Bunches of Games Done Eventualy

After a few months of intense deadlines, new things in life and big changes, I am back with my weekly blog! A LOT of stuff has been going on in my life but I have made time to stay on top of all my Dank Art and Dank Zines. The blog however had been put on hold but now that things seem to be not as busy I am back at it with the Dankness every week! Let’s get caught up on all the stuff you missed:

SO MANY ZINES

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Puri-Puri with his issue of Dank Zine #15

Have you been checking out my Dank Shop lately? I now have issues of Dank Zine for sale there so if you have missed an issue or only wanted to grab the issue of your favourite streamer. Remember issues are always cheaper when you subscribe.

The most current issue up for grabs right now is Issue 16 with an interview with Giby who is known in the fighting scene circles as well as his goonish appearance with the GameGoons who stream on Twitch. I got to sit down with him and talk about his fights in and out of competitions.

We also celebrate 10 years of Fangamer in issue 16 of Dank Zine with an interview with co-founder Reid Young where he reflects on his little game merchandise company that could. We touched down on how 10 years ago, Fangamer was operating out of Reid’s second bedroom in his apartment and how it’s grown to the size it is now. Sadly I wont be at Camp Fangamer taking place on July 20th, but it’s at that event where Fangamer will celebrate it’s official 10 year’s with the people who helped make it great, the fans.

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I also want to welcome cartoonist and illustrator Shan Murphy to the team as she now will be featured monthly in Dank Zine with a series of comics that looks at the personal experience of playing video games. You can check out her work here to see more of her work. As the months go by and the Zine grows I hope to keep adding more content from quality content makers like Shan to the mix.

SO MUCH DANK ART

The pile of Dank Art that needs to be uploaded is too big! When I started to get busy, I started off with the intentions to put all the Dank Art in folders from the week so that when I got unbusy I could simply drop them all in. Yeah, that didn’t happen and now I am sitting a huge dank pile. I should be uploading more as the weeks go on, so do keep checking back to get more Dank Art.

SGDQ 2018

Over $2 Million dollars was raised in just one week during Summer Games Done Quick and I had the pleasure again to be there as it happened. I flew out solo but met up with a bunch of people at the event so I never really felt alone when I was there. It was great to see all of my awesome friends again and hang out with them even if it was all the way in Minneapolis.

I had the honour of sitting on the couch for both Aquas’ Mr Gimmick run with fellow speed runner Narshe along with his daughter as well as LRock’s Double Dragon run on the NES. You can check out both the vod’s here:

The BEST thing about going to a GDQ is to meet other speed runners and streamers and hang out with old friends as well as meeting new. I think I firmed up the next 5 issues of my Dank Zine in just three days of talking to people. Oh shucks, I was also super happy when I introduced myself people said “Oh yes! I know you and your Zine! I would love to be part of that!” I also had the pleasure of meeting Puwexil who I have been following for a while on twitter and ask him some questions about his Final Fantasy 6 speedrun as I am a huge fan of FF6 and his stream was going to be my highlight of the week. Make sure you sub to my Patreon or keep watching my Dank Shop and pre-order or back the zine if you want to read about that one as Puwexil really dove back into some GDQ history from its humble beginnings in some guys basement to the 4H club.

AGDQ2018 or How I stopped worrying and learned to love Speedrunning

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Zerst going for that high score

After not getting tickets to SGDQ in 2017 I made a point of doing my best to give it all I got and put my bid in to get a ticket to the January event. When I actually got tickets, I kind of sat there in my chair and thought, “OK, I got in. Now what?” I thought that because I had no real idea what games were going to be played or if any of my friends’ runs would be accepted. I had to give it time and wait. I waited too long and missed out on a chance to get a hotel room on site so I was forced to book an Air BnB a bit off-site just to sleep.

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The Cool Club at AGDQ 2018

I keep hearing people say “GDQ’s were better before 2013” or something to the effect. I can’t speak to that as I was only watching those at home and not at the event itself. I would safely say being there has its own set of advantages as well as negatives. However, GDQ’s are events that are designed to celebrate Speedrunning and working towards raising money for a selected charity. They really don’t have anything else behind the scenes that you would find at a regular convention because the event is the main draw. So there were really no artist alley or merch booths that you would expect at other cons. There was a booth set up that focused on the charity itself so you could learn more about where your donations were going and if you wanted to keep supporting the charity they could give you more information. Nice.

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Pho time with Omnigamer and PJ

I checked into the event on early Sunday morning and since I was travelling alone I asked PJ very nicely to meet up with me at the event so I wouldn’t feel as awkward waiting for my Air BnB to be ready later on in the afternoon. He totally didn’t have to, but he said yes and because he & Omnigamer were kind enough to let me tag along with them for a few hours I gave out a bunch of PJ stickers I had lying around from when I made him the Feature Streamer in my Dank Zine. I had no run in for this event and besides seeing a few choice runs I was mainly there to find people to write about. I had my own agenda and it involved Zines, burgers, beer and watching a lot of games.

