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  2. Love those shows. I've recently watched Troy Director's Cut and I was surprised about how... average it is. All of its subversion feel very much a child of its time. I'd like to see honest by the book recreation of Illiad, maybe Netflix TV show Troy mentioned is better. But here there are no gods and it's all down to earth. The siege is very short and it's really about geopolitics, not a stolen wife. I see everything Troy says about Achilles but I just can't take him seriously. My biggest issue with both Troy and Kingdom of Heaven is those films try to tell us that back then almost all people were just like us and people who seriously talk about faith and honor are either dumb or hypocritical. Kingdom of Heaven is a proud STEM master race, of course he doesn't really believe in holy wars and church in general, and so doesn't Saladin. He's like someone from the future. Same for Achilles, he's an edgy atheist and it's bizzare. I agree that Priam and Achilles dialogue is good but outside of it I don't see the emotions I expect from Achilles. There's little rage in him, he's always a modern bad cop archetype. Subdued emotions. When he fights it's a dance, his style is to concentrate on movements with no emotions. I don't get it.
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  4. Episode 413: Myth

    Nope, the best bungie game is Myth. Great podcast, really loved the discussions involved here. There was a podcast recently with one of the Myth III developers, check it out on youtube. Myth is still active, some of those guys who used to grind out the demo, continue to play 22-23 years later. Please join in on the fun, we've recently taken actions to clean up the Myth server and hold all players accountable for their actions requiring an account to sign onto the server. Join us ! http://www.gateofstorms.net/ http://projectmagma.net/downloads/myth2_183/ https://discord.gg/A6tCndk
  5. I really enjoy this format of Rob and Troy picking two movies that are thematically related and talking about them. I wonder if you guys will get around to cover Kagemusha and Ran one of these days. Funnily enough one of the best castle siege games out there is Nobunaga's ambition: Sphere of Influence. In that game sieges are all about beating your opponent's army while still having enough men to besiege and take castles, or outmaneuver armies and capture castles. That and the Hegemony series. I'm afraid there aren't many other good castle siege/defense games out there, unfortunately. P.S: So, at the end Rob calls Leana T. J Hafer (her former name). This makes me wonder if: A) this episode had been recorded and edited a while back and was only just released for whatever reason, or B ) Rob mistakenly called her by her former name and they left that in.
  6. Free Music / SFX Resource - Over 2000 Tracks

    Hi everyone, Here are this week’s new free music tracks: On my Action 4 page: ENDLESS SCI-FI RUNNER – (Looping) https://soundimage.org/action-4/ On my Chiptunes 3 page: CUTE 8-BIT MONSTERS – (Looping) A PIXEL ROMANCE – (Looping) https://soundimage.org/chiptunes-3/ On my Funny 7 page: ANOTHER COOKIE HEIST https://soundimage.org/funny-7/ And on my Puzzle Music 6 page: PUZZLE CONSTRUCTION – (Looping) https://soundimage.org/puzzle-music-6/ I sincerely hope they are helpful in your projects!
  7. Three Moves Ahead 504: Troy and Kingdom of Heaven Rob and Troy are walking the battlements as they revisit Wolfgang Peterson's "Troy" and Ridley Scott's director's cut of "Kingdom of Heaven". What do these two movies about major siege-battles fought between clashing civilizations, from the early years of the War on Terror, say about their moment? Is Troy underrated, overrated, or correctly rated? Why is Brendan Gleeson so unsettling? All these questions and more are answered this week on Three Moves Ahead. Troy, Kingdom of Heaven Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
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  9. Plug your shit

    I wrote a long piece on my changing view on Heavy Rain and its legacy: https://medium.com/@twmac/heavy-rain-a-retrospective-9a2d797dc9a6
  10. Movie Marathons

    He is barely in Rumble Fish so I wouldn't have recommended it. Red Rock West was on the docket - but then Colour out of Space took over. I really need to rewatch Bringing out the Dead.
  11. Free Music / SFX Resource - Over 2000 Tracks

    Some fun new tracks are waiting for you on my new City/Urban 3 page: DREAMING OF NOIR – (Looping) SMALL TIME CROOKS – (Looping) https://soundimage.org/city-urban-3/ I’ve also created a new reflective piece for my Introspective/Emotions page: QUIET INTELLIGENCE – (Looping) https://soundimage.org/introspective/ And don’t forget about my free sound effects pages…they are listed under my free music pages. (People sometimes don’t realize they are there.) Enjoy…and please stay safe and healthy.
  12. Designer Notes 55: Meg Jayanth

    Thank you for the single long episode as opposed to a multi-parter
  13. Movie Marathons

    My favorite Cage movies that haven't been mentioned are Rumble Fish, Bringing Out the Dead, and Red Rock West.
  14. Three Moves Ahead 503: Total War: Three Kingdoms - The Furious Wild Rob and Leana are joined by Creative Assembly's Simon Mann to talk about the latest DLC for Total War: Three Kingdoms, The Furious Wild. Total War: Three Kingdoms - The Furious Wild Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  15. It's very clear that Troy is on a heavily modified version of Rome 2's engine and the best innovations post-Rome 2 have been backported in with mixed success. Certainly, the political and diplomatic systems can't remotely match Three Kingdoms for their lack of extraneous clicks and other bullshit. I'm playing the Furious Wilds DLC for the latter right now and it's incredible, after a win as Hector in Troy, how much I keep expecting agent spam, hiking across the map to deal with a sudden declaration of war, and tedious sieges when Three Kingdoms largely dispensed with that (and hopefully someone's taking notes there).
  16. I spit out my coffee when Dia referred to Total War as "such a fucking Dad game."
  17. Free Music / SFX Resource - Over 2000 Tracks

