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The 'reasonable and prudent deviations from topic' podcast. #SSSHPodcast

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Spam Spam Spam Humbug 106 - Abstraction

5/25/2018
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Linguistic Dragon and WtF Dragon discuss abstraction, and its importance to game design and the RPG experience. Because there is quite a gulf of difference between the actual, raw, terrifying experience of being lost in a hostile wilderness and finding one's way through it, and the rather more pleasant and fun-filled experience of navigating one's way through a game's open world whilst having to occasionally deal with the intrusion of a hunger mechanic. Full show notes at...

Duration:00:51:40

Spam Spam Spam Humbug 105 - Virtue Doesn't Have a Finish Line

5/4/2018
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From a discussion of Jordan B. Peterson's musings on the importance of narrative and mythos as a foundational aspect of societies, to Hans Urs von Balthasar's musings on beauty, goodness, and truth, this is a wide-ranging discussion that attempts, ultimately, to examine one thing in particular: the perhaps unique staying power of the Ultima fandom, even though it has been just shy of two decades since the last single-player Ultima title was published. Full show notes at...

Duration:01:11:00

Spam Spam Spam Humbug 104 - Game Sales and Bad Guys

4/19/2018
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This discussion began with the observation that, having surpassed $6 billion in sales, Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto 5 has not only out-grossed Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film franchise, but is also (apparently) the single most successful entertainment title in history (across all media forms). That may or not be true once you factor in some inflation-adjusted revenues for older games, but even so: it's still both impressive, and also mind-boggling. Full show notes at...

Duration:01:06:56

Spam Spam Spam Humbug 103 - First Impressions: Shroud of the Avatar

4/12/2018
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With Shroud of the Avatar now in wide release, it seemed fitting to put together an episode in which a few of the podcast regulars — those who've been playing the game — give their thoughts on it. The episode is structured in something of an interview style, and the various participants discuss at some length where the game does well, and where it needs more work. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.

Duration:00:56:58

Spam Spam Spam Humbug 102 - She Chooses Compassion!

3/28/2018
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Because all attempts at recording other discussions fell through, WtF Dragon decided instead, and then at the last minute, to sit down with his eldest daughter, Ella, in order to introduce her to Ultima 6: The False Prophet. They walk through the character creation sequence, and then explore Lord British's Castle and the City of Britain, discussing the game as they go. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.

Duration:00:41:19

Byte-Sized Virtue S06E04 - Humble Like an NPC

3/23/2018
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Humility, as defined within Ultima lore, is "about perceiving one's place in the world, not according to one's own accomplishments, but according to the intrinsic value of all individuals. It is the recognition of the worthiness of all beings, and the perception of one's own place among them, regardless of one's own personal accomplishments or mistakes in the world." Which is a bit of a longer way of saying what St. Teresa of Ávila had to say about humility: that it is "living in the...

Duration:00:09:19

Spam Spam Spam Humbug 101 - Shroud of the Avatar Is About to Launch

3/21/2018
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If you can believe it, this episode was recorded in three — or possibly four! — different segments, but it all kind of flows together into one mostly harmonious conversation in which various co-hosts weigh in with their thoughts about Shroud of the Avatar, which — as Sir Klaus notes — may well be the last game series we will ever get from Richard Garriott. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.

Duration:00:49:59

Byte-Sized Virtue S06E03 - Humility for Fans

3/16/2018
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WtF Dragon, inspired by an episode of Catching Foxes (a Catholic podcast that he would recommend anyone over the age of about sixteen— Catholic or not — listen to), discusses the role humility must play in how a fan of a property approaches that property...whether it's Star Wars, or Ultima. Full show notes at spamspamspamhumbug.com.

Duration:00:15:14

Spam Spam Spam Humbug 100 - The Tables Have Turned

3/14/2018
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To celebrate the 100th episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug, the other hosts have turned the tables on WtF Dragon, and have put him in the interview hot seat. We are also proud to announce the launch of SpamSpamSpamHumbug.com, and also the launch of Question and Answer portals (think: Stack Overflow) at both that site and the Ultima Codex. Full show notes available at spamspamspamhumbug.com!

