Let’s talk about the last week’s horror videogame recommendations, and what some of the runners up would have been. We also tip our hand about next week’s Make October Scare Again list.
Craig Miller, who’s never been into miniatures games, explains why he’s playing one now. But as you’ll discover in the course of the podcast, he won’t be playing it very much come February!
This week I get to hang out with one of my favorite Canadians. We talk about the comparative merits of a monarchy and a Trump election, how to win big money in Winnipeg, potentially illegal immigration, not playing MMOs, and videogame dancing. But most importantly, we talk about a game well before its time that far too few people remember.
What happens when one person on a podcast likes Cthulhu Realms and the other person on a podcast doesn’t like Cthulhu Realms? Which one of them will prevail? World traveler, bane of iPads everywhere, and kangaroo expert Skip Franklin tries to convince me Cthulhu Realms isn’t just a cheap reskinning of Star Realms. Whether he succeeds or not, I’d like to point out only one of us has been kicked out a bar in Grand Rapids.
What do the Curiosity Rover on Mars, Klei’s ingenious survival games, user interfaces, the internet spirit of Christmas, and utter obliviousness to Star Trek have in common? This week’s guest, Alexandra Holloway!
Itinerant Brit Alex Chapman talks about an early rogue-like, a flight simulator, and the unfortunately named Faery Tale Adventure as the games of choice growing up with an Amiga in the house. We also clash so dramatically over his dietary advice that I barely manage to stop myself before comparing him to anti-vaxxers.
Why are Brandon and Tom so taken with a goofy Japanese fighting game that has cooking and gardening? And what’s the deal with the developer who makes these kinds of silly things?
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. So Russia and a powerful Western superpower walk into a central Asian country… Tom Chick and Bruce Geryk talk to Cole Wehrle, the designer of a boardgame called Pax Pamir about war and intrigue in Afghanistan, but a long time ago.
Tom Chick and Brandon Cackowski-Schnell talk about the current crop of shooters. What works, what doesn’t, why are we playing what we’re playing, how is Doom like an Akira Kurosawa movie, why would someone not be playing Overwatch at this point, why would someone be playing Battleborn at this point, and are Key and Peele actually funny?
Brandon Cackowski-Schnell drops by to chat about why he’s playing yet another Ratchet & Clank game. Haven’t there already been enough of these silly things?
While taking a break from feeding his chickens in Stardew Valley, Jason McMaster discovers another MOBA. Tom Chick saves the world from zombies again, this time as Lara Croft. Then he initiates the Tachyon Project nearly a year too late and maybe on the wrong platform.
So you don’t play boardgames? That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen to this podcast about boardgames. On the contrary! Guests Tony Carnevale and Bruce Geryk help Tom Chick get down to brass tacks. What’s the best way to get into boardgames? Which games? Which games should you avoid? We even teach you how to speak boardgame.
Matt Peckham from Time.com returns from GDC, newly encouraged about the future of VR. Tom Chick tries in vain to talk him down.
Chick and McMaster discuss Korean (South) MMO Black Desert Online, Pillars of Eternity, and Superhot. A completely different McMaster makes an appearance to tell us about The Long Dark.