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Pull up a seat with your new pals and discover the very best of things you can play, watch, and read! This award-nominated comedy podcast uncovers the hidden indie gems you'll wonder how you ever lived without, dives deep into the franchises you already know and love, and talks about pretty much everything that's worth talking about from the worlds of board games, videogames, comicbooks, movies, TV, literature, and beyond.

Episode Date
The Top 10 Things Worth Staying In For - Ep100


00:11 - Arguing about The Bee Gees.

04:13 - We decide upon our favourite video games, board games, TV, and films from the previous 100 episodes. We each chose our personal top tens - including fantastic things that you should absolutely check out - and then attempted to get the complete list down to just the very best of the bunch as a collective ten we can all agree on. The full list was;

- Bart Bonte Games (Ep80)

- Batman Role-Playing Game (Ep57)

- Burgle Bros. (Ep1)

- Celeste (Ep81)

- Cosmic Encounter (Ep51)

- Dear Esther: Live (Ep49)

- Dread (Ep13)

- Hamilton (Ep67)

- His Dark Materials (TV Series) (Ep92)

- Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes (Ep62)

- Knives Out! (Ep93)

- Mary Poppins Returns (Ep72)

- Monikers (Ep50)

- Night in the Woods (Ep66)

- Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty (Ep7)

- Oxenfree (Ep40)

- Pandemic Legacy (Ep30)

- Project Highrise (Ep70)

- Return of the Obra Dinn (Ep77)

- Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (Ep6)

- Star Realms (Ep31)

- Stardew Valley (Ep46)

- Taverns of Tiefenthal (Ep88)

- The Adventure Zone (Ep39)

- The Crew (Ep98)

- The Good Place (Ep44)

- The Mind (Ep60)

- TowerFall Ascension (Ep75)

- Trackmania Turbo (Ep4)

- UK Games Expo (Ep81)

- Uncharted 4 (Ep4)

- Uncharted: The Collection (Ep6)

- War of the Ring (Ep35)

- Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team (Ep98)

- XCOM 2 (Ep42)

28:35 - The man who used to be James Bond, and further deliberation.

41:40 - The game at the core of all of Sam's family gatherings, a Wolfgang Warsch lovefest, and more.

54:36 - An off-brand topic.

All that, and things that are totally "off the top of our heads", with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Quick note: though this episode was released on April 1st 2020, we actually recorded it in late February 2020, which was before the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic reached the UK. So while it's nice to get together with pals normally, under these circumstances we recommend you check the advice of local authorities before considering whether to do so.

Apr 01, 2020
Two Point Hospital, Wingspan, and Tiny Heist - Ep99


00:00 - Something called an ISTQB, the linen finish high quality of Wingspan ("the most beautiful game I own"), and the lesser spotted Trivia Tidbits.

12:40 - Relationship advice and Mini Eggs.

14:35 - Omerta has a really good rhythm to it and we think it's "a breath of fresh air".

25:22 - The guy with the games on holiday. And is taking eighteen games away with you too many? (probably)

27:25 - We start talking about Two Point Hospital, then get de-railed by PlayStation Max magazine, and pictures of a young Sam Turner.

33:34 - Two Point Hospital is a meditative medical management game with superb writing that takes a great formula into the modern era.

48:26 - "I was really taken back with how much fun everyone was having and how much fun I was having" - we're big big fans of Tiny Heist.

All that, and fixing a roof with board game money, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Mar 15, 2020
Parasite, Encore!, and The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine - Ep98


00:00 - Miniatures games, what makes BattleTech fun to paint, and why the hobby is oh so therapeutic.

08:43 - The sensory overload of Arcade Club in Bury.

15:09 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine is a deceptively tricky trick-taking game that feels incredibly fresh and different.

32:19 - Parasite won best picture at the Oscars, which it fully deserves, and we'll tell you why you MUST see it (without spoiling a thing).

40:03 - Obsessed with roll and write games? Us? Never. Honest. But also: Encore!

48:30 - Some lies about Kit Kat Chunkys.

50:12 - Robyn Zwicker has a question for us this week: "have you ever had a crush on a cartoon character?" Some of the answers will surprise (and perhaps upset) you.

All that, and not burying the lede, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Quick note! Sam accidentally said that he had bought Encore! when in actual fact it was sent to us by the folk at Coiledspring Games to review. Apologies for that.

Mar 01, 2020
PSVR, Brikks, and Spirit Island - Ep97


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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Feb 15, 2020
Blitzkrieg!, The Witcher and the Royal Game of Ur - Ep96


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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Feb 01, 2020
Don't Get Got, Jojo Rabbit, and Chuchel - Ep95


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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Jan 15, 2020
Halo: Reach, Decrypto, and Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2 - Ep94


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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Jan 01, 2020
Knives Out, Silk, and Dragonmeet 2019 - Ep93


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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Dec 15, 2019
Medium, His Dark Materials, and the BoardGameGeek Secret Santa - Ep92


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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Dec 01, 2019
Sushi Roll, Afterparty, and Pixel Game Maker MV - Ep91


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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Nov 15, 2019
Watchmen, Air, Land & Sea, and The Mooseman - Ep90


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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Nov 01, 2019
Imhotep: The Duel, Truck Driver, and Monopoly - Ep89


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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Oct 16, 2019
The Taverns of Tiefenthal, Battle at Big Rock, and Untitled Goose Game - Ep88


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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Oct 01, 2019
Control, Perfect Information Games, and Kelvin and the Infamous Machine - Ep87


00:00 - The lovely Stephen, and some Toilet Duck Jeans.

07:03 - What are our favourite perfect information games? A great question from our pal @xhs_mdy_swimmer, which we do our very best to answer...

17:44 - Kris has backed his first Kickstarter, and it's the stupendous looking Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers from Tim Fowers.

30:45 - Kelvin and the Infamous Machine is a fantastically funny adventure game romp through time.

40:42 - Oh boy, oh gosh, the bizarre and brilliant Control is out, and we've just started scratching its surface.

53:49 - A Charity Miles update, and it's an exciting one.

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

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Sep 15, 2019
20 Second Showdown, 6 nimmt!, and Donut County - Ep86


00:44 - A truly astonishing DPD Delivery.

05:39 - A big discussion on party games, why they're great, and the reasons 20 Second Showdown from Big Potato Games is one of the greatest.

24:48 - The wonderfully fast 6 nimmt!, playing 7 Wonders in under five minutes using the app version, and Bristol's Clifton Rock Slide.

45:13 - Our pal @Fatboy_Rob asks which is better, Toy Story 4 or Toy Story 3, and we give our expert opinion.

51:57 - Donut County is a story of quadcopters and the satisfaction of putting the correct shaped blocks into the correct shaped holes.

All that, and Barry's dilemma, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Sep 01, 2019
Scythe, Ticket to Ride: New York, Baba Is You, and Mark Robinson of Link To The Cast - Ep85


00:00 - The benefits of the multi-screen setup, and Sandra Bullock as an unbelievable hacker.

06:57 - The 20th anniversary of The Matrix, and a trip down memory lane.

