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Travels with Troy #3
Mon, 5 May 2008 02:10:00 GMT [download/play]

This week Troy has four segments of the show: The Essential Conan, TMOG Phantasm Adventures, what I am Playing This Week, and a capsule review of Dungeon Runners from NC Soft.  In the first segment, The Essential Conan, Troy talks about the creator of the Conan saga and we learn about the tragic ending of one of the greatest fantasy writer of the last century.  Troy then moves on to his continuing saga of projecting his rpg into the MMO genre with his discussion of the 60 races of Phantasm.  This week Troy has returned to Everquest II, two-boxing his two main characters -- utilizing the program Multiplicity.  Troy wraps the show up with his less than lustrous review of Dungeon Runners.

Show Highlights:

The Essential Conan
TMOG: Phantasm Adventures
What I am Playing
Review: Dungeon Runners

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Episode 3 Discussion Thread

'Robert E Howard' by scytale2
Submitted on 2008-05-05 18:41:08 CST
I rather enjoyed the section on the creatior of Conan, so thanks for that.

Just a comment on Dungeonrunners - I played it for a little while and it is clearly just a Diablo clone, which is no bad thing, although there have been a number of these. The issue you raise on age band is not one that is discussed much. We klnow that MMO appeals to men and women across the age bands, yet there is no real market segmentation developed until - I would suggest - Conan, which is more adult-focused, I hope.

You have Agency which is for teens, WoW, which is for youngsters, Eve, which is for accountants and Vanguard which is for perhaps mature players, as it is a bit more complicated. So what makes a game "mature"? Is this market served properly?

'Ha! Accountants!' by Mashidin
Submitted on 2008-05-06 07:05:20 CST
That was the funniest line scytale2! Eve for accountants... so true and I love every minute of it.
Anyways, thank you Troy for educating the unwashed masses on the life of R.E. Howard. I've read all the stories you mentioned and still find pleasure even in the stories of Conan written by other authors such as Robert Jordan, for example. As a side obscure note: Howard was also the pen-pal of H.P. Lovecraft and the two corresponded often.
Being a player of many role-playing systems in the past from d&d to the Amber Chronicles, no dice (what!, you exclaim. thats dice) system, its appreciated hearing of other, more robust systems out there. I personally think that what you discribe in your TMMOG segment would create a insanely immersive world with a suprising depth of game-play. Now all you need is a writter, artists, programmers, developer, a bunch of other chaps and a publisher with a crap-load of cash and you'll be golden!
Haha. Keep up the good work Troy and I'm looking forward to the next installment.


'Dungeon Runners/Mythos' by Kanthalos
Submitted on 2008-05-07 22:55:35 CST
Another great episode, Troy. One of the things that I really enjoyed about Dungeon Runners was some of the sense of comedy it possessed, but other than that, there wasn't much to draw me in. I was wondering whether you've had the chance to try Mythos yet. Unfortunately, I don't have any keys to give out anymore if you don't have an account, but I'd be curious to see another perspective on how it compared to Dungeon Runners (and any other action-rpg's out right now) if you have had the chance to play it. As for your opinion that "you get what you pay for," I generally agree, however, Mythos has stepped it up in terms of a f2p/microtransaction games (especially due to the fact that it's only in beta.) If you don't know much about it, you can check out a couple posts of mine on my blog. Looking forward to your future podcasts.