Goodbye and thanks to Philippa Warr

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As eagle-eared listeners to the RPS podcast might have already noticed: Pip is leaving us. She’s off to join the cheeky RPS fanzine as their deputy editor. We’re sad to see her go, but also couldn’t be happier for her. Come, let’s sing our farewells.

You can see Pip’s picks for some of the most interesting writing she did for us here, but I wanted to add some emphasis to what I think are the broader themes of all that excellent work.

For me, Pip’s articles have always been chiefly concerned with opening games up to new audiences and to people that might not be being served by other games coverage. You can see that in Dote Night, her original column for us, which made the most inaccessible of games and genres accessible to everyone with wit and expert knowledge. You can see that in The Great Outdoors and State of the Art, which revealed and revelled in the artistry of game creation. And you can see it in the playful way Pip wrote about every game, whether highlighting indie curios, bantering with Alice, or going for video walks.

More than most websites, RPS takes the shape of the people who work there at any given moment. RPS is going to be different without Pip writing here, but I think it’s forever better for the time we were lucky enough to have her. We’re proud to have published all of Pip’s posts here and the many others she wrote over the past three years, and we’re sure she’ll continue to do great work in the future. Write to PC Gamer immediately and ask them to let Pip keep up the occasional Casualty recaps.

Thanks Pip, and farewell!

136 Comments

  1. Solidstate89 says:

    Noooooooooooooooo!

    Your writing and presence will be dearly missed. Also you have the coolest fucking name.

  2. Michael Johnson says:

    Oh wow, congrats Pip and thanks for being amazing!

  3. physys says:

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful articles throughout the years. They always brightened my day.

  4. Donkeyfumbler says:

    I don’t think I share any of Pip’s particular interests in games but always enjoyed reading the articles nonetheless. For me, RPS is about covering the angles that most of the mainstream gaming media (including, ironically, PC Gamer) tend to ignore and Pip’s stuff is a prime example of tha kind of thing done well. Good luck for the future.

    • Ex Lion Tamer says:

      Similar for me. To your point and Graham’s, she excelled here at accessible, fun writing that manages to contain a ton of depth and astute analysis. Hard to do either well, let alone both at the same time. And Alice-Pip crossover episodes were always highlights.

      Congratulations and many thanks.

  5. RacerX29 says:

    Philippa, goodbye and good luck! I enjoyed reading your articles and will miss your contributions to RPS.

  6. frogmanalien says:

    Honesty got a bit sad to hear she was leaving. The best voice on RPS managing to be witty, intelligent and insightful in equal measure – I’m not sure if it’ll ever be the same without her on these pages.

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    Mungrul says:

    Congrats Pip, and best of luck at the fanzine!

    Wait, does this mean no more Pipwick Papers?
    :(

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    mcjamieuk says:

    Sorry to see Pip go – she’s the only one whose articles I could recognise by the second sentence, every time! Sounds like an excellent new opportunity though, wishing her the best of luck :)

  9. Zorgulon says:

    So long, and thanks for all the fish, Pip!

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      Waltorious says:

      Well done, Zorgulon, well done.

      I will also miss Pip’s writing a lot! She wrote some of my favorite RPS pieces. But I wish her the best over at PC Gamer!

  10. Stellar Duck says:

    This is a blow! I’ll miss you Pip!

    Bonne chance!

  11. Lars Westergren says:

    Oh no!

    But also, congrats! I look forward to learning about biology, interesting games and everything else you write about via PC Gamer.

  12. Minsc_N_Boo says:

    So long Pip, and thanks for the fish…

    You’ll be missed, especially the Pip-wick papers

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    Ninja Dodo says:

    But but… I thought Warr never changes?

    Farewell and thanks for the fun and informative writings!

  14. Biscotti says:

    Farewell, Pip! I’ll miss your lovely articles on RPS, especially your collaborations with Alice, but I’m looking forward to seeing you in PC Gamer.

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    Yyve says:

    Good luck in your endeavours! You will be missed Pip-wick and your papers!

  16. hollowroom says:

    There’s an RPS podcast?

  17. TychoCelchuuu says:

    Awwwww. Bye!

  18. bglamb says:

    Aww. Pip, you really brought something special to RPS, and it will be dearly missed. I’ve really enjoyed your articles and listening to you on the podcast.

  19. TehK says:

    Oh no!

    I’m really going to miss her writing here a lot. It was always so charming and immediately recognizable. On the other hand, of course: Congratulations and the best of luck over at that nice little fanzine :)

  20. Spuzzell says:

    Pip making a Sims Alice and repeatedly being shot down in flames when trying to be friends with her is the first thing I ever read from RPS, and it instantly, INSTANTLY hooked me to the site.

    Thanks Pip, I think.

    I hope that you Pip up PCG.

    • batraz says:

      First thing I read too, and I got hooked. So long Miss Warr !

  21. Ser Crumbsalot says:

    Damn. I sure hope she does some podcast-y thing in the future, she’s interesting to listen to & has a very calming voice.

    Good Luck with the new job.

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      Qazinsky says:

      Calming AND enthusiastic at the same time, I don’t think the podcast will be the same without her.

