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Episode 110 - Shroud of the Disappearing Podcast
After another extended absence — what a summer it has been! — the podcast crew return to discuss recent happenings with Shroud of the Avatar. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:43:53
September 14, 2018
Episode 109 - Wes Locher Braves Britannia
Comic book artist, video game writer, and author Wes Locher recently published a new book: Braving Britannia: Tales of Life, Love, and Adventure in Ultima Online. It's a collection of stories about (what else?) the experience of different Ultima Online players and developers throughout the various eras of the game, and was something of a passion project for Wes. We invited Wes onto the podcast to chat about Braving Britannia, its relatively short writing process, how he went about collecting stories, and more. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
48:33
August 3, 2018
Episode 108 - The Ultima IX Redemption Autopsy
Ultima IX: Redemption was, during the years it was in development, one of the most ambitious Ultima fan projects going; news from its developers (who came to be known as the Titans of Ether) was always greeted with excitement, and every new glimpse we got of their progress in remaking Ultima 9 suggested that we were in for an epic experience....whenever the mod was released, that is. But ultimately, Redemption did fold; it was cancelled, and its team instead opted to put their talents to use creating a new game. So, in this episode, Chlorthos Dragon joins us again to discuss the storied, troubled development and cancellation of the project he helped found. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:08:42
July 20, 2018
Episode 107 - Made-Up Languages in Video Games
Video games, especially those set in fantasy realms — and, occasionally, in a science fiction context, although this seems to be less of a thing in that genre — occasionally feature a made-up language which is spoken (or otherwise utilized) by the NPC populace thereof. In this episode, then, we take a look at some of the different languages that have been developed for use in video games, from simple substitution ciphers to actual languages that have their own glossary, syntax, and grammar. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:27:39
July 5, 2018
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 106 - Abstraction
Linguistic Dragon and WtF Dragon discuss abstraction, and its importance to game design and the RPG experience. Because there is quite a gulf of difference between the actual, raw, terrifying experience of being lost in a hostile wilderness and finding one's way through it, and the rather more pleasant and fun-filled experience of navigating one's way through a game's open world whilst having to occasionally deal with the intrusion of a hunger mechanic. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
51:22
May 25, 2018
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 105 - Virtue Doesn't Have a Finish Line
From a discussion of Jordan B. Peterson's musings on the importance of narrative and mythos as a foundational aspect of societies, to Hans Urs von Balthasar's musings on beauty, goodness, and truth, this is a wide-ranging discussion that attempts, ultimately, to examine one thing in particular: the perhaps unique staying power of the Ultima fandom, even though it has been just shy of two decades since the last single-player Ultima title was published. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com
1:10:42
May 4, 2018
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 104 - Game Sales and Bad Guys
This discussion began with the observation that, having surpassed $6 billion in sales, Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto 5 has not only out-grossed Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film franchise, but is also (apparently) the single most successful entertainment title in history (across all media forms). That may or not be true once you factor in some inflation-adjusted revenues for older games, but even so: it's still both impressive, and also mind-boggling. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:06:38
April 19, 2018
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 103 - First Impressions: Shroud of the Avatar
With Shroud of the Avatar now in wide release, it seemed fitting to put together an episode in which a few of the podcast regulars — those who've been playing the game — give their thoughts on it. The episode is structured in something of an interview style, and the various participants discuss at some length where the game does well, and where it needs more work. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
56:40
April 12, 2018
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 102 - She Chooses Compassion!
Because all attempts at recording other discussions fell through, WtF Dragon decided instead, and then at the last minute, to sit down with his eldest daughter, Ella, in order to introduce her to Ultima 6: The False Prophet. They walk through the character creation sequence, and then explore Lord British's Castle and the City of Britain, discussing the game as they go. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
41:01
March 28, 2018
Byte-Sized Virtue S06E04 - Humble Like an NPC
Humility, as defined within Ultima lore, is "about perceiving one's place in the world, not according to one's own accomplishments, but according to the intrinsic value of all individuals. It is the recognition of the worthiness of all beings, and the perception of one's own place among them, regardless of one's own personal accomplishments or mistakes in the world." Which is a bit of a longer way of saying what St. Teresa of Ávila had to say about humility: that it is "living in the truth." Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
09:01
March 23, 2018
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 101 - Shroud of the Avatar Is About to Launch
If you can believe it, this episode was recorded in three — or possibly four! — different segments, but it all kind of flows together into one mostly harmonious conversation in which various co-hosts weigh in with their thoughts about Shroud of the Avatar, which — as Sir Klaus notes — may well be the last game series we will ever get from Richard Garriott. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
49:41
March 21, 2018
Byte-Sized Virtue S06E03 - Humility for Fans
WtF Dragon, inspired by an episode of Catching Foxes (a Catholic podcast that he would recommend anyone over the age of about sixteen— Catholic or not — listen to), discusses the role humility must play in how a fan of a property approaches that property...whether it's Star Wars, or Ultima. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
14:56
March 16, 2018
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 100 - The Tables Have Turned
To celebrate the 100th episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug, the other hosts have turned the tables on WtF Dragon, and have put him in the interview hot seat. We are also proud to announce the launch of SpamSpamSpamHumbug.com, and also the launch of Question and Answer portals (think: Stack Overflow) at both that site and the Ultima Codex. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:16:52
March 14, 2018
Byte-Sized Virtue S06E02 - Not My Way, But Your Way
Inspired by an episode of a podcast called Catholic Bytes, WtF Dragon takes a look at the idea of giving things up for Lent — and at the plans and goals he has set up for himself in general — and reflects on the fact that it's very easy to let pride infect this aspect of our lives. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
10:15
March 8, 2018
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 99 - Board Games & Other Things
WtF Dragon was entirely absent for the recording of this episode, and so its contents are a bit of a mystery. That said, Save vs. Dragon and Sir Klaus begin by talking about board games, attempts to adapt Ultima as board games, and the video game For The King (which grew out of an attempt to adapt Ultima 7: The Black Gate as a board game). Where it goes from there...is something you will have to find out as you listen. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:11:07
March 2, 2018
Byte-Sized Virtue S06E01 - Giving Up Goods
A key point of Lenten penances is to give up things that are good...and to welcome with joy the fruitfulness that resuts. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
09:14
February 22, 2018
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 98 - It’s Good That Nobody Else Owns EA
Rumours have been circulating that Microsoft might be looking at buying up EA. Or Valve. Or the PUBG developers. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
39:35
February 16, 2018
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 97 - Not Looking for Group & Shroud of the Avatar’s Launch Date
Quest chains and narrative storylines are commonplace in MMORPGs now, but do the inclusion of these elements break the group play experience? Also, Shroud of the Avatar is slated, possibly, for launch this March. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:06:56
February 3, 2018
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 96 - Meetup in Atlanta
