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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Episode 55 – Sierra Revival

August 24, 2014

Breaking news Blockers…

It’s time for episode 55, an “extended memory” episode. In these extended memory shows, I break format to do something a little bit different.

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In light of the recent news of Activision reviving the Sierra brand, I decided to dedicate and entire show to your thoughts, my thoughts and the history of Sierra in relation to this potentially game-changing news.

I also got an email informing me of an “in development” fan remake of King’s Quest 4: The Perils of Rosella. You can find more info on it here:


We’ll get back on track with the “regularly scheduled” UMBCast on Indianapolis 500: The Simulation next week.

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Episode 54 – Sid Meier’s Pirates!

August 4, 2014

Ahoy Blockers!

sid meier's pirates boxartWelcome to episode 54 where we’ll be discussing the 1987 Microprose action/adventure/strategy title Sid Meier’s Pirates!

Now this is when I usually have the news, I’ve decided for the time being to drop the news section from the show and see how that goes. If you think I should put the news back in, let me know at podcast@umbcast.com.

We then get to the main event, Pirates! As always we discuss the genre, story, gameplay, tech focus and dev story.

Also, a bit of a recommendation: Friend of the show Chris was recently on the DOS Nostalgia Podcast and did an AMAZING rundown of DOS-era flight sims. If you have any fond memories of flight sims, you should check out episode 9 of the show (in addition to other shows on other topics).

Find it on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdzAxtVRVNc

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Next time, we’ll be racing into 1989 with Papyrus’ Indianapolis 500: The Simulation.


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Episode 53 – Willy Beamish

July 2, 2014

willy beamish box artHowdy Blockers!

In episode 53 we discuss the 1991 Dynamix adventure game, The Adventures of Willy Beamish.

Not much in the news this week.

It appears Star Citizen’s pre-alpha multiplayer functionality has just gone live.

Also, both the Steam and GoG.com summer sales have ended. I hope everyone had a good haul.

We then get into the main topic, Willy Beamish where we discuss the story, unique gameplay, technology and development.

Watch me play at: http://youtu.be/urfBHlGbyQo

Also, don’t forget about the Telltale Sam & Max giveaway! Email me with the subject line “Sam & Max Giveaway” for a chance to win!

Next time I’ll be covering my second Sid Meier game, Sid Meier’s Pirates!

See you then!

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Episode 52 – Rebel Assault

June 18, 2014

You’ve picked up a tail, Blockers!
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It’s episode 52 where I discuss the 1993 Lucasarts rail shooter, Rebel Assault.

Only a bit of news this week:

Star Citizen’s Arena Commander has launched for backers!

Sony, Lucasarts and DoubleFine are working on a remastering of Grim Fandango for PS4 and Vita.

Listener Carlos sent a link to his 8-bit album, Mount Analog: http://carlocarosi.bandcamp.com/

We then discuss Rebel Assault. Genre, story, gameplay, tech focus, dev story, emails and the rest!

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1991 Dynamix adventure game, the Adventures of Willy Beamish.

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Episode 51 – Tesla Effect

May 29, 2014

Heya Blockers!

It’s time for episode 51! This time around I’m changing things up a bit and covering a new game, Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure which came out back on May 7th, 2014.

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In the news:

More accusations in the Zenimax/Oculus VR lawsuit.

Levar Burton has launched a kickstarter to bring Reading Rainbow to the web.

We then get to the main topic, Tesla Effect. Despite this being a new game, we cover some Tex history and then talk gameplay, tech stuff, dev story read some emails and give the final verdict.

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For more Tex Murphy info, check out UMBCast 038

Next time, I’ll be hitting some Star Wars with Rebel Assault.

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Episode 50 – Warcraft

May 15, 2014

Lok’tar Ogar Blockers!

For episode 50, I cover the hugely popular 1994 RTS (and eventually MMO and TCG) series, Warcraft.

warcraft boxartIn the news:

Carmack is being sued by id.

The launch trailer for Wolfenstein: The New Order is out and the game releases next week.

A kickstarter for The Way, a game in the spirit of Another World and Flashback can use your support!

We then get on to Warcraft. I get into a big focus on lore, gameplay and development story.

Sadly, there’s nowhere to buy the games digitally!

Next time, I’ll be discussing the newly released Tex Murphy kickstarter game, Tesla Effect.

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Episode 49 – Little Big Adventure

April 27, 2014

Greetings Blockers!

It’s time for episode 49 where I’ll be discussing the 1994 Adeline Software action-adventure, Little Big Adventure.

little big adventure boxartNews:

I’ve been playing the crap out of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls lately.

At PAX East, Star Citizen held an event where they previewed their new dogfighting module.

Abandoned E.T. cartridges found in New Mexico landfill!

In Star Wars news: Disney has announced what they will be doing with the Star Wars EU.

We then get to the main event, Little Big Adventure. Genre, story, gameplay, tech and dev story are all discussed as usual.

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Next time, I’ll be covering a big one, the quintessential Blizzard Entertainment series, Warcraft.

Thanks and enjoy!

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