    • Colthor says:

      Pip’s a patron of the Crate and Crowbar, so you can often hear her on that excellent podcast.

    • Deano2099 says:

      She’s on the Crate and Crowbar regularly, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her crop up on the PC Gamer UK podcast now too.

  22. sincarne says:

    Good luck, Pip, not that you’ll need it. I’ll miss your articles. Particularly the tours through your various bases. All the best!

  23. Sui42 says:

    I’d consider Pip one of the best games journalists around, precisely for the reason that she seeks out new and interesting gaming experiences within an industry that’s saturated with stale ideas.

    She’s contributed lots of good conversations to the Cool Ghosts Daft Souls podcast too, in addition to the RPS one. Worth a listen!

    Best of luck!

  24. Jaeja says:

    Sadness.

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    Grizzly says:

    Hey Pip! You’re great. Keep on being great, whereever you are :-)

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      RaveTurned says:

      I’m sure she will. After all, Warr… Warr never changes.

  26. Oakreef says:

    Ah this is so sad but I’m happy for you too Pip. Good look with the big job!

  27. Magus42 says:

    Man, so sad, but best of luck with the new gig!

  28. Ben King says:

    Congratulations on the new job over at PC Gamer, I’ll definitely miss seeing your writing over here and listening to you cracking up on ye old electronic wireless show. Horace will surely understand if I pop over to PC Gamer from time to time to keep up with your work. I always enjoyed the Pipwick Papers, and like many others I had a great time with your occasional chats with Alice! Looking forward to seeing your work on PC Gamer:-)

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    Qazinsky says:

    As I opened RPS, I saw the top half of this post and thought it was a picture of Pip in a nice hat. She truly deserve a hat that spiffy, sad to see her leave.

    Good luck in your future endeavors.

    • Hidden Thousand says:

      @Qazinsky:
      Oh, so true! And a most lovely moustache perhaps? To go along with this hat? We could make it a parting gift…

  30. Michael Fogg says:

    Looking forward to Pip’s writing over there but they have a much less personality driven style, so I’m afraid a lot may be lost.

  31. TheAngriestHobo says:

    As someone currently leaving their longtime colleagues behind for a better position somewhere else, I can appreciate how difficult this must be for Pip. Nevertheless, it’s a great step forwards for her, and I’m really happy that she’s moving upwards and onwards in her career (and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom).

    Best of luck Pip! Knock ’em dead.

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    johannsebastianbach says:

    :-(
    pls dont :-(

    Oh well – farewell and thanks for the amazing reads.

  33. Sin Vega says:

    Call it what it is: Pip has begun her conquest of PC Gamer, and then, almost inevitably, the world.

    Good luck! A Pipless RPS will be a sad thing indeed.

  34. Synesthesia says:

    Loved that “RPS fanzine” jab. Pip will be sorely missed! Specially during the podcast episodes. Good luck on whatever comes your way.

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    Neurotic says:

    I’m enjoying the fact that a site founded by some of the writers of my favourite print magazine of all time (PCG UK) is seeing one of its writers go back to the website of that magazine. :D

  36. Scripten says:

    Good luck, Pip! It’s a bit of a sad day, but it’s good to see her heading out to rock the gaming world just a bit more. Always loved her writing style, though I rarely ended up having the same sort of interests.

  37. Robmonster says:

    Toodle-Pip

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      phuzz says:

      Damnit, that’s exactly what I was going to say.
      It’s ok though, I’ve got another one:
      Q: What’s the similarity between RPS and seedless grapes?
      A: No Pips :(

      Bye Pip! Good luck with the new job.

      • G_Man_007 says:

        I was going to say toodles Pip, but glad to see I’m not alone in my thinking. Good luck Pip.

  38. Zaxwerks says:

    May your future be full of sherbet dip dabs!

  39. wombat191 says:

    She made me buy Astroneer!

  40. Fomorian1988 says:

    Noooooooooo!

    I mean, hooray for new and exciting opportunities for Pip, and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for her work on PC Gamer – but I’ll miss her stuff at RPS so much.

  41. Colthor says:

    Good luck, Pip!

  42. Cyrus says:

    Fare thee well

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    Big Dunc says:

    Thanks for all your fascinating articles on this site – best of luck Pip!

  44. geldonyetich says:

    So long, and thanks for all the Pips.

  45. genoforprez says:

    Noooooooooo! Pip is my fave!

  46. noodlecake says:

    That’s such a shame. Pip was my favourite writer. Perpetually positive and excited and rarely cynical. We need more of that in gaming culture (and the Internet in general).

    • noodlecake says:

      A shame for me, I mean. :P Not a shame for Pip. I hope she kicks ass in her new role.

  47. R. Totale says:

    There’s a Pip-shaped hole in my Pip-shaped heart.

  48. Mouse_of_Dunwall says:

    Thanks for all the great writing (and podcasts)!

  49. Traipse says:

    Oh no! Congratulations on the new post, but I’ll really miss your articles, which were perhaps the cleverest and most entertaining content RPS has had in its entire tenure. Good luck!

  50. BaronKreight says:

    Good luck! AFAIK that cheeky site will be getting its first female editor.