Tonight was a bit of an odd evening, because I absolutely went into this podcast not really thinking we had all that much to talk about.  The truth is anytime I think this... it ends up being a record breaking show.  We recorded for roughly two hours and fifteen minutes, and after editing it still weighs in at a whopping hour and fourty five minutes.  We apparently had lots to talk about.  It would not be an AggroChat without discussing Final Fantasy XIV, and tonight we focused heavily upon our recent experiences in Bismarck Ex and with the Alexander raid.  We talk about the influx of new players into the community, and how sometimes this has had a negative effect on the cohesion of the community as a whole.  Since the Four Job Fiesta is still going on, some of our folks talk about their experiences there especially as Kodra, Ash and Tam have all completed the game at least once, and Ash and Kodra are now on their second play through.

We get the title of the show from a discussion Grace brought to the table about the mobile game Alphabear that has recently invaded twitter.  It is a hyper cute game by the makers of Triple Town where you help adorable bears spell words.... and then you get rewarded by crazy selfies that they take that end up being a random assortment of the words you spelled.  From there we dug deep into the new Magic the Gathering core set outlining the Origins of all of the Planeswalkers.  We also get sidetracked on a length discussion about minature gaming that talks about Warhammer, Infinity and a little WarMachine and the hobby in general.  Finally I talk about my recent experiences in SkyForge and some of the problems I had with the game.  It was an evening packed with conversation, that we ultimately had to reign in and cut short a few times for the sake of time.  Hopefully you all enjoy it as much as we did having the discussion.

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Category:gaming -- posted at: 1:25am EST

This week represents the fifth episode of the AggroChat Game Club where we discuss the quirky voice controlled RTS, There Came an Echo.  We discuss our experiences with the game, and talk about some of the numerous technical difficulties we encountered.  We also talk about the fantastic cast of actors that make this game what it is, as well as the well written storyline.  This is a full spoiler show and we delve into discussion about the plot points as well as the broader topics they reflect upon.  Kodra made an extremely interesting pick with this game, and I hope some of you out there played along as well.  We have also picked the sixth AggroChat Game Club title, and reveal that at the end of the show.

 

Listen along and let us know your own comments on what you thought about this game.

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Category:gaming -- posted at: 1:32am EST

Tonight we are down a handful of people with Thalen and Grace being gone, but by that same token it is mostly a cast of original AggroChat folks.  Kodra is back from his traveling and it was awesome to get to spend the night hanging out with him again.  We have all been spending quite a bit of time in ArcheAge as we have been taking a break from Final Fantasy XIV right before the launch of Heavensward.  We talk about our further impressions of the game, and Kodra talks about his since he quite literally just started today.  From there we talk about our expectations for the coming launch of Heavensward and how Ashgar and I apparently have enough faith in the release of this expansion to have taken the day off work.  From there we meander into talk about the upcoming Four Job Fiesta, and how all of our listeners should really take Ashgar's money, since he has put up $5 for every AggroChat listener to defeat the game during the event.  There was talk of Wildstar and Tam injuring himself, but we had a grand time just chatting about the games we had been playing.

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Category:gaming -- posted at: 1:11am EST

Tonight on AggroChat we have Belghast, Tamrielo, Thalen and Grace.  This week Kodra is off playing a rather convincing Fred from Scrooby Doo at Origins, and Ashgar disappeared mysteriously moments before the recording... and we are hoping everything is okay.  The rest of us talked about some recent experiences giving games a second glance.  The first game on that list is Wildstar and both Belghast and Grace have spent a significant amount of time back in the game.  It has been amazing just what an embattled and often times struggling team has managed to accomplish.  Similarly Tamrielo and Thalen have been checking out ArcheAge to find that community is much improved.  Tam talks at length about what he likes about the design of the game, and how it manages to do a better job at being Rift.

Since Ashgar was missing we felt the need to give a huge plug to the Four Job Fiesta program and talk at length about how exactly it works.  For Ashgar the "fiesta" is like a religion, and each June we know that sooner or later we are going to be hit up to join it again.  This year he has pledged $10 for each AggroChat host that manages to beat the game and $5 for each AggroChat listener that beats the game and includes @AggroChat twitter handle on their victory shot.  We talk about a number of other games including Lego Worlds, World of Warcraft, Shadowrun Returns and of course our getting prepared for the launch of the Heavensward expansion in Final Fantasy XIV.  It is a big show chock full of lots of interesting discussions that we hope you will enjoy.  "Please look forward to it."

