Tonight we record a fairly short show at least as far as AggroChat episodes go.  We are down a Kodra because of a holiday party and a Thalen because he has officially cloned himself.  This week we welcomed a tiny Thalen spawn into the world, and as a result we are likely going to have fairly spotty attendance from him for awhile because the new boss is brutal.  This week we apparently played quite a bit of Super Mario Odyssey so we talk about the game and our feelings so far. Belghast spends some time playing Skyrim on the switch and how shocked he is about how well it works.  Grace talks a bit about the World of Warcraft 13th anniversary event, and Ash talks about his thoughts regarding Sonic Forces.  From there we delve into a discussion about Necromunda and various Warhammer 40k things.

Topics Discussed

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Skyrim on Switch
  • WoW Anniversary Event
  • Sonic Forces
  • Warhammer Necromunda
  • Tyranids Codex
  • Warhammer 40k Nostalgia
  • Great Games of 2017
Direct download: aggrochat_episode182.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 11:04am EST

This week we are back recording a traditional show, and as is often the case when we do a game of the month show…  stuff happens that we don’t end up talking about.  In this case BlizzCon happened and the announcement of both a new World of Warcraft expansion and the concept of “Classic” servers.  Now I originally thought we would talk about this just a little bit before moving on to other topics… and instead we recorded damned near an entire show about it.  We also talk a little bit about Wolfenstein 2 New Colossus or at least up to the point where Thalen and Kodra have currently progressed.  From there we talk a bit about Destiny 2 and our experiences in the Leviathan raid.  We discuss the faction rally that is currently going on which leads to a super in the weeds discussion about various weapons.  Finally we wrap things up with Millennium Blades a card game about collectible cards games…  that lampoons every part of the process.

Topics Discussed

  • BlizzCon 2017
    • Diablo 3 - The Forgotten Game
    • Battle For Azeroth
    • World of Warcraft Classic Servers
    • Remembering Vanilla
  • Wolfenstein 2 - New Colossus
  • Destiny 2
    • Leviathan Raid
    • Faction Rally
    • Weapon Discussions
  • Millennium Blades Card Game
Direct download: aggrochat_episode181.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:52am EST

This week we are doing some nonsense.  Originally Divinity Original Sin 2 was the October game of the month, but we largely decided we needed more time with that game.  As a result we swapped what was going to be the November game of the month in…  since we were in most part ready to talk about Destiny 2 and primarily the PC release.  So this week we are doing that and discussing the game that Belghast has devoted almost 200 hours playing already between both the PC and PS4 releases.  He may or may not be a little obsessed about it, and that's fine because now the other members of AggroChat sorta understand his constant insane ramblings about it.  Join us as we dig into the game and talk about whether or not this really is a worthy sequel.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode180.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:20am EST

This week we have a more normal show after last weeks super serious one.  We do however have a little bit of a call back in the form of a short discussion about how vocal minorities can negatively impact the press surrounding a game.  We talk a bit about the launch of Destiny 2 on the PC and how relatively smoothly it has gone.  We touch ever so briefly on the madness happening in Warframe right now with Twitch streams and free loot.  From there we delve into Warhammer Shadespire and spend a good deal of time talking about it and past Games Workshop games.  This leads to a bit of a discussion about the problem Magic the Gathering has with onboarding new players.  Thalen talks about his experiences playing Orwell, and Tam and Ash talk a bit about the Legend of Five Rings Living Card Game.  Finally we wrap things up with some talk about clicker games in general and two specifically:  Paperclips and Succubox.

Featuring

  • Vocal Minority in Gaming
  • Destiny 2 Launch
  • Warframe Twitch Nonsense
  • Warhammer Shadespire
  • Magic the Gathering Onboarding Problems
  • Orwell
  • Legend of Five Rings Living Card Game
  • Clicker Games
  • Paperclips
  • Succubox
Direct download: aggrochat_episode179.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:53am EST

We admittedly had grand plans and a whole list of things we were originally going to talk about this week.  However once we opened the monetization can of worms it sort of dominated the show and a hour and a half later we decided it was probably just best to leave things to being a weird single topic show.  This week we are down a Grace and a Thalen and Kodra is recording on different hardware while travelling himself.  As a result there are a few rough spots that we attempted to clean up in post production, but corrupted audio is corrupted audio.  All in all I feel like this is a really important show because it talks about the whole monetization thing from a series of different angles.  I highly suggest you fight through the few rough spots because we unpack a lot of things during the course of this show.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode178.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:55am EST

This is one of those weeks when we seemed to have more topics to discuss than could possibly fit in a single show.  We even had to drop one for the sake of time that we will hopefully revisit in a future episode.  We start the show off by talking about Shirogane Extreme mode…  or the land rush for housing in the newly opened district in Final Fantasy XIV.  Ash and Tam took one for the team and sacrificed sleep schedule to get us a brand new house.  From there we talk about Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire expansion and some of the things we have noticed so far.  Belghast talks a bit about the Iron Banner 2.0 in Destiny, and some miscellaneous discussion about how clans work.  Ash and Thalen discuss Dragon Quest Heroes 2 and the Heroes game genre in general.  We wrap up with a discussion on Warhammer starting with the brand new stand alone Shadespire game and then talk a bit about Warhammer 40k.

