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

March 15, 2018


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.

Thanks for downloading the podcast. If you'd like to do us a big favour, we'd love it if you left us a review. Also, hey, you know those Amazon affiliate links we're doing? Yep, they're still going. So if you click on one of the links here and it happens to go to Amazon, and if you happen to buy something there, then you'll get everything for the same price and we'll get a small kickback, which we then use to make the podcast better.

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

March 1, 2018


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.

Oh and since you're the best sort of person (the sort of person who reads podcast shownotes), once again a HUGE and heartfelt "thank you" for downloading Staying In. If you've left us a review on your podcast platform of choice then you can add a great big bear hug into the mix from all of us. Also, can you believe some people don't read shownotes? What are they like, eh? All the best jokes for the podcast are in here.

Also a reminder that occasionally we use Amazon affiliate links in these descriptions, so when you click through from us to something on that online store, if you end up buying something there then you get it for the price you normally would, but we get a little kick back from The Very Big Book Seller. We've already got enough gold-plated suits and stretch limousines to last us a lifetime, so rather than pocketing the cash we make from the podcast it goes back into buying nice new equipment so we sound better, or we chuck it into advertising so we can reach even more lovely listener pals like you.

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Dear Esther Live, The LEGO Batman Movie, and Sunless Skies - Staying In Episode 49

February 17, 2018


Should 30 year old men be allowed to say “sick” and “dope”? By the end of this podcast the lads will have convinced you that no, no they absolutely should not. But light DIY tasks and watching Hey Duggee? Oh yes, that's very much more in our wheelhouse.

There's a fair bit of LEGO in this episode too. Not only is there a contender for the worst LEGO sets ever created - Final Duel II - but there's also our very divided opinions on The LEGO Batman Movie.

Then it's off to the concert hall we go, discussing Dear Esther Live, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and whether you need to listen to a 30 hour lecture series - like the one by Dr. Robert Greenberg that Peter listened to - before entering the auditorium.

And it's off into Victoriana-themed space with Sunless Skies, the excellent follow up to Sunless Seas, that is currently in Early Access on Steam. It's not sold as well as the last game for some reason, which is baffling, considering you get to fly about among the stars in a steam-punk train rocket!

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

A very big thank you to everyone who has left us a review on their podcast platform of choice so far. We love getting your feedback, so keep it coming!

This episode is supported by the nice people at CastBox, which is a very good app for listening to podcasts to. They've previously championed this little thing we do each fortnight, so a big thank you to them for spreading the word about the show.

And from this episode onwards we're going to start using Amazon affiliate links in these descriptions, when it makes sense. So if you click through one of our links, and if that link happens to go to Amazon, AND if you end up buying something, then you'll get it for the regular price and we'll get a small commission. Rather than taking the money we make on ads, putting it in a vault, and diving into it like Scrooge McDuck, instead we funnel this cash back into advertising the podcast to help us get more people like you to give us a try, or buying better equipment for when we record. So it's win win, hopefully.

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The Book of Dust, Ten Candles, and Metal Gear Survive - Staying In Episode 48

February 1, 2018


✓ Board Games
✓ Video Games
✓ Good Books
✓ Invasive Medical Procedures

It's another textbook episode of Staying In. There's chat about a new fitness thing they're all doing (well... almost all of them), a couple of minutes where they gush about My Brother, My Brother and Me, and a couple more minutes after that where they basically just rip off My Brother, My Brother and Me's whole thing.

Plus thoughts on Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust (and why it's better than Harry Potter), a big heap of bleh as we discuss the disappointing Metal Gear Survive beta, and why some very meaty games are on the horizon for us as a group, including Cosmic Encounter from Fantasy Flight, Hidden Agenda from Supermassive Games, and Ten Candles from Cavalry Games.

So pop the kettle on, make yourself a brew, and settle in for another serving of the podcast where a group of pals talk about the geek stuff they love and the ***** that have been up their *****, with Sam (@MrSamTurner), Dan (@ThisDanFrost), and Kris (@DigitalStrider).

Oh oh oh oh oh! A really big thank you to YOU for taking the time to join us for this episode. If you like it then please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. And if you can't leave a review (or you just don't want to), consider telling your friends about the show instead, as it really helps us out a whole bunch. Or alternatively don't do any of that. I mean, it's your life, you do you.

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Overcooked, Fortnite, and InnerSpace - Staying In Episode 47

January 15, 2018


It's 2018 and we're talking about Noel's House Party A WHOLE LOT. That show was great and the board game is... well you'll find out when you listen to the podcast... cheers, Robin.

We also get to grips with the Nintendo Switch, Overcooked, Snipperclips, and think about why non-gamers might find it difficult to get into video games.

Being the avant-garde gamers that we are, we then go on to talk about Fortnite and how we're using our winning "hunkering" tactic (hiding in corners), and taking flight in musical exploration game InnerSpace (which is NOT the 1987 fantasy sci-fi flick).

All this, plus puffins, Porgs, and why we don't get invited to the cinema anymore, with Sam (@MrSamTurner), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Kris (@DigitalStrider).

Oh by the way, if you're not subscribed to us on the platform you're listening to us on right now then we'd really love it if you did. We're available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Mixcloud, Stitcher and basically everything else too, and we're always thankful when you leave us a review there too (hint hint).

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Boss Monster, Guild Wars, Dungeons 3, and Greg Giddens from This is Xbox - Staying In Episode 46

January 1, 2018


Pretty sure this episode is a good candidate for the "Most Gaming Chat on a Podcast" award which I just made up just then. There's Stardew Valley's farming loveliness, the chilly magic of Winter's Day in Guild Wars 2, and the serenity of painting Bushido wargaming miniatures.