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Category:gaming -- posted at: 2:15am EST

This week we explore the age old question of podcasting..   just how many hosts can you have before a show descends into madness?  As the title suggests we ended up with eight hosts on this weeks AggroChat and I think for the most part we exited on the other side with our sanity still in place...  or what little we actually had of it to start.  This week Ashgar and Kodra are both travelling, and as such I made plans to cover for them if they were unable to make it for the show.  However because they are the consumate professionals that they are...  they figured out a way to podcast remotely.  This left me with the choice of either backing out on the folks I had arranged or just push forward into madness.  Like usual I chose the path of madness.

This week we have quite possibly our longest show to date as we aske the question if Eight is Enough?  This week we talk about Kodra's trip to Canada, and his descent into Pathfinder Online.  This spurs a discussion about the recent crop of MMO nostalgia titles and how they all somehow miss the boat on what made those early MMOs so interesting.  Since all of us literally are playing Final Fantasy XIV we spend a good deal talking about our two groups working on turn nine of the Second Coil of Bahamut, as well as contrasting WoW and Final Fantasy raiding experiences.  Grace talks about her experience leveling a ninja and how this game causes us to play things we didn't think we would ever like playing.  I talk about my complete and total embrace of the black hole that is the crafting system and how I have managed to push all classes to fifteen this week.

On top of this we talk Sword Art Online in both the Anime and  Game forms.  We talk a bit about how each of us is trying to wrap up our  time in Shadowrun in preparation for next weeks show.  We talk Mad Max Fury Road and to a lesser extent Orphan Black.  Ashgar talks about his continued experiences with Radiant Historia, and Thalen ventures into Broken Age.  Dallian and I talk about our experiences this week playing Witcher 3, and how the Hearthstone mobile app doesn't work nearly as well as we would have hoped it would.  Finally we wrap things up with some discussion about Moonrise and the impending steam early access.  It was without a doubt one of the biggest shows we have recorded but also extremely enjoyable to participate in.  It seems we somehow were able to juggle eight people on a show without complete chaos.

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Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:14am EST

Tonight we have Belghast, Ashgar, Tamrielo, Kodra and Thalen and once again we felt like we didn't have much to talk about.  However once we dug in a little bit I noticed a trend.  Each of us was busy working on this item or that in relationship to Final Fantasy XIV each with our own goals that we have been trying to finish before the expansion.  Ashgar just finished his Nexus weapon after the length grind, and talks about how it compared up against other grinds he has completed.  Kodra talks about working on Turn 9 with two different raid groups and how he hopes we can get through it within the coming weeks.  I talk about my own quest which involves me descending into the dark madness that is crafting and slowly stair stepping each and every crafting class five levels at a time.

In addition to this there is some more Shadowrun talk as we each continue our play throughs.  Kodra goes into yet another dark place by playing some Demon Souls and talks about those experiences.  He and Tam spent a good deal of time this week watching the first season of Sword Art Online and we get into a discussion about that as well.  I talk about my experiences working on the Blackhand encounter in World of Warcraft, and we talk a bit about the lackluster numbers released by NCSoft regarding Wildstar sales.  Yet another night of varried topics here on AggroChat.

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Category:gaming -- posted at: 12:17am EST

It seems when I think we have nothing to talk about... we end up talking for two hours finally having to force ourselves to stop talking to close out the show.  Last night was one of those night as I was joined by Tam, Kodra, Thalen and Ashgar.  Sometimes a clear theme is presented and last night inadvertedly this happened.  As we rambled through the various things we have been playing, it turns out that a lot of us had been playing card games in one form or another.  We got this interesting peak into the secret underground gaming scene of Seatle that Kodra has now apparently gotten his ticket into.  He recorded this weeks AggroChat on a quick jaunt away from this all day gaming event that was happening in a nearby hotel.  The kind of event that isn't advertised, and that you apparently have to know someone to get into.  This is not starting to sound like fight club at all is it? 

