Episode 147: ☃

This week, the gang is joined by local comics creator Brian Clevinger – of 8-Bit Theater and Atomic Robo fame! He joins us to talk Epic’s backpay, making ghosts, and the NEXT No Man’s Sky. Ludum Dare 42 is also upon us! So we discuss our plans for the upcoming game jam as well as our favorite past themes.

We also chat about what independent game devs and independent comics creators can learn from one another, the state of games Kickstarter versus comics Kickstarter, and the Atomic Robo tabletop RPG.

Games include Part Time UFO, Titanfall 2, Vampyr, No Man’s Sky, God of War, Just Cause 3, and Where the Water Tastes Like Wine.

Hidden Gems Returns for the First Time Again at PAX West!

We’re proud to announce that our PAX panel series, Hidden Gems, will make its return at PAX West! This will be the first time our panel will be at the proverbial prime PAX, and we’re excited to see what offerings the expo has in store for us in its hometown of Seattle.

If you’re unfamiliar with Hidden Gems, this is how it works: we scour the show floor, looking for unique and undiscovered games and experiences to highlight and discuss for you, the PAX attendee. If you’d like to hear our previous Hidden Gems panels, you can check out our recordings from PAX East 2017, PAX South 2018, and PAX East 2018.

So if you plan on being at PAX West, please join Ward co-founder Dylan Ilvento, Polytron producer Felix Kramer, Spawn On Me host Kahlief Adams, and Waypoint editor-in-chief Austin Walker on Friday, August 31st, at 5:00 pm in the Cat Theatre as we explore our hidden gems of PAX West.

Episode 146: Age of Vegequarian

Join Dylan and Anya Combs, senior outreach for games at Kickstarter, as we live commentate the World Cup finals.

Anya dispels Kickstarter myths, shares how to build a community when running a Kickstarter, even when you’re unfunded.

We also share con experiences, food spots in the Bay Area, Anya’s sax side hustle, and more.

And don’t forget: Wardcast has been nominated as one of the Best Local Podcasts of Richmond, Virginia. Join us in expressing your support for the show by voting us the absolute Best Podcast! Click this link to cast your ballot by August 5th – we’re under the Entertainment category!

Episode 145: Avoid the Planetoid Above the Yo! Noid Void

Riding our segues into oblivion, we switch between talking about BTUs, people hogging DDR machines, advanced gungeoneering, and light gun games of all shapes and sizes.

Ancient food mascots are coming back in force, and we find out what games everyone feels the strongest about so far this year.

In more serious news, Wardcast has been nominated as one of the Best Local Podcasts of Richmond, Virginia. Join us in expressing your support for the show by voting us the absolute Best Podcast! Click this link to cast your ballot – we’re under the Entertainment category!

Games include The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, Yo! Noid II: Enter the Void, Trials Fusion, Enter the Gungeon, Spider Ponds, Butterfly Soup, Splatoon 2, Tetris, Mario Bros., Battletoads, Killer Instinct, NFL Blitz 2000, Time Crisis III, Frogger, Galak-Z: Variant S, Caves of Qud, and Overwhelm.

Episode 144: Fumblecore

This week, Dylan is joined by Phil Tibitoski, CEO of Young Horses, developers of Octodad and Octodad: Dadliest Catch.

Phil joins us a week before giving a talk at the game dev program at his alma mater, DePaul University, about his experiences in helping build Young Horses. We talk about the proper advice to give to aspiring developer for their post-graduation life and providing context for how Young Horses achieved success.

For those wishing to go into independent development, we discuss creating proper expectations, indie dev’s pros and cons, transitioning from a student project to a business, and learning from others, such as Microsoft and Rochester Institute of Technology’s analysis of Gamasutra postmortems.

Episode 143: Child of Sand

This week, it’s all about stolen APCs, flixel-likes and flixel lites, making music with Beepbox, using our P-balls, and also: video games! We exchange gripes we have with some of our favorite game franchises – from Monster Hunter to Fallout – and go in deep into some new games we’ve been trying out.

But the biggest topic of discussion is of course the firing of ArenaNet employees Jessica Price and Peter Fries, a controversy that merges sexism, toxic fandom, harassment, and workers’ rights all into one. We discuss how this affects the relationship between players and developers and how it shows how the games industry still has a long way to go to combat harassment.

Games include Monster Hunter Stories, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Overwatch, Mario Tennis Aces, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Batman: The Enemy Within.

Episode 142: Food Trucks?

This week, we’re joined by Amanda Hudgins, creator of the 1000 Button Project and managing editor at Unwinnable.

Dylan and Amanda discuss game dev in the South – the stigma that comes with it as well as only being associated with the nearest AAA publisher, even if it’s in another state.

Amanda also chats about the indie dev scene in Lexington, Kentucky, supported by RunJumpDev; game tastes influencing criticism; the TED Talk Simulator; and balancing game dev with full-time editorial work. Oh, and we discuss Amanda’s love of food trucks.

Lastly, we speak on the continuing effects of GamerGate and harassment in game development and games journalism, Amanda’s thoughts on the matter, and how no one seems to be doing anything about it.

Episode 141: Scatman

The hot summer doldrums roll on as we ponder games both video and tabletop. This week, we’re joined by local character artist and SCAD alum Val Hawes, here to educate us on roguelikes and more.

We gather around the smoldering embers of the once mighty E3 fire to see if there were any announcements we missed, and speak our piece on seasonal game sales, aggressive fandom wikis, and multiple gaming lawsuits.

On the game dev front, Will is fast at work on releasing his new game Wobolob; Val talks about her contributions to Team Dogpit’s Red Star Azimuth; Alex’s game, Woodsy, reaches new heights after being showcased on a Markiplier video; and Dylan is busy with Peak housekeeping.

Games include Mario Tennis Aces, Overwhelm, Fugl, Wizard of Legend, Tangledeep, Kingdom Death: Monster, Agony, Totally Accurate Battlegrounds, Fallout 3, Hitman, Dusk, Wobolob Classic, and Wobolob.

Episode 140: Animals and Ennui

Joining Dylan this week is Andrew “Dicey” Shouldice, creator of tiny fox adventure Tunic!

Together, we talk hats: with Andrew working on many different aspects of Tunic’s development – from modeling to animation to level and game design – we discuss what it’s like to wear so many hats, how to decide which hats are best worn by other people, and how to transition from one hat to another without losing your groove.

We also discuss building a relationship with Finji, some Puyo Puyo Tetris strats, country-exclusive holidays, and a rabble-rousing discussion of Canadian time zones.

Games include Dark Souls III, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and Celeste.

Episode 139: Post 3

Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018 has come and gone, so Dylan brings along Nick Nundahl, Joe Wetmore, and Kenny Kim to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of this year’s show.

We’re excited about:

• Postmodern Warfare
• Unleashing the force with Jedi: Fallen Order
• Buying all our Xbox games on PC
• Air Force None
• Big Rod Todd’s Fallout 76
• Cornelius Boots’ master flute work
• The last game standing of February 22, 2019

Games include Pokémon Quest, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido, and Mario Tennis Aces.