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End of the Month Wrap Up

Christmas stickers are IN!

 

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My gift to all my backers of my Dank Zine will get one of these limited print Milky Christmas stickers as my gift to them. Make sure you are backing by the end of November to get one of these stickers as thats the only way to get them. These will not be in the shop afterwards & are strictly just for the backers!

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On American Thanksgiving, LordBBH decided he was going to leap headfirst into playing Willow for NES which happens to be one of my fave RPG’s for the system as well as one game on my “to finish” list. Though I am not the biggest fan of Willow the movie (I was far too young to really appreciate the movie as a kid) I am a huge fan of the game and made amusing Dank Art along BBH’s frustrations and trials with the game. BBH got halfway thru before realizing it was going to take much longer to get thru it, so he shut it off and gave everyone the THANK they were waiting for and played a 1CC Credit of Willow for Arcade.

Macaw45 is going thru his collection of DOS Shareware games which range from palaces from Russia, Spain, Italy and Japan. For those who don’t know, back in the days of DOS people would dial into BBS’s and download shareware to “try it” before buying it or stores would have compilation disks of these programs to help sell more parts of the game. This was one way new or indie game devs would get their games out into the market and hopefully be their big break into the world of game development. You gotta think that there’s probably hundreds of thousands of games that are like this just floating around in some archival space on the internet and it’s part of Macaw’s ongoing project to discover and preserve the best of these games. Often these games seem too simple or even silly when you first start them up but often if you play them a little bit longer there’s something that sticks out about them that’s attractive or interesting. That’s a typical Macaw stream these days so check out some of the real ripe stuff he’s been unearthing from the dankest depths of the shareware market.

Next month it’s going to be all about PJ in my Dank Zine so I have been going by his Dragon View & FF9 streams to see what he’s been up to. For me, its the Final Fantsy 9 playthru he’s doing right now because when that game came out I didn’t give it the attention or credit it needed. I think everyone has an opinion about which Final Fantasy is the best and which are not, but I think this Final Fantasy was a true gem and the last of its kind. It’s charming and it has all the signature fantasy elements that made the series what it is from black mages to airships to special abilities like “EAT” it’s there. Often you don’t know how good you got it till its years later and someone shows you what you’ve been missing out on and I feel like I missed out hard with Final Fantasy 9.

PJ Stickers are in!

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Hot off the presses are all the backer reward stickers featuring PJ’s sub emotes! Make sure you are subscribed to the Dank Zine before November 30th to get yourself a copy of the Zine featuring his interview as well as a free set of these stickers. Also, backers will get a special bonus sticker for just being awesome and backing my Patreon. Thank you always gu

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I also have a sneak peek of what next month’s cover will look like! This months cover is done my Anthony Brennan who was actually featured in the first ever Dank Zine for his papercrafts and his passion for dressing up as Pro Wrestlers at conventions. Anthony is also a skilled illustrator and has had his work featured almost everywhere. I asked him to draw up something nice that reflected who PJ was without it catching on fire or glitching out. Thank you, Anthony!

 

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.

 

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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!

 

 

1CC Marathon this Weekend

This weekend make sure you tune in to catch some of the action with the 1CC Marathon where a selected group of top players will challenge themselves to get 1 credit clears in their selected arcade game. I’ve been tuning into this event for the past 3 years and discovered a lot of my favourite Twitch streamers from it.

The posted schedule is here

 

B3556D6F-DAD4-4263-8D5D-03D561A53E0DI sat down with players Pasky, zuq_, Neo_Antwon, and Chuboh who are participating in the event this weekend for an article in my Eighth Issue of my Dank Zine. You can check it out here:

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AnnK: How long have you been running the 1CCMarathon?

Pasky: I’ve been running the ‘1CCMarathon’ for roughly two years now. The first one took place in November 2015 and the second event occurred in October 2016. The upcoming event will be happening on November 10th through the 12th of this year.

AnnK: Do you organize this event on your own or do get help from other people? If yes, who else makes up your 1CC crew?

Pasky: I handle the administration of the entire event myself. This includes creating the game submission form, processing the submissions, scheduling the event, communicating with the participants to get them set up, preparing the format of the stream (stream layout, wait screens, etc…), and, of course, streaming the event itself. I’ve always been a believer in the saying, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”

AnnK: Why do you put on a big event like this?