23:34 - Scythe is a strange but elegant mash up of lots of board game genres, plus a dissection of bad tutorials in digital tabletop adaptations.

40:33 - Ticket to Ride: New York is just the right size of game (about 20 minutes).

51:49 - Baba Is You throws you at literal and metaphorical walls, but that's okay, and you should persist, because it's completely brilliant.

56:28 - The Ultimate Licensed Video Game.

All that, and a pirated cable box, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Mark (@lithiumproject).

Thanks again to Mark from Link To The Cast for joining us - we think his podcast is really good, and you should give it a go. Also we had Link To The Cast's Dave Ryan on a little while back, so give that a listen if you get the chance.

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Aug 14, 2019
Blood Bowl, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Florence - Ep84


00:00 - The deep appeal of croquet.

06:32 - The peaceful joy of painting miniatures, a visit to Element Games, getting into The Hobby, a dash of Star Wars: Legion, avoiding Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, kicking back with Shonan BeachFM, and kicking things off with Blood Bowl.

34:26 - Superior sunglasses.

36:16 - The Wandering Games Conference at Bangor University, Kris's keynote, and why there aren't any shoes in The Fullbright Company's Gone Home.

40:49 - Florence by Mountains is a short but delightful experience, and bounding through the best Bart Bonte game: Blue.

47:48 – A long discussion on the theme tune and lyrics to Spider-Man. And also that new Spider-Man: Far From Home movie.

All that, and the sun from Super Mario Bros. 3, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Aug 01, 2019
Dandy Dungeon - Legend of Brave Yamada, Feed Me!, and Roll Dice Gaming - Ep83


00:00 - Roll Dice Gaming is a solid addition to the UK tabletop event calendar, and 2019's weekend was "a good first event" (even if we didn't get a goodie bag!), but it's currently a bit lacking in an identity to call its own.

09:45 - From Gen42, the folks who brought you Hive, comes Feed Me!, which is coming to board game stores this Christmas. We saw it at Roll Dice Gaming and it's a physics-y puzzle game that's a bit Pachinko, a bit Rube Goldberg machine, and more than a little Cut the Rope.

20:25 - Woof.

25:20 - Meditation. Mindfulness. And games like Stardew Valley that transport you to a peaceful, relaxed state of mind.

35:15 - Dandy Dungeon - Legend of Brave Yamada is an odd game with a strong pedigree, that's a blend of puzzle-infused dungeon crawling RPG, and critique of the games industry, and it feels just right on Switch.

45:45 - Our listener question this week comes from our pal Adam... or was it Greg? Anyway, he asks us which real life statistic we would want to know about our own lives. Plus bonus guest appearance from Lisa, who argues with an apostle.

All that, and the calming properties of public transport, with Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Jul 15, 2019
Chernobyl, ScorePal, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids - Ep82


00:00 - Being painfully middle class and watching people with real jobs go about their business.
13:33 - Our pal @twpercival1 has a question for us, which is: "why when people remake a film is it a remake, but if you remake a song it's a cover?" and we then proceed to talk about Honey, I Shrunk the Kids for an extraordinary amount of time.
23:13 - A competition to read the Discworld novels, a rivalry-inducing board game app called ScorePal, and a daily check in via Daylio.
37:40 - A smooth segue and a Charity Miles update.
45:18 - What film should never be remade? We have an answer.
47:47 - The light and breezy TV series, Chernobyl.

All that, and the circle of life, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Jul 01, 2019
Chocobo Party Up!, Celeste, and The Quacks of Quedlinburg - Ep81


00:00 - Going to the UK Games Expo, and a gift of Wibbell++.
05:50 - Gravity wells and hex maps and a problem in the making with a purchase of BattleTech: AeroTech.
07:58 - Chocobo Party Up! is Square Enix's latest in-house designed board game, we've played it, and we can tell you all about fat Chocobos.
14:25 - Avoiding a potion explosion with Wolfgang Warsch's The Quacks of Quedlinburg.
26:27 - God of War, how it relates to parenting, and a discussion about difficulty in video games.
39:12 - Butterscotch Shenanigan's Levelhead has difficulty that's super high, but that's also part of why it's so satisfying.
43:08 - Celeste's mountain climb is tough, but very smart, has something to say, and is so incredibly rewarding.
48:26 - Hello and welcome to "Peter Asks a Question".
52:40 - Our Listener Question for this episode comes from our pal Robyn Zwicker, who asks: "What is the best biscuit to have with tea?" and the answer to which we all vehemently disagree.

All that, and going for a cry, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Jun 15, 2019
Game of Thrones, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Bontegames - Ep80


00:00 - Telling the truth about a trip to see Liar Liar.
04:40 - Bang bang, it's John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum calling.
17:04 - A Charity Miles update and a pat on the back to our pals at Sporadically Board.
19:59 - We've seen Game of Thrones season 8 and we'll tell you what we think about it, but don't worry, we don't spoil anything... except the theme tune.
36:58 - The BBFC Game, and Peter and Dan's idea for a new horror podcast.
42:00 - What's Yellow, Red, and Black? Some of the lovely, peaceful puzzlers from Bart Bonte, that's what!
49:50 - Our pal @baileyneil asks... "If each of you was a pizza, what pizza would you be and why?"

All that, and a sack of potatoes, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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May 31, 2019
Avengers: Endgame, Canopy & Stars, and Guard Duty - Ep79


01:00 - Fancy glamping via Canopy & Stars, plus a game or two of Joker.

10:00 - A long discussion and some pretty big spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, why fancy cinemas are the best cinemas, and snack strats.

42:54 - Guard Duty is a fantastic retro-tinged modern adventure game, so we have a nice chat about that.

50:25 - Our Listener Question this episode comes from our pal @CaptainBuckers, who asks us about getting into video games, and where to start.

All that, plus a very revealing ablution, with Alix (@EruditeWolf), Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

And as mentioned, a massive thank you to all the people who have reviewed the podcast, including our pals from the UK: LittleGem96, BooBoo et famille, colossalblue, olisims, --RTerry--, Footballmad19910, Stevie Allan, Jebusf, RickyG23189, Boardgraemes, Paultcha, DoFuss, Shazawazawa, Ateeeeeena, NOOBS on ice, Kartar, Jabanda, Edddd368, Hollsi85, Dad8287, We're Not Wizards, Revatar, AND our pal from Australia lonegamesman, AND our pals from the USA MC Variety Hour, Big Brother B, Berzerkerguy, DerrickLewis, AND our pal from New Zealand Qdabean.

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May 17, 2019
Heaven's Vault, Hook, and Bali - Ep78


00:13 - Sam's 10 out of 10 wedding, plus a metaphysical discussion about seafood.

12:02 - It sounds like a cliché to say it, but Bali truly does feel like another world at times.

18:45 - Rainbow Train's relaxing, thoughtful puzzle game Hook is 50 levels of meditative mobile gaming loveliness.

34:06 - Heaven's Vault is an exhilarating, highly personal narrative experience from Inkle.

