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Dungeon Rushers

Do you dream of finding treasure in dungeons? Of slaying goblins in dungeons? Of building your own dungeons for other adventurers to do such things in? Dungeon Rushers is all about that turn-based RPG pastime of slaying monsters inside dangerous and confined spaces — and letting you get creative with your own dungeon-building. Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play | RSS Watch Me Play Dungeon Rushers How to Play Dungeon Rushers * When you enter a dungeon you see just the room you’re standing in, and can see the directions you can travel in. * So you choose one and step into it, hoping it’s not filled with horrible monsters, traps, or cursed idols. * Your adventurers have some special abilities to deal with problems like that — disarm traps or peek around corners to see what lies ahead, for example. * But, at some point, you’re going to have to bash the evil skeletons or whatever other ghouls you come across. * Combat is simple turn-based RPG stuff, where you tak...

17 MIN2017 JUN 27
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Dungeon Rushers

Night in the Woods

You can’t go home again… OR CAN YOU? Mae, the college dropout kitty that stars in the thoughtful and witty Night in the Woods is doing her darnedest to prove Thomas Wolfe wrong. Night in the Woods is a straightforward adventure game that lets puzzles take the backseat to story and one-off minigames. Its got all the telltale signs of an indie game — you can feel the personal history, nostalgia, and singular humor in every second of this delightful story. Oh, and there’s something spooky happening out in the woods. Brace yourself — the game didn’t get the tagline “At the end of everything, hold onto anything” for nothing. Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play | RSS Watch Me Play Night in the Woods How to Play Night in the Woods * You move and you click things. It’s really quite simple. This is not a game that’s going to test your reflexes at all. It lets you focus entirely on the characters, the story, the puzzles. * For all practical purposes, you can think...

24 MIN2017 MAR 23
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Night in the Woods

Mini Metro

I never knew urban planning was so relaxing! Mini Metro puts your in charge of designing, building, and growing the train lines for a rapidly growing city. New stations pop up constantly, passengers never stop rolling in, and you’ve got to work with limited resources. The super simple interface and soothing music keeps it chill while you solve everyone’s problems, one subway station at a time. Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Music | RSS Watch Me Play Mini Metro How to Play Mini Metro * The game does everything to minimize UI, so it can be a little confusing at first — you’re immediately thrown into what appears to be a 2D map with super simplified graphics. * You typically can see a river running through the middle of the screen. And there are 2-3 shapes scattered around: a triangle and a circle for example. * You click one of them and a colored line starts following your cursor (or finger if you’re on mobile). You drag it over to the other shape and suddenly ...

21 MIN2017 MAR 2
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Mini Metro

Hero Generations

It takes a village to raise a child. And it takes 10 generations of a village to raise a hero, apparently. This week, we jump into Hero Generations: Regen, a turn-based RPG where every action takes a year off your life. You’re tasked with taking on monumental challenges and must do your part before you die and pass on the torch to your child, who will carry on the family legacy. NOTE: There are two versions of this game for sale on Steam — “Hero Generations” and “Hero Generations: ReGen”. ONLY buy the ReGen version (it’s a straight upgrade). When in doubt, use the links at the bottom of this post to make sure you’re buying the right one. Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Music | RSS Watch Me Play Hero Generations How to Play Hero Generations * You start with a random dude with nothing to his name and a need for violence, treasure, and procreation. * You’re looking at a top-down, grid-based world and everything is covered in fog. Like a typical downtown San F...

22 MIN2017 FEB 13
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Hero Generations

Hex

Four years after players first got access, the most ambitious card game ever published is ready for you to jump in. Hex has been on a slow development road, but with the latest release of its second PVE adventure zone, I’m ready to wholeheartedly recommend it. To me, this is a solo-player card game with more customization, progression, and deck-building options than you’ll ever have time to try out. It’s a deckbuilder’s dream. I’ve already poured hundreds of hours into tinkering with decks and testing them out in PVE dungeons — and if you enjoy that sort of thing at all, you’ll love this too. (Note: Hex is an online game with multiplayer, and other online functionality. It has an expansive PVP side, but I’m more interested in the PVE side and am recommending it for that — so that’ll be our focus on the show and livestream. The devs have also promised to add a lot of social and co-op features in the future, but those are not implemented yet.) Listen to the Podcast: Subscrib...

