SGJ Podcast #54: How to Lose a Fleet with John Hemry (Without Even Trying! ;)

Concept Art from The Books...

Concept Art from The Books…

Hey folks, welcome to this latest episode of the Space Game Junkie Podcast! Now, this week we did something a bit different. Rather than talk to a game developer, as is our usual, we brought on author John Hemry. Under the pen name Jack Campbell, he has written an entire series of books called the Lost Fleet series, which in the beginning focuses on a fleet of starships trying to make it home along a long slog through enemy territory. Jim and I have both read these books (I more than him), and we were FASCINATED by the unique way space combat is handled in the series.

Basically, since light is a limitation/speed limit when in combat, the amount of time it takes light to travel affects everything you do, from when you see something to when you react to something. It’s really amazing stuff, so Jim and I were thrilled to talk to John about his military background and how that helped him come up with the concepts of movement and combat in the books. We had some technical difficulties, and I apologize for not talking much as I was fighting a cough the whole time, but thankfully Jim picked up the slack. We hope you enjoy it. :)

As always, we look forward to your comments below, and invite you to email us at hail@spacegamejunkie.com if you have any further comments or suggestions for future shows. Thanks for listening!

P.S. Since the stream had some serious audio issues, I’ve decided not to include it here, but it’s on YouTube if you REALLY wanna check it out. ;)

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Congrats to the Latest Batch of Spacey Greenlit Games

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Woohoo!

Today Steam released a new batch of Greenlit games, and it’s got quite a few spacey games on it, with some surprises too. These include:

There are a lot of other non-spacey games I’m excited to see on there too, like 1849 and FRONTIERS too. Congrats to all of those who got Greenlit today!

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New Enemy Starfighter Trailer Out (i.e. OMGIWANTSITNOW! ;)

Pew Pew at it's Finest...

Pew Pew at it’s Finest…

Usually I save trailers and such for the news digests I put out every so often, but this new trailer for Enemy Starfighter is just…my god…well, look at it for yourselves and marvel at it. ;) Also, if you’re gonna be at PAX East next weekend, Mike will also be there showing the game off, so check it out if you can. Thanks for Fishbreath on Quarter to Three for the tip!

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Spacey Game Newsies and Dealsies 3/28/14: The Thank-Gawd-It’s-Friday Edition

News Satellite Dish

Bringing On The News!!

Two news posts within a week? HOW CAN ANYONE LIVE AT THAT SPEED?  I’m unsure my friends…maybe I’ve finally gone mad. But I’ll tell you this, I’m on the upswing in terms of energy and motivation from my low point earlier this week. I therefore wanted to pound out some more news and deals before they piled up too much. Here goes!

Finally, we have a couple of sales. First off, Retrobooster is having a sale wherein it’s 50% off until April 2nd. It’s a really cool game, so check it out!

Then, GOG is having an Interplay Irresistibles sale in which a lot of awesome Interplay games are on sale. This of course means you can get the amazing Freespace 2 for $4.99, as well as its predecessor Descent: Freespace for $2.99. Seriously, folks, if you don’t have Freespace 2, now is the time. They also have excellent sci-fi games such as M.A.X. and Subwar 2050 (which was made by Particle Systems of Independence War fame) among many other excellent games. I’d jump on these if I didn’t already own almost all of ‘em. ;) (P.S. Clicking on those links and buying through ‘em helps the site out, FYI. ;)

That’s it for today folks. Have a fantastic weekend!

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Down to Earth: What Non-Spacey Games Are We Playing?

We're Gamers of All Stripes. :)

We’re Gamers of All Stripes. :)

Hey folks, I don’t know if y’all have noticed, but every now and then this site goes kinda quiet for a spell because I lose myself in a non-spacey game for a spell. Whether it’s Driver: San Francisco or Skyrim, it’s sometimes not easy being an gamer who likes almost all types of games and who also has ADHD. ;) I then thought that hey, we all love space games, but we’re gamers above all else, so there’s surely to be cross pollination with other types of games we’re all playing. Therefore I thought I’d start a new thingy in which every now and again we’ll all check in with what non-space games we’re enamored with at the moment. That’s why I’m calling it “Down to Earth” since it’s not in space. ;) Now, with all that said, what are y’all playing lately?

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Spacey Game News 3/25/14 – There-Went-March Edition

Buried Under News!

