Episode 65 – Patreon Hangout: Firsts

January 18, 2015

Hey there Blockers,

This week we did something very special. I got together with some of my Patrons and we had an incredibly fun discussion (and quite a few drinks) all about our gaming firsts. Early gaming memories, first CD ROM games, first gaming machines, music, sound cards, pirating and much, much more.


Thanks very much to all the patrons for making this discussion possible and thanks especially to Brian, Troels, Tomer and AmayriotAkago for taking two hours out of their Saturdays to participate.

Note: This is a bunch of us hanging around and drinking, so suffice it to say we swear a bit.

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Next time, I’ll be looking at the 1993 space sim/trading game, Wing Commander: Privateer.


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Episode 64 – Strife

January 12, 2015

Trust no one, Blockers!

Happy new year, it’s time for episode 64, where I cover the 1996 Rogue Entertainment FPS/RPG, Strife.

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First, we read a whole whack of emails catching up on previous shows.

We then chat about Strife: Quest for the Sigil. I discuss all the usual suspects, including a listener voicemail.

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Episode 63 – UMBNews December 2014

December 30, 2014

Good evening Blockers,

Time for our second news-only show brought to you by patreon.com/umbcast.

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In the news this month:

Ur-Quan Masters HD has entered beta:

Broken Age Act 2 due in early 2015:

Day of the Tentacle Remastered!

New Carmen Sandiego

Elite: Dangerous released

Satellite Reign available via Steam early access:

Father of video games, Ralph Baer, dies at 92:

Ken and Roberta Williams presented with Industry Icon award at The Game Awards

Next time, I’ll be covering Strife

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Episode 62 – Broken Sword

December 21, 2014

Bonjour Blockers!

broken sword 1 box artIt’s time for episode 62 where I’ll be discussing the 1996 Revolution Software adventure series, Broken Sword.

Before we get to the main topic, we got two emails.

First, a great list of other retro-oriented podcasts:

  • Watch Out for Fireballs
  • Retro Gaming Roundup
  • You Don’t know Flack
  • Retrobits
  • W1S1: World One Stage One
  • No Quarter
  • IGN RetroCity
  • DOS Nostalgia Podcast
  • Three Moves Ahead
  • TADPOG: Tyler and Dave Play Old Games
  • Wired’s Gamelife
  • The Same Coin

Second, a recommendation for a fun SimCity style game called Constructor

We then get into all 5 games in the Broken Sword series in the usual way.

Also, we’re doing a Broken Sword giveaway! If you want a copy of the first game, send an email to podcast@umbcast.com with the subject line “Broken Sword Giveaway”.

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Next time, I’ll be looking at the 1996 RPG/FPS game, Strife from Rogue Entertainment.


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Episode 61 – Silent Service

November 30, 2014

Mr. Blocker, dive the ship!Silent Service box art

Welcome to episode 61 where I’ll be discussing the 1985 Microprose sub simulator, Silent Service.

As with last time, news is no longer covered on the main shows, you can check episode 60 for the latest retro PC gaming news as of last week. New news show coming in December!

In the main portion of the show we discuss all the ins and outs of Sid Meier’s great sub sims, Silent Service 1 and 2.

The original game was inspired by the novel “Clear the Bridge” by Richard O’Kane:

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Episode 60 – UMBNews November 2014

November 23, 2014

Good evening Blockers,

It’s the first news-only episode thanks to your incredible generosity on Patreon!

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News discussed in this episode:

3D Realms bundle released:

Lucasarts games now available on GoG:

Star Citizen FPS module revealed:

Ken & Roberta Williams get a sneak peak of the new King’s Quest:

Tim Schafer discusses an open-world Grim Fandango sequel:

Thimbleweed Park, a retro adventure from the creators of Maniac Mansion:

Elite: Dangerous drops offline single player gameplay:

Hero U has a revised release date of October 15, 2015:


‘In Ten Years’ by H.P. Mendoza: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/everything-is-pop/id922961764

‘Pirate Shout’ by audio fidelity, Derek Meler, Eric Griffin, Marcus Affeldt: http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02179

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Episode 59 – Laura Bow

November 9, 2014

Good Evening Blockers!colonels bequest boxart

It’s time for episode 59, covering the 1989 Sierra Adventure series, the Laura Bow Mysteries.

Since we hit the 50 dollar/episode Patreon goal, the news has been moved into its own show, so look for the news rollup in the next few weeks!

We read some emails where we chat about two gaming related podcasts, Three Moves Ahead and Blue Cup Tools.

We then get to the main event, the Laura Bow Mysteries. We discuss both The Colonel’s Bequest and The Dagger of Amon Ra. All the usual topics are covered, including some more emails from you!

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Episode 58 – Starflight

October 20, 2014

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Standing by to maneuver, blockers!

Here is episode 58, where I’ll be covering the 1986 Binary Systems space exploration game, Starflight.

But first, some news:

Blizzard added assets from Warcraft 3 to the Blizzard Launcher.

Gabriel Knight 20th Anniversary Edition is out and ready for purchase!

Check out indie game The Fall

Then, we get to the Starflight series. We discuss the two games in the usual manner.

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Next time, we’ll be discussing some Sierra adventures with the Laura Bow series.


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Episode 57 – Theme Hospital

September 26, 2014

Code blue, Blockers!

Welcome to episode 57, where I’ll be discussing the 1997 Bullfrog business simulation, Theme Hospital.

theme hospital box artFirstly, I make a small correction regarding some facts in the last show about Indianapolis 500: The Simulation.

But first, a bit of news:

Frontpage Sports Football is coming back!

Commander Keen has been open sourced!

Elite: Dangerous Beta 2 is releasing this month!

Blizzard has cancelled their long-running project Titan.

This Monkey Island Lego set needs your votes!

We then discuss the main topic, Theme Hospital. Gameplay, dev story, tech focus, etc.

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Next time, we’ll be discussing the 1986 sci-fi adventure/RPG, Starflight.

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Episode 56 – Indianapolis 500: The Simulation

September 8, 2014

Start your engines blockers!

indianapolis 500 the simulationIn episode 56, we discuss the 1989 Papyrus Design Group racing sim, Indianapolis 500: The Simulation.

First though, we go through quite a few emails covering your thoughts on the “Sierra Revival” that I talked about on the last episode, including a link to Brano’s blog post where he goes into more detail on his thoughts.

We then get into the main topic, Indianapolis 500: The Simulation. We discuss all the usual suspects including gameplay, dev story and tech focus.

Sadly, there’s nowhere to legally get the game in digital form, but if you’re interested in the most current racing game from the developer, check out http://www.iracing.com/.

Next time, I’ll be heading back to Bullfrog land with another simulation, Theme Hospital.

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