Conference Call

GWJ Conference Call Episode 351

Rogue Legacy, Prison Architect, Company of Heroes 2, Capsule, occult chronicles, XCOM iPad, Agricola, Your Emails and More!

This week Shawn, Julian, Cory and Allen catch up on all your emails!

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Chairman_Mao's Timestamps
00.03.02 The Last of Us
00.03.36 Company of Heroes 2
00.07.43 Prison Architect
00.14.49 Agricola
00.21.51 XCom iPad
00.24.20 Capsule
00.26.32 Rogue Legacy
00.36.11 occult chronicles
00.40.35 Rymdkapsel
00.41.41 This week's sponsor: Sawbones!
00.43.24 Your emails!

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Timespike wrote:

Julian - I'll definitely be snagging that book. I come from a similar religious background (lifelong Christian, though I've moved through several different denominations before finding one where I feel "at home" and the theology makes sense consistently) but I have more friends who are atheists and agnostics than fellow Christians. As I've moved away from the kind of Christianity I was raised with to the type I currently follow, it's ignited my interest in reading about my faith and how it interacts with other belief systems and topics, so it's always great when someone just unexpectedly drops an interesting recommendation out of the sky podcast on me.

I'm also a little sad you guys stopped that "supporting jerks who make cool stuff" discussion as quickly as you did, because I'd have LOVED to listen to that conversation.

PS: Here's the Graffin book, Is Belief in God Good, Bad or Irrelevant?

It may be a combination of inventory cost and labor cost. Maybe also mass economics. There's a LOT of people in the Philippines. A given shop will have something like 3 or 4 techs and those guys work nonstop from opening to closing assembling orders. I've seen (and have actually been) customers dropping money for 10, 20, 50 units at a time. Between the high volume, cheap cost of living, and cheap labor, I can clearly see where the profit is coming from.

They also do 1 unit orders, of course, but I get the impression that those form the minority of their market. They just can't afford to skimp on that because many buyers investigate shops by purchasing single units first to see how much support they'll get.