Loffee, FTL: Faster Than Light, and Into the Breach - Staying In Episode 59

July 14, 2018

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01:06 - We've not talked about it before, but Sam absolutely LOVES vinegar. So much so that he gives his chips a "double soak", which is about as eye-wateringly acidic as you think.

05:24 - What we HAVE talked about before is seasonal playlists for music, and it being Summer, we think Loffee is the perfect accompaniment to this time of year.

10:23 - Kris went to Dortmund and had a lovely time of it, but he discovered two shocking things. 1) that he actually does like beer (when it's accompanied by fruit and / or vodka), and 2) that you can swap out the sausage from “pigs in blankets” for an entirely unexpected ingredient and it's pretty hecking tasty.

16:05 - XCOM 2 is "probably my favourite game" says Sam, and it's got to partly be due to the fact you can name your characters. And on that note...

17:58 - Dan's been playing FTL: Faster Than Light and Sam's been playing Into the Breach, both of which are from Subset Games and in both of which you can re-name your characters (so that's an immediate thumbs up, obviously). They both talk about why they're enjoying these games so much, delving into FTL's roguelike spaceship-em-up and Into the Breach's mech puzzle strategy.

35:36 - This section is all about Sam’s Leaking Pipe™.

41:00 - Dan's thrown more money at the upcoming Shenmue III, to snag himself a physical copy of the game. So it feels like a good time to discuss why the originals were so pioneering back in the day and, to some extent, how they were very demanding of their players.

52:09 - And we have another question to read out, this time courtesy of Richard from We're Not Wizards, and it's all about tattoos and cannibalism, so that's nice.

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The Last of Us Part II, Gain Ground, and McQueen - Staying In Episode 58

July 1, 2018

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Take me down to time stamp city, where the times are stamped and it's not actually a city;

0:00 - We find out all about a very special carb-based de-stress routine and a very exciting (?) Bristol corner shop.

4:40 - It's back to the late 80s and early 90s for a spot of reminiscing on Seinfeld, as well as Peter's secret favourite subject, Gain Ground, on account of him currently playing SEGA Mega Drive Classics. There's also an explanation of how evolution works that probably has Darwin spinning in his grave.

20:35 - Yeah yeah, E3 2018 is long gone, but by jove Kris wants to talk about Spyro Trilogy Reignited as he's a huge fan of that purple dragon. We also decide that both the Resident Evil 2 Remake and the Final Fantasy VII Remake are poisoned chalices, and relate all this to Gus Van Sant's 1998 remake of Psycho, because we're fancy like that.

32:00 - More E3 chat here, focused on some god tier trolling by certain video game studios, and Dan's love of the look of The Last of Us Part II. We go into the important questions: does the original need a sequel when it has THAT ending? Will it deliver something the first one didn't? And why have a load of dorks got all flustered about a kiss?

43:10 - Kris has been off to the cinema (no details on if he used The Grift or not, sadly) and he's seen a documentary called McQueen. Appropriately it's a documentary about legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen who, from all accounts, was a right cheeky chancer. Kris thought the film was great, and he'll tell you why.

46:53 - Oh my gosh, it's our first ever listener question and it's a strong one. A huge thank you to @Laneit360 for sending us it, and if you have one for us, you can get in touch via direct message on Facebook or Twitter, or e-mail us via the address listed on our Contact Us page.

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Barrier, Pokémon Quest, and Burrows & Badgers - Staying In Episode 57

June 15, 2018

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We're doing time stamps now? How F.A.N.C.Y.

0:00 - We kick things off with hot takes about pomegranate juice and other awful concoctions that only fools and children would make, like blackcurrant and milk, and apple juice with orange juice. There's also a combination that only Kris's brother would make, and you'll find out about that in this section too.

2:50  Then it's off to the UK Games Expo at Birmingham's NEC for “the best convention I've been to” according to Peter, and the first part of our report from the show floor. First up it was By Fire and Sword, a teeny tiny historical wargame that looked like amazingly complicated fun.

14:20 - Then it's on to Wreck & Ruin, a post-apocalytpic vehicle combat board game that is a) pleasantly surprising, b) very accessible, and c) looking for your money on Kickstarter right now.

