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Real Time Strategy is a weekly gaming podcast from PR pros. Hosted by Kaitlyn Red Wing and Sam Mosher, the show analyzes the latest news and trends, interviews industry experts, and highlights PR in your everyday gaming. Real Time Strategy is produced by TriplePoint, the premier PR and influencer marketing agency in video games.
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The Plan for Happy Podcast

Adam Walkom and Adrian Johnson

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Adam Walkom is a former investment bank trader and management consultant who is now a founding partner of Permanent Wealth Partners and author of Plan for Happy - A step-by-step guide to growing your wealth. Building wealth and investing are both much more of an art form than a science and have much more to do with human and behavioural psychology than economics. Join Adam as he goes on a journey interviewing fascinating guests who share their deeply-held insights and experiences from years ...
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A new Doom game, Perfect Dark is back, and too many exciting indie games to count… summer showcase season is here. Kaitlyn and Sam break down Summer Game Fest and the Xbox Games Showcase, their favorite games shown, what makes a good showcase trailer, and why Geoff tempered expectations this year. Timecodes: 00:00:00 – Intro 00:02:15 – Is Summer Ga…
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Andy Lunique wears many hats as a cook, author, and influencer marketing expert in the games industry, and he combined those skills to write “The Ultimate Gamers Cookbook” and “Diablo: The Official Cookbook.” Andy joins Kaitlyn and Sam to discuss how he crafts gaming-friendly recipes, how influencers (including himself) find their brand, and how to…
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Microsoft is betting big on Game Pass by adding Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 to the service at launch. Kaitlyn and Sam discuss what this means for Microsoft’s publishing strategy, Xbox’s upcoming showcase, and the price of Game Pass. Then they break down how IGN Entertainment’s acquisition of Gamer Network affects games media. Timecodes: 00:00:00 – In…
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Joost van Dreunen knows the games industry. He literally wrote the book on the business of video games (One Up: Creativity, Competition, and the Global Business of Video Games), and with his next book on the horizon, he joins Kaitlyn and Sam to discuss how gaming has changed since One Up was published in 2020, why so many layoffs are happening, and…
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Microsoft closed a number of Bethesda studios, including Redfall maker Arkane Austin and Hi-Fi Rush developer Tango Gameworks. Kaitlyn and Sam discuss the implications behind the closures, why these ones were a shock even amongst many closures and layoffs, and what the upcoming Xbox Showcase will look like. The duo also touch on the Nintendo Switch…
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TikTok is facing a U.S. ban, so what does that mean for influencers, marketers, gaming fans, and the future of short-form video? Kaitlyn and Sam answer that question, as well as explain Escape From Tarkov’s bad week and their thoughts on Fallout’s fifth episode and Fallout 4’s next-gen update. Timecodes: 00:00:00 – Intro 00:03:19 – What’s the Futur…
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Embracer Group is splitting into three companies, Star Wars Outlaws’ premium day-one content is upsetting fans, and Fallout is returning for a second season on Prime Video. Kaitlyn and Sam break down these headlines, their updated Fallout impressions, and Kaitlyn’s Coachella experience on this week’s episode. Timecodes: 00:00:00 – Intro 00:01:13 – …
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Today’s discussion looks at the prospect of a Labour Government in the UK and what it means for taxation policy. I am joined by Nimesh Shah, CEO of Blick Rothenberg, a chartered accountants and tax advisory business. Nimesh and I dig into the announcements, rumours and reports on what we can expect potentially in a few months time. In detail we dis…
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Kaitlyn, Sam, and special guest Trisha Hershberger exit the vault this week to review Prime Video’s Fallout. They discuss how well it adapts Bethesda’s beloved game franchise, spoilers from the first two episodes, and what other game adaptations can learn from the series. Timecodes: 00:00:00 – Intro 00:01:45 – Trisha’s Favorite Fallout Games 00:13:…
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IGN’s creative staff formed the IGN Creators Guild this year to collectively work toward a stronger, more equitable workplace. IGN video editor and guild member Chelsea Miller joins Kaitlyn and Sam to explain why the IGN Creators Guild was founded, how it’s brought the staff closer together, and what the union hopes to accomplish next. Timecodes: 0…
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Larian Studios isn’t making a Baldur’s Gate 3 sequel or expansion, Rockstar may miss Grand Theft Auto’s “early 2025” launch window, and Dragon’s Dogma 2 launched with a surprising, and to some upsetting, range of microtransactions. Sam and Kaitlyn discuss these headlines, as well as their favorite (and least favorite) April Fool’s gags this year. T…
