The Fourth Player video game podcast

In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max talk EA DICE's Star Wars Battlefront and how an arcade shooter can walk the line of fan service and a modern shooter. Ban and Nathan have been playing Paladins, a new arena shooter from Hi-Rez Studios and discuss what it brings to a crowded table. We answer listener email on the subject of good party games, and bid Ben farewell on his honeymoon in the only way we know how. 

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep.87_A_Lost_Hope.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:28am EST

In this episode Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max talk capitalism and the collapse of the housing market thanks to Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer and Bethesda's Fallout 4. Watching Fallout squeeze modern game mechanics into an ageing engine, Nathan and Paul tell tales of their exploits in the Boston wasteland, Max shares his adventures in Japan, while Ben recounts his favourite moments of PAX Aus. Tom Nook is history's greatest monster.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep.86_Tom_Nook_Never_Changes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34am EST

In this special PAX Aus 2015 panel, Paul was invited to talk role playing games by veteran tabletop RPG GM and host Anthony Stiller [Creator, MicroAnt], joined by panelists Wade Dyer [Manager, Design Ministries], David Hollingworth [Digital Editor, Next Media], Tania Walker [Illustrator, Small Island Studio] and Nick Carruthers [Evil Mastermind].  

What does it take to be a great tabletop RPG GM? Our panel tackled this difficult question with key aspects on how to level up your GMing skills. Tapping into decades of experience we covered the use of props, campaign building, doing improv, running games at cons, and other tips to help get the best out of your group and yourself. A fun, informative, and interactive panel for fledgling to grognard GMs (and players!) alike.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_PAX_Aus_2015_Panel_-_Behind_the_Game_Masters_Screen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:54pm EST

This episode, Nathan, Ben and Paul head to PAX AUS 2015! Join the team as they speak to a variety of developers at Australia's biggest games expo. We speak to Naughty Dog about the hotly anticipated Uncharted 4, uncover a massive wealth of talent in Australia's indy scene and Ben has not one but two close encounters with sharks.

Direct download: PAXCast.mp3
Category:videogames -- posted at: 3:36am EST

As part of PAX Aus 2015, The Fourth Player presents a panel called Life After Death: What Happens When Studios, Publishers & Media Die. Working in videogames can be a tough gig. When a studio, publisher, or media outlet dies, the consequences are felt by the people who work there and the wider community. But death isn't the end. Find out what comes next.

Paul and Ben are joined by a panel of games industry people including former developer Mark Morrison, former Interplay and current IGDA head Tony Reed, Hyper Magazine editor Daniel Wilks, and former Atomic magazine editor David Hollingworth.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_PAX_Aus_2015_Life_After_Death_panel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:43pm EST