Warring States Japan: Sengoku Jidai – The Siege of Inabayama Castle – Extra History – #2

Welcome back to the Sengoku Jidai Last time we left off with Oda Nobunaga ascendant after his surprising victory over the Imagawa. And the young Tokugawa Ieyasu aligning himself and his clan with the victorious Oda. Now we enter a period of consolidation. As Nobunaga tries to strengthen his holdings, Continue Reading

Warring States Japan: Sengoku Jidai – Warrior Monks of Hongan-ji and Hiei – Extra History – #3

Remember how last time we left off with Oda Nobunaga seizing Kyoto and installing Ashikaga Yoshiaki as Shogun? Well, you see, there turned out to be one small problem with that. Yoshiaki actually thought he was going to get to be Shogun. Nobunaga, on the other hand, was pretty sure Continue Reading

The Waiting Game – Why Weird Games Become Cult Hits – Extra Credits

Every once in a while, a fundamentally new mechanic emerges and defines a genre. of late games like Candy Box, Frog Fractions, and A Dark Room have shown us what might be one of these new mechanics, the mechanic of unfolding. You see, each of these games unfolds over time, Continue Reading

Losing Player Trust – The Data Dilemma – Extra Credits

So much of today’s gaming is driven by hard data, things that we developers can affix numbers to– Sales, play length, review scores… but in focusing on that hard data we have, at times, lost focus on all the things we can’t track by absolute numerical metrics: Things like how Continue Reading

Warring States Japan: Sengoku Jidai – How Toyotomi Unified Japan – Extra History – #5

Last time we left off with Oda Nobunaga attacked by his own general, dying in a blazing temple as his dream of empire burned around him. But where does that leave everyone else? Well, first off, let’s start with Tokugawa Ieyasu. Remember how he was touring the Kansai with Nobunaga Continue Reading

Warring States Japan: Sengoku Jidai – The Campaign of Sekigahara – Extra History – #6

At last, the Sengoku Jidai nears its close, but not without one final grand chapter. The year is 1598, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the second great unifier of Japan, has just died. Leaving a counsel of five regents to guard his young son until he becomes of age to rule. By far, Continue Reading

The Articles of Confederation – Becoming the United States – Extra History – #1

The United States Constitution created a republic that has lasted for well over 200 years, but it was not the first national government of the United States of America. That distinction goes to the short-lived Articles of Confederation, without which the Constitution as it exists today might never have been Continue Reading

Justinian & Theodora – Bad Faith – Extra History – #8

and then, through the entire Roman world. Belisarius penned a letter to his life long friend in the East, Justinian. There was an anger in this letter that Justinian had never seen from his friend. The letter laid out just how this tragedy came to be, and just who was Continue Reading

Warring States Japan: Sengoku Jidai – Battle of Okehazama – Extra History – #1

[Intro Music] Sengoku Jidai: The Warring States Period The time we think of when we think of samurai A time of self sacrifice, bravery, treachery and betrayal A time when the fate of great clans could turn in a day and peasants could rise up to become regent of all Continue Reading

Early Christian Schisms – Before Imperium – Extra History – #1

We are going to start this off in a way that we’ve never started off an Extra History before; with a disclaimer. These next few episodes are designed to help modern students get a handle on one of the most confusing and yet most important parts of Roman history. The Continue Reading