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Vote for UMB Games!

March 30, 2017

In an effort to get more organized and transparent about the show (mostly on account of the UMBaby), I’ve created a public Trello board to show you all where I’m at in podcast production!

So what’s so great about this? A few things:

  • See where I’m at in production
  • Due dates for show releases
  • “Short List” column shows the schedule for the next few months

…and most importantly, if you create a free account:

  • Vote for what games you want me to cover in the Backlog column!
  • Add thoughts or help me in my research by adding links via comments!

I hope this new approach to making the show more collaborative will both help you guys feel like even more of a part of the UMB community and help me get out more shows more consistently!

Check out the board at https://trello.com/b/PphikPE4/umb-podcast-board

Also, don’t forget you can still follow the show on Twitter, join the Facebook group, chat on Discord and of course support the show on Patreon!

I’m so excited to be back at it!

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Episode 100 – Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity

March 22, 2017

Hailing frequencies open, Blockers!

Here it is! My long overdue return from “parental leave” and episode 100 of the podcast! This time around I celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with the 1995 Spectrum Holobyte adventure, Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity.

Find CD copies of the game via this eBay search.

A Final Unity research on YouTube: https://youtu.be/h30smq8aX0c

Support the show on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/umbcast

Next time, we’ll be flying again with F-19 Stealth Fighter and F-117A Stealth Fighter 2.0.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/100-UMBCast-A-Final-Unity.mp3

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Episode 99 – Cyber Empires (feat. Troels Pleimert)

February 12, 2017

Hey Blockers!

One more guest show before I’m back in episode 100. This time around my good buddy Troels, the Space Quest Historian is here with a hidden gem, the 1992 Silicon Knights action/strategy game Cyber Empires (or Steel Empire in Europe).

Not only does Troels do a great job with the show, he also interviews the game’s creator, Denis Dyack! This episode contains an abridged version of the interview, for the whole thing, check out Troels’ mixcloud:

https://www.mixcloud.com/SpaceQuestHistorian/space-quest-historian-interviews-denis-dyack-silicon-knights-about-steel-empirecyber-empires/

Watch Troels play Cyber Empires:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ckYzIeIfTQ&list=PLeuPHRWonRSTUuE_0uFCX6Cdt1AwHMXwc

You can also find Troels on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sqhistorian

Also check out his awesome YouTube channel over at https://www.youtube.com/spacequesthistorian

Next time, for episode 100 I will be back for good with the long awaited Final Unity episode.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/099-UMBCast-Steel-Empire.mp3

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Episode 98 – A Mind Forever Voyaging (feat. Chris Olson)

December 29, 2016

Hello Blockers!

Here comes episode 98 where friend of the show Chris “CGOApps” Olson takes the big chair to discuss our inaugural text adventure, A Mind Forever Voyaging by Infocom, released in 1985.

Digital Antiquarian:
http://maher.filfre.net/if-book/

Get Lamp Documentary:
http://getlamp.com

AMFV Infocom Cabinet:
https://archive.org/details/InfocomCabinetAMindForeverVoyaging

Find Chris at:

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/cgoapps

His blog/developer site:
http://cgoapps.wordpress.com

Next time, we will hit the long awaited show on Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/098-UMBCast-A-Mind-Forever-Voyaging.mp3

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Episode 97 – Hangout #6 – Game Music & Sound

December 4, 2016

Hey Blockers!

It’s Patreon Hangout time once again! This time around, Akago, Brian, Craig, Jim, Ryan, Tomer, Martin and myself got together to chat about game music and sound!

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We get deep into hardware and play clips form some of our favourite game music. It was a great time and big thanks to the participants and those who watched!

Keep an eye out for our upcoming guest shows on I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, A Mind Forever Voyaging and Cyber Empires in addition to my next show on Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity. Lots of great content coming up!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/097-UMBCast-Hangout-6.mp3

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Episode 96 – Sid Meier’s Colonization (feat. Father Beast)

November 27, 2016

Hey Blockers!

