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The Vintage Gamer Special #04: Origins 2008 Interviews

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Length: 40s

At long last, the annual Origins episode of The Vintage Gamer. As this is the third year, this officially makes it a cherished tradition. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) there was no podcasters panel so instead I went around and did some interviews a…

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The Vintage Gamer #33: Illuminati

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Length: 37s

Oh my stars and garters, it’s another Vintage Gamer! This time I cover the 80s conspiracy game, Illuminati. Lie to your friends, stab them in the back, all to take over the world (sounds like Diplomacy — or a bizarre version of Lifeboats). All…

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The Vintage Gamer #32: Chess Variants

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And so The Vintage Gamer returns to its regular yet irregular schedule. In this show I spend over an hour talking about one of my secret loves: chess variants. I talk about games of the past, games from other countries, and some other unusual variants. (a…

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The Vintage Gamer Special Episode: Tic-Tac-Toe Champion

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Length: 6s

The Vintage Gamer begins its triumphant return with a special interview episode with the Tic-Tac-Toe Champion of the World. If that’s not enough, we have a new sponsor! And the usual intro and outro music. So yes, it’s a chock-full episode. Sh…

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The Vintage Gamer #31: Nuclear War

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Back from the abyss with an actual game review show. This time I talk about the darkly humorous game Nuclear War, designed by Doug Malewicki and published by Flying Buffalo, Inc. I also cover what’s been happening with me over the past few months, d…

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TVG Special #2: Origins 2007 Board Game Podcasters Q&A

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It being the second year in a row, I now present the traditional recording of the gaming podcasters panel. The panel this year was organized by Scott Nicholson, and featured board game podcasters. Sorry about the delay on this — I used two recorders…

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The Vintage Gamer #30: Interview with Eric Goldberg

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After an even longer hiatus, I’m back — at least for the moment. This week I have an interview from GDC 2007 with another gaming luminary, Eric Goldberg of Crossover Technologies. We talked for forty-five minutes about his history in the gamin…

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The Vintage Gamer #29: Interview with Greg Costikyan

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Length: 40s

After a long hiatus, I’m back. This week I have an interview from GDC 2007 with gaming luminary Greg Costikyan of Manifesto Games. We talked for half an hour about his history in the gaming industry — covering wargames, tabletop RPGs, and his …

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The Vintage Gamer #28: Tales of the Arabian Nights

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Length: 41s

Back to board games with this episode, where I do double-coverage by talking about both another paragraph-based game and another Eric Goldberg game. The game is Tales of the Arabian Nights, originally published by West End Games in 1985 and republished an…

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The Vintage Gamer #27: The Fool’s Errand (VG)

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Length: 25s

As it’s been a while since I’ve done a pure computer game, I decided to do another blast from the Macintosh past. This time the game is The Fool’s Errand, designed and created by Cliff Johnson, and originally published by Miles Computing…

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The Vintage Gamer #26: Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective (BG/VG)

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Length: 34s

Finally I return to games that most would consider “vintage,” this one being both 20 years old and out of print. The game this week is Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective, a paragraph-based deduction game from Sleuth Publications. I also tal…

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The Vintage Gamer #25: Tom Clancy’s Politika, Part 2 (BG/VG)

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Length: 25s

This month is the 10-year anniversary of the founding of Red Storm Entertainment. As a commemoration, I’m doing a two-parter on my experience as lead designer on Tom Clancy’s Politika. Not a well-rated or beloved game by any stretch, but I tho…

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The Vintage Gamer #24: Tom Clancy’s Politika, Part 1 (BG/VG)

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Length: 27s

This month is the 10-year anniversary of the founding of Red Storm Entertainment. As a commemoration, I’m doing a two-parter on my experience as lead designer on Tom Clancy’s Politika. Not a well-rated or beloved game by any stretch, but I tho…

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The Vintage Gamer #23: Halloween Show

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And right on the heels of the last episode, a Halloween-themed show, where I cover some vintage board and card games with horror themes. Show Notes: Theme Music: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by J.S. Bach, performed by James Clarke Intro Arkham Horror (and…

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The Vintage Gamer #22: DragonQuest (RPG)

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This week on The Vintage Gamer, I cover one of the few threats to Dungeons and Dragons in the fantasy role-playing game market — and one of my favorite RPGs from my past: DragonQuest. Show Notes: Intro New website! Sound issues solved Thanks to Boar…

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The Vintage Gamer #21: Book Week!

