Literate Gamer

By Octopus Park

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OctopusPark's Literate Gamer: a discussion of games, their meaning, and their impact on people and art.

Episode Date
Short: Inscryption
412

Jonathan describes the wonders of the new Rogelike deckbuilder "Inscryption". It's wonderfully atmospheric, and a remarkable blend of mechanics and narrative.

Aug 02, 2022
Hiatus and Elden Ring final thoughts
1035

Jonathan expounds on the state of the podcast, Sundered: Eldritch Edition comes to the Nintendo Switch, and Elden Ring final thoughts.

Jul 19, 2022
Diablo Immortal and Dopamine Machines
3294

Jonathan and Nick discuss Diablo Immortal, and dopamine machines generally, if they can be good, and the future of the industry.

Jul 13, 2022
Short: DorfRomantik
631

Jonathan recounts the delightful and relaxing tile countryside builder 'DorfRomantik', on Steam now.

Jul 13, 2022
V Rising
2582

Jonathan and Nick discuss the pitch perfect vampire action/base-crafting game 'V Rising'. The name may be ridiculous, but the game is fun and flawlessly themed, aimed squarely at those seeking to wet their fangs playing a classic vampire.

Jun 21, 2022
Boyfriend Dungeon
1331

Jonathan gushes about the inclusive and delightful dating-action romp, Boyfriend Dungeon.

Jun 15, 2022
Tiny Tina's Wonderland
2850

Jonathan and Nick talk about Tiny Tina's Winderland, a goofy, first-person, looter-shooter: the first good successor to Borderlands 2 in quite some time.

Jun 09, 2022
Platformer Short: Kingdom: Two Crowns
819

Jonathan recounts the joy of Kingdom: Two Crowns, a wonderful follow-up and enhancement to the original work. A pleasant and fruitful continuation of the series.

May 29, 2022
Horizon: Forbidden West
2492

Nick regails Jonathan of the joys and tribulations of Horizon: Forbidden west, highs lows, and lots of bows.

May 19, 2022
Platformer Short: comfort food games
1036

Jonathan expounds on comfort food games and electronic self-care.

May 13, 2022
Rune Factory 5
2977

Nick regales Jonathan with the latest Rune Factory, and the strange and surprising choices within this entry in the series.

May 06, 2022
Platformer Short: Vampire Survivors
345

Jonathan recounts the tiny twinkling gem of Vampire Survivors, fun for anyone with a few bucks and a love for a CastleVania-feeling rogue-lite.

Apr 29, 2022
Humankind
2756

Jonathan and Nick discuss Humankind, the era-spanning, turn-based, empire-building game to truly rival the Civilization franchise. This one is legitimately good, and you should get it.

Apr 22, 2022
Platformer Short: Phoenotopia Awakening
689

Jonathan recounts the wonderful experience of the wide-ranging techno-fantasy romp "Phoenotopia Awakening". It's a deep, well-written, and overall incredibly fun game for a very agreeable price.

Apr 10, 2022
Elden Ring, late game
3060

Jonathan and Nick discuss the late game of Elden Ring: hard learned lessons, giant birds, our troubles, and our joys. Wondrous lore: https://www.youtube.com/c/VaatiVidya A great Elden Ring Wiki: https://eldenring.wiki.fextralife.com/Elden+Ring+Wiki

Apr 03, 2022
Platformer Short: Dead Cells
390

Jonathan expounds on the action sidescroller rogue-light "Dead Cells": lots of fun, especially as a snowman!

Mar 29, 2022
Elden Ring, early game
2712

Jonathan and Nick froth and gibber about the new and amazing Elden Ring, open world successor to the Dark Souls, and an absolute triumph. Not perfect, but absolutely worth it, even if you haven't ever played any of them before. Get it. Do it now.

Mar 15, 2022
Platformer Short: Mega Man X 4 and 5
972

Jonathan discusses Mega Man X 4 and 5, fresh from the Mega Man X legacy collections on the switch, preserving fond memories and playing experiences of classic platformers: loyal to the franchise with more content and minor tweaks.

Mar 12, 2022
Sifu
2679

Jonathan recounts the joy of pummeling a hundred evildoers to Nick in the new game Sifu, a mechanical masterpiece that is 100% loyal to the kung-fu theme.

Mar 04, 2022
Crusader Kings 3
2583

Nick recounts his experiences with Crusader Kings 3, the Royal Court expansion, a bubbling pot of organic experiences in feudal mostly-Europe. Bring on the parade of wars, disinheritance, and assassin-nuns.

Feb 23, 2022
Book Club: ChapterHouse Dune
2642

The Literate Gamer book club finishes the last book in the Dune series written by Frank Herbert, ChapterHouse Dune. A lot of weird ideas, strangely assembled; who can say they're surprised?

Feb 16, 2022
Icarus
2947

Nick and Jonathan discuss Icarus, a novel take on survival crafting, introducing a mission system, with pleasing results, though a bit of balance at the top is needed. Quite fun, and content updates are forthcoming.

Feb 09, 2022
Platformer Short: Metroid Dread
970

Jonathan recounts the magnificence of Metroid Dread for the Nintendo Switch, a glorious sequel to Metroid Fusion: everything you want from a Metroid game, completely loyal to the franchise and gobs of fun to play!

Jan 25, 2022
Book Club: Heretics of Dune
2676

The gang discusses Heretics of Dune, a welcome source of politics and action after God-Emperor, if unfocused, and full of more of the novel weirdness we've all come to expect from Frank Herbert.

Jan 23, 2022
League of Legends
3208

Jonathan and Nick discuss League of Legends and Wild Rift, the incredibly successful MOBA properties of Riot Games, and the wonders and flaws therein.

Jan 12, 2022
Book Club: God Emperor of Dune
2793

The gang discusses God Emperor of Dune, the philosophical conclusion to Frank Herbert's political thesis, though not the series. Meaning comes to the patient, or at least orgasms.

Jan 10, 2022
DeathLoop
2731

Nick regales Jonathan with the bizarre Arkane Studios shooter 'DeathLoop', and its novel narrative and mechanical devices.

Dec 28, 2021
Book Club: Children of Dune
2586

In this week's Dune book club, we discuss Children of Dune, a good book, though our sourness at what flaws do exist reach epic proportions, and once again Jonathan misses the orgy.

Dec 22, 2021
Elden Ring first impressions
2034

Nick recounts his experience to Jonathan of Elden Ring, the new FromSoft open world vehicle, and whether it's loyal to the franchise(s), and above all, if it's good.

Dec 08, 2021
RTS Short: WH40K Dawn of War
974

Jonathan recounts the delicious ridiculous Warhammer 40K gem of Real-Time-Strategy 'Dawn of War'. That intro video gives me chills every time! https://store.steampowered.com/app/4570/Warhammer_40000_Dawn_of_War__Game_of_the_Year_Edition/ Dawn of War with all DLC: https://store.steampowered.com/sub/30560/

Nov 30, 2021
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
1516

Jonathan and Nick discuss Kena: Bridge of Spirits, a fun 3rd-person action puzzler with incredible art and some adorable little buddies.

Nov 24, 2021
Book Club: Dune Movie, part 1
3070

The Book Club gang discuss the 2021 Dune movie by Denis Villeneuve, a smashing success by all metrics, other than one wailing woman.

Nov 17, 2021
Asymmetric Multiplayer
0

Jonathan and Nick discuss Asymmetric Multiplayer, a blooming young game type, often involving predators, aliens, zombies, and a wide assortment of famous murderers.

Nov 12, 2021
Book Club: Dune, part 3
2932

The book club discusses part 3 of Dune, containing the political climax, with lots of bizarre innovations: some breathtaking, others disappointing, but still a great and fantastic book, and once again Jonathan misses the orgies.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_9DDewKiZhpkrlXv2yGRbEKEI_Ma1JvH

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRXGGVBzHLUeKJACdXs8zxQde31wpnqKv

https://www.youtube.com/c/QuinnsIdeas

Nov 02, 2021
Demon's Souls PS5 Remake
3442

Literate Gamer revisits where it all began: Demon's Souls, specifically the Blue Point remake for the PS5. It is a faithful and beautiful recreation, loyal, with little extra in just the right places.

Nov 02, 2021
Book Club: Dune, part 2
2174

The Dune book club continues in part 2, where Paul and Jessica enter the desert, he has a family (theoretically?), and somehow Jonathan misses an orgy.

Oct 20, 2021
Aliens FireTeam Elite
2067

Nick regales Jonathan with the third-person multiplayer shooter Aliens FireTeam Elite, a fun game and faithful use of the IP.

Oct 14, 2021
Book Club: Dune, part 1
3512

The gang discusses the first part of the classic sci-fi novel Dune, the original text, how it was, how it is: ahead of its time, but also a product of it.

Oct 06, 2021
Returnal
4369

Jonathan and Nick speak with Justin from TheTallGuyGamer about Returnal, a haunting experience of platforming, bullet-hell, and don't forget despair, desperation, and madness. This game is a masterpiece, and incredibly strong early entry for the PS5.

Check out more of Justin's good works on YouTube, or his featured post on Destructoid: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkqmxgDz3GpV2fvFiHE5XNQ https://www.destructoid.com/video-game-memories-throughout-the-years/

Sep 28, 2021
Platformer Short: Kindom: New Lands
632

Jonathan recounts the serene-yet-intense side-scrolling tower defense game Kingdom: New Lands, a delightful diversion for a few hours per run, at an extremely affordable price.

Sep 22, 2021
Ox-Eye Media & DeepWater Games
2649

Jonathan and Nick speak with El Whitcomb, Community Manager for Ox-Eye Media, which includes DeepWater Games, and their fantastically fun and accessible games, named FloorPlan and Welcome to your Perfect Home. Also Hot new games coming soon! DeepWaterGaming.com @DeepWaterGames

Sep 15, 2021
Platformer Short: Rogue Legacy
474

Jonathan recounts and wonderful gameplay experience of Rogue Legacy: charming, fun, and a great rogue-lite all around.

Sep 14, 2021
Matt Forbeck
4056

Nick and Jonathan speak with Matt Forbeck, a truly phenomenal font of creativity, writer of dozens of books, contributor to scads of games, including BioMutant and the upcoming tabletop Marvel role-playing game, and of course his own Shotguns and Sorcery. Check out everything at Forbeck.com.

