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Discussion and play-along of classic games, with perspectives from both long-time fans and a brand new player.

Show is on twitter at @OGPlusCast.  Hosts are @HamletEJ, @healiocentric, and @Ghostcrawler.

Bumper audio from Balance and Ruin.  Header art from Lusipurr. Views expressed here are personal and do not represent Blizzard Entertainment or Riot Games.

Nov 12, 2018

We finish chapter 1, discussing the plot and themes of the story so far (the conflict between the classes and the relationship between Ramza and Delita), as well as some of the mechanics that emerge in the early game (Gained JP UP, and early jobs like Knight and Wizard).

Oct 8, 2018

We discuss the background of Final Fantasy Tactics, and the way a first-time player is introduced to the game's story and systems.

Sep 25, 2018

For our next game, we go to a much-loved PS1 classic: Final Fantasy Tactics!

For those wanting to play along:

You can play the original PS1 version on a PS1 or PS2, or download it from the online store for PS3, PSP, or Vita.

You can download a remaster from the online store for PSP or Vita.

You can also play the remaster on iOS.

Note: Due to the length of the game and complexity of the story, we may not cover the entire game in full detail. Further updates once we get through the first part of the game.

Sep 24, 2018

We have a guest! Jay's sister Sabrina, who is a huge fan of this game.  We discuss the remainder of the game, including both branches and the ending variants.

And of course, we announce our next game!

 

Links:

Google Books on Ali Zebu

The Girl in the Tower

 

Sep 11, 2018

We progress past the Catacombs and into the "long path" branch of the game, where Alexander uses spells to travel to new areas of the Land of the Green Isles.

 

The Guidebook once again, since we discuss it more in this episode.

 

 

Aug 27, 2018

We begin our adventure in the Land of the Green Isles. Meeting the major characters, beginning to learn our way around the four islands, and collecting items to prepare for a major set piece of the game: the Catacombs.

Links:

The "Guidebook to the Land of the Green Isles", necessary for some parts of the game.

TvTropes not only has an entry for games where you can get into an "Unwinnable" state, but has a sub-page specific to Sierra games.

Getting help when you were stuck in a game in 1988.

Aug 13, 2018

King's Quest is often described as a pinnacle of the classic adventure game era, and KQ6 as a pinnacle of King's Quest. Join us as we discuss it for our next game!

 

The game is currently available for Windows on GOG.

 

Aug 12, 2018

The second half of the game, including the extremely hard 7-1 and 7-2, difficulty in old games in general, the concept of limited lives, and other topics.

And we announce our next game, to begin discussion in two weeks!

Jul 30, 2018

We discuss the background, characters, mechanics, and some of the bosses of Super Mario Bros. 2.  Next episode, in two weeks, will complete the game!

 

Super Mario Bros 2 manual

The Year of Luigi

Jul 3, 2018

Our next episode, On July 30 (note the 1-episode break), will begin discussion of Super Mario Bros. 2!

 

 

The game is available on NES (and NES Classic), on SNES in the form of Super Mario All-Stars, and on Game Boy Advance in the form of Super Mario Advance.

This will be short run (1-2 episodes), so we expect to have finished the game by the time we discuss it.

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