Joined 01/23/2012

Partner to Francesca and father to Finley. I work for Bonobos as an Engineering Manager and built the video game site Cheerful Ghost.

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I've heard a lot of friends talk about buying Diablo III again on the Switch. I've also heard it's a great port and from Digital Foundry's review, it seems if you want to head back to Tristram with Deckard Cain this is a great way to do it. Plus with the new Diablo Immortal coming to mobile this seems like it might be the best way to play it on the go.

Another bit of news out of BlizzCon 2018 was word of a new mobile Diablo game called Diablo Immortal. It looks to bridge the gap between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3 and so far pricing isn't known but it seems like it might be free to play. I'm not sure how free to play Diablo would work but with the massive popularity of Fallout Shelter and other mobile free to play titles, I wonder if Blizzard is interested in getting in on that action?

It seemed people were expecting news of a new Diablo game but this doesn't quite seem like what people were expecting. If it is a free to play Diablo game that might be interesting if it wasn't too annoying with it's free to play component. That said, this game looks like a simplified Diablo III and i'm not sure i'm really interested in playing that.

Diablo Immortal doesn't yet have a launch date but when it gets one you all will know about it.

In what might be the best news out of Blizzcon, Blizzard finally announced that it will release an entirely new HD remake of WarCraft III in 2019! WarCraft III Reforged will include entirely new upgraded visuals as well as a rebuilt game engine that looks fantastic! WarCraft III is one of the best real time strategy games I've played and it's focus on heroes make it really unique in the RTS space. WarCraft III Reforged is available for pre-order now for $30 for the standard game or $40 for the game plus WarCraft III themed DLC included in other Blizzard games.

I'm a huge WarCraft III fan and this is a day one purchase for me but since there are no pre-order bonuses I think i'll just pick it up when it launches. I really hope that Blizzard allows the base WarCraft III classic available as a free download as the did with the StarCraft HD release but so far that isn't clear.

If you plan on heading back to Azeroth to play WarCraft III Reforged, let me know!


Sony dropped the full list of games on the Playstation Classic and it looks great. The only other game I may have added was Spyro, but this list is pretty compelling. Is this something you're going to get now that the Playstation Classic list is in it's final form?

The Playstation Classic launched 12/3/2018 at any store you can find it for $99.99.

  • Battle Arena Toshinden

  • Cool Boarders 2

  • Destruction Derby

  • Final Fantasy VII

  • Grand Theft Auto

  • Intelligent Qube

  • Jumping Flash

  • Metal Gear Solid

  • Mr Driller

  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee

  • Rayman

  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut

  • Revelations: Persona

  • Ridge Racer Type 4

  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo

  • Syphon Filter

  • Tekken 3

  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six

  • Twisted Metal

  • Wild Arms


Civilization on DOS was the first turn based strategy game I was addicted to. It felt like you could do anything and I used diplomacy, strategic building and nukes to dominate the other civilizations. The turn based strategy genre has a fun history and Civilization is still the king of the crop even now. But what if you wanted that same Civilization flavor but wanted to simplify it a bit? What if you wanted to build an epic Civilization but didn’t want to spend a ton of time learning a complex user interface or build strategy? What if you could play a Civ type game right in your desktop browser or on your phone?


Well friend today is an early Christmas because Cheerful Ghost is launching an all new game to our BBS called CivClicker! CivClicker is a empire building idle / clicker game you can play right now in your browser. In CivClicker you start out by collecting resources such as food, wood and stone and use those to structures to house your townsfolk. You can choose what jobs your townsfolk can have such as Farmer(to automatically collect food), Woodcutter(automatically gain wood) and Miner (to automatically gain stone). From there the game branches out pretty deeply by unlocking new structures and giving you the ability to take over neighboring villages and kingdoms. It’s a pretty deep game but simple enough to be accessible to play in your web browser.

