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 571: Terra Invicta
SPOILER WARNING! Skip from 44:00 to 58:43 if you want to experience your first playthrough blind to the truths behind the alien threat.
Len and Jon take to the stars with Terra Invicta: a wildly ambitious, solar-system-spanning, alien invasion grand strategy games from the makers of XCOM and XCOM 2's Long War mods. The ambition is incredible, but with ambition comes hubris. Is this even a working video game? And if so, who is it for?
Three Moves Ahead 570: Grand Tactician: The Civil War
The promise of the Civil War game that does everything is enticing but elusive. Now that it's out of early access, is Grand Tactician: The Civil War that game? Is it even close? Rowan and Rob get into the weeds on its officer promotion system, AI, brilliant little touches, and missed opportunities.
Three Moves Ahead 569: Immortal Empires
Len, Rowan, Jon, and Kotaku's Luke Plunkett take the plunge into Total War: Warhammer 3's Immortal Empires beta. It's the fullest realization of the promise Creative Assembly made six years ago and one of the most ambitious strategy campaigns of all time. Did the madlads actually pull it off?
Three Moves Ahead 568: Farthest Frontier
Len and Jon are joined again by UNC Chapel Hill's Dr. Bret Devereaux to discuss Farthest Frontier, a survival city-builder with an uncommon level of historical authenticity. From clearing brush to crop blights, the attention the devs have given to inflicting realistic suffering on our villagers captured our imagination. But does it hold up at this early stage of early access?
Three Moves Ahead 567: Two Point Campus
Len and Jon are joined once again by Fanbyte's Mike Williams to talk about their semester abroad in Two Point Campus. Is the humor a bonus or a drawback? How is it, really, as a management game? And what exactly does the Scientography machine... do? We have written a thesis on all of these topics and are ready to defend it.
Three Moves Ahead 566: RTS Esports and Stormgate
Len is joined by two special guests, Strategy Lead at Vortex Games Trent Murray and Head of Esports at Frost Giant Studios, Trevor "TorcH" Housten. From the glory days of Brood War in Korea to the modern era of "ded gaem", we go over the history of RTS esports, why it was overshadowed by other genres, and what the future may hold. In particular, Trevor has some insights to share on what Frost Giant is doing to create the first "social RTS."
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.
Keep the communist politics out of it
Keep your evil politics out of discussing strategy games (ep. 549 was insufferable).
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.