Literate Gamer

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May 10, 2017

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Apr 12, 2017

Emma Larkins, Literate Gamer contributor, talks about her experiences at GDC and PAX East and the indie the ins and outs of the indie landscape at industry events. After recapping her recent convention experiences Emma talks about her experiences with table top game design and digs into her various on-going projects. 

Apr 5, 2017

Amir Rajan - developer of A Dark Room on iOS/Android, joins us again to talk about Mobile Gaming, and the topic is addressed from both a development and an end user perspective. Amir provides a comprehensive list of his favorite games, which will be available in the show notes on 

Mar 29, 2017

The guys from Gaming and BS slum it for an episode and talk about Table Top games with Literate Gamer. They breakdown how, and why, to get started in table top role playing games, how to approach the hobby, and even which games to play. 

Enjoy as The Gaming and BS podcast lends it's topical expertise on Roll Playing Games and the hobby as a whole.

OSRIC (AD&D ruleset):

What is D&D?

Mar 22, 2017

Author Michael G. Munz returns for the promised follow up episode covering Deus Ex. Follow us on an epic journey of cybernetically enhanced discovery.

We don't have much else to say on the subject. It's Literate Gamer, the episode covers Deus Ex, you know what's happening.

Twitter: @TheWriteMunz

Mar 15, 2017

Team Ninja's recent sously release, Nioh, is dissected and examined by Literate Gamer along with special guest Fightin Cowboy. They discuss the specifics of game play- with Nioh's emphasis on combos, the Sengoku period of Japanese history, and even the real world identifies of the game's principal figures. 

The name Nioh is derived from Nio, a Buddhist wrath deity common in Japanese Buddhism.




Mar 8, 2017

Engraved on this podcast is a masterfully designed conversation by Tarn Adams, creator of Dwarf Fortress. Tarn Adams describes the founding of Dwarf Fortress, the Myth and Magic updates coming, and the seemingly inescapable creative gravity that Dwarf Fortress exerts on his other endeavors.

Tarn Adams is holding a Capybara-man skull totem aloft. The podcast relates to the great Were-lizard purge of the peaceful, ale infused, dwarf commune of The Homely Urist.

Additional links and resources are available at 

Mar 1, 2017

David Rogers, SFWA member and author of the Apocalypse series, sits down with Literate Gamer to discuss Grand Theft Auto, Dan Houser's ever evolving Magnum Opus. 

Find David at or on Reddit under davesworldinfo.

Feb 22, 2017

Trevor Zaple, author of Prospero's Half-Life, joins Literate Gamer to discuss all the best ways to assassinate your family members for fun, profit, and empire expansion. In this week's episode Paradox's strategic narrative engine Crusader Kings 2 gets the GAMER treatment. 

Feb 15, 2017

R. L. King, contributing writer for the Shadowrun discusses Shadowrun, writing as a freelance author, working in existing intellectual properties, and self publishing for fun and profit! 

R. L. King is also the writer for the Alastair Stone series, the latest being Flesh and Stone (Alastair Stone Chronicles Book 8). Links available in the shownotes as

Feb 8, 2017

Nick and Jonathan are joined by returning guest Kevin Mooseles - author of The Resistance is Dead and contributor to the Escapist -to cover Bethesda's post-apocalyptic role-playing franchise, Fallout. They compare and contrast the different games in the franchise and evaluate the shifts and changes the franchise has experienced over the years. They also explore theories surrounding the origin of Fallout 4's protagonist.  

Feb 1, 2017

Literate Gamer, along with guest Mitchell Olson, explores one of Japan's most iconic cultural exports: Pokemon, and takes a particularly long view at the changes and improvements made in the latest entry in the franchise: Pokemon Sun/Moon. 

Find Mitchell at and his books here:

Jan 25, 2017

Literate Gamer delves into Australia's principal dystopian export; Mad Max. From the original movie all the way through until Fury Road and Warner Brothers game Mad Max. 

Jan 18, 2017

Literate Gamer examines the fan favorite Japanese game series Shin Megami Tensei Persona. They slowly unwind and explore the disparate elements core to the franchise - western esotericism, dharmic religions, and a fair shake of pop culture. Persona 3 and 4 and the primary content discussed, but the Persona Arena is acknowledged. Dancing All Night is not acknowledged or discussed. 


This episode is primary concerned with the Persona series of Shin Megami Tensei games. The Shin Megami Tensei series itself will be covered at a later time. 

Jan 11, 2017

Literate Gamer explores a pastoral, albeit post-apocalyptic, English village in "game" Everybody's Gone to the Rapture by The Chinese Room. When civil discourse between our two hosts breaks down, one host sets fire to the other and uses his ashes to make his beverages more powerful and more fulfilling. Afterward, the emboldened host realizes that no one ever reads the episode summaries after the first sentence and sets out on a narrative quest that rivals the wayfarers of antiquity, and strains the very notion of narrative credulity.

Oh, and they also the definition of the term 'game' itself. 

Jan 4, 2017

Literate Gamer returns to one of its favorite franchises, Dark Souls, and digs deep into the additional Downloadable Content each title has to offer, including the Ashes of Ariandel for Dark Souls 3. 

Dec 20, 2016

Literate Gamer returns to Skyrim with the recently released Skyrim Special Edition, and this time are joined by author Kevin Mooseles. This time around they wade into much deeper issues of Elder Scrolls lore including the Elder Scrolls, CHIM, and C0DA.

Dec 14, 2016

Literate Gamer returns to A Dark Room's Amir Rajan the developer that ported A Dark Room to iOS and Android and who contributed unique touches of his own. Amir discusses the porting process, going viral, and shares some of the more creative criticism he received on A Dark Room. 


Dec 7, 2016

Nick and Jonathan break down Capcom's legendary Action-RPG Monster Hunter. Without a traditional narrative, the games are driven forwards with meaningful player choice. A considerable amount of time is spent discussing the variety of approaches and builds that are both allowed and competitive. Monster Hunter stands out as one of the best games for meaningful player choice and play-style variety.


This episode was recorded immediately following a significant illness in a new recording location, so audio quality is a little off.  

Dec 1, 2016

Sid Meier's Civilization is one of the gold standards of modern strategy gaming. In this episode Nick and Jonathan evaluate the most recent entry in the series, Civilization VI and discuss it's history to date. 

Nov 16, 2016

Literate Gamer examines the famed Ubisoft franchise in detail and evaluates the combat mechanics, attention to detail, and historical settings of this annualized series. Listen as we marvel are inexplicable decisions made by Ubisoft Management, like why Assassin’s Creed IV is an Assassin’s Creed game, or why the need for an over-arching meta narrative is so important when it does so little (but it is certainly Assassin’s Creedy).

Nov 9, 2016

Literate Gamer sits down with John Adamus, The Writer Next Door and Editor, to discuss the importance of editing, the craft of writing, and value of an external perspective in creative pursuits. This episode is nearly all 'Literate" and substantially less 'Gamer'.

Nov 2, 2016

Literate Gamer discusses A Dark Room, independent game design, and video games with Michael Townsend of Double Speak games.  

Oct 26, 2016

Famed author, podcaster, and filmmaker Doctor Gaines sits down with the Literate Gamer crew to talk about his latest novel, The Shot, his upcoming film project Cordial Kill, and has a frank discussion about religion and faith. 

Oct 19, 2016

Literate Gamer discusses the XCOM franchise with the author Michael G. Munz. They cover the history of XCOM and evaluate the different components that make a good tactical strategy game. Covers all of the original XCOM games, XCCOM Enemy Unknown, XCOM Enemy Within, XCOM 2, and breifly mention of XCOM the Bureau.

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