44:25 - @Lithiumproject provides the question for this episode, asking "is there a game you wish you could have got to the end of?" - thanks pal!

All that, plus a PlayStation Vita blast from the past, with Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Apr 30, 2019
Super Arcade Racing, Bird & Blend Tea, Return of the Obra Dinn - Ep77


00:00 - Wedding decompression and a very special ice cream.

04:19 - EGX Rezzed 2019 as experienced as a member of the video games industry.

11:35 - OutOfTheBit's new 2D top-down racer Super Arcade Racing feels like an ever-so authentic mix of 90s racers like Micro Machines and Overdrive.

15:47 - Return of the Obra Dinn from Lucas Pope has you piecing together a maritime mystery in a stylish 1-bit visual style. We think it's genius.

25:28 - A lovely tea blending workshop at Bird & Blend Tea in Bristol, plus a "Cremebow".

41:49 - Our pal Robyn Zwicker asks us via Facebook: "if Brexit was a board game how would it play and how would you rate it?". Thanks!

All that, plus a fair bit about pu'er, with Kris (@DigitalStrider) and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Apr 15, 2019
Captain Marvel, Old Man's Journey, and Railroad Ink - Ep76


00:00 - Dan's feeling a bit poorly, bless.

02:04 - The first 30 mins or so of Captain Marvel.

08:50 - How late is too late for someone to write a groomsman’s speech?

21:30 - We go on an Old Man's Journey, with the perfectly slow-paced adventure from Broken Rules.

27:36 - Railroad Ink and other games to play with a cup of tea.

33:38 - Another episode, another Charity Miles update.

37:54 - The problems with computer voices and phoning it in.

41:38 - Our listener pal @Adamski_UK provides our question for the episode, and it's all about our "inner voices". Thanks!

All that, and a not-grift, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Apr 02, 2019
Super Mario Odyssey, TowerFall Ascension, and York - Ep75


00:00 - Super Mario Odyssey is great, with a surprisingly compelling narrative hook, and has convinced us that maybe, just maybe, 3D Mario games can work as well as the 2D ones.
09:29 - Stag Part 1: fun and games and fizzy beverages at Sam's stag in York, plus RAF facts.
14:41 - Stag Part 2: Sam Bingo came to a rapid end, the best salt and vinegar crisps, and "the great normaliser" that is FootGolf.
20:09 - A big welcome to Winston, Superkmx, Adamski, Andy Barton, Robyn Z, and (probably) a member of the landed gentry, in our Charity Miles update.
26:21 - Stag Part 3: A very special recording session at Precentor Studios which, if you want to subject yourself to it, can be found on our YouTube channel.
37:37 - TowerFall Ascension from Matt Makes Games is an arrow shooting arena shooter where you always feel like you're either playing like absolute rubbish, or amazingly well.
44:13 - Stag Part 4: lovely York, Samikers, and post-stag rebuild.
49:04 - Which of the current squad at Aston Villa makes the best cup of tea AND has the keenest eye for painting miniatures, and is it John McGinn? Thanks for the question, @Games247!

All that, and a "maraca mode", with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Mar 15, 2019
The Umbrella Academy, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and Rise of Industry - Ep74


00:00 - White chocolate and matcha brownies, some sort of cheddar abomination, and a spot of Have I Got News For You via @CrapLocalNews.

7:25 - An ear worm and a return to form for Assassin's Creed in Odyssey.

20:53 - A Charity Miles update and a big thank you.

25:30 - Who among us is the Kebab King? Find out in this episode.

27:25 - Rise of Industry's extreme detail can feel like a second job, but that's also what makes it so great, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

37:15 - Comic book series The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, now has a TV series, and this is what we think of it.

47:15 - Our listener question this episode comes from our pal Alex Holmes, who asks "do you think the video game industry will ever completely merge with the board game industry?" Thanks Alex!

All that, and a very special round cheese, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Mar 01, 2019
Risk Express, The Gardens Between, and Schummel Hummel - Ep73


00:10 - Revealed: our favourite Twitter accounts (spoilers, it's @leastusedemoji & @darkstockphotos).
06:21 - The chaps went to Frankfurt, or as it shall now forever be known, "Coventry Gone Crazy". Plus a visit to the incredible T3 Terminal Entertainment.
18:32 - Charity shop find Risk Express is a dangerous game for friendships, from Hasbro and Reiner Knizia.
27:17 - We get drawing and scheming with A Fake Artist Goes to New York by Jun Sasaki.
35:29 - It's our regular Charity Miles update. There's 15 of us now and our pals Nicholas, Mike Daw, Brittany Harbidge, Kathryn Hopkins, and Qourth are putting in some amazing effort!
39:59 - Oh sure, Hypnotising surreal puzzler The Gardens Between is on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, but it's best played on Switch, and we'll tell you why.
50:38 - "Cheaters never prosper", except in Schummel Hummel.
57:35 - Our listener question comes from @Lonegamesman, who asks "what is one aspect of the hobby (board game or video game) that one of your fellow SiP members raves about or enjoys that you do not, and why?". Thanks pal!

All that, and a fair bit of Currywurst, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Feb 15, 2019
Brass: Lancashire, SimCity: Build It, and Into the Inferno - Ep72


00:00 - Our time with Charity Miles continues, and there's still space for you in our #StayingInPod group if you fancy joining us.

04:35 - Into the Inferno is not an easy going watch, Mary Poppins Returns absolutely is, and things get really really real.

19:59 - Feldherr foam is a joy-sparker for tabletop gamers.

27:33 - Mayor Contests in SimCity: Build It keep us coming back for more of this slick city management mobile game.

42:35 - Brass: Lancashire is a game that seems impenetrable, but is actually very elegant, and in-turn is supremely satisfying.

49:44 - Our question this episode is from Neil Bailey, who asks "what game are you most looking forward to in 2019?". Thanks Neil!

All that, and the best Revel, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Feb 01, 2019
Flamme Rouge, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo - Ep71


00:00 - Do people do New Year's resolutions any more?
06:58 - Sparking joy in us all is the TV series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
16:17 - You can get involved with our big challenge this year: raising money for charity, through exercise, via a smashing social good app called Charity Miles. We need your help to hit our target, so please join us!
25:46 - We crack into Escape Room In A Box: The Werewolf Experiment.
30:05 - Flamme Rouge sprints into our hearts while it provides a wonderfully thematic board game take on competitive cycling.
36:00 - We unpick our thoughts on interactive TV show Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
52:25 - Our pal @MantisMat provides the question for this episode, asking if we have a list of stuff we want to do before we're 40. Thanks Matt!

All that, and a whole lot of nihilism, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Jan 15, 2019
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Cryptid, and Project Highrise - Ep70


00:00 - We start off 2019 with our best foot forward, chatting about cycling naked.
09:13 - Project Highrise from Kasedo Games is a ridiculously compelling, meditative tower management game on PC, mobile, and console.
19:03 - Kris and Sam have been getting their deduction on with Cryptid from Osprey Games.
26:16 - We open our Secret Santa gifts which, as you'll all remember, is a nice thing we often balls up.
37:19 - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will define a new era for what animation can achieve on the big screen. No joke, it's THAT good.
45:50 - Our question from you for this episode is from Richard Simpson who asks whether we keep any Christmas traditions we had as kids. Thanks Richard!

