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Aug 22, 2020

Darklands! The cult classic open-world RPG from 1992 that lets you adventure in the Holy Roman Empire during the 15th century… or rather, 15th Century Europe as people believed it to be at the time! Darklands broke a lot of CRPG ground, still has fans, and influenced games like Baldur’s Gate and the Elder Scrolls. Fellow fans Matt Wirkkala and Keith Hiorns join.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #226 - 8/22/2020

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Podcast Zinger is from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Topic Notes:

Arnold Hendrick, creator of influential '90s RPG Darklands, has died | PC Gamer
https://www.pcgamer.com/arnold-hendrick-creator-of-influential-90s-rpg-darklands-has-died/
(Aged 69)

Darklands on GOG
https://www.gog.com/game/darklands

Darklands on Steam
https://store.steampowered.com/app/327930/Darklands/

Darklands FAQ 3.0
http://www.darklands.net/faq/faq.shtml

Matt Wirkkala’s Darklands Site
http://darklands.net/index.shtml

Darklands Group on Groups.io
https://groups.io/g/darklands

Matt Chat 77: Darklands
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQLLW3ApIcY

Matt Chat 78: Arnold Hendrick Interview Pt. 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I30dzwiNxLk

Matt Chat 78: Interview with Arnold Hendrick Pt. 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZClSiClBuQ

Matt Chat 78: Interview with Arnold Hendrick Pt. 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIlsepGUW30

CRPG Addict’s List of Games Played
(look for Darklands multi-part entry)
http://crpgaddict.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_3.html

Todd Howard quote: "The main inspiration for The Elder Scrolls comes from games like Ultima Underworld, Darklands, and Legends of Valour. And of course, D&D.; The whole idea was to do a grand RPG, where you could do pretty much whatever you wanted."
Source: http://planetelderscrolls.gamespy.com/fullstory.php?id=159095 via Archive.org’s Wayback Machine https://web.archive.org/web/20120808185406/http://planetelderscrolls.gamespy.com/fullstory.php?id=159095

Darklands has a new publisher -- Ziggurat?
https://steamcommunity.com/app/327930/discussions/0/1754646299859536640/

BOMBSHELL: Original Darklands source material at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY
https://groups.io/g/darklands/message/9724?p=,,,20,0,0,0::relevance,,ziggurat,20,2,0,72417865

Historia Ludens: The Playing Historian
(academic book with some Darklands content, inspired in part by the game and the Darklands FAQ)
https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429345616


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition

Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Aug 14, 2020

UFO reports are increasing rapidly and the official discussion of UFOs keeps flying higher with everyone from U.S. Senators to UFO lobbyists to the previous lead singer of Blink-182 pushing for answers. Lots of UFO news. Some space news. Art Bell trivia. Trump quotes about UFOs. Mars is being noisy. Are stars disappearing in droves? What does Kurt Russell have to do with the Phoenix Lights?

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #225 - 8/14/2020

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The Art of Talk book on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Talk-Bell/dp/1879706776

Art Bell Tribute: UFOs & Other Weirdness! – Episode 186 – Shane Plays Geek Talk
https://shaneplays.com/art-bell-tribute-ufo-weird-news-podcast/

Marine Plankton Found On Surface Of International Space Station | IFLScience
https://www.iflscience.com/space/marine-plankton-found-surface-international-space-station/amp.html

A Stellar Mystery: How Could 100 Stars Just Vanish? | Air & Space By Dirk Schulze-Makuch
https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/stellar-mystery-how-could-100-stars-just-vanish-180973821/

Nasa releases 'peculiar' recordings from surface of Mars | The Independent by Anthony Cuthbertson
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/nasa-mars-recordings-audio-space-listen-a9138376.html

Mars launch: NASA sends Perseverance rover to space | CNN By Ashley Strickland
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/30/world/mars-perseverance-rover-launch-scn/index.html

Kurt Russell Is the Pilot Who Reported Phoenix Lights UFO Sighting | Movieweb by Ryan Scott
https://movieweb.com/kurt-russell-pilot-reported-phoenix-lights-ufo-sighting/

'Fleet Of UFOs' Hovering Over Arizona Captured On Video | BroBible
https://brobible.com/culture/article/fleet-of-ufos-arizona-sighting-video/

Alien-Hunter Spots UFO Flying Near Erupting Volcano In Live Cam Video | BroBible
https://brobible.com/culture/article/ufo-flying-erupting-volcano-alien-hunter-sighting/

UFO Spotted On NASA Live Stream Video Outside The International Space Station Is ‘Absolutely Real’ | BroBible
https://brobible.com/culture/article/ufo-nasa-stream-international-space-station/

UFO Expert Claims ISS Video Is ‘100% Proof’ NASA, Russia Know Aliens Visit The Space Station | BroBible
https://brobible.com/culture/article/iss-video-proof-aliens-space-station/

UFO sightings triple in New York City in 2019 | NY Post
https://nypost.com/2020/01/04/ufo-sightings-triple-in-new-york-city-in-2019/

UFO videos are footage of real 'unidentified' objects, US Navy acknowledges | Fox News By Chris Ciaccia
https://www.foxnews.com/tech/ufo-videos-real-navy-acknowledges

The Pentagon just released a video of a Tic-Tac-shaped UFO. The Navy pilot who recorded it says he doesn't want to be associated with aliens | Business Insider by Aria Bendix
https://www.businessinsider.com/navy-pilot-tic-tac-ufo-interview-aliens-2019-12

UFO Lobbyists Are Trying to Get the Truth From Congress, and They're Winning | Vice By MJ Banias
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gyz8x3/there-are-ufo-lobbyists-in-dc-and-lawmakers-are-apparently-listening

No Longer in Shadows, Pentagon’s U.F.O. Unit Will Make Some Findings Public | The New York Times By Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/us/politics/pentagon-ufo-harry-reid-navy.html

Pentagon UFO unit to publicly release some findings after ex-official says ‘off-world vehicle' found | Independent Gino Spocchia
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/ufo-pentagon-statement-findings-vehicle-research-a9636481.html

Pentagon to launch task force to investigate UFO sightings | CNN
https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/13/politics/pentagon-ufo-task-force/index.html

British 'X-Files' of UFO sightings is going public | LiveScience By Mindy Weisberger
https://www.livescience.com/uk-ufo-reports-soon-released.html

Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins Reveals He Believes There Is Alien Life Out There In Space | BroBible by Paul Sacca
https://brobible.com/culture/article/apollo-11-astronaut-aliens-michael-collins-twitter/


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition

Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

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