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The Red Cathedral, MicroMacro: Crime City, and Control: Ultimate Edition - Ep125

The Red Cathedral, MicroMacro: Crime City, and Control: Ultimate Edition - Ep125

April 15, 2021

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00:00 - The great fountain pen hack of the 1990s.

03:02 - MicroMacro: Crime City from Pegasus Spiele is a curious mix of Agatha Christie, Where’s Wally?, and the EXiT series, that just keeps on giving.

15:25 - Joining the PlayStation 5 club, the most exclusive club of them all right now, surely? Also: how (and why) the PS5 tries its best to keep you playing.

34:39 - Control: Ultimate Edition is creatively risky and every bit is expertly crafted, making it a strong contender for the best AAA game of the last ten years.

45:27 - The Red Cathedral is from Llama Dice, and it’s all about Saint Basil's Cathedral (the one with the “ice gems”). It’s beautiful, and it’s super thematic.

58:11 - How 2 rite propa

All that, and a niche joke about the Freemasons, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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

Seastead, Eastshade, Undertale, and Pete Steele of Two Can Play That Game - Ep124

Seastead, Eastshade, Undertale, and Pete Steele of Two Can Play That Game - Ep124

April 1, 2021

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00:00 - Deus ex macbina.

06:54 - The complicated backstory of Bananaman.

10:46 - A bit more on Polis, which we talked about back on Ep122.

15:00 - Seastead’s “altruistic competition”, flexibility in ruleset, and focus on inclusivity is a wonderful special event for two players, from WizKids.

33:28 - Holidaying in virtual worlds, and going for a relaxing wander with Eastshade, where the side quests just might be the main quests.

49:18 - tobyfox's Undertale, and why an annoying dog is representative of so much that’s truly amazing about this gem of an RPG.

All that, and apex predator trash cans, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Pete (@PeteySteele).

Thanks again to Pete Steele for joining us. You can (and should!) listen to the excellent show he does with Andrew Miller called Two Can Play That Game - a brilliant board game podcast that focuses on playing and reviewing two player games. Go get it from Apple, Spotify or any of the other places great podcasts are found.

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

Legends of Andor, Celtic, and Space Brothers - Ep123

Legends of Andor, Celtic, and Space Brothers - Ep123

March 15, 2021

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00:00 - The magpie.

08:18 - A birthday and a dirge.

20:54 - Relaxed yet competitive, chilled yet tense, Celtic is a set collection game for the family from The Plastic Soldier Company and Pegasus Spiele that, on paper, shouldn’t work, but it really does. And why there’s a lot of value in going back to old board game mechanics.

35:03 - Most manga is rubbish. Finding good manga for grown ups is difficult. But Space Brothers from Kodansha? It’s consistently excellent, slice of life sci-fi. Plus: more manga recommendations.

46:15 - Michaela Kienle and Michael Menzel’s Legends of Andor, published by Kosmos, is absolutely incredible: it’s sprawling and epic, completely approachable, perfect for the whole family, and something to savour.

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

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

Polis, Thousand Year Old Vampire, and Taming Gaming - Ep122

Polis, Thousand Year Old Vampire, and Taming Gaming - Ep122

March 1, 2021

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00:00 - Dan’s birthday, Rudy’s Pizza, and Many More.

06:49 - Kris's "Consumption to Creation Ratio". Freaking ourselves out with Chris Bissette’s The Wretched, making memories with Thousand Year Old Vampire from Tim Hutchings, and writing poetry with Allison Arth’s Gentleman Bandit.

26:26 - Kosmos Games throw down the gauntlet with Polis, from Fran Diaz and Enrique Corominas - the art for which you can see on our Instagram. It’s a big, heady, heavy experience, where every decision you make has its consequence, and we love it.

43:30 - Exploring the superb resource that is Taming Gaming from Andy Robertson, which highlights video games that examine various themes through a number of lenses, including how suitable for the whole family they are.

All that, and a smart skipping rope, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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

Renature, Daylife in Japan, and Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig - Ep121

Renature, Daylife in Japan, and Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig - Ep121

February 15, 2021

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00:00 - We like to eat eat eat Apples and Bananas. We lake to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays.

07:14 - Daylife in Japan is a cheap and very cheerful jigsaw puzzle game we’ve played on Switch, by Minimol Games and QUByte Interactive. Want a meditative game to play while listening to audiobooks? This might just be it.

20:43 - Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling’s Renature is a wonderfully relaxing experience with just enough salt in the pancake (by which we mean “competitiveness”) to lift it to great heights. Also: a big hello to our podcasting pals at Two Can Play That Game.

33:06 - What’s YOUR favourite castle? And have you ever seen Dan and King Ludwig II in the same room together...?

38:30 - A love letter to Bezier Games, Stonemaier Games’ Between Two Castles Of Mad King Ludwig is also super relaxing, and might just be better than the originals they’re taking inspiration from. You can see what it looks like on our Instagram, along with Kris’s completed jigsaw of the Moon.

46:53 - We’ve had two-part question in from @MyTaintedBrain, who asks “What is your favourite genre of board/video game, and what is the last book you read that you really enjoyed? Thanks pal!