One of the important things I wanted to do that week was to catch Aquas’ run as I always try to watch his stuff when I am at home watching this event and seeing it in person would be a great kick. His run was around 8 am on Monday and Mr B & I both woke up early to go to the event with him. We met up with one of Aquas’ streaming friends Figbird and to our excitement Aquas said it was alright for all of us to sit on the couch for his run. First GDQ & already on the couch. I was glad I was as Aquas made a very touching speech before his run about his dad who passed away because of Cancer and he wanted to dedicate his run to him. I kept getting so many alerts on my Apple Watch during this that I just switched it to Do Not Disturb for an hour so I could focus better on his Contra III run. Lots of you were all tweeting “I see you on the couch!” Which was very nice, but since I had one of the best views in the house I didn’t want to comment till it was over. Aquas had a very good run, it wasn’t deathless, but it was still something to watch as this guy plays like a beast when he needs to bring it. Check out the video from the event:

My time was spent hanging with people, being social, and playing games in the set up arcade that was on site. There was no pinball this year which was kind of depressing, but there was a Neo Geo multi-cart in the room which I sat on most of the time with my pal Zerst and together we clocked in a lot of hours on Money Exchanger. Zerst also got the Donkey Kong 3 machine to its max score which was fun to watch as I love that game myself and it is always exciting to see someone master a game you like. I also met up with a few of my friends from Macaw45’s chat to play a bunch of dank games in the practice room and this C64 that my buddy Dana had going with an everdrive. Let’s say that when we had the C64 going we put a few good hours playing around with the games on that.

It was really exciting to see my friends up on stage playing games when it came too their runs. PJ managed to break an arcade button in the middle of his Battletoads run which could only be described as “PJ’s dumb luck”. He had a backup planned and it only took him a few moments to switch over to a backup (what a backup? Yes if you know PJ….). It was also really fun to watch The Mexican Runner play the rocket ship part in Battletoads for NES blindfolded. There’s always going to be a few blindfolded donation incentives and I didn’t want to miss this one as it’s known for being extremely frustrating even without a blindfold. I have huge respect for TMR as he played every NES game as part of a challenge and that meant playing all the Powerpad games. If you know me I love the powerpad and try to stream it as often as I can and knowing someone else actually beat Street Cop gives me hope that I can do it too. I also saw Zallard1 do his amazing Two-Punchout One Controller challenge. Fellow streamer Omnigamer helped out and rigged up this splitter that would help him use one controller to beat both games at once.

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Zallard1 who played Starfox2 and Punch Out & Super Punch Out at the same time

Please when you share these runs don’t use click-bait tactics like “Some Dude just killed Contra” but share links properly as in “Watch The Mexican Runner play Battletoads blindfolded” as its more about the player and less about the game itself at these events. I was also reading a lot of game devs upset with people who were using words such as “this game is broken” to describe certain manipulations and taking offence to it. I can’t say that for all games, but having see some of the codes from some of my most favourite games I would be safe in saying that not all games are broken, but having broken mechanics and code in a game does make the game more easy to be manipulated hence why they can use glitches to a speedrun advantage. I can think of many fan translations projects my friends worked on where they had to clean up the original source code and fix game ending bugs left in the code itself simply because a game was rushed into development to make a sales date. I’m not saying all games are like that, but I also don’t put any game up on a pedestal of perfect coding either. Even great paintings have mistakes in them and it is those mistakes that we as players love/hate to our advantage.

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The Dank Zine core staff: Aquas, AnnK, Lady Te and trap15 (as JJ Squawkers)

The BEST thing about the entire trip was finally meeting up again with Lady Te who I hired to edit my Dank Zine. We’ve known each other before the Dankness set in, but this was the first time we have met up face to face since she’s been staff. I was able to get a very rare staff photo of Aquas, myself and Lady Te and hopefully one day we will be able to get trap15 in there as well. That’s pretty much the core Dank Zine staff right there and I am lucky to have these wonderful people in my life. My little zine has really grown in just under a year and now I have people who contribute to it all over the globe so it makes me getting a photo with everyone harder. I hope that in the future when my zine gets bigger I can start actually traveling to these places and meet everyone.

Overall it was a great time and I was happy to meet up with a bunch of people I have only known thru Twitch, chats and over the internet. Maybe when I get things figured out I’ll work on my fishing game and see if it’s something I want to submit and if its something people would like to see at an event such as this. In the meantime I’ll be hard at work making Dank Art, Dank Zines and trying to give back as much as I can to the retro gaming community.

 

New changes in November

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I made a LOT of Dank Art on the weekend watching the 1CC Marathon. I missed a lot of Friday because I was working, but I did my best to try to catch most of it between IRL stuff and eating. It was a lot of fun and I always love watching skilled players do their thing in events such as this. I hope more fun events like this pop up on twitch that will help to encourage more people to go for their gaming goals, meet new friends and find new streamers to follow. Most of friends on twitch I met thru the 1CC Marathon, so don’t be shy when it comes to signing yourself up for events like these.

