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The Homebrew Game Club is a podcast about new games for old consoles. We're three friends exploring brand-new, original, aftermarket games for retro systems, as well as the quirky communities that create them. Each month we pick a game to play and discuss our experiences with it, on consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Atari 2600, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, and more. Find links to the podcast and social media at homebrewgameclub.com.

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HBGC Interview: Kevin Hanley

GET THE EPISODE HERE: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/7z2PTSaqSzb Kevin Hanley, creator of NEScape! and co-host of the Assembly Line podcast, joins the Game Club to talk about his history as a developer, what he’s working on next, and why he thinks we’re in a “golden age” for NES homebrew. Our NEScape! livestream from March 2022: ⁠https://youtu.be/xnHryQBMcyE⁠ Kevin Hanley's website, where you can download many of his games for free: ⁠https://www.khangames.com/⁠ Get NESc

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Episode 11: What Remains

Grab your tweeter and channel your inner pirate radio broadcaster as the gang covers What Remains, a walkie-talkie* adventure game for the NES. Conor digs the 1980s vibes, Bart gets duped by a false ending, and Nick brings back the beeps... or, at least, one big one. *Copyright 2023, Homebrew Game Club (yes we are owning this) Still need to play the game? Get it here: https://iodinedynamics.itch.io/whatremains Our next game will be The Cursed Knight for Mega Drive / Genesis. Get t

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What Else We're Playing (2022 Recap)

Conor seizes control of the host mic to send the Game Club on a long, rambling, lightly edited conversation about several titles we played in 2022 that deserve more attention. Old games, new games, indie games, mobile games, AAA games – everything is up for discussion. (We even throw some homebrew games in there.) Other topics include game preservation, preorders, a debate about Patreon, online gaming with kids, and... lots of other stuff we'd usually cut. Mentioned in this episode: E

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Episode 10: L'Abbaye des Morts

GET THE PODCAST HERE: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/MUDg2XR5Uwb Bart, Conor, and Nick head to 13th Century France in this deceptively compact tribute to ZX Spectrum platformers. We check out the original PC game as well as ports to the Spectrum, Mega Drive, NES, and Commodore 64. Sorry, Amiga and Ouya fans -- we tried. Still need to play the game? Find the original (free) PC version and links to all ports here: https://locomalito.com/abbaye_des_morts.php Our next game is Wh

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HBGC Extra: We Played 67 NES Demos and Now We Are Tired

GET THE PODCAST HERE: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/L1omN1m5Uwb It’s a NES demo extravaganza as Nick, Conor, and Bart check out all sixty-seven 2022 NESDev and NESmaker Byte Off III competition entries. Assuming they were able to figure out the spreadsheet first. NESDev Competition results (with links to demos): https://itch.io/jam/nesdev-2022/results NESmaker Byte-Off III competition main page: https://www.thenew8bitheroes.com/byte-off-iii Byte-Off III game demos: htt

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Episode 8: Dungeons & DoomKnights

GET THE EPISODE HERE: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/f7UxpEy7dub Nick and Bart crush some undead 8-bit skulls in Dungeons & DoomKnights, a "Zeldavania" action adventure for the NES. There's also a conversation about barbecue on the menu, and Nick finally reveals the origins of his cryptic internet handle, Dvertov. Still need to play the game? Grab it here: https://www.heromart.com/collections/dungeons-doomknights-collection Our next games are Traumatarium and Phobos Dere

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HBGC Interview: Jordan “Raftronaut” Davis

GET THE EPISODE HERE: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/8RIP7PI1qtb Nick and Bart talk with Jordan Davis about adapting his NES game Space Raft for an arcade setting, and what it’s like to get a homebrew game published on the Nintendo Switch. This interview was recorded live at the Midwest Gaming Classic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 1, 2022. Raftronaut on Twitter: https://twitter.com/0000jordan Get Space Raft for NES: https://raftronaut.itch.io/space-raft-nes Or play it

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Episode 7: Alfonzo's Arctic Adventure

GET THE PODCAST HERE: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/ZZDcFQJATsb Bart, Conor, and Nick head to the tundra with Alfonzo’s Arctic Adventure, a puzzle platformer for the NES. There’s also a lengthy debate about the ethics of using save states on emulated games, and an even longer, highly skippable (but hopefully entertaining) examination of the regional cuisine of Saint Louis, Missouri and its notoriously divisive pizza. Haven’t played the game yet? Get it here: https://www.spoonyba