All that, and a whole lot of vegetarian curry, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Jan 01, 2019
Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and Dragonmeet - Ep69


00:10 - Saint Nicholas Day (hooray!) and Dan's Deep Clean Dentistry (boo).
09:26 - Another cause for celebration is that Peter has finally completed Mass Effect: Andromeda.
20:58 - Kris thinks Spyro Reignited Trilogy is some pretty hot stuff.
31:27 - Fallout 76's nylon bag sure is something.
36:17 - Dragonmeet 2018 was a tabletop RPG fan's dream convention.
47:33 - The ever-so lovely Neil Bailey asks "what is the best Christmas film?". Thanks Neil!

All that, and a very Gnasty Gnorc, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Dec 15, 2018
Keyforge: Call of the Archons, Human: Fall Flat and Killing Eve - Staying In Ep68


00:00 - Krismas Eve (not Christmas Eve!), and the start of Secret Santa preperations, as we do every year.
10:10 - Keyforge: Call of the Archons is here and we have opinions about Richard Garfield's latest for Fantasy Flight.
23:10 - Reminiscing about The Incredible Crash Dummies.
28:00 - Human: Fall Flat is an unmissable, playful, an wonderfully silly comedy game.
34:44 - Killing Eve is Phoebe Waller-Bridge's dark drama with a wry sense of humour, and it is excellent.
42:58 - An update for the Round The Houses Challenge. And then WE CHALLENGE YOU!!!!!!1
50:35 - "Going out to eat, do you choose breakfast, lunch, or dinner?" <- it's a stellar question, from a person with an equally stellar Twitter handle. Thanks @BoardGraemes!

All that and a Google Image Search you definitely shouldn't do, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Dec 01, 2018
Hamilton: An American Musical, Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, and GRIP: Combat Racing - Ep67


00:14 - How to deal with trick-or-treaters AND carol singers.

05:00 - ALEXANDER HAMILTON! And also Hamilton: An American Musical.

20:11 - The fantastic and fascinating Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt exhibit.

31:10 - Does anyone feel like Chicken Tonight anymore?

35:46 - Getting to grips with GRIP: Combat Racing on Nintendo Switch and PC.

48:48 - Discussing the benefits of occupying Australia, thanks to a great question from @Cromerty.

And why it's always good to carry a pack of Sesame Snaps with you, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Nov 15, 2018
Wolverine: The Long Night, Istanbul: Digital Edition, and Night in the Woods - Ep66


00:00 - "The talk" and just one of the perils of modern living.

05:37 - Kris has been playing Night in the Woods, and we find out what kind of a Mae he is.

14:37 - Seasonal teas, hot chocolates, and whether Horlicks is an international brand.

19:16 - Istanbul: Digital Edition, and why this straight adaptation of the board game is a winner.

36:44 - Peter's chamomile teas, and a particularly memorable "date".

41:08 - Wolverine: The Long Night is a podcast from Marvel that comes thoroughly recommended.

51:12 - Our listener question this episode comes from @purple_steve who asks us a question about coals, LEGO, and plugs.

Plus some farmers who don't like the dark, with bright sparks Kris (@DigitalStrider) and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Nov 01, 2018
Doctor Who Series 11, Transformers Trading Card Game, and 1 Screen Platformer - Ep65


00:00 - Appropriate attire for when working from home.

06:07 - Doctor Who Series 11 is here, Jodie Whittaker is at the helm, and this show might just be worth the TV licence fee alone.

19:12 - A very special blanket.

21:41 - Transformers Trading Card Game is either truly wonderful or totally awful, depending on how you approach it.

39:36 - 1 Screen Platformer is the new indie platforming hotness from Return To Adventure Mountain and we've played it early.

48:01 - Big thanks to @Fatboy_Rob, who provides this episode's question, which is... "what's the 'greatest' film of all time?".

Plus revelations about tea drinking and T-shirt rubbing, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Dan (@ThisDanFrost), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Oct 15, 2018
Marvel's Spider-Man, Abzû, and Megaquarium - Ep64


00:00 - Kris's "discrete toolbox" and "top half jobs".

06:22 - Board game order woes, why the board game industry gets so slapdash so regularly, and the marketing funnel.

14:51 - Abzû, scuba diving, meditative games, and having a little cry at a lottery advert.

30:54 - Marvel's Spider-Man, how Peter Parker and New York are intertwined, and being a comic book hero.

41:50 - Our regular Listener Question comes via e-mail from Rebecca this week, who asks "what's your perfect Sunday?"

49:28 - Yes, you should buy Megaquarium, and no, puns about cheese don't make you big or clever.

All that, plus a very special mustard yellow chair, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Oct 01, 2018
KeyForge, Destiny 2, and REKT! - Ep63


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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Sep 15, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp, Voltron: Legendary Defender, and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes - Ep62


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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Sep 01, 2018
Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Sails of Glory, and The Betway Reds - Ep61


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 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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Aug 15, 2018
The Mind, Fantasy Football, and Cities: Skylines - Ep60


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, 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

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

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Aug 01, 2018
Loffee, FTL: Faster Than Light, and Into the Breach - Ep59


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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Jul 14, 2018
The Last of Us Part II, Gain Ground, and McQueen - Ep58


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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Jul 01, 2018
Barrier, Pokémon Quest, and Burrows & Badgers - Ep57


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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Jun 15, 2018
Deadpool 2, A Way Out, and the Games Media Brit List Awards - Ep56


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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May 31, 2018
God of War, The Magpie Murders, and Jurassic Perk - Ep55


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.

So join Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner) for a grand old chat about nice things, plus puns.

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May 15, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War, Magic: The Gathering Arena, and the Cursed Book - Ep54


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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May 04, 2018
Annihilation, Civilization V, and Holiday Games - Ep53


We do our best to not be absolutely insufferable about our Games Media Brit List nomination in this podcast. Are we successful? Probably not.

What else? Oh yes! We've been playing The Battle of Polytopia's multiplayer for months now - since the beta even - and we're ready to talk about how this update adds to our impressions of the single player offering. Be prepared for INTENSE DISCOURSE.

On a similar note, there's a load in here about our recent experiences with Civilization V. Things like “how it's a great tool for telling stories with gameplay” and “why we now don't much care for the Aztec people”.

We also talk about the perfect games to take with us on an upcoming holiday where we (affectionately) throw Rahdo under the bus, plus why Alex Garland's recent work - Annihilation - should have had a cinema release.

All this, plus far too much food thanks to Easter in Slovakia, and using sayings that don't actually exist, with your pals Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Apr 15, 2018
Ready Player One, Assassin's Creed Origins, The Darkside Detective, and Dave Ryan from Link to the Cast - Ep52


Up for some hot new video games action? Well tough, because we're talking about why the shooting in Titanfall 2 is so gosh darn good. Sorry to pull a fast one on you like that. We cool? Cool.