33 MIN2017 JAN 25
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Hex

Subnautica

One part peaceful tropical vacation, one part crafting and exploration simulator, one part horror survival game. Subnautica is unique and beautiful. And its colorful, exotic underwater world is finally ready for visitors! After several years in open development, Subnautica is now complete enough and stable enough that I’m happy to recommend it to everyone. Explore a wild ocean filled with alien life, and find the resources and knowledge needed to survive and thrive among the crazy creatures of the deep! Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Music | RSS Watch Me Play Subnautica Note: My graphics card died, and I’m using a VERY old backup card until I can afford a new one. It can’t run modern 3D games, so I recorded an intro with my face and voice, but the gameplay segment is just game audio (played on the PC at my office, where I can’t use webcam or mic. Future livestreams should have full audio! How to Play Subnautica * You’re an awesome spaceman, traveling the cosm...

22 MIN2016 DEC 7
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Subnautica

Crawl

Do you have 3 friends? Do you often enjoy having fun with these friends, perhaps in the same room, maybe while laughing, joking, and playing games? Do you and/or these friends own game controllers? Good, then you meet every requirement needed to play the best couch-coop game in years: Crawl. So grab your friends, grab your controllers, and go have some fun fighting in dungeons! Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Music | RSS Watch Me Play Crawl How to Play Crawl * It starts just like an old arcade game. You enter your initials to open your save game file, setup your character, and then lock in and wait for your buddies to the do the same. * Then your characters all get put into a small room, with some set dressing and the narrator gives you one of many randomized reasons for why you’re all about to do the unspeakable — kill each other. * The last player standing becomes the starting hero — the only one of you who are in human form, and they play a dungeon-crawling e...

25 MIN2016 NOV 2
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Crawl

Defender’s Quest: Valley of the Forgotten

Tower defense gets a story-tastic overhaul in Defender’s Quest, a brilliantly polished and wickedly clever RPG/Tower-Defense hybrid game made by three people. The core strategy gameplay rivals anything in the genre, and the level of polish and depth of features make it feel like a AAA game in disguise. Recruit heroes, train them up, conquer the world with them — oh, and kill plenty of sheep along the way. Your dragons are hungry! Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Music | RSS Watch Me Play Defender’s Quest: Valley of the Forgotten How to Play This Game * It’s a 2D, top-down tower defense strategy game. Things run at you, and you must place heroes that will kill them as they run past. * These running-things will be sneaky and try to mess you up. Sometimes they’ll run really fast. Sometimes they’ll take a break from their march to munch of your friend’s face. Sometimes they’ll crash through the walls like the Kool-Aid man and flank you mid-level. They will never...

29 MIN2016 OCT 19
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Defender’s Quest: Valley of the Forgotten

Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!

You already know if you should play this game. Search your heart. Did the goofy title fill it with child-like wonder and joy? Then read on, happy potato person, Because you’re going to craft silly weapons across the entire universe! Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Music | RSS Watch Me Play It How It Works * Craft outrageous weapons in an adorable smithy and sell them to nearby adventurers. * Recruit and train new potato-shaped artisans to join you on your most epic of quests! * Put more brain power than you ever expected into maximizing the efficiency of assembling adorable armaments. * Laugh at the clever, goofy characters that stop by your shop to tell stories or offer challenges. * Continuously dance to brings tools of death and destruction into this plane. * MURDER EVERYONE. Just kidding! This is a happy game filled with happy spuds making happy duds! Just smile and love life! Why You Should Play It * It proves there is joy in this cold, dark universe. * You w...

22 MIN2016 OCT 5
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Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!

Dustforce

Platformers stress me out. My reflexes aren’t great, and the genre famously punishes players like me who can’t execute fast movements. But Dustforce is different. Its calming music, smooth gameplay, and gentle themes and art are relaxing. You’re always moving forward, even when facing obstacles or at a slow pace. It’s a clever game that finds more interesting and less frustrating ways to challenge you. Dustforce is meditative, beautiful, and challenging — everything I love in my games. Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Music | RSS Watch Me Play It (Badly) Watch an Incredible Speedrun (Not Me) (Skip to 1:48:00 for start of speedrun) How It Works * The world needs to be cleaned up, and you’re going to combine some sweet moves with some sweet grooves to make it happen. * Pick from a cast of characters with different cleaning tools (broom, vacuum, pom poms, etc.) that give slight variations in movement and playstyles. * Run through levels, sliding down hills, leapi...

