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PSVR, Brikks, and Spirit Island - Ep97

PSVR, Brikks, and Spirit Island - Ep97

February 15, 2020

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00:00 - An adventure in AI Dungeon, aka The Halfpipe Chronicles.

07:12 - A technological trip into the wonderful world of PSVR, the perils of VR horror, and exploring all the new experiences to have in virtual reality.

20:23 - Brikks is the "analogue Tetris", and yet another banger from our fav, Wolfgang Warsch.

31:00 - More from The Halfpipe Chronicles.

36:25 - Looking for the antithesis to imperious games like Settlers of Catan? We've got it for you, it's the frightfully good Spirit Island.

46:41 - Adam has a great question for us for this episode: "with the next generation of consoles on the horizon, never mind what they look like, how do you think they will differentiate the disc cases from current hardware disc cases?" Thanks pal!

52:05 - The penultimate chapter of that classic epic: The Halfpipe Chronicles.

All that, and some ollie watching, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Blitzkrieg!, The Witcher and the Royal Game of Ur - Ep96

Blitzkrieg!, The Witcher and the Royal Game of Ur - Ep96

February 1, 2020

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00:00 - A show called Best Home Cook, and what's interesting about being with the The Hairy Bikers in-person.

04:57 - What's it like playing The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt - Complete Edition on the move with the Switch version? We'll tell you.

09:20 - We're back to talking about Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and some digital sightseeing in Greece.

10:22 - We toss a coin to the Witcher TV series.

31:11 - A final (???) Charity Miles Update. It's a stonker.

36:05 - Achtung! We review the Blitzkrieg! board game by Paolo Mori.

48:26 - In typically bang-on-trend fashion, we discuss hit new board game The Royal Game of Ur which was first released *checks notes* 4500 years ago. Plus the digital adaptation by Sullivan Bousiniere.

All that, and a very quick meringue, Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Don’t Get Got, Jojo Rabbit, and Chuchel - Ep95

Don’t Get Got, Jojo Rabbit, and Chuchel - Ep95

January 15, 2020

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00:00 - H. G. Wells, a true literary genius?

05:04 - TwentyPlenty.

11:15 - Don't Get Got from Big Potato Games is a mix of silly party fun and intense paranoia that demands creative thinking and social nous to outwit your loved ones.

33:30 - Jojo Rabbit is Taika Waititi's darkly-tinged comedy about why hate is so stupid, and while it can be an uncomfortable watch, it's a worthy one.

45:46 - In an energetic mood? Then Amanita Design's Chuchel - a riotous combination of puzzler and point-and-click adventure for mobile and PC - is for you.

All that, and some rather "unique" CVs, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Halo: Reach, Decrypto, and Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2 - Ep94

Halo: Reach, Decrypto, and Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2 - Ep94

January 1, 2020

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00:00 - Halo: Reach is out as part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection so we head down memory lane to discuss the series.

16:00 - Do we make it to 2020? Find out at the end of the show! :o

20:15 - As usual, we've got the hottest takes. This episode? Our thoughts on Sam Neill going topless in sci-fi horror movie Event Horizon.

25:07 - Marvel's Spider-Man is wrapped up, but after the game's ejected from the PS4 we wonder if open world narratives work well in video games, and how important roleplaying can be for the overall enjoyment of being in these worlds.

44:25 - Decrypto and its first expansion Laserdrive are brilliantly thematic, 1950s spy-ish board game that really does make you feel like a codebreaker. Another banger from Coiledspring Games, we reckon.

56:38 - The end of the lovely BGG Secret Santa 2019 experience, and jumping in two-feet-first with Multi-Man Publishing's Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2.

All that, and Halo as an adjective, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Knives Out, Silk, and Dragonmeet 2019 - Ep93

Knives Out, Silk, and Dragonmeet 2019 - Ep93

December 15, 2019

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00:00 - A peacefully tomb-like (!?!?) flotation tank experience at Float Planet in Liverpool.

07:43 - We went to Modiphius's tabletop RPG event Dragonmeet, and make a resolution.

15:47 - Hoover chat.

18:07 - Kosmos and Devir have put out Silk, a wonderful little entry level worker placement/area control game from designer Luis Ranedo and artist Roc Espinet, and it's taught us a valuable lesson.

27:22 - Secret Santa!!! :D

39:47 - The question this episode comes from Holly, via The Question Man of course, who asks "what is your favourite Quality Street?"

51:39 - Knives Out, and a betrayal.

