I doubt a sequel will be made, but if so I belive that Sam, Phoney Bone, The Cheat, or Gabe will be in.
I think it would be DLC. Next up would be Sam, Homestar, the Spy, and Gabe.
Uh, Homestar isn't very smart; I can't picture him playing Poker. Maybe Bubs?
Yeah, but that's what makes it fun. Strong Bad even mentions Poker Night at Homestar's, which means he's probably familiar with the game. Also, imagine a conversation between Homestar and the Spy. Pure hilarity.
Well, you've got a point. As for Gabe, I'm hoping Telltale would at least be prudent enough not to have him show everyone his balls, as Tycho says he does. Why would he not? Well, he could have such a reason as, "Not outside MY home!" or "Tycho isn't here." Of course, this troper doesn't know much about Penny Arcade...
Gabe really doesn't know how to play poker. There was a comic where Tycho pretty much sabotaged his learning the game ("I have the hole card. That means I win everything")
Max doesn't know how to play, either, but that doesn't stop him. 'Course, maybe Gabe doesn't enjoy banter as much as Max. Like I said, his being in the game's sequel seems iffy.
Nick would be a fairly obvious choice, him being a card player and all. I'd like it if Engineer could play too, seems like a fun guy to hang around with. Plus, Heavy mentions it was Engineer who showed him the Inventory.
Ellis would be fun to have in the game, too. As for the Engineer… Well, really, almost ALL of the Team Fortress 2 classes are eligible, the possible exceptions being Pyro (who can't speak and whose face cannot be read) and maybe Scout (who isn't the most patient character out there).
In fact, I can picture one of the Sniper's quotes for raising. "You call that a bet? (tosses more chips into the pot) THIS is a bet!"
Murray with the skeleton body he briefly had in Chapter 3 of Tales. Just imagine how his bluffs would sound.
Also, if female characters are eligible, I wouldn't mind seeing Laverne...of course this is largely dependent on the franchise being revived.
Doctor Emmet Brown: The Characters need to be fun with converse with, and have the license relatively easy to obtain. Telltale has the BTTF license, so it wouldn't be too hard. Playstyle is a mix of Strong Bad's bluffing and Tycho's Cautiousness. Unlock would be a Brain-Wave Analyzer hat and BTTF blueprints [Building Reskins, like the teleporter has a speedometer and starts working at 88, etc.] for the Engineer.
Heavy mentions listening to Huey Lewis. Coincidence?
RED Spy: We need another Team Fortress 2 character, as the reason many bought the game in the first place is because of the Heavy and the Unlocks. The original game contained two outrageously crazy guys [Strong Bad, Max] and two others, crazy but quiet [Heavy, Tycho]. Spy fills the quiet quota, others at the table could accuse him of sapping their cards, and he would tell stories about Scout's Mom. Unlock would be a handcarved Butterfly Knife.
RED Scout. He and the Heavy have even more in common. Nameless, the Sandvich. Plus, he has the most catchphrases ("BONK!") and is a braggart.
The Engineer would be another likely candidate. He seems like he would be a mix of Tycho's straight-man role with Max's easygoing "I'm here to have fun!" persona- basically, the casual guy who enjoys playing and is good at it, but takes a loss well and enjoys the conversation. Also, he could show off some awesome card tricks with the Gunslinger.
Homestar: Makes high bets based on random things. Gives out a Homestarmy Set for the Soldier when defeated [Orange Bowl and Wooden Spoon Melee].
How about Dr. Kleiner? The unlockable item could be Lamaar, in which all TF2 classes would get a headcrab hat.
1 problem with the unlock; Lamaar got launched into outer space in Half-Life 2: Episode 2.
How 'bout his glasses for the Medic? And his labcoat for Gaige in Borderlands 2?
If Telltale wants to add another web series, Perhaps Yahtzee from Zero Punctuation as the stick figure we usually see in the series. Alternatively, they could also draw characters from other indie games like Captain Smiley.
Egoraptor? Forget him, we need a character from Girlchan in Paradise!! in there. Kenstar would be my best bet. Could you imagine what his dialog would sound like? Nonstop hilarity! And we'd finally find out what happened after the end of Episode 3!
Ted, from Ambition. He seems like a poker-playing sort. And we've already got one line of dialogue set for him:
If I don't get a good hand this time, I'm going to blow us all to hell!
If another Team Fortress 2 character is in the sequel, they'll probably be from the BLU team (can't let the REDs have all the fun). Also, Telltale has the license to Jurassic Park and that's just begging for a dinosaur playing poker.
Except that the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park aren't smart enough to play Poker. Not even the Velociraptors. Besides, how would they hold the cards? No opposable thumbs! Maybe Dr. Alan Grant instead (if he appears in the game).
So? The original game makes use of Animated Actors and Rule of Funny. Just say that the dino's not a monster, but only plays one in the movies.
Although from Jurassic Park, Ian Malcolm might work better.
Legion. Unlock would be a Mass Effect style sniper rifle, or a scope designed around a Geth head.
Silent Protagonists from first person shooters as playable characters. We'll only see their hands (if they check or when they bet) just like how we only see their hands in their respective games. There's far too many to list here, but among them would be the Chief, Ramirez, or Jack.
Assuming we're staying with the same licenses, or only within licenses Telltale has at the moment (being realistic here), why not Sam, Homestar, Gabe, and The Medic? Was I the only one expecting them to all at least make a cameo in the first game?
Seconded. I think it's no coincidence that the first game's characters are all part of [famousduos. Plus, the sequel's about a murder, and lord knows at least Medic, Gabe, and Sam would have a ball with that.
After Penny Arcade's recent landblasting of TF2 for the whole Free-To-Play thing, maybe Gabe won't be in it after all...the hidden chat did suggest Murder At The Inventory, right? So let's replace Gabe with Nelson Tethers. And hey, it'd be an excuse to somehow win his Nice Hat.
This Troper thinks that feud might've died down, considering Valve didn't seem to mind that On the Rainslick Precipice of Darkness Episode 3 was being sold on Steam. Of course, this Troper has been wrong before...
The characters are supposed to be interesting, right? As far as I've seen, Sam's about as interesting a character as a tree stump.
Probably why Telltale had Max accompany Sam in Poker Night 2.
A pony, whether it be Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, or Ditzy Doo/Derpy Hooves.
About time somepony suggested that. Maybe we could have Lyra Heartstrings and her fascination for hands.
And while we're at it, let's add a Neopet. What? It's WMG, after all.
How about a tamagatchi?
Wheatley as one of the first unlockable opponents, and the easiest to beat, offering Space Core as the buy-in. And the last and hardest to beat, boasting the ultimate poker face and very little banter, Chell, with the Portal Gun as her prize.
Astrid offering up Blade of Woe (cosmetic Spy dagger replacement) as her buy-in.
Steve? offering up Diamond boots (Gunboats replacer) as buy-in.
After a thorough reading of the above, This Troper has concluded that the perfect new opponents would be:
The Joker replacing Max as the crazy homicidal one. His unlock would be Harley's Hammer for the Pyro.
Big Macintosh replacing the Heavy as the intimidating but surprisingly intelligent one. His unlock would be apples to replace the soldier's grenades (imagine the Equalizer's taunt with them).
Tedd Verres replacing Tycho as the snarky mildly pervy expert. His unlock would be a spare set of glasses for the Engie.
Finally, we would have Ms. Scarlet replacing Strong Bad because having the same thing with different characters would be boring. Her unlock would be a bloody kitchen knife for the spy.
Here is my idea:
Raocow, in roo525's animation style, replacing Max as the cheery/chatty guy. He'd have a cat planet cat sitting on the table in front of him, which he'd interact with in a few ways and other players would ask about. His personality would be a mixture of Breathless Non Sequitur raocow and whatever he's like when not playing a video game, and Post-production raocow will sometimes inexplicably talk to him. He has two unlocks: A fire flower he got from Jeremy, that can be worn as a badge, and the cat planet cat hat Chibi-cow wears.
