Rob Zacny

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  1. Three Moves Ahead 541: Strategy Games As A Service Len and Rowan discuss the concept of "games as a service" as it relates to the strategy space. Is it a good thing? Has it always been around and we just called it something different? Can you ever really trust a game studio? Are the post-Kripke seasons of Supernatural actually worth your time? Listen to the episode, then check out the Season Pass over on Patreon.com/3ma Crusader Kings 2, Europa Universalis 4, Civilization 6, Darkest Dungeon, Battletech, Total War: Three Kingdoms Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  2. Three Moves Ahead 540: A Send Off to Civilization 6 Troy, Len, and Jon sit down to discuss the Civilization 6 New Frontiers DLC pass and where the king of 4X stands in 2021. How does Civ 6 now compare to launch five years ago? How have its modern competitors changed our perception of and relationship with it? Is Sid still the gold standard to beat? Civilization 6, Humankind, Old World Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  3. Three Moves Ahead 539: Conquest of Elysium 5 Jon and Ian Boudreau talk Conquest of Elysium 5, a lo-fi fantasy tactics game with Dwarf Fortress-like procedural world generation. Lead armies of moose, visit other planes of existence that are doing their own thing while you're not looking, and try to make it as a Senator in an era with no Senate. Do you like to control archers with your numpad? We know you do! Conquest of Elysium 5 Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  4. Three Moves Ahead 538: Hell Let Loose This week Rob is joined by Ranged Touch's Cameron Kunzelman and PCGamesN's Ian Boudreau to discuss an unusual World War II military shooter that feels more like a tactics game: Hell Let Loose. Hear the stirring tale of trying to explain how to drive a manual transmission to someone who has only ever been in his 2006 Honda Civic during the middle of a war. Find out which war movie officer Rob would be. And by the end, probably have a pretty good idea of whether or not this would be your thing or not. Hell Let Loose Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  5. Three Moves Ahead 537: Humankind Len, Rowan, and Fraser gather to discuss Amplitude's Humankind, the Civ competitor that has been looming large over our release radar for the past couple years. How does it compare to Sid Meier's finest work, and even this studio's previous 4X forays? Will it reignite the spark for those who have lost their love for the turn-based march through history? And aside from all that, is this game even done? Humankind, Civilization, Old World, Endless Legend Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  6. Three Moves Ahead 536: Slipways Len, Jon, and Mike discuss the indie space "4X without two and a half of the Xes" Slipways. We dig into the benefits of games designed with very strict rules that eventually let you break most of them, as well as having challenging microstrategy games you can finish in about an hour but aren't totally mindless. Slipways Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  7. Three Moves Ahead 535: Deck Builders Rob is joined by Nicole Clark and Cameron Kunzelman to discuss two recent deck builders: Klei's Griftlands and Abrakam's Roguebook. What do we like and what brings us dismay about each? How do they stack up against other recent paragons of the genre? Where do these types of games fit into the strategy ecosystem? Is boxed macaroni and cheese really that much better if you drop some unsalted butter in there? That's not relevant to the episode. It's just me, Len, asking a cooking question. Griftlands, Roguebook, Slay the Spire Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  8. Three Moves Ahead 534: Dark Deity Rob and Rowan are joined by PCMag's Mike Williams to discuss Dark Deity, a JRPG-inspired indie tactical RPG. What lies beneath the outward riffing on Fire Emblem? What kind of characters will we be bringing to battle, and can we make them kiss? Are numbers even real? Why can Len never come up with a clean way to wrap these episode descriptions up? Is she really just going to let it go out like this? Dark Deity Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  9. Three Moves Ahead 533: Old World Troy, Len, and Jon gather by the fire to discuss Old World, the new ancient world 4X from Civilization IV designer and prolific 3ma guest Soren Johnson. Does the tighter timeframe help or hinder it? Is it just ancient Civ? Is that even a bad thing? How many more questions can I come up with? Does this description still look too short? This is probably a good place to stop, right? Old World Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  10. Three Moves Ahead 532: Company of Heroes 3 Interview Relic has announced Company of Heroes 3! Rob and Len were given a chance to give a bit of the new dynamic campaign map a go. Now they're joined by Relic's David Littman and Matt Philip to discuss what we saw and how this long-awaited sequel is coming together. You can check out the pre-alpha preview yourself by heading over to companyofheroes.com. Company of Heroes 3, Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  11. Three Moves Ahead 531: Siege Survival: Gloria Victis Rob, Troy, and Fraser have only a curtain wall and a micromanagement puzzle between them and the invading hordes as they discuss Siege Survival: Gloria Victis. Who will hold out, and who will secretly leave the postern gate open to put an end to the suffering? When are we going to do a show on Going Medieval? What is a siege, if not a larder persevering? Siege Survival: Gloria Victis Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  12. Three Moves Ahead 530: Total War: Three Kingdoms: Endgame Rob and Rowan are joined once again by Three Kingdoms opinion-haver Brian "Chef Lu Bu" Smawley to discuss Creative Assembly's very odd pronouncement of ending support for Total War: Three Kingdoms. Where did it land and how do we feel about the state it's in? What do we wish had made it in? And what the hell is going on with gates? Total War: Three Kingdoms, Dynasty Warriors Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  13. Three Moves Ahead 529: Early Access City Builders In one of our biggest panels ever, Rowan, Fraser, Len, Jon, and Mike are joined by Sin Vega to discuss the many city builders currently stewing in Early Access, or which had a long tenure there. What is the role of Early Access for this genre, and why does it seem to be such a popular starting point? Also, what would we like to see in the next generation of city builders? Cities Skylines, Workers and Resources: Soviet Republic, Dwarf Fortress, Rimworld, Industries of Titan, Cliff Empire, NewCity, Ostriv, Frostpunk, Terra Nil, The Last Haven, Surviving the Aftermath, Going Medieval, Chang’an of Tang Dynasty Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  14. Three Moves Ahead 528: Hundred Days - Winemaking Simulator Rob and Len are joined by behind-the-scenes mastermind Mike to pursue some millennial agriculture fantasies, step on some grapes, and grit their teeth through a bit of sus localization. Will they taste victory, or find themselves sprawled in an alley with a bottle of $8 chardonnay wondering why they thought they could drop out of school and join a punk band? Are these hypotheticals getting more weirdly specific all the time? Does anyone even read the description anyway? Hundred Days - Winemaking Simulator Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  15. Three Moves Ahead 527: Ultimate Admiral: Age of Sail Michael Hermes makes a port of call as Rob, Nick Capozzoli, and Matt Flanigan take to the high seas in Ultimate Admiral: Age of Sail. Rob hates the land combat, Matt hates the way the ships behave like sports cars, Capo greets both with measured approval, and Michael thinks we're all being a bunch of picky jerks looking a gift-horse in the mouth. Ultimate Admiral: Age of Sail Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes