So after starting with a terrible Great Gatsby joke that goes over like a lead balloon, I enjoy a great conversation with Dead of Winter creators Colby Dauch, Jon Gilmour, and Isaac Vega about their zombie boardgame that straddles the line between cooperation and competition. What does it have to do with Lost, what did it used to look like, what are the plans for the add-on? And, of course, who are our favorite characters and why?
Fellow Wildstar reviewer Phil Kollar from Polygon joins me for a conversation about a game he likes that I don’t like. We discuss what works, what doesn’t work, what are the unique challenges when reviewing a target as vast and changing as an MMO, and do you really have to be a fan of Animal Crossing to be into Wildstar’s housing?
This week, Tom Chick and Bruce Geryk talk to a couple of the guys behind Sunless Sea, the subterranean nautical exploration game set in the world of Fallen London. Paul Arendt and Alexis Kennedy from Failbetter Games, one of the best places to look for an example of great writing in videogames, kick off a conversation about the importance of writing in videogames. And remember, eating people is wrong. And also funny.
Hermann Luttmann has made boardgames about topics ranging from Pickett’s charge during the battle of Gettysburg to a zombie apocalypse caused by an alien artifact from outer space. Guess which one is more successful? Tom Chick and Bruce Geryk talk to him about what kinds of games he’s making and why.
As part of Bruce Geryk’s series on Vietnam boardgaming, we talk to Volko Ruhnke, the co-designer of the upcoming Fire in the Lake, a unique treatment of Vietnam. We discuss the hows and whys of expressing Vietnam as a boardgame, and how it fits in with — and stands apart from — Ruhnke’s series of games about counterinsurgencies.
This week I talk with Metacritic founder and editor of videogames Marc Doyle about why on earth a site like this is listed on Metacritic. Join us for a discussion of aggregates, game reviews, and the state of the critical discussion about videogames. Apologies for lapsing into movie nerd talk near the end of the podcast, but bear with us and I guarantee you’ll come away with a few interesting recommendations.
Jay Gittings joins us this week with a report from PAX East! Find out what caught his eye at the show and what was far too popular to see. He also reveals the exact wrong way to enjoy certain games. Then join us for a conversation about Sentinels of the Multiverse, which we’re playing as part of our ongoing weekly series.