Sep 01, 2021
Platformer Shorts: Castle Crashers
603

Jonathan recounts the joy of Castle Crashers, a fun, brilliantly-animated beat-em-up, great for couch co-op, or as a solo experience.

Aug 24, 2021
Marvel's Avengers and other Live Services
3945

Jonathan and Nick discuss Marvel's Avengers, Read Dead Online, and other live service games. In each are some successes, some failures, noble attempts, and bad behavior. A few rays of hope pierce the gloom.

Aug 22, 2021
Platformer Short: Heave Ho
293

Jonathan gushes about the hilarious platformer by Le Cartel "Heave Ho". Great for couch co-op, great for the family. This game is an absolute delight, laughs and fun from start to finish.

Aug 10, 2021
MineCraft
2709

Jonathan and Nick reminisce about a decade of MineCraft, from alpha survival to bedrock goats, this game continues to improve, bringing wondrous joy, pleasant solitude, and immortal, cave-dwelling madmen.

Aug 03, 2021
Platformer Short: Inquisitor - Martyr
619

Jonathan recounts his experience with the diablo-esque overhead action game in the Warhammer 40K universe "Inquisitor: Martyr". Great for when you just need to mow down some chaos scum and pointy aliens.

Jul 28, 2021
Story of Seasons
2254

Nick tells Jonathan about Story of Seasons, the zen art of butter and cheese, and they discuss the calming, ephemeral city-builder puzzle-esque game Islanders.

Jul 20, 2021
Castlevania Anniversary and on Netflix
491

Jonathan recounts a wonderful experience with the Castlevania Netflix show, and the collection Castlevania Anniversary. I got it for $5 on the Switch store, though it may have been on sale. Even for the full price of $20, it's a great collection. https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/castlevania-anniversary-collection-switch/

Jul 13, 2021
For the King
1873

Jonathan and Nick discuss the light romp 'For the King'. A turn-based RPG where you don't have to think, good for those new to role-playing, or just for relaxation. Fun by yourself, more fun with friends or family.

Jul 10, 2021
Platformer Short: Portal 2
410

Jonathan Recounts the excellent sequel Portal 2, more test chambers, more robots, more story, and all still excellent. A required experience.

Jun 29, 2021
DragonRuby with Amir Rajan
4428

Amir tells Jonathan and Nick about DragonRuby, his experiences with making games, playing them, and wondrous digressions.

http://amirrajan.net/7-lessons-from-7-years-of-indie-game-dev/ http://dragonruby.org/ Dragon Ruby Game Toolkit Performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuY7CWdvyWM https://yzcroshaw.itch.io/the-life-of-erich-zann Perception game documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29kCOc6LjnY https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_C._Gordon

Jun 24, 2021
Platformer Short: Portal
457

Jonathan gushes about Portal, a must-play classic, a masterpiece of gameplay and story, fun for everyone, completely accessible at only a few hours length, dynamite from start to finish.

Jun 15, 2021
Resident Evil 8 Village
2446

Nick tells Jonathan all about Resident Evil 8 Village, another in a classic horror franchise with ups and downs, but returning quality and occasional innovation.

Jun 10, 2021
Platformer Short: Hades
678

Jonathan recounts the experience of Hades, an action rogue-like from SuperGiant games, brimming with character and mechanically interesting. I heartily recommend it.

Jun 02, 2021
Outriders
3230

Jonathan and Nick discuss Outriders, a first-person shooter with rough edges and a good heart. The story is badly edited, but contains some real pathos, and the gameplay is phenomenal.

May 26, 2021
Platformer Short: Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition
604

Jonathan recounts his experience with a weird little game: Dandara: Trials of Fear edition, a novel take on the platformer genre, impenetrable to me, though perhaps not to others.

May 19, 2021
Cyberpunk 2077
2518

Nick tells Jonathan about his experiences with Cyberpunk 2077, followed by a discussion of hype, industry pitfalls, and the dangers of scope creep.

May 11, 2021
Platformer Short: Subnautica - Below Zero
643

Jonathan recounts his experiences with Subnautica: Below Zero, another crafting first-person swimming experience in the Subnautica universe, just as good as the first, with a few quality of life improvements over the first one. I highly recommend it.

May 04, 2021
Ancestors: the Humankind Odyssey
2541

Jonathan and Nick discuss "Ancestors: the Humankind Odyssey", a singular experience, unlike any other game, or type of game, that you might experience these days. It's odd, compelling, and absolutely novel.

Apr 27, 2021
Platformer Short: Dicey Dungeons
486

Jonathan talks about Dicey Dungeons, a fun, little mechanics-heavy-yet-light-overall rogue-lite, great for a short diversion from time to time.

Apr 21, 2021
Valheim
3206

Valheim! A 3rd-person, crafting, survival game, with viking style and a vast world. If you can host a server, or find a friend who can, or can keep your computer online, up to 10 people can be on at once, for a Viking town of your own! This game oozes style and soul, more than enough to overcome some low-rez textures. And it's still in early access!

Apr 14, 2021
Platformer Short: Bionic Commando
699

Jonathan recounts the joys of brachiating in Bionic Commando: a classic platformer with unique mechanics and quality style and story.

Apr 07, 2021
Genshin Impact
3102

Jonathan and Nick discuss Genshin Impact, a beautiful, open-world, gacha game with unique style, interesting environments, and an aggressive release schedule, created by miHoYo. There's a bit of grind, and some loot-box mechanics to be wary of, but you can still get everything through play alone. I'm still playing after several months, and love the characters. Nick less so, but no one's perfect. :P

Mar 30, 2021
Platformer Short: Ghosts 'N Goblins Resurrection
1032

Jonathan recounts the wonderful experience of Ghosts 'N Goblins Resurrection, an update to a classic platformer, with all the latest quality of (un)life improvements and art updates, while completely staying faithful to the style and difficulty of the original, should you so choose. If you love platformers, you owe it to yourself to get it.

Mar 23, 2021
Control
1990

Nick recounts his experiences with Control, mind-bending action brought to you by Remedy Games. A bizarre experience of reality-warping dystopia.

Mar 16, 2021
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
577

Jonathan recounts Castlevania: Lords of shadow, a linear experience with a few too many QTEs, but a wonderful dive into the mythos. They bring a new dark story brimming with classic Castlevania atmosphere.

Mar 13, 2021
Dishonored
3904

Nick and Trevor regale Jonathan with the rich setting, action, and strange history of Dishonored, a first-person immersive assassin sim. They discuss the franchise and its spiritual genealogy and surrounding hamlets, fascinating and rich. Also Check out Trevor's podcast 'Silicon Vets Gaming'.

Feb 24, 2021
Platformer Short: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
612

Jonathan examines Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a loyal spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the night, and the DS Castlevania games. If you need another hit of Castlevania, this is the game for you, even if it's not official.

Feb 17, 2021
The Wind and Wilting Blossom
3015

Jonathan and Nick speak with the creators of The Wind and Wilting Blossom, by PickleFeet games: Tyler Monroe and Thomas Spradling. Think Heroes of Might and Magic meets GloomHaven. You can see the artistic vision and feel the love they put into this one.

@picklefeetgames

discord: http://bit.ly/39GoQwB

steam: http://bit.ly/2lIpKWb

http://picklefeetgames.com

Feb 13, 2021
Platformer Short: The Pedestrian
498

Jonathan discusses The Pedestrian, a fun little platformer puzzle game, light and bite-size, reminiscent of Framed, and available now on Steam.

Feb 02, 2021
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
3613

Nick regales Jonathan on the truly weird world of the Yakuza franchise, a bizarre labor of love that has consumed countless hours of playtime, as much weird fascination as fun.

Jan 27, 2021
Platformer Short: Mega Man X 3
1076

Jonathan recounts the Mega Man X 3 experience. A good game, in a great franchise, with a side order of design rant.

Jan 20, 2021
Blaseball
3323

Jonathan and Nick speak with Joel Clark and Stephen Bell about their creation Blaseball, a real game about fake players playing fake games in a fake league, with real heart and real fun. This goofy nonsensical circus of a game season is the oddest and compelling thing I've seen for a long time. Also, it's all free.

Blaseball.com Patreon.com/blaseball https://discord.gg/3uFgJhu

Jan 13, 2021
Platformer Short: Carrion
519

Jonathan discusses Carrion, a novel game where you are the tentacled monster, escaping from a facility of pesky humans, determined to prevent your escape.

Jan 06, 2021
Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Origins
3029

Nick regales Jonathan with the current progress of the Assassin's Creed franchise, ups and downs, progress and pitfalls.

Dec 29, 2020
Writing Workshop: Art, Depression, and Functional Habits
4274

Jonathan and fellow author and professional journalist Casey discuss writing, normally and during times of depression. Listen for some tips on good habits, and good mental health while still making good art.

Dec 22, 2020
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and War
3166

Jonathan and Nick discuss Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle Earth: Shadow of War, the games that gave birth to the nemesis system, a brilliant generator of emergent gameplay, which must not be missed.

Dec 19, 2020
Platformer Short: The Textorcist
621

Jonathan discusses The Textorcist, a bizarre, irreverant anti-hero priest who fights demons and the possessed with the power of words... Type for your life!

Dec 16, 2020
Ghost of Tsushima: Legends
1897

Jonathan and Nick discuss Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, the free multiplayer content recently added to the game. All this and a cherry on top for no extra cost?

Dec 03, 2020
Platformer Short: Mega Man X 2
601

Jonathan recounts the experience of Mega Man X 2, from the Nintendo Switch's Mega Man X legacy collection.

Nov 29, 2020
Hidden Strike: American Revolution
2406

Jonathan and Nick speak with Dorian Richard, co-designer of Hidden Strike: American Revolution, a cooperative or competitive game of high-level war and history. You can feel the love the makers have for both game design and the historical period. Available for preorder here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1456271622/hidden-strike-american-revolution?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=hidden%20strike%20american%20revolut or on the Worthington site: https://www.worthingtonpublishing.com/collection/hidden-strike-american-revolution-pre-order-ships-in-march-2021

Nov 17, 2020
Prince of Persia: Two Thrones
612

Jonathan recounts the wonders of Prince of Persia: Two Thrones, third game and a fantastic finisher to this trilogy. They manage to expand upon the mechanics and have a story-line nearly as good as the first game, for a wonderful experience. Don't bother with the second game, just play Sands of Time and this one.

