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Comment on What I’ve Learned After 300 Episodes of Three Moves Ahead by Peter S

Sun, 03 May 2015 00:21:20 +0000

Congrats, Troy! I think one of the best things about the show is the way you guys link games to their historical context, and indeed, discuss the way in which games interpret history. I would love to hear you guys discuss historical games beyond strategy, as you did with The Last Express. I'd be interested in seeing (hearing?) more thematic episodes. Most 'formal' games writing (reviews, etc) focuses on a single title. I think there is a lot of value in connecting the dots, contrasting how different games approach the same period or design issue, charting the evolution of a theme, etc. I'd also be interested in more episodes on console strategy games - the Valkyria Chronicles episode was great. In the west, we think of strategy games as the quintessential PC genre, but there are a fair few of them on console if you include squad-based tactics games, and there are even more that don't make it into English. I'd love to hear discussion of Tactics Ogre and some of the old KOEI titles - Romance of the Three Kingdoms was the most notable character-driven strategy game before Crusader Kings. Congrats again to you and the other panelists, and keep up the good work.

Comment on What I’ve Learned After 300 Episodes of Three Moves Ahead by Mike

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:46:17 +0000

Hey, where's the Patreon? (I was just relistening to the mailbag episode from September.) You know they have "pay per thing" options? So you could let people sign up to be paying, say, $2 per released episode. You just pop over to Patreon after it's posted and make a little post there and voila, money. I was skeptical of Kickstarter at first, and I've ended up kickstarting a few things. I was skeptical of Patreon at first as well, but it's pretty great, actually. And I'm using it to support people who are doing less than you guys. I wouldn't take the number of forum posts about this as a sign -- I've been listening for years and only just now clicked on the forums.

Comment on What I’ve Learned After 300 Episodes of Three Moves Ahead by Strangeblades

Sun, 12 Apr 2015 22:53:12 +0000

I get more out of the games you guys/gals talk about then if I played them myself. Keep up the good work.

Comment on What I’ve Learned After 300 Episodes of Three Moves Ahead by Troy Goodfellow

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:03:07 +0000

Hey Mike Just as women have traditionally been underrepresented in game forums and games media, well under their actual membership in the larger gaming community, they are underrepresented in newer games media like Youtube and streaming. Of the top 100 Twitch streamers, for example, only 8 are women. I don't know the exact source of the CK2 40% number, but our execs seem very confident in it. I think it is tied to Steam account ownerships and so is not based on forum membership, game registrations, etc. But considering how many women I know love and play Civ, I'm not completely surprised. And we partly tailored the CK2 marketing around story-building and RPG elements that have traditionally resonated with a female player base. Michael will be on a show very soon, we hope.

Comment on What I’ve Learned After 300 Episodes of Three Moves Ahead by MikeO

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 02:17:29 +0000

Your figure of 40% female CK2 gamers is astounding. If true (and I have no reason to doubt you), apparently none of them do let's plays on youtube. At least I haven't seen any. But if any of the monster Paradox strategic games would appeal to women, I guess CK2 would be the one. Congrats on 300, from someone who has listened from the first show, and who has listened to many of them numerous times. Rob has been doing an amazing job, with such fine guests, and always with interesting topics. I rarely buy a comp strat game anymore without hearing the 3MA take on it first. Also agreed that Michael Hermes is a great guest, and I'd love to hear him on more. His sneak outro song on the recent Vietnam '65 episode literally made me laugh out loud while I was listening to it.

Comment on What I’ve Learned After 300 Episodes of Three Moves Ahead by CraigM

Sat, 04 Apr 2015 19:17:04 +0000

I discovered 3MA by virtue of the blog, more specifically the National Character series. So roughly episode 90 or so. One archive binge later and I was hooked (and a lot lighter in the wallet). Troy thank you for creating this podcast, and for the years of wonderful insight. I've discovered some of my favorite games by virtue of your insights. Here's to the next 300!