Pasky: Well, I wouldn’t exactly call it big, but it’s truly a labour of love for me. There’s no monetization involved, it’s not advertised everywhere I go, and I’m not looking to get any sort of recognition out of it. I enjoy holding this event because I’m a huge fan of watching high-level gameplay and it’s extremely exciting to me to see top players complete their respective games in a live setting.

When you watch the completion of a difficult game on Youtube, for example, it’s pretty cool but that player basically has an infinite amount of chances to get it correct; he can simply reset the game and restart the recording. Now give that player a live audience, put a spotlight on them, increase the pressure, and allow them to show off all the skill they have accumulated, giving them only one chance to complete the game to receive that recognition and you have a recipe for excitement.

There are a lot of players that are relatively unknown on Twitch but are extremely good at the games they play, or perhaps they don’t normally do them in live settings. This event allows these players to exhibit their skill to a broader audience, so more people can appreciate it. It is for these reasons that I enjoy putting this event on.

AnnK: What are some of the challenges you face when planning an event like this?

Pasky: Where do I begin? I’d say the first challenge is to determine what games to accept in the marathon. There are many factors when considering this, such as if a game was played in a prior year, if it is entertaining, and things of that nature. Another challenge is scheduling players, as there are so many time zones and scheduling constraints to work with and there are people on entirely different continents that I need to work around. There’s also the issue of streaming the marathon itself, making sure everything is properly functioning while making sure the next player is set up while keeping tabs on the current run. You’d think an online event would be an easy gig, but it can be quite stressful ensuring everything runs smoothly for the players and the audience, especially when you’re dealing with factors out of your own control such as Twitch server errors and things of that nature.

AnnK: Why focus on 1CCs?

Pasky: Well, arcade games in particular are known for being much more difficult on average than your home console released games. The odds are usually against the player and unfair situations are placed upon them because these games were designed to make money for arcade operators, so to generate revenue, ending credits forced players to pay if they wanted to play again. Particularly in the United States, arcade companies usually pushed regional differences to make the game even more difficult than the original Japanese release to encourage credit feeding, and for that reason, a lot of the United States arcade culture was akin to credit feeding through games. This leads many people to be surprised that these games can be beaten in a single credit, and opening their eyes to this sort of high–level play is always refreshing. It’s extremely impressive watching someone show off all the content of a game by completing it without continuing.

AnnK: Who do you look for when selecting someone to be in the event?

Pasky: All of my scrutiny goes towards the game being played. Is it entertaining? How impressive is the run? Has it been played in the marathon before? There are other factors such as character choice because using some characters over others can be far more impressive and difficult. With that being said, I sometimes put my own personal taste aside when selecting games to accept. There have been plenty of games I don’t personally like that have been in the event because there is a community that enjoys them or someone is passionate about it and wants to share their fondness for it.

AnnK: Can you describe in your own words what the best thing about 1CC’ing a game is?

Pasky: I’d have to say the best thing about 1CC’ing an arcade game is triumphing over a game designed to be outright difficult and unfair to complete and mitigating these obstacles with your own skill.

AnnK: Can you tell me what game you first 1CC’d and what that feeling was like?

Pasky: The first game I ever learned to clear on one credit was Double Dragon. I believe I was 11 years old. It was pretty cool, but at the same time, I didn’t feel that accomplished because I just back elbowed everything, haha. It’s an extremely easy arcade game because of that exploit.

AnnK: What do you hope to share with the people in your community with this event?

Pasky: All of the great games and players exhibiting them. This year there’s going to be a mix of relatively unknown games, popular games, and a lot of difficult games. With such a huge variety of games this year, it’s going to be really exciting. I’m happy to be able to put this on and share this with a broad audience, while at the same time giving the players an audience and a moment to shine themselves.

AnnK: Can you tell me which runs you are most excited about?

Pasky: This is such a difficult question for me to answer because I’m actually excited for everything, but if I had to narrow it down I would say P.O.W. which I have fond memories of playing as a kid.  Scoop will be playing it and he normally cannot stream his playthroughs, but he will be at Zuq’s home for the marathon so I’m super excited to watch him in action, live! I’m also looking forward to both Dodonpachi games, as they are incredibly difficult games in my opinion. Really exciting to see these done in a live setting.

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AnnK: Tell me who you are, where you are from and what sort of games do you play

Zuq_: I’m just some dude from a small town in Poland. My nickname is basically unpronounceable to English speaking folk, so everyone calls me zook or zuck but I got used to it to such an extent that the original pronunciation sounds foreign to me now.  I enjoy playing arcade beat ‘em ups the most but I do play some run ‘n guns (Metal Slug series) and traditional shmups (Toaplan, NMK and early Raizing) from time to time.

Neo_Antwon …I primarily play arcade shooting games such as Mahou Daisakusen and Game Tengoku. I also play a lot of older 2d fighting games, my favourite is Project Justice, that game is super fun.  I’ve always gravitated towards faster paced arcadey type games, long RPGs and stuff tend to put me to sleep.

Chuboh: My name is Michael Gilroy, and live in a small town in northern Michigan. I play classic games of all kinds, ranging from arcade games to computer games and console games, with a special focus on games that could be considered “hidden gems” and, of course, everyone’s favourite, jank.

AnnK: What is the most challenging thing about the game you are playing in the 1CC Marathon?

Zuq_: The most challenging part of “Knights of the Round” is the boss of stage 6 – Muramasa. You need to be on top of your block game, not over-commit to heavy attacks and be patient enough not to go all in when he keeps juking you once low on health. Though, the entire run is pretty demanding as you can die in 2-3 hits from certain enemy types.

Cadillacs & Dinosaurs is mostly about sticking to tried and tested strategies and not trying to be overly creative but it does have a gatekeeper, Slicesaurs. It’s a duo-boss fight which is a Capcom staple and personally, I think that this one is one of the most frustrating beat ‘em up bosses to deal with; they’re fast, aggressive and will try to stay on opposite sides of the player character but the frustration stems from their random wake-up timers, due to which you’re unable to crowd-control them with throws.

Thankfully, The Punisher co-op run I’ll be doing with Scoop is rather tame in comparison to the other two games I’ll be running in the marathon, even on hardest difficulty. Unfortunately, due to other obligations, we won’t have much time to practice prior and that fact alone can pose a challenge as our play styles vary a lot.

Neo_Antwon: For this 1CC Marathon I will be playing a trio of games. Labyrinth Runner by Konami, Kiki KaiKai by Taito and Plus Alpha by Jaleco. I feel that Kiki KaiKai may be the hardest. when you die, getting the power-ups you want again is really hard to do in some stages. Sometimes enemies just spawn so fast it’s hard to keep up and they will overwhelm you. Plus Alpha can be a blow up on the last 3 stages if you’re not careful.

Chuboh: Out of the three games I’m playing for the 1CCMarathon (Spelunker, Big Karnak and Bonanza Bros.), I would have to say Bonanza Bros. is by far the most challenging. For those who may not be familiar with it, Bonanza Bros. is a stealth-action game released by Sega in 1990. The Bonanza Bros., Mobo and Robo, have been hired to sneak into various buildings in the town of Badville to steal evidence that will allow some nebulous, undefined force of justice to clean up the town. It has a really neat graphical style that almost looks like early 80s CGI, kind of like the old Money For Nothing music video, where everything is made up of low-poly geometric shapes. The way the game is structured, the levels are almost like puzzles, where you have to figure out the best routes and tactics to collect all the loot and escape without getting clobbered or shot by the guards. You don’t get any 1-ups at all during the game, and the guards become faster and more aggressive as the game goes on, plus each level has a 3-minute time limit, so clearing all 12 levels on the three lives the game gives you by default is pretty tricky. Things can go terribly wrong very quickly!

AnnK: How long have you been playing the game you are playing in the 1CC Marathon?

Zuq_: Too long. Cadillacs & Dinosaurs used to be my favourite arcade game as a kid (why play anything else when you can get ~40 minutes out of a single token) and to be frank, I’ve been playing it on and off for about 20 years. I’m still working on getting No-Miss (deathless) runs on the hardest difficulty setting with characters other than Mustapha. I’ve played both, Knights of the Round and The Punisher for the first time around the same period as Cadillacs &  Dinosaurs, but my history with those two is rather different. The Punisher is one of the first games I cleared back in my arcade-going days, and despite it being a great one, I’ve grown a bit bored of it – Scoop, my co-op partner, simply loves The Punisher so fun will be had. Knights of the Round is probably my favourite beat ‘em up at this point, it plays vastly different than other Capcom developed brawlers and despite having played it in the arcade, most of my experience came from a half-year grind – when I was still aiming for deathless clears with all characters on the hardest difficulty. What captivates me the most about this one is the combat system, which has blocking, heavy attacks and other options which are just fun to execute. Plus, all characters are rather balanced so you never feel confined to a single, top-tier choice.

Neo_Antwon: I’ve had prior experience with Kiki Kaikai and Labyrinth Runner before, but I recently started Plus Alpha like maybe a month ago. Plus Alpha is a lot of fun, it has really good music and is easy to pick up and play.