What better way to kick off a new year of Spam Spam Spam Humbug than to do a "live" recording at a meetup of Ultima Dragons? Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:17:43
January 19, 2018
Byte-Sized Virtue S05E03 - Humility in Ultima
This being an Ultima-themed podcast, let's take a look at how that series of games understands and presents the Virtue of Humility. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
08:39
December 23, 2017
Byte-Sized Virtue S05E02 - Humility by Example
How would you respond if your child turned out to be the King of the Universe? Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com
12:26
December 16, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 95 - Alternate Histories of Ultima
In which we explore headcanon, what-if scenarios about Sosarian and Britannia history, and even where some Ultima games themselves took canon in a different direction. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com
1:29:37
December 14, 2017
Byte-Sized Virtue S05E01 - Simplicity and Attachments
With the dawn of another Advent season, let’s take a look at the Virtue of Humility. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com
15:53
December 9, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 94 - The Lost Richard Garriott Interview
A previously unpublished 2014 interview with Richard Garriott, in which he discusses Ultima 9, Ultima X, Shroud of the Avatar, and other things besides. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:28:31
November 29, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 93 - Getting Caught Up
We talk about Ireland, hurricanes, Star Wars, and eventually Shroud of the Avatar. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:47:50
November 16, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 92 - Musings on MMOs
A lengthy discussion on multiplayer games, community management, and other topics. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:23:20
November 1, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 91 - Ultima Online Again (With Raph Koster)
In which Raph Koster (Designer Dragon, the original designer working on Ultima Online); tells still yet more stories from that game's earliest years. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:28:59
October 18, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 90 - Ultima Online Turns 20 (With Raph Koster)
What better way to mark the 20th anniversary of Ultima Online than by hearing stories from the original designer thereof? Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:35:31
October 4, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 89 - The RPG Episode
What exactly is an RPG, anyway? Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:41:22
September 13, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 88 - Random Dragonly Rabble, Yet Again!
Another round of random Dragonly rabble. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:39:08
August 31, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 87 - Random Dragonly Babble, And Also Dr. Cat
I honestly have no idea what's in this episode. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:48:46
August 17, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 86 - Learning Through Games: The Pixel Generation
It's really the perfect name for the generation between Generation X and the Millennials; we grew up playing video games. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:23:01
July 26, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 85 - When Two Games Become One
Shroud of the Avatar isn't the first game to propose the idea that one or more entries in a series should be playable as a contiguous experience. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
31:15
July 19, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 84 - The Fictional Ultima
A look at the various works of written fiction that have been based on the Ultima series, both official novels and fan efforts. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:09:04
July 5, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 83 - What’s In a Game?
What is a game, why do we play games, and why do we keep playing them? Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:26:23
June 28, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 82 - First Fan Projects
Let's talk about our first Ultima fan projects, our first explorations of programming, and/or our first experiences messing with a game's editing toolkit. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:35:52
June 7, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 81 - Gameplay Features: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em
We take a look at gameplay features — NPC schedules, day/night cycles, and other systems — and their impact on one's enjoyment of a game. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:12:52
May 24, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 80 - The Three Ultimas on Every Top 100 List
In which we examine -- and sass -- IGN's Top 100 RPGs of All Time list. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.
1:38:39
May 17, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 79 - Ultima 7
This episode was nearly given the title “Chekov's Pixels”, for reasons that will become apparent. Also, Ultima 7: The Black Gate is 25 years old now. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug
1:31:22
April 27, 2017
Byte-Sized Virtue S04E08 - Thomas’ Honor
Another season of Byte-Sized Virtue draws to a close. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic Stack Dragon wrote in to comment on the last Byte-Sized Virtue episode: I enjoyed your late
19:23
April 26, 2017
Byte-Sized Virtue S04E07 - The Absurdity of Dishonor
Is it enough to simply reject shame, and being shamed, to follow the path of Honor? Or is there more we should be mindful of? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic There's a couple passages that struck me, while I was reading G. K. Che
16:57
April 20, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 78 - #EmulaPobre
A mish-mash of topics, with a lot of talk about emulators for old gaming consoles. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to ever
1:26:34
April 13, 2017
Byte-Sized Virtue S04E06 - Shame of the Uncovered
What can we come to know about Honor, as a virtue, by looking at its negation? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic(s) There's something I forgot to look at last week!
25:50
April 12, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 77 - Anniversary Bash 2: Blackrock Boogaloo
Because one episode wasn't enough to cover everything that was awesome about the Ultima Dragons Anniversary Bash. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon
1:57:07
April 6, 2017
Byte-Sized Virtue S04E05 - Honor and Dishonor
In which Klingons are referenced. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic This week's reflection is probably the most “off the cuff” of the season (at least to date), and it continues to poke around the ideas that were explored last
21:14
April 5, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 76 - The Ultima Dragons Anniversary Bash
A lengthy debrief session for those who planned, helped organize, and/or attended the Ultima Dragons 25th Anniversary Bash last month. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our
1:32:28
March 29, 2017
Byte-Sized Virtue S04E04 - Confusion In Terms
How Ultima presents the Virtue of Honor (e.g. in the Gypsy questions) often fails to align with how Honor is defined in Ultima lore. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic This week's reflection was inspired, most directly, by a comment from
18:42
March 28, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 75 - Revenge of the Podcast
Have we been doing this for two years already? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyone who supports Spam Spam Spam
1:05:41
March 22, 2017
Byte-Sized Virtue S04E03 - You Are Not What You Have Done
On the importance of forgiveness...and of admitting fault. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic Spurred on by this touching, very reflective art
21:35
March 21, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 74 - Breath of the False Prophet
In which we discuss The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and how it hearkens back, in its own way, to Ultima 6. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon
1:26:17
March 15, 2017
Byte-Sized Virtue S04E02 - It’s the Little Details
Paradoxically, it's often easier to be virtuous when it comes to the big things, and much more difficult to be virtuous in the little, private details. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic(s) This is partly a follow-up to last week's episode,
21:00
March 14, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 73 - All About That Music
Let's talk about game music - the great, and the forgettable. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyone who supports
1:34:33
March 8, 2017
Byte-Sized Virtue S04E01 - Wash Up Naked
Virtue is an interior disposition to do the good...but what if you don't always perceive that interior call? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic(s) The liturgical season of Lent began last week with Ash Wednesday
13:26
March 7, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 72 - Mute Your Furnace!