All that, and dad jokes about The Wiggles, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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

WandaVision, Schotten Totten 2, and Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard - Ep120

WandaVision, Schotten Totten 2, and Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard - Ep120

February 1, 2021

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00:00 - A jigsaw of the Moon.

06:54 - How to play Lost Cities wrong. Very wrong. And incorporating baby-friendly player aids into board games.

12:35 - Reiner Knizia’s Schotten Totten 2 is more thematic, more focused, and easier to get others into it than its previous iteration.

23:08 - A true centrepiece for any happening party.

26:32 - Disney’s new WandaVision TV series is shaping up to be a unique and brave entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

41:20 - Horribly painful car troubles.

50:58 - Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard was exactly the right game at exactly the right time: it’s short, sharply written, and thoroughly lovely throughout.

All that, and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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

Tenet, Spicy, and Knights and Bikes - Ep119

Tenet, Spicy, and Knights and Bikes - Ep119

January 15, 2021

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00:00 - Sam's mug.

04:54 - Kris's mattress.

09:02 - Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, a high concept spy thriller that’s “the first time travel movie”, but perhaps it doesn’t explain itself enough?

27:12 - Knights and Bikes is from Double Fine and Foam Sword, and it’s a completely riotous co-op craftpunk adventure with a great sense of humour.

44:00 - HeidelBÄR’s Coyote and Spicy are brilliant bluffing games with gorgeous artwork that has to be seen to be believed (and reminds us of an animated Johnny Cash...)

57:20 - How a new habit gets started... but will it be a good one?

All that, and the #SourceOfAllWisdom, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

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

Star Wars: Squadrons, The Mandalorian, and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered - Ep118

Star Wars: Squadrons, The Mandalorian, and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered - Ep118

January 1, 2021

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00:00 - New Year's Resolutions Part 1, plus a hot take on Final Fantasy XII.

05:22 - Star Wars: Squadrons is an enjoyably arcade-y VR flight sim that really surprised us.

16:46 - New Year's Resolutions Part 2, cracking eggs, smashing glutes, and Hobbits with trundle wheels.

23:37 - The Mandalorian, and why you don’t have to know anything about Star Wars to enjoy it.

37:22 - What if you could time travel, but no one would believe you if you told them what you saw? When and where would you travel to? Because we have thoughts.

44:41 - Solving picture mysteries with Murder by Numbers, and why Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is the antithesis of scrolling through Netflix.

All that, and why we’re Paul the Octopus, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Oh! And! A huge huge thank you to Lottie and Jack from Birdwood Games for featuring us in their top 5 board game podcasts of 2020 list :D

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

PlayStation 5, Among Us, and Secret Santa - Ep117

PlayStation 5, Among Us, and Secret Santa - Ep117

December 15, 2020

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00:00 - Top tips for job interview success.

04:14 - Secret Santa, part 1 - powered by Mr Lister's Quiz Shootout from Big Potato Games (plus a little bit on Thousand Year Old Vampire too).

12:45 - Looking at ladders on the loo.

15:21 - Secret Santa, part 2 - with thoughts on Fungi/Morels.

24:16 - Abandon All Artichokes from Gamewright is a light and breezy deck building game that everyone who likes board games should own.

33:51 - Gather nine people, pay $450, and spend a couple of days studying lean methodologies, and you’ll be ready for GetKanban, a surprisingly entertaining education tool crossed with a board game.

42:12 - Saashi & Saashi’s Coffee Roaster is an informative, innovative, and very very premium solitaire bag building game that’s taught us a whole bunch about the brew (and taken up a large portion of a table).

50:23 - Secret Santa, part 3 - and a compromising look at Kompromat from Helvetiq.

01:01:16 - Like social deduction games? Enjoy video games? Been living under a rock for the last month? We reckon you’ll be pleased to hear about Innersloth’s Among Us. And if you don’t, you’re sus.

01:11:48 - Secret Santa, part 4 - plus expanding on Colt Express with Marshal & Prisoners from Ludonaute, and a cowboy hat.

01:17:55 - Probably the best launch game on PlayStation 5, a showcase for the new hardware, and a love letter to the history of PlayStation: we talk ASTRO's Playroom and get all misty-eyed for the Multitap.

All that, and Collect No Carrots, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

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

Honey Heist, Illimat, and Rome & Roll - Ep116

Honey Heist, Illimat, and Rome & Roll - Ep116

December 1, 2020

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00:00 - Crunchy Nut Peanut Butter and very thick milk.

06: 42 - A cartoon-like, one page RPG that is tremendous fun: we’ve played Honey Heist by Grant Howitt and had a great time with some bears in hats.

18:57 - Squirty cream “as a vehicle”.

23:30 - Taking early steps into FIFA 20’s Ultimate Team (and its similarities to Pro Evo’s Master League mode), playing with friends with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, doing cool skids in Lonely Mountains: Downhill, and other paternity cover games.

35:16 - Up for some co-opetition? Rome & Roll from PSC Games is delicious and satisfying, and not just because it reminds us of cheese, dough, and tomato sauce.

48:06 - Illimat from The Decemberists and Keith Baker is the kind of game John Dee (Queen Elizabeth I’s court astronomer) would play. Intrigued? You should be, and we’ll tell you all about this strange and brilliant board game.

All that, and they’re grrrrroggy! With Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

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

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