Other than that I shift things around a bit in the show and I actually go first.  Usually by the time we get around to the games I have been playing my co-hosts are bordering on being asleep so I opted to talk about my stuff first.  Which was a large course of Echo of Souls, and beating Wolfenstein The Old Blood which is an absolutely enjoyable but exceptionally short version of the original Wolfenstein game redone in New Order style.  Machinegames has somehow created this magical mix of the glory days of the 90s era shooter mixed with the narrative power of modern gaming.  Ashgar once again is going through his DS collection and playing things that he had not beaten before, this time jaunting down a time travelling avenue.  Thalen extolled the joys of Hand of Fate, and Kodra rediscovered Heroes of Might and Magic 3.  More than that however we talked a lot about card games and board games in general.  Was a fun and chill show to record and hopefully that comes across in the production.

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Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:52am EST

This week I start off the show, and even title it with a pretty massive plug for the Newbie Blogger Initiative.  What is the NBI you ask?  Well this is the time of the year when Veteran bloggers support new folks wanting to get started in this madness.  This year we are making an extra special push to try and help new podcasters, youtubers, and streamers along with the bloggers.  Additionally I myself am making a special push to try to rekindle the fire in some of our wayward bloggers who are no longer as regular as they used to be.  The entire month of May is dedicated to helping folks get started and find their niche, and since most of the AggroChat crew have participated in the past, it is time to get the word out.

As far as the rest of the show we had myself, Tam, Ashgar, Kodra and Grace.  As always we spent a good deal of time talking Final Fantasy XIV since we are all still heavily playing it.  Right now Greysky Armada our Free Company is back holding the bronze medal again for being the third most active Free Company on our server Cactuar.  This week also saw myself and Grace spending some more time playing some more Wildstar.  The Black Dagger Society the guild I am connected to has been having a guild night on Fridays and as such I have started joining in the festivities.  Additionally there was talk of Marvel Heroes, Diablo 3, Ashgar returning to his Gameboy Advance roots, Tam winning his first Infinity tournament since the move, and similarly Kodra beating VVVVVV for the first time in his new place.  Since this month is devoted to Shadowrun for the Gameclub we are also starting to play some of this.  It was a fun show in spite of being in that pre-E3 gaming doldrum.

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Category:gaming -- posted at: 12:13am EST

This evening we held the third episode of the AggroChat Game Club where we talk about my pick the early access rogue-like Darkest Dungeon.  I personally chose this game because so many of my friends had been talking about it, and purposefully delayed playing it in the thoughts of this eventually becoming an AggroChat title.  The result is that each of us played the game slightly different, and walked away with a very different perspective and feeling about the game.  Some of us loved it, but even among those that loved it...  we brought with it a completely different outlook and as such a different reaction.  Of course some of us absolutely hated the game, enough to actually Alt-F4 out of the window.  

The end result however is what I feel like our most successful game club title to date, because it certainly spurred on some conversation.  Next months title is announced towards the end of the broadcast and I am sure it will be an equally interesting discussion.

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Category:gaming -- posted at: 12:16am EST

This week we are without Tamrielo and Rae for various reasons, but joining us once again are the ever amazing Grace and Thalen.  For awhile I thought we would be missing Kodra, but he shows amazing determination and podcasted anyways.  This is the week that he moved across country from Atlanta area to Seatle, and thanks to the magic of living in the same appartment complex as Tam, was able to "borrow a cup of internet" and a chair and pretty much everything else needed to make the podcast function.  This weeks episode is called "Get Hyped" because we spend a lot of time getting hyped about various things we are excited about.  

During the course of the episode we talk about so many board games in the wake of International Tabletop Day.  This discussion managed to make a very sleeply Kodra u enough to continue podcasting.  We also talk about how amazing the new Netflix Original Daredevil series is.  We talk about the Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer that was released, and cannot get through a single podcast without talking about the new tidbits of information floating about regarding the Heavensward expansion that is looming ever closer.  I talk about the new Wildstar promotion asking players to buy up "dead stock" and get rewarded heavily for it.  Some see it as an act of desperation but personally I see it as an act of sheer genius.  I also go on at length about how great the new Wardrobe system is in Rift.  It was a super fun podcast to record, and as such we ran fairly late.

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Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:01am EST