DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < daaamn..... DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < damn! X33 DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < rose DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < im a fuckin troll now! DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < and part beautiful bird DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < and also... DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < a human boy? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < hahaha i dont even DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < shit DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < rose my claws DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < look at these fuckin claws!!!!! DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < *snikt snikt snikt snikt snikt* omg DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < rose LOOK! JASPROSESPRITE^2: I see your claws, Dave. JASPROSESPRITE^2: They're neat. DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < hahahahaha! DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < holy shit i am a god damn DEBACLE of a thing arent i DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < it DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < is kind of GREAT? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < i DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < i sort of LOVE THIS?????????? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < BDD JASPROSESPRITE^2: That's wonderful, Dave and Nepeta. JASPROSESPRITE^2: I'm very happy for you both. JASPROSESPRITE^2: *Sigh.* DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < whats wrong rose?? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < jasprose i mean JASPROSESPRITE^2: Nothing. DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < *sidles up to jasprose in a coy and hella feline manner sounding tickled as fuck thru my little 3-shaped snout deal* DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < *arches back huge up and being all like bumping into rose with my tall curved back and shit, like cats do im pretty sure?* DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < *fuck yeah they do! omg they do the tall back thing all the time when theyre happy and im doing that right now h33h33* JASPROSESPRITE^2: Dave... JASPROSESPRITE^2: What do you think you're doing? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < *davepeta kindly and radly informs jasprose he is doing a bit of roleplaying and no, not even ironically* DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < *i mean... she* DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < shit DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < hrmmm B?? JASPROSESPRITE^2: What? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < jasprose DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < yo um DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < im confused about my gender suddenly DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < what am i now? JASPROSESPRITE^2: I don't know, Dave. DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < well what are you? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < i mean DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < what do you f33l like now a boy or a girl DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < your cat was a boy right? JASPROSESPRITE^2: Yes, he was a boy. DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < so what does that make you now??? JASPROSESPRITE^2: I don't know. I hadn't thought much about it. JASPROSESPRITE^2: I think I am probably still a girl? JASPROSESPRITE^2: Cats don't have particularly deep feelings about gender, or form strong identities around the idea. DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < ok thats cool DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < but both dave and nepeta did have strong identities as a boy and girl! DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < so i dunno where that leaves me JASPROSESPRITE^2: Does it even matter? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < i have no idea!!! DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < i just started being davepeta like THR33 SECONDS AGO DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < im not sure what matters to me yet DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < i think i do like being me though! DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < its a really weird f33ling DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < i mean not weird just like jarring in contrast with how both me's spent so long f33ling like JASPROSESPRITE^2: I think I know what you mean. DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < you do? JASPROSESPRITE^2: Yes I was really having the time of my lives after I became Jasprose. JASPROSESPRITE^2: Well, for a while there, at least. DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < fur a while? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < whats wrong now JASPROSESPRITE^2: Oh, nothing. DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < come oooon DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < tell me! B33 JASPROSESPRITE^2: It's hard to put into meows what I am feeling suddenly. JASPROSESPRITE^2: I think it might be... JASPROSESPRITE^2: Loneliness? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < lonelioness DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < why? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < im here to k33p you company DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < and mad hatter dude is still over there... DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < uh DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < doing... whatever the fuck it is hes doing? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < you still have lots of friends! JASPROSESPRITE^2: I know. JASPROSESPRITE^2: But since your... transformation... JASPROSESPRITE^2: Some feelings I thought I had put behind me at the moment of MY transformation quickly returned. JASPROSESPRITE^2: They were dug up from their shallow graves and left on my doorstep by... you know what? JASPROSESPRITE^2: I'm not even in the mood to finish that incredibly apt analogy. You will have to connect the dots yourself. DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < what f33lings returned? JASPROSESPRITE^2: As a cat I never had any other girl cats around to be friendly with. JASPROSESPRITE^2: That was a very simple emotion with which I could probably cope, if it was all that was in play. JASPROSESPRITE^2: The Rose half is more complicated. JASPROSESPRITE^2: I have memories from a lot of Roses. JASPROSESPRITE^2: Is this true for you as well? I mean, memories from many Daves and Nepetas? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < yeah...... DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < it uh DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < sure is a clusterfuck of sad dead daves and sad dead nepetas in my head DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < it f33ls alright tho DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < like im a lot more detached from those experiences than i ever felt before? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < but also DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < there is a distinct f33ling of having one dave and nepeta stand out from the crowd of memories DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < the versions of davesprite and nepeta i existed as right up until we both shook hands DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < they still kinda f33l like the "main" ones ya know? JASPROSESPRITE^2: Yes, exactly. JASPROSESPRITE^2: The Rose I was prior to this had just lost everything before she was killed. JASPROSESPRITE^2: Her friends and also her matesprit. JASPROSESPRITE^2: When I came back as a sprite, not as Jasprose yet mind you, I was relieved to see everybody again... JASPROSESPRITE^2: But it was also a melancholy return. JASPROSESPRITE^2: I knew that she couldn't be with me anymore, because I was no longer Real Rose. JASPROSESPRITE^2: But when I became Jasprose, everything changed again. JASPROSESPRITE^2: I was a whole new being! JASPROSESPRITE^2: Before me stretched a horizon full of small distant and slightly jostling curiosities to investigate, because you never know when something like that might turn out to be a mouse. JASPROSESPRITE^2: There were so many, many new pawsibilkitties. DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < dude i must say i am so stoked for the cat things youre sayin! JASPROSESPRITE^2: Shoosh, Dave. And yes I concur about the cat things. JASPROSESPRITE^2: Anyway, one of the new things that opened up to me was... JASPROSESPRITE^2: The idea that I didn't have to be alone anymore. JASPROSESPRITE^2: That I was reborn, more thrilled to be alive than I can ever remember being in any incarnation. JASPROSESPRITE^2: And that there was someone perfect waiting for me to bring her back. JASPROSESPRITE^2: Another estranged soul like me. JASPROSESPRITE^2: And now... JASPROSESPRITE^2: I guess it's all ruined. DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < whats ruined JASPROSESPRITE^2: Never mind, Dave. DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < come on tell me! JASPROSESPRITE^2: Forget it. DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < rose... DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < jasprose!! DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < dammit DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < you cant possibly just leave the story there DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < pawsibly DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < fuck DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < still gettin the hang of mastering my cute as hell urge to do cat puns litterally whenever it could conceivably occur to me DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < litterally lmao thats a good one DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < jasprose DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < jasprose DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < jasp DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < jaspycat DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < shit thats a bad nickname sorry DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < jasprose DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < JASPROSESPRITE SQUARED! DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < you were talkin about nepeta werent you DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < i mean me DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < or part of me B33 DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < tell me! DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < tell me tell me tell me tell me tell me tell me...
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??