Episode 30 – Spreadsheets in Space?

Pinball: We set up the final round of the 2017 Modern Widebody Tournament. We talk about Alien Pinball gameplay. And finally Dennis sets off to bore everyone with a regression analysis of Pinside’s solid-state game ratings.

Video Games: We of course cover Overwatch, both ongoing PTR tests and the new character (Orisa). Dennis hits on some 2017 GDC (Game Developers Conference) highlights. Tony tries to resist diving too deep into Aurora 4X (aka Spreadsheets in Space… ace… ce… e…).

Tabletop: Tony talks a bit about International Tabletop Day.

Links:
2017 Modern Widebody Tournament-Final Round Voting: https://goo.gl/forms/laVwA51PnaGbu8L03

The Link Cable Podcast (Episode 15 – TLOZBOTWOMG): https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ggqss-6864ee

Space Gambler (Playmatic 1978) Gameplay (no commentary): https://youtu.be/Q8Xe2nJMTT8

Pinside Thread on Regression Analysis of Pinside SS Ratings: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/regression-analysis-pinside-rating-and-game-details#post-3642419

Aurora 4X: http://aurora2.pentarch.org/index.php/topic,5663.0.html

Quill18 plays Aurora 4X: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcWln8Ne1RA&list=PLs3acGYgI1-sRFRB4BPB-FbmVuvwIKH92

Episode 29 – Too… Much… Pinball…

Episode 29 – Too… Much… Pinball…

A metric ton of pinball happenings dominates our discussion, with a small video game segment thrown in (no tabletop this time).

Pinball: We set up Round 4 of the 2017 Modern Widebody Tournament. We talk about Aerosmith gameplay. We talk about Alien Pinball shipping. We talk about the death of Super League. We discuss the latest involving Skit-B legally. We cover the problems facing The Big Lebowski’s production. And finally, we talk about Magic Girls shipping. As you can see, we talk a lot.

Video Games: We cover the future of Call of Duty, the upcoming Destiny 2, and the upcoming Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.

Links:
2017 Modern Widebody Tournament-Round 4 Voting: https://goo.gl/forms/F221K0Zuro5LsglT2

Superman (Atari 1979) Pinball Gameplay (with commentary): https://youtu.be/nzrj5_ajSN0

Dead Flip’s Aerosmith Gameplay Footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oej9gql5OTU

Kevin Kulek (Skit-B) Hearing #3 on 2-17-2017: https://soundcloud.com/user-800669943/1bk2016-21030-20170217-090555

Skit-B Research (Legal Documents): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByH8OkGICVbWNDFZQXJYUUhhSm8

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire: https://www.fig.co/campaigns/deadfire

Episode 28 – A Triforce of Segments

Hey look, Episode 28 actually has a solid balance across pinball, video games, and tabletop gaming for once!

Pinball: Discussion revolves around the Kansas State Pinball Championship, move into Round 3 of the 2017 Modern Widebody Tournament, and name some games we think have a solid layout but are stinkers because the rules are poor. Tony and Dennis also spend a lot of time discussing what they are looking forward to at the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival.

Video Games: The topics here include ZeniMax’s legal “victory” over Facebook involving the Oculus, the opening of E3 to the public, and the latest Overwatch PTR update (involving Mercy and Bastion). Tony also spends a lot of time on the BATTLETECH beta and his live-stream intentions.

Tabletop: Thanks to an in-depth Game Night, Tony and Dennis get to provide hands-on discussions of Potion Explosion, Noisy Person Cards, and Codenames.

Links:
2017 Modern Widebody Tournament-Round 3 Voting: https://goo.gl/forms/fGd0BcDT5SZ0CfbR2

Texas Pinball Festival: http://texaspinball.com/tpf/

BATTLETECH Kickstarter (Late Reinforcements): https://battletech.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

Episode 27 – Podcast Accoutrements

Pinball: Another large pinball section this episode. We cover the just-announced Jetsons Pinball. We wrap up round 1 of the 2017 Modern Era Widebody Tournament and discuss the match-ups in round 2. We discuss the legal happenings around Skit-B and the failed Predator pinball project. We talk about the P3 system going into production. And (finally!) we cover the Attack from Mars Remake that was announced.

