Khan Khomrad

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  1. Episode 461: Three Kingdoms as a Setting

    I can only imagine how confusing this show must be for the listeners who never played a single Romance of the Three Kingdoms games or never payed much attention to this part of history. There are so many, many named characters to keep track of, many of which have pretty similar names and the names by itself are very much different than what we're used to listening in the West. I'd bet that this is the biggest challenge for someone trying to get into this part of Chinese History. I have only played Dynasty Warriors 6 back on the PS2 and I vividly remember Lu Bu's campaign where he was just fighting with everyone in search for a Worthy Opponent but none could match his might and, in the last mission, the Three Kingdoms combined forces to try and stop his rampage. An Epic conclusion to the game. Also, there's something to be said about the different evolutionary paths (for lack of a better word) that the Western strategy market and the Eastern market took. That can be seen in games like Nobunaga's Ambition (which the panel discussed some time ago), Dynasty Warriors Empire and the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series.
  2. Episode 461: Three Kingdoms as a Setting

    I've been waiting for this episode ever since 3MA talked about Nobunaga's Ambition. I'm glad that you guys finally managed to put a panel together for this show
  3. So far I've only played once as the Space Marines and got obliterated by the Necron AI at normal. A very pleasant surprised. The game reminded me a lot about Endless Legend when it comes to the city building and management aspect as well as the battle mechanics. I hoped for an overview of the other civilizations aside from the Tyranids, Space Marines and Necrons.
  4. Episode 457: A Look Back at 2018

    Another 2 hours episode? What a good way to begin 2019. I'm afraid that Michael may have forgotten to fill in the Troy " " Goodfellow this time.
  5. Episode 453: Black Hawk Down and Zulu

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this episode even if I've never seen these two movies. For the movie suggestion bit I would say that 300 and 300:Rise of an Empire could be used as a jumping point to talk about how they defined our understanding of the Greeks and Persians,in the same vein that Hollywood created a fictional Rome that many take for granted as if that's how it was in the times of the Romans. There's also Lawrence of Arabia from 1962. EDIT: why do some episodes of 3MA don't direct you to the discussion thread when you click the "Discuss this episode in the Idle Forums" but rather direct you to the forum page itself?
  6. Episode 452: After Dark 2018

    I was wondering when would be the next after dark episode. Guess I don't have to wait any longer. Also, is Michael slowly but surely becoming a elite irregular panelist? Who knows!? Maybe in 2019. I guess this ties up with what the panel said about Civ VI trying to be more about the human experience as a whole instead of just Big Expansionist Empires that control lots of land and are always at war. I do wonder if they ever thought about also having global cooling as a mechanic instead of just including global warning in an attempt to be Pro-environment. Also, I find it funny how Civ VI is releasing an expansion about the environment 4 months after cities:skylines released one about industries.
  7. Episode 451: Cities: Skylines - Industries

    I hope we can get a show on Go some day. First the chess show, then Go and finally Bridge. 3MA is slowly breaking into mainstream strategy games About the panelists, that's a very interesting point that you raised. I find that my favorite episodes tends to be the ones where: Bruce talks about History, Video game & boardgame designs, Michael gets on the show to talk about management games (Never played one and probably won't) and Troy talks about history and the strategy games that no one remembers any more (walls of Rome anyone?). Guess I really like when the panel talks about game design and history (after dark and year in retrospect also tend to be good shows to me).
  8. Episode 451: Cities: Skylines - Industries

    Welcome back 3MA! I must agree. This one felt very much like a throw back to the earlier episodes, which is good. It also made me realize how few episodes focused on city-builders were made that there may be an interesting conversation to be have about how the different games of this genre go about simulating a city. As Rob mentioned, the Anno series is basically a logistic-chain simulator. If you have to have enough production to supply the ever growing needs of your expanding pop, enough land to set up production chains and finally you need to have automated trade routes where your ships will sail from one island to the next taking and dropping cargo. This model is completely different from the Impressions city-builders, but they are both sell the fantasy of being a ruler of an expanding city/cities.
  9. Episode 448: Valkyria Chronicles 4

    After 448 Three Moves Ahead episodes I can safely say that, to me, this was the one who strayed away the most from the topic at hand and video games in general. That said, it made me thing about the different storytelling and cultural elements that we take for granted in our media in general and what changes, if any, the localizers (I think this is the term for Video game translators in english, but I could b wrong :P) made when translating the game from Japanese to English. Listening to this episode made me even more interested in giving this series a chance. I find the combat system and the narrative very different from the other tactics game that we see nowadays. Still hoping that some day the panel will be able to talk about Mordheim and how they took some aspects of VC.
  10. Episode 447: Tactical Management Games

    Good question. The Dominions games tend to shine in multiplayer where you have to make good use of planning before the game even starts, diplomacy to not get killed and micromanagement before battle in order to get the best out of your units, nameless or otherwise. Add to that the ability to use the in-game Lore as a foundation block for your own narrative and I think you are onto something here. We need the original panel to bring back Dominions in to the 3MA conversations
  11. Episode 442: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

    Danielle is back. Hurrah!