For lack of any decided-upon topic, we instead talk about random bits of gaming news...notably, the Nintendo Switch and Mass Effect: Andromeda. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to y
1:39:26
March 1, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 71 - U3.5: Pax Britannia
A long-overdue interview with Zedex Dragon, the creator of U3.5: Pax Britannia. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyon
1:00:27
February 22, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 70 - The 2016 Ultima Fan Project of the Year
The community and the judges have cast their votes; let's now reveal which Ultima fan project has been voted Fan Project of the Year for 2016! Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to yo
58:29
February 15, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 69 - Ultima in Gaming History
We take a look at PC Gamer's Ultimate RPG Handbook, and comment on its presentation of the history and influence of the *Ultima* series. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by o
1:29:43
February 8, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 68 - Modern Kids, Classic Games
How do our children — or our nieces, nephews, and other young children we know — respond to classic PC and console games? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our
1:33:08
January 26, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 67 - Those Darn Kids
When we were kids, at least, messing around with video games was at least as fun as playing them to pass them. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon
1:11:03
January 18, 2017
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 66 - Ultima Fan Projects Recap
Let's take a look at the progress that various Ultima fan projects and Ultima-inspired projects made in 2016. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon
1:21:35
January 12, 2017
Byte-Sized Virtue S03E07 - I Am One With the Force
In which, somehow, we bring to a close this discussion of the Virtue of Spirituality and the anima technica vacua. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic(s) It's never easy to wind down a season of Byte-Sized Virtue, especially not one
28:47
January 11, 2017
Byte-Sized Virtue S03E06 - A Life of Virtue?
Deathblade Dragon chronicles his struggles with depression, fatherhood, and living according to the Eight Virtues. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic(s) If there's one episode where we'd like to hear back from you, it's this one; De
22:33
January 5, 2017
Byte-Sized Virtue S03E05 - Anima Traffic Jam Vacua
How often do we miss perceiving the humanity of others around us, instead opting to distract ourselves with the fleeting and the ephemeral? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic(s) In which the discussion with Paul comes to an
27:35
December 29, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 65 - The History of Our Systems
Where did it all start, our respective fascinations with computers and gaming consoles? What were the systems — and who were the people — along our technological journeys? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Sp
1:33:57
December 21, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue S03E04 - Dignity and Value
What is it about being human? And, more importantly, how should we respond — as humans — to other humans, simply by virtue of the fact that they're human? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic(s) Paul and me contin
11:41
December 20, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 64 - First Systems: PC and Console Stories
The Spam Spam Spam Humbug crew share personal recollections of our first gaming hardware/systems. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; th
1:35:33
December 14, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue S03E03 - What Are We Progressing Toward?
From a spiritual standpoint, progress can be a great thing; we should hope our spiritual journey moves us toward a telos, an ultimate end. But in other senses, progress doesn't always mean that. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic(s)
12:48
December 13, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 63 - Game Bosses, the Return
Let's talk about game bosses. The memorable ones, the hard ones, the dumb ones...and maybe even the absent ones. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon
1:16:40
December 7, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue S03E02 - Who Did Your Neighbor Vote For?
How do you live out the ideal of Spirituality? It might be better to ask, first, how you live in relation to — and in relationship with — others. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic(s) My friend Paul rejoins the podcast to discu
24:43
December 6, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 62 - Never Forget Who is the Boss
Let's talk about game bosses. The memorable ones, the hard ones, the dumb ones...and maybe even the absent ones. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon
44:55
December 1, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue S03E01 - Anima Technica Vacua
It's the difference between looking at constellations in an app, and looking at a sky full of stars. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic(s) For those of you that follow my Scouting-themed podcast
16:03
November 29, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 61 - Ultima Dragons 25th Anniversary Bash Updates/Nine Minute Topics
Gallara Dragon joins us to discuss the latest news about the Ultima Dragons 25th anniversary bash. And then a bunch of us disucss random things. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to
1:38:17
November 15, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 60 - Game Review Systems
Why do we still use arbitrary, numeric systems to review and rate games? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyone who s
1:33:05
November 9, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 59 - Which Came First: The Story or the Game?
What's the best way to design a game: solidify the story first, or get the underlying tech in place and then craft a story around it? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on AndroidCo-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon
52:49
November 2, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 58 - DEFCON3 & NPC Dialogue
What even makes dialogue interesting in RPGs? What works, and what doesn't? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on AndroidCo-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyone who supports Spam Spa
54:40
October 18, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 57 - NPC Dialogue and Voiceovers
In which we discuss voiceovers in games, how difficult they are, why it would be a bad idea to crowdsource voiceover work...and then eventually we get into crowdsourced NPC dialogue in general. Sort of. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on AndroidCo-Producers This episode of Spam S
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October 5, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 56 - Conversation Systems, Part the Second
We had so much fun talking about conversation systems last week, we decided to give it another go. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on AndroidCo-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyone wh
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September 29, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 55 - Conversation Systems
Let's take a look at different forms of conversation systems that crop up in games. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyone who supports Spam Spam Spam Humbug and the Ultima Codex by that means. And, as always,
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September 21, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 54 - What Kind of Bad Behaviour Should Be Allowed in Games?
In a multiplayer game, it is inevitable that some players will abuse or take advantage of others. Which of these behaviours, if any, should developers allow to take place, and which should they work to prevent? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanNew Patrons & Shout-Outs Avatar's Radio, who not only support us vi
1:42:07
September 15, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 53 - Game Development Challenges II
Let's look at some (more) of the pitfalls that can affect game development. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyone who suppo
1:36:32
September 7, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 52 - Shroud of the Avatar: Persistence and Land Rush (Starr Long Interview)
Spam Spam Spam Humbug chats with Starr Long about Shroud of the Avatar's Release 32, its now-persistent world, and the land rush that players have been participating in over the last couple weeks. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to
2:29:25
August 23, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 51 - Game Development Challenges
Let's look at some of the pitfalls that can affect game development. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyone who supports Spam Spam Spam Humbug and the Ultima Codex by that means. And, as always, a hearty thank you to our
1:15:25
August 16, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 50 - Hey, Look, a Milestone!
