Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is episode 2 of 15.

This week Joel and Gregg take a look at Dueling Machine by Thatcher Ulrich. Watch the video here or direct on YouTube.

  • Dueling Machine is the inspiration for Spy Party
  • It requires two network-connected PCs and is a bit tricky to get working
  • We might have stretched the definition of local multiplayer
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4 thoughts on “Side by Side: Dueling Machine

  1. What an interesting game. Seems like it could become a fun party diversion if a few of the wrinkles were ironed out. It makes me think a bit of The Ship, which (to my knowledge) never really caught on, but the hunter/hunted tension seems like a great multiplayer opportunity, local or otherwise.

    You should know, Harbour Master, that Gregg is a cruel foe. I’m still haunted by nightmares of our one and only Frozen Synapse game.

    He earns some credit back for having such a cool coffee table.

  2. We actually wanted to play Spy Party but it wasn’t available so it was Gregg’s idea to have a go at its inspiration. I don’t think it is being worked on add it is a few years old so this is as good at it gets, I suppose, until someone chooses to rebuild the concept. Spy Party is similar but it’s not the same game idea.

  3. Ben Bova wrote a novel called The Dueling Machine. Not particularly similar to the game, but I wonder if the creator was inspired by it.

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