Episode 107 – The Last Express

April 30, 2018

Bonjour Blockers!

In episode 107, we cover a unique adventure game by Jordan Mechner, 1997’s The Last Express.


Get The Last Express on GoG:

Get The Last Express Gold on Steam:

Get The Last Express on iOS:

Get The Last Express on Android:

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Next time, we’ll be covering the Sierra edutainment classics in the Dr. Brain series.

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Episode 106 – Transport Tycoon (feat. Father Beast)

March 27, 2018

All Aboard, Blockers!

We’ve got a special one for episode 106 in which second time guest-host Father Beast takes us on a tour of the 1994 business and management simulator, Transport Tycoon.


Reunion (1994) Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk_L8BL0r48

Play Transport Tycoon in your browser

Play Transport Tycoon Deluxe in your browser

Screenshots from Chris Sawyer’s Transport game. (And a video of Chris Sawyer playing it!)

TTD Patch site

Buy Chris Sawyer’s Locomotion on Steam

Buy Chris Sawyer’s Locomotion on GOG.com

Open TTD

Star Control: Origins Pre-order on Steam

Star Control 1+2 on Steam (Renamed Star Control: The Ur-Quan Masters

Star Control 3 on Steam (Renamed Star Control: Kessari Quadrant)

Ghosts Of The Precusors Early Website

Ur-Quan Masters HD

Remnants Of The Precursors (Master Of Orion 1 Fan Remake)

Next Episode

Next time, we will be covering the 1997 Jordan Mechner adventure, The Last Express.

Thanks and enjoy!

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Episode 105 – The Lost Vikings

February 28, 2018

Heil ok sæll, Blockers!

Time for episode 105 where I dive into the 1992 Silicon and Synapse puzzle platformer, The Lost Vikings.


Get The Lost Vikings direct from Blizzard, for free! http://eu.blizzard.com/en-gb/games/legacy/

Lost Vikings in Heroes of the Storm: https://us.battle.net/heroes/en/heroes/the-lost-vikings/

Next Episode:

Next time, we’ll be hearing a guest show from Father Beast about the 1994 MicroProse business sim, Transport Tycoon.

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Episode 104 – Defender of the Crown

January 23, 2018

Hail and well met, Blockers!

Here is the long awaited episode 104 in which I dive deep into the 1986 strategy/action game, Defender of the Crown from Cinemaware.


Jim Cuomo’s Amiga and gameplay CD music (authorized hosting from Tomer):

Buy Defender of the Crown on GoG:

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Next time, we’ll be discussing the 1992 Blizzard puzzle/platformer, The Lost Vikings.

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Episode 103 – Mailbag

January 7, 2018

Hey Blockers, remember me?

Wow! After an unplanned seven month hiatus I’m back!

Before jumping right back into the schedule, I decided to jump in with a little show updating everyone about the state of the show, why I went away for seven months and to get through a bit of an email backlog that has built up while I was off being distracted with my dumb life.

Next time, we’ll be covering the 1986 Cinemaware game, Defender of the Crown.

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Episode 102 – Hangout #7 – Feats of Strength

June 13, 2017

Hey there Blockers!

It is time for yet another Patreon Hangout! This time around, Brian, Craig, Tomer, Troels and myself get together to discuss “feats of strength” in DOS and Pre-Windows XP gaming.

What does this mean?

Have you ever gone to extraordinary measures to get a game running?
Done anything nuts with hardware?
Done anything crazy in a game that resulted in either an epic win or a crushing defeat?

We talk about those things, largest executable program size, programming while under rocket attack and more!

Next time, we’ll be covering the 1986 Cinemaware game, Defender of the Crown.

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Episode 101 – F-19 Stealth Fighter

May 4, 2017

Safe Landing Blockers!

Time for episode 101 in which we discuss the 1988 Microprose flight sim, F-19 Stealth Fighter and its sequel/remake, F-117A Stealth Fighter 2.0!

First though, I read some email that leads us to two cool links:

Troels and I playing A Final Unity:

Ben Chandler’s PC Gamer article about adventure game backgrounds:

We then get into the usual topics around these unique Microprose flight sims.

Buy F-19 Steakth Fighter on Steam:

Buy F-117A Stealth Fighter 2.0 on GoG:

My F-19 YouTube Research session:

Next time we’ll be covering the iconic 1986 Cinemaware strategy game, Defender of the Crown.


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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!


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.

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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:


Watch Troels play Cyber Empires:


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.

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