All that, and our thoughts about baths, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Medium, His Dark Materials, and the BoardGameGeek Secret Santa - Ep92

Medium, His Dark Materials, and the BoardGameGeek Secret Santa - Ep92

December 1, 2019

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00:00 - Top hotel hacks, boiling eggs in unconventional ways, and award-winning hotel service horror stories.

15:16 - Our first experience of the BoardGameGeek Secret Santa, and adventures in sending board games to Taiwan.

23:22 - Even more crimbo-capers-on-the-quiet, as we prepare for our own Secret Santa.

31:15 - We're rubbish at the fantastic Medium, a game about unlocking latent psychic powers.

43:09 - His Dark Materials has us completely charmed, of course, but more importantly: who *would* our spirit animals would be?

58:33 - Our question this week comes once again via The Question Man, and @Purple_Steve asks "what cocktails would you pair with your favourite games?"

All that, and cereal-flavoured booze, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Sushi Roll, Afterparty, and Pixel Game Maker MV - Ep91

Sushi Roll, Afterparty, and Pixel Game Maker MV - Ep91

November 15, 2019

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00:00 - The Fingers Dilemma.

07:03 - "Kojima-esque" and other words to describe the game one of us has made with the extremely accessible, creativity-inspiring game development software Pixel Game Maker MV.

20:39 - Our question comes from our pal "Dr. Kenneth A. Barnes" (@SuperKMx), who asks: which fictional duck is the best duck? a) Edd the Duck, b) Donald Duck, c) Scrooge McDuck, or d) Howard the Duck. And from this question, comes a revelation.

31:07 - Night School Studio is back with boozy indie adventure Afterparty, which we sum up as "Dutch courage, the video game".

41:52 - We've been playing Kingdomino Duel and Sushi Roll, two fantastic spin-off games that might... whisper it... be better than the originals.

57:20 - The Important Call.

All that, and amazing little conveyor belts, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Watchmen, Air, Land & Sea, and The Mooseman - Ep90

Watchmen, Air, Land & Sea, and The Mooseman - Ep90

November 1, 2019

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00:00 - Reasons to enjoy dressing gowns a bit more often than you currently do.

06:16 - Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's The Mooseman.

18:45 - "How do you do, fellow kids?", and other stories about how we know we're not running in the same circles as that Ninja guy who plays Fortnite.

23:03 - Air, Land and Sea from Arcane Wonders is a short and oh so sharp strategic card game that has us asking "why don't we retreat more?"

34:43 - The knives are out for the new Watchmen TV series but you know what? Maybe they shouldn't be...

43:51 - A Charity Miles update, and it's a biggie!

46:52 - Our question this episode comes from The Lone Gamesman (@lonegamesman) who asks "are established IPs a good basis for board games, or do you prefer original themes?"

All that, and murmuring the word "sweet", with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Imhotep: The Duel, Truck Driver, and Monopoly - Ep89

Imhotep: The Duel, Truck Driver, and Monopoly - Ep89

October 16, 2019

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00:00 - Yes, these definitely sound like things a beer drinker would make up.

12:20 - The peculiar awkwardness of full body massage.

18:52 - Imhotep: The Duel is a two player board game masterpiece from Kosmos.

35:28 - Soedesco's latest is called Truck Driver and it's the first big vehicle simulation game on console. We've got an early review of it for you.

50:13 - Our listener question comes from Kathryn Hopkins (@Calon_Lan) who asks: "what classic board game can the world live without?" and we nearly all have a falling out. Thanks pal!

All that, and the 85%, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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The Taverns of Tiefenthal, Battle at Big Rock, and Untitled Goose Game - Ep88

The Taverns of Tiefenthal, Battle at Big Rock, and Untitled Goose Game - Ep88

October 1, 2019

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00:30 - All rise. The Court of The Pod is now in session, the Honourable Judge Frost presiding. Our first case: leaving drinks in other people's fridges.

07:20 - The maker of The Mind and The Quacks of Quedlinburg - Wolfgang Warsch - is back with Taverns of Tiefenthal from Schmidt Spiele and Coiledspring Games, which we review in-depth.

27:17 - Watching stuff together but separately, and Battle of Big Rock, the (quite scary) new Jurassic Park short.

38:37 - Our question comes from Dan Hughes (@Dghughes28), who asks: is a 10/10 game possible?

49:25 - Honk a.k.a. Untitled Goose Game.

All that, and the cheeky things Mario Kart will make you do, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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