17:30 - There's a quick excursion by Kris to Lumino City, which pretty quickly gets wrapped up in a conversation about...

20:38 - … Pokémon Quest on Nintendo Switch, and the subject of mobile gaming in general. Does it matter which device you play a game on? Sam seems to think so, and he's probably right.

29:45 - This is where we head back to Brum for even more of the expo and “one of the darlings of the show” - the astonishingly plucky Burrows & Badgers from Oathsworn and Osprey Games.

38:30 - We're pretty disillusioned with comics at the moment, but there are a few stand outs that we've been carrying on with, and none is more important than Barrier from Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente.

45:41 - We round out the show with the last leg of our UK Games Expo tour and the acquisition of the pretty wild 1989 pen and paper classic Batman Role-Playing Game, from Mayfair Games. It sounds as good as you think it sounds.

So pull up a chair and join Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner) for the latest episode of our nice little hang out sessions where we talk about all the neat things we like.

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Deadpool 2, A Way Out, and the Games Media Brit List Awards - Staying In Episode 56

May 31, 2018

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Everyone remembers Kuri Kuri Mix, right? Sure you do! Just as well, as we'll refer to it when talking about A Way Out, the latest game from those folks at Hazelight Studios. And on the subject of making a getaway, we've also been playing various entries in the Exit: The Game series, which are essentially tabletop game escape rooms.

Elsewhere there's a whole bunch on the Games Media Brit List Awards, which we went along to and where we had a lovely time. A big Staying In Pat On The Back to our pal Adam Rosser from BBC Radio 5 live for his win in the podcast and radio category, and congratulations too to our Kris for managing to eat an entire pizza during the event.

We continue to get to grip with our thoughts on Magic: The Gathering Arena, partly in relation to the latest set of Dominaria cards, but also in relation to indestructible horses. And then there's Deadpool 2, an excellent film that you should definitely turn up late to.

All this, plus a full ten minutes of discussion about rocks, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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God of War, The Magpie Murders, and Jurassic Perk - Staying In Episode 55

May 15, 2018

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Kerby is a great street game to play after dark, we all know that. That's obvious.

Bushido from GCT Studios is pretty strong too it turns out, as is that God of War jam from Santa Monica Studios.

The latest performance of Macbeth by the RSC? That's good too. And so are Anthony Horowitz's The Magpie Murders, Liu Cixin's The Three-Body Problem, and Frank Herbert's Dune.

All the things mentioned? They're all just smashing.

But you know what's the best? The absolute BEST?

The fact that we managed to get a handful of decent coffee-based dinosaur names thought of within the space of about an hour.

Honestly, it's the greatest.

So join Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner) for a grand old chat about nice things, plus puns.

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Avengers: Infinity War, Magic: The Gathering Arena, and the Cursed Book - Staying In Episode 54

May 4, 2018

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Oh good lord, where to begin?

You should know straight off the bat that there are huge Avengers: Infinity War spoilers in the last 30 minutes of this episode - which happens to be our longest ever episode! But don't worry, we give you plenty of advance warning before they hit. Seriously though, don't listen to that section if you haven't seen the film yet.

Also the language used in this episode is pretty blue at times, as the last few weeks have been... hectic, to say the least. We're experimenting with bleeping the worst of that stuff out from now on, and you'll hear why.

What have we been doing? Well, apart from watching Marvel's MCU crossover spectacular and engaging in The Great Cineworld Grift, we've also been on holiday to Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest, and we'll tell you a bit about what we got up to there.

The beta for Magic: The Gathering Arena is currently in-progress and we've netted ourselves access to it, so we've been diving back into the world of slinging spells and walking on planes just in time for the Dominaria release. Is this digital version any good? HECK YES, and we'll tell you why.

Regular listeners will also notice how this episode has gone out slightly later than we usually like. That's because of an unexpected trip to accident and emergency. WANT TO KNOW MORE? Then check in with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner) and maybe also look at these accompanying photos.

