Rank #1: The Vintage Gamer #29: Interview with Greg Costikyan
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 later work in online and independent digital games.
- Apologies for long hiatus
- Now a member of the Gaming Podcast Network!
- Politika games have finally shipped
- Game Developer’s Conference update and upcoming interviews
- Listen to Groovy Gamers Groovecast!
- Interview with Greg Costikyan
- Attend the UK Games Expo!
- Supercharge (wargame)
- Swords & Sorcery (wargame)
- The Creature That Ate Sheboygan (wargame)
- SPI Died For Your Sins (article)
- Bug-Eyed Monsters (wargame)
- Toon (RPG)
- Paranoia (RPG)
- Mongoose’s Paranoia Page
- Star Wars RPG
- The Willow Game (board game)
- Crossover Technologies (from 3D Gamers site)
- Article on Unplugged Games
- Violence: the roleplaying game of egregious and repulsive bloodshed
- Gaming Needs an Indy Label (originally published in Game Developer)
- The Scratchware Manifesto
- GDC 2005 Rant
- GDC 2007 Maverick Award acceptance speech
A big thank you to Greg Costikyan for agreeing to sit down for this interview. He’s a very busy guy and I appreciate all the time he was willing to give me.
Mar 19 2007
Rank #2: The Vintage Gamer #26: Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective (BG/VG)
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 talk a little bit about the Politika pair of shows, and the continuing Politika board game giveaway. Yes, I managed to get one, maybe two, additional copies. So if you’re interested, drop me a line by Dec 31.
- It’s offical: I’m vintage
- Merry Christmas and very sickness
- Happy Hannukah
- Politika giveaway update
- Listen to Pulp Gamer!
- Game description
- Gameplay for 1, 2, or more players
- James Ernest is a big fan (well, he did a bumper)!
- Bad stuff #3: Long turns and number of players
- Strategy and general thoughts
- Expansions and other Sleuth Publications games
- The multimedia version
- Listen to Villian Talk!
- Feedback on the Politika shows
- Main BGG entry
- The Mansion Murders
- The Queen’s Park Affair
- Adventures by Gaslight
- West End Adventures
- The Chinatown Caper
- Jack the Ripper
- FMV game…
- and sequel
- DVD release
Dang it, my original research showed that the FMV version came out as a PC game first, but there it is on Wikipedia: it was released on Sega Genesis (via Sega CD) first. My apologies.
Dec 21 2006
Rank #3: The Vintage Gamer #25: Tom Clancy’s Politika, Part 2 (BG/VG)
This month is the 10-year anniversary of the founding of Red Storm Entertainment. As a commemoration, I’m doing a two-parter [go here for Part 1] on my experience as lead designer on Tom Clancy’s Politika. Not a well-rated or beloved game by any stretch, but I thought that relating our experience would help any aspiring designers out there to avoid the mistakes we made. This week I’m covering the things that I thought didn’t go so well — tune into the previous episode to hear the game description and the things that I thought succeeded.
- Thanksgiving not fun when sick
- Listen to Tracy and Laura Hickman’s Dragonhearth!
- Game description
- Bad stuff #1: Combat model
- Bad stuff #2: Random placement and zero-sum game
- Bad stuff #3: Long turns and number of players
- Bad stuff #4: Components
- Bad stuff #5: Special abilities
- Bad stuff #6: Playtesting
- Listen to Game Addict Hotline!
- Contact me for free Politika stuff
One thing I didn’t make clear is that the giveaway is for the Politika boardgame. I also have copies of the computer game, but they might be hard to get running on today’s systems. Still, if you want ’em…
Nov 30 2006
Rank #4: The Vintage Gamer #23: Halloween Show
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.
- Theme Music: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by J.S. Bach, performed by James Clarke
- Arkham Horror (and Curse of the Dark Pharoah and Dunwich Horror)
- (The) Fury of Dracula (& show)
- Chill: Black Morn Manor
- Haunted Mansion Game
- Ghost Train
- Which Witch?
- Dark Cults (cards and rules)
- They’ve Invaded Pleasantville
- The Awful Green Things from Outer Space (& show)
- End Music: Creepy Doll, written and performed by hairy backwoodsman Jonathan Coulton
This should have been the Illuminati episode. Oh well, 23 skiddoo. Fnord.
Oct 31 2006
Rank #5: The Vintage Gamer #17: Empire Builder (BG)
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.
- 0:00 – Intro
- 0:22 – News
- 3:48 – Mur bumper
- 4:00 – Introducing the Mur
- 4:45 – Empire Builder history
- 5:45 – Base game description
- 18:30 – Other games in the series
- 36:25 – Discussion and digressions
- 48:00 – James Ernest bumper
- 48:07 – Closing
- Empire Builder (Wikipedia)
- Empire Builder (BGG)
- British Rails (BGG)
- Eurorails (BGG)
- Agent of Change (BGG)
- Nippon Rails (BGG)
- Uncle Happy’s Train Game (BGG)
- Australian Rails (BGG)
- Iron Dragon (BGG)
- Iron Dragon Extensions (BGG)
- India Rails (BGG)
- Lunar Rails (BGG)
- Russian Rails (BGG)
- China Rails (BGG)
- Rails Through the Rockies (possible precursor)
- Iron Dragon computer game
- EB Player computer game
- Pluto Scarab Rails computer game
It’s hard to say railroad without sounding like Elmer Fudd.