Nov 10, 2020
X-COM: Chimera Squad
2545

Jonathan and Nick talk Chimera Squad, a great little game sprouting off the X-COM franchise, nourishing for those jonesing for another hit of the good stuff. It's not as long as a full game, but at this price, that's more than worth it!

Nov 04, 2020
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
641

Jonathan recounts the wonder of Prince of Persia: Sands of time, a groundbreaking play and story experience that left a permanent mark on the 3D platformer genre. In addition to this episode, there is a well-thought-out examination of it here: https://youtu.be/T5o0utE1ZuM

Oct 28, 2020
Sea of Thieves
3306

Jonathan and Nick talk with Eli Belmont, expert Sea of Thieves pirate and streamer. It's not an action game, it's a pirate simulator with all the action and swashbuckling that entails. This one is a novel take on multiplayer, and a real blast! Find him here https://www.twitch.tv/elibelmont and join the discord for pirate action.

Oct 21, 2020
Platformer Short: God's Trigger
777

Jonathan recounts God's Trigger, a top-down, instant-kill, bullet-hell shooter with a lot of attitude.

Oct 13, 2020
WarFrame
2821

Nick and Jonathan discuss WarFrame, the third-person, quasi-massive-online, immortal robot, horde-fighting, action game. It was this game before Destiny was this game. More #ThornCars, and yet less.

Oct 07, 2020
Platformer Short: Ring Fit Adventure
594

Jonathan recounts working out with the Switch peripheral title Ring Fit Adventure, another of Nintendo's ingenious uses of the joycon, more than a bit clever, and surprisingly effective.

Oct 01, 2020
Vampyr
2586

Jonathan and Nick discuss Vampyr, a step forward into new territory of story and morality, more than just some sort of simple good and evil mechanic, and certainly enough to overcome a few rough mechanical edges. A fascinating gem amidst a sea of higher-budget games.

Sep 24, 2020
Platformer Short: Alto
374

Jonathan discusses Alto: a light, fun, relaxing romp of a one-button, 2D platformer.

Sep 15, 2020
Code Vein
2107

Jonathan and Nick discuss Code Vein, a Japanese souls-like that represents the expansion of the mechanical genre into new setting genres. Your move, Atlas.

Sep 08, 2020
Platformer Short: AER: Memories of Old
424

Jonathan recounts a pleasant, puzzle-light platformer, low on tension and high on relaxation.

Sep 07, 2020
Ghost of Tsushima
2548

Jonathan and Nick discuss Ghost of Tsushima, a true love letter to the struggle of the Samurai, and a very solid game besides. It oozes attitude and style, an absolute joy for any fan of Akira Kurosawa's works.

Aug 31, 2020
Sundered: Eldritch Edition
1396

Jonathan regales about a phenomenal MetroidVania platformer with advancement integrated into the narrative, effective power design, beautiful art, exhilarating temptation and indulgent fulfillment of choices in Sundered: Eldritch Edition.

Aug 24, 2020
Elite Dangerous
2747

Jonathan and Nick discuss Elite Dangerous, a space-flight-simulator with ships, upgrades, combat, markets, factions, and space tourism. A bit complex, but deep, and a lot of fun.

Aug 12, 2020
Platformer Short: Hue
587

Jonathan describes Hue, a platformer from the Epic Games store, a sidescrolling puzzler that makes good use of a single, versatile mechanic. Colorful and fun, with well-executed art and a hint of story.

Aug 04, 2020
Ghost Recon: BreakPoint
2348

Jonathan and Nick discuss Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: BreakPoint. Sometimes the industry succumbs to temptation. We'll see if they learn their lessons.

Jul 30, 2020
Live Play: Blades in the Dark
9068

A recorded play session of Blades in the Dark, run by Nick, for Jonathan, John, Trevor, and Jason. The game is fantastic. The rest of the sessions will be available to all on our page Patreon.com/LiterateGamer

Jul 21, 2020
Blades in the Dark
4999

Jonathan and Nick speak with John Harper, creator of Blades in the Dark, an intricately well-designed Tabletop Role-Playing Game with a unique and novel world. This game is incredibly fun, slick as a shark, and John was a delight to speak with. You won't regret a listen! https://johnharper.itch.io/blades-in-the-dark https://johnharper.itch.io/lady-blackbird https://johnharper.itch.io/agon

Jul 15, 2020
Q: a Neon Platformer
698

Jonathan discusses Q: a Neon Platformer, a simple game that quickly spirals into a certain complexity and shiny fun. The developer sent me a code for this one, but I can honestly say that it's a good game. Check it out on Steam.

Jul 08, 2020
Paladins of the West Kingdom and Root
2967

Jonathan and Nick discuss two great board games "Paladins of the West Kingdom" and "Root". These two are in the absolute top tier of worker placement games, and Root represents a true asymmetric experience. Both are well designed and fun to play, and available at your local game store, as well as on TableTop Simulator on steam.

Jul 02, 2020
Platformer Short: Mega Man X
880

Jonathan revisits a platformer classic: Mega Man X, available now in a collection on the switch. Still great, and at a great price.

Jun 23, 2020
Cassie Layton - Voice Acting & Greedfall
2449

Cassie Layton discusses her role as De Sardet, the Legate of the Merchant Congregation, in 'Greedfall', the 2019 narrative heavy, companion driven, RPG from the developer Spiders.

Jun 16, 2020
Platformer Short: Enter the Gungeon and Tormentor X Punisher
1202

Jonathan waxes philosophical about Enter the Gungeon and Tormentor X Punisher, bullet hell shooters, proper game design, and mechanics.

Jun 09, 2020
Mount and Blade 2: BannerLord
3583

Jonathan and Nick discuss "Mount and Blade 2: BannerLord", an 3rd-person action/kingdom management/simulation game with surprising quality, depth, and an aggressive update schedule. Prepare yourself for greatness, or devious banditry, whichever serves you best!

Jun 03, 2020
Platformer Short: Valfaris
627

Jonathan tears through the over-the-top, heavy-metal style bloodbath Valfaris, leaving a pyre of unheeded tears, broken dreams, and flaming corpses in his wake...

May 26, 2020
The Outer Worlds
2815

Jonathan and Nick discuss The Outer Worlds, a skillful stride forward in true choice about how you advance your character and interact with the world and your companions. We're very happy to see developers making advances in the genre.

May 20, 2020
Platformer Short: Mega Man 10
401

Jonathan visits Mega Man 10, a distillation of the best parts of the series, with options for new material and quality of life improvements: the best of both worlds.

May 12, 2020
Astroneer
2936

Jonathan and Nick discuss Astroneer, a romp of crafting and spacewalk exploration, tailored for multiplayer fun and joy. Enjoy it with friends of all ages.

May 06, 2020
Platformer Short: Mega Man 9
486

Jonathan recounts the joy of Mega Man 9: back to basics, the unbridled simplicity of Mega Man 2, and all the same fun. I highly recommend it for fans of the series.

Apr 28, 2020
Cities Skylines
2450

Jonathan and Nick discuss Cities Skylines, a very well-crafted city-building game with lots of accurate-feeling urban planning, and a surprising number of learning moments that are completely natural and organic.

Apr 25, 2020
Platformer Short: The Messenger
743

Jonathan recounts the honor, snark, and platforming sophistication of The Messenger, a triumph of a game, available on Steam and the Epic Store. Go get it.

Apr 14, 2020
Writing Workshop: The Wanderers
4730

Our friend and Patron Amir sponsored this episode for Kyleigh about her writing project about his game. We go into detail about this particular writing project, our feedback, tips, and tricks for authors.

Apr 07, 2020
Star Control: Origins
1031

Jonathan expounds on Star Control: Origins, a galactic exploration game with a strong focus on searching for resources planet-to-planet. Instead of focusing on battle, politics, and domination, this one is light and fun, with a cartoony vibe, and true to its core theme.

Apr 01, 2020
Kerbal Space Program
3559

Nick tells Jonathan about Kerbal Space Program, an incredible space simulation game, and apparently training tool for the next generation of NASA.

Mar 26, 2020
Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
459

Jonathan expounds on a fantastic sequel to a Link to the Past: A Link Between Worlds! A step outside of the usual Zelda formula, it represents adventurous new mechanics and story.

Mar 17, 2020
Dwarf Fortress Looms (Villains and Steam Release)
3321

Nick and Tarn talk about the latest updates for Dwarf fortress, including the approaching Steam version, complete with visualizer and mouse controls. Also Jonathan is there. This game is always full of life and great emergent gameplay stories, as is the show, and not to be missed!

This is an exceptional podcast episode. All craftsdwarfship is of the highest quality. It is decorated with amusing asides, details of pending releases, and descriptions of looming gameplay enhancements. On this podcast is the image of Tarn Adams, creator of Dwarf Fortress. He is surrounded by dwarves and carrying a capybara skull. Tarn Adams is contemplating the coming Steam Release.

Mar 12, 2020
Platformer Short: the Legend of Zelda, a Link to the Past
731

Jonathan discusses The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, a Super-Nintendo classic, and not-to-be-missed entry in the Zelda franchise.

Mar 03, 2020
Tokaido and Pandemic
2670

Jonathan and Nick discuss Tokaido and Pandemic, two fantastic board games that represent the two extremes of calmest competition and most desperate cooperation: both excellent and worth the cost of admission.

Feb 25, 2020
Platformer Short: Hollow Knight
684

Jonathan expounds upon Hollow Knight: a very well crafted MetroidVania with beautiful art. It's a strong release with unique style.

Feb 19, 2020
GreedFall
3773

Jonathan and Nick discuss GreedFall: proof that you don't need the highest budgets in the land to make a really awesome game. It's like Mass Effect 2 except more hack-and-slash (and magic and muskets) instead of a shooter. Definitely get it!

Feb 17, 2020
Platformer Short: Shovel Knight - King of Cards
739

Jonathan visits the latest Shovel Knight expansion: King of Cards. It's a bit harder, but another fun romp in the great world that Yacht Club Games has created.

Feb 04, 2020
20 years of MMOs
3491

Jonathan and Nick discuss the last two decades of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games, from World of Warcraft to Star Wars: the Old Republic, to Destiny: the good, the bad, and where we go from here.