Chuboh: I first encountered Bonanza Bros. when I rented the Sega Genesis version as a teenager around 1992 or so. The idea of a game where the object was to sneak around stealing things rather than shoot everything in sight was pretty unique, and the art style in the game really stuck in my mind. Then, about a year ago, on a whim, I started playing arcade games in MAME again, and one of the games I picked up was the arcade version of Bonanza Bros. Memories of the Genesis version came flooding back, and I’ve been fascinated with the game ever since.

AnnK: What sort of practice schedule or planning goes into a 1CC attempt?

Zuq_: I do not really have a schedule and I’m more of an ad-hoc guy so planning is not my thing. Once I focus on a game I’ll just keep playing it over, and over, and over again – credit feeding at first. I do, however,  make save states for stages and boss fights as the ability to practice bosses and route stages (especially later ones) is invaluable and speeds up the learning process immensely. Unfortunately, the scarcity of my leisure time forces me to chose between practice or streaming attempts, and I’ll opt for the latter any day of the week as I feel the former to be rather boring/mundane. I do admit I love loading boss save states and looking for new loops or strategies as it feels rewarding to turn an otherwise difficult boss fight into a punching bag through manipulation and AI abuse.

Neo_Antwon: A lot of stage routing goes into learning a game for 1CC.  I really like to have a planned route to get me through a stage if possible, it reduces the chance of running into a situation you can’t get out of or waste resources on you could use later in the game. I also watch a lot of super plays, high-level replays, for the games I play to pick up new strategies.

Chuboh: The first thing I do when I pick up a new game is just mess around with it, familiarizing myself with the controls, figuring out what the game will and won’t let me get away with, working on potential tricks and techniques that might help with tough situations, stuff like that. So, my first several times playing the game are more exploratory rather than trying to actually make progress. Then, I start working my way through the levels, planning out routes and making note of tricky spots I need to work on. Around this time, I try to string things together into a full 1CC attempt, and then just hit the grind, trying to improve and refine my routes, making things as safe and idiot-proof as possible. I try to practice a game at least two to three times a week when going for a new 1CC, or if a game is really demanding.

AnnK: Why do you enjoy playing arcade games?

Zuq_: Arcade games, when played with a one-credit clear mindset feel satisfying, there’s no hand-holding and the variety when compared to current releases is off the charts. But the steep learning curve is what truly turns it into a rewarding experience as in order to beat the game (credit feeding doesn’t count) you need to master its mechanics and familiarise yourself with patterns etc. You take baby steps, but once it all clicks, and each subsequent credit ends up lasting longer/you get further, you realise that “winning” is possible even when facing a game essentially rigged against the player.

Nostalgia also plays a big part as I’m quite susceptible to it myself and clearing games which made me fumble constantly back in my arcade days feels great.

Neo_Antwon: I really enjoy arcade games, STGs in particular, because you can continuously get better at them. Like I can clear a game but I always know I could do it better. Seeing the progression in my game play is very satisfying.

Chuboh: I enjoy difficult games in general, and classic arcade games are among the most difficult games out there. There’s something very satisfying about playing a game that was purposely designed to take as much money from you as possible, and beating it on a single credit. Also, and this is the real reason now that I think about it, I was REALLY BAD at video games as a kid. I loved playing them, but I rarely beat them, and I would get frustrated and ragequit all the time. So, playing and beating these hard old games is like conquering a childhood hobgoblin.

AnnK: What’s the best thing about participating in events such as the 1CC Marathon?

Zuq_:  It’s the showcase aspect of it; exposing people to my favourite games, whilst simultaneously sharing all my knowledge and applying it during a live play demonstration. Thus, dismissing the misguided claims of arcade games being just “coin munchers” as it just takes passion and practice to overcome the odds. Even if they’re stacked against the player.

Neo_Antwon: Participating in events such as the 1CC marathon and  Nintendon’t gives you an opportunity to show off games others may have never seen before. Its fun to show off the game and get people hype for them. Everyone should take a break from reading this and play some Battle Mania Daiginjou 😛

Chuboh: To me, the best thing is being able to show off games that some people may have never seen before. There are a TON of really great games out there that don’t get the recognition they deserve

AnnK: Do you think events like the 1CC Marathon encourage other players to get up and go for 1CC on their favourite games?

