Episode 5 - Leonard Richardson

Leonard Richardson talks about a number of free and open-source games he made, as well as his time running a goofy BBS as a kid. We discuss the experience of having dozens of strangers create their own riffs of a game he tossed together in a couple of days, writing interactive fiction as a stepping stone to writing non-interactive fiction, and Nethack code patches as a form of fanfiction.

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Episode 4 - Jonah Davidson

Jonah Davidson talks about his time as part of the rpg2knet RPG Maker community. We talk about the desire to push the limits of the tool's strange constraints, the rite of passage of dealing with terrible translations, and how a community can spend a lot of effort trying to emulate the games it loves, only to slowly discover that the games that break out are the ones that are nothing like them.

Episode 3 - Roman Banias

My childhood best friend Roman Banias talks about the games he made for fun as a young child. We discuss the magic and wonder of type-in programming books, the home computer as a toy, the act of creation as a natural extension of childhood play, and the Alien Zit Cinematic Universe.