Aug 17 2006
Rank #6: TVG Special #1: Origins 2006 Gaming Podcasters Q&A
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 Three (Gamer: The Podcasting)
Don Dehm (Pulp Gamer)
Tom Vasel (The Dice Tower)
Mike Stackpole (Podcast Entertainment Network)
Many thanks to Paul Tevis for organizing this — it was fun! But boy, can podcasters talk…
Jul 08 2006
Rank #7: The Vintage Gamer #12: (The) Fury of Dracula (BG)
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 you want.
- (00:00) – News and Notes
- (02:13) – Random Signal promo
- (03:13) – Intro to both versions
- (05:25) – The Fury of Dracula, game summary
- (08:10) – The Fury of Dracula, turn detail
- (15:49) – The Fury of Dracula, turn example
- (20:20) – The Fury of Dracula, more game detail and thoughts
- (24:27) – All Games Considered promo
- (25:27) – Fury of Dracula, comparison with original
- (38:51) – Fury of Dracula, session notes and thoughts
- (43:38) – Nuketown Radio Active promo
- (45:05) – User comments (including reference to a rogue-like game: Ragnarok)
- Next time: … who knows?
(The) Fury of Dracula Links:
- The Fury of Dracula BGG entry
- Madame Harker rules and character sheet
- Fury of Dracula BGG entry
- Fantasy Flight Fury of Dracula page
- Fury of Dracula Combat Chart
- Complete Text of Dracula
I forgot to mention that Fury of Dracula was published in 2006, and that Kevin Wilson was in charge of the revision, though Steven Hand still receives the primary design credit. There is also an errata/FAQ available on the Fantasy Flight site, which I highly recommend getting.
Also, most of the material for The Fury of Dracula is scanned in on the BGG site, so check it out if you want to see the original look. You can also get it off auction sites — recent prices range from $25-$35.
And finally it’s not Scott on Boardgames, it’s Board Games with Scott. Sorry, Scott.
May 10 2006
Rank #8: The Vintage Gamer #11: Barbarian Prince (BG)
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.
- Any GDC feedback?
- Cooperative Diplomacy AI
- Podcasting track at Dragon*Con
- Die Macher reprint
- Barbarian Prince actions
- Sample game
- Thoughts on Barbarian Prince
- Feedback from Episode 8
- Next time: The Fury of Dracula
Barbarian Prince Links:
As I was driving to work today (listening to Garrett’s Games and Geekiness), I realized that the review section may have been a little confusing. While the random encounters can be pretty annoying, the rest of the game isn’t too bad. That’s why I said it was a good way to pass time: as long as you don’t take it too seriously, you’ll probably enjoy it, at least for a little while.
Apr 17 2006
Rank #9: The Vintage Gamer #10: GDC 2006 Part 2
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.
Update: added pictures to my Flickr account.
Mar 26 2006
Rank #10: The Vintage Gamer Special #04: Origins 2008 Interviews
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 at some of the small press booths. A big “Thank You” to all who participated — if what you hear interests you, please support them with your dollars.
For a fuller picture of the show, I recommend you check out The Spiel Origins episode for a lot more show floor interviews, and the Dice Tower Origins episode for more info and a nice interview with (Spiel des Jahres winner!) Reiner Knizia.
- Matt Duhan of Gozer Games discusses: Collateral Damage
- Rob Balder of many things discusses: The FUnny Music Project, Erfworld, Partially Clips, Get Nifty
- Peter Hansell of Tablestar Games discusses: Wealth of Nations, Martinis and Men, HeroCard Orc Wars
- Fred Hicks of Indy Press Revolution and Evil Hat Productions discusses: Heaven and Earth, Archaia Studios, Avenues and Alleyways, Solipsist, Spirit of the Season, Spirit of the Century, Don’t Rest Your Head, Don’t Lose Your Mind, Monsters and Other Childish Things, GODLIKE, Wild Talents, Dresden Files RPG
- Curt Covert of Smirk and Dagger Games discusses: Cutthroat Caverns, Run For Your Life, Candyman, Hex*Hex, Hex*Hex Next, Cutthroat Caverns: Deeper & Darker
- Greg Lam of Pair Of Dice Games discusses: Chopstick Dexterity Megachallenge 3000, Warp6, Knockabout, Marvin Marvel’s Marvelous Marble Machine
Pictures of my trip to Origins including most of these folks can be found on my flickr feed. You can also see the lovely new sewer line.
Aug 01 2008