Zuq_: Absolutely, we’ve got a couple runners (Goati, CoolJay, perhaps others?) in this 1CC Marathon who were encouraged by the previous editions. Events such as Pasky’s show that arcade games (the Japanese developed ones at least) are fair, balanced and designed with one-credit play in mind. Furthermore, it’s especially beneficial to those viewers who are intimidated by arcade games, to the point of not following through with the 1CC attempts of their own as they see for themselves that success is not guaranteed and failure is a given, even if you mastered a game. This uncertainty is mesmerising as it creates this aura of excitement, which further encourages viewers to give it a go and maybe, participate the next time the 1CC marathon comes around.

Neo_Antwon:  I feel like events like these inspire other players to learn a game or two. They get a chance to see what’s possible in a type of game that was thought to be designed to completely stomp you and steal your coins.

Chuboh: I sure hope so! That’s how I got interested in streaming these old games in the first place. You don’t even have to go for the 1CC; just picking up a classic game you’ve never played before or going back to an old favourite you haven’t touched in years is great!

 

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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EF43FC47-C7C5-4E53-B599-DAE780ADBF47.jpegNew Print! Phantasy Bar 2 is now available for sale on Red Bubble. Right now I am using them for quick sales of my larger pieces that I am working on. If you want to get a copy of this print, make sure you click on the image and check out thru Red Bubble.

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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.

Falling out of Autumn and into November

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I missed LordBBH’s Cuphead stream but mostly because I’m trying not to spoil too much of that game for myself as I do want to play thru it on my own time. Part of my frustration with gaming is that I am on a Mac because of the amount of photo and video editing that I do. The work around is I could always install parallel and go about playing a lot of the newer games that way but in the meantime I’m stuck using the set up I have and waiting for stuff to come out on my system or for a console. In the meantime, I made a bunch of fun Dank’s for BBH’s Monday Roulette stream as usual. LordBBH is taking part in the 1CC Marathon (as well as almost everyone I have featured here) which is happening on Nov 10, 11, and 12th this month. Check out the schedule here.

 

 

Chuboh got sick this weekend yet with a little encouragement he took some flu medication and made good on the occasion and did a quick Halloween stream on the 31st complete in his Bongo costume. He had been talking about doing a costume stream for a while in other people’s stream and when I get wind that someone is boasting a costume stream I try to do my best to make sure they live up to it. BTW- here is his Bongo costume. You can see it’s a perfect likeness (minus the beard).

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Macaw is king when it comes to finding truly strange games to play. He was streaming a bunch of obscure games for a British computer called the Acorn Archimedes that was popular in the 80’s and 90’s. I have never even heard of this computer but that’s not too surprising as this was primarily a UK computer and a lot of the games for the system are almost forgotten. Somehow he’s managed to find a few of these games by scouring the internet and played a few which was amazing for those who haven’t seen these games in years and for those who’ve never seen this kind of stuff. There have also been some Amiga hijinks through the week though crazy Australia times are conflicting with my regular sleeping habits.

 

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Monster Bash having a mid-life crisis @capnclever 

Let’s take a second to talk about CapnClever, possibly one of the better known DOS/PC Retro streamers on Twitch. You might have already seen some of his speed runs at any given GDQ and he’s one of the first people I think of when I think about who’s streaming DOS stuff on Twitch. When I was a kid, I used to walk all the way to the other side of town to just hang out with my one friend Jason to play DOS games in his basement. Lucky for me he moved closer to me and soon I was meeting up with him each morning before school at the crack of dawn to play games. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for old PC games so that’s why you’ll always see me paying my respects to those who stream them! Speaking about old stuff on new things….

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I actually got my hands on the elusive SNES MINI system! It’s really tiny and came pre-loaded with Earthbound on it already so you know I’ve already started to play a game. I wont be streaming this bad boy, but I do intend to enjoy it and take it with me on vacations and adventures if I happen to take a few days off work. The best thing is that now I can put my WiiU away in the closet and just use this tiny machine to play Earthbound since that was the only reason I bought the WiiU in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong, I had intentions to buy other games on the WiiU but I bought Mario Kart and that was about it. Nothing else on that system really appealed to me and I really just wanted to play Earthbound on an HD system. The best thing though about WiiU Earthbound is you can do the Shattered Man glitch trick and IT WORKS! Maybe what I should do is look into capturing that trick to make a How-To video or see if I can do it on my SNES Mini.