Video Games: Discussion revolves mostly around the Evo Championship Series game line-up that was just announced.

Tabletop: The focus is on a new tabletop convention, PAX Unplugged.

Links:
2017 Modern Widebody Tournament-Round 2 Voting: https://goo.gl/forms/UOjCljoy416jpANt2

Kevin Kulek (Skit-B) legal recording when presented to the court by U.S. Marshals (1-20-2017): https://soundcloud.com/user-800669943/1bk2016-21030-20170120-111818

Kevin Kulek (Skit-B) legal recording of hearing where bankruptcy case dismissed (1-27-2017): https://soundcloud.com/user-800669943/1bk2016-21030-20170127-091530

PAX Unplugged
http://unplugged.paxsite.com/

Episode 26 – Newsmageddon


Whoa, there is a lot of news to cover in this episode!

Pinball: The 2017 Modern Widebody Tournament is explained and the first round’s match-ups announced. From there, the guys talk about the Aerosmith reveal and their initial thoughts. Dennis then transitions to Zidware and the legal happenings on the JPOP front. Tony and Dennis then give their impressions of the Batman 66 gameplay shown on the DeadFlip Twitch channel. They spend some time talking about Keith Elwin joining Stern Pinball as a pinball designer, and finally the pinball segment concludes with yet another discussion around American Pinball (this time focusing on their recent social media activity).

Video Games: Most of the discussion centers on the Nintendo Switch, the revealed specifics on what the console is, and thoughts about it as a next step by Nintendo. The guys also spend a bit of time on Scalebound’s cancellation (which sort of spirals into a discussion on exclusives and the state of developing such games).

Tabletop: There is some discussion about Diane Sauer’s Pinball Showdown, a recent Kickstarter of a tabletop game with pinball as a theme. Tony also talks about an app he has started using for tabletop analytics and some of his future plans relating to the hobby.

Links:
2017 Modern Widebody Tournament-Round 1 Voting: https://goo.gl/forms/Y87yxEbIuMD8riDA3

Zidware Research Folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByH8OkGICVbWd0FyTWJSS3JJSWM

Jpop Discussion Thread on Pinside (link to starting discussion around the complaint and answer): https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/jpop-update-thread%e2%80%a6%e2%80%a6%e2%80%a6%e2%80%a6%e2%80%a6mg-raza-and-aiw%e2%80%a6/page/410#post-3525672

Diane Sauer’s Pinball Showdown’s Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1919693711/pinball-showdown?ref=project_share

Episode 25 – Happy 2017!

Episode 25 – Happy 2017!

It’s a new year and time for a new podcast!

In pinball, Dennis and Tony wrap up the 2016 Modern Era Pinball Designer Tournament. They talk about American Pinball and their advertising flyer Dennis received in a Pinball Life order, and then talk about their 2017 pinball hopes.

In video games, Dennis and Tony give some opinions about games they are currently playing (not Overwatch!). And, in an emerging pattern, talk about their hopes for 2017.

Tabletop is all about hope and dreams, and not about currently played games. But rebellions and tabletops are built on hope, so that’s okay.

Links:
Critical Role, Episode 1: https://youtu.be/i-p9lWIhcLQ

Episode 24 – 2016 Year-End Review

Besides prepping the final round of the 2016 Modern Era Pinball Designer Tournament, this episode is dedicated to talking about the most interesting of things in the pinball, video game, and tabletop realms for 2016!

Links:
2016 Modern Era Pinball Designer Tournament-Final Round: https://goo.gl/forms/05Yg8iM68KS5mGiC2

Episode 41 of the Skill Shot Pincast (“IFPA Statstravaganza!”): https://soundcloud.com/skillshotseattle/41-ifpa-statstravaganza

Episode 11 of the Little Kings Pinball Podcast (“BIAS AFM”): https://soundcloud.com/user-859738069/ep-11-bias-afm