We've somehow managed to reach a fiftieth episode. That seems significant. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyone who supports Spam Spam Spam Humbug and the Ultima Codex by that means. And, as always, a hearty thank you to our
2:16:52
August 11, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 49 - Crafting Menus vs. Interactive World Features
The later Ultimas featured robust interactive world systems, which even allowed for objects to be combined to make other objects (e.g. bread). How does this relate to modern crafting systems in RPGs? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyo
1:31:49
August 3, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 48 - Are RPGs the Stars of the Video Games Industry?
With more and more title incorporating “RPG elements”, can it be said that RPGs are the foremost category of video games? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyone who supports Spam Spam Spam Humbug and the Ultima Codex by that me
1:10:26
July 27, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 47- Pokemon Go; Could an Ultima ARG Work?
Probably not; Ultima just isn't as well-known an IP. But AR RPGs could possibly work, and even bring considerable innovation to the AR space. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyone who supports Spam Spam Spam Humbug and the Ult
1:41:29
July 20, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 46 - Who Mourns for LAN Parties?
If you grew up playing computer games in the 90s, you probably know what a LAN party is. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyone who supports Spam Spam Spam Humbug and the Ultima Codex by that means. And, as always, a hearty tha
1:29:45
July 13, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 45 - In Which I Eat Crow (I’ll Soon Be Plump!)
In hindsight, it was obvious that at some point, WtFD would have to eat some of his words regarding the Kim Karsdashian iOS game. Now Available on Google Play Music | Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers As always, a hearty thank you to our Patreon co-producers: Seth, Johnny, Dominik, Chris, Violation, Adam, Erik, Thorwan, Cody, Pascal, and Neil.
1:23:57
June 17, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 44 - Getting Out of the Box
At least in the realm of PC games, physical box copies seem to be going away...with the exception of collectors editions that have lots of feelies in them. Now Available on Google Play Music | Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers As always, a hearty thank you to our Patreon co-producers: Seth, Johnny, Dominik, Chris, Violation, Adam, Erik, Thorwan, Cody, Pascal, and Nei
1:12:34
June 1, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 43 - It’s Time for EA to Make a New Ultima
EA has been teasing “mystery titles” for its 2018 lineup, including new takes on a couple of (unspecified) old IPs. Now Available on Google Play Music | Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers As always, a hearty thank you to our Patreon co-producers: Seth, Johnny, Dominik, Chris, Violation, Adam, Erik, Thorwan, Cody, Pascal, and Neil.New Ultima Dragons
1:45:45
May 26, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue S02E10 - Origins and Ends
No, not origins in the sense of science. Rather, in the sense of people. And philosophy. Now Available on Google Play Music | Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanPodcast Topic(s) As this second season of Byte-Sized Virtue draws to a close ahead of Pentecost, we wrap up the discussion with Chlorthos Dragon. Primarily, the discussion has been about the topic
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May 13, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 42 - Towels Optional
If you've ever wondered what our dream games might look like...we'll try to tell you. Now Available on Google Play Music | Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers As always, a hearty thank you to our Patreon co-producers: Seth, Johnny, Dominik, Chris, Violation, Adam, Erik, Thorwan, Cody, Pascal, and Neil.Podcast Topic(s) The Spam Spam Spam Humbu
1:36:46
May 12, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 41 - The Ageing Gamer III
It seems like publishers just aren't making games for our demographic anymore. How, then, should we go about transmitting our love of gaming to the next generation? Now Available on Google Play Music | Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers As always, a hearty thank you to our Patreon co-producers: Seth, Johnny, Dominik, Chris, Violation, Adam, Erik, Thorwan, Cody, Pascal
1:05:01
May 4, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue S02E09 - Reserves of Empathy
As we continue the discussion with Chlorthos Dragon, we discuss the need for parents to be able to show empathy. Also something about Forge of Virtue's Test of Love. Now Available on Google Play Music | Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanPodcast Topics As this second season of Byte-Sized Virtue moves through the Easter season, we've shifted the focus of episodes back
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April 29, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue S02E08 - Virtues and Anti-Virtues, Sheep and Goats
Ultima doesn't adequately represent all of the opposition that exists to each Virtue. Not that it handles anti-virtue badly...it just handles it incompletely. Now Available on Google Play Music | Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanPodcast Topic(s) As this second season of Byte-Sized Virtue moves from the Lenten season into the Easter season, we will be switching the focus
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April 22, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 40 - The Ageing Gamer II
Gone are the days when we could play games at whim, for what duration pleased us. How, as gamers, do we deal with changes in the gaming industry? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers As always, a hearty thank you to our Patreon co-producers: Seth, Johnny, Dominik, Chris, Violation, Adam, Erik, Thorwan, Cody, Pascal, and Neil.New Followers & Ultima Dragons Podbean: thefinalcutmovieblog, ajstam1993, farmgamesociety Ultima Dragons on Facebook: David, Johan, Frank, Markus, Tony, Todd, Davide
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April 13, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue S02E07 - Virtue and Pharisees and Laws, Oh My!
In which we take a look at the origins of the Eight Virtues of Ultima lore, and discuss the intersection of virtue and law. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanPodcast Topic(s) As this second season of Byte-Sized Virtue moves from the Lenten season into the Easter season, we will be switching the focus of episodes back to topics that relate, in some way, to the Eight Virtues (and Three Principles) of Ultima lore. Specifically, we'll be talking about the Virtue of Compassion and the Principle of Love, joined this time by Chlorthos Dragon. I
April 8, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 39 - The Ageing Gamer
Gone are the days when we could play games at whim, for what duration pleased us. How, as gamers, do we deal with getting older and having less time for our passtime? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanCo-Producers As always, a hearty thank you to our Patreon co-producers: Seth, Johnny, Dominik, Chris, Violation, Adam, Erik, Thorwan, Cody, Pascal, and Neil.New Patrons & Shout-Outs New Patrons: Oceania Shout-Outs: The anonymous person or persons behind the @ultimadragons
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April 7, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue S02E06 - Love, Compassion, and Mercy
The Ultima series depicts love in a very philosophically interesting way, one which is very much in line with real-world ideals of mercy. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanPodcast Topic(s) As this second season of Byte-Sized Virtue moves from the Lenten season into the Easter season, we will be switching the focus of episodes back to topics that relate, in some way, to the Eight Virtues (and Three Principles) of Ultima lore. Specifically, we'll be talking about the Virtue of Compassion and the Principle of Love, joined this time by Chlorthos Dragon.
