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Episode 68 – Grim Fandango

March 10, 2015

Buenos dias, Blockers!

Welcome to episode 68 where I discuss the 1998 Lucasarts adventure game, Grim Fandango.

grim fandango box art

We go through some emails, then get into the nitty gritty in the land of the dead.

If you like Grim Fandago, you might also enjoy a movie called The Cheap Detective (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cheap_Detective).

For great Grim Fandango and other retro gaming art, clothing and jewellery, check out Maya Pixelskaya (http://shop.mayapixelskaya.com/)

Buy Grim Fandango on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/grim_fandango_remastered?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Grim Fandango on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/316790/

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

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1998 Stainless Software game, Carmageddeon.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/068-UMBCast-Grim-Fandango.mp3

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Episode 67 – UMBNews February 2015

February 16, 2015

Time for episode 67 and the news!

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Here’s a rundown of the stories discussed:

King’s Quest And Sierra: An Interview With Ken Williams:
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2015/01/02/ken-williams-interview-kings-quest-sierra-game-informer.aspx

New Baldur’s Gate game in the works using its original engine:
http://www.polygon.com/2015/1/8/7518145/new-baldurs-gate-game-infinity-engine

Kickstarter: Shadowrun: Hong Kong by Harebrained Schemes LLC:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/webeharebrained/shadowrun-hong-kong

X-Wing sequels head up GOG’s latest batch of Star Wars classics:
http://www.pcgamer.com/x-wing-sequels-head-up-new-batch-of-star-wars-classics-on-gog/

Rogue Squadron 3D and Rebellion added to GOG’s Star Wars catalogue:
http://www.pcgamer.com/rogue-squadron-3d-and-rebellion-added-to-gogs-star-wars-catalogue/

Tex Murphy eBooks:
http://www.aaronconners.net/

Double Fine Has The LucasArts Singapore DOTT Assets:
http://mixnmojo.com/news/Double-Fine-Has-The-LucasArts-Singapore-DOTT-Assets

Kickstarter: Underworld Ascendant by OtherSide Entertainment:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/othersidegames/underworld-ascendant

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Now On GOG.COM:
http://www.gog.com/news/warner_bros_interactive_entertainment_on_gogcom

Gary Owens, Announcer of ‘Laugh-In’ Fame, Dies at 80:
http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/gary-owens-announcer-of-laugh-in-fame-dies-at-80-1201433731/

ASCII Sector: Text-based Privateer remake:
http://www.asciisector.net/

Outtro music: “My Loved ones are Gone” by Psycho Crusher:
http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02508

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

Next time, I’ll be looking at the 1998 Lucasarts adventure, Grim Fandango.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/067-UMBCast-UMBNews-February-2015.mp3

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Episode 66 – Privateer

February 2, 2015

Taste Righteous Fire, Blockers!

Welcome to episode 66 where I’ll be discussing the 1993 Origin Systems space trading game, Wing Commander: Privateer.

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After some listener emails, we discuss all the usual suspects regarding the two games in the Privateer series.

Watch me play Privateer on YouTube: http://youtu.be/A6hWqvoP12s

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

Buy Privateer on Origin:
https://www.origin.com/en-ca/store/buy/wing-commander-privateer/pc-download/base-game/standard-edition

Buy Privateer 2 on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/privateer_2_the_darkening?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

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

Next time, I’ll be looking at the 1998 Lucasarts adventure, Grim Fandango.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/066-UMBCast-Privateer.mp3

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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.

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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.

Watch the full video hangout on YouTube:

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

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

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/065-Group-Hangout-Firsts.mp3

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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.

strife box art

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.

Buy Strife: Veteran Edition on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/317040/

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

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

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/064-UMBCast-Strife.mp3

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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.

dott special edition announcement

In the news this month:

Ur-Quan Masters HD has entered beta:
http://urquanmastershd.com/

Broken Age Act 2 due in early 2015:
http://www.doublefine.com/forums/viewthread/15863/

Day of the Tentacle Remastered!
http://www.polygon.com/2014/12/8/7354949/tim-schafer-day-of-the-tentacle-remastered-ps4-vita-pc

New Carmen Sandiego
http://www.hmhco.com/parents-and-kids/the-learning-company/carmen-sandiego

Elite: Dangerous released
https://www.elitedangerous.com/

Satellite Reign available via Steam early access:
http://www.vg247.com/2014/12/17/syndicate-wars-successor-satellite-reign-now-available-on-steam/

Father of video games, Ralph Baer, dies at 92:
http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/7/7349715/ralph-baer-father-of-video-games-dies-at-92

Ken and Roberta Williams presented with Industry Icon award at The Game Awards
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2NMpK2Rnks

Next time, I’ll be covering Strife

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/063-UMBCast-UMBNews-December-2014.mp3

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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”.

Buy Broken Sword on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/games##search=broken%20sword&sort=bestselling&page=1&pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Broken Sword 1, 2 and 3 on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/sub/6447/

Buy Broken Sword 4 on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/316160/

Buy Broken Sword 5 on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/262940/

YouTube play session:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5U1P2HpW2Q

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

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

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/062-UMBCast-Broken-Sword.mp3

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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:
http://www.amazon.com/Clear-Bridge-Patrols-U-S-S-Tang/dp/0891415734/

YouTube play session:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Siv6faJ77Q

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

Next time, I’ll be looking at the Broken Sword series from Revolution Software.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/061-UMBCast-Silent-Service.mp3

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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:
http://www.pcgamer.com/3d-realms-returns-with-32-game-anthology-bundle/

Lucasarts games now available on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/news/new_publisher_disney_interactivelucasfilm

Star Citizen FPS module revealed:
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-11-03-star-citizen-first-person-shooter-gameplay-unveiled

Ken & Roberta Williams get a sneak peak of the new King’s Quest:
http://blog.theoddgentlemen.com/post/101694832159/meeting-roberta-and-ken-williams

Tim Schafer discusses an open-world Grim Fandango sequel:
http://kotaku.com/tim-schafer-dreams-of-an-open-world-grim-fandango-seque-1654750107

Thimbleweed Park, a retro adventure from the creators of Maniac Mansion:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thimbleweedpark/thimbleweed-park-a-new-classic-point-and-click-adv

Elite: Dangerous drops offline single player gameplay:
http://www.pcgamer.com/elite-dangerous-boss-says-online-only-is-the-right-decision/

Hero U has a revised release date of October 15, 2015:
http://www.hero-u.net/hero_u_about.html

Music:

‘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

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

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1985 Micoprose sub simulation, Silent Service.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/060-UMBCast-UMBNews-November-2014.mp3

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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!

YouTube play session:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yxIdmVfQG8

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

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1985 Micoprose sub simulation, Silent Service.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/059-UMBCast-Laura-Bow.mp3