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Entertainment journalists Lin Codega and Chase Carter launched Rascal News, an independent outlet covering tabletop roleplaying games, in February. One month later, they join Sam to discuss why they launched the reader-supported, worker-owned outlet, their love for tabletop, and why passionate journalists tell the best stories. Timecodes: 00:00:00 …
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Today’s special guest is Abraham Okusanya, author of “Beyond The 4% Rule” and founder of Timeline portfolios. Abrahams’ firm Timeline now has over £4bn in assets in the portfolio and Why index investing just takes market worry away. How the technology revolution is only just beginning for individual investors. What the best way to draw your retirem…
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World of Darkness – a connected story universe including Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, and more – is coming off its most successful year ever in 2023. Jason Carl, brand marketing manager for World of Darkness and storyteller for the “By Night” actual play series, joins Sam and Kaitlyn to dive deep into the universe, what makes …
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It’s finally time for Kaitlyn and Sam to flex their love for movies. This week, they discuss the 2024 Academy Awards and how Hollywood’s biggest night compares to gaming’s awards slate. They break down where The Game Awards, DICE Awards, and BAFTA Games Awards stand in the gaming industry, how a video game adaptation could be recognized at the Osca…
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PlayStation and EA laid off hundreds of people last week, adding to the thousands of people affected by layoffs in the games industry in 2024. Sam and Kaitlyn discuss why layoffs are sweeping the industry, what they mean for the state of AAA game development, and how PlayStation and EA’s cuts signal major changes for their content strategies. Timec…
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Lysfanga: The Time Shift Warrior reinvents the hack ‘n’ slash genre by empowering players to rewind time and fight with an army of their past selves. Thibault Legouet, game director and lead game designer at Sand Door Studio, joins Sam to discuss Lysfanga’s innovative combat, its origins as a student project, and the challenges of making a game whe…
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Xbox is staying in the hardware and exclusives business, PlayStation has no “major existing franchise titles” this year, and Nintendo’s next console is reportedly delayed to 2025. Sam and Kaitlyn break down the state of the first parties and what their strategies mean for major gaming franchises, as well as share their favorite (and least favorite)…
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Today’s discussion is with Nick Bird, Senior Business Development Manager at Triplepoint. If you’ve got older parents you won’t want to miss this episode. Planning for inheritance tax is some of the easiest most cost-effective planning you can do as you can easily measure how much tax you can save by make a few decisions. In this discussion, Nick &…
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A record-breaking Super Bowl, Disney’s $1.5 billion Fortnite deal, and rampant speculation about Xbox’s multiplatform future dominated this week in pop culture, so Kaitlyn and Sam break it all down on this week’s episode. Timecodes: 00:00:00 – Intro (Super Bowl Chat) 00:04:07 – Favorite Super Bowl Commercials 00:10:10 – Deadpool & Wolverine Trailer…
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Spawn On Me founder Kahlief Adams joins Sam to discuss The Spawnies, his annual awards show celebrating game developers. This year marks the third annual Spawnies, airing February 29, and Kahlief breaks down the making of the show and its mission to recognize underrepresented artists. Timecodes: 00:00:00 – Intro (Kahlief’s Dream Co-Host for The Spa…
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IGN executive editor Tom Marks joins Sam and Kaitlyn to discuss his new position leading game reviews at IGN and how the outlet approaches reviews of remasters like The Last of Us Part II Remastered, Early Access games like Palworld, and titles with staggered launches like Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Timecodes: 00:00:00 – Intro (Tom’s M…
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Kinda Funny Xcast host Mike “SnowBikeMike” Howard joins Sam and Kaitlyn to preview Xbox’s year ahead. The trio reviews Xbox’s Developer Direct presentation, discusses the platform’s big 2024 releases (Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, Avowed), and predicts what we’ll see from Xbox’s summer showcase. Note: This episode …
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Artificial intelligence was the hot tech topic of 2023, and 2024 will be no different. Kaitlyn Red Wing and Sam Mosher dig into the industry’s evolving relationship with AI, how legislation and workers’ groups will affect AI usage, and how AI does (or does not) relate to the Switch 2’s launch. Then the duo closes out with their impressions of Princ…
