Home again from San Antonio, Texas after a successful PAX South and I feel I need to set the record straight on a couple of things:
- The Menger Hotel is, indeed, haunted.
- Saguaro cactus do NOT grow anywhere in Texas, despite what the pin says.
- I am getting too old to be doing all these damn conventions.
- Table Titan fans are, hands down the best fans
The question I was asked the most at PAX SOUTH was "Why weren't you in the AI game this time?" followed only slightly by "Will you ever be back?" The short answers are "It was time to go." and "Sadly, no."
Despite never being an employee of Penny Arcade, I worked very closely with the staff, renting office space for years, and participating in a shared creative environment. The benefits of that arrangement were plentiful: access to Robert Khoo being one of them. Robert taught me a lot of things over the years and some of them are basic principals that have guided me as I continue to do business: "always establish relationships", "don't engage trolls", and most importantly, "everything has a begining, a middle and an end."
That last one sounds sad, but it's really not. Everything has a beginning, a middle and and end. And my time with Acquisitions Incorporated has now cycled through all three. I'm ready to move on. And if you've followed me over the last 19 years I've been doing this, you know I prefer to be at the helm of my own properties instead of taking a backseat in someone else's. And Acq Inc is a Penny Arcade property. I own Binwin, but nothing else and I have no say in what Acq Inc becomes in the future. My job, my only job, is to show up and make you laugh. Which believe me, was fun and paid well. But there is so much more I could do, and can do, and so I'd rather just....do it.
That's why I'm stepping down and giving some other lucky soul a chance to sit at that table in front of you crazy kids. Someone else deserves a turn to feel like a rock-star for doing that thing that got us made fun of in grade-school. And it'll be great and you'll love it. Beacuse those guys are pros and good at what they do and it's an institution now. One I'm proud to have helped build.
So hopefully that helps you understand why you won't see Binwin up there onstage with Acq Inc anymore. It's not sad, it's just new and different and I know we all fear and abhor change. But trust me, change is good and 2017 is going to be so full of amazing new content from Toonhound Studios, you won't have time to be sad that Binwin won't be on THAT particular stage. We'll keep you distracted. In a good way.
Everything has a beginning, a middle and an end. We're Bin it, to win it, always.