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Episode 5: Space Raft

GET THE PODCAST HERE: https://anchor.fm/homebrewgameclub/episodes/Episode-5-Space-Raft-e1j2s65 Nick and Bart discuss Space Raft for NES and its remixed semi-sequel, Space Raft Arcade. Bart has no regrets about taking over the Discord with Atari 7800 talk, and Nick builds a badass flight simulator. Also: Hey, did those Beanie Baby collectors ever make money?? Still need to play Space Raft? Get it here: https://raftronaut.itch.io/space-raft-nes The next game club pick is Xeno Crisis

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Midwest Gaming Classic 2022 Recap

GET THE PODCAST HERE: https://anchor.fm/homebrewgameclub/episodes/Midwest-Gaming-Classic-2022-Recap-e1i14h8 The 2022 Midwest Gaming Classic is over, and Nick and Bart are tired. For more on the Midwest Gaming Classic: https://www.midwestgamingclassic.com/ Hair of the Dogcast: https://hairofthedogcast.libsyn.com/ Warren Davis' Q*Bert Book: https://www.amazon.com/Creating-Bert-Other-Classic-Arcade/dp/1595801057 Premium Edition Games Series 4 Direct (NES homebrew 10-in-1 an

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Episode 4: NEScape!

GET THE PODCAST HERE: https://anchor.fm/homebrewgameclub/episodes/Episode-4-NEScape-e1gibgb The Game Club talks NEScape!, an escape room game for the NES. Conor makes the point-and-click connection, Bart is happy he finally figured out Morse Code, and Nick's just glad to have had help on this one. View the HBGC full livestream playthrough on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/xnHryQBMcyE And our Bomberman playoff, if you're into that: https://youtu.be/TCh2HtmYXUo Still nee

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Interview: Matt Hughson

GET THE PODCAST HERE: https://anchor.fm/homebrewgameclub/episodes/HBGC-Interview-Matt-Hughson-e1g2laa The Game Club talks with Matt Hughson, developer of NES homebrew games Witch n' Wiz and From Below, as well as the upcoming From Below Pocket for Game Boy. While the discussion focuses on previous Game Club pick Witch n' Wiz, this is a great conversation for anyone interested in creating and marketing homebrew games, regardless of console. Matt Hughson's website: https://www.matthughso

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Episode 3: Witch n' Wiz

GET THE PODCAST HERE: Homebrew Game Club Episode 3: Witch n' Wiz The gang talks about Witch n' Wiz, a puzzle platformer for the NES. Nick tries in vain not to swear, Conor confesses to a terrible mistake, and Bart has a particular room in mind where he'd like to play this one. There's also a bit about Reddit movies. Finally, Nick has a cautionary tale about giving your childhood stuffed animals away to high school filmmakers. Still need to play Witch n' Wiz? Get the full game here: htt

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HBGC Extra: Retro-Inspired Indie Games

GET THE PODCAST HERE: HBGC Extra: Retro-Inspired Indie Games Nick has a story about losing his car keys. It's long, sorry.  Eventually, Nick and Conor talk about some of their favorite retro-inspired indie games. Let us know which ones we missed by yelling at us on social media or emailing homebrewgameclub@gmail.com. Our next game is Witch n' Wiz for the NES. Get it here: https://mhughson.itch.io/witch-n-wiz Games mentioned in this episode: Streets of Rage 4 Figh

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HBGC Extra: The [Retracted] List of NES Homebrew Games

In this totally bonus, eminently skippable episode, Nick and Conor address a couple of wild days in the NES homebrew scene. Do you devour internet drama like it's hot popcorn? This episode is for you. GET THE PODCAST HERE: HBGC Extra: The [Retracted] List of NES Homebrew Games Seth Abramson's Top 100 NES Homebrews (archived version): https://archive.is/QCi8s Response to the list from Sole Goose (Beau Holland): https://www.solegooseproductions.com/?page_id=816

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Episode 1: Lizard

The Homebrew Game Club kicks off with enigmatic platformer Lizard for the NES, and contentious takes abound. Conor is perplexed by the soundtrack, Bart is scared and confused, and Nick wonders if his favorite homebrew game is an existential crisis simulator in disguise. Got a different take? Share your experience with us at homebrewgameclub (at) gmail.com. GET THE PODCAST HERE: Homebrew Game Club Episode 1: Lizard Get Lizard here: http://rainwarrior.ca/lizard/ The next game club p

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