How To Murder Time
By Jon Shute
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A weekly podcast looking at video games, books, boardgames and films.
||CleanHow To Murder Time 190: There’s been another Mordor||This week we’ve been playing more games, but Tim wasn’t a cylon this time. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Rise of Industry Warframe Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock Lords of Waterdeep||14 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 189: We’ve run out of easy to pronounce games||This week Jon has been finding out what the later game in Slime Rancher is like as well as throwing bikes at steep slopes in Trials Fusion while Tim has been playing Endless Legends and the Tabletop Simulator group is continuing.||30 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 188: Ringworld||We’re joined again by Toerag to talk about our latest Hugo novel, which this time is Ringworld by Larry Niven. There’s a large ring around a sun and so a team is assembled to go investigate it in a book that dominates the genre of big s[...]||23 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 187: Tim is wrong again?||This time Tim talks about the list of winning Hugo novels this year and looks at how they compare to his choices, Jon has been playing Slime Rancher and Patapon while Tim has been playing Warframe, Path of Exile and Tabletop Simulator. 00:00 Hugo w[...]||16 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 186: How to complete MMOs||This week Jon has been learning how to play football with Behold the Kickmen and how to run a kingdom with Kingdoms and Castles. Castles and Kingdoms. Towns and Castles. Avenues and Alleyways. One of those titles, it’s a very forgettable name[...]||2 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 185: The real 185||This week Tim is rounding up the nightly groups while Jon has been playing Kane and Lynch 2, which is without doubt the worse game that he’s played in… forever and getting annoyed at Horizon: Zero Dawn.||19 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 184: Ninja Camping||Time spent the night in a ditch (on purpose), Jon played Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Tim finished Obduction, and Jon tried out Grow Up. Tim has also read an awful lot of books so there’s a wrap up of the Hugo finalists for this year.||12 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 183: The City & The City||This week we are joined again by Toerag as we tackle the next in our Hugo award winning books: The City & The City by China Miéville, which won the award in 2010. When a murder takes place, Inspector Tyador Borlú, of the Extreme Crime Squad in [...]||5 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 182: You’ve got 4X in your board game||This week the Friday group has moved onto Eclipse as their boardgame of choice in Tabletop Simulator, Tim has finished Mad Max and Jon has been playing The Crew and been very annoyed by it.||28 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 181: But the game’s too long||This week we’re complaining that Borderlands 2 is too long, rounding up the static group progress and playing Little Nightmares.||14 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 180: Mad Ranting||This week we’ve both been playing Mad Max and we have a chat about how many games you can get from subscriptions each month, and how much that’s stopping us buying new games.||7 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 179: Neuromancer||This week it’s the return of the Hugo award winning book show. Not that we won a Hugo, the books did. We weren’t even nominated even though Tim could have done it if he really wanted but considered it crass to nominate ourselves. The bo[...]||31 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 178: Smuggling||This week Tim has been off walking and is now paying the price and the group has been smuggling things in Elite. Jon has been playing the Hot Wheels DLC in Forza Horizon 3 and it’s as insane as it sounds, and has also been playing Thimbleweed[...]||24 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 177: Remember FMV||This week we’ve been playing Late Shift, which is a fully FMV game, Remember Me, which isn’t, Path of Exile and Dawn of War 3.||10 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 176: You can’t win||This week we’ve been looking at generation ships in Elite Dangerous, building ships in Space Engineers, hitting things in Guns of Icarus and wondering how unbalanced a boardgame can actually be with Warhammer 40k Lost Patrol.||3 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time Episode 175: 40k 8th Edition and the Bloodborne card game||This week we’re talking about why the Division is no longer being played, why The Witness was good but pretentious and why the Bloodborne card game is better that you would expect. Then there’s some 40k talk as GW have gone mad and cont[...]||27 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time Episode 174: The Graveyard Book||It’s time for another Hugo award winning book, and this month Toerag has picked The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It’s the tale of a boy who grows up in a graveyard and is our second book ostensibly aimed at children. How does it fare [...]||19 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 173: Round ups and Dawning of Zero||This week we’re doing a roundup of the weekly groups, discussing why Horizon: Zero Dawn isn’t as good as it first seemed and then looking at the Hugo nominees for this year.||12 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 172: Puzzles all the way down||This week Jon has given Tim a code for The Witness because he knew what it would do to him, but then started playing Thimbleweed Park so we’re both screwed really. Weve also checked out Guns of Icarus Alliance and the Cartoon Museum’s 2[...]||5 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 171: It’s a kind of magic||This week we’re catching up with what Jon has been playing in his co-op sessions, which is Halo 1, Gears of War 2 and Borderlands 2. We also have a discussion about Magic the Gathering as games of it have been played recently and Tim has been[...]||29 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 170: Hyperion||This week we’re joined by Toerag for the next in our Hugo award winners series. This time we’re looking 1989 winner, Hyperion by Dan Simmons.||22 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 169: Watching the Horizon||This week we’re talking about Elite Dangerous, Torment: tides of numenera, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Guildwars 2.||16 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 168: 9 Years of Podcasting||We’ve been podcasting for 9 years this week, so it’s a sort of special show that I hope won’t put you all off from watching. We talk about playing Elite Dangerous with the gang, the new Microsoft game subscription service, The Div[...]||8 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 167: Regrowth Recap||The regrowth series recently ended, so we have a chat about what we think of it now we’ve done it all. Then we move on to talking about the first of our Elite Dangerous group sessions and how that went.||22 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 166: Shute Colony||This week we’ve mostly been playing Guildwars 2, Fallout Shelter, The Division, Halo: Combat Evolved and Elite Dangerous.||15 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 165: The Man in the High Castle||It’s Hugo winner time again, and so we’ve read Philip K Dick’s classic 1962 alternate history novel The Man in the High Castle where the Allies lost WW2 and now the Germans and Japanese have divided up a conquered America.||9 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 164: Having Visited Everywhere||This week Tim has visited all of the map in Guildwars and has been on a road trip in Elite Dangerous, while Jon has been breaking time in Quantum break and having doubts about renewing PlayStation Plus.||1 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 163: Weekly Group Roundup||This week we’re talking about what the various static groups are, chime up if you want to join in! We’re discussing Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, The Division, Elite Dangerous and Star Wars: Force Arena.||25 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 162: Odd dog-thing||This week we’ve been playing The Division, The Last Guardian, Fallout: New Vegas and the original Gears of War.||18 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 161: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||It’s the monthly Hugo episode so we’re joined by Toerag and Days to read the 2001 Hugo Winner, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. You may not have heard of it, it’s a bit obscure. Possibly the most un-Hugo novel to ever win, and[...]||11 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 160: Our Games of the Year||Another year has passed so we’re looking back to the games that we played that stood out to us this year. They may not have been released this year, but they’re the ones we really enjoyed. This year the honours go to Destiny, Tabletop S[...]||29 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 159: Hitting Genestealers with your impostor syndrome||This week we’ve been playing The Beginner’s Guide, Space Hulk: Deathwing and Fallout: New Vegas. Well you can’t say we don’t give you a varied set of games this time.||22 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 158||This week we’re been playing Guild Wars, Pokemon Moon, Duskers and Defect SDK. So we talk about them.||14 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 157: The Left Hand of Darkness||It’s time for the Hugo show, so this time we’ve been reading The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin. The book won in 1969 and is the tale not understanding a culture while trying to recruit them into a federation of planets.||7 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 156: Another Rant Time||This week we’re discussing who’s really in control when you play a game with The Stanley Parable, the odd release of F1 2016 on iOS, Guildwars 2 and the abomination of ship design that is Battlestar Galactica Squadrons.||24 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 154: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress||It’s Hugo time again, so we’re joined by Toerag and Days again to talk about the 1966 Robert Heinlein classic The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, which won in 1967.||11 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 154: Walking Towards, well, something||It’s another what we’re playing, and this week we’ve been busy with more Guild Wars 2, Lego Dimensions and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. Tim has also finally been finding out what Dear Esther is all about, while Jon is back with Ma[...]||3 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 153: Does Length Matter?||This week we’re taking a look at game length. Is there such a thing as too short or too long, and what effect does that have on our enjoyment and perceived value?||27 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 152||It’s another what we’re playing show and this time we’ve been spending time in Guildwars 1 and 2, as well as year 2 of Lego Dimensions and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.||20 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 151: Redshirts||It’s Hugo book time so we’re joined again by Days and Toerag to look at another winner. This episode we’re looking at the 2012 Novel Redshirts by John Scalzi. It’s the tale of a starship that certainly isn’t the Enterp[...]||12 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 150||It’s that time of year again, so Jon is back to shouting at Anna in Forza Horizon 3 while also playing The Bunker, a full FMV game that amazingly doesn’t suck. Tim on the other hand is being overly cruel to Kerbals and the group is back[...]||28 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 149||This week Tim is talking about nostalgia and Jon is quietly disagreeing with some of the conclusions.||21 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 148: Minecraft makes me sick||We’re talking about what we’ve been playing again, and it’s a colourful mix of Destiny, The Solus Project, Both Minecraft and Dirt Rally in VR and Tabletop Simulator with not everybody in VR. That’s a lot of VR. If you want [...]||14 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 147: The Demolished Man||This week we’re expanded the team with @StMistaken and @Dr_Toerag for the first of our new monthly looks at the winners of the Hugo award for best novel. We’re starting at the very beginning with Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man[...]||7 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 146: Procedurally Generated Space||It’s a trio of space games this episode, with Starbound, No Man’s Sky and X: Rebirth. Two of those games didn’t have the best of launches…||31 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 145: Inside and Hugos||This time on the podcast Jon has been playing Inside, the next game from the people who made Limbo, and Tim has been too busy voting in the Hugo awards to play any games so he talks about the best novel category instead.||17 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 144: Pokemoning up our Tabletop||Staying in with Tabletop Simulator, Going out with Pokemon Go, Kickstarting System Shock and co-op in Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And “accidentally” dropping children in rivers. Don’t ask.||27 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 143: Bye Bye Planetside||It’s a sad day as Planetside has closed so Tim went back for a last look. Meanwhile Jon has been playing Saints Row The Third in co-op and we’ve both been playing on the new Minecraft server. Lastly there’s a bit about boardgames [...]||7 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 142: Totally Warhammer||This week we’ve been playing Total War: Warhammer, Skyrim and Just Cause 3’s 2nd DLC. It adds mechs.||14 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Murder Time 141: Uncharted Doom||This week we’re chatting about Doom and Uncharted, as well as the Hugo nominations and ill advised attempts to get fit that may have lead to injury shortly after recording the show.||2 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great listening to you guys! 5 Stars!
I cant be the first to leave a review, can I? Well i love allot of the podcasts on virginworlds but to be honest Van Hemlock's is by far one of my favourites! Keep up the good work boys! Kalu Sydney, Australia
One of my favourite podcasts.
Not just a great podcast for gamers, but for anyone who enjoys listening to anything in general, Van Hemlock is one of the rare podcasts that I would think rates 5 stars. Not only as entertaining as any of the top gamer casts, the updates come as reliably as ticks from a metronome. Jon Shute lovingly provides listeners with mmo, console and pc news, developer info and numbers, stupid news of the week and more in an honest, enthusiastic and beguiling tone. The host himself, fantastically named Van Hemlock is usually caught unawares by most news but bolsters conversation with witty repartee and dry humour, caressing your ears with his deep, chocolatey voice. It wouldn’t seem amiss to hear clinking of glasses and the low hum of background conversation as the atmosphere lends itself to something of a warm bar or pub around late afternoon, beer, wine or coffee in hand. Overall it’s something I’d recommend to soothe and satisfy or to escape the doldrums of the day to day, perhaps at work or to liven up boring family events such as weddings or childbirth, which frankly, seem utterly tiresome in comparison.
This is my all time favorite podcast. Funny, good quality informative and great banter.
I started listening to this show around the episode 50 mark, and even went all the way back to the 1st episode (even though the news was no longer relievent) just because it's that good.
One of the best things about this podcast is the high quality of sound, it may not seem like alot, but means you can listen constantly without getting headaches from the poping of the mirophones and listening to a podcast that quite obciously are doing it via skype.
This podcast is definatly worth the listen, and even though I'm a gamer myself, I don't play MMO's..But still a highlight is to listen to these guys just carry on.
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