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11X: Christmas Special!

Select Game PodcastDeck the Halls! It’s the story of a serious sunburn, rainbow trout, a game room serviced by a single distributor, an attempt to will Odyssey2 ports of arcade games into existence, and a lifelong obsession that culminated in…a marquee. And this podcast. (1:05:53)

This podcast is dedicated to the memory of player two, Alison Green (1942-1987).

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Fantasy
So…I’m guessing “Cheri” is a code name or something?

Fantasy
Well, me and my mom poured our hearts and quarters into this game. Not sure anyone else did.

Fantasy
Yes, this is the marquee.

Meow
This is Oberon – the ever-talkative “Obi” who sometimes elbows his way into the show.

110: Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Munchkin

Select Game PodcastExciting Season Finale! He came to gobble dots and munch on munchers. He brought rave reviews to the Odyssey2. And litigation hell came walking in five steps behind him. Hear the story of K.C. Munchkin! from his conception to his downfall, find out if the game was ever really “rare”, and much more! (1:04:30)

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109: Imagic

Select Game PodcastGnarly Ninth Episode! Third party publishers didn’t lavish a lot of attention on the Odyssey2 or Videopac, but here’s the entire lineup from one company that did: legendary third-party game company Imagic translated Demon Attack and Atlantis for Odyssey2 fans. (26:14)

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108: Comic Book Heroes!

Select Game PodcastElectrifying Eighth Episode! Crack open the funny pages, break out the action figures, and swing into action with Spider-Man and the Power Lords on the Odyssey2! Find out what the incredibly obscure selling point of the Power Lords toys was, and just how bad your host is at playing Spider-Man! (38:28)

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107: Loving The Aliens!

Select Game PodcastSpaced-Out Seventh Episode! A much-longer-than-usual episode starts off with discussion of absent friends and sound quality, what the most disappointing thing about Cosmic Conflict! was (it’s not what you think), why the Invaders From Hyperspace have got your number, and what one of these games owes to a certain George Lucas movie. Little E once again appears as Player 2, and Little C finishes on a song! (1:08:49)

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106X: Quest For The Rings (Extended)

Select Game PodcastSword-‘n’-Spell-Slingin’ Super-Sized Sixth Episode! There’s a thin line between setting out on a grand quest to restore peace and order to the kingdom, and “Dad, why do we have to get all these rings?” And in this episode we cross that line! E and I swash our buckles, and fail a saving throw against playing the board game precisely the wrong way. This is the extended, almost-unedited cut of the episode, with the full half-hour (!!) gameplay segment that was edited down for the initial version of the podcast. What does it contain more of? Us getting killed. Very, very killed, lots of times. (1:12:02)

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106: Quest For The Rings

Select Game PodcastSword-‘n’-Spell-Slingin’ Sixth Episode! There’s a thin line between setting out on a grand quest to restore peace and order to the kingdom, and “Dad, why do we have to get all these rings?” And in this episode we cross that line! E and I swash our buckles, and fail a saving throw against playing the board game precisely the wrong way. The edited-down game play segment in this almost painfully focused, detailed episode is nearly 15 minutes long; an extended cut with the full half-hour game play segment (!!) will be released at a later date. Either way, this episode requires a much bigger box than usual. (58:20)

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105: Mano A Mano

Select Game PodcastFurious Fightin’ Fifth Episode! “They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.” And so will we! Little E joins the show as Select Game’s first Player 2, as we play Showdown In 2100 A.D.! and War Of Nerves! It’s just possible that this installment is less informative than usual, but the gameplay segments…are what playing games is all about. Let us know what you think. The first rule of Fight Club is…nobody hits “reset” early. (35:05)

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104: Ah, Edutainment!

Select Game PodcastFantastic[ally late] Fourth Episode! Let’s get some educational games out of the way, shall we? Except that one of them is a bit more advanced than I remembered, and one of them played a part in changing the course of my adult life…and still another is sort of an accidental tribute to the late, great Ralph Baer. Every game counts as we play Math-A-Magic! / Echo!, I’ve Got Your Number!, and the very hard-to-describe Keyboard Creations! Supplemental media for the latter is included below. (42:58)

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103: UFO Monster Attack!

Select Game PodcastThrilling Third Episode! In this jumbo-sized, spaced-out, and ever-so-slightly self-indulgent episode, your host mulls over a future that never was, running from space crabs as a family pastime, plays a duet between two numbered game consoles, and makes an announcement at the end. Also, somewhere in here, Alien Invaders – Plus! and UFO! are played. (49:34)

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