The Die Is Podcast

In this episode, we talk about how certain stories and themes are adapted to the many kinds of games that exist, and what is lost and what is gained in creating a video game, board game, or RPG for a particular property. What are the strengths of board games over video games? Why are there so many Song of Ice and Fire games? We also give you a handful of overviews of some recent video games, in particular Sins of a Solar Empire and Mark of the Ninja.

Introduction - 0:00:00

Ingress comes to iOS - 0:01:04

Warhammer Conquest: Tzeentch - 0:06:38

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion RPG released - 0:12:32

Fallout: New Vegas Completed - 0:17:55

What is Archeage? - 0:20:37

Will's GotW: Sins of a Solar Empire - 0:27:23

Transistor's Flaws - 0:46:32

Shovel Knight's Brilliance - 0:56:18

Chris' GotW: Mark of the Ninja - 1:02:37

Adaptations! - 1:16:49

Closing and Contact Info - 02:18:33

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_40.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EST

In this episode, we talk about games that feature the players managing all the complexities of a civilization or kingdom, the war, politics, and logistics of it, and how to go from a small, inefficient economy to a powerful, high-speed engine. It's fun, but in a different way than playing a single character that hand-cannons all the evil monsters. We also review some games, including in-depth discussions of Fallout: New Vegas and Blue Moon: Legends.

Introduction - 0:00:00

News Items - 0:1:52

Mortal Kombat Komplete - 0:15:07

Injustice: Gods Among Us - 0:19:27

Beat Hazard - 0:21:34

Will's Game of the Week: Fallout: New Vegas - 0:27:07

More (or less) FTL for iPad - 0:44:06

More Gunpoint - 0:49:15

Concept - 0:53:40

Chris' Game of the Week: Blue Moon: Legends

More Summon Masters - 1:13:00

More Eve Online - 1:17:03

More Song of Ice and Fire - 1:23:15

Civilizations, 4X, and Economic Engine games - 1:26:01

Closing and Contact Info - 2:30:18

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_39.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:03am EST