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Episode 2: CRPGs, SHMUPS, Owning a Personal Computer, Girls and Games, Metroid Metal

Armchair Arcade is proud to present the second episode of Armchair Arcade Radio. Hosted by Matt Barton, this episode features the music of Metroid Metal and segments from each member of Armchair Arcade: Mark Vergeer, Bill Loguidice, Christina Loguidice, and Chris Kennedy.

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Legerdemain: A Tale Fraught with Peril and Wonder

Legerdemain: Zork Meets Nethack!LegerdemainMy friend Alex Aguila recently notified me about a wonderful indie project that combines interactive fiction with roguelikes--it's Zork meets Nethack! You can read all about it at, where there are many screenshots and the chance to buy a the game with a lovely cluebook for $20--300 pages! This looks really, really good. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Tim Cain Interview on Fallout (Part I)

Here's the first part of my interview with Tim Cain, producer of Fallout and many other classic CRPGs. What's fun is that Tim talks about the importance of the Atari 800 (Atariwriter, anyone?), Dungeons & Dragons, GURPS, and of course the origins of Fallout. There's still plenty left to come (the actual interview was over an hour).

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Matt Chat's Legacy of the Ancients

This, week, I cover Quest Software's Legacy of the Ancients for the Commodore 64!

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The Full Commercial Release for the Amazing Commodore Vic-20 RPG, Realms of Quest III, is now Available!

Realms of Quest III BeastiaryRealms of Quest III BeastiaryAs you may or may not know, those of us at Armchair Arcade have been following the progress of Realms of Quest III - the amazing Commodore Vic-20 RPG - with great interest for some time now. Well, we're pleased to announce that the full commercial release of the deluxe package is now available. What follows is Ghislain's post about its release, which was originally here, where we were previously discussing it:

Realms of Quest III is finally available! You can order it here:

Premium Edition:

Budget Edition:

(premium means you get a plastic jewel case + 36 page manual, budget is disk-only)


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Matt Chat 30: Fallout

This week's Matt Chat looks at one of my favorite CRPGs of all time, Interplay's Fallout from 1997.

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Matt Chat 29: Wizardry!

This week, I cover Wizardry, one of the earliest and most influential CRPGs ever made! Enjoy! Also, don't forget to subscribe to Armchair Arcade's new YouTube video feed!

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Essential 20 CRPGS

Gamasutra have a good article up from John Harris
here is the link;

Ten western and 10 Japanese crpgs.

Matts book gets a cite at the end.

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