There's also Assassin's Creed Origins talk too, that's kind of new, right? Regardless, it's providing us some excellent opportunities to wander around Egypt and partake in a little digital tourism, a thing we're also up to with the astonishing Yakuza 0.

We were lucky enough to be joined by Dave Ryan from Link to the Cast on this episode, and he brought a wealth of knowledge and insight into the topics we covered, including how history is portrayed in games versus how history is taught in schools, plus the indie game development scene in Ireland, and specifically a great-sounding point and click adventure called The Darkside Detective from Spooky Doorway.

Then there's a big old chunk of Ready Player One discourse about the book and film and how we're hoping its numerous references to all sorts of stuff in geek culture has been handled "authentically"... whatever that means.

By the time you've finished reading this you'll hopefully have the episode downloaded, so pop on some quality headphones and have a brew with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Dave (@DaveRyanIV).

If you've NOT finished downloading yet, then hello, here's the bit where we tell you that some of the links in this description point to Amazon, and if you you buy something from that store after clicking through our link, then we get a little referral fee, which we then use to make this podcast sound better. We still cool? We still cool.

Oh and also: we've been nominated for a Games Media Brit List award in the category of Best Podcast & Radio. We found out after recording this episode, but we'll probably be talking about it on a future episode (and flaunting it every moment we get).

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Apr 01, 2018
Ten Candles, Hidden Agenda, and Cosmic Encounter - Ep51


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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Mar 15, 2018
Black Panther, Monikers, and Hunt for the Ring - Ep50


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.

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Mar 01, 2018
Dear Esther Live, The LEGO Batman Movie, and Sunless Skies - Ep49


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.

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Feb 17, 2018
The Book of Dust, Ten Candles, and Metal Gear Survive - Ep48


✓ 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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Feb 01, 2018
Overcooked, Fortnite, and InnerSpace - Ep47


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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Jan 15, 2018
Boss Monster, Guild Wars, Dungeons 3, and Greg Giddens from This is Xbox - Ep46


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, plus doing all sorts of other fancy things with words, video, and audio over on

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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Jan 01, 2018
The Christmas Special - Ep45


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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Dec 15, 2017
Paranoia, Kingdomino, and The Good Place - Ep44


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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Dec 01, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok, DC's Metal, and Creamfields - Ep43


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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Nov 16, 2017
Darkest Dungeon, Warbands: Bushido, and The Polybius Conspiracy - Ep42


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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Nov 01, 2017
Golf Story, The Expanse, FIFA 17 - The Journey, and Peter Chapman from Oddworld Inhabitants - Ep41


Bread. You love it. We love it. Some of us have been baking it. In Episode 41 you'll find out who the master bakers are and who puts the "ass" in "fougasse".

If bread isn't your thing, maybe hard sci-fi is? If so, there's a breakdown of The Expanse and why the Netflix show is basically Babylon 5 for the noughties.

Oddworld: Soulstorm is a big topic too, on account of our special guest knowing a thing or two about the upcoming game. It's sounding absolutely fascinating, especially for long-time fans of the series.

We also talk about launching video games in today's market, which might be of interest, but if it's not don't worry, because pretty soon we also get on to talking about the fake obituary for Sean Connery one of us had to put together, plus whether or not a baby actually knows the difference between Shrek 1 and Shrek 2.

And yes okay there's more golf chat in this episode and, spoilers, there's probably going to be some golf chat in the next episode too, but this time it's a three-way battle between Everybody's Golf, Golf Story, and FIFA 17's The Journey mode... it makes sense on the show, trust us.

So join the usual group of Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero), plus ultra lovely special guest Peter Chapman (@ColossalBlue) from Oddworld Inhabitants, for strong tea and light-to-medium geek bants.

As always, if you feel like you want to help us out, do leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you downloaded this episode, as it really is the best way to tell other people about the show. Apart from, you know, telling people about the show. Do that too, if the fancy takes you.

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Oct 15, 2017
Whitehall Mystery, Oxenfree, and Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms - Ep40


Where else are you going to hear all about Jamaica: The Crew, Cheap Golf, Little Mix, and how one of the hosts got trapped in their swimming costume in a single podcast? Nowhere, that's where.

Then of course there's lots of chat about devious hidden movement game Whitehall Mystery, the sheer joy of true crime (podcasts), two more forms of golf than the one previously just mentioned, and the addictive Dungeons & Dragons clicker Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms.

There's also holiday plans, fun with spreadsheets, and the very special delight that is Oxenfree, as Kris (@DigitalStrider), Lisa (@Lisa7989), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero) have the lovely chat with tea that is Episode 40 of Staying In.

And hey, do you like our little podcast? If you want to help us out, leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you downloaded this episode. Do so and you too will be as happy and amazing as this little chap.

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Oct 02, 2017
Everybody's Golf, Eight-Minute Empire, and Zoo Ball - Ep39


It's perhaps the most exhausting episode ever, as Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero) strap on some wristbands, limber up, and take our places on the starting grid for lots of chat about sports.

We discuss why Frubes may not be the best mid-workout drink, all the while tackling The Great King Size Chocolate Bar Conspiracy. We find out why one of us has been watching Nick Faldo sink shots at Pebble Beach while in the company of Gary Sparrow, and who's been substituting their shin pads for copies of The Guardian. We also discuss why Everybody's Golf is a Nintendo game in disguise, how Zoo Ball captures the essence of great sporting events, and how it's not actually possible to overdose on squash (the drink, not the sport).

Just in-case you thought we'd lost all our nerd credentials with all this talk of sport and such, we also manage to get in a fair bit of chat about the board game and digital edition of Eight-Minute Empire, and enthuse about The Adventure Zone from Maximum Fun.

And stick around for the end of this episode for a very special announcement...

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Sep 15, 2017
Sonic Mania, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and four men and a baby - Ep38


From surprise engagements and having babies, to picking fantasy football squads and choosing the right shower gel, this episode of the podcast covers some of life's most important decisions.

But we also can't resist talking, as usual, about the nerd stuff that has been keeping us busy recently.

Dan (@ThisDanFrost) explains why Sonic Mania is the best game the SEGA mascot has been in in ages, Kris (@DigitalStrider) walks us through Playdead's Limbo spiritual sequel Inside, and Peter (@XeroXeroXero) talks about Naughty Dog's Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and why Chloe feeling more "real" is a good thing for the medium. Sam (@MrSamTurner) has been far too busy in command of a vessel for games and such.

As always, a quick thank you from all of us to everyone who has left us a review so far - you honestly wouldn't believe us if we told you just how much each and every review means to us.

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Sep 01, 2017
SummerSlam, Dunkirk, and Simon Miller from WhatCulture and The Miller Report - Ep37


We've not talked about wrestling since Episode 4, so we thought it high time to return to the topic, and this time we've brought in Simon Miller (@SimonMiller316) to provide expert insight into the world of WWE. With Dan (@ThisDanFrost) in Simon's corner you've basically got the ultimate tag team for insight into SummerSlam, the business behind the brawling, and the ludicrous high prices of wrestling gear.