Jan 28, 2020
Platformer Short: Catherine
958

Jonathan discusses Catherine, a Playstation 3 game full of uncertainty, dark and mature themes, relationships, and timed block puzzles. It's very good, but not for the faint of heart.

Jan 21, 2020
Remnant: From the Ashes
3961

Jonathan and Nick speak with Trevor about Remnant: from the Ashes, a third-person shooter with atmosphere and tendencies much like Dark Souls. It’s a very solid experience, fun from start to finish. We can’t wait for more content!

Jan 15, 2020
Platformer Short: Slide Quest
554

Jonathan reveals a new discovery, the board game platformer Slide Quest: quite ingenious, novel, with some real challenge at later levels! Check it out on BoardGameGeek.com: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/271785/slide-quest

Jan 07, 2020
Science Fantasy vs. Fiction at Starbase Indy
2865

Jonathan and Nick discuss the true nature of genre in the wake of a variety of new Star Wars movies and shows, and a rich history of Star Trek and other properties. What is Science Fiction, and what is Fantasy or Western in Space? Listen in for the answers...

Dec 31, 2019
Platformer Short: Super Ghouls and Ghosts
626

Jonathan erupts enthusiasm about this holiday spooktacular: Super Ghouls and Ghosts, a classic that still holds up, wonderful fun and fantastic monster-slaying action.

Dec 17, 2019
STALKER
3365

Jonathan and Nick discuss Russian philosophical science fiction masterpiece STALKER, spawned from the book "Roadside Picnic", along with three games of quality and a surprisingly vibrant mod community. The film is VERY GOOD.

A video on the making of the film: https://youtu.be/lhK7hMBli4s

Watch the movie on the Criterion Collection streaming service: https://www.criterionchannel.com/videos/stalker-1

Dec 10, 2019
Platformer Short: Castlevania 64
742

Jonathan discusses Castlevania 64, the first 3D entry in the franchise. There are a few departures from form, but enough novelty and loyalty to the name that it remains fun and worthy of inclusion in the halls of whips and vampires.

Dec 04, 2019
Metro 2033 Redux
3460

Jonathan and Nick discuss the Metro franchise: Russian sensibilities and culture delivered through a first-person-shooter packaging. Join an in-depth discussion of oppressive claustrophobia and darkness made remarkably compelling.

The Miracle of Sound: “The Day the World Died” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvYi1MRvX_o

Nov 30, 2019
Platformer Short: Metal Gear 2
851

Jonathan expounds on a Nintendo classic, Metal Gear 2, when the franchise was still more platformer than soap opera: a great platformer and overall game.

Nov 19, 2019
A Dark Room - Switch Shenanigans with Amir Rajan
4522

Amir speaks with Jonathan and Nick about A Dark Room on the Nintendo Switch, the saga of the secret programmability within, and whether Nintendo can take a joke. This is part 2 of our Amir Rajan double-feature.

Nov 12, 2019
Platformer Short: Indivisible
804

Jonathan gushes about Indivisible: a new zenith in platformers. It's not a metroidvania, preferring instead to radiate joy from every pore, with beautiful art and voice-acting, difficult jumping puzzles, and a unique combat system focused on custom combos and split-second timing. It's not easy, but is always tons of fun. I highly recommend it!

Now on Switch, Steam, PS4, and XBox One. https://indivisiblegame.com/

Nov 05, 2019
Nier Automata with Amir Rajan
2800

Jonathan and Nick discuss Nier Automata with Amir Rajan, games, philosophy, and everything. We ended up recording for two hours, of which this is the first. We get really deep into this, and you won't regret listening.

Oct 29, 2019
Platformer Short: Castlevania Portrait of Ruin & Order of Ecclesia
715

Jonathan brings us another concentrated dose of Castlevania goodness. Now with fixed audio.

Oct 23, 2019
Streets of Rogue
3199

Jonathan and Nick speak with Matt, creator of Streets of Rogue, published by TinyBuild, a bizarre game of innumerable choices and variety. @Madguy90 Streetsofrogue.com

https://www.tinybuild.com/streets-of-rogue

Oct 15, 2019
the Joy of Crafting in FF14
1588

Short episode: Jonathan goes on a fan-rant about how awesome the crafting mini-game is in Final Fantasy 14. Honestly, it's the best part of the game. I just tolerate the combat and story-line. :)

Oct 08, 2019
Domenico from Unworthy Life
4163

Jonathan and Nick speak with Domenico of Mechanical Centurion games, makers of the upcoming "Unworthy Life". He's doing ALL the right things to make a fantastic game.

Get it on IndieGoGo: https://igg.me/at/UnworthyLife/emal/10592139

https://twitter.com/unworthylife?lang=en

https://www.unworthylife.com/

Oct 01, 2019
Platformer Short: Mega Man 8
576

Jonathan discusses Mega Man 8, and the course correction to a more sane difficulty level and more of a true mega man feel. Now the Mega Man Legacy collection 2 is earning its keep.

Sep 25, 2019
Vampire the Masquerade: Chapters
3166

Jonathan and Nick speak with Thomas, of Flyos Games, about "Vampire the Masquerade: Chapters", an upcoming new board game, from people who truly love VtM. You really need to check out their stuff!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/VampiretheMasqueradeCHAPTERS/ http://www.vampirethemasquerade-chapters.com/ http://www.flyosgames.com/ http://www.untildaylight.com/

Sep 17, 2019
Platformer Short: Mega Man 7
657

Jonathan discusses Mega Man 7, a return to the original, but in 16-bit, released after Mega Man X, but chronologically before. They're trying new things, with mixed results. Available on the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2.

Sep 10, 2019
Division 2 End Game
2924

Jonathan and Nick discuss the crunchy, crackly mechanics of the Division 2 as of the Tidal Basin content patch, 7/2019. Mostly gamer this time around, but a good co-op shooter.

Sep 03, 2019
Platformer Short - Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow
616

Jonathan describes the new innovations Castlevania takes in, of all places, the Game Boy Advance, with "Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow", and the follow-up "Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow". https://castlevania.fandom.com/wiki/Castlevania:_Aria_of_Sorrow

Aug 27, 2019
Platformer Short - CastleVania: Symphony of the Night
837

Jonathan extols the virtues of the masterpiece Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the mother of the “metroidvania” genre, and with good reason. It’s a must-play, even after two decades.

Aug 26, 2019
GenCon 2019
2910

Jonathan and Nick decompress GenCon 2019, discussing what's new from in gaming, for those that coudn't make it in person, and provide further inside for those that did.

Aug 20, 2019
Ashen, Mike from A44 Games
3448

Jonathan and Nick speak with Mike, Design Director of A44 Games, about their game Ashen, a new spin on a phase-story take on a Dark-Souls-esque action game. A44games.com @a44games on twitter

Aug 06, 2019
Platformer Short - Super Mario Odyssey
630

Jonathan discusses the latest Super Mario game from Nintendo: still fun, not 4-player, but a great two-player experience with the young gamer in your life.

Jul 31, 2019
Rising Sun, and Gizmos
2206

Jonathan and Nick discuss two games by CMON: Rising Sun and Gizmos, true innovations in their respective genres, and a kinder, more fun way to play competitively.

Jul 23, 2019
Platformer Short - Super Mario 3D World
683

Jonathan discusses Super Mario 3D World, probably the best Mario game to date. It's just fun: Joy untainted by extra bells or whistles that might have gotten in the way. Another victory by Nintendo.

Jul 16, 2019
PopCon Live: Japanese Heroes
2425

Jonathan and Nick discuss different Japanese Video game story types, from Kabuki to Noh, to a live PopCon audience.

Jul 10, 2019
Writing Workshop: Writing Retreat
2517

Jonathan and Nick discuss intentionally departing from society with a few friend-coworkers with the aim of writing. Listen in to hear lessons from this recent experience, and some important reminders and requirements for this type of undertaking.

Jul 05, 2019
Writing Workshop: Book Launch
1496

Jonathan shares important details about how to do a book launch, foresight and hindsight, after publishing "Corruption of Identity"

http://octopuspark.com/fiction/fetch/

The Story Grid

5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing

Jul 02, 2019
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
2810

Jonathan and Nick discuss the first half of Sekiro, Shadows Die Twice. It's a little bit of Tenchu, a little bit of Dark Souls, and a lot sword into your guts: fun, but very hard.

Jun 27, 2019
Platformer Short - Super Mario 64
549

Jonathan discusses Super Mario 64, Nintendo's dynamite first foray into 3D space, and reassertion of its skill and strong place in the industry.

Jun 18, 2019
KitFox Games
2260

Jonathan and Nick speak with Victoria, of KitFox Games, makers of Moon Hunters, and facilitators of the upcoming Boyfriend Dungeon, and Dwarf Fortress on Steam. A joyful discussion, and glimpse of great things to come.

Jun 11, 2019
Platformer Short - Super Mario World
659

Jonathan discusses Super Mario World, a classic example of why the Mario Bros. Nintendo Franchise is still going: a simply wonderful platformer that still holds up today.

Jun 05, 2019
Ndemic Creations
2550

Jonathan and Nick speak with James, founder of Ndemic creations, makers of Plague Inc. and Rebel Inc., both fantastic mobile games, which you absolutely should get.

https://www.ndemiccreations.com/en/36-plague-inc-board-game

May 28, 2019
Platformer Short - Metroid Fusion
512

Jonathan discusses Metroid Fusion, a worthy successor to the Franchise, in the style of Super Metroid. I recommend it. You can still get it on Nintendo 3DS or Wii-U.

May 22, 2019
ArchCrystal (Dwarf Fortress) - Sethatos
3702

He colonized hell, what could we possibly append to that, in show notes of all places, that would come anywhere near that level of cool?

May 15, 2019
Platformer Short - Metroid Prime 2
711

Jonathan Discusses Metroid Prime 2, a fun and eventful continuation of the series, worthy of the franchise.

May 08, 2019
Deep Rock Galactic
2444

Jonathan and Nick discuss Deep Rock Galactic, a first-person, instance-based, cooperative, traversal shooter. It's a surprising amount of fun with a friend or three.

May 01, 2019
Platformer Short - Metroid Prime
977

This week Jonathan discusses Metroid Prime, where a beloved Nintendo exclusive franchise successfully makes the move into full 3D, and keeps its soul.