    I’ve opened 2 new pages…each with 2 brand new free tracks: On my new Fantasy 11 page: LOST IN A LABYRINTH – (Looping) LAND OF THE STRANGE https://soundimage.org/fantasy-11/ On my new Horror 2 page: CREEPYTOWN – (Lopping) OVERTAKEN – (Looping) https://soundimage.org/horror-2/ I can’t believe August is almost over. I hope everyone isn’t going too crazy being stuck at home. Please stay safe and healthy.
  18. I've made peace with TW problems with balance between battles and strategic map mostly cause 3K got it right. I was optimistic about Troy cause I thought it would be just like 3K but with characters I knew before that game. But as you've said the combat is extremely confusing. Colors are very hard to read for a person with even light color blindness. Icons show you unit type except they don't; defensive shielded cannon fodder spear units have the same icon as elite striking force with two-handed spears. Shields and armor might be the most important qualities of a unit but you don't see it in icons. You have to mostly rely on the shape of an icon to know if the unit is heavy or light. I liked strategic map better but it has the same problems as all TW games before 3K: I actually win the game in a middle of the campaign, then I have to go around and auto resolve dozens of battles. And those are not curb-stomp battles, I still need to replenish my armies so I'm sitting there waiting for all the Greeks to move. Agent spam is back too. Your peaceful envoys have to spread influence just to get levelups for passive bonuses to resource production. A pair of spies can cripple both defending army and city garrison making it viable to be obliterated by a single army. Most of those battles are not enjoyable to play manually cause sieges are always boring in TW. Especially now that you can't shoot a hole in enemy wall. Another thing I've noticed is that since Rome 2 there's a deep contradiction in game mechanics. Empire added built-in garrisons to every city so that you can't send your hussars capturing towns behind the front line. However Rome 2 severly limited number of available armies. You can send a couple of units alone anymore. Especially in Troy having more than 3 armies means you're in endgame. So those big garrisons are somewhat moot. They only make sense when enemy army is present in the city. Otherwise they exist just to give you an easy autoresolve battle, something that would probably be better represented by attrition.
  19. I wasn't expecting the joke on the description at all. Well done.
  20. Three Moves Ahead 502: A Total War Saga: Troy Rob, T.J., and Fraser are joined by freelance writer Dia Lacina to discuss A Total War Saga: Troy. The ancient city, not the creator of this show. A Total War Saga: Troy Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  21. The DC Fandome The DC Fandome event revealed a bunch of new trailers which we just had to discuss along with the exciting trailers Ric finished, and Derek's thoughts on the final trailer for Tenet. Trailers Discussed: Bill & Ted Face the Music Trailer 1, Bill & Ted Face the Music Trailer 2, Tenet, Zack Snyder's Justice League, The Batman, Suicide Squad Roll Call, Suicide Squad DC Fandome Exclusive Sneak Peek, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Gotham Knights, Wonder Woman 1984 Teaser, Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer. If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen in iTunes
  22. Free Music / SFX Resource - Over 2000 Tracks

    Hi everyone, This week’s new free MP3 music tracks are: On my City/Urban 2 page ALLEY GRUNGE – (Looping) https://soundimage.org/city-urban-2/ On my Fantasy 10 page: INFILTRATION – (Looping) https://soundimage.org/fantasy-10/ On my Sci-Fi 9 page: DREAMING IN DIGITAL – (Looping) https://soundimage.org/sci-fi-9/ And on my Technology 2 page: THE WORLD WIDE MIND https://soundimage.org/technology-2/ Please don’t forget about my Ogg tracks. They sound great, game engines love them and they're a cool way to support my work. Enjoy!
  23. Dune's Island - A Free Video Learning Series

    I've attached a short clip from the episode: "Pelican Problems." The episodes are free to watch and even download so you can use them while offline. You'll find them here: https://www.dunesisland.org/ I hope they are helpful to you and your families! :-) DI_Pelicans_Clip_1.mp4
  24. As threatened: LOTCG will be out on Switch and XBox One on September 4th! Pre-order now and get 15% off! (Not all regions have it up on the webstore yet, so you might have to go via your console.) Nintendo Switch XBox One
  25. Designer Notes 55: Meg Jayanth In this episode, Soren interviews independent game developer Meg Jayanth, the writer on 80 Days. They discuss how fan fiction is similar to modding, if 80 Days is a criticism of the Bioware companion system, and why it’s important to do your work. Games discussed: SimTower, Grand Theft Auto, Savoir-Faire, All Roads, Choice Of Games, Samsara, 80 Days, Sunless Seas, Sunless Skies, Horizon Zero Dawn Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  26. Three Moves Ahead 500: Origins

    Enjoyed the show and the discussion of older games. FWIW, like the original Combat Mission games, all the old SSG Warlords games (Warlords, Warlords II and Warlords III) are now available at GOG, no need to search for abandonware and fixes to get the old exe's running on modern operating systems.
  27. Hey all - I helped create this game and wanted to share it with the community! The game is called Encoder and if you enjoy decoding encrypted messages with friends (minimum three players), I'm sure you'll like this game, for desktop only. To play go here: https://encoder.world/ and check out the 'how to' section to learn how to play here: https://encoder.world/help/ I'd love for you to check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks for the support!
  28. Three Moves Ahead 500: Origins

    On the other-other hand, the 3MA episodes have been much fewer and farther between for a while now. I blame Rob's responsibilities at Vice
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