Then there's some very even-handed loot box chat, why PlayStation VR might just be better than Vive VR, and building and running dungeons in Boss Monster, Dungeons 3, and Dungeon Keeper.

All that, plus New Year's resolutions and more discussion about milk than you'll know what to do with, from Alix (@EruditeWolf), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Greg (@GregGiddens).

As noted at the end of the podcast (and in that paragraph you just read) we're joined by special guest Greg Giddens, who can be found writing at ThisIsXbox.com, plus doing all sorts of other fancy things with words, video, and audio over on GregGiddens.com.

As always, a big thanks to you for downloading the podcast! If you're not already doing so then do please subscribe to us on whatever platform you're on right now - and if this one isn't working out for you, we're available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Mixcloud, Stitcher and just about any other one you care to mention. If you feel like leaving us a review on any of those as well, we'd really appreciate it. Did you spot how I mostly copied this whole bit from the outro of the podcast?

And with that cheeky start to 2018, from everyone here we hope you have a fantastic year. It's going to be great!


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The Christmas Special - Staying In Episode 45

December 15, 2017


Alright, straight up, if this is the first time listening to the podcast, maybe go back and listen to another one instead, as this is a slight departure from our usual brand of talking about stuff what we like.

Because this is our Christmas special and, as usual, we're doing our Secret Santa and waxing lyrical about this time of year.

We discuss how we might fare at being three wise men, talk Christmas routines, weigh in on bread sauce, share presents, and reveal the greatest Christmas movie ever made (probably).

All that, plus the reason why aeroplanes are not powered by farts, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

OH YEAH and this is the part where we usually ask you to review us or visit some profile we've set up somewhere or whatever, but instead of that rot we're just going to wish you a fantastic Christmas. And if you don't celebrate Christmas, then whatever you're up to instead, we simply hope you have a great time and a wonderful end to your 2017.

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Paranoia, Kingdomino, and The Good Place - Staying In Episode 44

December 1, 2017


How do you do, fellow kids? Have you checked out Rhino Hero: Super Battle yet? Well we have and we think it’s lovely, and we tell you all about it on the latest episode. The equally lovely medieval city builder and tile-placing euro game Kingdomino gets a look-in too.

If you’re after something equally breezy, then there’s also a discussion on why the cultural statements that Watch Dogs 2 attempts to make are at odds with its core gameplay, leading to a curious and jarring ludonarrative dissonance that rings false. We use the term "commedia dell'arte" at one point too, because we’re fancy like that.

There’s a quick chat about why new comedy The Good Place is Michael Schur, Kristen Bell, and Ted Danson at their finest, why one of us has decided to run Twilight Imperium soon, and why Red Dessert Topping and severe eye wounds don’t really mix in darkly comic pen and paper roleplaying game Paranoia.

And alright, look, it’s December, okay? I think it’s fine for us to start talking about our upcoming Secret Santa stuff... right?

That’s all neatly packaged up into just over one hour of three pals talking into microphones for the hopeful enjoyment of others - those pals being Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

If you’d also like to be a pal to the podcast then you can leave us a review and rating on the platform you got this podcast because that sort of thing really helps us out.

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Thor: Ragnarok, DC’s Metal, and Creamfields - Staying In Episode 43

November 16, 2017


Thor and Hulk and Waititi, Batman and Snyder and Capullo - some combinations just work better than others, and we talk about them at length in this episode.

Because first up there's what we thought of Thor: Ragnarok (spoilers: we liked it a whole bunch), then a little bit of Goddess of Thunder chat, plus a whole bunch of spoiler-filled splurge on DC's Dark Nights: Metal comics.

Also one of us is going to see Above & Beyond, which immediately spawns a chat about illegal substances FOR SOME REASON, and one of us has been saving spiders and hanging out on a porch roof.

And talking about animals, what do you think they dream about? And what do you dream about? And do you remember Shadow Man? And who is Gabriel Logan? And will we answer all these questions in the space of about, oh, ten minutes?

Yes. We will.

All of this and more performed in front of a live studio audience of exactly one house rabbit, with Alix (@EruditeWolf), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and the spirit of Dan.

And hey listen, I know we ask this every episode, but for real this time, if you could leave us a review and rating on the platform you got this podcast, we would be ever-so grateful as it really does help us out a whole bunch. Especially you Gavin, you owe us one.

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Darkest Dungeon, Warbands: Bushido, and The Polybius Conspiracy - Staying In Episode 42

November 1, 2017


If you're a fan of turn-based strategy then boy howdy are you in the right place.

Because there's all kinds of tactics-based chat throughout, taking in Darkest Dungeon and the Crimson Court DLC, digital miniatures title Warbands: Bushido, and genre flagship XCOM 2. That's a lot of strategy gaming.

We also delve into The Polybius Conspiracy, a creepy new podcast from Radiotopia that explores a video game that never existed... OR DID IT?

There's also even more golf (it's the new Witcher 3!), scuba diving, planning a wedding, and some very serious pretending to be a nun on the run. Plus one of us exposed themselves to a bunch of strangers.

Find out who as Alix (@EruditeWolf), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner) talk about nerd stuff for an hour and a bit.

And like always, we could really do with your help spreading the word about the show. There are two ways you can do this: a) tell the next person you see about the show, and b) review our podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you're subscribed to Staying In.

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