A Few Thoughts About Suikoden

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One of the games that had the biggest impact on me while I was growing up was 1996’s Suikoden. Released on the PlayStation, it was a traditional Japanese RPG that featured a large cast of characters and a story that focused on political intrigue.

I recently dusted off my PS Vita and fired the game up. 15 hours later, I had a new appreciation for the game (along with some old frustrations). In this video, I’m joined by Mark to discuss the 27 True Runes, bad inventory management, and weapon sharpening!

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What Did I Play? [05/30/16 – 06/05/16]

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A vlog about the board games and video games I played between 05/30/16 and 06/05/16! Some quick thoughts about Evolution, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Dark Moon, and Suikoden.


Labyrinth: The War on Terror iPad App

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There’s an app (in beta) for the jihadist AI of Labyrinth! This video examines how the app works and I give some thoughts on why I enjoy it so much.

Talking “Stardew Valley” with Modi Operandus

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Modi and I discuss the 2016 surprise smash hit, “Stardew Valley”. A farming sim in the vein of Harvest Moon, this small indie game has sold millions of copies since its release.

Modi and I discuss what works and what doesn’t, the pleasure in small things, and how to play the game the “right” way.

What Did I Play? [3/14/16 – 3/20/16]

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A vlog about the board games and video games I played between 3/13/16 and 3/20/16! Some quick thoughts about the Twilight Struggle beta and 7 Wonders: Duel.

The Twilight Struggle Beta A.I.

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The beta for Twilight Struggle on Steam recently updated, and the new version of the game includes a rudimentary artificial intelligence which can act as your opponent. Previously, the game required you to find an opponent via online matchmaking, so this is a big deal for those anti-social types who’d rather wage a potential nuclear war against a faceless robotic enemy.

This video is the first game I played against the new AI. As a note, the developers released this with the caveat that the AI is extremely raw, and that the games against it will be nothing compared to a real, human opponent. Is this true? Does it matter? You can find out in the video!

What Did I Play? [3/07/16 – 3/13/2016]

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A vlog about the board games and video games I played between 3/07/16 and 3/13/16!

Some quick thoughts about XCOM 2, Stardew Valley, and the Twilight Struggle beta.

What Did I play? [2/29/16 – 3/06/16]

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A vlog about the board games and video games I played between 2/29/16 and 3/06/16!

Some quick thoughts about Jaipur, XCOM 2, The Binding of Issac, Arboretum and Stardew Valley.