After that, Sam (@MrSamTurner) and Kris (@DigitalStrider) talk Dunkirk and explain why you have to see it in IMAX to do it justice, then there's a slightly less solemn, but still ever-so serious bit where Peter (@XeroXeroXero) makes a heartfelt apology to a game developer.

If that weren't enough, there's also ab chat, we explain why Captain Sonar should be on your radar, the board game Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice, a report on Memoir '44, an absolutely gigantic spider, and one utterly amazing Jewish wedding.

A huge thanks to Simon for appearing on the show. If you're not already, you should definitely be watching The Miller Report, as well as his wrestling work with WhatCulture Wrestling, and consider supporting him on Patreon too.

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Aug 15, 2017
Albion Online, Baby Driver, and Scythe (not that one) - Ep36


Kris (@DigitalStrider) and Peter (@XeroXeroXero) helm Episode 36 of Staying In, as they talk about ground-breaking walking simulators, brand new mobile games, cutting edge cinema, and farming tools from the Iron Age.

We've been making our first tentative steps into Albion Online the MMO from Sandbox Interactive, finding out what remains of Edith Finch in What Remains of Edith Finch, and discovering that we are simply not good enough at games to beat Miles & Kilo.

Plus lots of chat about Baby Driver, imagining what Driver Baby might look like, and examining the scarily familiar world of The Circle.

Did you know we have a Steam Curator page? You do now! Did you know we have a BoardGameGeek page? This you also now know!

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Aug 01, 2017
War of the Ring, Dread, and Country Dancing - Ep35


It's the first ever completely "in-person" recording of the podcast, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero) gathered round a table to speak into microphones about games we've been playing over a weekend together.

We've been faffing about with a Ricoh Theta S, so we discuss the practical merits of 360 images and video, as well as how that medium might translate into a horror movie.

It's not all high technology chat, as we talk about our experiences with the massive Lord of the Rings tabletop game War of the Ring, we walk through our most recent RPG tale of the fantastic Dread, and argue that Dark Stories is the best worst game. We've also been playing a lot of the Ticket to Ride app while in different parts of the UK, which we contrast with our time with Ticket to Ride Europe which we also played that weekend.

As if that weren't enough, there's details of a trip to Greece, the worrying song lyrics found in Grease, Greek country line dancing, and a new contender for best crisp (also from Greece).

And hey, we played oh so many more games over the weekend than we got to talk about, but we snapped loads of photos of them using the camera and uploaded them to Twitter. Pop on over to @StayingInPod to see images of

Oh My Goods!, Colt Express, Ticket to Ride Europe, Flick 'Em Up, Captain Sonar, and Star Realms. You can even find moments of us recording and setting up, plus if you pop on over to our YouTube channel you can watch an unedited 360 video clip from the recording. If you've got a VR headset you can physically look around the room as we record, and if you don't you can still use a mouse to navigate about!

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Jul 16, 2017
Wonder Woman, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, and deconstructing sheds - Ep34


It's a matter of life and death and sheds for Sam (@MrSamTurner), and a matter of taste for Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and his Rainbow Drops, in our 34th episode. It's also a matter of fact that Kris (@DigitalStrider) thinks Wonder Woman is the best DC movie in years, and Dan (@ThisDanFrost) not wanting a Nintendo Switch after E3's game reveals should probably be a matter for the authorities.

There's heated debate over the merits of the Xbox One X and gold-plated HDMI cables, before cooling off with some cucumber water... or was it a lime...?

Plus one of us has gone all retro and purchased themselves a lovely new copy of Shenmue for the Dreamcast.

And for anyone affected by the issues raised in our discussion of RAS Syndrome, feel free to GTFO out.

Finally, a big congratulations to the winners of our Steam game competition that ran throughout June - winners have now been contacted via e-mail.

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Jul 01, 2017
Onirim, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and The Sniffer - Ep33


We finally get round to talking about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as a group, as Dan (@ThisDanFrost) leads a nice chat about why we enjoyed it so much and how it's a breath of fresh air. Kris (@DigitalStrider) and Peter (@XeroXeroXero) have both been playing even more Star Realms, which is impressive considering they've been sinking a load of time into two other games too: namely Onirim and Yakuza 0.

We touch upon a lovely little game called Spot It!, get pleasantly disoriented by Inherent Vice, discuss the sensational TV show The Sniffer (while writing our own version, but with doggos), confuse a man from a Tesco, and delve deeper into the pub crisp mythos.

Quick reminder! We have a competition we're running that finishes at the very end of July, so make sure to get your entry in quick if you're planning on doing so.

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Jun 15, 2017
Gloom, Jalopy, and Rainbow Drops - Ep32


Who loves all things Gloom? Lisa Mart does! Find out why as she joins Sam (@MrSamTurner), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero) to talk about everything games and geekery: from how Arkham Horror: The Card Game is the perfect way to prepare for a half marathon, to why Peter's stressing out with the responsibility of car ownership in Jalopy.

There's also the end of Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, a delicious bit of New York Slice, graphic novel organising, and sorting a music collection by the weather. Plus old fashioned sweets, more phonics than you care to mention, the true hierarchy of crisps, and Portuguese tea.

And as we mention at the top of the show, we have a competition we're running through June, so give the podcast a listen for how to enter for your chance to win some awesome games on Steam!

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Jun 01, 2017
Star Realms, No Man's Sky, and Doctor Who - Ep31


Like everyone else at the moment, we're talking about American Gods in this episode, celebrating the return of "appointment to view" television with Neil Gaiman's wonderful new work. There's also chat about how TV can be accessible to new audiences by following the examples of "adventure of the week" stories such as those found in Red Dwarf and Doctor Who.

Sam (@MrSamTurner) and Kris (@DigitalStrider) both get to talking about Batman: The Telltale Series as well as Breakfast Games™, while Peter (@XeroXeroXero) goes through the minefield of social mores that is lending video games to your friends.

Plus we take to the stars, as Kris explains why him and his partner are regularly dipping into No Man's Sky, and Peter and Sam have a galactic-sized discussion about Star Realms and why it's so stellar.

In the show we mention that we think you'll really like We're Not Wizards, so if you fancy giving it a listen then do try the episodes that Sam and Peter have appeared on.

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May 15, 2017
Subterfuge, One Handed Games, and the Dandy Cock - Ep30


For our landmark 30th episode we kick things off with a round of The Ikea Game™. Then we discuss how Android, iPhone, and iPad strategy and democracy game Subterfuge made us trust each other much much less.

Sam (@MrSamTurner) and Kris (@DigitalStrider) recount their journey through an actual real life plague town to Alix (@EruditeWolf) and Peter (@XeroXeroXero), as well as touching upon a host of new board games.

Then one of us learns a valuable lesson on how to talk to children, and Dan (@ThisDanFrost) receives some top advice about his life-changing news.

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May 01, 2017
Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Sugar & Dice, and Crowtel Renovations - Ep29


It's Sam (@MrSamTurner) and Peter (@XeroXeroXero) hosting Episode 29 of the show so - shock! horror! - there's plenty of chat about intricate card games and curious indie video games.

