The Assembly Line: An NES Homebrew Podcast

The Assembly Line

The Assembly Line is a podcast dedicated to featuring homebrew games developed by programmers after the NES's initial lifespan. Hosted by two veteran NES homebrew programmers, Kevin from KHAN Games and Beau from Sole Goose Productions, the two delve into one game an episode, focusing on the development history, release information, give personal opinions, and usually interview the creators themselves! Typically focusing on the games that the two feel are most noteworthy, for various reasons, the podcast primarily focuses on games that are probably most well-known, with a personal favorite thrown in here and there for good measure.

All Episodes

e24: Jay and Silent Bob Mall Brawl Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet. Featured game track: Track 5 by Toni Leys. Closing track: "Day Theme" from Rollie by Chris Lincoln. More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Follow Tomas on Twitter at @SpoonyBardToma Special thanks to our podcast editor thehumanthomas! Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline

Apr 20

2 hr 16 min

Special Game Jam Announcement! Please note: This recording was done prior to bringing in a sound engineer so the quality isn't as good as the previous episode. Much better material is coming in the future! Pledge toward the game jam and be rewarded with a cartridge! https://www.solegooseproductions.com/?page_id=671 Music by Josué ' Thecoolestnerdguy ' Oliveira, "Recover" from Arkadia (Nathan Tolbert NESDev 2021 entry). Follow Beau on Twitter @SoleGoose Follow Kevin on Twitter @atonofglaciers Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline Email questions to nesassemblyline@gmail.com

Feb 12

15 min

e23: Twin Dragons Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet. Featured game track: "Castle Theme" by Please Lose Battle. Closing track: "Title Track" from From Below by Tui. More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. More information for Antoine can be found at brokestudio.fr. Follow Antoine on Twitter at @Broke_Studio Special thanks to our new podcast editor thehumanthomas! Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline

Jan 29

2 hr 27 min

The 2020 Holiday Special, featuring Chris Brand (@deadeye_bit) and Sean Robinson (@arb_and_delish)! Closing music by LarryInc64 from his A Super Mario World Holiday album. Please support this artist on Bandcamp! https://larryinc64.bandcamp.com/album/a-super-mario-world-holiday

Dec 2020

1 hr 27 min

e22: The Tale of Two Thomi (The Music of NES Homebrew) -Zi: Assembly Line Theme -Intro -Musical Interlude: -Miau - Bobl: Underground -Rob Bryant - Untitled (unreleased) -Tomas and Elijah Guinan - Alfonzo's Arctic Adventure: Elated -FrankenGraphics - Project Borscht: Boss Theme No. 2 -Zi Interview: -Level 0: Stage 6 (unreleased) -Level 0: Stage 12 (unreleased) -The Grind: Level 1 -The Incident: Credits -DoND: Track 03 (unreleased) -UXO: "Dark" Level -Basse Def Adventure: Haunted Stage -REKT: Secret Pause Riff -Tower Defense 1990: Stage 2 -Welcome to Eville: Rush the Turncoat -Four: Grapple -Thornby: Hayworth -Silicon Statue: Espina -Quiet: (release date October 15th!) -Humanthomas Interview: -HAUNTED: Halloween '85: School -Scramble: Level Music -HAUNTED: Halloween '85: Werewolf Boss -Holly Jolly NESMix: Little Town of Bethlehem -Shmup Speed: Level and Score Screen -Convention Quest: Title Screen -HAUNTED: Halloween '86: Barge -CityZen: Prosperous Times (unreleased) -Full Quiet: Night (unreleased) -Untitled Sole Goose Game: Untitled (unreleased) -Untitled KHan Game: Pause Music -Anguna Zero: End Credits -Outro -Zi: Assembly Line Theme, Orchestral Rendition

Oct 2020

3 hr 7 min

Episode 21: Trophy Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet. Featured game track: "Ocean Theme" by Derek Andrews. Closing track: Track 2 and Track 7 from Project P by Julius More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Follow Jon on Twitter at @peekabrews Follow Derek on Twitter at @gradualgames Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline

Feb 2020

2 hr 19 min

Episode 20: Nebs 'n Debs Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet. Featured game track: "Track 2: Cave Theme" by Kulor. Closing track: "Map Theme" from Jibe. More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Follow Chris Cacciatore on Twitter at @cacciatc Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline

Feb 2020

2 hr 28 min

Episode 19: NEScape! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet. Featured game track: "Under Darkness" by Travis Nelson. Closing track: "Untitled" by thehumanthomas. More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline

Oct 2019

2 hr 34 min

Episode 18: Candelabra Estoscerro! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet. Featured game track: "Floor 2 Boss" and "Floor 4 Boss" by Rob L Bryant. Closing track: "Untitled" by Untitled. The Kickstarter for Candelabra Estoscerro can be found at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1545426105/candelabra-estoscerro-a-new-game-for-the-nes/description More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. More information for Sly Dog Studios can be found at http://slydogstudios.org/ Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline

Apr 2019

2 hr 23 min

Episode 17: Eskimo Bob! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet. Featured game track: "Level 2" by Tomas Guinan. Closing track: "Nuclear Winter" by MiniMacro Sound. Eskimo Bob can be purchased from: https://www.spoonybard.ca/ More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. More information for MiniMacro Sound can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkRSPswihkdKu6JhRLuTDEw The amazing NES homebrewer group photo can be found at https://twitter.com/partytimeHXLNT/status/1081851031183609857 Chris's puzzle game creator can be found at http://puzzle.nes.science Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline

Feb 2019

1 hr 58 min

Episode 16: 8-Bit XMAS 2018! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet. Featured game track: "Dominic's Christmas Donkey" by Thomas Ragonnet from 8-Bit XMAS 2018. Featured game track: "Jolly St. Nick" by Michael Chiaramonte. Closing track: "Rudolph" by Kevin Hanley from 8-Bit XMAS 2008. The 8-Bit XMAS series can be purchased and downloaded from: http://www.retrousb.com More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline

Jan 2019

2 hr 8 min

Episode 15: The Legends of Owlia! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet. Featured game track: "Mountain Theme" by Derek Andrews. Closing track: "Ceyx" by Heosphoros. The Legends of Owlia can be purchased at: http://www.infiniteneslives.com/owlia.php and can be downloaded at: http://www.gradualgames.com/ More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline

Nov 2018

2 hr 28 min

Episode 14: The Incident! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet Featured game track: "Floor 6" by Thomas Ragonnet. Closing track: "Mars" by Derek Andrews. The Incident can be purchased at: http://www.khangames.com/store More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline Special thanks to Tim Hartman from Retrotainment Games for filling in to interview Kevin. Follow him at @RetrotainmentHQ!

Oct 2018

1 hr 55 min

Episode 13: Micro Mages! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet Featured game track: "World 2" by Julius. Closing track: Untitled "Track 2" by Chris Cacciatore. Micro Mages Kickstarter can be found at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/morphcat-games/micro-mages-a-new-game-for-the-nes Nebs and Debs Kickstarter can be found at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dullahan-software/nebs-n-debs-a-new-nes-platform-game?ref=user_menu More information about Morphcat Games can be found at: http://morphcat.de/ More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline Special thanks to Julius, Nicolas and Chris for talking with us at such great length. You guys freakin' rock!

Sep 2018

2 hr 20 min

Episode 12: Lizard! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet Featured game track: Root Zone by Brad Smith. Closing track: Untitled "Track 3" by Frankengraphics. Lizard can be purchased from Infinite NES Lives at: http://infiniteneslives.com/lizard.php Lizard can be purchased digitally at: https://rainwarrior.itch.io/lizard More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline Special thanks to Brad Smith for talking with us at such great length. It was truly an honor.

Jul 2018

1 hr 55 min

Episode 11: nesdev Competition, Part2! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet Closing track: Featured track from Miedow (Cheril's Nightmare) Interviews: Tomas Guinan (Alfonzo Melee and The Alfonzo Game) Pubby (Star Evil and f-ff) Kevin Hanley (Nothing Good Can Come of This) Paul Molloy (Production of competition cartridges) Zutano (Light Shield) Information for the nesdev competition can be found at: http://nesdevcompo.nintendoage.com. All of the games discussed can be downloaded for free from the respective threads on nesdev: http://forums.nesdev.com/viewforum.php?f=33 More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline

Jun 2018

3 hr 1 min

Episode 10: nesdev Competition, Part1! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet Closing track: Lone Fighter by Shiru. Interviews: Nathan Tolbert (Robo Ninja Climb) M-Tee (Gruniozerca 2) Bradley Bateman (Competition organizer) Dougeff (Jammin' Honey) Toggle Switch (Project Blue) Featured Music: Project Blue Title Track by Toggle Switch Robo Ninja Climb Title Track by Nathan Tolbert Encounter by Shiru Jammin' Honey Track 3 by Estlib Jammin' Honey Title Track by Estlib Project Blue Level 1 by Toggle Switch Information for the nesdev competition can be found at: http://nesdevcompo.nintendoage.com. All of the games discussed can be downloaded for free from the respective threads on nesdev: http://forums.nesdev.com/viewforum.php?f=33 More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. More information for Shiru can be found at: https://shiru.untergrund.net/music.shtml Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline

Mar 2018

2 hr 4 min

Episode 9: Quest Forge! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet Featured game track: Forest Theme by Mattias Hakulinen. Closing track: Untitled from a game that may or may not come out one day by Thomas Ragonnet. Quest Forge can be purchased from Piko Interactive at: https://www.pikointeractive.com/store.html#!/Quest-Forge-By-Order-of-Kings-NES/p/54303173/category=14390013 Also, go download the Quest Forge 2 Atari 2600 ROM! More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Please visit our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nesassemblyline Special thanks to Mattias Hakulinen for hanging out and answering all of our burning questions. Go play the damn game!

