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Jumping the Shark Podcast #86

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On Jumping the Shark 86 we are joined by Cedar Hill Games founder and former Bioware designer, Tobyn Manthorpe. Cedar Hill Games just published the excellent Emissary of War for the iOS and Tobyn joins us to talk about the game, what he’s learned about iOS publishing since delivering his first game, Pistols at Dawn, and what he likes about being an independent developer. A good time was had by all, and he even stuck around for the second half of the show, in which we discuss what we’ve been playing, a list that includes Madden ’12, Deus Ex, Quarrel, the 7 Wonders board game, and Fruit Ninja. Definitely stay put for Bill’s excellent analysis of Madden.

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Todd Brakke

Todd was born in Ann Arbor with a Michigan helmet in one hand and a mouse in the other. (Never you mind the logistics of this.) He grew, vertically anyway, and proceeded to spend over 16 years as a development editor for Pearson Education, publishing books, videos, and digital learning products under the Que and Sams Publishing imprints. Because that wasn't enough of a challenge, Todd has also been a 20-year part-time snob about video games, writing reviews, features, and more for multiple outlets. Follow him on Twitter @ubrakto or check it out his website at

9 thoughts to “Jumping the Shark Podcast #86”

  1. I felt like this episode was just totally “old school” JTS!
    All the crew united for discussions and laughs. Bill ranting about a sports game (while Dannielle is completely quiet). Pretty sure you guys mentioned both Mass Effect and Assassin’s Creed, as you should… Board Games… it was all there.
    Tobyn was a really pleasant guest, with interesting things to say, and I loved that he stayed for the 2nd part for the show. Downloading Emissary of War right now.

  2. Actually, some of the Danielle silence at the very end of Madden is on me/tech. Somehow the end of her audio feed got corrupted in Audacity (it didn’t start out that way), but by the time in the editing process I realized it, I was like, “The hell with it,” and just waited for the end of the Madden discussion to switch over to the Skype recording. (I don’t think she said anything during the Madden discussion anyway and it’s not obvious listening to it that anything went wrong, so I figured no harm done.)

    Glad you enjoyed!

  3. I had to shut it off when I realized you’d been talking about football for 15 minutes. While I’m not a sports fan, what it did make me realize later is that I do appreciate the degree of personal taste that you guys bring to the podcast, it opens me up to a lot of gaming experiences I wouldn’t usually hear about (board gaming, for instance). Hearing something different than the news and contemporary whatcha-been-playin, that I could get anywhere else, is part of what keeps me coming back to this site – even if it does mean I’ll occasionally have to hear about sports games.

  4. And I was… silenced!

    But really, I think its funny that in real life, I’m actually a total jock-ette. They just don’t make lacrosse (or marathon) video games!

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