Apr 23, 2019
The Division 2
3213

Jonathan and Nick discuss the Division 2 base game (levels 1-30). Mechanically better than the first, but a bit lighter on story. Still very fun.

Apr 17, 2019
Platformer Short - Super Metroid
778

Jonathan discusses Super Metroid: a solid game, and defining moment in the genre.

Apr 09, 2019
Above and Below
2027

Jonathan and Nick discuss Above and Below, a board game by Red Raven Games. It's an amazing mix of resource-allocation and choice-branching storytelling: unique, fun, and exciting. A mechanically solid game that's accessible to many ages. Red Raven Games.

Apr 02, 2019
Platformer Short - Banjo Tooie
849

Jonathan speaks about Banjo Tooie, perhaps the best platformer on the Nintendo 64, a solid game from start to finish, still available on Xbox One.

Mar 26, 2019
Hitman 2
4117

Jonathan and Nick discuss Hitman 2, the latest in the franchise that pioneered disguise stealth gameplay: a brilliantly executed power fantasy.

Mar 19, 2019
Platformer Short - Banjo Kazooie
757

Jonathan discusses Banjo Kazooie, the apex of the Nintendo 64, 3rd person, 3D platformers, still available on Xbox One.

Mar 15, 2019
Writing Workshop - Project Delphi
4187

Jonathan and Nick discuss Nick's new writing project, work on improving it, and pontificate writing theory. This also represents an example of the Patreon Exclusive Writing Workshop material, which you can experience or participate in if you're a backer.

Mar 05, 2019
Platformer Short - Earthworm Jim 3D
812

Jonathan waxes nostalgic about Earthworm Jim 3D, a goofy, third-person version of our favorite worm-based-hero game.


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Feb 26, 2019
Stellaris Le Guin patch
2492

Jonathan and Nick discuss the new Stellaris update 'Le Guin'. It's complicated, but an overall improvement, much like the game in general.


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Feb 19, 2019
Platformer Short - Earthworm Jim 2
748

Jonathan discusses Earthworm Jim 2: more goofiness, more Jim, more groovy.


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Feb 12, 2019
Fallout 76, Kevin Mooseles
3444

Nick and Kevin discuss Fallout 76, Bethesda's foray into a multiplayer experience: not their strong suit. Also, Jonathan chimes in. Kevin's page: http://theResistanceIsDead.com Kevin's books: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0SM27U Kevin's mad theories: https://youtu.be/rbvgfoedzLg


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Feb 05, 2019
Platformer Short - Earthworm Jim
1038

Jonathan discusses Earthworm Jim, one of the best platformers of the second-generation game consoles. The art and character are not to be missed. There is a bit of controversy about the creator, but don't let that affect your enjoyment of the game itself.


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Jan 29, 2019
Subnautica
2888

Jonathan and Nick discuss Subnautica, the undersea survival exploration adventure, a great new flavor for the genre, and solid single-player experience.


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Jan 22, 2019
Platformer Short - Metroid 2
893

Jonathan discusses Metroid 2, another side-scrolling space-marine shooter / platformer, with exploration, items, and monsters in the network of caves withing SR388, the home of the Metroid species.


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Jan 15, 2019
Oxygen Not Included
3664

Jonathan and Nick discuss Oxygen Not Included, the Klei game about tribe survival inside a space asteroid, with their usual lovable artwork used to portray remarkably complex systems: a fantastic addition to the genre.


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Jan 09, 2019
Platformer Short - Castlevania 3
1012

Jonathan discusses Castlevania 3, a return to original form with a new twist, this is one of the best of the early Castlevania games. Available on the Konami collection CD: http://www.amazon.com/Konami-Collectors-Castlevania-Contra-PC/dp/B00006969T

Jan 03, 2019
Persona 5
3526

Jonathan and Nick discuss Persona 5, the latest installment in one of the best jrpg franchises, with an interesting story, several quality-of-life enhancements over its predecessor, and all the mechanics, lore, and art we've come to expect from Shin Megami Tensei.

Dec 28, 2018
Platformer Short - Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
1017

Jonathan discusses Odin Sphere and its upgraded rerelease Leifthrasir, a Japanese 2D beat-em-up with marvelous art and story, and a personal favorite. Check it out https://atlus.com/osl/index.html


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Dec 18, 2018
Red Dead Redemption 2
4366

Jonathan and Nick discuss Red Dead Redemption 2, a loyal continuation of the well-developed and deservedly popular cowboy action franchise.


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Dec 11, 2018
Platformer Short - Castlevania 2
722

Jonathan discusses Castlevania 2, the true first Metroidvania game, and one of the first open-world experiences. It shows its age, but is still a lot of fun. Find it on the Konami Collector Series: Castlevania and Contra.


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Dec 04, 2018
The Elder Scrolls Online
3840

Jonathan and Nick discuss the Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game The Elder Scrolls Online, a game that keeps faith with Bethesda's themes, atmosphere, and play style from the other single-player Elder Scrolls games. It's currently only pay-to-buy: there is no requirement for continuous payment. As such, it is definitely worth the price and time to play, and totally works even as a single player experience. The Elder Scrolls Online website


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Nov 27, 2018
Platformer Short - Super Mario Bros. 3
674

Jonathan discusses the Nintendo classic Super Mario Brothers 3, a great platformer, and a staple of the industry. It's a 2D sidescroller that still holds up. Available on the Nintendo store for 3DS, Wii, and Wii U. https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/kS7M2dEEey0WWhQzDyKaRVdZRBBAChJL As of this recording it's not yet available on the Switch.


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Nov 20, 2018
Massive Chalice
2628

Jonathan and Nick discuss the Double Fine game Massive Chalice, a new spin on tactical, turn-based, fantasy battles, including VERY long-term city planning. As usual, Double Fine does not disappoint.


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Nov 15, 2018
Platformer Short - Zelda 2: the Adventure of Link
657

Jonathan discusses Zelda 2: the Adventure of Link, the odd man out in the Legend of Zelda franchise, being an actual platformer. It's simple and compact, but successful and fun. Don't miss it.


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Nov 06, 2018
Motora
2385

Nick and Jonathan discuss Motora with Calum from Twisted Bit Games. It's a competitive, worker-placement, resource-management game. Carefully designed and lovingly tested, you can feel the love they put into this game. You can support the kickstarter now: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1323929220/motora?ref=587141&token=2de574b6

“Motora” https://www.twistedbitgames.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TwistedBitGames/ @twistedbitgames

Play it online: https://tabletopia.com/games/motora https://en.boardgamearena.com/

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Oct 30, 2018
Platformer Short - Legacy of Kain: Defiance
1271

Jonathan discusses Legacy of Kain: Defiance, the final and best game of the narrative-action series. It brings together all of the previous games, and binds them all together one one fantastic satisfying whole. Get this one from Good-Old-Games (gog.com) and play it. If you love vengeance, action, and puzzles, you'll love this. https://www.gog.com/game/legacy_of_kain_defiance

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Oct 23, 2018
The Witcher tabletop RPG
2632

Jonathan and Nick talk with the makers of the Witcher tabletop RPG, Lisa and Cody Pondsmith.

Find them at rtalsoriangames.com.


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Oct 16, 2018
Platformer Short - Blood Omen 2: Legacy of Kain
703

Jonathan discusses Blood Omen 2: Legacy of Kain. It has some good story in it, and more glorious Simon Templeman, but is the weakest of the series, in puzzle and in writing. You can find it on Good Old Games gog.com.


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Oct 09, 2018
Scythe
1985

Jonathan and Nick discuss Scythe, an extremely well-designed, fast-moving, competitive nation-building production/war game. It's very accessible, fast, yet complex. One of the best games I've played. This game is great in person, but feel free to check it out on Steam's TableTop Simulator, though the full digital version is very slick, and takes care all of the administration. It's shocking how good this game is. Get it.


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Oct 02, 2018
Platformer Short - Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2
955

The narrative masterpiece of the Soul Reaver series continues with Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2. This game is where they take all of the narrative elements and spin them into a twisted gold fabric of vengeance and smiting of foes. My favorite game of all time until the next one in this series. Available on gog.com.


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Sep 25, 2018
Dying Light
2871

Kevin Mooseles returns with Nick and Jonathan as they discuss Dying Light, the first-person melee zombie game and spiritual successor to Dead Island.

Kevin's books

A new take on Zombies

The Illuminatus Trilogy

Sep 18, 2018
Platformer Short - Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
834

Jonathan discusses the Action Story classic 'Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver'. It brims with attitude, though clearly was made in the PlayStation 1 age. A great story, you can find it on Good Old Games gog.com.

Sep 11, 2018
Divinity - Original Sin
2662

Jonathan and Nick discuss Divinity: Original Sin, a turn-based, extra crunchy, story-heavy, combat-heavy RPG.

Sep 04, 2018
Platformer Short - Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
861

Jonathan discusses the action adventure game Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. It's an old Playstation game, but overflows with stellar voice acting and compelling story. I recommend it.
Contact me if you find it for legitimate sale beyond the original PlayStation disk: all I've been able to find is the videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kDzqScUs-E.

Aug 28, 2018
Conan Exiles
2991

Jonathan and Nick discuss Conan Exiles, a server-based multiplayer online game that's quite good, but with some troubling Atmospheric / Ethos elements. Find our Conan Exiles server by searching for LiterateGamer in the game server list, or 172.107.16.135:29700

Aug 21, 2018
Platformer Short - Double Dragon 2
707

Jonathan speaks about Double Dragon 2, an old Nintendo classic, and remarkably good beat-em-up with a surprising amount of atmosphere.

Aug 14, 2018
Vampire the Masquerade 5e direct from GenCon
1636

Jonathan and Nick spoke with the makers of Vampire the Masquerade 5th edition direct from GenCon, Karim Muammar and Jason Carl.

https://www.worldofdarkness.com/store/item/59994/Vampire_The_Masquerade_5th_Edition_Corebook.

Find out more about The Vampire Sabbat event in Austin from The Dark Archive's interviews in May.

Check out the upcoming Austin LARP, The Night in Question.

Aug 08, 2018
Platformer Short - Mega Man 6
575

Jonathan discusses the true advancement of the franchise so far, Mega Man 6. Find it on the Mega Man Legacy Collection


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Jul 31, 2018
Dauntless
1717

Jonathan and Nick discuss the new MMO large beast hunting game 'Dauntless'. At the time of this recording it is still in beta, but it shows significant promise.


