PCGamer's Dan Stapleton joins Troy, Rob and Bruce to talk about what made 1994's <em>X-Com</em> one of the best strategy/tactics games ever made. Tension, atmosphere, UI, level blending, real time v turn baed and indie efforts to bring the magic back.


<a href="http://www.mobygames.com/game/x-com-ufo-defense/cover-art/gameCoverId,63595/">Hideous UK Box Art</a>
<a href="http://www.xenonauts.com/">Xenonauts</a>
<a href="http://ufotts.ninex.info/">UFO: The Two Sides</a>
<a href="http://www.pcgamer.com/2010/07/13/new-x-com-revival-is-playable-and-awesome/">Dan vs Evan in The Two Sides</a>
<a href="http://pc.ign.com/articles/084/084420p1.html">Tom Chick on X-Com</a>

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Troy almost fires Rob and Julian on this episode as a conversation about licensed strategy games. Bruce Geryk holds forth on why War of the Rings is like Stratomatic Baseball, Julian sings of Starfleet Battles and Rob talks about his experiences in another board game. What makes a license succeed or fail? Can either Star Wars or Star Trek really work as a licensed strategy game? Martin vs Erikson - who wins? Is Troy the only person who likes Babylon 5?

It is a loud and fun show. Listen to it.

Also, info on the upcoming 3MA/FOS meetup.

 

<a href="http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/9609/war-of-the-ring">War of the Ring</a>
<a href="http://princeofcairo.livejournal.com/45080.html">War of the Ring article (Bruce is the final two comments)</a>
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Fleet_Battles">Starfleet Battles</a>

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News that <a href="http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/11/02/genetic-algorithms-find-build-order-from-hell/">a genetic algorithm has cracked the Starcraft code</a> prompts Troy to ask the panel about the place of build orders and in-stone strategies in the genre. Julian talks about chess and <a href="http://fidgit.com/archives/2010/11/forgetin_hoard_its_good_to_be.php">Hoard</a>, Rob talks about the beauty of a game that opens up and Troy sucks at everything.

Also news on the upcoming DC area fall meetup. November 20th, btw.

Direct download: ThreeMovesAhead090.mp3
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No one was in much of a mood to talk about anything this week, but we did it anyway and it was almost topical. Gameshark's Bill Abner joins Troy and Rob for a rambling chat about election games they've played, election games they haven't played and whether the dream election game they imagine is even possible.

Bill also gets mysterious messages from a lost soldier.

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