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This week on The Vintage Gamer, I do reviews of three books about games — one about history, one about art, and one about business: The Oxford History of Board Games, by David Parlett Asian Games: The Art of Contest, edited by Colin Mackenzie and Ir…

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The Vintage Gamer #20: The Awful Green Things From Outer Space (BG)

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This week, the monster movie game The Awful Green Things from Outer Space. So grab some popcorn and a big orange drink and settle in for a good old fashioned tale of horror. Show Notes: Intro The Return of Van Overbay Listen to Random Signal! Game theme a…

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The Vintage Gamer #19: Dragon*Con 2006 and Moonshot (BG)

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A few days late, but better late than never. This week I give an overview of my time at Dragon*Con (promoting a lot of other podcasts in the process: I expect compensation) and follow up with a quick review of the 1997 — or is it 1999? — board…

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The Vintage Gamer #18: Pente (BG)

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This week, I cover Pente, the game of capturing and five in a row, as well as a number of other traditional five in a row games. I also talk a bit about Dragon*Con and review some listener feedback. Show Notes: Intro News – Dragon*Con gaming panels …

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The Vintage Gamer #17: Empire Builder (BG)

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This week, I am joined in the studio by my lovely podcasting wife Mur, of Geek Fu Action Grip, I Should Be Writing and Pseudopod. We discuss the Empire Builder series of games from Mayfair Games, as well as drift into some other random topics. Show Notes:…

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The Vintage Gamer #16: Origins 2006

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This week on The Vintage Gamer, there is a distinctly non-vintage theme as I review or give impressions of many of the games I saw at Origins. A bit late in coming, but hopefully still appreciated. Start your timers as I cover 14 games in about half an ho…

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TVG Special #1: Origins 2006 Gaming Podcasters Q&A

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My Origins report show is coming soon, but until then, enjoy this recording that I made of the Saturday podcasting panel, organized by Paul Tevis. The panelists were: Paul Tevis (Have Games, Will Travel) Mike Sugarbaker (OgreCave Audio Report) The Mad Thr…

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The Vintage Gamer #15: Ace of Aces (BG?)

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This week, it’s the World War I flying ace game from Nova Games, Ace of Aces. Fly gracefully through the air with your buddies as one of those amazing young pilots in their flying machines — and then shoot them down to buy the farm below. Show…

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The Vintage Gamer #14: M.U.L.E. (VG)

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This week, Dani Bunten Berry’s M.U.L.E, a multiplayer classic of the 1980s computer game era. Develop, trade, consume, make a buck and crush your friends! All this and a nifty musical theme… Show notes: Intro Hello to all the people I saw at B…

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The Vintage Gamer #13: Acquire (BG)

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Length: 28s

This week, the classic game of mergers and acquisitions: Sid Sackson’s Acquire. So take a break from your ticker tape, or cancel your plans to defenestrate, and give a listen. Show notes: Intro Gamebooks on All Games Considered 2300 A.D. on Godzilla…

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The Vintage Gamer #12: (The) Fury of Dracula (BG)

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This week, both The Fury of Dracula and Fury of Dracula, the horror hunt game from Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight. Pull up a comfy chair, it’s a long one. Because of that, I’ve added times to the show notes so you can skip around a bit, if …

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The Vintage Gamer #11: Barbarian Prince (BG)

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This week, the paragraph-based solitaire game Barbarian Prince. If that’s not enough of a mouthful, it’s also a Dwarfstar game. Sorry about the delay on this one. Show notes: Any GDC feedback? Cooperative Diplomacy AI Promo! Podcasting track a…

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The Vintage Gamer #10: GDC 2006 Part 2

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More from the Game Developer’s Conference in San Jose, California. This covers the remainder of the conference, focusing mainly on the MMBG I mentioned earlier and the game developer’s rant. As before, it’s presented raw and wrrrriggling…

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The Vintage Gamer #9: GDC 2006 Part 1

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This week I’m at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Jose, California. Schmoozing and learning are on the schedule this week (yes, in that order), but I’m taking a little time out to do a few podcasts. This one is mainly about the fir…

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Vintage Gamer #8: Top Secret (RPG)

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This week, the espionage roleplaying game Top Secret. Pick your cover carefully, and don’t forget your watch with the sawblade. Show notes: A song of spring and iTunes Basic character creation Common gameplay: shooting, fighting, obtaining informati…

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