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Jul 24, 2018
Platformer Short - Mega Man 5
730

Jonathan evaluates continued refinement of the Mega Man franchise with the fifth installment, including the expanding role of Protoman.

Check out the work of the unofficial Mega Man fan band "The Protomen": The Hounds Unrest in the House of Light


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Jul 17, 2018
Talisman
2894

Jonathan and Nick discuss Talisman, a classic game of fantasy and competition that's fun and accessible. Available now in reprint at game stores, or on Steam.


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Jul 11, 2018
Platformer Short - Mega Man 4
848

Jonathan discusses Mega Man 4. The franchise has found its stride, and mega buster! Now available for the Nintendo Switch in the Mega Man Legacy Collection.


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Jul 03, 2018
NorthGard
2228

Jonathan and Nick discuss NorthGard, a real-time-strategy game with a completely different pace and feel. Definitely check it out on Steam.


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Jun 26, 2018
Platformer Short - Mega Man 1 and 3
1093

Jonathan examines Mega Man and Mega Man 3, now available for the Nintendo Switch in the Mega Man Legacy Collection.


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Jun 19, 2018
Diablo 3
3150

Jonathan and Nick discuss Diablo 3, the Jason Statham of Action RPGs.


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Jun 12, 2018
Platformer Short - Metal Gear
810

Jonathan discusses Metal Gear for the original Nintendo, back when it was still a quasi-open-world action game, but still ammo collection and stealth.


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Jun 06, 2018
Zelda - Breath of the Wild
3223

Jonathan and Nick discuss Zelda: Breath of the Wild, arguably the best Zelda game so far. We're back to open world, action, and the best exploration experience for several years.


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May 30, 2018
Platformer Short - Zelda
863

Jonathan talks about the Nintendo classic 'The Legend of Zelda', source for one of the greatest franchises in video gaming, and one of the original jewels of the medium. Even today this is a fun and wonderful work.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zelda


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May 22, 2018
Machi Koro
1470

Jonathan and Nick discuss Machi Koro, a brilliant board game that's fun and accessible. We recommend the base game and harbor expansion, or alternatively the all-in-one rerelease 'Bright Lights, Big City'.

https://www.target.com/p/machi-koro-bright-lights-big-city-board-game/-/A-51093080


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May 15, 2018
Platformer Short - Contra
733

Another platformer classic: Contra! Still available easily on PC via the "Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra" https://www.amazon.com/Konami-Collectors-Castlevania-Contra-PC/dp/B00006969T

The Konami Code: Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start (or select start for 2 player)


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May 08, 2018
Dungeons and Dragons, 5th Edition
3138

Nick and Jonathan Discuss the latest iteration of tabletop roleplaying classic, Dungeons and Dragons: 5th edition.


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May 02, 2018
Platformer Short - Mega Man 2
1047

Jonathan talks about Mega Man 2, a benchmark not just for a prolific franchise, but for the entire platforming side-scrolling genre.

Jaunty remixes of the amazing music found here


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Apr 26, 2018
Nintendo Switch and Couch Co-op
2970

Jonathan and Nick discuss a wonderful variety of Couch Co-op games on the Nintendo Switch. Overcooked, Crawl, Moon Hunters, and other gems.


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Apr 18, 2018
Platformer Short - BattleToads
669

Jonathan talks about BattleToads, the hardest game made, a missed opportunity for a wonderful Intellectual Property.


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Apr 11, 2018
Monster Hunter World
2864

This week Nick and Jonathan discuss Monster Hunter World, the latest in a franchise of third-person action dinosaur boss battles (no robot dinosaurs!).


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Apr 04, 2018
Platformer Short - Metroid
702

This week in Platformer Shorts, Jonathan goes on about the Nintendo game Metroid, the side-scrolling ,open world, action platformer: the first of a great franchise.

Some tips for the American version with passwords: the "JUSTIN BAILEY" code lets the player play as Samus without her Power Suit, and "NARPAS SWORD" grants Samus infinite ammunition, health, all power-ups, and a modified Ice Beam.

Mar 28, 2018
Virtual Reality games
2949

Nick and Jonathan pontificate about Virtual Reality and their experiences with it: PSVR and VIVE. We have mixed feelings about the state of the VR industry, where it will go, and where it might go.

360 YouTube video you can visit with your smartphone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMomKIt1uWA&t=0s&index=2&list=PLYXqP-wYwFb1QiVTIYjMftI5aZCERYfJf

Conan O’Brien plays Job Simulator in VR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqugCQzWOYA&index=1&list=PLYXqP-wYwFb1QiVTIYjMftI5aZCERYfJf

That Bad Mother Fucker music video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgox84KE7iY

Mar 25, 2018
Super Mario Brothers 2 - Platformer Short
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Jonathan waxes nostalgically about Super Mario Brothers 2 ( “Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic”) because Nick is mean, but an otherwise amazing person, and won't let him talk about platformers during regular recordings because they are stupid (It has nothing to do with the fact that he's bad at them).

It's possible that Nick wrote these show notes, and the opinions contained within may not reflect Jonathan's opinions on anything, because he's a dumb-head.

No one reads these show notes anyway.


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Mar 15, 2018
World of Darkness - The Dark Archive
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Nick and Jonathan speak with James Davey, host of the Dark Archive, about the World of Darkness series of tabletop role-playing games, and the stories and history within.

James' podcast the Dark Archive is very good. Go listen to it once you're done.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-archive/id1292113032?mt=2 http://toppodcast.com/podcast_feeds/the-dark-archive-james-davey/ https://darkarchivepod.com/ https://www.facebook.com/TheDarkArchive/

Mar 06, 2018
Platformer Short - Castlevania
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For the inaugural Platformer Shorts episode, Jonathan talks about the original Castlevania: a classic that embodies the genre. You can pick this one up outside of the Nintendo store on Amazon.com: "Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra" https://www.amazon.com/Konami-Collectors-Castlevania-Contra-PC/dp/B00006969T or on the virtual games console: https://www.nintendo.com/games/virtual-console-games

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Feb 27, 2018
Fortnite
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This week, Jonathan and Nick discuss Fortnite. Our Literate gamers discuss this early access instance MMO, with a surprising amount of polish.

Cross platform play on PS4, Xbox One, and PC from Epic Games.

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Feb 20, 2018
RimWorld - TheMeInTeam
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Literate Gamer is joined by self-described RimWorld aficionado TheMeInTeam to discuss Ludeon Studio's survival-colony simulator RimWorld.

Listen for the insightful commentary on a complex, evolving game. Stay for the stories of cannibalism and depravity the title is famous for.

Jan 10, 2018
Copy Editing - Benjamin Dreyer
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Benjamin Dreyer, Copy Chief for Random House, joins Literate Gamer to discuss the value and importance of copy editing in writing. His style guide is currently slotted for a January 2019 release.

This interview was originally slated for release in November, but technical and health related concerns delayed the release until now.

You can find Benjamin Dreyer on Twitter at @BCDreyer where you should follow him for amazing #CopyEditingProTip

Please note: A copy editor was not consulted in the writing of these show notes. We apologize for any undue existential angst.

Dec 18, 2017
Writing - Matt Forbeck
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Matt Forbeck, one of the busiest writers on the market and GenCon’s defacto Writer-In-Chief, takes some time out of his hectic schedule to talk about his experiences as a writer and a staple of the GenCon/Gaming community. Topics of interest include working in existing Intellectual Properties, writing with a deadline, and his experiences with Diana Jones award.

You can stay up to date on all things Forbeckian at his website http://www.forbeck.com/ and you can also catch him on Twitter @mforbeck and Facebook.

Please note – Literate Gamer is switching to a fortnightly release schedule for the foreseeable future.

Nov 16, 2017
Witcher 3
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This week Nate Lunceford joins the Literate Gamer hosts to breakdown The Witcher 3, CD Projeckt Red's dark fantasy masterpiece franchise based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.

They dismantle the mystic and combat mechanics surrounding this beloved franchise using their patented GAMER™ criticism rubric. It's a fantastic time, and we look forward to hearing from Nate in the future.

Oct 26, 2017
Far Cry Primal - Michelle Boback
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Michelle Boback, voice/screen actress and musician, joins Literate Gamer to break down Far Cry Primal. Michelle's most memorable role for our fans would be as the voice of Dr. Megan Reed from Square's seminal Deus Ex franchise. She is married to Elias Toufexis, the voice actor behind Takkar, the main character of Far Cry Primal (and Adam Jensen).

You can find Michell on Twitter @MichellBoback music at her website, on Instagram @BobackMakesMusic, and her own website where you can listen to her fanstic music at www.bobackmakesmusic.com

Oct 18, 2017
The Last of Us - David Rogers
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David Rogers, author of the Apocalypse series of zombie survival horror novels, joins us again to take on Naughty Dog's survival horror masterpiece, The Last of Us.

David Rogers' work can be found on Amazon.

Oct 05, 2017
Games that Don't Exist but Should - Kevin Mooseles
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Kevin Mooseles proves his utility as a reoccurring guest with his latest topic - Games that don't exist, but should.

We spend all of our time breaking down games that do exist, lets get speculative.

Kevin Mooseles is an author and a contributing writer for The Escaptist.

Sep 27, 2017
Tom Clancy's™ The Division
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After playing the Division at launch, Nick and Jonathan return to evaluate the state of the game a year and a half post-release. They run down the different aspects and discuss the inherent difficulties in criticizing an MMO.

Sorry, the official title is Tom Clancy's™ The Division. The didn't discuss the impending movie, but maybe it won't be awful?

Sep 21, 2017
Stellaris
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We breakdown one of our favorite grand strategy games, Stellaris.

This game is continually evolving and improving, so a critical assessment on such a dynamic and organic game is difficult, but we felt the game was worth the effort.

You can pickup Stellaris directly from Paradox, or wherever you get amazing games.

Sep 13, 2017
PopCon Panel on Game Criticism - With the Experience Grind podcast
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This was a live panel discussion we gave at Indy PopCon on Game Criticism. We were joined by Kyle from the Experience Grind Podcast

You can find us on Twitter @LiterateGamer, you can Find the Experience Grind podcast on twitter at @expgrindpodcast and you can find Indy PopCon on Twitter @IndyPopCon

Aug 30, 2017
Darkest Dungeon - Chris Bourassa
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We sat down with one of Red Hook Studio's co-founders, Chirs Bourassa, to talk about mortality, player capital, and eldritch horror in their amazing turn-based RPG, Darkest Dungeon.