I caught some of Ultimoice’s Final Fantasy 7 runs over the weekend as well as more Mother 2 runs in between of the 1CC Marathon as I was cooped up around the house most of the time. A lot of people are going to say that FF7 was the game that changed everything back in the day and they are right. I remember seeing the commercials for Final Fantasy 7 on the TV and freaking out that it was being called Final Fantasy 7 and not FF4 AND it was coming out for the PlayStation and not the N64 as what was expected. The biggest thing was when suddenly EVERYONE wanted to play Final Fantsy 7 and almost overnight people who were never into video games suddenly wanted to be. I’m not joking, everyone was so blown away at the graphics and the sheer size and complexity of this game that you had everyone dropping serious coin on PS1’s to just play this game (minus the nerds who bought the PC release of the game and who had to suffer thru playing that hahaha).
Though Final Fantasy 7 isn’t my favourite game (it’s not even my favourite Final Fantasy)  it does hold a special place in my heart just because of that experience and what direction video games started to go after it came out. The fact that Ulti speedruns this game is absolute insanity to me, but he pulls it off and it is a run you have to catch at least once if you have played the game. FYI the first time I saw him run though the game was at the last SGDQ and I stayed up to catch most of it.

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60EF2D97-E932-4721-99C4-2C05DF6CBE43Backers for my Dank Zine who back before the end of the month will be getting this amazing limited print run sticker featuring Milky from Shock Troopers! This design was created last Christmas during one of BBH’s streams when Twitch had a bunch of cute holiday emoticons that you could play with. I made a Dank Art from it and decided to clean it up this year to give it make it my gift to my backers.

Make sure you back my Dank Zine before November 30th as this month’s feature streamer is none other than PJ. I got a chance to chat with PJ just over Halloween about his experience speedrunning, streaming and Gin! I also have a special interview with Cathodedaze who works at a special Arcade Museum in Florida where they have over 50 arcade and pinball machines and what its like to have a cool dream job. Fantastic Planet returns with a great Christmas feature as well as a bunch of cool art and extras for the holidays. The other neat thing is this issue will have featured PJ Sub Stickers so if you’ve been following PJ and want these stickers then you better back before the 30th of the month together yours. 8AF1A8A2-3493-4A90-B6E5-D4821B8BE5E4.jpeg

The BIG BIG BIG news for me is that my little zine has grown so much in the last few months that to meet the demands of my printing fulfilment I will be changing printers. Subscribers should instantly notice a HUGE upgrade to the quality and look of the Zine as now I am big enough to move away from print-on-demand orders. This means a lot more control on my part when it comes to the look and feel of each issue so I am very excited to be moving up with these new changes.

This means a huge change for Dank Zine because each issue now will be limited to the one production run and once all back issues are sold THAT’S IT. This means if you are backing my Zine you will get an issue with all the fun stickers each month and there will only be a few back issues in the store for those who were sitting on the fence. Even more reason to back the Zine so you never miss out. This also means starting in January my current Dank Shop will come down to make way for the new shop, so if you were thinking of grabbing any back issues that are in my Dank Shop right now do it soon before they are gone forever!

 

 

That first week in November

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Ultimoice went back to playing regular EarthBound again but he was playing for a World Record in PJ% which has a different set of requirements then a regular Speedrun of EarthBound. You can catch video of Ultimoice here making that World Record. Keep checking back to my blog as I am working on an interview with Ultimoice for an upcoming issue of my Dank Zine!

LordBBH had a weekend featuring his “Viewers Choice Extravaganza” where followers can sign up their favourite game to be entered into a random raffle draw to be played. I always love BBH’s extravaganza as the likelihood that a really good game coming up is way higher than the randomness you’ll get with a regular Monday Roulette. Also, BBH is getting a lot of fantastic Dank Art made by not just me but by MakotoTruth and Dasyati to name a few. Check them out on Twitter & follow them as they make great Dank Art as well!

Macaw45 wasn’t around much on the weekend, however he is the feature streamer for the November issue of my Dank Zine. I did an interview with him were we talked about his obsession for the more rare and obscure games out there and what sort of games he’s into if you were to stumble into his stream. I had a two-hour Zine packaging giveaway stream where I was giving out free stickers that feature Macaw’s sub icons and I was happy to discover that a lot of his fans are from all over the world. So that means someone in Sweden is going to get a bunch of GUTS stickers from his stream & possibly put them all over their car & it will be the GUTS MACHINE or something like that. Please send me any and all photos of your Dank Stickers on things once you get them! Please be careful when sticking them on people or pets! (Please, don’t put them on your pets).

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Nothing I love more than this smug AF Carpet Dank Art I did for Aquas recently. It’s like you’re throwing a hug party for the first time at your parents place and you’re not sure if you’re dressed right or if the right people will show up or that person you like will be there. Meanwhile, good buddy Carpet is all classed up with her turban and magic carpet dapper as hell  leaning back all cool saying “Hey, don’t worry about it, duuuuuuuude,” cause really, you going to be alright.

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My eight issue of my Dank Zine has been shipped to all my Patreon backers! They should expect these gems to arrive in their mailbox over the next few days. This months issue is my biggest yet with 50 pages! The cover is done by Sarah Joncas who is not only one of my best friends, but she’s also an AMAZING artist. I also have interviews with Macaw45, Fantastic Planet on when he was banned from Twitch, and a few players who will be participating in this weekend’s 1CC Marathon starting on Friday. As always there is a lot of crazy Dank Art plus backer stickers for those who have been supporting me over the Patreon.