Raocow: "Hey Allen, how do you even remember which spell you have chosen from the list?" Jerry: "Are you talking to me? My name is Jerry, you know."
Ian Hecox, in the cartoony style from the True Story videos, replacing Strong Bad as the guy who thinks he can win everytime. His unlock would be a pink frosted sprinkled donut (a chocolate donut if you're on BLU) which is thrown like a grenade, does the same thing as either Mad Milk or Jarate (depending on your class), is usable for Scout and Sniper, and its taunt is your character pressing the easy button. Once you get 4 kills in a row with the donut, your taunt changes into your character yelling their variation of "kill them all" at the button, and can kill anyone on the other team within 500 Hammer units.
Ian: "If my mom finds out i lost this much money she'll kill me. Again. Literally." Raocow: "I don't think you meant to say literally, because in a literal sense, a thing with opinions can only have exactly fifty-three 1-Ups if not restricted by a bottle of ketchup." Ian: "Wait, what." Raocow: "Sorry for that, i just can't help it sometimes."
The BLU Spy, in a different suit, replacing the Heavy, not only as the Team Fortress 2 character but also as the intimidating guy. His unlock will be a paper mask. The mask looks different from the regular disguises (to avoid confusion), and would have a hand-drawn Engineer face on the front.
Spy: Say, Hecox, was it? Does death feel any different to you?
Ian: It's painful, but I always suddenly come back to life within a few hours.
Spy: I know zat feel.
Jerry, still wearing his costume, voiced by either Dark Yoshi / Zephyr Burst himself or his roommate Jerry. Raocow will call him Allen, but he will insist on being called Jerry. Replaces Tycho as the expert. His unlock will be his Red Right Hand (or left hand, as is the case) as a glove, which replaces the melee weapon of any character except Engineer, Spy, and Demoman. It lets you attack with the metal claw Jerry attacks with. You can change the style, which changes the color of the claw (not the glove itself) to either white, red, blue, green or brown. The styles are named Mental Insurrection, Blast Off, Flood, Blast Shield and Nature's Gift.
I'm personally thinking the Portal character would be GLaDOS, Wheatley, or someone of the sort.
Well, the screenshots, revealed recently as of this edit, show the players (other than The Player him/herself, that is) to be Brock, Claptrap, Ash, and Sam. GLaDOS is also there, but she's not playing. Instead she's hanging overhead, apparently watching the game. Perhaps she's the dealer?
If Telltale wanted another webcomic to throw into the mix, one of the Midnight Crew could work. Each member even seems to fit the pattern of the poker players so far (see below).
One of many characters from Twin Peaks, in particular either Agent Dale Cooper, Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole or Killer BOB, or as a dealer, The Man From Another Place. Their unlocks would be the Red Room from Twin Peaks, or something specialized to the character's personality.
If they're gonna have another Valve character, it should probably be someone from Left 4 Dead; they already had Team Fortress 2 in the first game, and Portal in the second.
I think we should remember that there will probably be new table felts, card decks, and sets of chips for each character, and using the three poker things with the same theme will unlock a new layout for the Inventory. For example, a Left 4 Dead theme for Francis or Zoey, the Bebop space ship for the Cowboy Bebop characters, Homestar Runner characters could have Club Technochocolate, and the RED base for the TF2 characters, unless they use a BLU member, in which case, BLU base.
...Hmm... A dungeon or fantasy-genre pub as a Penny Arcade theme for the Inventory, since Tycho and Gabe seem to be Dungeons & Dragons fans.
Homer Simpson; wouldn't be the first time he played poker. 'Course, he wouldn't be easy to play against; anyone who has seen that one episode of The Simpsons would know what this troper means! Marge could play, too, but this doesn't seem too likely.