The pair discuss their first impressions of Fantasy Flight's excellent RPG and LCG hybrid Arkham Horror: The Card Game, examining how it avoids ludonarrative dissonance through smart use of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos.

Sam's visited Sugar & Dice, a superb board game cafe in Liverpool. This then makes for a good excuse to talk about why venues like this are so positive for fans of dice and meeples.

Meanwhile, Peter's been playing Crowtel Renovations from SinksAdventure, in which you guide a hotel owner (that is a crow) through multiple stages of strikingly thoughtful platforming.

If that weren't enough, there's also chat about hot new multiplayer video game Borderlands 2 from 2K Games and Gearbox Software on PS4, the correct pronounciation of David Guetta, a growing obsession in Forensic Files and a totally real person called Cindy Pancake.

As noted in the intro, if you'd like to vote for us in the British Podcast Awards (which is super quick and easy to do) then head to to do exactly that. We'd really appreciate it!

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Apr 15, 2017
Obama Llama, Marrying Mr. Darcy, Go Cuckoo, and a geeky day of games in Bristol - Ep28

It's a bit of a Bristol special this episode, as Alix Briskham (@EruditeWolf), Kris Darby (@DigitalStrider), and Peter Willington (@XeroXeroXero) talk about their ultra geeky day out in the South West. They take in all the best geek haunts in the city, including Excelsior, 8Bit Planet, Forbidden Planet, and Chance & Counters.

Naturally, tons of board games got played, including Go Cuckoo!, Marrying Mr. Darcy, Sheriff of Nottingham, Obama Llama, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space, and Mysterium. Plus there's talk about ghosts, the best cartoon food, and the importance of a good breakfast - which apparently shouldn't include a "non-newtonian version of bacon".

By the way, if you like what we're upto and think we should get a shiny award for it, then we'd love for you to vote for us in the British Podcast Awards. You've got until 28th April to lend us your support, by visiting -

Finally: a quick apology to anyone who got spammed by our podcast feed over the last few days. Totally not our fault, actually an issue with our podcast hosting service, but still a little bit annoying for you we're sure, so thanks for your patience!

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Apr 01, 2017
Dirk Gently, Ghost Recon Wildlands, The Battle of Polytopia and 7 Wonders Duel - Ep27

The gang's all here for more chat about the very best geek stuff. Peter Willington (@XeroXeroXero) convinces everyone to play The Battle of Polytopia, Dan Frost (@ThisDanFrost) & Sam Turner (@MrSamTurner) dissect Netflix’s Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, and Kris Darby (@DigitalStrider) recounts a ridiculous story about giving Jon Snow his lunch tokens.

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Mar 23, 2017
Disc Jam, Fable: The Lost Chapters, and a Parisian Toilet - Ep26

Immediately there's a run-in with a mundane genie, then we ask a very important question about super powers, and Alix (@EruditeWolf) gets her glasses all rose-tinted after playing Fable: The Lost Chapters. Peter (@XeroXeroXero) can't grasp what tennis is but does know he loves Disc Jam, Sam (@MrSamTurner) meanwhile waxes nostalgic about PlayStation Move, and Dan (@ThisDanFrost) gets arty with a new graphics tablet and pen. Plus one of us has a highly embarrassing incident in a public toilet.

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Mar 01, 2017
Yakuza 0, Fallout 4, S. Ship of Theseus, and an X-rated chicken pasty - Ep25

Maybe put the kids to bed before listening to this episode, as Sam (@MrSamTurner) and Peter (@XeroXeroXero) get into the specifics of a rather racey incident at Greggs. On top of that there's all sorts of chat about cutting off your finger, singing karaoke, the song "Just the Two of Us", some dodgy 80s pop culture references, and oh-so-much more.

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Feb 15, 2017
Adventure Capitalist, Split, and a Games Jam - Ep24

In this episode Kris (@DigitalStrider) recounts his experience of ice climbing, Dan (@ThisDanFrost) makes his first foray into Dungeons and Dragons and Peter (@XeroXeroXero) tries to convince the others to become financial mavericks in Adventure Capitalist. Plus: how does the Global Game Jam work? Is M. Night Shyamalan's new film Split any good? Why is Kris' face the best thing to keep you warm at night? Find out all this and more by Staying In.

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Feb 04, 2017
Holidays in Paris, Escaping from Aliens, and Fancy Names - Ep23

Sightseeing in Paris and the best ride at Disneyland, getting caught up in Escape from the Aliens from Outer Space, more Pandemic (it wouldn't be a show without Pandemic!), a chance meeting with Sean Bean, marvelling at 7 Wonders and 7 Wonders: Duel, the uncanny Star Wars: Rogue One and the anachronistic Commodore Cinema in Aberystwyth, plus the very poshest baby names... all this and more on this episode of Staying In, featuring Kris Darby (@DigitalStrider), Daniel Frost (@ThisDanFrost), Sam Turner (@MrSamTurner), and Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero).

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Jan 15, 2017
New Year's Resolutions, offensive foods, and childhood nicknames - Ep22

Daniel Frost (@ThisDanFrost), Sam Turner (@MrSamTurner), Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero) and Kris Darby (@DigitalStrider) discuss New Year's resolutions, offensive food, childhood nicknames and more.

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Jan 01, 2017
PlayStation Experience, Secret Santa gifts, fighting infections, and terrible Christmas presents - Ep21

Kris Darby (@DigitalStrider), Daniel Frost (@ThisDanFrost), Sam Turner (@MrSamTurner), and Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero) open their Secret Santa gifts, while contemplating the origin of mince pies. Then there’s chat about Crash Bandicoot, The Last of Us Part 2, and Death Stranding, plus a shocking revelation about Chop Chop Master Onion.

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Dec 23, 2016
Rise of the Tomb Raider, Keeping Chickens, and Stella from Stella's Tomb Raider Site - Ep20

Kris Darby (@digitalstrider), Sam Turner (@MrSamTurner) and special guest Stella (@stellalune) from Stella's Tomb Raider Site commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Tomb Raider series. Topics range from the challenges of writing a walkthrough, to marathon gaming, and the joys of keeping chickens.

If people want to get involved in Extra Life they can contact Stella through her website or visit the team's Extra Life page.

If you are interested in the 20 Years of Tom​​b Raider, which Stella contributed to, you can find it here.

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Dec 15, 2016
Football Manager 2017, Civilization VI, baby iguanas, and George Osborn from The Deep Lying Podcast - Ep19

Daniel Frost (@ThisDanFrost), Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero), and special guest George Osborn (@GeorgeOsborn) from The Deep Lying Podcast (@TheDeepLyingPod) record a strategy and management games special! The chaps kick off with quite possibly one of the geekiest games ever: Football Manager 2017 and we hear all about its complexities, rewarding depth, and surprising accessibility for non-football fans. And then we try to build a pacifist empire with Bapu Gandhi in Civilization VI, discussing the changes and improvements from the previous outing and why it's basically the ultimate board game.