Like always, if you want to back my Zine please check out my Patreon page. If you just want to sub for one issue you totally can, if you want custom Dank Art with your Zine you can, if you just like the project and want to donate $5 to help get someone some freebies in the mail you can do that too! I love giving away things as much as I can with this Zine and it really comes down to everyone’s love of the games and supporting those who play them.

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Issue Seven featuring the SHMUP crew at STGWeekly, trap15 and an article written by Icarus about Battle Garegga is now available for sale in my Dank Shop now that the new issue is out. I always stress that you save more money backing the Patreon as that includes your shipping plus you’re going to get freebies and stickers if I am packing the envelopes. With my Dank Shop I don’t have as much control yet on packaging those orders as they are made to order and you’ll be paying for shipping on top of the Zine itself. Still, it’s the best way that I can get my Zines out for the time being.

As you might know I have passed 60 subscribers for my Dank Zine. I am literally 20 subs away from my goal of 80 where I can start shopping the Zine out to other printers. Saying that, my Dank Shop might be changing, so if you were thinking of ordering back issues try to do it soon as I might not be able to re-print a short run of old issues with my new printers.

Coming up for Christmas I have interviews with Owlnonomous with his Owlcade, his passion for collecting pinball and arcade machines as well as a behind the scenes look at a real arcade museum and what it’s like to be working the dream job: Retro Arcade Manager. I also have a very special BBH Christmas sticker as a special gift to all my backers for that issue. Also, I sat down with PJ recently to discuss his interview in my January issue. I have my hands full for the next few weeks so keep visiting my blog to get updates as they happen.

Also, if you want to contribute your own Dank Art or want to write something for my Dank Zine I am looking for submissions! Please email me to inquire.

Closing out a Month

Dank Work

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Making Dank is what I am all about these days and I am happy to announce that I am accepting submissions for creative content! If you want to join the fam and think you have what it takes to have your work featured in my Dank Zine you may submit it here at dankzine@agentannk.com

I am looking for content that is about retro gaming, streams, and the gaming collecting community. It’s not just limited to writers, I am looking for artists as well who want to make Dank Art and be featured in the Zine or on my blog. Please end me an email and attach an example of your work to get the ball rolling.

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BBH had a great week returning with his championship belt from the tournament he just won, as well as visiting the Portland Retro Gaming Expo over the weekend. I’m sure he’s going to talk about all the cool stuff there including this strange and new Space Harrier type game he got to try out at the expo. If only my budget would allow me more chances for travel so I could check out events like that then I’d be there myself front and centre. Hopefully BBH got some photos and will show them off during the Monday roulette stream.

Macaw45 had an emergency unboxing video as he got a bunch of new auction wins arrive at his place and whenever he gets a cool delivery such as this he’s gotta share it with his community. There was a bunch of Japanese Windows 95 games as well as few other neat things that he got to show off. The Dracula Sega CD game was a surprise being that I never thought Macaw would subject himself to the torture witch is Dracula on Sega CD, but he did manage to play the game right up to the boss where thru means of the emulation or the game itself it kept glitching out. This sums up Dracula for Sega CD as a whole.

There was a whole week where Macaw was exploring FMV Sega CD games, so hopefully he will someday replay those or explore more of the Sega CD library on a future bird stream.

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Aquas is getting ready for GDQ by punishing himself with his practice streams of Contra III along with Batrider for the 1CC Marathon taking place in November. You can check out the trailer here. The 1CC Marathon is a fun weekend where streamers in the arcade scene can get together and go for those 1 Credit Clears and beat the game on one “quarter”. I took part in the event last year with Sega Marine Fishing where I managed to not just 1CC the game, but did it under 15 minutes. I’m sure someone’s done it faster. Anyway, get over to Aqy’s channel and if you are a sub or a fan so try to donate money to his GDQ fund so he can fly out this January and take part in the event.

Ultimoice is making more progress in Speedrunning Mother 2 and after a bunch of resets I got to see him complete a decent run this past Sunday. I am not 100% sure if that was his PB for Mother 2 as it was very early in the morning (what am I doing awake this early in the morning?), but I will say congratulations to Ultimoice as he does put on an impressive run of the game. If you love Earthbound half as much as I do then you definitely want to follow him as he’s going to be going for the World Record in Mother 2 soon. Ultimoice was quick to pick up that I will try my hardest to make Dank Art that is relevant to what’s going on in the current game, so this weeks collections is a whole bunch of stuff that seems to slow him down in those awkward Mother 2 situations.

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Goati managed to scrub-save the final boss in Fantastic Pinball last week so its official on what conditions need to happen in order to open the boss room. The boss itself has several stages of awesomeness as Goati showed off here in this clip. I’m still playing the entire game as I am a HUGE pinball fan, however I have moved onto a new game to feature on my weekends and that is Sonic Spinball

 

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Sonic Spinball came out in between of Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 to fill a void that the Casino Zone left you with after you defeated the boss. It’s interesting mechanic is that you have to manipulate Sonic as he’s spinning as a little pinball to hit the targets and collect the chaos emeralds while you go after Dr Robitnik. It also features characters from the Saturday morning Sonic Cartoon, not to be confused with the Sonic cartoon where his siblings form a rock band or the horrible The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

I was the biggest Sonic fan as a little girl and naturally I had all the Archie comics, books, guides and anything else I could get my hands on. When I found out that they were making a cartoon featuring Sonic I was excited and couldn’t stop talking about it. I always thought that the Saturday morning cartoon was the only Sonic show on TV until I started to have medical problems. I had to start waking up at 5am in the morning to take medication hours before eating which made me scan the TV Guide looking for something to watch at 5am and low and behold The Adventures of Sonic their Hedgehog was there!