If Telltale wanted any more [adult swim] shows, how about Master Shake, Frylock, Meatwad, or Carl? Shake would be the jerk, like Strong Bad, Frylock would either be the straight man to the other players' antics or just the quiet one, Meatwad would be the one that doesn't really know how to play, and Carl would tell stories about the crap he has to put up with by living next to the Aqua Teens.
Rick Sanchez. If you can't get Doc Brown to play do to the game being too mature for him, why not his drunken, sociopathic cousin?
One of the heroes from dota 2 perhaps? The "Face" of the game, Axe, or other slightly less iconic heroes like Sven, Wraith King, Invoker, Pudge, Miranna, and such.
The Heavy's clash in opinion regarding his job.
It seems the Heavy both regrets and loves his job. However, his sadistic personality is simply a coping mechanism, with his talk of nightmares and suffering being hints to the others to avoid the mercenary business. The reason he tells the story about the sparrow when asked about fun tales? Why he treats the act of shoving a wrench down a man's throat and tearing off his fingers as a joke? He's trying to gently steer the others away from the path he himself has gone down.
The Player is Gordon Freeman.
Haven't seen much of him and it makes sense considering the Player's speechlessness. Could joke about Gordon's pokerface.
THIS IS NOW CANON IN MY MIND!
Alternatively only male players are Gordan Freeman. Female players are Chell.
During the scene where everybody points their guns at Tycho, Chell whips out her portal gun with the intention of sending him to the moon like Wheatley.
The above is now canon in this troper's mind as well.
And mine. Hell, I was about to post this when somebody beat me to it.
Fanon has spoken! This is as official as it gets! Now go and write fanfics!
The Player has always been You in this troper's mind. Nobody special, just the actual person playing.
If that's the case, then a Freeman's Mind video for this game would be appropriate, not to mention HILARIOUS! Or a Chell's Mind. Hell, any of the Mind series characters would be good in that game!
Jossed: Word of Godconfirms that The Player is You. Poker Night 2 canon is that you did very well in the first game, by the way.
Symbolic Poker Player Archetypes
Your opponents would all love to win, but they approach the game with vastly different attitudes. Let's compare!
Max: The cheery/chatty guy who's there more to chat than play. Often the guy who'll get a conversation started. He's also the kind of guy who doesn't mind losing. Heck, he'll sometimes say "That was fun!" without sarcasm when he busts out.
Strong Bad: That guy who thinks he can totally win the game every time, easy. He also happens to lose every time, easy (or at least, that's the case for this troper). Not as great a player as he wants you to believe.
The Heavy: The big guy who specializes in intimidation tactics. For one thing, he's already the Big Guy. For another thing, he loves to goad you into a challenge ("Time to show your honor. Can you beat me?").
Tycho: The expert. Seems know exactly what he's doing all the time and is brimming with non-stop confidence. Not exactly a stop having fun guy, but its clear he's got a lot of experience and he's way more serious about winning the game than the other characters.
The boy who killed the sparrow grows up to be The Spy.
He's trained as an assassin that uses a knife and flees after killing his victim. The story would also explain why the Heavy hates Spies so much despite not being one of the most Spy vulnerable classes.
But wait, why would the French Spy be in Russia? And actually, if a Spy can get behind a Heavy, there's only one way that's turning out.
it was an assassination camp, and the Spy has a very mixed accent, it's possible he was in Russia at some point for training.
Or perhaps it was indeed Spy, but not actually as a student, but on his first mission. He was out to demoralize the recruits and sabotage their training. Because he's a jerk like that.
Slightly irrelevant, but Heavies are ridiculously weak to Spies. Good Spies, anyway. Lots of back = lots of room for backstabbing. Probably the most susceptible next to Snipers and maybe Engineers.
This troper had a little bit of Fridge Brilliance lying in bed last night. Consider the followingnote Okay, yes, this is a semi-silly entry, but just roll with me here:
The Player isn't known to have any prior experience playing poker but is an instant expert. Red didn't have any prior training experience, but quickly became the best throughout the land (like no one ever was).
