Last night we had the whole gang back of Ashgar, Belghast, Grace, Kodra, Tam and Thalen.  Kodra fresh back from Gencon had many tales to tell of his proclivity for LARPing and his further descent into the Magic the Gathering Origins base set.  He has now purchased a box, but instead of opening in one sitting he has decided to do something extremely cool with it, turning it into a series of mini draft for him and some of his Seatle area friends.  Grace continues to spend time in Wildstar and in an effort to try and catch up Belghast has spent some time leveling there.  There was a discussion of the various points that people stall out in that game when they outlevel their quest content.  Grace also managed to play through Hatoful Boyfriend enough times to see every possible ending...  and is amped about our impending AggroChat show.

For Tam and Ashgar this was a very Sword Art Online week, with Ashgar watching through the entirity of season one so that he can join Tam in playing Hollow Fragment on the PS4.  Thalen rekindled his own Magic the Gathering roots as he began playing the brand new free to play Magic Duels. Additionally there is a new event happening in Marvel Heroes where bonus experience is given to playing the Fantastic Four which spawns a conversation about the hero teams we liked growing up.  Bel talks about his Bel's Big Adventure Minecraft series and the quirks of playing Minecraft with a singlular purpose, and his adventures on the Everquest II Time Locked server.  Finally we talk the elephant in the room... the World of Warcraft Legion expansion announcement from GamesCom.  It was a lengthy discussion dense show, and hopefully you will all enjoy it.

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Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:16am EST

Tonight we have Belghast, Ashgar, Thalen, Grace and Tam with Kodra having fun without the rest of us in GenCon.  Once again we return to the standard format of the show talking about the games we have been playing over the last week.  As always the bulk of us have been spending time in Final Fantasy XIV juggling leveling, the Law and Esoteric grind, and Alexander.  Ashgar managed to get his Paladin and Belghast his Dragoon to 60, giving them both a DPS and Tank at max level.  Grace has been focused on trying to play catch up on her relic weapon and is now in the midst of the nexus light grind.

In non FFXIV news Ashgar spent the week working on yet another play through of Final Fantasy V for the Four Job Fiesta.  Thalen spent time delving back into Kingdom Hearts getting the bug to replay it after seeing all the recent buzz surrounding Kingdom Hearts III.  Grace is using Blaugust as a good reason to write some Wildstar blogs, focusing on a guide to the Veteran Shiphand missions as a start.  Tam has been moving deeper into Anime and spent a good chunk of the week watching various shows, and also started playing the remastered Sword Art Online game on the Playstation 4.  Belghast talks a bit about the current state of Skyforge, and his journey into StormHold the time locked Everquest II server.  Bel also talks about his recent binge of Netflix watching including Sense8 and Bojack Horseman.

Finally we get on a discussion where the title comes from, talking about how each of us goes through phases where we need to extract ourselves from the world and how it helps so much to have supportive friends that understand when you are going through one of these phases.

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Category:gaming -- posted at: 12:35am EST

This week we record yet another AggroChat Game Club game featuring the game Astebreed, which is an interesting mix of strange Anime Storytelling and Bullet Hell shooter.  What makes the game very unique is that you are a mech... with a sword as well as your laser weapons.  As far as the story goes, I think several of us were equally confused so we rely on Tam to decode it all for us...  because he apparently was able to follow it the entire way.  We have a lot of conversation about the tone of the game, the boss fights, the controls that may or may not have worked...  and the total package.

Since adding Grace and Thalen to the podcast they were not in the initial rotation of AggroChat picks, so we did the most gamer thing ever... and rolled some dice before the show to graft them into the rotation.  That means for the month of August Grace got to pick a title and we will be playing the bird dating sim...  Hatoful Boyfriend... and Kodra was happier than I have ever heard him be.  He loves this game, and drove us slightly mad with it when he was playing it.  Now we are going to get to experience this madness for ourselves, and I am willing to bet that Game Club Seven is going to be one of the more interesting episodes of AggroChat in our history.

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Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:42am EST

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."

Direct download: aggrochat_episode60.mp3
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.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode58.mp3
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.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode57.mp3
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.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode56.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:52am EST