If you are wondering why someone would put this Sonic Show on at 5am in the morning it’s because that’s the only time slot that would ensure no one would be able to watch it. It’s that bad. The animation is OK from time to time but the world could have been a better place without this incarnation of Sonic. I think this is also where the stupid Chilli Dog obsession came from. Oh well, if you like Sonic then tune in on Sundays when I am going to play thru Sonic Spinball and share with you not only my love of Pinball but Sonic as well.

Fall

Greg & I checked out Mill Pond in our town this past Sunday to take in the colours of the season. It was 30 degrees outside! I have photos of us walking the pond from last year in our full winter coats. If you live somewhere that doesn’t have such a glorious splendour of colours in fall please enjoy the few that I have posted here!

Summer months never slow down

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I spoke to LordBBH this morning about last nights Monday Roulette stream and he told me it was possibly the worst stream he’s ever done. I don’t think so as I was highly entertained and popped off a few fun Dank Arts. That’s the luck of the draw with a Mame roulette, you are never sure what’s going to come up.

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REGGIE GIVE US MOTHER 3!

Oh yeah, Reggie. Heh.

Chuboh actually enjoys pulling out those rotten game from the trash that BBH tosses and features them in a “Jank” game night. The best of the trash pile, though I have seen Chuboh play Amiga games and awesome old PC stuff I enjoyed as a child.

SGDQ 2017 took place last week and I did some Dank Art for a few runs that I did catch. I was lucky to get Wednesday off so I stuck around for the Star Tropics & Kirby Dreamland 2 stuff on that day. I won’t get into all the details of SGDQ as I know Aquas is working on a big article for my Zine about it, so I’ll just post up my art so you can enjoy it if you missed it.

Macaw45 picked up a few PC 98 games after what seemed like a whole month of just builders and PS1 games. I’ve been trying to emulate PC 98 games myself yet because I’m on a Mac set up is more than just running an emulator and loading the game. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to get one working on my set up or else I’ll be stuck working out a PC system to play games such as EVO.

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In amazing news I finally saved up enough money to get my new iPad Pro 10″ and I am quite happy with it. A few years back I threw out all the sketch books I has since high school. Yes! I kept all of them under the guidance by teachers to never throw my old work out. That’s a load of hogwash by the way. If you like a great idea in your sketch book, tear it out & save the sketch but get rid of that old stuff. I now have an expensive sketching machine but it also helps me blog on the go as I am doing right now as well to help me out at work when I am posting things for social media. Really I just wanted a laptop I could sketch on and this was it. Expect more iPad sketches to happen!

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The 4th issue finally arrived! This issue marks a new start for my Dank Zine as now I am featuring work by not only myself, but work from other people within the gaming community. The amazing cover this month is done by CyRaptor and he streamed the creation of it over a few days on his stream. Aquas also contributed an article about the fan game Ghosts ‘n Demons which he speed ran at SGDQ wich is really amusing and a must if you’re a fan of the series. This months featured streamer is Goati_ all the way from Rome Italy and his endeavours playing Sega games and pulling together the upcoming Nintendont marathon happening soon.

My little Dank Zine has been slowly growing and it’s getting bigger and better each month as I keep adding in more artists, more content and more articles for your enjoyment. If you want to get a subscription make sure you back my Patreon and you won’t miss an issue! Also, backing the Patreon means shipping is included as well as giveaways and other pieces if Dank Art. If you don’t back, you can still buy back issues Zine thru my Dank Shop but you won’t get any of the freebies and included shipping.

 

Maybe this time I’ll get it right

Stupid me took a spill down my stairs last week. All the way down the stairs on my ass. I hurt my back again and was out for the entire long weekend(booooooo). It hurt a lot, but I managed to get some work done, just nothing for my blog.

In saying that, there’s a lot to talk about! The big news is that this Friday is my birthday and I am having a contest. Just draw me your own Dank Art of your favourite game, tweet it at me before Saturday at 11:59 pm you can win a free issue of my Dank Zine! Already a subscriber? If you already back my patreon, you can win a print of the poster I made for LordBBH for his 1CCBBH event he held last weekend. I originally said Friday, but since I’m so late updating my blog I decided to extend the date to the last possible minute. The winner will be chosen on my stream in some sort of ceremony- most likely me dancing around & clapping my hands thanking you for making my day.

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Speaking about my Dank Zine, you still have until the end of this month to get in for the Third Issue featuring a player-profile with pinball’s pinhead Deadflip. This guy from Chicago is helping to make Twitch a better place with his pinball streams. I also got a chance to ask the talented Eyes5 from Metroidhat.com fame a few questions on a few plushie projects she has on the go. Plus you get pages of Dank Art to enjoy! Every issue keeps getting better so make sure you back the patreon to get yours.