Darkest Dungeon recently released a DLC, the Crimson Court, and will be available for iPad on August 24th.

You can find Darkest Dungeon online at http://www.darkestdungeon.com/, and on Twitter @DarkestDungeon

Aug 23, 2017
GenCon Gamers Guide to Grub in Indianapolis
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We're Indy natives, and we figured "Hey, why not doing something good for the incoming gamer community and share our local knowldge".

I'm going to warn you, the quailty sucks. Augustin had nothing to do with this episode, so don't hold it against him.

If you aren't going to GenCon, or ever visting Indianapolis, well, this episode isn't going to do you a lot of good.

Anwyay, enjoy and welcom to Indianapolis.

We'll be back next with better, high quality, content. We have a fantastic interview to drop next week.

Aug 16, 2017
Worlds Collide - Indy PopCon Feature
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This episode was recorded live at Indy PopCon on the Podcast stage. We were joined by Jason Percy and Dave with World's Collide where they discuss their new card game, challenges that an independent game designer encounter, and their plans for their game going forward.

Worlds Collide can be found on Facebook at ColideWorlds, and on Twitter.

In the near future we'll be sharing our Game Criticism panel discussion we also recorded at Indy PopCon.

Aug 09, 2017
Psychonauts 2 - Zak McClendon
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Zak McClendon, lead designer of Psychonauts 2, joins Literate Gamer to talk about the experience of working on the sequel to one of the most beloved platformers in recent memory.

Zak currently works for Double Fine. He was previously involved with 2K Marin, where he was the lead designer on BioShock 2, Harmonix, and Crystal Dynamics.

You can find Zak on Twitter @zakmcc and you can find all things Double Fine on their website.

Aug 02, 2017
Spore
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This week we cover Spore.

This was a canned episode we've been sitting on for a bit. We're taking our summer break, so you're getting it now. However, our Patreon backers are getting a super awesome epsidoe TODAY tthat the rest of you won't be getting until next week.

https://www.patreon.com/LiterateGamer

It's not too late, you could still sign up for the Patreon.

Jul 26, 2017
Thinking Critically about RPGs - Hearty Dice Friends
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The Hearty Dice Friends, Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor, join Literate Gamer to discuss the idea of applying a critical eye towards Table-top RPGs.

Grant and Chris can be found on their podcast, the Hearty Dice Friends, and on Twitter @GSHowitt and @TheMaddigan . Their latest release, The Spire, is currently available for funding on Kickstarter .

Jul 19, 2017
Gaming and Emotion - Katherine Isbister
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Katherine Isbister, researcher in games and human/computer interaction, joins Literate Gamer to discuss the role of emotion in game play and design.

Katherine Isbister is a professor at the University of California Santa Cruz, and a core faculty member for the Center for Games and Playable Media. She is the author of How Games Move Us, Better Game Characters by Design, and Game Usability. She's also a generally groovy person and you can find more about her at http://www.katherineinterface.com/ and on Twitter @kcisbister

Jul 12, 2017
Bloodborne
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Literate Gamer critically examines From Software's PS4 exclusive, Bloodborne. An atmospheric action RPG in a similar vein as Dark Souls, Bloodborne is strongly influenced by 'eldritch horror' and the writing of H.P. Lovecraft.

Be sure to check out Literate Gamer on Patreon and Twitter.

Jul 05, 2017
Dragon Age - JS Lenore
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JS Lenore, author, joins the Literate Gamer to dissect the Dragon Age franchise. The strengths and weakness of the different entries in the franchise are evaluated and criticized with some asides, mainly about Indy PopCon.

Warning: Contains Tangents.

JS Lenore and Literate Gamer will be at Indy Popcon July 7th-9th. You can find Literate Gamer, Literate History, on the PopCon podcasting stages, and a special Game Criticism panel discussion lead by Literate Gamer.

You can find JS Lenore in lots of places; her Twitter account at @p1013, you can find her on Facebook , and on her Amazon Author page.

Jun 28, 2017
Making Dungeons & Dragons Fun Again - Jonathan Tweet
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Jonathan Tweet the RPG designer and writer of Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition, Over the Edge, Ars Magica and 13th Age sits down with Literate Gamer to talk about making Dungeons & Dragons fun again and other highlights in his long, and continuing, career- including his theoretical contributions to the creation of Unknown Armies.

Also covered is his new children’s book, Grandmother Fish, designed to help teach children about evolution.

You can find Jonathan Tweet on Twitter, his Amazon Authors Page, and his Google+ profile where he actively engages with the community.

Jun 21, 2017
The Church in the Darkness - Richard Rouse III
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Richard Rouse III sits down to discuss his upcoming game, The Church in the Darkness, a procedurally generated infiltration game that pits you against a religious cult- one that changes on each subsequent play through.

Richard has had a long career in video games, working most prominently on The Suffering, and its sequel The Suffering Ties that bind.

You can find Richard on Twitter @richardrouseiii and The Church and the Darkness at Paranoid Productions.

You can also find his defense of Eyes Wide Shut at Unjustly Maligned

Jun 14, 2017
Quest for Glory - Lori Ann and Corey Cole
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Quest for Glory creators Lori Ann and Corey Cole discuss the history and future of this beloved RPG franchise from the golden era of Sierra Online. Their current game, Hero-U, follows as a sort of spiritual successor to the Quest for Glory formula while evolving and updating towards a modern context.

You can find Lori Ann [@Hero_lori] and Corey Cole[@herocorey] on Twitter, and their new game can be pre-ordered at hero-u.com. You can find them on Facebook at The School for Heroes.

Jun 07, 2017
Rainworld - James Therrien
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Rainworld is an indie adventure game set in dystopian ecosystems featuring the adorable Slugcat. Rainworld and Videocult developer James Therrien joins Literate Gamer to talk about his development experiences on Rainworld.

Rainworld is available on Steam and on PS4. You can also find both Rainworld [@RainWorldGame] and James Therrin[@BRIGHTPRIMATE] on Twitter.

Sadly, the Slugcat plushie is currently out stock, but will be available on Sanshee

May 31, 2017
Mass Effect Andromeda Nexus Uprising
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Authors Jason Hough and KC Alexander talk about their recent novel, Mass Effect Andromeda Nexus Uprising the official prequel to BioWare’s latest entry in the Mass Effect franchise, Mass Effect Andromeda.

Jason Hough is the author of the Dire Earth series of novels among others and can be found at www.JasonHough.com, his Amazon author page, and on Twitter @JasonHough.

KC Alexander is the author of NecroTech and can be found at www.KCAlexander.com, her Amazon author page and on Twitter @kacealexander .

You find find Mass Effect Andromeda Nexus Uprising at Amazon, and where ever fine books are sold.

Special thanks to Jennifer Hale for our cold open.

May 24, 2017
Writing and Directing - Ken Levine
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Ken Levine, director of Bioshock, Bioshock Infinite, Sytem Shock 2, and both Freedom Force games sits down to talk about writing in video games, directing, and his roll as creative director.

Yeah, we have no idea why he came on the show either. No one's more surprised than we are, but it was a great time and a genuinely interesting conversation.

Ken Levine is the Creative Director as Ghost Story Games and you can find him on Twitter @Levine.

I went the whole episode without calling him Kevin 'Lah Vine'.

May 17, 2017
Overwatch - Kevin Allen
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Kevin Allen, host of The Ends, a narrative history podcast, sits down to talk about Overwatch. Kevin was previously the host of Bits on Hits podcast from the Plays and Screens committee, which covered Psychonauts with Literate Gamer.

You can find The Ends on Twitter @TheEndsPodcast and on iTunes.

You can find the Bits and Hits podcast on iTunes as well, but it is currently on hiatus.

May 10, 2017
State of Decay - Kevin Mooseles
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Frequent contributor Kevin Mooseles returns to Literate Gamer to discuss Undead Lab's zombie infested open world masterpiece, State of Decay. It's the best zombie themed video game criticsm podcast episode you'll hear this week!

You can find The Resistance is Dead on Amazon. Kevin Mooseless is also a frequent contributor at The Escapist.

May 03, 2017
One Page RPGs - Grant Howitt
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Grant Howitt sits down with Literate Gamer to discuss his current project of designing a single page RPG game, each month. He covers his other gaming relatred projects, including a Zombie LARP, the Unbound setting, and Hearty Dice Friends his podcast with Chris Taylor.

You can find Grant Howitt on Twitter and on Patreon . His podcast, Hearty Dice Friends, is available on SoundCloud.

Apr 26, 2017
The Flame in the Flood - Gwen Frey
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Gwen Frey, animator for The Molases Flood, sits down to talk about their latest game, The Flame in the Flood - or at least we assumed she was sitting. It was a long conversation so we hope she sat down.

Gwen recalls her work and experiences she had on The Flame in the Flood and BioShock Infiinite. She speaks favorably of Chuck Ragan and the unique nature of his musical contribution into the end experience of The Flame in the Flood.

You can catch her on Twitter @DireGoldFish, where you can also find @MolassesFlood. Gwen also has an awesome podcast called The Dialouge Box.

Apr 19, 2017
Board Game Design - Emma Larkins
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Emma Larkins, Literate Gamer contributor, talks about her experiences at GDC and PAX East and the indie the ins and outs of the indie landscape at industry events. After recapping her recent convention experiences Emma talks about her experiences with table top game design and digs into her various on-going projects. xgqr7uxs

Apr 13, 2017
Mobile Gaming - Amir Rajan
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Amir Rajan - developer of A Dark Room on iOS/Android, joins us again to talk about Mobile Gaming, and the topic is addressed from both a development and an end user perspective. Amir provides a comprehensive list of his favorite games, which will be available in the show notes on LiterateGamer.com

Apr 05, 2017
Table Top Games (And How to get Started) - Gaming and BS
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The guys from Gaming and BS slum it for an episode and talk about Table Top games with Literate Gamer. They breakdown how, and why, to get started in table top role playing games, how to approach the hobby, and even which games to play.

