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Episode 48 – Another World

March 30, 2014

Matsuba Blockers!

It’s time for episode 48 where I’ll be discussing The 1991 Delphine Software cinematic adventure, Another World.

another world boxartNews:

We’ve just found out Dave Cummins, writer of Beneath a Steel Sky, passed away in 2008.

GoG.com will be releasing more games with Linux support.

Julian Gollop of X-COM fame has launched a kickstarter called Chaos Reborn.

Microsoft has released the source code for MS DOS 1.1 and Word for Windows.

It’s the 25th anniversary of Space Quest 3!

We then get into the meat of the show, Another World. Story, gameplay, dev story and LOTS of emails!

Buy Another World on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/another_world_20th_anniversary_edition?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Another World on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/233550/

YouTube play session:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ekfc0Pz6YA

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1994 adventure game, Little Big Adventure.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/048-UMBCast-Another-World.mp3

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Episode 47 – Beneath a Steel Sky

March 13, 2014

Be vigilant, Blockers!

Welcome to episode 47 where we discuss the 1994 Revolution Studios adventure, Beneath A Steel Sky.

Beneath a Steel Sky boxartFirst though, the news:

Thief 4 has released to mixed reviews.

Jane Jensen’s Moebius: Empire Rising now has a release date and it’s soon!

The BBC has released a free remake of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy text adventure in celebration of its 30th anniversary. Play it for free online!

Peter Molyneux and 22 Cans have released a big update to Godus in light of some negative feedback.

We then get on to the main event, Beneath a Steel Sky. We talk about all the usual suspects and a few listener emails.

Get Beneath a Steel Sky for FREE on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/beneath_a_steel_sky

Get Beneath a Steel Sky from SCUMMVM:
http://scummvm.org/games/#sky

Beneath a Steel Sky Enhanced Soundtrack Project:
http://www.jameswoodcock.co.uk/2011/11/21/my-beneath-a-steel-sky-enhanced-soundtrack-version-1-0-released-for-scummvm/

Next time, I’ll be talking about the 1991 platformer, Another World.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/047-UMBCast-Beneath-a-Steel-Sky.mp3

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Episode 46 – Trek Games

February 23, 2014

Hailing frequencies open, Blockers!

star trek 25th anniversary box artFor this show, something a bit different. I’m away so won’t have time to put out a proper show. Instead, I’ll be bookending a Treks in Sci Fi show I did back in September of 2012 where I talk about the great Interplay games Star Trek: 25th Anniversary and Star Trek: Judgement Rites.

Still though, there’s some news:

Tim Schafer has stated that the second part of Broken Age has funded and can now begin development.

Next, it appears that Descent 1 & 2 are now available on Steam.

We then get into the TrekSF episode. It’s slightly truncated from the original which ca be found here:

http://treksinscifi.com/podcast_notes/?p=2564

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1994 Revolution Software adventure, Beneath a Steel Sky.

Hope you enjoy the show!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/046-UMBCast-Trek-Games.mp3

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Episode 45 – Dune Part 2

February 6, 2014

Hello Blockers!

Dune 2 BoxartTime for episode 45, the second part of our Dune coverage!

A bit of news:

A runthrough of the Steam game streaming beta.

The new mobile version of Dungeon Keeper is somewhat disappointing.

Then we get to the second half of our Dune coverage, covering the Westwood group of Dune games, starting with Dune 2.

Enjoy!

Play Dune 2 free online at: http://play-dune.com/

Play Dune 2000 and more with OpenRA: http://openra.res0l.net/

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/045-UMBCast-Dune-Part-2.mp3

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Episode 44 – Dune Part 1

January 26, 2014

Blockers, the spice must flow!

Welcome to episode 44 where we’re talking about the 1992 Virgin Interactive series, Dune. In this first part we’ll discuss the first game by Cryo Interactive.

Dune (1992) box artFirst though, the news:

It appears a remake of the 1989 open-world RPG, Midwinter is in the works.

SimCity is getting an online mode, despite assurances it wasn’t possible.

Some changes to the design to the Steam controller are coming.

Next, some email links:

Sierra Gamers: www.sierragamers.com
SierraHelp: www.sierrahelp.com
Quest Studios: www.queststudios.com
Sierra Music Central: www.sierramusiccentral.com

Game Center CX: http://www.sa-gccx.com

We then get to the main event, Dune by Cryo Interactive.

Next time, we’ll be discussing Dune II and its descendants.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/044-UMBCast-Dune-Part-1.mp3

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Episode 43 – Lucasarts Flight Sims

January 5, 2014

Happy new year, blockers!

