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Qt3 Boardgames Podcast: Marvel Champions, Claustrophobia, Reavers of Midgard

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Hassan’s new game, Manaical, is out! If you missed the Kickstarter, you can get it from eaglegames.net. In other news, Tom Chick fights the dumbest villains, Hassan Lopez spelunks with demons, and Mike Pollmann pillages some villages.

Marvel Champions at 6:03, Claustrophobia at 28:15, and Reavers of Midgard at 43:56.

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Pretend the darkly cynical Spinnortality has a name that doesn’t make it sound wacky

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And who by avalanche, who by powder
Who for his greed, who for his hunger
And who shall I say is calling?
        -Leonard Cohen, “Who By Fire”

It’s the summer of 2114.  South America just collapsed into anarchy due to, I’m told, “cataclysmic heat stress”.  It joins North America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Russia, Europe, and Oceania still stand, each shoved closer to chaos by this year’s heat stress.  The world will probably end next year. It might hold out until 2116 if it’s lucky. There’s nothing I, or the board of directors, or our company, or the European government, or anyone else can do.  Which is especially disappointing, since my new body would have lasted until 2120. Those are four years I’ll never see. I paid dearly for them. 200 million for the body, 400 million for the tank it grew in.

Did I mention that we just launched a new Autoposter into the Russian market?  Just Russia. Europe and Oceania have banned Autoposters. To appeal to the Russian predilection for privacy, we called it Never Bare Again.  “Do we really have to bare all on social media?” our messaging suggested to shy Russians. “Do we have to share our deepest secrets, confess our truest selves?  No. With Autoposter, we’ll fill your feed with content that has zero personal info.” A $30 million launch that will only make $6.36 in its first year. Minus whatever losses are caused by next year’s cataclysms.  It’s not easy to turn a profit as the world burns.

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Qt3 Boardgames Podcast: Agents of Mayhem, Palm Island, Fantasy Realms

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What if you have to learn wargame rules to play a wacky superhero game? What if you don’t have a table? What if the unicorn gets a princess? Tom Chick, Hassan Lopez, and Mike Pollmann consider these and other hypotheticals.

Agents of Mayhem at 5:06, Palm Island at 36:27, and Fantasy Realms at 45:40. But first, an update on Maniacal, Hassan’s new game, now available from eaglegames.net.

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Din’s Legacy is also Depth of Peril’s lonely legacy

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Red Faction: Guerilla not only introduced the idea of a fully destructible world, but it remains the only example of it 10 years later.  It could have been a revolution. But fully destructible worlds are hard to do. Level designers also have to be architects, because understanding how a building collapses also requires understanding how it’s built.  The ingame physics require elaborate rules for destruction. Weight distribution, stress, intricate collision detection, gravity, kinetic energy, all interacting to do something that would be much easier to script with a set of canned animations.  It’s much easier to fake it. The rules for chaos are many and complex. That’s why it’s called chaos. So videogame developers carried on, pretending like Red Faction: Guerilla never happened. Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt. It’s also a perfectly viable approach to game design.

There is no such excuse for why more games don’t copy Depths of Peril, an action RPG with a dynamic world instead of a field that grows loot and monsters to be harvested and grown all over again.  Depths of Peril was a revolutionary action RPG in which the world changes as much as the hero. 12 years later and there’s only one guy copying this idea. And he’s the same guy who made Depths of Peril.  It’s a failure of videogame development that Soldak Entertainment’s Steven Peeler doesn’t have any competition.  

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Borderlands 3 makes the exact wrong choices

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I just got a new car and, let me tell you, it is something else.  It feels remarkable. The steering wheel under my fingertips, the responsive grip of the tires on the road, the graceful suspension, the throaty purr of the engine.  And the interior! Plush seats that feel like they were made to fit me, fancy leather, lots of cool lights on the dashboard. It’s a dream to drive this thing, to sit in it, to take it across town, to admire it.  

Well, it would be if it weren’t for a couple of features.  

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Qt3 Boardgames Podcast: Space Base, Paper Tales, Arkham Noir

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Why are games called what they’re called instead of games that should have been called that? Why isn’t Space Base called Among the Stars, why isn’t Paper Tales called Vorpal, and why isn’t Arkham Noir called Arkham Horror?

Space Base at :51, Paper Tales at 16:04, and Arkham Noir at 34:20.

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