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This month on the Space-Cast!, we're investigating a difficult topic — the representation of slavery in board games. To help navigate these waters, we're joined by Patrick Rael, Professor of History at Bowdoin College, to discuss how board games have depicted slavery in the past, what they're doing right now, and how we can use them to learn about …
 
As promised, today we're talking about nothing but tech trees — specifically, Dennis Chan's Beyond the Sun, a game about exploring the far reaches of the galaxy by climbing the branches of the humble technology tree. Along the way, we discuss some of Dennis's inspirations, favorite tech systems, and whether Dan is bad at traversing outer space.…
 
Smooch! For the Space-Biff! Space-Cast!'s decepisode, today I'm joined by Ben Madison to discuss The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades. Along the way, we discuss religion as an inspiration in game design, including an examination of what happens when playthings, religious beliefs, history, and personal faith journeys …
 
I'm as surprised as you are — it's the ninth episode of the Space-Biff! Space-Cast! Today I'm joined by Armando Canales, Lyndon Martin, and Brian Willcutt, the designers of this year's controversial title The Cost. We discuss the game itself, along with broader concepts of moral game design and how to focus a game's intended story on the elements t…
 
Today on the Space-Biff! Space-Cast!, Dan Thurot is joined by TauCeti Deichmann to discuss his confusingly titled real-time asymmetrical science fiction trade game, Faraway Convergence! I mean Constellation Meeting! I mean Sidereal Confluence! There it is. Listen in as we discuss the game's origins, its intricate negotiations, and how rational acto…
 
John Clowdus is best known for his small designs. And, naturally, in today's episode of the Space-Biff! Space-Cast!, he's willing to talk to Dan Thurot about small games old and new, including which of his titles he prefers to Omen: A Reign of War. But now Clowdus is also a bona fide big-box game designer thanks to Mezo. Listen in as he spills the …
 
As the world is ravaged by toilet paper shortages, Dan Thurot is joined by Erin Lee Escobedo to discuss the ins and outs of tactical starvation in her game Meltwater, how its spiritual grandparents would make for history's oddest couple, the artificiality of some of gaming's biggest narrative "choices," and the difficulty of conceding defeat. Cheer…
 
After three unbearable years, the Space-Biff! Space-Cast! is back! And to celebrate this momentous occasion, Dan Thurot and Brock Poulsen are joined by Colby Dauch to talk about a much more important revival: the independence of Plaid Hat Games. We also chat about Summoner Wars old and new, Dungeon Run (that's Brock's fault), and Forgotten Waters.…
 
Magic and technology. Technology and magic. Forces as old as... well, one of them is older than the other, but they've both got a few winters under their belt. Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as we discuss All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Featuring Bay Area relationship problems, a benevolent social media network (suspension of disbelie…
 
We're going to the moon! Maybe! Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as we discuss Mary Robinette Kowal's The Calculating Stars, a futuristic take on the sexism, racism, and other -isms of the 1950s space program. Expect high stakes, bad takes, and more rocket euphemisms than you can shake your Atlas launch vehicle at.…
 
In our first swing at a truly massive epic fantasy, Brock, Summer, and Dan discuss how to name your weapon, whether Brock would amplify ableism in order to solve racism and sexism, and why you shouldn't date someone who's been radicalized on YouTube. In other words, it's Master of Sorrows by Justin Call!…
 
Go with the Flow and join Brock, Summer, and Dan as we discuss how to browbeat supporting characters into divulging information, why all space ships should be named after Elton John songs, and whether The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi espouses a proper pronunciation for "emperox."By The Space-Biff! Space-Cast!
 
What do two men and their daughter have in common? Being trapped in a cabin by psychopaths, of course! Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as they discuss the fearsome nature of farmers, magical realism novels, and whether The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay is worthy of your time.By The Space-Biff! Space-Cast!
 
We always knew the day would come — for the Space-Biff! Space-Cast!’s first-ever episode about a book with no numbers in the title! We’re talking about court intrigues, elvish-on-goblin racism, and how on earth to pronounce “Csevet.” It’s The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, synopsized and dissected for your listening pleasure.…
 
What do microphone problems, a four-year-old wandering out of her room two hours after bedtime, and dead internet have in common? They all love to interrupt the Space-Biff! Book-Space! Never fear, we’re still talking about intestines, unwanted pregnancies, and Kameron Hurley’s oh-so-sticky The Stars Are Legion — while featuring our friend and speci…
 
At last! A book we don’t love! Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as they engage in the third-ever episode of the Space-Biff! Book-Space! to talk about the legality of cloning, what our AI-selves would be in charge of, and how little is too little for a Catholic priest to know about the Bible. It’s Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty.…
 
In the second-ever episode of the Space-Biff! Book-Space!, Brock, Summer, and Dan read about physics conundrums, bad video games, and what happens when a convention of virtual reality nerds makes decisions for the rest of the world. That’s right, it’s The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015.…
 
Finally, in the first-ever episode of the Space-Biff! Book-Space!, we discover a novel about how people spend so much time focusing on their own problems that they can’t be bothered with what’s right above their own heads. Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as they discuss The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016.…
 
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