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Annihilation, Civilization V, and Holiday Games - Staying In Episode 53

April 15, 2018

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We do our best to not be absolutely insufferable about our Games Media Brit List nomination in this podcast. Are we successful? Probably not.

What else? Oh yes! We've been playing The Battle of Polytopia's multiplayer for months now - since the beta even - and we're ready to talk about how this update adds to our impressions of the single player offering. Be prepared for INTENSE DISCOURSE.

On a similar note, there's a load in here about our recent experiences with Civilization V. Things like “how it's a great tool for telling stories with gameplay” and “why we now don't much care for the Aztec people”.

We also talk about the perfect games to take with us on an upcoming holiday where we (affectionately) throw Rahdo under the bus, plus why Alex Garland's recent work - Annihilation - should have had a cinema release.

All this, plus far too much food thanks to Easter in Slovakia, and using sayings that don't actually exist, with your pals Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Ready Player One, Assassin’s Creed Origins, The Darkside Detective, and Dave Ryan from Link to the Cast - Staying In Episode 52

April 1, 2018

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Up for some hot new video games action? Well tough, because we're talking about why the shooting in Titanfall 2 is so gosh darn good. Sorry to pull a fast one on you like that. We cool? Cool.

There's also Assassin's Creed Origins talk too, that's kind of new, right? Regardless, it's providing us some excellent opportunities to wander around Egypt and partake in a little digital tourism, a thing we're also up to with the astonishing Yakuza 0.

We were lucky enough to be joined by Dave Ryan from Link to the Cast on this episode, and he brought a wealth of knowledge and insight into the topics we covered, including how history is portrayed in games versus how history is taught in schools, plus the indie game development scene in Ireland, and specifically a great-sounding point and click adventure called The Darkside Detective from Spooky Doorway.

Then there's a big old chunk of Ready Player One discourse about the book and film and how we're hoping its numerous references to all sorts of stuff in geek culture has been handled "authentically"... whatever that means.

By the time you've finished reading this you'll hopefully have the episode downloaded, so pop on some quality headphones and have a brew with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Dave (@DaveRyanIV).

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Oh and also: we've been nominated for a Games Media Brit List award in the category of Best Podcast & Radio. We found out after recording this episode, but we'll probably be talking about it on a future episode (and flaunting it every moment we get).

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Ten Candles, Hidden Agenda, and Cosmic Encounter - Staying In Episode 51

March 15, 2018

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Games, games, and even more games: that's the general theme of this episode.

There's a big discussion about Cosmic Encounter and why you probably need to play it twice to really start appreciating its galactic strategy. And when we're not ruling the universe, we're mucking about on a boat in one of our favourite RPGs: Ten Candles from Cavalry Games.

We also hook up to PlayLink on the PlayStation 4, checking out Hidden Agenda from Supermassive Games in the process, which is a tense game of deception and mystery where you use your mobile phone, via the console, to choose the outcome of a scene and shape the narrative as it progresses.

Plus snow. Plus Babycham. Plus exercise. It's a whopper.

Sound good? Great! Check in with Sam (@MrSamTurner), Dan (@ThisDanFrost), and Kris (@DigitalStrider), all recording together, with Poppy watching on, supervising.

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Black Panther, Monikers, and Hunt for the Ring - Staying In Episode 50

March 1, 2018

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How did Kris's mum accidentally get involved in the Copenhagen drug scene?

Could Sam figure out who "not the guy with the bolts" was?

Which one of them manages to casually drop the phrase "Chekhov's Gun" into a conversation?

If you'd like to know the answer to these questions, give this episode a listen.

And there's some other stuff too...

Like why one of us is absolutely head-over-heels in love with Hunt for the Ring from Ares Games, and how that lovely little Lord of the Rings-based board game compares with the much darker Whitehall Mystery from Fantasy Flight.

And how Monikers is a great little party game. And how Dixit is ALSO a great little party game. And how Dixit might just have the edge on Monikers.

Then strap in for a good long discussion on Marvel's Black Panther and why it's funny, progressive, and extraordinary.

All that and more on episode 50, with Sam (@MrSamTurner) and Kris (@DigitalStrider) and occasionally Poppy, having a lovely little bit of nerd chat.

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