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March 31, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue S02E05 - It’s Oddly Fitting to Discuss Violence During Holy Week
In which we wrap up the discussion with Paul and look at violence in a real-world context. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanPodcast Topic(s) For this second season of Byte-Sized Virtue, we continue to take the episode structure in a bit of a different direction, at least in part. This is the second episode drawn from a discussion between Withstand the Fury Dragon and an friend old friend of his, Paul, whose philosophical musings he has consistently enjoyed and respected. And rather than talk about any specific Virtue or Principle from Ultima, or its re
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March 26, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 38 - RPG Stories
Stories in RPGs...what makes them good, and are they even necessary? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntro Ultima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixCo-Producers As always, a hearty thank you to our Patreon co-producers: Seth, Johnny, Chris, Dominik, Violation, Adam, Erik, Thorwan, Cody, Pascal, and Neil.New Followers & Ultima Dragons Podbean: T.E.N., kendal259, sharmameenakshi850, albliker, jayxthexleo Ultima Dragons Facebook Group:
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March 18, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue S02E04 - Gameplay, Violence, and VR
What starts as a discussion about story and gameplay mechanics morphs into discussion of the depiction of violence in video games, and how violence might end up being depicted in VR. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanPodcast Topic For this second season of Byte-Sized Virtue, we continue to take the episode structure in a bit of a different direction, at least in part. This is the second episode drawn from a discussion between Withstand the Fury Dragon and an friend old friend of his, Paul, whose philosophical musings he has consistently enjoyed and respected.
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March 17, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue S02E03 - What If All the Starbucks Closed?
Is post-secondary education all it's cracked up to be? Is STEM education the be-all and end-all of education? Why can't China make ball-point pens? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanPodcast Topic(s) For this second season of Byte-Sized Virtue, we continue to take the episode structure in a bit of a different direction, at least in part. This is the third episode drawn from a discussion between Withstand the Fury Dragon and an friend old friend of his, Paul, whose philosophical musings he has consistently enjoyed and respected. And rather than talk about any sp
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March 9, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 37 - Teaching Kids How to Design a Board Game
That time that three guys from BioWare helped Withstand the Fury Dragon's Beaver Scout troops design their own board games. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntro Ultima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixCo-Producers As always, a hearty thank you to our Patreon co-producers: Seth, Chris, Johnny, Dominik, Violation, Adam, Erik, Thorwan, Cody, Pascal, and Neil.New Patrons & Shout-Outs This whole episode is basically a big shout-out, but here is the official shout-out to
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March 8, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue S02E02 - Censorship, Encryption, and Cinematic Palette Cleansers
A wide-ranging discussion that looks at a number of pressing issues in today's technological environment. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanPodcast Topic(s) For this second season of Byte-Sized Virtue, we continue to take the episode structure in a bit of a different direction, at least in part. This is the second episode drawn from a discussion between Withstand the Fury Dragon and an friend old friend of his, Paul, whose philosophical musings he has consistently enjoyed and respected. And rather than talk about any specific Virtue or Principle from Ultim
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March 2, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 36.5 - Ultima Online: 2015 in Review
Spam Spam Spam Humbug reviews development on (and news about) Ultima Online that took place in 2015.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroCreation Theme, from the Ultima Online soundtrackPodcast Topic(s)Welcome back to another year of Spam Spam Spam Humbug. This year, to ring in 2016, episodes for the month of January will mostly be focused on re-capping the news pertaining to Ultima, including Ultima Online (which, at least for now, is the only game still in active development that is carrying on the Ultima namesake), various Ultima
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February 23, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue S02E01 - Technology As a Means to Community
Technology is morally neutral. But it can be turned toward good ends, such as community formation.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanPodcast TopicFor this second season (if that's the term to use) of Byte-Sized Virtue, I want to take the episode structure in a bit of a different direction, at least in part. You'll recall that for the Advent and Christmas season (2015-2016) season, I focused exclusively on the topic of Justice, and discussed the relationship between the virtue as it appears in the Ultima games and the real-world virtue that is its equivalent. And, to be fair, I'll pr
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February 23, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 36 - Ultima Online: Richard Garriott & Starr Long Interview
Spam Spam Spam Humbug chats with Richard Garriott and Starr Long about the genesis and first years of Ultima Online.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroCreation Theme, from the Ultima Online soundtrackPodcast Topic(s)Welcome back to another year of Spam Spam Spam Humbug. This year, to ring in 2016, episodes for the month of January will mostly be focused on re-capping the news pertaining to Ultima, including Ultima Online (which, at least for now, is the only game still in active development that is carrying on the Ultima name
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February 17, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 35.5 - Shroud of the Avatar: 2015 In Review
Spam Spam Spam Humbug reviews development on (and news about) the game that took place in 2015.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroNovia Overworld, from the Shroud of the Avatar soundtrackPodcast TopicsWelcome back to another year of Spam Spam Spam Humbug. This year, to ring in 2016, episodes for the month of January will mostly be focused on re-capping the news pertaining to Ultima, including Ultima Online (which, at least for now, is the only game still in active development that is carrying on the Ultima namesake), various Ultima fa
1:27:22
February 9, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 35 - Shroud of the Avatar: Richard Garriott & Starr Long Interview
As a prelude to discussing the news related to Shroud of the Avatar from 2015, Spam Spam Spam Humbug interviews Richard Garriott and Starr Long about the game.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroNovia Overworld, from the Shroud of the Avatar soundtrackNew Patrons & Shout-OutsFirst up, here's a note of thanks to Erik “Gronkh” Range, who recently backed the Ultima Codex on Patreon! Our apologies, Erik; normally, Patreon sends out a notification when there's a new backer, but for whatever reason it didn't in your case.
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February 3, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 34 - 2015 In Review: Underworld Ascendant
The Spam Spam Spam Humbug crew review development on (and news about) Underworld Ascendant that took place in 2015.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroUA Theme 1, from the Underworld Ascendant soundtrackNew Patrons & Shout-OutsA shout-out to whoever recommended us for a Featured Podcast listing on Podbean.