Duration:01:17:09

Byte-Sized Virtue S06E02 - Not My Way, But Your Way

3/8/2018
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Inspired by an episode of a podcast called Catholic Bytes, WtF Dragon takes a look at the idea of giving things up for Lent — and at the plans and goals he has set up for himself in general — and reflects on the fact that it's very easy to let pride infect this aspect of our lives. Full show notes at ultimacodex.com!

Duration:00:10:32

Spam Spam Spam Humbug 99 - Board Games & Other Things

3/2/2018
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WtF Dragon was entirely absent for the recording of this episode, and so its contents are a bit of a mystery. That said, Save vs. Dragon and Sir Klaus begin by talking about board games, attempts to adapt Ultima as board games, and the video game For The King (which grew out of an attempt to adapt Ultima 7: The Black Gate as a board game). Where it goes from there...is something you will have to find out as you listen. Full show notes at ultimacodex.com!

Duration:01:11:24

Byte-Sized Virtue S06E01 - Giving Up Goods

2/22/2018
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A key point of Lenten penances is to give up things that are good...and to welcome with joy the fruitfulness that resuts. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic Christians take on “penances” during the season of Lent; these

Duration:00:09:14

Byte-Sized Virtue S06E01 - Giving Up Goods

2/22/2018
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A key point of Lenten penances is to give up things that are good…and to welcome with joy the fruitfulness that resuts. —-more—- Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic Christians take on “penances” during the season of Lent; these often — though not always — take t [...]

Duration:00:09:14

Spam Spam Spam Humbug 98 - It’s Good That Nobody Else Owns EA

2/16/2018
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Rumours have been circulating that Microsoft might be looking at buying up EA. Or Valve. Or the PUBG developers. —-more—- Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyone who supports Spam Sp [...]

Duration:00:39:35

Spam Spam Spam Humbug 97 - Not Looking for Group & Shroud of the Avatar’s Launch Date

2/3/2018
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Quest chains and narrative storylines are commonplace in MMORPGs now, but do the inclusion of these elements break the group play experience? Also, Shroud of the Avatar is slated, possibly, for launch this March. —-more—- Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is br [...]

Duration:01:06:56

Spam Spam Spam Humbug 96 - Meetup in Atlanta

1/19/2018
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What better way to kick off a new year of Spam Spam Spam Humbug than to do a “live” recording at a meetup of Ultima Dragons? —-more—- Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank you to everyone [...]

Duration:01:17:43

Byte-Sized Virtue S05E03 - Humility in Ultima

12/23/2017
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This being an Ultima-themed podcast, let’s take a look at how that series of games understands and presents the Virtue of Humility. —-more—- Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic This week, we take a look at how the Virtue of Humility is understood and presented in the Ultima series, mostly draw [...]

Duration:00:08:39

Byte-Sized Virtue S05E02 - Humility by Example

12/16/2017
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How would you respond if your child turned out to be the King of the Universe? —-more—- Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Podcast Topic In listening to the most recent — well, not actually the most recent, but rathe [...]

Duration:00:12:26

Spam Spam Spam Humbug 95 - Alternate Histories of Ultima

12/14/2017
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In which we explore headcanon, what-if scenarios about Sosarian and Britannia history, and even where some Ultima games themselves took canon in a different direction. —-more—- Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon [...]

Duration:01:29:37

Spam Spam Spam Humbug 94 - The Lost Richard Garriott Interview

11/29/2017
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A previously unpublished 2014 interview with Richard Garriott, in which he discusses Ultima 9, Ultima X, Shroud of the Avatar, and other things besides. —-more—- Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe on Google Play | Subscribe on TuneIn | Subscribe on Stitcher | Subscribe on Podbean | Subscribe on Android Co-Producers This episode of Spam Spam Spam Humbug is brought to you by our Patreon backers; thank [...]

Duration:01:28:31