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The eXplorminate Podcast brings you great content about 4X, strategy, and tactics games. We feature news, reviews, discussion of gameplay mechanics, and interviews with the genres' top developers. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/explorminate/support

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The eXplorminate Podcast brings you great content about 4X, strategy, and tactics games. We feature news, reviews, discussion of gameplay mechanics, and interviews with the genres' top developers. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/explorminate/support

    Fragile Existence Interview with Lee Harris

    Fragile Existence Interview with Lee Harris

    The gang sits down with Lee Harris, the lead/solo developer of Fragile Existence (https://store.steampowered.com/app/1672320/Fragile_Existence/), a 4X, RTS, and survival hybrid that has us all VERY intrigued. 

    Music outro by White Bat Audio. Used with permission. 


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Interview with Illwinter Game Design

    Interview with Illwinter Game Design

    Ben, Drexy, and special guest, DasTactic, were afforded the amazing opportunity to speak with the often-elusive team at Illwinter Game Design, Johan Karlsson and Kristoffer Osterman, about their amazing games, particularly their newest release, Conquest of Elysium 5.

    Outro music by White Bat Audio/Karl Casey. Used with permission.


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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Episode #27: Crow Ben and Humankind

    Episode #27: Crow Ben and Humankind

    Join Rob, Drexy, Shaun, and the crow, Ben, as they discuss the latest in 4X and strategy game news and then blather on about Humankind. It's just...so close...to being great, but it's still a lot of fun for some of our staff here.

    ***THIS EPISODE HAS BEEN UPDATED, AS THE UNEDITED VERSION WAS INITIALLY UPLOADED. OUR SINCERE APOLOGIES!***

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode #26: Game News and Catching Up!

    Episode #26: Game News and Catching Up!

    Rob, Ben, and Drexy talk about the recent 4X and strategy game news and catch up on what's been happening since Rob's return to full-time work


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Interview with Proxy Studios on ZEPHON

    Interview with Proxy Studios on ZEPHON

    Rob and Drexy sat down with most/all of Proxy Studios and asked them a bunch of questions regarding their upcoming post-apocalyptic 4X, ZEPHON, learning A LOT about the game in the process.

    Quite frankly, we both left that interview more excited than ever about Proxy Studio's new project. It simply sounds like it could address some of the long-standing issues with the genre and the gameplay ideas are very promising.

    Be sure to wishlist it here: ZEPHON on Steam


    0:00:35 Intro
    0:01:34 What is ZEPHON?
    0:02:41 ZEPHON's Setting
    0:04:36 In-Game Faction Discussion
    0:06:05 Decision to Work on a More Traditional 4X Title
    0:07:34 Development Progress on Zephon
    0:08:50 How a Game of ZEPHONCould Play Out
    0:14:57 Ideology Paths and the Effects They Have on Your Faction
    0:15:57 Diplomacy in ZEPHON
    0:19:24 What is ZEPHON(the AI Faction)?
    0:22:05 Playable Factions and Faction Asymmetry
    0:25:22 The Tech Trees
    0:27:33 Combat
    0:28:43 Economy
    0:33:18 Proxy’s Design Philosophy
    0:34:33 Boiling it All Down So Far
    0:35:56 City Management
    0:41:03 Military Management
    0:43:34 Closing


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    • 48 min
    Episode #25: To Let's Play or to Not Let's Play

    Episode #25: To Let's Play or to Not Let's Play

    Rob, Drexy, Ben, and Shaun discuss some of the latest news in or around E3, among other sources, and then dive deep on whether or not watching Let's Plays can corrupt the gaming experience.

    0:00:43- Intro

    0:02:22-WH40K Gladius mod and Zephon discussion

    0:12:33- Galactic Civilizations IV

    0:17:04- Epic exclusivity being used as beta testing, Old World

    0:24:41- Hooded Horse E3 interviews

    0:29:58- Rumours of Firaxis making a Marvel tactics game, other games being revealed at E3

    0:31:36- Interstellar Space: Genesis 1.3 update

    0:34:17- Main topic: How watching Let’s Plays affects our own experience with a game

    1:00:01- Sign off




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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Jetfry ,

Best games podcast

Let me add another game to my wishlist.

pfaffer ,

eXellent podcast

I love the 4x genre and they discuss the past, present, and future of the genre with knowledge, passion, and humor. Enjoy listening to the show guys, keep it up!

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One of the best on iTunes!

Love the genre, love the content!

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