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January 28, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 33.5 - 2015 In Review: Ultima Fan Projects (Part 2)
The Spam Spam Spam Humbug crew review the Ultima fan projects that were active in 2015.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixPodcast Topic(s)Welcome back to another year of Spam Spam Spam Humbug. This year, to ring in 2016, episodes for the month of January will mostly be focused on re-capping the news pertaining to Ultima, including Ultima Online (which, at least for now, is the only game still in active development that is carrying on the Ultima namesake), various
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January 19, 2016
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 33 - 2015 In Review: Ultima Fan Projects (Part 1)
The Spam Spam Spam Humbug crew review the Ultima fan projects that were active in 2015.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixNew Patrons & Shout-OutsA shout-out to the guys at the Open Apple podcast, who discussed Ultima 4's 30th anniversary in their end-of-September episode, and linked to the Codex's article about that.New Followers & Ultima DragonsPodbean:
1:04:35
January 13, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue 6 - Justice is Universal
Justice isn't something which is limited to any one demographic group.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanWhile I had initially thought that I would bring this series of Byte-Sized Virtue episodes to a close at Christmas, it only took a bit of reflection to realize that there was a particularly strong point to be made — especially about a virtue such as Justice — by continuing on to what is called Epiphany in the Catholic liturgical calendar. This feast day is officially observed on January 6th, although most North American par
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January 6, 2016
Byte-Sized Virtue 5 - Why?
Why are you listening to philosophical and theological musings about Virtues on a gaming podcast?Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Android | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanI've been writing — and now recording — meditations on the Eight Virtues of Ultima lore for a few years now, and occasionally the question comes up: why do this? It's a good question. I've been running what amounts to a major online Ultima fan hub since 2008 or so, and I've been running Ultima-related websites since 2004. That's a long time; not as long as some in the Ultima fandom have maintained sites, perhaps, but it amounts to a th
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December 30, 2015
Byte-Sized Virtue 4 - Justice and Christmas
We've been discussing the virtue of Justice during Advent. What does Christmas have to do with Justice?Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanWhen I first set upon the idea of discussing the Virtue of Justice during Advent, and over the Christmas season, a few people expressed doubts about how I would be able to really tie the virtue in with Christmas proper. At least on the surface of it, the connection doesn't seem obvious. I mean, we catch the occasional glimpse of the concept in e.g. the lyrics of Christmas carols (e.g. “Hark the herald angels sing glory to the newborn King. Peace on Earth, and mercy mild; God and sinners reconciled.”), but for the most part the idea of Justice isn't the first — or even the third —
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December 23, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 32 - Ranking the Ultima Games
The Spam Spam Spam Humbug team offer up their rankings of the Ultima games, and discuss why they like (or dislike) each one.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixPodcast Topic(s)Slashing Dragon recently posted, on his blog, his ranking of the Ultima games. And while he lists the games in chronological order of their release, he appends his ranking to the end of his discussion of each entry in the series. He also makes the interesting move of grouping Akalabeth, Ultima Underworld, and Ultima Und
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December 22, 2015
Byte-Sized Virtue 3 - Social Justice
What is social justice? And more importantly, what isn't social justice?Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIf you've followed the news surrounding the controversies that have erupted in the video games press (and in the industry in general) over the last couple of years, you've probably encountered the term social justice (or the pejorative term social justice warrior, sometimes shortened to SJW) at some point. You've probably also encountered the concept of social justice if you've been involved with the mainline Christian churches since at least the year 2000. The idea of social justice — society's obligation to provide the conditions that allow associations or individuals
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December 16, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 31 - The Dark Unknown
Spam Spam Spam Humbug chats with Adam “Goldenflame Dragon” Burr about The Dark Unknown, the Kickstarter campaign for which concludes this weekend.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroThe Dark Unknown, from The Dark Unknown soundtrackNew Followers & Ultima DragonsWe have a new follower on Podbean this week: ZTrigger (a podcast about gaming...and books).And we are also happy to welcome several new members to the Ultima Dragons Facebook group, including: Loren, Shane, Terry, Myke, Norrin
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December 11, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 30 - From Playing Games to Making Games
Spam Spam Spam Humbug looks at making the transition from being a game consumer to being a game creator.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroUltima 6 Intro - Can't Remove the Pain (Acid Usagi Remix) - Trance Edit by Acid UsagiNew Followers & Ultima DragonsNew on Podbean this week, we welcome A Day in the Life of a Crazy Cat Lady, couchop, The Podcast Show with Anthony Dalesandro, and WtFD
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December 9, 2015
Byte Sized Virtue 2 - Justice as a Virtue
Let's take a look at the emergence of Justice as a virtue in Western thought.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanPreviously, we established the premise that Justice is giving right operation to others (or, if you prefer, giving to each person what is their legitimate due), that rights are the object of Justice, and that (in keeping with the understanding that Justice flows outward unto a multitude) we should understand rights as being things had by others, rather than simply considering them as things which we possess ourselves.This isn't — or shouldn't — be a particularly novel notion, and it isn't something that I invented out of whole cloth for the sake of making a point. This view of what Justice i
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December 7, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 29 - Turn-Based vs. Real-Time Combat
How did the turn-based & real-time mechanics of the various Ultimas make the games better, or possibly worse?Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroUltima 6 Intro - Can't Remove the Pain (Acid Usagi Remix) - Trance Edit by Acid UsagiNew Followers & Ultima DragonsNew followers on Podbean this week are: mattrix (his first episode is a sound check, and some thoughts on Fallout 4), budyartigue, perfectworde, kuangjianke625
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December 2, 2015
Byte-Sized Virtue 1 - Justice, A Parable
A meditation on the Virtue of Justice.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIt being Advent, I find myself moved once more to muse upon matters philosophical, examining the Eight Virtues of the Ultima series and comparing these against real-world philosophy and theology. This year, I'd like to focus on the Virtue of Justice, which I don't think I've given much attention to in years past.Thomist theologian James Chastek wrote — or shared; it's not clear — a parable on his blog some years back:A certain Queen was
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November 30, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 28 - Ultima Online
Spam Spam Spam Humbug chats with members of the Ultima Online team.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroCreation Theme, from the Ultima Online soundtrackPodcast Topic(s)This week, as a way of belatedly marking the 18th anniversary of Ultima Online (which actually happened back in September), Spam Spam Spam Humbug is pleased to welcome members of the Ultima Online development team from Broadsword Online Games.The Past: Who's Who & StoriesEach member of the group from Broadsword introduces themselves, and tells us a bit about how long they've been with Ultima Online. They also share their favouri
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November 25, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 27 - DMCA Exemptions & Game Preservation
Joe Garrity returns to Spam Spam Spam Humbug to discuss the recent DMCA exemption that was granted to benefit game preservationists.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixNew Patrons & Shout-OutsThere are a couple shout-outs we'd like to give to backers of the Ultima Codex. First up, Chris increased his Patreon pledge a little while ago, so thank you very much for that.And then, just recently, Matthew somehow found an old donation link on the Codex...and it still worked! So he sent in a few dollars, along with a little note. He writes: “Thanks for maintainin
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November 18, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 26 - Fantasy Settings, Legends, and Histories
WtF Dragon, Gradilla Dragon, and Chlorthos Dragon discuss the generic nature of Ultima's Britannia as compared to other, more fleshed-out RPG settings.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixPodcast TopicsWe are joined this evening by Chlorthos Dragon — and we learn how to pronounce that, actually — to discuss a topic of his suggestion: the generic nature and “feel” of Britannia versus the more fleshed-out settings of other RPGs.[Chlorthos] I listen to Mission Log, a Star Trek podcast. In one episode, they discussed how Star Trek's settin
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November 12, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 25 - The Joys and Pitfalls of Crowdfunding
When you back a crowdfunded project — on Kickstarter or elsehwere — exactly what does that mean? What's the nature of your pledge, and what is the nature of your relationship with the developer thereafter?Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixPodcast Topic(s)This episode is mostly off the cuff, so the show notes aren't as comprehensive.What is a Kickstarter/crowdfunding pledge? What does it entitle the pledge-giver to, and what relationship d
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November 4, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 24 - Name? Job? Bye!
