Rob Zacny

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  1. Three Moves Ahead 488: The Decade in Retrospect Rob, T.J., Rowan, and Fraser gather to consider the last ten years in strategy games. There is a stark division about what happened to the RTS, as well as how the concept of a game being "finished" mostly disappeared. Then Rob tries to wrap up the show and it goes for another hour as everyone tries to choose their favorite genre game from the last ten years. Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  2. Three Moves Ahead 486: Lion in Winter It's Christmas at the Plantagenets as Rob and Troy watch the superb Lion in Winter and the less superb Becket. What do these movies have to say about history and politics, and is any of it related to historical fact? How good is Hepburn? What is O'Toole doing across these two films? The Lion in Winter, Becket Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  3. Three Moves Ahead 485: Phoenix Point Jon and Rob welcome back Paul Dean to discuss Julian Gollop's and Snapshot Games' Phoenix Point, which tries to blend some of the old-school systemic realism of the original X-COM games with the ease of play of newer tactics games. It's all going well until the gang realize the AI plays like a zombie... and this isn't a zombie game. Phoenix Point Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  4. Three Moves Ahead 484: Unity of Command 2 Rob and Troy are joined by Kotaku's Luke Plunkett to discuss Unity of Command 2, the long-awaited sequel to on of Three Moves Ahead's favorite wargames. How does the new setting change the game, and what's with all these new buttons? Unity of Command 2 Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  5. Three Moves Ahead 483: Planet Zoo T.J. and Fraser are joined by Bruno Dias (@NotBrunoAgain) to talk about Planet Zoo, Frontier's spiritual successor to zoo tycoon. Animals are great, but is managing everything around keeping them happy? Why are there 30-50 feral hogs on my trade screen? Zoo-ne in to find out! Planet Zoo Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  6. Three Moves Ahead 482: Radio Commander Troy, Jon, and Rob have been to The Nam and deep in "The Shit" this week as they play Serious Sim's narrative wargame, Radio Commander. To what extent is Radio Commander an actual wargame versus a cleverly disguised RTS choose-your-own-adventure? Does the distinction matter? What are the game's politics, and how do they affect Radio Commander's portrayal of contemporary politics? Most confoundingly, the crew wrestle with whether this is a good game that people should play, or merely an interesting experiment. Radio Commander Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  7. Three Moves Ahead 481: Close Combat: The Bloody First Rob and Troy play the new, 3D Close Combat: The Bloody First and see how it measures up to the series' history. Close Combat: The Bloody First Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  8. Three Moves Ahead 480: 1999 Rob, Rowan, and Sean welcome Jeff Green to discuss what might be the greatest year in gaming. Looking down the release slate for that year, it was obviously stacked with brilliant games like Alpha Centauri, Freespace 2, and Jagged Alliance 2 (to name just a few). But did people know it was special at the time? And did anyone realize how fleeting that moment would prove to be, just before Microsoft entered the console wars and began to bridge the gap between console and PC? Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  9. Three Moves Ahead 479: Age of Wonders: Planetfall Rob, TJ, Ian Boudreau, and US Gamer editor Mike Williams discuss the very pleasant surprise that is Age of Wonders: Planetfall. From initial skepticism over the fantasy series' pivot to science fiction, the gang are slowly won over by Planetfall's novel solutions to expansion and city management, diplomacy with minor factions, and glorious tactical combat. Age of Wonders: Planetfall Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  10. Three Moves Ahead 478: Oxygen Not Included Nicole Clark joins Rowan and Rob to talk about Klei's Oxygen Not Included and its punishing model of offworld colonizaiton.Learn how everything that can go wrong does go wrong, and how well the game communicates excruciating detail about why your colony is dying. Oxygen Not Included Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  11. Three Moves Ahead 477: Fire Emblem: Three Houses Rowan, Fraser, and Rob are joined by Kotaku's Gita Jackson to discuss their tenure as teachers at Garreg Mach Monastery. The gang talk about the really thougthful politics and characterizations that define Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Aside from that, is it a good tactics game? And finally, the gang gets into some serious spoilers about the game's shocking reveal midway through. Fire Emblem: Three Houses, XCOM, Persona Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  12. Three Moves Ahead 476: Pericles Rob, Troy, and Bruce get together to discuss Mark Herman's epic wargame of the Peloponnesian Wars, Pericles. How does it capture the sweep of a vast historical subject that was only sometimes decided through military conquest? Pericles, Hegemony Gold Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  13. Three Moves Ahead 475: Gerykon 2019: Reiner Knizia Games The Tehran Conference. The meeting at Appomattox. The Council of Elrond. All historical gatherings that pale in comparison to the summit that occurred in late July 2019 as the Three Moves Ahead team gathered in Oregon for several days of gaming. Hosted by Dr. Bruce Geryk, Gerykon 2019 was attended by Michael Hermes, Rob Zacny, and Troy "I hope they let me back into Canada" Goodfellow. Bruce played the part of eccentric board game sommelier, guiding the group through several layers of gaming history. Our first episode about Gerykon 2019 covers several entries from Reiner Knizia, a household name among those in the know. From the dizzying heights of Ra and Modern Art to the baffling lows of Beowulf, we consumed great amounts of scotch and had many discussions about game design and strategy. Also, Rob made up a really gross name for a painting. Modern Art, Ra, Tigris & Euphrates, Lost Cities, Lord of the Rings Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  14. Three Moves Ahead 474: Steel Division 2 Rob and the gang are deeply conflicted over Steel Division 2. A good multiplayer game with some genuinely impressive detail about the armored combat on the Eastern Front, it's also a game that has not grown to match its subject, and then there's the matter of that campaign... Steel Division 2, Steel Division, Achtung Panzer, Graviteam Tactics
  15. Three Moves Ahead 473: Historical Guardrails Rob, Rowan, TJ, and Sean discuss how "historically" they like their games to play out and whether that wish is incompatibile with player freedom and variety. Imperator, Three Kingdoms, Europa Universalis IV, Crusader Kings II, Victoria II, Civilization, Hearts of Iron, Operational Art of War Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes