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The Bear, Immortality, and Coffee Talk - Ep164

The Bear, Immortality, and Coffee Talk - Ep164

December 1, 2022

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00:00 - Kris's birthday, celebrated not with a song, but a goldfish.

10:09 - Just to be clear, The Bear is not for kids; it’s an intense black comedy drama, shot on a small budget, all about the pressures of running a sandwich shop.

27:27 - Coffee Talk is from Toge Productions and has you brewing up hot beverages for fantasy creatures. It’s a pretty laid back visual novel, and it’s perfect for bedtime.

41:04 - Context is key, and sits at the heart of Immortality, an interactive movie (of sorts) from Sam Barlow, Half Mermaid, and Netflix, all about a movie starlet gone missing.

56:56 - Indeterminate growers.

All that, and sandwiches, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost) and Kris (@DigitalStrider).

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Marvel Snap, The Banshees of Inisherin and Horrified - Ep163

Marvel Snap, The Banshees of Inisherin and Horrified - Ep163

November 15, 2022

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00:00 - True crime.

08:47 - Marvel Snap from Second Dinner and Nuverse doesn’t necessarily reinvent the genre’s mechanics, but what it does with card battlers, it does better (and faster) than pretty much all the others.

22:50 - A slower-paced, smaller-scale movie that’s ghoulish, perhaps even Shakespearean, The Banshees of Inisherin is a dark and funny and profound film you should go out of your way to watch.

36:44 - [Ad] Go check out our pals at Overtired.

37:57 - There’s nothing horrifying about Horrified: Universal Monsters and Horrified: American Monsters from Ravensburger. They’re excellent co-op games with a horror theme that manages to capture the feel of the monsters brilliantly.

51:31 - Picking up onions and peppers over 20 minutes with Point Salad, and building homes for teensy peeps with Tiny Towns - both of which are from AEG.

1:00:44 - The Banshees of… Ed Sheeran?

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

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

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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.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Tunic, and Fog of Love - Ep162

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Tunic, and Fog of Love - Ep162

November 1, 2022

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00:00 - Alexa, play Staying In Podcast!

07:11 - Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is… just completely out there! We explain why, even if you don’t care all that much about flying games, you need to invest some time in Bandai Namco’s latest entry in the series.

16:44 - Learning, adapting, and trying again is the order of the day in foxy isometric adventure Tunic from Tunic Team and Finji. Like Zelda? Like Heaven’s Vault? You need to play it.

26:41 - The mean, green Marvel machine rolls on with She-Hulk: Attorney at Law now streaming. The TV show comic book adaptation joins the rest of Disney’s line up as an excellent addition, and below its jade-coloured surface is a season of depth and surprises.

37:03 - A while back, Games Workshop took Blood Bowl and made Blitz Bowl, a faster-paced, beginner-friendly take on the core idea of fantasy American football (emphasis firmly on fantasy). With Ultimate Edition now out, we take a look at the previous iteration: Season 2.

49:55 - Fog of Love implies awkwardness, but results in hilarity and enjoyable (?) compromise from its players. We go into how Floodgate Games achieves this and why you should find a very good friend to play it with you.

60:00 - Voicing video game characters. Groovy.

All that, and our forward operating base, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

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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.

Ahoy, One Page Dungeon Contest, and Dungeons, Dice & Danger - Ep161

Ahoy, One Page Dungeon Contest, and Dungeons, Dice & Danger - Ep161

October 15, 2022

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00:00 - DIY, Oodies, a birthday, and an aversion to wool.

05:51 - PlayStation 4 corker The Order: 1886 (as discussed in Ep156) continues to impress.

10:24 - Everdale (last chatted about in Ep136) is closing down its servers, and now we’re in a sentimental mood, discussing games experiences now gone forever.

17:10 - A special early look at the asymmetrical, pirate-themed board game Ahoy from Leder Games. Lighter than Root, but scratches that itch in a very similar way.

28:51 - Dungeons, Dice & Danger is Ravensburger and Richard Garfield’s new roll and write, and it manages to give maths real personality. This isn’t “just another” roll and write, this is something special.

45:09 - One Page Dungeon Contest is an annual RPG adventure writing competition, asking writers to create a system-agnostic piece of content that fits on a single side of A4, and it’s a great time.

55:57 - Binge shaving.

All that, and Fat Willy's, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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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.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Village Rails, and Unmatched: Digital Edition - Ep160

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Village Rails, and Unmatched: Digital Edition - Ep160

October 1, 2022

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00:00 - Listener pal Ben asks us for some gaming recommendations for new parents; exactly which games CAN you play with one hand? 

10:27 - Manchester played host to Tabletop Gaming Live 2022, so naturally we were in attendance too. What a great event!

17:56 - We only get to speak about Quarto from Hachette for a little bit, but that’s fine because our feelings about it are simple: you should for sure play it.

19:20 - Osprey Games delivers the goods yet again with Village Rails. In it, you’ll usher in modernity and the age of steam by building a network across the British countryside.

27:14 - You can feel the money dripping off the screen when you watch The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which we’re enjoying a fair bit - but is there a danger in “fantasy” become “mundane”?

43:42 - Acram Digital are one of the greats when it comes to digital tabletop adaptations, and that’s definitely the case with the excellent Unmatched: Digital Edition.

58:42 - We made you a game! You can get What's Better than a Hot Tub? from DriveThruRPG now. Also: Staying In Bingo anyone?

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

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

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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.

The Sandman, RRR, and Oceans - Ep159

The Sandman, RRR, and Oceans - Ep159

September 15, 2022

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00:00 - Shoot for the Stars: Round 1.

05:04 - justfortherunofit asks us a very important question. Crumbs…

13:34 - Shoot for the Stars: Round 2.

14:18 - RRR has the best bromance, has the best disclaimer, and just might have the best set of abs.

25:49 - Shoot for the Stars: Round 3.

27:44 - Oceans uses the world of science in conjunction with cardboard fishies to create a lightly educational engine builder.

39:28 - Shoot for the Stars: Round 4.

42:26 - It’s been years in the making, but now Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is on our screens and it’s a dream come true.

57:26 - Do we need a sign-off? Alright then.

All that, and two squeezes and out, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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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.

Nope, Décorum, and Hogs of War The Miniatures Game - Ep158

Nope, Décorum, and Hogs of War The Miniatures Game - Ep158

September 1, 2022

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00:00 - Case. Closed. (thanks, McVitie’s)

07:13 - Kris rides a horse.

10:13 - An arctic whatnow? Thoughts on completing Tough Mudder.

15:34 - War Boys VI kicks off with V-Commandos.

17:56 - More drama, strategy, and conflict, with the Undaunted Series (especially Undaunted: Normandy).

21:16 - And yet more War, with the Boys, as we take to the battlefield with Hogs of War The Miniatures Game.

30:20 - Nope is a conversation - an essay, maybe - and the less you know about it going in, the better.

41:57 - It’s a Floodgate Games special, with the expectedly excellent puzzley dice game Sagrada, and the brilliant passive aggressive decorate-em-up Décorum.

All that, and the right way up for a chocolate digestive, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

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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.

The Orville: New Horizons, Sounds Fishy and In a Grove - Ep157

The Orville: New Horizons, Sounds Fishy and In a Grove - Ep157

August 15, 2022

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00:12 - The creation of “Bubble Boyz presents The Staying In Podcast presents Hot Tub the game”... or something... we should probably come up with a better name at some point.

12:10 - Going ape at Go Ape.

19:24 - Oink Games’ In a Grove is all about solving a murder using deduction, prediction, and a spot of luck, in a tiny little box with wonderful component quality.

27:00 - Need more murder? In Vino Morte is a rioja roulette of social deduction, with wine, poison, and lots of bluffing.

31:20 - The Orville: New Horizons took us completely by surprise! Seth MacFarlane’s previous work is a world away from this sci-fi comedy with heart.

41:02 - Big Potato Games delivers yet again with Sounds Fishy. It asks you to find the correct answer to a series of superb trivia questions, within a sea of “red herrings”.

All that, and heading off to bed, with Kris (@DigitalStrider) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

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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.

Godtear, Fury of Dracula, and The Order: 1886 - Ep156

Godtear, Fury of Dracula, and The Order: 1886 - Ep156

August 1, 2022

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00:00 - Pogs are back, maybe?

05:20 - Ready at Dawn’s The Order: 1886 was an early title on the PlayStation 4 that lots of people seem to have slept on… but they shouldn’t have, as gorgeous-looking steampunk shooty bang bangs are the order of the day.

20:08 - Having a hair cut in the same way a cake is iced.

21:44 - War Boys VI: The Road to Valhalla; it’s that time of the year again, when we play a whole bunch of wargames. We got a little bit of time with the gigantic Hogs of War: The Miniatures Game, but quickly moved on to Godtear, a combination of competitive miniatures game and DOTA. We had a blast.

42:34 - Rent, Shuffle and Roll is a board game rental service that’s the Netflix of tabletop games. We’re really impressed with the service, especially because it’s the perfect way to try games before you buy… games like Fury of Dracula.

53:51 - Robin Z popped us a question.

All that, and The Whiff of Dracula, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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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.

Thor: Love and Thunder, FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, and Get on Board - Ep155

Thor: Love and Thunder, FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, and Get on Board - Ep155

July 15, 2022

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00:00 - A letter to DEFRA.

03:56 - Thor: Love and Thunder is Taika Waititi second go with the Asgardian and while it’s lost a bit of the danger felt in Ragnarok it’s still distinctive and well worth watching.

23:32 - FUT! We dip our football-booted toe into the wonderful world of perfect chemistry, aka FIFA Ultimate Team, thanks to Mr. Jones.

43:45 - Eating biscuits the right way… or was it the wrong way?

49:32 - We get on board with, er, Get on Board: New York & London; a roll and write where everyone shares and contributes to the same play space, from Coiledspring Games.

55:13 - Two roll and write reviews in one episode? Oh yes! And it’s Hachette’s Trek 12: Himalaya, with robust core game and a well thought out legacy mode.

58:41 - Pete's fan is from John Lewis.

All that, and when it’s too early for a slushie, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

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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