Episode #128 – Raph Koster


It’s the penultimate episode of Countdown To Classic, and the show continues to bring in the big guns of MMORPG gaming, as well as a bunch of the WoW Classic community for a chat.

Today, we kick off with a chat about battlegrounds with show favourite Marky Mark, and the ‘new meta’ that Classic players are experiencing through the Alterac Valley, and to a lesser extent, Warsong Gulch grind.

After that, Josh is joined for an epic chat with MMORPG legendary designer Raph Koster, the current CEO of Playable Worlds, and former lead designer and creative director of Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies, respectively.  Listen in to one of the best chats the show has featured, as Raph talks everything from Richard Garriott’s castle, to his thoughts on micro-transactions and their place in gaming, to his current work with Playable Worlds.

Following that, Josh publishes a bunch of calls that he has held on to far too long, with apologies to the callers, as we heard about a diverse range of WoW Classic topics from DHK’s to Pet Threat.

Highlights Below:

  • Calling Countdown #1 – Ranking in 2019 w/ DaRealMarkyMark – 5:20
  • Calling Countdown #2 – Raph Koster on MMORPG’s – 37:20
  • Calling Countdown #3 – More Death & Taxes Memories w/ TheNidhugg – 3:08:10
  • Calling Countdown #4 – Feral Druid Issue w/ Quanta – 3:35:50
  • Calling Countdown #5 – Pet Threat w/ Sera – 3:47:15
  • Calling Countdown #6 – Dishonourable Kills w/ Soniti & Shahin – 4:02:30
  • Calling Countdown #7 – Healing w/ Effie – 4:19:10


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