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The Ballad of The Dungeon Master

Hi, guys. Well. I don't know what to say. Here's The Ballad of the Dungeon Master. I'll post the lyrics below.

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Lyrics:

Yeah, that's right

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Matt Chat 91: Game Over at Interplay with Brian Fargo

In this last segment of my interview with Brian Fargo, we talk about the end of Interplay (at least the end of the Interplay that dared to take the big risks). We also discuss Brian's new game, Hunted: The Demon's Forge. Enjoy! Download audio here.

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Matt Chat 90: Wasteland, Fallout, and Stonekeep with Brian Fargo

This week, I'm back with part two of my interview with Interplay founder Brian Fargo. In this segment, we talk about Wasteland, Fallout, Stonekeep, and modern CRPGs vs. the great classics of the 80s and 90s. Download the audio here (also available on iTunes). Click here if you'd like to donate to the show. Enjoy!

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Matt Chat 89: Interview with Brian Fargo

Welcome back, Matt Chatters! This episode features the first part of my interview with Brian Fargo, founder of Interplay and CEO of inXile Entertainment. I was able to sit down with him for an hour and talk about everything from the original Demon's Forge (a 1981 adventure game for Apple II) to Hunted: The Demon's Forge (the upcoming action game). We also talk about the origins of Bard's Tale, the impact of Wizardry, the humor of Battlechess, and much more.

Download the audio here (also available on iTunes).

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Matt Chat 88: Decapitating the Donimator

Don's back this week with--er, wait? Who is that? Adam (Interghost)? And Matt doesn't seem to be himself--he seems a bit, well, WEIRD. Look, I can't summarize this, so check it out for yourself.

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Matt Chat 86: Bard's Tale IV and Wasteland II with Becky Burger

In the truly final segment of my interview with Becky "Burger" Heineman, we chat about Becky's fervent desire to create new Bard's Tale and Wasteland games. We also talk about the often troubled relationship between publishers and developers, and how that structure moves original ideas to the margins of indie gaming. Becky also reveals her favorite 8-bit and 16-bit platforms. Download the audio here (also available on iTunes).

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Matt Chat 85: Bard's Tale & Dragon Wars with Becky Burger

Becky's back this week to talk about Michael Cranford and The Bard's Tale, or, more correctly, Tales of the Unknown: Volume I (yeah, glad they didn't stick with that title). She also talks about Dragon Wars, one of the most unfairly obscure CRPGs in history. Note: Although I say this is the final segment, I was incorrect--I had misplaced 26 minutes of additional footage! Download the audio here (also available on iTunes).

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Tass Times in Tonetown with Burger Becky

It's Tass Times in Tonetown this week as Becky joins me for a third installment of our interview. Prepare to be amused as Becky recounts the story of one of the wackiest games ever to grace an Apple IIGS. We also get to hear (finally) how she came by her nickname --prepare to be grossed out! Download the audio here (also available on iTunes).

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Burger Becky Part 2

Becky's back this week with another segment full of insider info about the earliest days of the gaming industry. She talks about how she learned assembly by reverse engineering Atari 2600 carts, why she thinks Carmack is a better programmer than Romero, why Wizardry was such a great game, and the old debate about text vs. graphical adventures.

Download the audio here (also available on iTunes).

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Matt Chat with Becky "Burger" Heineman Part I

This is the first part of my extensive interview with industry legend Becky "Burger" Heineman, one of the co-founders of Interplay and the most influential woman in the history of the industry. In this first segment, Becky and I chat about her love of guns, cakes, and how her skill at Space Invaders on the Atari 2600 led to an amazing career as a games programmer.

Download the audio from the video here (coming soon to iTunes).

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