16 MIN2016 SEP 21
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Dustforce

Latest Episodes

Dungeon Rushers

Do you dream of finding treasure in dungeons? Of slaying goblins in dungeons? Of building your own dungeons for other adventurers to do such things in? Dungeon Rushers is all about that turn-based RPG pastime of slaying monsters inside dangerous and confined spaces — and letting you get creative with your own dungeon-building. Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play | RSS Watch Me Play Dungeon Rushers How to Play Dungeon Rushers * When you enter a dungeon you see just the room you’re standing in, and can see the directions you can travel in. * So you choose one and step into it, hoping it’s not filled with horrible monsters, traps, or cursed idols. * Your adventurers have some special abilities to deal with problems like that — disarm traps or peek around corners to see what lies ahead, for example. * But, at some point, you’re going to have to bash the evil skeletons or whatever other ghouls you come across. * Combat is simple turn-based RPG stuff, where you tak...

17 MIN2017 JUN 27
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Dungeon Rushers

Night in the Woods

You can’t go home again… OR CAN YOU? Mae, the college dropout kitty that stars in the thoughtful and witty Night in the Woods is doing her darnedest to prove Thomas Wolfe wrong. Night in the Woods is a straightforward adventure game that lets puzzles take the backseat to story and one-off minigames. Its got all the telltale signs of an indie game — you can feel the personal history, nostalgia, and singular humor in every second of this delightful story. Oh, and there’s something spooky happening out in the woods. Brace yourself — the game didn’t get the tagline “At the end of everything, hold onto anything” for nothing. Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play | RSS Watch Me Play Night in the Woods How to Play Night in the Woods * You move and you click things. It’s really quite simple. This is not a game that’s going to test your reflexes at all. It lets you focus entirely on the characters, the story, the puzzles. * For all practical purposes, you can think...

24 MIN2017 MAR 23
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Night in the Woods

Mini Metro

I never knew urban planning was so relaxing! Mini Metro puts your in charge of designing, building, and growing the train lines for a rapidly growing city. New stations pop up constantly, passengers never stop rolling in, and you’ve got to work with limited resources. The super simple interface and soothing music keeps it chill while you solve everyone’s problems, one subway station at a time. Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Music | RSS Watch Me Play Mini Metro How to Play Mini Metro * The game does everything to minimize UI, so it can be a little confusing at first — you’re immediately thrown into what appears to be a 2D map with super simplified graphics. * You typically can see a river running through the middle of the screen. And there are 2-3 shapes scattered around: a triangle and a circle for example. * You click one of them and a colored line starts following your cursor (or finger if you’re on mobile). You drag it over to the other shape and suddenly ...

21 MIN2017 MAR 2
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Mini Metro

Hero Generations

It takes a village to raise a child. And it takes 10 generations of a village to raise a hero, apparently. This week, we jump into Hero Generations: Regen, a turn-based RPG where every action takes a year off your life. You’re tasked with taking on monumental challenges and must do your part before you die and pass on the torch to your child, who will carry on the family legacy. NOTE: There are two versions of this game for sale on Steam — “Hero Generations” and “Hero Generations: ReGen”. ONLY buy the ReGen version (it’s a straight upgrade). When in doubt, use the links at the bottom of this post to make sure you’re buying the right one. Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Music | RSS Watch Me Play Hero Generations How to Play Hero Generations * You start with a random dude with nothing to his name and a need for violence, treasure, and procreation. * You’re looking at a top-down, grid-based world and everything is covered in fog. Like a typical downtown San F...

22 MIN2017 FEB 13
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Hero Generations

Hex

Four years after players first got access, the most ambitious card game ever published is ready for you to jump in. Hex has been on a slow development road, but with the latest release of its second PVE adventure zone, I’m ready to wholeheartedly recommend it. To me, this is a solo-player card game with more customization, progression, and deck-building options than you’ll ever have time to try out. It’s a deckbuilder’s dream. I’ve already poured hundreds of hours into tinkering with decks and testing them out in PVE dungeons — and if you enjoy that sort of thing at all, you’ll love this too. (Note: Hex is an online game with multiplayer, and other online functionality. It has an expansive PVP side, but I’m more interested in the PVE side and am recommending it for that — so that’ll be our focus on the show and livestream. The devs have also promised to add a lot of social and co-op features in the future, but those are not implemented yet.) Listen to the Podcast: Subscrib...