Helgraf Dragon joins us for an episode, and we learn a bit about him and his freaky avatar.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean IntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMix New Followers & Ultima DragonsWe're happy to welcome a few new followers on Podbean this week: wholelotofgamingwithiic, Housebound Podcasts (which seems to talk about the latest news and rumours pertaining to superhero movies and television shows), and shoebie23.And in the Ultima Dragons Facebook group, we welco
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October 28, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 23 - The Gamer Parent (And Thanks, Audience!)
WtFD muses about the task of introducing his kids to computer games. Also, Spam Spam Spam Humbug crossed the 100,000 listens threshold this week, so thank you for listening.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixNew Patrons & Shout-OutsA big thanks to Neil, who recently adjusted (upward, just so we're clear) his Patreon pledge in support of the Ultima Codex.And I'd like to give a
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October 14, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 22 - For The King
Spam Spam Spam Humbug sits down with Colby Young and Gord Moran of IronOak Games to discuss For The King, and its beginnings in The Black Gate Board Game.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroTeaser Trailer Score, from the For The King soundtrackNew Followers & Ultima DragonsSpam Spam Spam Humbug has a couple new followers on Podbean this week: amoten and brionna123.As well, a few more people have joined the Ultima Dragons groups on Facebook and Google+; welcome to Rodrigo (who also joined the Google+ group), Collin, and Martin, and SPLUT! to all.Podcast Topic(s
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September 29, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 21 - Ultima Not So Forever
Withstand the Fury Dragon looks back at Ultima Forever a bit after the one-year anniversary of its shutdown.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroCome With Me, Stranger, from the Ultima Forever soundtrackNew Patrons & Shout-OutsWe have a couple new patrons on Patreon this week: Chris Hopkins and Johnny Wood are our newest backers. Thank you, Chris and Johnny; your support will help keep the Ultima Codex going, and helps bring us closer to being able to upgrade its hosting. And upgraded hosting means more RAM, more processing power, and more storage space to host files for all of the awesome Ultima fan
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September 23, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 20 - Ultima 4
Ultima 4 was released thirty years ago, if you can believe that. As such, the SSSH crew discuss the game, its legacy, and whether or not modern gamers can handle it.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroWander, by David Arnold, from the Ultima 4 soundtrackNew Followers & Ultima DragonsWe have a new follower on Podbean this week: ploy812. Welcome, and we
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September 16, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 19 - Great Expectations
An examination of games which have over- or under-delivered on promises made early in development.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixNew Patrons & Shout-OutsFirstly, I'd like to send some thanks in the direction of Dominus, from the Exult team, who recently backed the Ultima Codex on Patreon! To those of you who've been in the Ultima fan project scene for a while, Dom needs no introduction; those of you who don't know him might be interested to know that he's the caretaker of the Exult project (the cross-
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September 11, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 18 - And Art Thou Male or Female?
How does the Ultima series handle masculinity and femininity? How are certain characters — or even the Virtues — portrayed as masculine/feminine?Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on PodbeanIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixPodcast Topic(s)[Ken] So this is kind of a big deal, as episodes go, because this is the first episode for which the topic has been determined via an outside suggestion. You'll recall, back in Episode 14, before we got to talking about New Project Britannia, we gave a shout-out to Juliet (a friend of Linguistic
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September 1, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 17 - How Necessary Is Combat In RPGs?