One of the most magical parts about CivClicker is that it’s an open source project that was created by David Holley in 2013. David’s original work was later extended by fixing bugs and making the interface work well on mobile devices by Scott Colcord and Luke Nickerson. This open source license allows us the ability to give CivClicker a home on our BBS and you the ability to play it right now. I want to thank David, Scott and Luke for their work as CivClicker is a really special game.

Head over to our BBS and give CivClicker a shot and let me know what you think of it in the comments below!

Your First 15 Minutes In CivClicker

To make the game a bit more accessible I’m going to outline your first steps with the game to help ease you into playing it.

Firstly click the harvest button 20 times and the cut buttons 20 times. This gives you 20 food, some skins as well as 20 wood which allows you the ability to build a hut. You need huts to hire hire villagers to work.

You build a hut click the “idle citizens” drop down and select farmers and click the +1 button. This hires a farmer that will start auto collecting food at a rate of 0.2 every second. If you follow this process (by clicking harvest 20 more times for 20 food per farmer) you can add enough farmers to get 1 food per second and onward and upward.

As you add woodcutters and miners realize that your ability for your farmers to gather food goes down a bit so there is a constant need for farmers for a big village. If people don’t have enough food to eat they get unhappy and die so make sure your village is well fed!

People dying isn’t the worst thing but it requires you to bury them at some point or you might have issues with corpses or zombies…

Those are the basics but if you find anything useful drop it in the comments!

Games Done Quick Express is a new charity speedrun from the Games Done Quick community that drops Friday October 26th and runs all weekend during Twitchcon! The charity it benefits is the TwitchCon Charity plaza which supports The Able Gamers Charity, American Center for Suicide Prevention, The Call of Duty Endowment, Direct Relief, Doctors Without Borders, Extra Life, Make a Wish, Save The Children, Saint Judes Hospital & To Write Love on Her Arms. If you are interested in watching some kick ass speedruns for classic games such as Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!, Ocarina of Time 3D, Diablo 2 and some amazing new ones such as Mario Odyssey then tune in to the GDQ Express this weekend on Twitch!

Each year I watch GDQ religiously and am really excited for this event as it looks like a more bite sized dose of Games Done Quick as it's only 3 days instead of a full week. Make sure to check out the stream when it starts on Friday and the schedule and consider making a donation!

Schedule: https://gamesdonequick.com/schedule/24
Charity Information: https://twitchcon.tiltify.com/

Super Mario Bros. 3 was released in Japan in 1988 and later came to the United States a year later making it widely regarded as one of the most influential Mario and platform games. Back in the early 90's I played a ton of Super Mario Bros. 3 and loved it so much I constantly read the Nintendo Players Guide to the point of destroying the magazine binding requiring me to fix it with some packing tape. I still have my Nintendo Players Guide and was happy to see it largely recreated in the recent "Playing with Power" NES Classic guide.

A lot has been said about Super Mario Bros. 3 and I think a good way of shining a light on this classic game is through a recent series of interviews Nintendo did with the original developers of the game during the launch of the NES Classic. If you haven't played Super Mario Bros. 3 and have the inclination to i'd recommend picking up a NES Classic as it's one of the best ways to relive it.

"Super Mario Bros. 3 came out in 1988, three years after Super Mario Bros. How did that come about?

Miyamoto: The game before that, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, had been Tezuka-san's directorial debut. That went well, so we decided to make a completely new game.

Tezuka-san, did you feel pressure as the director of Super Mario Bros. 3? After all, the original Super Mario Bros. was an incredible hit.

Tezuka: I didn't feel pressure from the original game so much as I felt like I needed to do a good job. But it wouldn't come together well and dragged on.

Miyamoto: And Nakago-san got angry. (laughs)

Tezuka: Yeah, he definitely got angry. (laughs)

What wouldn't come together?

Tezuka: At first, we were making it with a bird's-eye view rather than a side view.

The view was looking down diagonally from overhead rather than directly from the side as in Super Mario Bros.