Enjoy as The Gaming and BS podcast lends it's topical expertise on Roll Playing Games and the hobby as a whole.

http://gamingandbs.com/

OSRIC (AD&D ruleset): http://www.lulu.com/shop/stewart-marshall/osric-a5-pdf/ebook/product-20697767.html

What is D&D? http://dnd.wizards.com/dungeons-and-dragons/what-is-dd

Mar 29, 2017
Deus Ex - Michael G. Munz
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Author Michael G. Munz returns for the promised follow up episode covering Deus Ex. Follow us on an epic journey of cybernetically enhanced discovery.

We don't have much else to say on the subject. It's Literate Gamer, the episode covers Deus Ex, you know what's happening.

http://michaelgmunz.com

Twitter: @TheWriteMunz

Mar 22, 2017
Nioh - Fightin Cowboy
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Team Ninja's recent sously release, Nioh, is dissected and examined by Literate Gamer along with special guest Fightin Cowboy. They discuss the specifics of game play- with Nioh's emphasis on combos, the Sengoku period of Japanese history, and even the real world identifies of the game's principal figures.

The name Nioh is derived from Nio, a Buddhist wrath deity common in Japanese Buddhism.

www.youtube.com/user/fightincowboy713
www.twitch.tv/fightincowboy
@fightincowboy

Mar 15, 2017
Dwarf Fortress - Tarn Adams
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Engraved on this podcast is a masterfully designed conversation by Tarn Adams, creator of Dwarf Fortress. Tarn Adams describes the founding of Dwarf Fortress, the Myth and Magic updates coming, and the seemingly inescapable creative gravity that Dwarf Fortress exerts on his other endeavors.

Tarn Adams is holding a Capybara-man skull totem aloft. The podcast relates to the great Were-lizard purge of the peaceful, ale infused, dwarf commune of The Homely Urist.

Additional links and resources are available at www.LiterateGamer.com.

Mar 08, 2017
Grand Theft Auto - David Rogers
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David Rogers, SFWA member and author of the Apocalypse series, sits down with Literate Gamer to discuss Grand Theft Auto, Dan Houser's ever evolving Magnum Opus.

Find David at http://davesworld.info or on Reddit under davesworldinfo.

Mar 01, 2017
Crusader Kings II - Trevor Zaple
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Trevor Zaple, author of Prospero's Half-Life, joins Literate Gamer to discuss all the best ways to assassinate your family members for fun, profit, and empire expansion. In this week's episode Paradox's strategic narrative engine Crusader Kings 2 gets the GAMER treatment.

Feb 22, 2017
Shadowrun - R. L. King
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R. L. King, contributing writer for the Shadowrun discusses Shadowrun, writing as a freelance author, working in existing intellectual properties, and self publishing for fun and profit!

R. L. King is also the writer for the Alastair Stone series, the latest being Flesh and Stone (Alastair Stone Chronicles Book 8). Links available in the shownotes as www.LiterateGamer.com

Feb 15, 2017
Fallout - Kevin Mooseles
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Nick and Jonathan are joined by returning guest Kevin Mooseles - author of The Resistance is Dead and contributor to the Escapist -to cover Bethesda's post-apocalyptic role-playing franchise, Fallout. They compare and contrast the different games in the franchise and evaluate the shifts and changes the franchise has experienced over the years. They also explore theories surrounding the origin of Fallout 4's protagonist.

Feb 08, 2017
Pokemon - Mitchell Olson
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Literate Gamer, along with guest Mitchell Olson, explores one of Japan's most iconic cultural exports: Pokemon, and takes a particularly long view at the changes and improvements made in the latest entry in the franchise: Pokemon Sun/Moon.

Find Mitchell at http://thoughtspeakcast.com/ and his books here:

https://www.amazon.com/Mitchell-Olson/e/B00AU6W962/

Feb 01, 2017
Mad Max - Kal S Davian
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Literate Gamer delves into Australia's principal dystopian export; Mad Max. From the original movie all the way through until Fury Road and Warner Brothers game Mad Max.

Jan 25, 2017
Shin Megami Tensei Persona
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Literate Gamer examines the fan favorite Japanese game series Shin Megami Tensei Persona. They slowly unwind and explore the disparate elements core to the franchise - western esotericism, dharmic religions, and a fair shake of pop culture. Persona 3 and 4 and the primary content discussed, but the Persona Arena is acknowledged. Dancing All Night is not acknowledged or discussed.

This episode is primary concerned with the Persona series of Shin Megami Tensei games. The Shin Megami Tensei series itself will be covered at a later time.

Jan 18, 2017
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
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Literate Gamer explores a pastoral, albeit post-apocalyptic, English village in "game" Everybody's Gone to the Rapture by The Chinese Room. When civil discourse between our two hosts breaks down, one host sets fire to the other and uses his ashes to make his beverages more powerful and more fulfilling. Afterward, the emboldened host realizes that no one ever reads the episode summaries after the first sentence and sets out on a narrative quest that rivals the wayfarers of antiquity, and strains the very notion of narrative credulity.

Oh, and they also debate the definition of the term 'game' itself.

Jan 11, 2017
Dark Souls (Part 2) - The DLC's
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Literate Gamer returns to one of its favorite franchises, Dark Souls, and digs deep into the additional Downloadable Content each title has to offer, including the Ashes of Ariandel for Dark Souls 3.

Jan 04, 2017
Skyrim (Round 2) - Kevin Mooseles
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Literate Gamer returns to Skyrim with the recently released Skyrim Special Edition, and this time are joined by author Kevin Mooseles. This time around they wade into much deeper issues of Elder Scrolls lore including the Elder Scrolls, CHIM, and C0DA.

Dec 20, 2016
A Dark Room - Amir Rajan
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Literate Gamer returns to A Dark Room's Amir Rajan the developer that ported A Dark Room to iOS and Android and who contributed unique touches of his own. Amir discusses the porting process, going viral, and shares some of the more creative criticism he received on A Dark Room.

Dec 14, 2016
Monster Hunter
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Nick and Jonathan break down Capcom's legendary Action-RPG Monster Hunter. Without a traditional narrative, the games are driven forwards with meaningful player choice. A considerable amount of time is spent discussing the variety of approaches and builds that are both allowed and competitive. Monster Hunter stands out as one of the best games for meaningful player choice and play-style variety.

Dec 07, 2016
Civilization
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Sid Meier's Civilization is one of the gold standards of modern strategy gaming. In this episode Nick and Jonathan evaluate the most recent entry in the series, Civilization VI and discuss it's history to date.

Dec 01, 2016
Assassin's Creed
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Literate Gamer examines the famed Ubisoft franchise in detail and evaluates the combat mechanics, attention to detail, and historical settings of this annualized series. Listen as we marvel are inexplicable decisions made by Ubisoft Management, like why Assassin’s Creed IV is an Assassin’s Creed game, or why the need for an over-arching meta narrative is so important when it does so little (but it is certainly Assassin’s Creedy).

Nov 16, 2016
Writing and Editing - John Adamus
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Literate Gamer sits down with John Adamus, The Writer Next Door and Editor, to discuss the importance of editing, the craft of writing, and value of an external perspective in creative pursuits. This episode is nearly all 'Literate" and substantially less 'Gamer'.

Nov 09, 2016
A Dark Room - Michael Townsend
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Literate Gamer discusses A Dark Room, independent game design, and video games with Michael Townsend of Double Speak games.

Nov 02, 2016
DOCTOR GAINES - Writing, filmmaking, and faith
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Famed author, podcaster, and filmmaker Doctor Gaines sits down with the Literate Gamer crew to talk about his latest novel, The Shot, his upcoming film project Cordial Kill, and has a frank discussion about religion and faith.

Oct 26, 2016
XCOM - With Michael G. Munz
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Literate Gamer discusses the XCOM franchise with the author Michael G. Munz. They cover the history of XCOM and evaluate the different components that make a good tactical strategy game. Covers all of the original XCOM games, XCCOM Enemy Unknown, XCOM Enemy Within, XCOM 2, and breifly mention of XCOM the Bureau.

http://michaelgmunz.com/

Oct 19, 2016
Les Allen - The History of D&D Video Games
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Les Allen joins the Literate Gamer for an overview of the history of video game adaptations of Dungeons and Dragons. From the Gold box games to Neverwinter Nights and beyond, they explore one of the most adapted gaming franchises in history. Other topics include GenCon, Podcast Quiz-night, and the geek culture of South Africa.

Know your place: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/479351954072104173/

Oct 12, 2016
Blade Ballet - Emma Larkins
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Jonathan and Nick interview Emma Larkins: Author, game maker, artist! We discuss indie publishing, ebooks, and Stardew Valley.

Mechalarum, Blade Ballet, HeartCatcher: www.emmalarkins.com

Oct 05, 2016
JM Guillen - Cooperative Narrative
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Famed author and super-villain JM Guillen joins the Literate Gamer hosts Nick and Jonathan to discuss the joys and challenges of developing stories cooperatively, storytelling, and growing up with D&D and role playing games.

Sep 28, 2016
Destiny
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Jonathan and Nick discuss Destiny.

Sep 21, 2016
Suckerpunch
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Jonathan and Nick discuss the movies "Suckerpunch" and "The Fountain", what they mean, and their similarities and differences.

Sep 14, 2016
Mass Effect
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Jonathan and Nick discuss the Mass Effect Series.

Sep 07, 2016
Skyrim
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Jonathan and Nick discuss The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

Also, check out http://www.gsprints.com/: it's where we got our great shirts!

Aug 31, 2016
Robin Laws Interview
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Jonathan and Nick at GenCon 2016 interview Robin Laws, creator of the games Feng Shui, the Hero Quest roleplaying game, Gumshoe, Hillfolk, and several books, including Hamlet's Hit Points.

http://site.pelgranepress.com/index.php/category/products/dramasystem/

Aug 24, 2016
Rather Dashing Games
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GenCon 2016: Jonathan and Nick interview Michael Richie and Grant Wilson from RatherDashingGames.com. Game philosophy, publishing, books, and living the dream.

Aug 17, 2016
BioShock
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Jonathan Small and Nick Rust discuss BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite.

This podcast contains swearing. Music Courtesy of The Romanovs.

www.OctopusPark.com

Aug 04, 2016
Dark Souls
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Introduction to Literate Gamer, the hosts Jonathan Small and Nick Rust, and discussion of Demons' Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls 3, and Bloodborne.

This podcast contains swearing. Music Courtesy of The Romanovs.

www.OctopusPark.com

Jul 11, 2016