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12-22-2011, 01:59 PM
At several demos of this game I have given I have found more than several players who are not familiar with the web comic Penny Arcade, so here's a list of all the cards I have and where some of the art, story, and other tidbits of info for each that I've found over the years of reading this comic. (And mostly just compiled in one day skimming the comics at work...) This is a comic about games and gamers, so buckle up!

Hero Cards:
Gabe (http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/03/27)- One of the two main guys who make Penny Arcade, he is in charge of the art. He can be found in a multitude of comics on the site sporting something with Pac Man on it and rad black hair.
This comic sums him up best: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/02/23
Another good one if you are in your 30somethings like me: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/11/08

Tycho - A linguist and philosopher at heart he writes most of the text on the Penny Arcade site. His analytical predictions can best be looked upon as prophecy.
Part keen insight: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/11/17
Part bottled rage: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/10/03

Annarchy - Everything about Ann can't be summed up in the comics alone, she is simply too much of a free spirit with a feral ferocity.
Her art was from this comic: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/14
But you should really read that series from the beginning here: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/09
Her first appearance in the comic can be found here: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/09

Kreazie - This guy is as real as it gets at the mall.
His intro comic: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/04
He can also be seen in several comics after that

Rex Ready - Part Time Traveling Secret Agent Dinosaur... Always ready for a mission from Her Majesty (http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/04/04).
Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/11/07

Carl - Tracking suspects with steel determination.
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/04/04
Carl's origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/11/07

Mr Period - Your helpful, punctuation pal! He can be found in comics every so often.
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/07/07
Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/10/11

Scout Master - "What men must know, a boy must learn."
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/05/07
Start of the series: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/04/26
Character origins: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/06/10

Catsby - An insightful cat with a devil of a friend, Twisp!
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/10/28
"Short" story with them: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/12/07

Jim Darkmagic - a whole new level of magician!
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/06/15

Game Cards!

Quarter - Give you Tokens! Ages ago when there were mystical places called Arcades, you could turn your real money into money that could only be used at the games in that establishment.
No comics about quarters, per say, but here's one about the Arcade: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/02/21

Cardboard Tubes - You know you have done this!
Card art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/04/08
Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/10/30

PAX POX - aka the Con Crud. Frequent travelers refer to it as "Jet Lag" but gamers know better (http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/05/18).
Card art and origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/09/09

Baby Ninja - They need your support
Card art and origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/06/04

Bat Milk - One convenient variety
Card art and origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/08/14

Broodax in Disguise - We are Gabriel
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/05/07
Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/05/04

Canid - Malevolent, spacefaring dog-men
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/05/21

Chaos World Smasher - Left out of other games because of "balance issues"
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/07/14

Deep Crow - If you encounter one of these, just forget about it and find someplace nice to go eat dinner.
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/05/19
Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/03/21

Div - Many moons ago there was a DVD player that went by the name of DIVX (http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/01/18), but this one remains highly intoxicated... He can be found in many comics over the years.
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/02/17
Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/06/18

Evil Gumbo - Seems vile, I'd like to make a religion check...
I have no idea where this art is from, looks D&Desque.

Faerie Candymancer - Cut from other games because of "Thematic Concerns," fits quite well in this one!
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/07/14

Fleshreaper - The Merch and Fleshreaper and one in the same, but their great parity comes from how much Merch merchandise players can buy!
Card Art: Wait till you get down to Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, it's worth the trip!
Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/01/05

Giant Cupcake - They have returned!
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/02/04

Giant Snake - If Gabe does the writing then all bets on Tycho's life are off
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/04/20

Laser Squid - Futuristic laser gunplay and marine cephalopod mullusks
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/08/06

Magical Unicorn - Not a comic, per se, but a fancy cover for The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade: 11 1/2 Year Anniversary Book!
See it at the store: http://store.penny-arcade.com/products/pap100011
Find out how Gabe got his Unicorn: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/04/09

Merch - Weeknights at 9PM!
Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/01/05
But also check out the Jolly Old Saint Nicholas story below!

Natural Twenty - Roll for initiative!
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/23
Start of the Armadeaddon story: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/09

Pickle Recognition Engine - If I had a nickle for every time I needed to find out if something was a pickle...
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/05/15

Psychic Cat, Stone Yeti, and Hawkman with a Laser Gun - Of course they are
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/10/13

Robot Cowboy Angel - To discover the true meaning of Christmas
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/12/08

Scrotuum - This card is balls fantastic in pairs!
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/01/04

Sinistine, Bow of the Black Maiden - It shoots witches instead of arrows
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/09/12

Sorcelator - Dual wands, now that's hot!
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/01/16
Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/05/19

Tiny Bat - Bats, bats, we love bats! And the comic is absolutely true about the game La Pucelle.
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/05/10

Touch Wieners - Good, wholesome, fun focusing on dachshunds
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/04/02

Werewolf with a Top Hat - Almost a reason to play Alliance, but not even close.
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/12/10

Winter King - Four went up to the frosty crown but three came tumbling, tumbling down.
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/05/07
Beginning of the story: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/04/26

Witchlok - So much Sorcelation in here...
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/01/21

World's Biggest Grape - Road Trip!
Card Art and Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/07/03

Boss Cards

Fruit Fucker Prime - He makes guest appearances in many comics to have his way with a variety of forbidden fruits.
Card Art I don't really know but the closest I could find was this: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/04/02
Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/07/11
First Appearance: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/02/11
If it was permissible, I would have the statue of this (http://store.penny-arcade.com/products/ff2k-pulp-figure)on my desk at work.

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas - "You take your pretty little torso, and you get the hell out of here."
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/12/26
Origin: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/12/19

Cardboard Tube Samurai - There are many mini series of comics dedicated to the Cardboard Tube Samurai
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/04/08

Satan - Because Loot Cards are king!
Card Art and Origin: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/8/26/

Dark Tycho - I hope you like text.
Card Art: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/03/17
His finest hour: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/04/10

That's all I have for now, I hope this has been insightful. Please comment or PM me anything you find that needs correcting!


12-23-2011, 12:52 PM
This, people, is a ton of work from Leonard.

Fantastic job. Hopefully will get some of the people who don't read PA religiously into the back story.

I, however, have had penny arcade as my home page since high school ^_^

01-03-2012, 10:27 AM
Just a note, FF Prime is actually from the second Penny-Arcade Adventures video game, and was the final boss.

01-07-2012, 12:25 PM
Thanks, the game is so much fun and now even it's better since I know a little bit more about each card. I look forward to more once the expansion is released. Thanks again,

01-08-2012, 12:48 AM
Another correction: Catsby is the imp, and Twisp is the cat.

04-25-2012, 01:51 PM
I can't edit my original post without cutting out a huge amount of text. Somehow I was able to go over the character limit when posting it the first time and if I try to make small changes, the board says I'm about 500 characters over the post limit...

04-26-2012, 07:25 AM
Absolutely EXCELLENT post! Fantastic job!