I also managed to get a copy of Fantastic Pinball for my Sega Saturn! I have been streaming the PS1 version of the game however I wanted to own a copy and since I have a JP Saturn I decided to buy this copy and see what, if any, differences there might be. I noticed a few minor differences and I feel the ball moves a lot faster in the Saturn version but other than that it’s the same game! If I had to choose which version to get go with the Saturn version as I feel that is the vastly superior one out of the two as I feel the ball moves slower in the PS1 version and I’d rather a faster ball to a light-slow ball.

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Also, are you backing my Dank Zine yet? Right now if you are backing you are going to get stickers that feature the sub icons from the feature streamer of the month! I just LOVE giving stuff away and this is another great idea that keeps giving back to the streamers themselves. Make sure you are backing the Zine because you can’t get stickers if you order from the Dank Shop.

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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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Gracious IV @Aqy

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!

Sweet Home

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Still working on getting that backlog of work uploaded. I’m almost caught up with the time that I have lost, but I will eventually get there. Enjoy!

More great LordBBH stuff here from Monday roulette and Thursday raffles. LordBBH will be one of many players that will be in the 1CC Marathon which we both took part in last year. An official players schedule should be going up halfway thru October so stay tuned to see who made the cut. In the meantime, shoutouts to Mokototruth, Dasyati  and leilei for their own contributions to art during BBH’s streams. I’ll see if I can talk to them and get permission to post up their pieces of Dank Art along mine here so it all gets to be shown off in one place if people go looking for it. Also, omg Dank Art is a thing now!

Macaw45 is streaming almost every day now so when I wake up and get into my first job of the day I start it off watching whatever strange oddities he’s got cooked up for my morning. There was almost of week of Lord of the Sword where he dived into the strange Zelda II looking action RPG game for the Sega Master System. It took him a few days, but he eventually became the Lord of the Sword himself when he finished it. There was also some muddling around with the endless glut of licensed Gameboy Advance titles and other strangeness.

Chuboh is the Lord of Jank and has started to not only look at Janky arcade games, but is also focusing on some of the more special titles featured on the Amiga: the forgotten computer system of the 90’s. In one of these streams he played The Amazing Spider-Man which some people will remember for that insane looking health bar which is just Spider Man’s skeleton. That Dank Art has gotten well over 100 likes since I posted it last Thursday and is my official top rated Dank Art ever so far. Who would have thought that boner Spider-Man was such a huge deal?

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Also Zallard1 is starting to route thru Starfox 2 for Speedruns on his channel. Check out what he’s got going on for this never before released classic from the SNES. There has been some amusing articles floating around about Starfox 2 and depending on which ones you read you’ll find very polarizing points of view that either say the game is a bunch of trash compared to modern games to a product of its time that pushed new concepts of gaming for the SNES. Just remember that this was a game that was made for the 90’s when gaming was in a completely different universe compare to where we are now. Also, the mystery behind why this game never game out has been answered by a few diligent fact finders so go watch the video and stop guessing as to why this game never saw an official release as it might disappoint you …

 

I’ve started following Ultimoice as he has started routing Mother 2 for Super Famicom recently and for those who know me I cannot get enough Earthbound. I found out first about ___ like many this year who saw him perform at SGDQ when he wrapped up the event speedrunning Earthbound for the first time ever at a Games Done Quick. If you love the Mother games as much as I do then go check out his stuff and give him a follow as he’s friendly, entertaining and really has his head wrapped around these games.

Sweet Home

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I have wanted to stream Sweet Home since 2011 when I first discovered it from a few online articles that were passed along to me. Everyone will tell you that this is the game that inspired the Resident Evil games and that it was a tie-in with a movie with the same name that came out at the same time. This game never saw a North American release for reasons that are quite obvious such as the gore, violence and graphic death scenes.

That’s right, death scenes. And when your characters die they die for the rest of the game. There are no places to sleep off the pain to restore your health, no secret water that heals all wounds and defiantly no phoenix downs. Just like in real Life, Death is permanent.

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I called it a dick. WELL DON’T BUILD YOUR MONUMENT LOOKING LIKE A BIG DICK!

The other challenging thing about this game is the item management where each character has a special tool ability that only they can use. If that character dies you are stuck looking for alternatives that are littered around the dirty haunted mansion. Also if you find yourself in a situation where you need to pick up something but your inventory is full you’ll have to drop something. Sounds a little like Earthbound in that aspect of gameplay only it’s more serious and stressful in Sweet Home.

