Rob Zacny

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    Host: Three Moves Ahead & Esports Today

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  1. Three Moves Ahead 497: Gears Tactics https://soundcloud.com/idlethumbs/three-moves-ahead-497-gears-tactics Gears Tactics Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  2. Three Moves Ahead 496: XCOM: Chimera Squad Rob, Rowan, and Bruno Dias start working the mean streets of City 31 as they discuss XCOM: Chimera Squad. XCOM: Chimera Squad Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  3. Three Moves Ahead 495: Sports With the sports world mostly on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sports games have emerged to take their place in some of the oddest ways. Rob discusses this weird moment for sports sims with Troy, Jenn Cutter, and Kat Bailey. They chat about why sim motorsports seem to be working well, but most console sports sims don't seem to have the same resonance. Rob accuses Troy of being the target audience for beat reporting based on Out of the Park leagues. Troy denies the charge, then describes the travails of his Expos dynasty in detail. Out of the Park Baseball 21, Probably some others Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  4. Three Moves Ahead 494: Stellaris Federations Rowan, Jon, and T.J. are joined by Waypoint and Friends at the Table's Austin Walker to once again ask the immortal question: Is Stellaris good now? On the heels of a diplomacy rework and four years of expansions, what has become of Paradox's oddball 4X space child? Stellaris Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  5. Three Moves Ahead 493: Animal Crossing New Horizons Fraser is joined by Jon Bolding, Dia Lacina, and Philippa Warr to discuss Animal Crossing: New Horizons, from the ways it connects to the city builder genre to the oddities of the game's premise. Animal Crossing New Horizons Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  6. Three Moves Ahead 492: The Last Autumn (Frostpunk) Rob is joined by Cameron Kunzelman and Ethan Gach to return to the world of Frostpunk before the frost as the panel considers the game's latest DLC, The Last Autumn. In some ways it's an expansion the reveals some of the worst traits of Frostpunk, but in some other ways it reinvents and reimagines the game as a trickier and more credible management game. The Last Autumn (Frostpunk) Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  7. Three Moves Ahead 491: Master of Magic This week we are going all the way back to 1994 to discuss Master of Magic. MoM, though not quite as popular as its bovine counterpart, was a very forward-thinking game. It offered many levels of customization not yet seen in gaming and inspired classic modern series like Dominions and Age of Wonders. Listen in as Rowan Kaiser, Jon Bolding, and Troy "Do you like what I've done with my hobbit hole?" Goodfellow discuss Master of Magic, sci-fi vs fantasy, and why generic magic isn't necessarily a bad thing. Master of Magic, Elemental, Dominions, Age of Wonders Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  8. Three Moves Ahead 490: Micro-RTS Games Not every novel must be Inifinite Jest, not every RTS game must be Starcraft 2. Sure, sometimes you need to hold your copy of Starcraft 2 with the cover facing out so people at the coffee shop KNOW you're playing Starcraft 2, but sometimes you just want to play a quick game of something and get out. This week, Rob and Cameron Kunzelman discuss three RTS games the can be played in less time than it takes to listen to this episode. So once you are done loudly asking if the barista has a second bookmark you can borrow for the footnotes, take a listen to our discussion on Circle Empires, Escape Dead Earth, and Death Crown. Circle Empires, Escape Dead Earth, Death Crown Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  9. Three Moves Ahead 489: Mandate of Heaven Rob, Brian "Chef Lu Bu" Smawley, Rowan, and T.J. discuss the Mandate of Heaven expansion for Total War: Three Kingdoms. Brian has been radicalized the populist vision of the Yellow Turbans and feels like only Zhang Jue has put in the work to lead China to a glorious new age. Rob and T.J., meanwhile, feel that incremental reform is the way to go. Rowan is out for themselves, but is also starting to wonder if that old Total War campaign inertia might not be settling in. Total War: Three Kingdoms, Mandate of Heaven Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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