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Today’s edition features a special guest, someone very familiar to the podcast… Adam Walkom! Our usual host is sat in the other seat this week, as his colleague, friend and fellow partner at Permanent Wealth, Adrian Johnson, takes the reins. Adam is in the hot seat to discuss his new book, Plan for Happy: A step-by-step guide to growing your money.…
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Two months ago, Nick Calandra and The Escapist’s former video team launched Second Wind after Nick was fired. Today, Second Wind has over 400,000 YouTube subscribers and over 14,000 Patreon supporters. Nick joins Sam Mosher and Kaitlyn Red Wing to discuss Second Wind’s success, the business of independent content creation, the failings of corporate…
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A new year means new games, so Kaitlyn Red Wing, Mel Gazazian, and Sam Mosher share their most anticipated releases and predictions for 2024. Topics include Hades II, Nintendo’s next console, and the big game adaptations coming to TV and film this year. Then the trio closes out the episode with their favorite media from the holiday break. Timecodes…
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Game of the Year season — so PC Gamer global editor-in-chief Evan Lahti joins us to break down how PC Gamer picks the best games of every year. He also pulls back the curtain on other PC Gamer projects, including game adaptation coverage, the PC Gaming Show: Most Wanted showcase, and the Top 100 PC games l…
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The Game Awards 2023 was jam-packed with trailers (Light No Fire!), surprises (Blade!), and celebrities (Jordan Peele!), but did it give enough time to the awards themselves? Kaitlyn Red Wing, Mel Gazazian, and Sam Mosher review this year’s show, discuss how it can better celebrate developers, and share their favorite announcements. Timecodes: 00:0…
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The Grand Theft Auto VI trailer is finally here, so Kaitlyn Red Wing and Sam Mosher break it down, discuss its leak, and predict how Rockstar will show the game next. As if that trailer wasn’t enough, Fortnite and Amazon Prime’s Fallout series released huge trailers this week, so the duo also digs into Fortnite’s new experiences (Lego Fortnite, Roc…
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Ed Conway – Author of Material World – on the 6 materials that we need to power the modern world. Today’s guest is Ed Conway – economics editor at Sky News – but also author of a fantastic book – Material World. Material World explores in detail the 6 basic materials that the modern world needs to overcome all it’s problems. From feeding 7+ billion…
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The Game Awards are a week away, and Baldur’s Gate 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom are ready to duke it out! Hosts Kaitlyn Red Wing and Sam Mosher dig into this year’s TGA nominations and predict the big winners, cameos, and surprises of the night. Then the duo discusses the recently announced The Last of Us Part II Remastered and t…
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It’s a huge gaming news month, and hosts Kaitlyn Red Wing and Sam Mosher are joined by Mel Gazazian to break it all down. The trio discusses Blizzard’s first BlizzCon since 2019, the first trailer for the “next Grand Theft Auto” (a.k.a. Grand Theft Auto 6) coming in December, and Nintendo’s announcement of a live-action Legend of Zelda movie. Timec…
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Puzzmo is a digital reinvention of the daily newspaper puzzle page, complete with a more accessible crossword, hit word games like Spelltower and Typeshift, and more to come. Co-founder and game designer Zach Gage joins Sam this week to discuss Puzzmo, its puzzle-locked limited launch, and how it rethinks newspaper games while preserving what makes…
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After reading Law at university, then some time in the hospitality industry Caspar was drawn to the Central London Residential Real Estate market. He kicked off his property career with Foxtons before moving from being a sales agent to being a buying agent with Black Brick. Our discussion covers: The role of a residential buying agent as a relative…
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NYU Game Center director Frank Lantz set out to explain why games are beautiful in his book, “The Beauty of Games,” and it became one of Sam’s favorite reads of the year. Frank and Sam discuss the book, how to reframe the “are games art?” conversation, why games are most similar to music, and more. Timecodes: 00:00:00 – Intro 00:00:44 – Frank’s Fav…
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TwitchCon moved to Vegas for its 2023 event, and host Kaitlyn Red Wing and TriplePointer Mel Gazazian have the first-hand report. They join Sam to discuss the streamer convention, the state of Twitch, and how it’s competing with rival services. Then they enter the Spider-Verse to discuss Spider-Man 2, Kaitlyn’s first hours with the game, and whethe…