 

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Troll 2 OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

Also, this game is creepy as hell. The music is every eery and some of my followers has described it as “Jaws” sounding where it gives you this feeling you are being hunted or something terrible is following you. Even the pause button stressed you out when you use it as it just screams “STOP!” As in “OMG STOP THIS CRAZY GUTS GAME PLZ!”

Totally pick this game up as it really is a hidden gem seeing that it was never released outside of Japan. If you want to spoil it for yourselves, you may always check out the movie, Sweet Home, as it’s online with subtitles and it’s alright as horror movies go. For me, I am excited as I have ordered the strategy guide that is in full Japanese, but has lots of hand drawn art featuring the actors/characters from the game and movie as well as screen captures with lots of information. Once this comes in I’ll be showing it off on my stream.

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Ew Monsters.

Tune in Tuesdays and Wednesdays when I’ll be playing thru this game. I started streaming more during the week to help play thru some of the games I have in my backlog and I should be posting up a poll soon to see which game I will play thru next in my weeks to come! You can follow me on Twitch here

Comic Con 

My good buddy Greg and I checked out the Hamilton Comic Con on Saturday morning last week and we had a BLAST. It’s been a very long time for me visiting a comic con and at first I was a bit shy asking if I could take people’s photos, but as the day progressed I calmed down a bit and I got to meet a bunch of neat people who had some really stand out costumes. I actually found some amazing deals on some games that I picked up including Lord of the Sword for the Sega Master system complete in box.

Funny that I didn’t pick up many comic books, but I am finding that the more cons I go to its less about the books and more about what crazy crud people can sell at their booths. I’m totally alright with that as I need more crazy crud and video games in my life.

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Now that Summer is gone and almost two months of Dank Art has piled up on my desk!! I just stopped blogging but kept drawing with the hopes that when I got thru a bunch of work I would dump it all here. That day is here! That day is NOW!! Get ready to get dunked on!

BBH is having a Viewers Choice Arcade Extravaganza this Saturday on his Twitch where he will play thru a bunch of games chosen at random by the viewers. Make sure you check it out this weekend as this is where the best games are requested by the viewers (and I use that term “best” loosely). I also like to stop by and make a pile of Dank Art for his viewers choice streams as I am hopeful that someone will choose a good game and I’ll get to draw it. Make sure you check out BBH’s twitch to get more info.

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Macaw is still playing a wide spectrum of obscure and unique old games but recently he was playing this Kickstater game Okinawa Rush which has been in development for a while. He was playing through it on a few streams a few nights ago so check out his vod’s if you want to get an idea of how this really cool action beat’emup plays. They plan to release the game on PC, PS4, and X-Box One, so check out the Kickstarter and find out how you can stay informed about this game they are working on.

 

IMG_4091I first met Zallard1 over reasons of Splatterhouse and I often keep forgetting that it was an arcade game. When I was a kid I do remember seeing possibly a Sega hooked up and playing Splatterhouse and my brother’s comments of “how cool” this game was. I also remember it was the reason you wanted to get a TurboGrafix 16  back in the day as it was one of the bloodiest and most violent games you could get when it came out. The game also tricked you into thinking that it was a Friday the 13th movie where instead of playing the good guy you actually played as Jason running around & punching garbage goo enemies and we accepted this on the playground because I was like 6 & you could have told me the moon was made of cheese & I’d believe you. As I got older I did figure out that no, there’s are two totally separate franchises

Zallard1 is a great guy and he holds a bunch of World Records for his speed runs. Totally check him out!

Absnerdity is into 3 months of Zelda games & I popped into his stream for these adorable games that feature Tingle. I’m not sure if I fully understand what a Tingle is, but he’s kinda cute & has a somewhat adorable attitude about him so I guess he’s ok. I have been tuning in every now and then when he’s doing his huge Zelda game showcase as I have yet to really play thru all of the Zelda games out there (and that’s a lot of games if you start to think about it). If you are a fan of all things Zelda then you should check Abs out in the morning.

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PJ & his pals were playing thru games as part of their Poor Choices marathon almost a month ago. PJ got stuck playing one of my favourite games, Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts for SNES. If you are familiar with the Ghouls n’ Ghost/ Ghosts n’ Goblins franchise then you know these games are going to try to push your skills to the limit. I can’t even get past the second level boss in this game so my hat goes off to anyone who can even finish one loop of these games. It wasn’t all GnG, PJ & his pals played through a bunch of games over that weekend including….

