545 episodes

Three Moves Ahead is the leading strategy game themed podcast on the internet. Every week a panel of knowledgeable gamers with strong opinions meets to talk about the strategy and war games of the day, design issues and games in the wider world.

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    • 4.8 • 399 Ratings

Three Moves Ahead is the leading strategy game themed podcast on the internet. Every week a panel of knowledgeable gamers with strong opinions meets to talk about the strategy and war games of the day, design issues and games in the wider world.

    Three Moves Ahead 545: Against the Storm

    Three Moves Ahead 545: Against the Storm

    Rowan, Jon, and Ian Boudreau talk about Against the Storm, an early access city-builder that forces you to abandon your cities after a set amount of time. How do these shorter runs affect how we approach the genre? What does a beaver need, on a deeper level, to be happy? And why were we so eager to do an episode on this when early access city-builders are thick on the ground these days?

    • 1 hr
    Three Moves Ahead 544: Darkest Dungeon II Early Access

    Three Moves Ahead 544: Darkest Dungeon II Early Access

    Rowan recruits Fanbyte's Steven Strom and long-lost guest Jason Wilson to take a look at Darkest Dungeon II in early access. That's right, five years later we finally put out an episode with Darkest Dungeon in the title. How does it differ from its predecessor? And which of the changes do we actually like? How do we feel about the fact that they can kiss now? How do we feel about a sequel that is deliberately smaller in scope than the original?

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Three Moves Ahead 543: Age of Empires 4

    Three Moves Ahead 543: Age of Empires 4

    Len and Ian Boudreau discuss Age of Empires 4, the long-awaited return of one of the RTS genre's defining franchises. What's new and what's been kept the same? And where would we like to see it go in the future? Okay, okay, I'll say the thing: wololo. Get it? It's funny because I said a thing you remember. Humor is when someone says a thing you remember.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Three Moves Ahead 542: The State with Bret Devereaux

    Three Moves Ahead 542: The State with Bret Devereaux

    Len, Rowan, and Mike are joined by Dr. Bret Devereaux (@BretDevereaux), Visiting Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of the blog A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry (https://acoup.blog/). The topic is The State in strategy games. What is a state? What are the advantages and disadvantages of making a game about states, and seeing history through a lens of state action? We talk in particular about how this question applies to Europa Universalis IV.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Three Moves Ahead 541: Strategy Games As A Service

    Three Moves Ahead 541: Strategy Games As A Service

    Len and Rowan discuss the concept of "games as a service" as it relates to the strategy space. Is it a good thing? Has it always been around and we just called it something different? Can you ever really trust a game studio? Are the post-Kripke seasons of Supernatural actually worth your time? Listen to the episode, then check out the Season Pass over on Patreon.com/3ma

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Three Moves Ahead 540: A Send Off to Civilization 6

    Three Moves Ahead 540: A Send Off to Civilization 6

    Troy, Len, and Jon sit down to discuss the Civilization 6 New Frontiers DLC pass and where the king of 4X stands in 2021. How does Civ 6 now compare to launch five years ago? How have its modern competitors changed our perception of and relationship with it? Is Sid still the gold standard to beat?

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
399 Ratings

399 Ratings

Amityville64 ,

I don't even like strat games that much

But I can't really find insightful game podcasts other than this and they sometimes cover stuff I care about.

Julio Scissors ,

Good Subject/OK hosts

This is a long running podcast covering strategy games. The subject matter is fantastic, and you're not likely to find another podcast offering as deep a dive into this type of gaming anywhere online. However, the hosts are hit and miss. Some of them seem to over-reach with their use of the English language a bit, which often results in "word salad" as opposed to a clear point. And if you're not a fan of vocal fry or progressive politics agendas, steer clear. Fraser is the best co-host; unfortunately he's not on all the time. If they made a super cut of just Fraser moaning about strat games, I'd give it five stars.

PolyDoob ,

Starting at the beginning

I’m going through the oldest episodes available (circa 2009) and I’m loving it. So much nostalgia hitting me.

Please don’t burn yourselves out guys. Just play what you want when you want.

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