There are a couple references to Pokemon. Strong Bad calls Max one, and suggests that it'd be funny if a spiky-haired kid tried to shove him in a baseball. Hmmm... perhaps he's trying to fool the Player into catching, and therefore taking out, the competition?
One of Tycho's win quotes is "I'm not playing Pokemon cards here!" An obvious insult.
Upon beating Tycho, he'll reference Gabe "showing his balls," commending you on your restraint, and then he goes back and asks if the Player is going to do that now. He's suddenly worried that he's given a rather nasty idea to an immature, impressionable eleven-year-old.
Where does all that money come from? Pokemon battling.
Also, if the person playing the game is female, the character could easily be Leaf.
This may also explain why Red was on top of Mt. Silver in the Johto games- he lost big in a game and fled to the mountains to avoid having to pay out.
The "Murder at the Inventory" will be a Point-And-Click game.
Or at least be similar.
Provided the sequel IS "Murder at the Inventory".
Whatever the sequel is (and Telltale have stated that they DO want to continue the series), we won't be seeing it for awhile. With several different licensed game properties on Telltale's plate, they'll be busy until at least the end of 2011. *sigh*
Well, as of Poker Night at The Inventory 2 screenshots being released, this is practically jossed.
Not necessarily; who said there's only gonna be ONE sequel? Did Telltale say that? Anyway, this is Wild Mass Guessing; anything goes!
Sequels won't be card games.
Look at the table you're playing on. It has a backgammon set on it, as well as hexagonal tiles. Future titles will involve a whole new cast of characters chasing off the poker set to play an entirely different game.
Jossed; see below.
The Sequels will...
Allow you to pick and choose not just which players you get to play with, but also what game as well.
Half-confirmed; in Poker Night 2, you still can't play as anyone but yourself, but you CAN play either Texas Hold 'Em or Omaha.
He/She followed the heavy and Engineer to the Inventory, probably change out to more casual ware and joined the game on invite. Then, when Pyro got all the buy-ins, he/she went back to the barracks and asked the engineer to help modify some of the by-ins so that they can be used as weapons.
Tycho joked about mail-ordering in Heavy's sister. In Meet The Director, we find out he actually has several sisters. In one quote Tycho asks Heavy if Medic is his friend, and he says yes, and he doesn't take kindly to Spies impersonating him. In Meet The Medic, Medic addresses Heavy as "my friend". Their mutual love of birds might have been what drew Heavy and Medic to become bros in the first place. They also both tell morbid stories they laugh heartily at, and wield the only canonically-first weapons in the game.
Furthermore, in Meet the Director, we discover that apparently Heavy was sent to a gulag in Siberia with his family as a child, and it's implied (though he declines to comment) that he participated in a mass escape/arson in which guards were tortured to death. This makes things like the Engineer story and the comments about being sent to his death/work camps/etc. Harsher in Hindsight.
I kill many soldiers, and I am asked to join RED Team. That confirms it for me. Only we've run into a snag here. Heavy's father was a counter-revolutionary, meaning he fought against the Communists, right? So why does he have a hat and minigun with a hammer and sickle on it? Maybe they realized his power, and forced him to work for them, or he'd end up like his father. Brrr. Either that, or it's a "love the country, hate the government" kind of thing.
Well, the Heavy does charge half a million dollars for assassinations, so he's clearly not that dedicated to the whole communism thing.
Strong Bad at one point calls the Heavy "Ivan".
Tycho is actually the BLU Spy.
The BLU Engineer killed the entire RED team, and after Heavy killed him, BLU Spy took on Tycho's identity to avenge Engie and murder RED Heavy. Also, how else could he have an invisibility watch?
Nice thought, but it's not an invisibility watch: It's a Pac-Man one.