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LordBBH had his first BBH1CC-athon last weekend on May 20th and 21st where his plans were to 1 Credit Clear from a selection of games. It’s all titles that he’s familiar with, as well as a few risk-taking titles to keep it interesting (Space Harrier!). I made a cool poster to help promote it plus it was an excuse to make a poster! If you want the poster, you can buy it here!

Since I was a scrub & I missed so many blog updates I’m just going to dump the all the Dank Art that has accumulated over the weeks by streamer so that people can find the ones they want and enjoy them.

BBH’s player profile is featured in the May issue of Dank Zine where I sit down with him and talk a bit of what it was like being a kid when arcade games were cool, what it’s like to stream MAME Arcade games on twitch and a few of his top picks for those looking to get into playing arcades. If you want to get an issue with BBH’s interviewI set up a way where you can get back issues made to print here.

Macaw played thru a strange bunch of dank building games that were from all over the place. German Windows 95 stuff, DOS games and even these strange train -city builders for the PC-98. There was a day he streamed SIM Isle attempts and the music in that game is quite excellent. You’ll probably never see anyone else show this much passion for really obscure stuff

Macaw also streamed thru this crazy Sci-Fi adventure game called Zeta for the PC-98 in a crazy stream that went well over 9 hours. I remember almost a year ago when he was showing off the box to this game along with a few others he picked up in an online auction. It’s a very stylised space drama where a team goes to investigate the ruins of a failed experiment into the psyche that gets really twisted at the end. Macaw played thru the entire game only to reveal that it was only a build up to show off what he was really excited about getting which was its follow-up sequel titled Nirvana. There’s a lot of twist for all the plot points in both games, so if you have the time go check it out.

img_1195I’ve been following Abs for almost a year now and back before he had a lot of streamers my buddy Aquas told me to go follow him as he was starting to play thru Earthbound which is one of my favourite games. Abs now primarily streams in the mornings and from Monday to Friday playing thru SNES games, so check him out if you’re into 16bit goodness. I made this Wolverine Dank Art the morning he was playing thru the SNES game which Abs then turned around and made into “official Dank Box Art”. Good stuff, Abs!

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Trap played some Twin Eagle on his candy cabs one weekend which was really cool. He now lives in a seabed of arcades which is kinda cool. He showed me photos of his apartment & the only surface that wasn’t carpet or arcade machine was this ironing board I think he forgot to put away. Anyway Trap is living one of my dreams which is to own several cool arcade machines and to have sort of a mini arcade set up in the home. I’m looking forwards to working on something cool with Trap for my zine in the upcoming months, so make sure you stay tuned for that one. I also have another pinball issue coming up where I am going to be talking to a few cool pinball collectors and how they live with such a crazy hobby.

 

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1,000 Viewer Special

I started streaming over 6 years ago to celebrate playing video games with my friends in a social and engaging way. However, it’s only been rather recent in the last two years that I have been streaming more frequently. I recently just hit 1,000 followers.

Yay! I guess thats an achievement. I was never really sure if I wanted to do anything more then just share how much fun video games are with people when it comes to streaming. This year things have sort of changed as I have my Dank Zine, my art, and so many cool friends that I have made just by streaming on twitch. Thank you so much for sticking by me and being my friend. For the next six years lets just keep streaming and sharing more fun moments online :3

 

The Dankest of Fridays

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BBH is trying different streaming things to keep things fresh and fun and on Thursday evening he tried a raffle-style Arcade request event. If you were selected you got to request any arcade game you liked and it was a lot of fun for me as I got to see a bunch of fun games and draw them. The highlight for me was watching BBH play thru Gunsmoke which is one of my favourite arcade games from my childhood though he was unable to credit clear the game (though he did say he had a video up on his youtube doing that). Currently theres one of those 60-in-1 arcade cocktail cabs in my neighbourhood but it’s in the local vape shop. I don’t really vape so I have no business to go in there to sit on their machine all day popping off game after game so I’m stuck playing the NES port I have for the meantime.

I was very happy BBH came back in the week with this style of stream because as much as I love the randomness of a roulette stream it can be so unpredictable that strange odds that nothing great will come up and only strange and questionable games will…

img_0823… You know I’m just going to keep drifting this joke as much as I can. Call me Crazy, but one thing I enjoy is taxiing a joke around because I enjoy seeing their reactions.

Hydlide Special! Macaw spent a whole morning playing thru the PC98 version of Hydlide which is a huge improvement from the crappy NES version most of us got stuck playing. I for one am kind of a huge Hydlide fan as it was a game that one of the kids in my neighbourhood owned and sadly when I was over it was the only game she’d let me play. Serious. That girl had Hydlide and Bart vs The Space Mutants. That’s a quality collection right there.

This version of Hydlide actually has a save file system and a bunch of other things going right for it where the NES port didn’t. I enjoy the game because it’s an example of a very early RPG before the term really game into play and it’s not all that frustrating to play once you know how to play it. The graphics are better in the PC98 version so if you can check out the vod Macaw has up of it now you can see it’s still Hydlide but Hydlide turned up to 11.