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Microsoft has officially closed its Activision Blizzard acquisition, so what does that mean for Xbox? Kaitlyn and Sam discuss the largest gaming acquisition ever and what to expect from it on this week’s episode, as well as rumors of Disney making a major gaming acquisition and John Riccitiello stepping down as Unity’s CEO. Timecodes: 00:00:00 – In…
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It’s spooky season, so let’s get into the ghoulish spirit and talk horror games! TriplePointers Alyx Evans and Paul Lombardo join Sam this week to discuss their introduction to the horror genre, their favorite scary games, memorable horror marketing, and more. Timecodes: 00:00:00 – Intro 00:02:15 – Adapting scary movies into games 00:09:36 – Horror…
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In this episode I talk with Jared Dillian, author, investor and market newsletter writer of the Daily Dirtnap. He also is a regular contributor to Bloomberg, MSNBC, NY Times and LA times. I have followed Jared for years through his daily market newsletter and he has a unique insight into what moves markets. Jared has also just released his fourth b…
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We go under the sea this week with lead game designer Thomas Bardet to talk about Under The Waves, the new narrative-driven adventure game from Paris-based Parallel Studio. Thomas explains the challenges of making a game set underwater, the team’s visual and narrative inspirations, striking a balance between cozy gameplay and emotional storytelling…
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MMORPG managing editor Joseph Bradford joins us to discuss the week’s biggest headlines, including Starfield reviews, the Unity Runtime Fee controversy, and our favorite games from the latest Nintendo Direct and PlayStation State of Play. Look forward to new weekly episodes of Real Time Strategy every Wednesday. Timecodes: 00:00:00 – Intro 00:07:41…
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Five years after its announcement, Starfield is finally here. TriplePoint’s Sam Mosher, Nick Shepherd, and Blane Humphries break down its campaign from announcement to launch and discuss what other games can learn from Starfield’s deep-dive showcase, messaging, and review strategy. Timecodes: 00:00:00 – Intro 00:01:50 – Baldur’s Gate 3 and other fa…
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Games journalist Patrick Klepek (VICE’s Waypoint, Kotaku, Giant Bomb) has covered the industry for over 20 years, and now he’s applying his experience to a needed space for games writing: parenting. Patrick joins us to discuss his gaming and parenting newsletter, Crossplay, give his advice to TriplePoint’s newest dad Nick Shepherd, explain Roblox, …
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Podcasting legend Danny Peña is the founder and host of Gamertag Radio, the first gaming podcast to reach 1,000 episodes. He was an inaugural inductee to the Podcasters Hall of Fame, and he’s interviewed countless industry icons like Phil Spencer, Reggie Fils-Aimé, and more. Danny breaks down his career, how his hip-hop promoting experience helped …
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iam8bit founders Jon Gibson and Amanda White are experts at bringing games into the real world, whether through collectibles, vinyls, physical editions, or some of the year’s coolest events like Summer Game Fest and Day of the Devs. Jon and Amanda join us to break down the company’s history, growth, and mission to celebrate gaming communities. Time…
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Today my special guest is Oliver Rust, Business Development at Truflation. If you haven’t heard of Truflation you’re in for a treat. Truflation effectively scrapes the internet for prices on a daily basis and comes up with their own version of what they think is happening in the REAL world in inflation and prices. And the difference between their v…
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Kate Sánchez, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of But Why Tho? and recruiter for Iron Galaxy Studios, joins us to talk about her many years of experiences as a diversity specialist. Kate dives into what exactly is a diversity specialist, what recruitment in the games industry looks like, especially for underrepresented groups, and more. We also d…
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PCMag senior analyst Jordan Minor joins us to discuss his book “Video Game of the Year,” available wherever you buy books on July 11. The book chronicles over 40 years of video game history by selecting the defining game of each year. Jordan breaks down how he wrote the book and brought it to life with the help of illustrator Wren McDonald and doze…
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Welcome back! Today my guest is Nick Colas, co-founder of the excellent DataTrek Research. DataTrek Research write a daily investment newsletter which I read religiously and I have found Nick and his co-founder Jessica to be two of the smartest people in markets who use data to understand both short-term market issues, but also give insight into lo…
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