How to write Clickwise
(from Penny Arcade's Automata)
This writing system comes from Penny Arcade's Automata
Here's a font designed by
another fan of the project!
The information you see here was pieced together through interpreting various bits of content,
including graffiti reading "KEEP OUT",
the sleeve of a hoodie reading "RAISE THIS ARM TO INITIATE REVOLUTION", a pin reading "REGAL SWANGEE", and the author's
generous gift of a J with which to write my name
This mode of Clickwise is called "Clocktalk" and is a simple cipher for English (and other languages
that use the basic Latin alphabet).
Clocktalk is written left to right, top to bottom, with spaces between words, just like the Latin
alphabet is normally written.
Vowels are written with solid bars of varying width, with A being the narrowest and U being the
- The symbols for Q, X, Y, and Z are unattested.
Several apparent related patterns exist within the consonant set, such as F/H, M/R, and N/W. One
presumes that Y is the unattested letter that matches with L (as it seems to fit the general pattern
of similar place or manner of articulation) but we don't know for sure.
The digit 3 was discovered through a banner ad for the "SWANGE3" t-shirt (since discontinued and
unlisted). Several of my fellow internet dorks have made guesses at what the other digits might be
based on this one data point, but I've decided not to do that here.
This page was created by Jon Molnar (@jon_cogspace),
software engineer, conlanger, and all-around big-ol' nerd. If you wanna talk Clocktalk (or anything
else of the sort) feel free to DM me. I'd be happy to!