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Magical Chase @exmortis00

I had a really great time checking out ex_Mortis’s stream this week as he was playing around with a bunch of PC Engine games. He was playing through a fan translation of Energy which is also known as Ashe on the PC98. Energy is a very poor port of Ashe, but for what it is it’s still a fun game to pick up despite a few issues. He hooked me up with the fan translation too which I hope to play thru myself in a few more weeks on Sunday, so make sure you tune in to watch that.
Mortis took a few more PC Engine game recommendations from me and it was overall a fun evening. I stayed up way too late watching & working away at my Dank Zine and made a few new friends in chat.

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Leona KOF for @pxlsicle 

I have this story about why I do Dank Art. I am a trained artist and I have seen some success selling my work and I am well recognized in my community. However, since 2007 I had to deal with a lot of life challenges when I first started to get sick. I could tell there was something wrong with me, but no matter how many doctor visits and check ups I had they couldn’t determine why I was feeling the way I was. It wasn’t until one day I collapsed at work that I knew something more serious was going on.

I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease which is a common autoimmune disease that effects my thyroid. After seeing a lot of doctors and specialists and reading about what I had, I opted to have mine treated with drug therapy and I have been very healthy since though a lot of stress of dealing with doctors and working with a job and a relationship that wasn’t supportive took a lot out of me. It wasn’t until 2014 that I had enough and had to start making huge changes in my life to not only take control of my disease but to get my life back.

My art has always been there for me when friends couldn’t. I had already made a fun hobby of sketching things along my friends streams and one of the biggest delights I got was hearing them get excited to look at the art I made them. Seeing people enjoying my work was a lot of fun and I started to forget about a lot of bad stuff and just focused on making people happy with my work.

I made this Dank Art for Ian AKA: @pxlsicle because he’s been going thru some sickness and hard times. Often when your down a lot of things can seem terrible and it’s easy to lose sight of where you want to go. The best thing that you can do to get out of this is to focus on what you can do for other people or give what you can, even if what your giving is something tiny. Its a tremendous feeling to see someone enjoy your work which is why I always try to give away as much Dank Art as I can.

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Ghosts n Demond @Aqy

Aquas was playing more Ghosts n Demons this week as he’s playing the game in SGDQ and just recently there has been a new patch for the game. I myself am a fan of the Ghouls’ series though I am nowhere near being an expert like Aquas is. Make sure you catch him playing this summer at the event and follow his journey by tuning in when he’s practicing.

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C64 Games!! @Macaw45

There were a few more Macaw Dank Arts as Macaw streams like the world is going to explode tomorrow. The best thing about Macaw’s streams is that he can take things you’d normally think would end up in someone’s computer room trash bin and gets excited to play it. He took up this daunting risk of playing C64 emulated games in the week which I was very excited to see having a huge history with that system as a small child. I am unsure if Macaw has ever touched a C64 but one thing I will admit about that system is you better not be going anywhere if you are committing to playing it. Once you get into the game itself it’s not that bad, but the loading of some of those very early games was tremendous. I remember being over a my pal Jason’s place and firing up the C64 and then him saying “HEY WANNA SMOKE CIGARETTES WHILE WE WAIT?” and the onslaught of bad choices that followed while waiting for some stuff to start up. We wrote a lot of bad Star Trek fan fiction waiting for some garbage to load. I still have those printed off the cruddy dot matrix printer he had somewhere. Hell will be had if I ever find and post those somewhere.

Macaw also had a raffle of sorts on his stream one day and he played thru Cadillacs & Dinosaurs as well as DD Crew. I wish I had more time to stream stuff like Macaw does, but then where would I find the time to make all this Dank Art?

The Long Weekend

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Macaw45 got right into some Lighbringer and The King of Dragons arcade runs before signing out for the Easter long weekend. I know Funkdoc is right into doing 1CC attempts of The King of Dragons game right now, but he’s choosing to use the Cleric where Macaw often will choose the Fighter and stick with him all the way thru the game. The King of Dragons looks a lot like the same art style that Capcom used in the Dungeons & Dragons games. I am unsure if they did use the same artist at Capcom to design all the creatures and characters in the game, though.

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Twilight Struggle or How I Stopped Worrying And Loved the Video Games @SRKFunkdoc

I missed Funkdoc’s 1CC attempt at King of Dragons earlier in that day but stuck around to see Twilight Struggle, a strategy card game that has a cold war theme to it. FD has always been into card style games for as long as I have known him and often would stream other strategy intensive games on his stream. The crazy thing about Twilight Struggle that I didn’t know before watching FD’s stream is that it is an actual board game that you can buy thru Amazon & hold in your hands as well as available to download to your computer to play. It looks interesting enough when FD was playing thru it and I am a huge sucker for physical boardgames,, I just wish I had more friends around me so I could play. That’s always been the sad truth for me as a kid when I wanted to play D&D or any kind of boardgames as there never seemed to be anyone around my age willing to get in and set up the boards so we could. Thats the nice thing about having a downloadable option for the game as now I can play without people or often I can connect with friends who do want to play online.