Tezuka: Yes. But we couldn't do it well.

Miyamoto: He said he wanted to look from a little above. But in Super Mario Bros. it is important whether Mario's feet hit the ground or not, even barely. With a diagonal view from slightly overhead, you lost your sense of distance to the ground. So I told him that development would be difficult.

Tezuka: Yeah, it was. (laughs wryly) So partway through development, we switched to a side viewpoint, but there are relics of the bird's-eye view in the final product.

Miyamoto: Yeah.

For example, the black-and-white checkered floor.

Tezuka: Yeah.

Tezuka-san, what was your original idea for making Super Mario Bros. 3?

Tezuka: We made Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels by changing the original game's difficulty and stage design, but we couldn't do that again, so I wanted to change everything, including its general appearance.

If you want to read the rest of the interview and I recommend you do, head over to the Nintendo website!


jdodson gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
jdodson gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
Travis let me know about an idle clicker game I haven't heard of before called Egg, Inc. and since I like clicker games I decided to give it a shot. As with many clicker / idle games Egg, Inc. has you amassing a ton of eggs to sell on your egg farm and it starts out fairly simply. You have a modest egg farm making a few thousand to where I am now with a farm making Septillions of dollars. One huge upside to playing Egg, Inc. is that you learn what the names of high number counts are which is kind of a neat thing to know. One other cool aspect of Egg, Inc. is that it will draw you back to play each second of your life away until you are a soulless husk that only wants to see more and more chickens create ever more eggs to sell to finally make it to that next egg stage to only see yourself prestige (start over with bonuses) and do it all over again.

Egg, Inc. is a fun game which is wildly addictive and extremely charming. Which makes it kinda the best part of these kind of phone games but it's already wearing on me a bit making me wonder how much more time I’ll spend playing it?

Only the chicken lords know for sure but until they let me know you can play Egg, Inc. on and Android or iOS device right now for free.

Thank you to everyone that stopped by to visit the Cheerful Ghost Booth or played in one of our game tournaments. The Portland Retro Game Expo is my favorite convention and everyone who comes out makes it awesome. I also want to thank Adam Farnsworth for working the booth with me this weekend!

The Winners of This Years Cheerful Ghost Tournaments!

Super Mario Bros. on NES Speed run to Bowser's axe on World 1-4

David Harrison (The Winter Soldier) won this with a blistering time of 2:03.20! Seriously time yourself and stop when you hit Bowsers axe at the end of 1-4. Now do it when people are watching. Good luck!


Mario Paint for SNES Highest level & Lowest Score in 3 lives

Jacob & Robaire tied this one up and both took home some cereal! One theme we were going for this year was retro peripheral games. We got a lot of comments about your could run a Mario Paint tournament and we were up to the task!


F-Zero on SNES Fastest time on F-Zero Knight League / Mute City

The Real Samurai Goroh won this with a lightning fast 2 ' 03 " 16. I learned a few things about pathing this track to run it as fast as possible and The Real Samurai Goroh was a great runner to learn from!


Wild Gunman for NES Highest score in Gang Mode with one life

Unfortunately we had technical difficulties and had to cancel this tournament due to the zapper not properly working with a flatscreen CRT. It only registered the shots 80% of the time which isn't great for a tournament. Wanted to thank everyone that came out anyway!

My 2018 Gaming Pickups!

Recently I purchased a used Wii U (expect an upcoming review) and because of that I wanted to pad my Wii U collection with as much great stuff as possible. I also have a fun retro game backlog of titles I want to buy so my list this year was a mashup of a handful of Wii U stuff, Gameboy Advance and NES.


Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Classic Controller, Mega Man 2 NES, Mario Bros NES, Minish Cap in Box, Super Mario 3D World, Wind Waker HD, Mighty No. 9, Nintendo Power (29, 50, 58, 70, 107), PRGE 2018 Shirt & Poster. I also picked up a classic NES Zapper thinking my zapper was broken but turns out the TV we used wasn't lightgun friendly. Pro tip kids, don't use a flatscreen CRT for old lightgun games!

Our Live Cheerful Ghost Radio Podcast From The Expo Floor!

Adam and I also recorded a special short episode of Cheerful Ghost Radio live from the Cheerful Ghost Booth Sunday before the convention started. It was a fun show and there are some fun bits I didn't recap here you should listen to the episode for. If you like what you hear in this episode you should subscribe to Cheerful Ghost Radio in whatever podcast client you use!


If you came out for PRGE 2018 and stopped by the booth or played in one of our tournaments i'd love to hear from you and what your thoughts were of the expo! Also curious what you picked up and anything fun you experienced while you were there!

You can view our entire photo album from PRGE 2018 on Facebook and Imgur.


One big piece of news to come out of the Portland Retro Game Expo this year was the announcement of the Intellivision Amico. It looks to revision the classic console for the modern era and a few people I knew went to the panel. So far, it's mostly all specs and artistic renderings and a splashy video but if it delivers 80% of what it sets out to do it should be pretty awesome.

With that I have a few questions about it. Do all the game on the system need to be exclusive? Have yet another place to play Indie games might not be a bad thing, new Intellivision included. How are they going to ship this system at an $180 price point? Seems like a very hard target to hit and be a quality system. Why do the controller need wireless charging? I get that Qi is the new hot wireless charging standard but plugging stuff in isn't a big deal for retro enthusiasts and you can save a couple bucks for everything else you want to pack in to the Amico.

In the end i'm really supportive of this system and I think there is room in the market for a new retro enthusiast console that has a modern online ecosystem.

"Almost 40 years after the release of the original Intellivision® home video game system which helped to redefine the video game industry, Intellivision Entertainment is proud to carry on its “Legacy of Firsts” by announcing the brand new revolutionary family home video game console named Amico to be released on October 10th, 2020 (1010 2020). Amico is the Italian word for “friend” or “buddy” and encapsulates an element of the approach and dynamics for what makes the new console so unique and an exciting addition to everyone’s family.


  • US $149 - $179

  • October 10, 2020 (1010 2020)


  • All games are family friendly and rated “E for Everyone” or “E10+”.

  • Every game version on the console is EXCLUSIVE.

  • Quality over quantity! All games must past a strict quality control seal of approval.

  • Balanced gameplay and design for Equal Opportunity Gaming for all.

  • All games are downloadable and between US $2.99 - $7.99.

  • No costly DLC (Downloadable Content) add-on’s or “In-App Purchases”.

  • Launch to include several built-in reimagined Intellivision Classics (pre-installed in every console) and over 20 games including both reimagined industry classics and brand new exclusive titles via the Intellivision Online Store.


  • 2 wireless Bluetooth controllers (up to 8 player compatible and connectivity).

  • 3 ½ inch (2:3 aspect ratio) Color Touchscreen.

  • Pioneering tilting positional disc with surrounding interactive LED border.

  • 4 arcade-style tactile feedback buttons.

  • Gyroscope & Accelerometer.

  • Force feedback.

  • Controller to be used horizontally or vertically including dominant left or right hand usage.

  • Qi (pronounced “CHEE”) wireless onboard charging.

  • Speaker

  • Microphone

  • Free downloadable app enables mobile phones as additional controllers (up to 8 players).


  • State of the Art 21st Century 2D Image Processing and Graphics Capability

  • Intellivision Prism™ Onboard Interactive Lighting Technology.

  • WiFi/BT & Ethernet Connectivity.

  • HDMI Video Output.

  • Multiple USB Ports

  • System Expansion Interface.


  • Intellivision Online Store for the ability to purchase additional software.

  • Multi-player online gaming and structured multi-tiered tournament play.

  • Time & Space Leaderboard System™ which includes high scores by locations and calendar.

  • Trophy/Achievement rewards system which awards unique accomplishments to each player.

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