Mantic hook up with Penny Arcade for DreadBall Kickstarter

By Polar_Bear
In Crowdfunding
Sep 26th, 2012

DreadBall has a new MVP available in their Kickstarter campaign based off of Gabe of Penny Arcade fame.

From the update:

We’ve hooked up with the great guys at Penny Arcade to create one very special player – the officially licensed Jonathan “Gabe” Gabriel MVP!

When Jonathan “Gabe” Gabriel died on the pitch, smashed into a uniform paste by the legendary Buzzkill, it was assumed to be the end of his career. When a jockstrap rich in genetic material was discovered, he became the first crowdfunded resurrection by cloning.

We’re so pleased to be able to put “Gabe” up on the main page where you can now add him on to your pledge for just $10. This amazing new figure is in incredibly limited supply – you will only be able to pick up this special edition model on the DreadBall Kickstarter and one or two other promotional events, and even then for a limited time only, so we recommend grabbing it whilst you can!

Thanks to Gabe, Tycho, Mike and everyone at Penny Arcade for their support – and thank you for supporting the DreadBall Kickstarter!

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  • Veritas

    They really didn’t need to “team up” with Penny Arcade to make this homage figure as it bears absolutely no resemblance to Gabe from the comic. At least the Relic Knight’s Gabe looked a bit like Gabe. I’m also confused as to why Penny Arcade cross promotions are suddenly hot in mini gaming.

    • Grindar

      They’ve been building a great audience of board and wargamers, especially with PAX. If I recall correctly they’ve always been big supporters of Warmachine, and exposing their audience to other skirmish based games is nice (Relic Knights). I appreciate them actually backing alternate games to the GW behemoths.

      • Veritas

        Don’t get me wrong, I applaud their charity work and promotion of gaming in all its forms. I just don’t get this promotion. If Mantic wanted to do a cross promotion could they make the character look at least vaguely similar to the comic character?

        • Grindar

          The hair is about all they could do and keep the dreadball style. Though I hope somebody paints him with his yellow shirt on.

    • BaconSlayer

      If anything, it is a SWEET WildCATS/Youngblood/early 90s Image Comics fig.

  • skullking

    I tip my hat to Penny Arcade for the many charity events they’ve done, and their hard work with the video/board/miniature game industries. But I have to say, their comic is pitifully unfunny, or even entertaining.

    • Borzag

      THANK GOD, I thought it was just me that thought this.

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad for the exposure they’ve given our otherwise niche hobby, but…. yeah, tried reading the comic, gave up.

    • Veritas

      When Penny Arcade first started I thought it was funny, but I think it’s devolved to the point where you need two things to “get it.”

      You must be a truly die hard video gamer.
      You must follow the comic religiously so you can get all the inside jokes.

      • Veritas

        I had bullet points in that list, but apparently my formatting must have been off.

      • Grindar

        You do have to be aware of what’s going on in the video game world, yes…Though I wouldn’t say die-hard. Typically they’re just poking fun at this week’s release, sprinkling in occasional tabletop and convention jokes. There are some running gags, like their fear of plague from PAX but that happens when any webcomic runs that long.