Staying In Podcast
Taskmaster, The Lost Words, and Cóatl - Ep115

Taskmaster, The Lost Words, and Cóatl - Ep115

November 15, 2020

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00:00 - What’s that banging? What day is it? How old is Sam?

05:32 - And for that matter, what’s your favourite era of time?

11:40 - TRAINS! We talk Ticket to Ride and the digital adaptation of it that we’ve been thoroughly enjoying.

16:20 - Cóatl is crammed full of bright and lovely plastic, has a very pleasing Aztec art style, and is a super elegant bit of game design that’s one of the best in its genre.

25:15 - The Lost Words from Kosmos is based on the children’s book by Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane. It’s a beautifully illustrated, tranquil, light game that’s perfect for high tea.

35:59 - The avoidance of doomscrolling by getting into Reddit - shout out to r/Showerthoughts and r/OSR - plus a discussion about a fantastic post about board games and value.

51:00 - Bingeing Taskmaster (tARskmARster) is exactly what’s needed at the moment. Also if you’re interested in the self portraits Peter and Sam made, pop over to our Instagram.

All that, and missing the point of Back to the Future, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Tapestry: Plans and Ploys, Metro X, and Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade - Ep114

Tapestry: Plans and Ploys, Metro X, and Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade - Ep114

November 1, 2020

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00:00 - An intensely heated debate: is a Twix a biscuit or a chocolate bar?

07:53 - Tapestry: Plans and Ploys continues to build upon the foundations of the lean(ish) civilization-creating original, and also continues Stonemaier Games’ tradition of featuring beautiful components.

21:07 - Some grumps bang on about how they don’t like Halloween, and an alternative is discussed: Falloween.

31:08 - The Three Stages of Boardgaming, solitaire games, and David Parlett’s Penguin-related money-making schemes.

35:30 - Coiledspring and Gamewright’s Metro X gives us flashbacks to the London Underground and mastering a tube map. Plus: very good nibs.

42:19 - Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade is from Wizkids and Geoffrey Engelstein (the Ludology podcast, Gametek, Pit Crew etc). It’s “giddy fun” and, we think, perhaps the perfect solo game.

All that, and a spooky podcast pitch, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Fort, Enola Holmes, and Anomia - Ep113

Fort, Enola Holmes, and Anomia - Ep113

October 15, 2020

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00:00 - Forgetting names and confusing idioms.

03:10 - A graduation, but whose graduation?

06:10 - Making rum, plus the sweetly thematic Fort from Leder Games, in which you pretend to be kids building bases, using pizza and toys to curry favour with Icky and Sticky.

17:44 - Al's FINEST wine and socially distanced martial arts.

21:52 - From humble packaging comes something we had a ton of fun with; Coiledspring’s Anomia is an extremely good party game.

30:50 - Twin It. Love it.

33:11 - Enola Holmes is fantastic, and Millie Bobby Brown brings a welcome level of handiness to the character.

38:42 - Back to school.

41:10 - Our time with Basic Fantasy Role-Playing Game pretty much started with a total party wipe. And it. Was. Awesome. It’s glorious.

All that, and the wonderful Richard from the We’re Not Wizards podcast (@werenotwizards), with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

Tea-based playlists. Spotify. A match made in heaven. So pop to our Spotify playlist page for those.

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Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Pendulum, Hotshot Racing, and Stay Cool - Ep112

Pendulum, Hotshot Racing, and Stay Cool - Ep112

October 1, 2020

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00:00 - The Home Alone Meal Deal, and first movies.

09:13 - Hotshot Racing looks and sounds great, the racing model is spot on, but you’ll want to put most of your time into the time trial mode, and we’ll tell you why. Also, go watch Get Indie Gaming.

20:57 - Every Breath You Take. Every Slice You Make.

27:45 - Pendulum from Stonemaier Games (them what did Viticulture) is a “rollercoaster” of a board game, a superb experiment in the worker placement genre, and perhaps the perfect board game cafe game.

45:39 - Eulogy For Brannigans.

48:48 - Stay Cool is from the same folk that brought you Decrypto, and if that’s not enough to sell you on it, then you’ll just have to listen to the podcast for more insight into why we like it, I guess.

All that, and Adele, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

Want some tea-themed Spotify playlists? Of course you do! Pop to our Spotify playlist page for those.

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Ghost of Tsushima, Trapped and Sabotage - Ep111

Ghost of Tsushima, Trapped and Sabotage - Ep111

September 15, 2020

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00:00 - The Egg Saga.

09:40 - A trip to Vale Street in Bristol, and leaving the house for a curry.

12:28 - Ghost of Tsushima, Akira Kurosawa, and the satisfaction of feeling powerful when playing as a samurai.

22:37 - An amazing quad biking adventure in Greece. Top tip: check your headlights before setting out.

28:23 - Set dressing the house and tackling the play-it-at-home escape room Art Heist, from The Fantastic Factory’s TRAPPED series.

38:00 - Sabotage is yet another absolute humdinger of a board game from Fowers Games, and how to spend an extra £500 on it by buying a brand new table. Plus when Kris met Tim on We’re Not Wizards.