Murph had a whole day where he went thru all his boards and played them on Good Friday, possibly just for fun but it was a great way to see what kind of boards he actually has. I’m always excited and looking for people who stream from the actual PCB’s or the boards themselves as the amount of effort that goes into showing off arcade games as they are originally were meant to be played is insane. I always see people who get offended when arcade players will use MAME to play games and that really needs to stop because people who say these kinds of comments don’t understand the amount of effort that needs to go into not just streaming but preserving the boards themselves. If you are dedicated and love arcade games that much and you want to take on the task, please do (and let me know so I can watch) but I am saying it is way more easier to stream that stuff using MAME. I myself run into all sorts of issues just trying to capture video from my systems and I often try to show off the original hardware as best I can. However there are things that I will just emulate to save myself the hassle and the time in order to keep the stream looking as best as I possibly can. I also never knew Murph owned a GROWL board and now that I know he does I can keep bugging him to plug it in when he streams :3

LORDBBH VIEWERS CHOICE EXTRAVAGANZA!!! Yup- it’s that time again when BBH does his huge Viewers Choice Extravaganza and plays viewer requests randomly all day. When he announced on Thursday it was going to happen Easter weekend where I moved my family lunch around so I could be around to take part and paint. You might be thinking thats a far stretch, Ann- don’t go shoving your life around just for some arcade and paint time. Well you don’t really know me if you had to make that statement and also my family is so laid back these days that it doesn’t matter which day we get together just as long as we do. My family dinners these days are more like lunches and when I told my parents that the Friday

Though most of these were done for the extravaganza, but because it was the long weekend I got a bit behind with all my other work and decided just to post all the stuff up from Thursday in one impressive block. Personally for me I adore the Arkanoid Dank Art the most because I find any game that has a Moai Head statue in it to be hilarious. This is probably because of the hours I have spent playing Space Harrier, but to me Moai Heads are ridiculous and every time I see one I get this obnoxious voice in my head and I picture the stupid thing trying to tell me that you totally can install Android Apps on an iPhone or “my SIM card in my iPhone stores all my information so why can’t I recover it?” in the most nasal-dripped voice possible.

I also wasn’t feeling all that great, possibly due to my mom’s cooking at Easter lunch, so I sort of held back in chat & just enjoyed the show. I always have the best intentions of making Dank Art for EVERY viewers choice, but sleep always gets the best of me and as long as I get 6 Dank Art’s done I am happy with myself. I always go overboard with my Dank Art, but it’s all mine and it’s what I love to do so it’s totally OK.

IMG_0413I also had a mini-Dank Art Giveaway on Thursday where 6 more pieces of Dank Art were offered for free on my twitter. I always try to give away as much as I can and six lucky people got their chance to get their hands on these. If you see a Dank Art you really want then you can contact me via email or on twitter buy one- I sell them for $20 which includes the shipping and materials used and goes towards pizza and me making more Dank Art. I stress this as now a lot of the nicer Dank Arts will go towards my Patreon backers and often they do end up being given away. Sometimes when I do giveaways people will ask for a certain one. I always try to do my best, but the best thing and possibly worst thing is that Dank Art is one of a kind and I can’t make promises! All you need to know if that the opportunity to get what you want is there next to the opportunity to get something!

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My records finally arrived from Mondo this week. I felt like I was waiting a very long time for these to arrive and when they did I had to go fetch them as there was still taxes to be paid on them. I hate that! I don’t understand why all the monetary transactions can’t take place at checkout. It’s bad enough that my mail often goes missing or gets lost, but when stuff such as duty comes up I often never pay it, return to sender and get a refund. Just have me pay that at the checkout so I can just get my stuff delivered to me- saves me so much hassle.

I don’t get hit with duty fees all the time when I order online and I have bought records online before where I didn’t have to pay duty or it was included in the price. I guess it’s different no matter where you go so my hint for the shops is to include this pricing on your checkout if you want to keep international buyers such as me. Normally I would rather buy my records in a shop where I can inspect the quality right then and there and not have to endlessly worry if they will be ruined on arrival.

Overall, the records were very sharp, clean looking and the artwork wonderful. Records are now super trendy and I’m seeing a lot of video game soundtracks being released from places I wouldn’t even assume would even get into the record business which slightly worries me. One of my bosses is a HUGE record junkie and takes huge pride in his collection and spends way more money then I do for his own collection. Right now he’s stuck waiting for two albums he ordered online to arrive and because of some packaging mishaps he might be waiting even longer for his stuff to come in. These are records he ordered all the way back in November. Hopefully he’ll get his order soon and I can show off what he got once they do come in.

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IMG_0460I went to my parents condo for Easter lunch on Friday. My family is very casual about holidays and the only rule we have is that you just show up. We don’t go anywhere and my mom tries to put the years of mothering into 3 hours of cooking to good use. I got my parents to switch up our Easter movie this year and we watched King Kong Lives while we ate lunch and I told them all about my Dank Zine that I am working on.
I also noticed that my dad framed the Dank Art I gave him when he came by to take care of me when I was sick in February. Aw, thanks dad :3

ANNK STREAMS

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I have streaming a bit more in the week, not so much to play games but because I have so much work to get done for my Dank Zine that streaming part of the creation process seems to kill two birds with one stone. I had been using other things such as Facebook live to try and reach out more with my work, but I always seem to get the best response when using Twitch.

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