Topics Discussed

  • Shirogane Extreme
  • Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire
  • Destiny 2 Iron Banner
  • Dragon Quest Heroes 2
  • Warhammer Shadespire
  • Warhammer 40k
Direct download: aggrochat_episode177.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:19am EST

Tonight we talk about the September game of the month Horizon Zero Dawn.  As is always the case with our game club shows, this is a full spoiler jaunt into this post apocalyptic vision by Guerilla Games.  HZD was featured on our Games of the Year show, but since several had yet to beat it we did not do the normal deep dive that we do during a game club show.  We talk about what might be the most interesting new science fiction property in recent memory.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode176.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:25am EST

We are down a Tam and a Thalen, and in the case of Tam it was due to his birthday celebrations..  So if you see Tam online send him some belated wishes.  This week we lead things off with some talk about Pokken Tournament and its recent release on the Switch as Kodra and Ashgar spent some time playing it this week.  We talk about the Nintendo Switch in general and the fact that we all seem to prefer buying new games on it rather than older Nintendo consoles.  We talk a bit about the release of Ixalan and some general discussion about the decision to go away from ultra rare chase cards.  Belghast talks a bit about the larger Magic the Gathering market place and how this move seems to making prices a bit more stable so far.  We talk a bit about our hopes for Magic the Gathering Arena, and how it might bring us what we actually have wanted for awhile…  actual Magic in a Hearthstone package.  Belghast talks about the Destiny 2 Faction Rally event and how he has collected all 12 weapons currently available from it.  Ashgar talks a bit about his experiences in Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire and collecting mounts.  Finally Bel talks a bit about the Final Fantasy Record Keeper 30th anniversary event that is going on currently.

Topics Discussed

  • Pokken Tournament
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Ixalan Release
  • Magic the Gathering Market
  • MTG Arena Hopes
  • Destiny 2 Faction Rally
  • Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire
  • Final Fantasy Record Keeper
  • 30th Anniversary Event
Direct download: aggrochat_episode175.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:48am EST

Tonight we are a bit out of sorts since we are once again down two people… and for the most part have been playing games that will ultimately end up in a game club show.  This leads to one of the more meandering shows we have recorded in a really long time where we transition from topic to topic without really announcing the leaps.  This was also one of the harder shows to name so I picked one random snippet of obscure discussion from the middle of the show.  The show starts with me varying my normal announcing order… and it just sorta continues going awkwardly from there.  Enjoy!

 

Topics Discussed

  • Through The Ages
  • Fantasy Strike
  • Pokken Tournament
  • Tangle Deep
  • Old School DOS Gaming
  • Guild Wars 2 Content Messaging
  • Games Wasting Our Time
  • Dragonquest
  • Warriors Games
  • Toys R Us Bankruptcy
Direct download: aggrochat_episode174.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 8:56am EST

Tonight we are down both a Thalen and a Tam and get off on some meandering topics.  We start off with some discussion about the Final Fantasy XIV Rising event that just finished and the introduction of the cheap dungeon.  From there Belghast gets pretty deep in the woods talking about infusion mechanics and Destiny 2.  We branch off from there into a discussion that is really hard to describe.  Functionally we were having a chat about MMOs and whether or not the devs are obligated to provide a uniform experience for all players and all activities in a game.  This branches out into a bunch of directions from the PVP/PVE debate to how uneven some of the artifact weapon quests felt in World of Warcraft Legion.  Kodra talks a bit about his recent journey into the iOS port of one of his favorite Vlaada Chvatil games…  Though the Ages.  Ashgar gives us some updates on his experience playing through Monster Hunter Stories and we delve a bit into the new Magic the Gathering expansion Ixalan.

Topics Discussed

  • Final Fantasy XIV - The Rising Event
  • Destiny 2 Mechanics
  • Providing Uniform MMO Player Experiences
  • Through the Ages iOS
  • Monster Hunter Stories
  • Ixalan Pre-Pre-Release
Direct download: aggrochat_episode173.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:21am EST