KeyForge, Destiny 2, and REKT! - Staying In Episode 63

September 15, 2018

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00:00 - Charity shop shenanigans and a TV show called Eat Well For Less.

07:31 - Pre-order woes and the "truly fascinating" logistics of shipping physical goods.

11:56 - Halloween and why Dan and Peter really don't like it.

16:38 - Roland Wright... or... roll and write...? ... and his game Welcome To...

18:40 - Richard Garfield's KeyForge: Call of the Archons and why Sam's excited to get his unique decks onto the table.

29:27 - PS Plus and Destiny 2 and co-op gaming loveliness.

37:54 - Peter's favourite game at Gamescom was REKT! For the Nintendo Switch, a combination of Tony Hawks and Rocket League.

43:57 - Sam's exercise-induced asthma, an update on the Around the Houses Challenge™, and Kris's Gaviscon era.

52:14 - Dan's truly incredible party trick.

1:01:33 – A lovely little town called Towcester.

All that, plus the floaty elf lad from the Lord of the Rings, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Ant-Man and the Wasp, Voltron: Legendary Defender, and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes - Staying In Episode 62

September 1, 2018

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0:00 - The Scafell Pike adventure, the nice sights we saw, and the lovely folks we met along the way.

16:10 - Kris has been watching Voltron: Legendary Defender and, you know what? That's alright.

24:25 - Ant-Man and the Wasp is out and we've watched it and it also is alright.

34:00 - Feeling stressed? No? Well play Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes and you soon will be.

49:02 - Our listener question comes from @Alexgol95, who asks us "when will first person cRPGs be more popular?"

All that, plus a VERY TIRED MAN, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Sails of Glory, and The Betway Reds - Staying In Episode 61

August 15, 2018

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00:12 - How to make homemade mud (with Milliput, for Burrows & Badgers miniatures).

03:26 - Things get Napoleonic with Sails of Glory from Ares Games.

17:06 - Mission: Impossible - Fallout is the sixth outing for the film series. Weirdly put together, apparently, but still great, it turns out.

25:31 - Our fantasy football league is going well, but weirdly, so here's a Game Week 1 update.

31:01 - Dan's gone and bought his first graphic novel, which is The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins.

36:35 - Kris and Sam have been on their holidays and they will not shut up about it.

48:09 - Great holiday games? Survive: Escape from Atlantis!, Cobra Paw, Carcassonne, and The Mind, so sayeth Kris and Sam.

51:29 - The Exit: The Game series is great, we've said as much on previous episodes, but Sam's just taken on The Sunken Treasure and Dead Man on the Orient Express, and they come thoroughly recommended.

53:32 - Barbie Horse Adventures or Britney's Dance Beat? That's the question you've asked us, and by gosh that's the question we're going to answer. Got another one for us? Mail us on stayinginpod@gmail.com or DM us on Twitter or Facebook.

All that, plus interspersed sounds of tea being brewed, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner) in a somewhat topsy-turvy episode of our silly little podcast.

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The Mind, Fantasy Football, and Cities: Skylines - Staying In Episode 60

August 1, 2018

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0:00 - Dan's going to be running a fantasy football league, and is hoping you'll take part! Prove him right by heading to fantasy.premierleague.com, nabbing an account, and entering 1089139-244175 as the code to get involved!

5:00 - Kris has gotten himself into a pickle with a christening card. No, we didn't think it was possible either.

13:35 - Should The Mind have won the Spieles des Jahres for 2018? Maybe! Sam certainly makes a good case for it.

22:17 - Yorkshire puddings and toffee sauce, the concept of “post-modern snacking”, and why you need to think like a child to truly appreciate genius.

28:15 - Look, yes, sure, we talk about Civilization V AGAIN in this episode, but it's a good game! Unless you're a complete beginner, which is one of the subjects around that title that we try and tackle.

37:30 - Another subject is how games can encourage you to learn through failure, and why that can work if done well, like in Cities: Skylines. Sam and Peter have been hard at work managing their citizens needs and wants in a manner that's got them thinking about whether a game can ever truly escape being “political”.

45:33 - “What would you dive into a pool of?” That's the question posed to us by @Adamski_UK via Twitter, and the answers are... well... you'll hear soon enough. And if you've got a question for the chaps then please DM them to us on Twitter or Facebook, or mail them via stayinginpod@gmail.com

That, plus the story of two prawn cocktails, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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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.

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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.

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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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