way to treat a lady! JASPROSESPRITE^2: On the contrary Nepeta. You deserve someone who will RESPECT and ADORE you. NEPETASPRITE: :33 < well... yes NEPETASPRITE: :33 < i always hoped to find someone like that some day NEPETASPRITE: :33 < i dunno maybe youre right but in spite of whatever problems he might have i always felt like i saw something in him that made me think he could be that purrson! JASPROSESPRITE^2: Nope. Sorry to be the meower of bad news. He is just not cut out for you! JASPROSESPRITE^2: Besides, he is involved with someone else now in that quadrant. He has moved on. And so have you! JASPROSESPRITE^2: You are now a sprite. Neither of us have the same connection to the living we once had. JASPROSESPRITE^2: In quite a real sense, it is fair to say that all we have now... JASPROSESPRITE^2: Is each other. :3 NEPETASPRITE: :33 < er... DAVESPRITE: hey whats up
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??