Also, the baby iguanas from Planet Earth II :(

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Nov 19, 2016
Dragon Quest Builders, Jade Empire, and a trip to the dentist - Ep18
Sam Turner (@MrSamTurner), Daniel Frost (@ThisDanFrost), Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero), and Kris Darby (@DigitalStrider) are all about gaming this episode: Matcha at breakfast, Dragon Quest Builders during the day, Jade Empire at night, and The Witcher 3... well, pretty much all of the time.

Then there's hot Gilmore Girls chat, cheering on Kris for his marathon, lots of crying, and we try our hand at ASMR to help send you off to sleep.

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Nov 01, 2016
Darkest Dungeon, Maximum Car, Taekwondo, and Richard Simpson from We're Not Wizards - Ep17
Sam Turner (@MrSamTurner), Daniel Frost (@ThisDanFrost), Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero), and special guest Richard Simpson of We're Not Wizards (@werenotwizards) discuss the deliciously disturbing Darkest Dungeon, chat about the latest game of Dread the guys have been playing, talk about Maximum Car and arcade racers, the wonderful world of martial arts training, and why Rory Bremner now has the potential to control all the world's wealth.

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Oct 15, 2016
Sorcery! 4, Multiplayer Games, and the Great British Bake Off - Ep16

Sam Turner (@MrSamTurner), Daniel Frost (@ThisDanFrost), Kris Darby (@DigitalStrider), and Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero) give our impressions of Sorcery! 4 from Inkle, we discuss what makes a great multiplayer game, determine the correct number of sausages a normal human being should eat in one go, and there's a load of Great British Bake Off chat too.

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Oct 01, 2016
Old Skool Gaming, Exercising Indoors, and Game Producer Duncan Molloy - Ep15
Daniel Frost (@ThisDanFrost), Kris Darby (@DigitalStrider), Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero) and Duncan Molloy (@DuncanMolloy) discuss The Witness and The Room, go old skool with Backgammon (having played Backgammon Blitz and Backgammon), find out why Cribbage is brilliant, compare T.I.M.E. Stories and Pandemic Legacy, enthuse about the benefits of exercising indoors (such as not getting shot...), and much more besides.

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Sep 15, 2016
Game Books, Zip World, and the phrase 'bitch the pot' - Ep14
Kris (@DigitalStrider), Dan (@ThisDanFrost), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero) discuss their experiences of bouncing underground at Bounce Below at Zip World. Plus there's excitement for the sparkly suits of Yakuza 0, the elegance of Odin's Ravens, the luxurious The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Kris's second birthday presents, Dan's first time as a Dread master, why one of the group can't close fridge doors, and the strange origins of the phrase "bitch the pot".

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Sep 01, 2016
Dice Masters, Ziferblat, and Breakfast at Willington's - Ep13
Peter Willington (@XeroXeroXero), Dan Frost (@ThisDanFrost), Sam Turner (@MrSamTurner) and Kris Darby (@DigitalStrider) gather together to discuss Sam’s obsession with Dice Masters, Dan’s first time writing a story as a GM in Dread, Kris’ love of Ziferblat and Peter’s experience of Riptide GP: Renegade.

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Aug 15, 2016
Pokemon Go, Hugging a QI Elf, and Great Auntie Beryl - Ep12
Peter Willington (@XeroXeroXero), Dan Frost (@ThisDanFrost), and Kris Darby (@DigitalStrider) discuss their experiences of the Pokemon Go phenomenon, look forward to Sonic Mania, discuss the highlights of San Diego Comic Con, and the smell of trivia... plus Pete’s theory on how you know when you should become a parent.

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Aug 01, 2016
Netrunner, Colt Express, Rainbow Six: Siege, and Number 2s - Ep11
Kris Darby (@DigitalStrider), Dan Frost (@ThisDanFrost) and Sam Turner (@MrSamTurner) discuss the importance of geek calendars, new mechanics in Magic: The Gathering Eldritch Moon, learning to play Android: Netrunner, the wonderful Colt Express, and hunting terrorists with Wheels in Rainbow Six: Siege.


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Jul 09, 2016
Game of Thrones Season 6, Spoilers, Spoilers, Spoilers - Ep10
Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Tom (@twpercival1), and Alix (@EruditeWolf) discuss Game of Thrones Season 6 highs, lows, and everything in-between.

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Jul 01, 2016
Everything E3, thoughts on virtual reality, and hair chat - Ep9
E3 is over and Kris DarbyDan Frost, and Peter Willington are ready to talk highlights, including Spider-ManResident Evil 7Batman: Arkham VRFinal Fantasy XV, Crash Bandicoot, Detroit: Become HumanDeath Stranding, Scorpio, Forza Horizon 3SteepWatch Dogs 2Dishonored 2We Happy Few, and more. Plus beards and Ikea.

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Jun 15, 2016
Pixel Cup Soccer 16, Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, and Inflatable Books - Ep8

Kris DarbyDan Frost, and Peter Willington talk about why Pixel Cup Soccer 16 is one of the best football games in years, recall the day they climbed Snowdon, discuss Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, and whether reading in the bath is okay. Plus a very embarrassing Vine.

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Jun 12, 2016
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty!, Uncharted 4, guinea pig secret agents, and The Sandwich Question - Ep7
Spoiler-free Uncharted 4 chat, animals with unusual hobbies, the bread vs filling argument, and why Limited Run is doing wonderful things - all this and more discussed by Daniel Frost (@ThisDanFrost), Sam Turner (@MrSamTurner), and Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero).

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May 27, 2016
Captain America: Civil War, the Uncharted series, Dungeons & Dragons, and Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective - Ep6
Sam Turner (@MrSamTurner), Tom Percival (@twpercival1), and Kris Darby (@DigitalStrider) find out if they're on Team Cap or Team Iron Man, learn how to embarrass oneself while meeting Chris Hewitt, and discuss The Queen's bowel movements.

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May 13, 2016
Game of Thrones Past, Present, Future, and Spoilers - Ep5
Daniel Frost (@ThisDanFrost) and guest Alix Briskham (@EruditeWolf) discuss Game of Thrones past, present, and future, with spoilers very much included!

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Apr 17, 2016
Wrestling nostalgia, Clash Royale, Astro Attack, Trackmania Turbo, Chewing - Ep4
Daniel Frost (@ThisDanFrost) and Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero) discuss Clash RoyaleTrackmania TurboAstro Attacknostalgia for wrestling and more.

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Apr 11, 2016
The DC Rebirth, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and hanging out with Grandparents - Ep3
KrisSam, and Percival explore the DC RebirthBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and hanging out with your Grandparents.

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Mar 31, 2016
Grand Theft Auto, Batman, Until Dawn, masculine fragrances - Ep2
SamDan, and Peter discuss exotic pets, why GTA V is ruining The Witcher 3, and the location of Mordor.

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Mar 27, 2016
Marvel, Uncharted, Burgle Bros, Nandos - Ep1

DanKris, and Tom discuss Star WarsNando'sDaredevilUnchartedBurgle Bros and more.

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Mar 19, 2016