Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bastion: Session 2 on YouTube

Session 2 of Bastion is now on YouTube in two parts. In addition to our usual complement of hosts, we were joined by our friend Chris. We played from after Point Lemaign to the end of the game. We had a tough choice to make at the end, but I chose the one that made the New Game+ make more sense, heheh.

That was a really great ending to a great game, though. Join us on June 9th when we begin Bastion anew (or, if you will, anew+), culminating in a different ending. In the meantime, The Pandora Directive continues June 2nd.

Part 1
Part 2

Bastion Playlist

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Bastion: Session 2

The second session of Bastion is tonight! We'll be starting where we left off last time, after Point Lemaign.

As usual, the stream will start at 6:45pm CT, and the game should begin at 7pm, over at our TwitchTV channel.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Host Profile: Brendan

Greetings fellow gamers! I'm Brendan (or Rothwyn, SirRothwyn, or BLCAgnew depending on where on the net you find me). I'm a lover of fiction in all its forms - games, books, movies, television, all great places to find something special. I'm active in community theater and at the local Medieval Faire, I love to cook, I am a lover of music (mostly folk and classic rock), and am a pre-school teacher of a class of 20+ 3-4 year-olds. I've been married for nearly 5 years and have no plans to grow up anytime soon.

Regardless of the medium, I gravitate towards action and adventure as well as sci-fi and fantasy (Tolkien was a huge influence, as was Lewis, Herbert, Bradbury, Doyle, and Burroughs). I enjoy action games, RPG's (eastern and western), shooters (both third- and first-person), adventure games, and platformers.

Ideal game: Link to the Past and Chrono Trigger's love child

Involved in ToG series: The Pandora DirectiveAlan Wake

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Pandora Directive: Session 2 on YouTube

Session 2 of The Pandora Directive is now on YouTube in three parts. We played from the beginning of Day 4 to the beginning of Day 8, meeting characters like the dweeby Archie Ellis, and the intimidating Jackson Cross (played by Barry Corbin).

Tonight, we died for the first (and second, and third) time in this playthrough. Sometimes, adventure games aren't terribly lethal (LucasArts); other times, there's death around every corner (Sierra). Tex Murphy seems to periodically move back and forth between these two extremes, but generally leans a little more toward the latter. One of the deaths, though, was deliberate, so it probably shouldn't count toward the total.

Next week, we resume Bastion; we return to The Pandora Directive on June 2nd.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

The Pandora Directive playlist

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Pandora Directive: Session 2

The second session of The Pandora Directive is tonight! We'll be starting where we left off last time, at the beginning of Day 4.

As usual, the stream will start at 6:45pm CT, and the game should begin at 7pm, over at our TwitchTV channel.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Host Profile: John

Let's see, I've been a gamer since I was five years old with my first console being the Nintendo and my first games being the Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. 3. I have played on the Atari, SNES, N64, Saga, Playstation 1 & 2, Xbox 360 and PC (from MSDOS to now). My specialties are Strategy games (turn based and real time) and First person shooters, my least favorite games are sports and puzzle games.

Involved in ToG series: BastionFreelancer

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Bastion: Session 1 on YouTube

Session 1 of Bastion is now on YouTube in three parts. We got a bit of a late start, but we played pretty late to make up for it — starting from the beginning, we played all the way through Point Lemaign. I thought we were going to have a few more people show up than we actually did, but that's cool, we didn't have to crowd onto the couch.

Since Bastion is 16:9, there was a bit of empty space in the screen layout that we didn't have to contend with in The Pandora Directive; I thought I'd try experimenting with a frame that could be doodled in by someone else, but was a little too late to jump on that plan and make it happen. Instead, Daniel drops some random text in there a couple of times. Better than a gaping hole, at least!

Next Saturday, we return to The Pandora Directive; Bastion continues on May 26th.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Bastion playlist

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Bastion: Session 1

The first session of Bastion begins tonight! I have no idea how many people to expect tonight, but I think it's going to be more than last week.

Pre-show begins at 6:45pm CT, and we begin the game at 7, over on our TwitchTV channel.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Beginning May 12th at 7pm CDT

The dead? The dead ain't gotta worry about this mess. Our world — she's done. But there's a way to put her back together. So better get ready, cuz mother only knows what's floatin' out there on those rocks: beasts what don't know up from down, fragments of the old world. You bring 'em back, and together, we're gonna build somethin' grand. And remember — you ain't in this alone. That's a promise.

A mysterious calamity has torn the world asunder. Little familiar remains, and what's left is crawling with strange creatures. But from the ashes, you can rebuild. Bastion is a beautifully-crafted action-adventure game with an intriguing story and the best narrator ever to grace the medium.

Join John, Daniel, and myself (and maybe other guests) as we play this game almost-blind, beginning this Saturday, and continuing alternating Saturdays after.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Host Profile: Mark

Hi, all! My name's Mark, but the Internet knows me as AmzRigh. I grew up in Fort Worth, TX, came to Norman, OK, for college, and stuck around ever since. I enjoy video games (of course!), I perform at the local Medieval Fair (which is how I know most of my cohosts), I play piano and am trying to learn guitar (and I fiddle around on ocarina when I'm bored), I do a history-themed radio show for Starmen.Net's Radio PSI, and I love good storytelling.

That last item is why I'm an aspiring game designer, and should be quite apparent in the games I choose for Throne of Games.

  • Favorite game: EarthBound
  • Favorite band: R.E.M.
  • Favorite book: The Magus, by John Fowles
  • Favorite movie: Twelve Angry Men

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Pandora Directive: Session 1 on YouTube

Session 1 of The Pandora Directive is now on YouTube in two parts. We played from the beginning of the game to the beginning of Day Four. Phil couldn't make it this night, but sonicstormer (he'd prefer I use his handle) showed up, so our peanut gallery was no smaller.

Sadly, we had a bit of technical difficulty I didn't realize until we'd finished for the night — the gameplay was a little out of frame, and the game audio had an echo. I figured out what caused the former problem and fixed it for future broadcasts, and I'm assuming the latter was just because we had it turned up too loud, causing the microphone to pick it up. So I need to either turn my speakers down, or find something else to cancel the sound. Oh well, too late to do anything about it now.

Next Saturday, we begin Bastion; The Pandora Directive continues on May 19th.

Part 1
Part 2

The Pandora Directive playlist

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Pandora Directive: Session 1

The first session of The Pandora Directive — and the first episode of Throne of Games — is tonight!

Pre-show begins at 6:45pm CDT, and the show starts in earnest at 7, on our TwitchTV channel.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Pandora Directive

Beginning May 5th at 7pm CDT

In the moonlight, New San Francisco sparkles like a chunk of cubic zirconium — an island of hollow beauty, surrounded by a red sea of radiation...five million souls drowning in gamma rays. Some lucky people have a natural immunity to the genetic mutation caused by the radiation; I'm one of 'em. Most of them live in the new city, but I don't. I live among the unlucky souls, the mutants and the destitute, in the wreckage of Old San Francisco. My name's Tex Murphy. I'm a private detective.

The year is 2043. The Earth is scarred by World War III, and the ruined ozone layer has driven humans into the night to avoid dangerous solar radiation. The face of the world may be changed, but people are still people. Tex, an archetypal down-on-his-luck PI, is hired to seek a missing person, but finds himself embroiled in something much bigger.

Join Brendan, Mabry, Daniel, Phil and myself (with maybe some extra guests) as we follow Tex down the rabbit hole in this classic FMV adventure game every other Saturday.