JADE: youre alive! JADE: and... very different :o DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < its davepeta actually DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < and yeah i am different! DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < got this whole other person mixed up in me DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < her name was nepeta JADE: ohh... JADE: wow!!! JADE: im so happy to see you, even if you have gone through some uh... pretty big changes! DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < yeah! JADE: so what are you doing here? JADE: are you asleep too? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < nah im awake DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < and like "actually here" and stuff DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < guess i just decided to fly away up to the sun like a fucking piece of garbage after all DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < like i always said i would JADE: haha JADE: you did? JADE: i dont remember that DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < yeah i said stuff like that sometimes DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < jade i used to be fairly depressed JADE: yeah... JADE: well i DO remember that JADE: you seem to be in pretty high spirits now though :) DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < yes im doing fucking phenomeownal DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < but fur real im not actually here to visit this sun DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < i flew here as a point of reference to get my bearings DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < im actually on my way to go fight lord english DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < have you s33n him JADE: no JADE: ive spent the last... however long, hiding from him actually JADE: with calliope DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < who JADE: shes my new friend! JADE: well, i guess one of two new friends by that name, technically JADE: one of them is presumably back with our friends now JADE: the other just... quite literally flew away up to the sun DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < like a fucking piece of garbage??? JADE: NO :P JADE: she is quite dignified and aloof as a matter of fact JADE: i sincerely doubt she has ever done ANYTHING like a piece of garbage DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < ok heheheh JADE: anyway if you want to find him JADE: i would guess all you have to do is follow his trail of destruction JADE: see the cracks? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < oh yeah DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < good point DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < guess i could sniff him out DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < except i dont know what he smells like DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < but i guess i do know what some people who will be NEAR him smell like JADE: like who? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < vwiskers, for one! DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < also supposedly a staggering dick ton of ghosts DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < ill just smell around for where the ghosts are all at JADE: sounds like a good plan! JADE: jeez dave i... JADE: or davepeta rather JADE: i missed you so much :( DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < awwww DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < sorry harley DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < id say i missed you too but it was barely a day ago i last saw you DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < this version of me i mean DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < i made it all the way through the thr33 year voyage with you DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < guess the one who made the trip with you wasnt so lucky huh JADE: no JADE: he and john died not long after we departed JADE: i was so lonely JADE: but i dont feel too bad now that i know it all worked out, and their deaths were just part of something bigger going on DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < right johns absurd time hoppy mission DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < so fuckin glad some non dave dude could finally grab the reins on the time travel bs DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < and i guess im purrsonally so grateful to him because without his succession of handwavey dorkstunts i wouldnt have become davepeta which is literally the best thing either of us has ever b33n! JADE: thats great! JADE: its so nice to see youre happy now JADE: even if technically i never got to be a part of that journey for you DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < but you did DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < ive got a lot of different dave memories in me and theyre all part of who i am now DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < including the memories you contributed to JADE: oh... JADE: cool! JADE: so what were things like in the timeline youre from? JADE: how was our trip together? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < it was good mostly DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < kinda turbulent i guess DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < but that was mostly on account of me being a miserable bird douche JADE: haha DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < oh also we dated for a while JADE: WHAT? :O JADE: omg DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < it was nice for a while but then i put a stop to that JADE: why? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < s33 again: bird douche JADE: wow JADE: i cant believe i missed this :( JADE: even if it didnt go that well JADE: its still something i would have gladly taken over the loneliness of that trip JADE: i cant even say how much i thought about you both JADE: and to hear that you and i actually... JADE: *sniff* DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < B?? JADE: im sorry dave... JADE: davepeta... JADE: i guess calliope is right, this must be part of my path JADE: as a space player... someone who "falls back" as she said JADE: maybe being pushed aside by fate, and like JADE: being deprived of important people and experiences JADE: no matter how painful it is, or how much you feel like you need them JADE: i guess thats just how it goes for us JADE: i think i never appreciated how much of a burden your aspect was to you JADE: but i think im starting to get it now JADE: it just took a long time to figure out what mine really meant DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < so THATS what space means? DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < bein lonely?? JADE: thats a bit of an oversimplification! JADE: but i think that can be one of the results of gaining a deeper understanding of it JADE: or becoming connected to it more... JADE: i dunno, this stuff is all pretty mysterious :p JADE: i dont have it all figured out yet obviously JADE: i just feel pretty sad that as i get closer to understanding my abilities and true nature JADE: it apparently means being deprived of some important experiences JADE: like i get closer to my aspect, but further away from everyone i love, and further from... JADE: feeling like a person? JADE: its just a really empty feeling after a while JADE: empty like... JADE: space i guess JADE: heh
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??