44 episodes

From indie developer Auroch Digital, each series explores our games that are currently in development, giving you insight into how we make titles like Mars Horizon, Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics, Megaquarium, and Dark Future.

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From indie developer Auroch Digital, each series explores our games that are currently in development, giving you insight into how we make titles like Mars Horizon, Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics, Megaquarium, and Dark Future.

    Non-violent games and how games can make you happy | S6 E7

    Non-violent games and how games can make you happy | S6 E7

    Happiness comes in many forms, especially when it comes to video games. So what is it that video games do that can help you feel happy, and is there anything that connects the games that make us feel this way? We also take a look at non-violent video games, the rise of these through indie games and the sheer variety of gameplay mechanics you can have that are non-violent.


    James Batchelor, compiler of Non-Violent Game Of The Day and UK Editor of GamesIndustry.biz, joins Jem, Matt, and Peter for a joy-filled discussion about all of this and more.


    Show notes


    NVGOTD on tumblr

    NVGOTD on Twitter

    James Batchelor at GamesIndustry.biz

    James Batchelor on Twitter

    Check out our own non-violent games 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon


    📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital


    💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord


    🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon


    🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


    🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here


    ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!


     

    • 49 min
    What aspects of sword fighting are most important to get right in a game? | S6 E6

    What aspects of sword fighting are most important to get right in a game? | S6 E6

    Hosts Jemima and Matt are joined by another incredible guest in this weeks episode. Sword fighting expert Fran talks to us about weapons in video games.


    Which games do it well? Which games do it badly? What is most important to get right when showing the complexities and brutality of using weapons? We look at The Witcher, Mount & Blade, Nidhogg, Skyrim, For Honor, and more.


    Games discussed in this episode


    Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord - Medieval Combat Simulator & RPG




    Intro to the game - 0.00 - 0.30

    Tournament fight - 3.00 - 4.21

    Siege fight using spear, throwing weapons, and sword - 13.19 - 14.30








    For Honor - Medieval Action Melee game




     Intro to the game - 0.00 - 0.30

    Two handed sword fight vs AI 1.53 - 2.12

    Fight vs other player 0.50 - 1.25








    Skyrim - Action RPG, wizards, dragons, classic




    Sword and shield combat

    2 handed sword and then 2 handed axe combat  10.35 - 11.00








    Nidhogg - side-scrolling two-player fighting video game, with fencing




    Fencing vs AI 0.42 -  1.08

    Fencing player vs player  21.24 - 21.40








    The Witcher 3 - Action RPG - The best one ever




    Sword fight vs NPCs - gorey watch out! 








    Mordhau - multiplayer medieval fighting PVP game




    Game intro -  0.00 - 0.30

    Rapier fighting

    Fighting with hammer








    Show notes


    Want to know more? Fran's new podcast By the Sword looks at the modern study of the ancient art of swordplay

    Want to try your hand at sword play in real life? Find a Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) club near you

    For our UK listeners By the Sword.net is for HEMA events for women and NBs in the UK run by Fran

    The School of the Sword is Fran's HEMA school so you can learn along with our guest


    📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital


    💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord


    🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon


    🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


    🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here


    ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Colonies on Mars and Robots on the moon | S6 E5

    Colonies on Mars and Robots on the moon | S6 E5

    It's the final episode of our 3 part Mars Horizon special with amazing guests from the UK Space Agency!


    Jem, Matt, and Tom are joined by Paul Smith, Robotic Exploration Programme Manager🤖 at the UK Space Agency.


    Hear about the Rosalind Franklin Mars Rover, featured in Mars Horizon, from someone who works on the mission and has even seen the rover up close! We also find out all about colonising Mars, and robots in space, and talk about how we explore this in our game.


    Show notes


    Watch our Mars Horizon livestream with Paul 

    Watch our 'Games about Mars' panel discussing Space Exploration and gaming

    Follow the UK Space Agency on Twitter

    Buy Mars Horizon


    📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital


    💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord


    🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon


    🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


    🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here


    ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!

    • 54 min
    Why we must work together to land on Mars | S6 E4

    Why we must work together to land on Mars | S6 E4

    It's the second episode of our 3 part Mars Horizon special with amazing guests from the UK Space Agency!


    This week Jem, Matt, and Tom are joined by Dr Alice Bunn, International Director at at UK Space Agency.


    Dr. Bunn explains how space agencies co-operate and collaborate, why this is so important, and how space exploration affects our daily lives. We talk about how this collaboration will help us get to Mars.


    We also discuss how you can interact with other space agencies in Mars Horizon and how we show their collaborative, and sometimes competitive, relationships in our game.


    Show notes


    Watch Dr. Alice Bunns TED talk on diplomacy in space

    Global Space Congress: An Interview with Dr. Alice Bunn

    Follow the UK Space Agency on Twitter

    Pre-order and Wishlist Mars Horizon


    📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital


    💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord


    🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon


    🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


    🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here


    ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!

    • 33 min
    What is it really like in Mission Control? | S6 E3

    What is it really like in Mission Control? | S6 E3

    It's the first episode of our 3 part Mars Horizon special with 3 amazing guests from the UK Space Agency!


    Jem, Matt, and Tom are joined this week by Libby Jackson, Human Exploration Programme Manager at UK Space Agency. We delve into the real jobs at space agencies that informed the making of Mars Horizon.


    Libby shares her experiences with us including shadowing a flight director at NASA Johnson Space Centre, talking about what its like working in Mission Control during a launch, and what its like working with Tim Peake! She also rates the accuracy of Mars Horizon, and shares her advice about a career in space🚀


    Show notes


    Follow Libby Jackson on Twitter

    Libby Jackson's books

    Follow the UK Space Agency on Twitter

    Watch our Mars Horizon Livestream with Libby Jackson


    📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital


    💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord


    🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon


    🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


    🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here


    ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!

    • 53 min
    How to get into streaming games for a living? | S6 E2

    How to get into streaming games for a living? | S6 E2

    Have you ever wanted to be a streamer? Or wondered what it is like doing it as your job? Want some great tips to get started? We're here to help!


    In this episode of the Auroch Digital podcast Jem and Matt are joined by streamers Grimsevers and Sizzsarz to talk about all things streaming! They share their expertise and experiences, as well as loads of great tips about building communities, finding your voice, and the best equipment to use.


    Show notes


    Sizzsarz Twitch

    Sizzsarz Twitter

    Grimsevers Twitch

    Grimsevers Twitter


    📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital


    💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord


    🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon


    🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


    🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here


    ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Calon_lan ,

Planetarium vibes

I really enjoyed this! Hearing about the development and processes behind this work is particularly interesting and very engaging. The content is spot on. The music is perfect. When the audio is just right, I got serious nostalgia. I'm a kid again, sitting in darkened planetarium lectures or listening to presentations at NASA. Unexpectedly wonderful! This is also particularly strong in the game trailer! There's only one thing I would say that diminishes this slightly. It's the poor sound quality during the interviews. You could use some temporary heavy curtains around the meeting room, and maybe record a little closer in to the interviewee, it would make such a huge difference. I'm really looking forward to hearing the next episode!

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