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Streets of Rage 3

Streets of Rage 3 by my friend MURPHAGATOR. Right now, Murph is the feature streamer in my Dank Zine which just recently came out and I got to sit down with him and talk about his streaming setup at his place, collecting arcades and what games he likes the best. Though he hasn’t been streaming a lot of arcades, MURPHAGATOR has been playing lotus of Bionic Commando on his twitch & has been getting a lot of strangeness that you can gathere from this clip here!

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New Zealand Story @Chuboh

Chuboh is quickly turning into one of my regular streamers as he does had a soft spot for especially Jank games and I have this special place in my heart for games that fall into that category. Chuboh is also taking part in the 1CC Marathon which will be taking place this November as well as a whole bunch of other streamers. I should be sitting down with Pasky who is organizing the event to find out what sort of games will be featured in this years event.

As for me, there is so much going on that I’d be doing a great injustice trying to cram it all into one blog update, so stay tuned in the next few days and I should have another update that talks more about my Dank Zine, contests and what I have been up to on my own Twitch channel.

 

 

 

 

July Giveaways & Dank Art

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LordBBH got a very good evening in Mame roulette last night as I seemed to have made a lot of Dank Art. I almost did one piece per game. I guess that makes up for last week? Hopefully some of these ideas will find their way into something polished now that I have my iPad & can really start to make these little ideas into something bigger. I’m really digging the Dangerous Seed Shmup & I would like to see that one larger.

I am also a sucker for drawing Street Fighter II characte so I gotta sketch out a few of my favorite faces :3

Macaw45 played out a few PC 98 adventure games as well as an obscure PS1 adventure JRPG game Bealphareth over the weekend where due to the mistake of choosing the worst weapon ever (the axe) Macaw had to play the first 5 levels over again but with a character who could use a spear (because axe

I finally made an effort to draw out the horrible looking Man Babies from that Mug Crushers game that Chuboh has been keen on playing on his frequent Jank Arcade streams. I also saw one night Chuboh was firing up a C64 emulator but I was so exhausted last week that I missed it. I’m always a huge fan of weird & obscure stuff and Chuboh certainly sets the bar when it comes to Jank games.

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One of the SGDQ runs I really wanted to watch this year was the Tetris Block which featured KevinDDR and a few other amazing players who are super hardcore into Tetris. It’s always an incredible show when you get to see some of the top ranking players in the US play this type of game. Often when I show people I work with the videos from past events they just stop and stare unable to even to unwind the thought process these players go thru each time they jump into a session.

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MURPHAGATOR fired up one of the best arcade games ever (as voted by myself & my pal Greg) Alien vs Predator. Growing up as a kid almost everything Alien’s related scared the snot out of me. I missed out on some of the best action horror movies of my parents generation because I was too busy being a little weak baby. However, I am working on a bunch of crazy dank art which features this game as it’s one of the best arcade games you could ever pick up. Try it out!

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I’ve been working on a few commissions and been toying around with a few new ideas that I wanted to feature in upcoming issues of my Zine. This piece that I worked on last Sunday on my twitch stream of an older idea I fleshed out two years ago as a gift for my friends Dan & Lindsay. I kinda wanted to go back to that idea and see if I could do something neat with the background as it’s been a while I’ve put a lot of high detail in a good landscape.

The amusing thing about this piece is that people actually know where this game is from since I normally draw/paint obscure stuff. However I could just say the game in question is Glovius and keep it obscure.

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I’ve also been playing around with my iPad Pro and using it as a tablet to draw some digital Dank Art. With the iPad there’s so many chances to go back & improve something that isn’t looking right may that be an arm or an eye. I won’t be giving up on watercolours anytime soon, but I am trying out more tablet creations so make sure you catch those as I drop them on my twitter feed.

DANK ZINE

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It’s only the fourth month into this amazing project and I can’t tell you enough how happy I am for doing it. It’s turning into more of a magazine with more people contributing to it and I’m starting to have issues juggling the content.

Goati, who is this months featured streamer, gave away 4 issues on his Sunday stream where he invited viewers to draw him or a Megadrive Game for one. I should be mailing those out this week along with a few other Dank orders.

If you want to get your hands on a copy of my Zine you can always follow me on twitter and test your luck on one of my raffles/give aways. However, the best way to get a copy of my Zine is to subscribe and back the project on my Patreon. I do sell the books in the Dank Shop, but you end up saving way more on shipping and get access to all the freebies and added gifts when you do subscribe on my Patreon. It’s also the best place where I am set up to take commissions so if you wan to get a special one of a kind piece of artwork done this is the best and cheapest way to get my Dank Art.

Keep me making Dank Art!

 

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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.