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Unmatched, The Mitchells vs The Machines, and Forks in the Timeline - Ep127

Unmatched, The Mitchells vs The Machines, and Forks in the Timeline - Ep127

May 15, 2021

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00:00 - Golf on a farm and penny pushers.

08:08 - Our first round of Kepler Games’ Forks in the Timeline.

16:44 - When you don’t quite see eye-to-eye with the rest of the family. Plus the excellent The Mitchells vs The Machines, which comes from the same team behind The Lego Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

31:31 - Forks in the Timeline 2: Giraffe Neck Foodaloo!

34:27 - Unmatched: Battle of Legends is a super fun miniatures game featuring the likes of King Arthur, Alice, Medusa, and more that gives us similar vibes to Magic: The Gathering but with a much more approachable feel. It’s from Rob Daviau, Justin D. Jacobson, and Oliver Barrett via Coiledspring Games and Restoration Games. Plus: the campaign to create a Miss Havisham vs Winnie-the-Pooh set starts here.

48:55 - Forks in the Timeline 3: What’s Under The Christmas Tree?

All that, and Mattel Presents: Russian Roulette, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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

Bandido, Outriders, Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers, and Mark Robinson of Link To The Cast - Ep126

Bandido, Outriders, Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers, and Mark Robinson of Link To The Cast - Ep126

May 1, 2021

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00:00 - How you might know if you’re Unbreakable.

04:38 - Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers from Tim Fowers, is the sequel to a board game we first talked about on Episode 1 way back in 2016. Playing as a team of criminals on a caper, sneaking about and trying not to cause a commotion, this impressive follow up to the first game has been well worth the wait.

15:42 - Games you'll put in a bag (working title).

18:36 - The puzzle-like, reverse labyrinth board game Bandido from Helvetiq and Coiledspring Games has a small footprint, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in quality.

23:05 - The understudy for bread.

29:47 - What the f*** is OUTRIDERS, eh? We find out more about Square Enix’s always online combination of Gears of War and Borderlands, how it relates to Cowboy Bebop, and if it’s really a cover-based shooter if it doesn’t want you to stay in cover?

42:59 - Solo tabletop roleplaying in Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu, with Alone Against the Dark, a 7+ hour long openworld-ish gamebook of cosmic horror, deadly encounters, and timekeeping.

All that, and chocolate bar conspiracies, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Mark (@lithiumproject).

A big thank you to Mark Robinson for joining us. You’ll no doubt remember him from Ep85, or from his excellent video game podcast, Link To The Cast. It’s available on all major podcast platforms, and we highly recommend you give it a listen, including Episode 200, which has a whole lot of wonderful guests (plus Pete) talking about their favourite games of the Xbox One/PlayStation 4 generation.

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

The 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.

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