The Crossbox Podcast

The Crossbox Podcast is me, Jay (Fishbreath), and the editor here at the Soapbox, John (parvusimperator), gabbing for about an hour a month on topics of interest in the fields of gaming, firearms, and defense and foreign policy. Sometimes we delve into books, movies, and technology.

The most recent few episodes can be found below. Find an archive of all past podcasts here. Find the feed for new episodes here.

The Crossbox Podcast: Episode 24 - Thanksgiving in December

This is, in fact, our November episode, despite the fact that it is currently December; we recorded it on the 29th, and I’ve been busy, or possibly lazy. Regardless, listen to us talk about engines of three sorts: tank, rocket, and game.

Further reading
Binary Engineering
AVDS-1790
Opposed-piston engines
Rocketry reading
Dawn of the Tiberium Age
Supreme Commander
Guns of Icarus Alliance


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The Crossbox Podcast: Episode 23 - Fall Ahead Edition

In our latest episode yet, we sneak in under the wire with a mere seven hours left in September. We revisit some old warfighting equipment, some old games, and some more recent guns.

Further reading
Collector Grade Publications
M60A2 Starship, which looks less like a starship than I might have hoped.
CZ P-09 proposal. You can find the review in the recommended posts.


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The Crossbox Podcast: Episode 22 - Sacred Cows Edition

In this episode, we talk about guns (lots of guns), and how sci-fi designers can’t design them; about Star Wars and space flight games; and about red dots on pistols, and how we can’t design experiments to save our lives.

Further reading


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The Crossbox Podcast: Episode 21 - 21st Episode Spectacular

In our mostly-uncommented-on 21st Episode Spectacular, we dig into what’s wrong with three-gun, why the current iteration of light carrier design studies will end up like all other light carrier design studies, and how Uncharted and other third-person adventure games grip us.

Further reading
The Bureau Gun
Fishbreath’s Old-School Two-Gun Run
Modular Handgun System analysis (there’s more, too, I’m just too lazy to link it all)

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The Crossbox Podcast: Episode 20

In this first show of the official summer, we go back to our normal show. We talk about a 2000-era PC game near and dear to us both, the most likely democracy-vs-autocracy throwdown of the early 21st century, and the best Marvel movie we’ve seen lately.

Further reading
Korean artillery: this one is complicated. Check the footnote1.
Airplanes, Crimson Skies style
Crimson Skies on Amazon (Crimson Skies on Win10 guide still to come)
NATO vs. our Asian allies, in Polandball form


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  1. So, the RAF dropped 2,660 long tons of bombs on Dresden on the night of February 14, 1945. This demolished about 6.5 square kilometers of Dresden. Not, as we hyperbolically said in the show, to the foundations, but it certainly reduced the city to rubble with some freestanding walls. The North Koreans are widely believed to have 500 to 700 artillery pieces emplaced in range of Seoul, with some 100 shells a pop, as well as about 4,000 rockets from multiple launcher systems ready to go. Assuming that all of that artillery fires exclusively at Seoul and exhausts all of its ammunition in so doing, the amount of ordnance is approximately similar—in the range of 2500 to 2600 metric tonnes. (Very back of the napkin here.) A couple of points, though: first, Seoul is much bigger than Dresden, and artillery fire hitting the city is likely to be more spread out. These are the simple facts of shooting artillery with no spotters at a range north of 50 kilometers. A square enclosing 6.5 square kilometers does not cover very much of Seoul at all. Second, Seoul is probably more sturdily built than Dresden was. Third, I would be very surprised if North Korea’s towed artillery, no matter how good its fortification, survived to fire all 100 ready rounds, and resupply seems a non-trivial problem in this case. 
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