Time for episode 43 where I’ll be talking about a group of WWII flight sims from Lucasarts, Battlehawks 1942, Their Finest Hour: Battle of Britain and Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe.

battlehawks 1942 box artAs always though, the news:

7th Guest 3: The Collector has restarted a new crowd funding campaign with a more reasonable goal.

Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics have been removed from both GoG and Steam due to rights transfer.

Wired.co.uk did a great interview with the managing director of GoG.com.

Stardock has announced they are actively working on a new Star Control game.

We then get to the main topic, the Lucasarts flight sims. We have a great discussion of the history of these three games plus one more I hadn’t heard of.

Next time, I’ll be talking RTS with Dune.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/043-UMBCast-Lucasarts-Flight-Sims.mp3

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Episode 42 – Police Quest

December 18, 2013

What’s your 20, Blockers?

It’s time for episode 42, all about Sierra’s 1987 adventure series, Police Quest.

Police quest 1 boxartAs always, though, some news:

Wasteland 2 is available for purchase via Steam Early Access.

The gog.com winter sale is ending and the Steam winter sale will soon begin.

A new trailer has released for the new Tex Murphy game, Tesla Effect.

A new Star Wars game, Attack Squadron has been teased. We don’t have a ton of info, but we do have a trailer.

We then get on to the main topic, Police Quest. We discuss the first four games of the series.

Buy Police Quest 1-4 on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/police_quest_1_2_3_4?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

YouTube playlist:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2whCuUnKwYDHG4T5Yn6AdAunPkM6q9-P

Next time, we’ll be covering the series of LucasArts WWII flight sims, Battlehawks 1942, Their Finest Hour and Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe. I’m excited to get back into some combat flight sims.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/042-UMBCast-Police-Quest.mp3

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Episode 41 – The 7th Guest

November 27, 2013

Welcome to my house, Blockers!

For episode 41, we’re talking about the 1993 Trilobyte interactive movie game, The 7th Guest.

7th guest box artIn the news:

John Carmack officially leaves Id Software.

thesurvivor2299.com launches, may be a Fallout 4 teaser site. We’ll know soon enough!

Steam is introducing user reviews.

Steam’s Autumn (or Spring, depending where you live) sale is on!

Star Citizen has hit 33 million in funding and unlocked more stretch goals.

We then get into the 7th Guest and the 11th Hour. We get into all the usual topics.

Buy the 7th Guest on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/the_7th_guest?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy the 11th Hour on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/the_11th_hour?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy the 7th Guest and the 11th Hour on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/sub/32847/

Next time, we’re covering the Sierra procedural adventure series, Police Quest.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/041-UMBCast-The-7th-Guest.mp3

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Episode 40 – Dark Forces

November 11, 2013

May the Force be with you, Blockers!

It’s time for episode 40, where I am covering the 1995 LucasArts FPS series, Dark Forces/Jedi Knight.

Dark Forces box artBefore that though, the news:

Damon Slye has launched and retracted a Red Baron Kickstarter.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has done an interesting compare/contrast review of Dungeon Keeper vs. War for the Overworld.

Trilobyte Games has launched a kickstarter to develop the third game in the 7th Guest series.

From Blizcon 2013, Blizzard has a team working on bringing the original two Warcraft RTS games to modern PCs.

We then discuss the four games in Dark Forces / Jedi Knight series. All the usual suspects and a ton of your emails!

Buy the Jedi Knight collection on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/sub/2103/?snr=1_7_15__13

Next time, we’ll be covering the 1993 horror adventure, the 7th Guest.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/040-UMBCast-Dark-Forces.mp3

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Episode 39 – Populous

October 21, 2013

Namaste Blockers!

It’s episode 39 where I will be discussing the iconic 1989 Bullfrog god game, Populous.

Populous boxartBut first a little bit of news:

Last time we talked about Rand Miller and Cyan getting back together fr a project. Well, it’s out and it’s called Obduction. It is a spiritual sucessor to Myst and Riven.

Next, in Thief news, The Dark Mod, a Thief mod for Doom 3 has released it’s second version. Dark Mod 2.0 is now standalone and does not require any resources from Doom 3.

We then get to the main topic, the Populous series. We cover all the usual suspects and also read an email from Paul where he talks about building his own version of Populous during Lionhead’s Creative Day in 2011.

Buy Populous on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/populous?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Populous 2 on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/populous_2?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Populous: The Beginning on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/populous_the_beginning?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Next time I’ll be covering the 1995 LucasArts FPS, Dark Forces.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/039-UMBCast-Populous.mp3