Here comes another guest show! Father Beast has been kind enough to put together an episode on the 1994 Microprose strategy game, Sid Meier’s Colonization!

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Colonization on GOG.com:
https://www.gog.com/game/sid_meiers_colonization

Colonization on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/327400/

Freecol, an open source remake of Colonization:
http://www.freecol.org/

Article: “Is Colonization offensive enough?”:
http://www.playthepast.org/?p=278

Next time, we’ll be having our 6th Patreon hangout discussing game music & sound! Also, we have another guest show in the hopper on I Have no Mouth and I Must Scream so if you’d like to drop me comments about that one, we’ll get them into the show!

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/096-UMBCast-Colonization.mp3

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Episode 95 – The Neverhood (feat. Amayirot Akago)

September 28, 2016

Hey Blockers!

Time for episode 95! Originally we were scheduled to cover A Final Unity, but what with the UMBaby coming, I’ve been thrown all out of whack so friend of the show Amayirot Akago has graciously stepped in with a guest show!

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He’ll be covering the 1996 adventure, The Neverhood! In true UMB fashion, he hits all the major points and takes us through the very cool world of The Neverhood.

For more from Akago, check him out on the Internet!

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/amayirotakago

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/AmayirotAkago

Postman’s Quest:
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2073/

Next time, we’ll be talking about our favourite music & sound in games on out 6th Patreon Hangout, followed by the long awaited Final Unity podcast.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/095-UMBCast-The-Neverhood.mp3

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Episode 94 – Tyrian

August 24, 2016

Hey there Blockers!

Time for episode 94 where I cover the 1995 Eclipse Software / Epic Megagames shoot ’em up, Tyrian!

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First though, I read through some emails I missed out on in the last show discussing Day of the Tentacle.

Then we do as we do and dive deep into the various versions and game modes of Tyrian!

Links:

Steam Regional Prices:
http://www.steamregionalprices.com/index.php

OpenTyrian:
https://bitbucket.org/opentyrian/opentyrian/wiki/Home

Remastered Graphics (From Daniel Cook):
http://www.lostgarden.com/2007/04/free-game-graphics-tyrian-ships-and.html

Get Tyrian FREE on GoG:
https://www.gog.com/game/tyrian_2000?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

My Tyrian Research on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doYWd0CWXJE

Ending music:
“Data Flux” by Magellanic
http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02918

Next time, we’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with the Spectrum Holobyte adventure Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/094-UMBCast-Tyrian.mp3

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Episode 93 – Extended Memory – DOOM 2016

July 22, 2016

Rip and tear Blockers!

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It’s time for episode 93 where I’ll be covering a newer game in my Extended Memory format. This time we’ll be talking about the newly released version of DOOM.

I discuss all the usual UMB stuff but with a more modern twist, then hear from some of you guys!

Buy DOOM on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/379720/

DOOM Demo:
http://doom.com/en-us/demo

Next time we’ll be hitting a shoot ’em up, I think our first, Tyrian!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/093-UMBCast-DOOM-2016.mp3

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Episode 92 – Extended Memory – Warcraft (2016)

June 20, 2016

Zug zug blockers!

In this super special surprise episode, I get together with my friends Brian and Bianca of the Square Waves FM podcast for an unprecedented, never before done joint episode!

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Why would we perpetrate such an occurrence you ask? Well, the three if of ventured out to the theatre and saw Warcraft on opening night. At the time, we thought it’d be a great idea to get together and record our thoughts. Brian and Bianca were kind enough to run the board while I was travelling, so I called them from Seattle/Tacoma International airport and we got our thoughts down live to hard drive.

I hope you enjoy the show (and please forgive my less then ideal audio from my iPhone headset).

Square Waves FM: http://squarefm.demodulated.com/
Square Waves on Twitter: https://twitter.com/squarewavesfm

Brian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/demodulated
Bianca on Twitter: https://twitter.com/maximum_bird

Still forthcoming, yet another “extended memory” podcast discussing the recently released DOOM remake/sequel/whatever it may be.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/092-UMBCast-Warcraft-2016.mp3