Buried Under News!

Hello my friends! I’m sorry I’ve been so absent of late, but wow am I tired! A short time ago, I went to Yosemite for the better part of a week (some pics here) for a wedding in which my girlfriend was the maid of honor. As awesome a time as I had, it was EXHAAAAUSTING and I feel like I’m still recovering from the sleep deficit, so I’ve just only had energy for some basic gaming needs, you know? ;) There’s been a ton of news out since then, however, so I’m gonna try to get to all of it. Here goes!

Wow, that was almost all of March up until now, huh? Yeeesh! We’re not done yet though, as I have some deals as well as some related news. First off, in deals, Steam’s recent rash of weeklong deals includes Space Trader: Merchant Marine for $1.49 (though the page itself says $4.99 for some reason). Finally, in kinda related news, GOG announced that they’ll be supporting Linux starting later this year, which could see some of our favorite spacey classics reaching that platform.

WHEW that was a lot of stuff to get through. This post took forever to write, but y’all are worth it. :) Have a great day folks!

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FYI: No Podcast Tonight and Upcoming Schedule (Updated)

OMG so tired...

I Feel Like This Puppy, Only Not as Cute…

Hey folks, just chiming in because I’m not feeling awesome, so we’re skipping the podcast because I’m too low energy to really make it fun for anyone. I think just the lack of/lousy sleep over the last few weeks is really catching up with me. :/ I’m just so…bleh…tired, unmotivated, it’s not usual for me and I don’t like it, so I wanna try to do whatever it takes to recover. With that said, we have some fun stuff coming up that I wanted to share with ya. I’m still trying to get guests for upcoming weeks, so this may change, but as it is right now, here’s what’s coming up:

  • April 1st – John Hemry, Author of the Lost Fleet book series (which has awesome space combat)
  • April 8th – Slower than Light with creator John Brewer (Here’s the Kickstarter)
  • April 15th – Space Salvager with creator Sam Albon (fun game!)
  • April 29th – A look at the Freespace Open Project with its project lead Fabian “The E” Woltermann and discussing Freespace 2′s 15th anniversary a little bit (which won’t be our only look at the game this year)
  • May 6th – A look at O.R.B. (which was requested by Jim, as it just came out on SteamA
  • May 13th – Off Topic: Marketing & SEO for Game Websites (Jim’s idea, to help devs out, because y’all got some stanky websites)

Remember, if you have a topic idea you’d like us to cover, please send it to hail@spacegamejunkie.com because we’re totally open to ideas. :) Thanks folks, and have an awesome day.

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Crayon Contest Winners Announced!!!

Exceptional Art Inbound!

Exceptional Art Inbound!

Hey kids, I know I’m a little behind on this but damn did last week’s trip kick my ASSSS. Regardless, the crayon contest is now over, and we have the winners, so check out their art after the cut!

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SJG Podcast #53: A Look Back at Where They Are Now…

Captain! We're Being Followed!

Captain! We’re Being Followed!

Hey folks, welcome to the latest episode of the Space Game Junkie Podcast! This week, Jim and I take a look back at the games we’ve covered on the podcast and basically ask, “Where are they now?”. In some cases, the games we’ve looked at have come a long way, but in some cases, sadly not so much. Join us as Jim and I take a look back and see how these games are doing…

As always, we welcome your comments below and your letters at hail@spacegamejunkie.com! Thanks for listening/watching, and enjoy! :)

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SGJ Podcast #52: Tactical Space Command Takes us Back to a Simpler Time…

Chaos and Elegance Collide...

Chaos and Elegance Collide…

Welcome, folks, to this week’s podcast. This time Jim and I are trying something new. Using the IRC and Twitch channels, we’re gonna start doing these things live (you can tune in here, by the by) and this first run through has us talking to Douglas Triggs of Lensflare Games about his MacOS/iOS tactical space combat game, Tactical Space Command (which now has a lite version to try out too). TSC is akin to the old Harpoon games where you’re basically the admiral in the CIC center commanding your ships from afar, and it’s a pretty great game. Douglas also made for a pretty entertaining guest, so this plus the IRC interaction made for an interesting experiment which we hope you enjoy.

As always, we invite your comments below as well as your letters at hail@spacegamejunkie.com, which we will always read on the air. Thanks for listening/watching, and enjoy the show. :)

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