Thanks to Josh for editing this episode while I was recovering from injury and trying to catch up with my work.
1:00 Mumbles talks about Jurassic World.
10:00 Town of Salem
“It’s like the game Mafia, but it’s not [as much] horseshit.”
29:00 Steam Summer sale!
Last year they took me for a few hundred dollars, but this year I didn’t see much I wanted or needed. On the other hand, I’ve found a bunch of stuff that I wanted my kids to have. So instead of filling my library I’m filling theirs.
37:00 MAILTIME : Old versions of D&D.
Recently, my players asked me if I’d be up for GM-ing an old version
of D&D. I half-jokingly told them “Yes, on the condition that we play
Tomb of Horrors.”
To my surprise, despite them not really knowing this adventure, they agreed.
Which means I now have to learn how to GM AD&D 1st Edition (we
selected this because it would allow us to run Temple of Elemental
Evil for levels 1-8) in two weeks.
My experience lies almost exclusively with modern non-D&D D20 games
like 13th Age and a couple of D6 games like Little Fears.
Do you have any tips / know of common pitfalls for novice GMs running
this edition and these modules? And perhaps some advice for my equally
40:00 Mailbag: “indi” development.
Hearing you guys talk about indi game development and costs got me thinking about the amount of money it takes to make a specific genre of games. As an amateur trying to get a summer project together, I have been really limited in the type of game that I have the ability to make. Most indi games are far different games than AAA, and a big factor is budget. Would you say there are genres of games that are only available to big budgets or small budgets? What does that mean in a greater context of art that that specific genres are labeled “cheap” or “expensive”?, and does this association take away value from certain genres?
47:00 Mailbag: “Battle for the Cowl”.
Question for Mumbles (sorry, nothing to do with computer games):
Have you read Battle for the Cowl by Tony Daniels and, if you have, can you recommend it?
I’m reading through Morrison’s Batman run (currently on Batman RIP) and everything I’ve read about Battle for the Cowl says it’s not the best edition to the Morrison arc so any help is appreciated, thanks!
51:00 Mumbles talks about .Hack.
57:00 Aside: Why do we PC Game?
Linux vs. Windows
Finally, the age-old debate has been settled.
The product of fandom run unchecked, this novel began as a short story and grew into something of a cult hit.
Marvel's Civil War
Team Cap or Team Iron Man? More importantly, what basis would you use for making that decision?
Mass Effect Retrospective
A novel-sized analysis of the Mass Effect series that explains where it all went wrong. Spoiler: It was long before the ending.
The Best of 2018
I called 2018 "The Year of Good News". Here is a list of the games I thought were interesting or worth talking about that year.