Technically, it is an invisibility watch- just not when Tycho or Gabe have it (as far as we know). In Team Fortress 2, it functions as a reskinned version of Spy's default watch.
In the sequel (Murder at the Inventory), the murder victim (or the killer!) will be one of the original characters' partners.
Think about it! Each character in Poker Night (besides the Player, of course) is one-half of a partnership (and at least half of them are one-half of a Fan-Preferred Couple). That can't be a coincidence, can it? Thus, the sequel will be a murder mystery starring Gabe,Sam,Homestar (or the Cheat), and Medic, either being killed or straight-up murdering someone.
Alternatively, the murder victim will be someone completely different (perhaps the Player from the first game). The first four are ready to solve the mystery when suddenly— the killer's trapped them in the Inventory! They manage to get a phone call out before the killer cuts the lines, probably to Sam. A few calls later and it's Sam, Gabe, Homestar (or Cheat), and Medic, plus a new Player, to the rescue! Or at least the attempted rescue!
If you look very closely during the game's opening cutscene, you can see that Sam is actually at The Inventory. It makes sense, seeing as how he doesn't let Max drive the Desoto.
Yeah, but good luck getting Disney and/or Pixar to allow Ralph (or any of their family-friendly characters) to be used in a gambling game.
Expanding on that, the "Inventory" is located in your Steam account
What do the characters do when you're not playing their game? Whatever they want! They mingle with other games, do a little shopping, or even work to protect your computer from viruses! Due to a programming error, the Inventory is the only location in the "Steam world" which can be seen by an outsider like the player. One night, the fifth member of the Nightly poker tournament couldn't show up, so they decided to invite the player to fill in the 5th spot. Tweak a few codes and now it's a brand new game!
There's a pattern to the player's personalities.
There are four personalities around the table: the bantering casual player (Sam and Max), the jerk who thinks they can win every hand (Strong Bad and Claptrap), the intimidating (Heavy and Brock), and the most down-to-earth at the table (Tycho and Ash; note that even they aren't "normal"). Of course, in Poker Night 2, they kinda mix things up a bit; for example, though intimidating, Brock is still pretty down-to-earth. Note that this troper could be wrong, so feel free to correct me.
Actually, it seems that a couple of the characters in Poker Night 2 mix different aspects of those of the first game. Brock is the poker expert at the table, in comparison to Tycho being the smartest one at the table in the previous game, and Mr. Samson's intimidating like the Heavy. Sam sometimes admits that he doesn't really know what he's doing, which places him with his little buddy, but like Tycho was in the last game, he's the quietest one at the table.
The "Murder at the Inventory" set of voice clips was going to be a sequence about the Player's death.
Think about it; the image of Heavy shooting up the Poker Table with his minigun has been advertised, and in the game's sound files (not VOICE files), one can find the sounds of the minigun actually firing, even though the Heavy never got a chance to shoot anything in-game. What if the Player was going to die at the Heavy's hands after winning everything in the game? This troper imagines the dialogue having gone like this (using the game's voice files, of course):
Winslow: (addressing the Player) Congratulations, you are truly a world class cardsman with an icy stare! You have managed to best each of your opponents. This is—
Heavy: WHAT!? I WILL NOT LOSE TO LUCKY COWARDS! (crumples cards) I KILL YOU!
Winslow: Oh no.
The Heavy overturns the table.
Winslow: Back, stand back!
Everyone runs away, with Winslow uttering an "Excuse me". The Heavy takes up Sasha and aims at the player.
Heavy: YAAAAAAH! fires upon the Player, killing him
After the Heavy stops, the other poker players and Winslow come up and look over the body.
Winslow: It appears there has been a MURRRDER!
Max: Remember kids, crime is an invitation to the crypt!
Winslow: Just goes to show that ANYTHING can happen...at the INVENTORY!
Max: Uh, you know there's an actual dead guy here, right?
The (next) sequel will be on a "Lady's Night".
As in, all the other players are ladies. As for who could be in the game...