49:55 - Getting our cartographer juices flowing by making overworld maps for Basic Fantasy Role-Playing Game by using Hex Kit by Cone Of Negative Energy as an “inspiration generator”.

01:03:17 - The debate continues.

All that, and Waterloo, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

Looking for tea-themed Spotify playlists? Of course you are (???), so pop to our Spotify playlist page for those.

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

My City, Superliminal, and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout - Ep110

My City, Superliminal, and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout - Ep110

September 1, 2020

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00:00 - Fridge biscuits and a shocking revelation about eggs.

08:59 - Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, why it’s Fortnite crossed with Takeshi's Castle, and its obvious similarities with The Last of Us Part II.

26:59 - With UK Games Expo going digital this year - calling it Virtually Expo - we were asked by our pals at Kosmos if we wanted to be part of their booth. We did! And we talk about how our video about food and board games pairings turned out.

33:29 - Fans of Portal, The Stanley Parable, and The Witness are going to really like Pillow Castle’s Superliminal, which plays with scale in a smart and sometimes hilarious way.

41:39 - If you’re getting into the hobby of board games, Reiner Knizia’s name comes up a whole bunch, being considered one of the very best designers in the business. His legacy game is called My City, and we think it’s a great “My First Legacy Game” for people looking to try out the sub-genre.

All that, and the correct place to keep ketchup, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

Looking for tea-themed Spotify playlists? We’ve made some, so go check them out if the feeling takes you.

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Eat, Drink & Play - Staying In Podcast x Kosmos @ Virtually Expo

Eat, Drink & Play - Staying In Podcast x Kosmos @ Virtually Expo

August 21, 2020

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Hello everyone! The very nice folks at Kosmos Games have been kind enough to lend us a little bit of their space at Virtually Expo to attempt the improbable: pairing the items from a large hamper of food and drink, with the perfect Kosmos games.

So if you want to know what a Targi might taste like, or which cardboard and counters just scream Yorkshire Tea, then this is the hour of board game-related chat for you.

CLICK HERE for the full video!

Herd Mentality, Beer Certification and Small Box Games - Ep109

Herd Mentality, Beer Certification and Small Box Games - Ep109

August 15, 2020

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00:00 - An update on some PlayStation IAP problems.

07:24 - SOMEONE has become a Certified Beer Server with the Cicerone program. Can you guess who?

15:08 - We play a spot of the phenomenal party game Herd Mentality from Big Potato, which are the same folks behind Don’t Get Got, which we talked about back in Episode 95.

26:52 - A desire to get into woodworking, and a love of astronomy? ... or was it astrophysics? ... or was it astrology?

31:51 - Dan's Haircut and a Glastonbury story.

38:42 - Alley Cat Games’ Pocket Sub, Gamelyn Games’ Ultra-Tiny Epic Galaxies, and the appeal of small box games.

All that, and learning the impossible, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

OH! AND! We mention at the end some tea-themed Spotify playlists we've made, so go check them out if the feeling takes you.

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Descent Into Dread Vol. 1, Skater XL, and Targi: The Expansion - Ep108

Descent Into Dread Vol. 1, Skater XL, and Targi: The Expansion - Ep108

August 1, 2020

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00:00 - 15,000 who-gives-a-toss credits.

11:21 - Skater XL is an entirely skill-driven skating simulation and it's been fascinating seeing it progress from Early Access to full release. Plus the year extreme sports games started coming back, and our history with the best in the genre - y'know, stuff like Skate, Thrasher: Skate and Destroy, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.

29:13 - A smashing yurting holiday, the joys of outdoor BBQ, getting all excited about pizza ovens, and the luxury of indoor toilets.

32:51 - Caliber Comics has a new horror anthology called Descent into Dread: Vol. 1 up for pre-order on Comixology and in print on Amazon, and we've been sent a copy for an early look. And it's been lovely to dip in and out of its genre-blurring, expectation subverting stories.

42:42 - We've been exploring the superb two player series of games from Kosmos. Lost Cities is a game that gets a ton of table time, Kahuna gets better and better the more you play with the same player, and what we think just might be the ultimate two player game: Targi.

All that, and pizza-related activities, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

OH! AND! We mention at the end some tea-themed Spotify playlists we've made, which you can listen to here.

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Cartographers, Hypnospace Outlaw, and Root - Ep107

Cartographers, Hypnospace Outlaw, and Root - Ep107

July 15, 2020

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00:00 - Exciting adventures with caffeine.

07:33 - "The Enid Blyton and George R. R. Martin crossover you didn't know you needed"... we finally get to play asymmetrical strategy game Root from Leder Games, via the wonderful Board Beans board game cafe.

18:47 - Hypnospace Outlaw, whether or not Zane rocks (he doesn't), the Space Jam website, and an explanation of what Yahoo! GeoCities was.

29:47 - Uncomfortable haircuts and a betrayal (sorry Tony).

33:35 - The best Pringles, plus "flip and write" Kennerspiel des Jahres nominee Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale from Thunderworks Games.

49:30 - A question from @lonegamesman, who asks: "do you consider Kickstarter (board game, video game or other form of project) a force for good or the downfall of civilisation? Or maybe something in between? Do you like what Kickstarter offers as a potential backer?"

All that, and six pockets full of despair, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

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