Feb 2018

1 hr 50 min

Happy holidays everyone! Here's our present to you, our 2017 Holiday Special! We decided to get together with two of the biggest NES Homebrew collectors and drive up to Michigan and have a nice old-fashioned trivia contest. Featuring Christian Dietering (Ferris Bueller) and Justin Orenich (neodolphino), we test these two fine gentlemen's intense homebrew knowledge and at the end of it all, we crown a 2017 homebrew trivia champion. Thanks to all the devs in the community for sending in holiday greetings. We are one big family! Featuring music by Kevin Hanley from previous 8-bit XMAS installments.

Dec 2017

1 hr 42 min

Episode 8: Haunted Halloween '85! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet Featured game track: Cornfield Theme and Twin Scarecrow Boss by Thomas Cipollone. Closing track: Mall Theme from Haunted Halloween '85 by Thomas Cipollone. Haunted Halloween '85 can be purchased at https://cashinculture.3dcartstores.com/Haunted-Halloween-85-NES-Game-Classic-Gray-Cartridge-Only_p_776.html More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Big thanks to Tim and Greg from Retrotainment Games for hanging out and putting up with our ridiculous questions.

Dec 2017

2 hr 1 min

Episode 7: Spook-o'-tron! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet Featured game track: Spook-o'-tron Title Music by Kevin Hanley. Closing track: "Brain Damage" from the album Moon8 by Brad Smith (originally by Pink Floyd). Spook-o'-tron will at some point be able to be purchased at solegooseproductions.com. moon8 can be downloaded from rainwarrior.ca. Don't buy one off of eBay. More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Big thanks to Tim from Orab Games for sitting in to talk about Beau and Beau related things.

Dec 2017

1 hr 30 min

Episode 6: Alter Ego by Shiru! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet Featured game track: Level 3 by Kulor. Closing track: "Cruisin' Mah '95 Pimp Mobile" from NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL KULOR! by Kulor. Alter Ego can be downloaded for free all over the internet. Shiru's website is: https://shiru.untergrund.net. More of Kulor's chiptunes music can be found at his bandcamp page located at https://kulor.bandcamp.com/. More info for the nesdev programming competition can be found at: https://forums.nesdev.com/viewforum.php?f=33. More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com.

Sep 2017

1 hr 31 min

Episode 5: Homebrew World Championship 2012 by Chunkout Games, Right Nut Games, Sly Dog Studios and KHAN Games! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet Featured game track: Seagull's Revenge Theme by Kevin Hanley Closing track: "Moon Theme" from Duck Tales by Sergio Elisondo. Homebrew World Championship can still be purchased from retrousb.com! A Winner Is You (full audio on an NES cartridge!) by Sergio Elisondro can also be purchased from retrousb.com! More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Full Quiet Kickstarter can be found at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1222722105/full-quiet-a-new-adventure-game-for-the-nes-and-pc?ref=email

Sep 2017

1 hr 46 min

Episode 4: The Mad Wizard by Sly Dog Studios! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet Featured game track: Overworld Theme from Forest Area! Closing track: "Track 8" from a Black Box Challenge by Robert L Bryant. The Mad Wizard can still be purchased from retrousb.com! More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. More information for Rob can be found at slydogstudios.org. The Goofy Foot NES Controller Kickstarter can be found at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1659035215/goofy-foot-nes-controller-mod-kit?ref=discovery

Aug 2017

1 hr 36 min

Episode 3: Star Keeper by 87 Arts! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet Featured game track: World 2! Closing track: "Untitled" from a collection of old tunes by Memblers. Star Keeper can be purchased if you're lucky by scouring online auction sites. GGVm source can be downloaded at https://github.com/gradualgames/ggvm More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Thanks to Derek from Gradual Games for chatting with us!

Jul 2017

1 hr 34 min

Episode 2: Tailgate Party by Orab Games! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet Featured game track: Lot D Closing track: "Untitled" from a future homebrew by Derek Andrews of Gradual Games. Tailgate Party can be purchased at http://nintendoage.com/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=6&threadid=174326. Legend of Owlia can be purchased at http://www.infiniteneslives.com/owlia.php. More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Beau's vocal track is new and improved, y'all!

Jun 2017

1 hr 21 min

Episode 1: Battle Kid! Intro music by Thomas Ragonnet Featured game track: The Flooded Spire Closing track: "Floating" from the album Four by Bleep Bop Records. Battle Kid can be purchased at retrousb.com. Four can be purchased at bleepbop.com. More information for Kevin can be found at khangames.com. More information for Beau can be found at solegooseproductions.com. Sorry about Beau's vocal track. Next episode will be better!

Jun 2017

1 hr 20 min