Damian Sommer is an experimental game maker most known for “The Yawhg”, a multiplayer storytelling game. Damian talks to us about life as an indie developer, his current projects, and he tells some great stories about the game jam community.
The lovely and talented Emma Rios also joins us today as a guest host.

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The guys have been playing way too many games since they started talking about indie games. This week we sit down and just ramble about the games we played. Matt can never say Crypt of the Necrodancer so instead we talk about using the dark arts for interior design. We also talk about cool new games.

This week:
Hero Siege: Diablo inspired arena rpg. Very fun multiplayer including couch multiplayer
Crypt of the Necrodancer: Rougelike/Rhythm game with fun flavor
Project Gorgon: Indie old school MMO in the style of Asheron’s Call meets Ultima online
Yum Yum Yummy: Fun and unique puzzle game. Just started a kickstarter
Guacamelee: One of the free PS4 games. Lite metroidvania with fantastic flavor and addicting brawling combat.

Gucamelee has beautiful art and fast paced combat

Gucamelee has beautiful art and fast paced combat

We’re talking about real nerdy stuff but more than usual this time cause it’s pen and paper rpgs. Maybe not so secretly, pen and paper role playing is our favorite form of gaming. So much so, that Nathaniel has a regular game with his cats. It’s a Skyrim campaign and they’re all Argonians.

In this cast we talk about what pen and paper RPGs are and give advice for how you can get started playing them.

Nathaniel owns this but couldn't get a good picture

Nathaniel owns this but couldn’t get a good picture

Nathaniel and Matt throw down on the highly controversial Steam Paid Mods feature. It’s so controversial that Steam pulled the feature about 10 minutes before we started recording, but we argue anyway! Nathaniel represents the neckbeards who hate everything new and Matt represents the oligarchy that is Steam.
We discuss what mods are and why this is such a hot button topic for gamers.

Here’s a link to Steam’s response.

 

Neckbeard Nathaniel in his natural environment: the renfair.

Neckbeard Nathaniel in his natural environment: the Renaissance Fair.

 

Join us for our first Almost Interviewed episode, where we get a bit tipsy and talk to someone in the game industry about the game industry. This week we’re joined again by composer Emma Rios and operations lead/blacksmith Quentin Hartman as we discuss how to break into the game industry and what their favorite parts about working in it are.

A picture I took before sitting down with Emma and Q

A picture I took on my way to recording with Emma and Q

This is our very first Indie Game Spotlight where we find some upcoming indie projects to talk about! This week we’re joined by our two guest hosts from Denver, Colorado: Quentin Hartman and the composer of our theme song Emma Rios.

Matt:
Axiom Verge
Galagan’s Island 

Nathaniel:
Westerado: Double Barreled
Sol-Ark (Preview)

Q:
Helldivers
Waking Mars

Emma:
Helldivers
Olli Olli 2

A screen of the beautiful game Westerado - source http://www.ostrichbanditos.com/westerado.html

A screen of the beautiful game Westerado – source http://www.ostrichbanditos.com/westerado.html

This week we’re talking about preorders and how shitty they are. Even given all of that, we still preorder games. What’s up with that?

The infamous Error 37 that plagued Diablo III users at launch.

The infamous Error 37 that plagued Diablo III users at launch.

Also this week, we have a new theme song composed by Emma Rios (http://emmavrios.com/). Let us know what you think!

This week we get Bloodborne and Pillars of Eternity and we chat about why both of them are SO AMAZING.

This game is so great it's got a big heads mode.

Pillars of Eternity is so great it’s got a big heads mode.

You may notice that this cast is shorter and that’s because we are experimenting with the format. Coming soon (as part of this experiment) is our “Indie Spotlight” feature where we plug indie projects we’re interested in. In this cast we do a mini version where we talk about:

  • Sol-Ark : A “2D Space RTS with sandbox and rogue-like components” that looks like it’ll be pretty interesting.
  • Not a Clone : Prototype mobile game that’s a parody of mobile games. Originally a one person project for the One Game a Month game jam, now the developer has formed a team to make a mobile version.
  • Axiom Verge : A single person project that’s an homage to the Metroid series. I have yet to see a bad review of this game.

Let us know if you have any feedback on the new format and follow us on twitter: @FocusedPodcast
Follow Nathaniel: @almostahost
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Disgaea, Final Fantasy Tactics, Xcom, that game with the blue hair and the swords! We talk about our favorite tactics games in this episode, but first we get hella hyped for Monster Hunter.

Now you can follow us on social media!
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This is not a character from dark souls

Monster Hunter Matt found in Japan, a fairly accurate depiction of the style of the game.

 

We talk about the Elder Scrolls and how it’s basically the best game series ever. Nathaniel was shut in all weekend playing Skyrim and took some breaks to install some mods. Matt played several games inspired by speedruns and was disappointed in his lack of skill.

Be sure to check us out on itunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/almost-focused/id972401460?mt=2