How much prominence does combat need to have in an RPG? How necessary should combat be to progressing through — or passing — the game? And is there something “lesser” about including an “easy” difficulty setting?Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMix
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August 25, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 16 - From Aiera to Here
Eleven years ago, the Ultima Codex's predecessor — Ultima Aiera — was launched. Some pretty wild stuff has happened since then.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroThe Parting Glass, as recorded by Shaun Davey for the Waking Ned Devine soundtrack.Podcast Topic(s)This episode is mostly off-the-cuff. Truth be told, I find it difficult to approach the issue of the Codex's (and Ultima Aiera's) anniversary, unless I spend weeks in advance preparing and revising (and re-revising) the text. I haven't had time for that this year, so this podcast episode serves as a stand-in for that. It's a particularly good episode, though, and I'd encourage you to listen to
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 15 - Project New Britannia Goals & Needs
The response to the announcement of New Project Britannia has been overwhelming, so let's talk a bit about what the project needs and where we want to see it go.IntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixNew Patrons & Shout-OutsI want to give a shout-out to Josh Nielsen, a.k.a. Joshontheweb (you can find him on Twitter: @joshontheweb). He's a long-time Ultima fan, and a long-time fan of the Codex as well; we've been mutual follows on Twitter for a few years now. And it turns out that he's actually working on Zencastr. Josh and I had a really engaging discussion on Twitter about Zencastr and some of the features that would turn it into a powerful podcasting platform, and it's cool that in addition to being passionate about all things audio (
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 14 - New Project Britannia
Project Britannia II: a new framework to be built by and for the Ultima & SotA fandoms, which intends to become the go-to resource for Ultima & SotA fan projects.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixNew Patrons and Shout-OutsFirstly, I'd like to give a shout-out to Cody, who recently adjusted his Patreon pledge...upward, just to be clear. That was a really cool thing to do; thanks!Also, a note of thanks to Juliet, who sent in the first topic suggestion we've received to date. That's right: thus far, we've thought up all of the things we've talked about ourselves. But she had a great suggestion — she wonders if we'd con
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 13 - Ultima on the Go
In which we look at ways to get the Ultima games up and running on mobile devices. This is relatively easy in the case of Ultimas 1 through 8...but what about Ultima 9?Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixNew Patrons & Shout-OutsA big shout-out to Browncoat Jayson and Golem Dragon, both of whom worked to keep the Ultima Codex up to date with the latest Shroud of the Avatar, Underworld Ascendant, and Crowfall-related news during the last few days of June and the first few days of July.There have been
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 12 - I Suppose We Should Talk About E3
E3 has come and gone. There were actually some pretty neat things presented thereat, albeit EA has once again refused to announce a new single-player Ultima.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixPodcast Topic(s)Sergorn Dragon and I have this thing we do every year, just before the first-day EA showcase at E3: we each pick odds that a new, single-player Ultima game will be announced. Over the years, we've broadened this category a little bit: we're not necessarily asking for a BioWare-level AAA cinematic experience, after all. It would be perfectly fine with us if EA took a page from Ubisoft a
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 11 - Companions vs. Henchmen
What is a companion, in an RPG context? What is a henchman? Does the distinction even matter, and if so, why?Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixNew Patrons & Shout-OutsThis week, the Ultima Codex has new supporters on Patreon! Thank you, Pascal and kodenkm, for helping keep the site running.Follow-Up From Previous EpisodeSo how about that timing? I
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 10 - Mass Effect 4, Ultima 6 and the Future of the Codex
In which Withstand the Fury Dragon geeks out for a bit about Mass Effect 4 and Ultima 6, and muses upon the future of the Ultima Codex.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroCrash Landing, from the Mass Effect 2 soundtrack.Podcast Topic(s)I was going to talk about some of the recent rumours surrounding the next Mass Effect game — which I'll refer to as Mass Effe
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 9 - The Fall of Astaroth
Being an excerpt from the Journal of the Avatar, from the period of history known as “The Warriors of Destiny”.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixShout-Outs and New PatronsSeeing as how this is the first time we'll be thanking new patrons, this is more of a shout-out to everyone who is already supporting the Ultima Codex via Patreon. So big thanks go out to Stirring Dragon, Seth, Violation, Adam, Chris, Neil
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 8 - Video Games Are Already Grown Up
Do video games really need to grow up? Are they mostly just immature power fantasies at present, or are they vehicles for philosophy and mature storytelling?Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroUltima VI Gates of Creation by OC ReMixFollow-Up From Previous EpisodeReckoning's nods to Ultima. Especially the destinies & skill trees. Podcast Topic(s)
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 7 - Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Withstand the Fury Dragon never seems able to shut up about Big Huge Games' 2012 RPG, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Herein, he'll try and explain why.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroGadflow, from the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning soundtrack (composed by Grant Kirkhope). Podcast Topic(s)The great tragedy of Big Huge Games' Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is that it all but demands a sequel, and will never have one. Although its developer, Big Huge Games, has re-opened, the Amalur IP remains the property of Rhode Island in the wake of the 38 Studios bankruptcy.
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 6 - The Manuals Were Beautiful
In which SSSH discusses the attention and detail that were put into the manuals and reference books that accompanied the Ultima games.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroOC ReMix #44: Ultima IV 'trollbash' by Subliminal Labs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SQBKgHA9jUPodcast Topic(s)Kotaku — which, granted, is not the most historically literate gaming-focused website — posted an article recently which purported to discuss The Beauty of the Game Instruction Manual (
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 5 - Ultima 5
The Spam Spam Spam Humbug crew take a look at Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroUltima V - Stones 2001 Remix by DJ Lizard (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I1eprpYEDU)Follow-Up From Previous EpisodeAdric speaks briefly to something from the Pillars of Eternity discussion.Podcast Topic(s)The Creation and Design of Ultima 5What were some of the obvious influences that Origin Systems drew on for inspiration? TolkienRobin HoodWhat were some of the significant changes in game de
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 4 - Pillars of Eternity
Spam Spam Spam Humbug gets group! WtF Dragon is joined by Boolean Dragon, Linguistic Dragon, and others to discuss Obsidian Entertainment's new RPG, Pillars of Eternity.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroTitle Theme - Pillars of Eternity Soundtrack (Justin Bell)Podcast Topic(s)Pillars of Eternity: Obsidian Entertainment's Pillars of Eternity (http://eternity.obsidian.net/) was released a couple weeks ago. It casts players in the role of The Watcher, a uniquely gifted individual who can perceive the souls of others.Pillars of Eternity is also designed, in part, as a throwback to the Infinity Engine RPGs of the late 1990s and ea
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 3 - 7,679 Files in 1,156 Folders
Proving once again that reducing something to raw numbers isn't necessarily the best way to appreciate its beauty: Kotaku commits journalism with a grand article about the Homeworld Remastered soundtrack. Also: useful Windows applications, encryption software, and sundry other gaming news.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroTheme from the Castle of Death (Ultima III) by Dan Minut - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5EnSST8nM0Podcast Topic(s)Gaming “news” site Kotaku took a break from posting articles about the history of dicks — penises, just so we're clear, not toxic jerks — in video gaming (
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 2 - Don’t Knock the Fun
In which WtF Dragon comments on Warren Spector's SXSW lecture on “the dangers of thinking of games as fun” and raises some objections thereto. Because the real danger is the idea that fun is necessarily the same as escapism.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroUltima Music Market Place Uploaded by Pekka Leppäluoto - https://youtu.be/xO-lLTo8HUIPodcast Topic(s)Warren Spector, presenting at SXSW earlier this month, gave a talk on “the dangers of thinking of games as fun”. (
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August 20, 2015
Spam Spam Spam Humbug 1 - Spam Spam Spam Humbug
The first Spam Spam Spam Humbug episode. Topics include RPG elitism, Shroud of the Avatar, ten rules for creating fantasy maps, and an iOS game that has come out now for Windows which is a keen homage of Wind Walker.Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on StitcherIntroRule, Britannia, from George Nowik’s remix of the Ultima 3 soundtrackPodcast Topic(s)On RPG Elitism: This conversation in the
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August 20, 2015
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