33 MIN2017 JAN 25
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Hex

Subnautica

One part peaceful tropical vacation, one part crafting and exploration simulator, one part horror survival game. Subnautica is unique and beautiful. And its colorful, exotic underwater world is finally ready for visitors! After several years in open development, Subnautica is now complete enough and stable enough that I’m happy to recommend it to everyone. Explore a wild ocean filled with alien life, and find the resources and knowledge needed to survive and thrive among the crazy creatures of the deep! Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Music | RSS Watch Me Play Subnautica Note: My graphics card died, and I’m using a VERY old backup card until I can afford a new one. It can’t run modern 3D games, so I recorded an intro with my face and voice, but the gameplay segment is just game audio (played on the PC at my office, where I can’t use webcam or mic. Future livestreams should have full audio! How to Play Subnautica * You’re an awesome spaceman, traveling the cosm...

22 MIN2016 DEC 7
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Subnautica

Crawl

Do you have 3 friends? Do you often enjoy having fun with these friends, perhaps in the same room, maybe while laughing, joking, and playing games? Do you and/or these friends own game controllers? Good, then you meet every requirement needed to play the best couch-coop game in years: Crawl. So grab your friends, grab your controllers, and go have some fun fighting in dungeons! Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Music | RSS Watch Me Play Crawl How to Play Crawl * It starts just like an old arcade game. You enter your initials to open your save game file, setup your character, and then lock in and wait for your buddies to the do the same. * Then your characters all get put into a small room, with some set dressing and the narrator gives you one of many randomized reasons for why you’re all about to do the unspeakable — kill each other. * The last player standing becomes the starting hero — the only one of you who are in human form, and they play a dungeon-crawling e...

25 MIN2016 NOV 2
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Crawl

Defender’s Quest: Valley of the Forgotten

Tower defense gets a story-tastic overhaul in Defender’s Quest, a brilliantly polished and wickedly clever RPG/Tower-Defense hybrid game made by three people. The core strategy gameplay rivals anything in the genre, and the level of polish and depth of features make it feel like a AAA game in disguise. Recruit heroes, train them up, conquer the world with them — oh, and kill plenty of sheep along the way. Your dragons are hungry! Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Music | RSS Watch Me Play Defender’s Quest: Valley of the Forgotten How to Play This Game * It’s a 2D, top-down tower defense strategy game. Things run at you, and you must place heroes that will kill them as they run past. * These running-things will be sneaky and try to mess you up. Sometimes they’ll run really fast. Sometimes they’ll take a break from their march to munch of your friend’s face. Sometimes they’ll crash through the walls like the Kool-Aid man and flank you mid-level. They will never...

29 MIN2016 OCT 19
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Defender’s Quest: Valley of the Forgotten

Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!

You already know if you should play this game. Search your heart. Did the goofy title fill it with child-like wonder and joy? Then read on, happy potato person, Because you’re going to craft silly weapons across the entire universe! Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Music | RSS Watch Me Play It How It Works * Craft outrageous weapons in an adorable smithy and sell them to nearby adventurers. * Recruit and train new potato-shaped artisans to join you on your most epic of quests! * Put more brain power than you ever expected into maximizing the efficiency of assembling adorable armaments. * Laugh at the clever, goofy characters that stop by your shop to tell stories or offer challenges. * Continuously dance to brings tools of death and destruction into this plane. * MURDER EVERYONE. Just kidding! This is a happy game filled with happy spuds making happy duds! Just smile and love life! Why You Should Play It * It proves there is joy in this cold, dark universe. * You w...

22 MIN2016 OCT 5
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Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!

Dustforce

Platformers stress me out. My reflexes aren’t great, and the genre famously punishes players like me who can’t execute fast movements. But Dustforce is different. Its calming music, smooth gameplay, and gentle themes and art are relaxing. You’re always moving forward, even when facing obstacles or at a slow pace. It’s a clever game that finds more interesting and less frustrating ways to challenge you. Dustforce is meditative, beautiful, and challenging — everything I love in my games. Listen to the Podcast: Subscribe: iTunes | Google Music | RSS Watch Me Play It (Badly) Watch an Incredible Speedrun (Not Me) (Skip to 1:48:00 for start of speedrun) How It Works * The world needs to be cleaned up, and you’re going to combine some sweet moves with some sweet grooves to make it happen. * Pick from a cast of characters with different cleaning tools (broom, vacuum, pom poms, etc.) that give slight variations in movement and playstyles. * Run through levels, sliding down hills, leapi...

16 MIN2016 SEP 21
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Dustforce