Tonight we record the March game of the month show… Pyre by Supergiant Games.  Transistor was almost universally our first AggroChat game of the year, and as a result we had pretty high expectations about this game.  However we wound up with a pretty wide swath of opinions ranging from love to hate.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode193.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:51am EDT

This week we went a little off course from our normal show.  In truth we are all largely playing the same games we have been playing for the last few weeks.  Instead Ashgar proposed a topic where we discussed what makes a grind work in a game.  This eventually devolves into a discussion of mostly Monster Hunter World because it seems to have a really great grind mechanic.  We also discuss traditional JRPG grinding, MMO grinding, and a bit about why the Destiny 2 grind isn’t really working out.  Tune in and grind your faces off!

Topics Discussed:

  • Grinding in Games
Direct download: aggrochat_episode192b.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

Generally speaking when I think we have a short show…  we end up recording a two hour long epic of nuance and random commentary.  This is not one of those situations.  We are still very much in a Monster Hunter shaped hole that may or may not be the footprint of the monster we are tracking.  That said we do talk a bit about DragonQuest Builders on the Switch and Radiant Historia on the 3DS.  However like clockwork we did in fact dig right back into the Monster Hunter goodness as we somehow managed to get Thalen to buy into this nonsense as well.

Topics Discussed:

  • DragonQuest Builders
  • Radiant Historia
  • Monster Hunter World
Direct download: aggrochat_episode191.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:54am EDT

This week we record our 190th episode and for whatever reason each time we tick off a 10th episode it seems like a big deal.  Last week during the bustle of getting ready for a show I completely missed a topic so we are leading off with that.  Thalen talks a bit about the early access deck building game Slay the Spire.  From there we talk a bit about our continued addiction to Monster Hunter World in spite of its flaws on the group interaction side.  We talk a bit about our new D&D 5th Edition Campaign set in a custom game world of Tam’s design.  Kodra talks a bit about bouncing off of Warframe and that leads to a discussion about games and accessibility.  Tam and Ash describe Night in the Woods…  and it begins to sound an awful lot like Bel’s experiences with his own home town.  From there we attempt to close out the show but get into another discussion about Monster Hunter World before actually succeeding.

Topics Discussed

  • Slay the Spire
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Fallout: The Board Game
  • D&D 5e Campaign
  • Bouncing off Warframe
  • Accessibility and Games
  • Night in the Woods
  • More Monster Hunter
Direct download: aggrochat_episode190.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:14am EDT

Tonight we are back after roughly three weeks off…  one week missed because I had the flu and another week devoted to a game of the month show.  As a result there are a bunch of things we have to say about a wide variety of topics.  Bel discovers Wolcen a game attempting to split the line between Diablo 2/Path of Exile and Diablo 3.  Kodra talks a bit about how well the Switch works as a mobile gaming platform and his experiences with Mario and Rabbids.  Tam talks a bit about Nier Automata and how close he came to just giving up on that game.  Kodra talks about his recent trip back to Atlanta and all of the board gaming that happened.  Bel talks a bit about Final Fantasy XII Zodiac Age and how it weirdly follows the Japanese control standards.  Grace talks a bit about her experiences with the recent Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft patches.  Then we go through a big discussion about our feelings in regards to the Monster Hunter World release and how we seem to have fallen into a big hole.

 

Topics Discussed

  • Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem
  • Switch as Mobile Platform
  • Mario and Rabbids
  • Nier Automata
  • Board Games
  • Final Fantasy XII Zodiac Age
  • Final Fantasy XIV Patch
  • World of Warcraft Patch
  • Monster Hunter World Shaped Hole
Direct download: aggrochat_episode189.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

This week we are back after an impromptu absence brought on by the Flu.  It is time to record our December/January game of the month show…  Persona 5.  This was Tam’s pick and he went back and forth as to whether or not he should pick such a long game.  However considering we recorded two full hours of packed conversation I am guessing it was a pretty great choice.  We also announce Grace’s pick for the February game of the month…  Pyre a game that surprisingly only one of us has played given just how much we tend to love games from Super Giant.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode188.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

Firstly I feel like I need to lead with an apology.  I’ve picked up some crud over the last few weeks and as a result my voice is pretty rough.  I manage to make it through the show but there are a handful of long pauses where I went into a coughing fit.  Tonight we talk about how jealous I am that Ash is at Pax South and I am not.  The timing was horrible and I wouldn’t have wanted to be there in this condition anyways.  We talk a bit about Destiny 2 announced changes and Kodra’s recent experiences with Super Mario Odyssey.  From there we dive into the recent Nintendo Direct and Tam’s current forray back into Final Fantasy XIV.  Lastly we talk a bit about the Total War series, specifically Warhammer 1 and 2.

Topics Discussed

  • Pax South Stuff
  • Lightseekers Awakening
  • Destiny 2 Changes
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Nintendo Direct
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Warhammer Total War I/II
Direct download: aggrochat_episode187.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:32am EDT

After our long holiday break we return to record the 2017 Games of the Year show.  This time around we have sixteen games to talk about.  When you get six hosts and ask them what their favorite games were for a calendar year… you are going to get a bunch of answers.  Traditionally in the past we have split this into two shows, but this year we recorded it in one go for a show that weighs in a little over 2 hours long.  It was a great year for gaming and as always we would love to hear what our listeners favorite picks were.

Games Discussed

  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Persona 5
  • FFXIV: Stormblood
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Destiny 2
  • The Sexy Brutale
  • Hollow Knight
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • Night in the Woods
  • Okami HD
  • Opus Magnum
  • Through the Ages
  • Warhammer 40,000 - 8th Edition
  • Wolfenstein II
  • Diablo 3 - Rise of the Necromancer
  • Mixed Bag of Honorable Mentions
Direct download: aggrochat_episode186.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

This week we decided to bypass a traditional show and do a full spoiler episode for Star Wars the Last Jedi.  We talk about the latest Star Wars movie and our thoughts given that they are super fresh in our minds at the moment.  This is a very different sort of Star Wars movie and we have a wide variety of opinions on various aspects of the film.  Once again this is a full spoiler show so I highly suggest not listening until you have seen the film…  or in a few of our cases seen it several times.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode185.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:17am EDT

This week we record an unstable show…  and by that I mean a huge chunk of the conversation is about the adventures of Tam, Ash and Kodra in drafting the new magic “un” set.  From there we talk a bit about Unstable being Legal in Commander for a small amount of time and the ups and downs of Iconic Masters.  We talk a bit about the Curse of Osiris DLC for Destiny 2 and the ups and downs of it.  This weekend Monster Hunter World Beta is available on the Playstation Network so we talk a little bit about it and Monster Hunter in general.  We talk a bit about Reigns: Her Majesty and Fire Emblem Heroes 2.0 release.

Topics Discussed:

  • Magic The Gathering
  • Unstable Draft
  • Iconic Masters
  • Destiny 2 Curse of Osiris
  • Monster Hunter World Beta
  • Reigns: Her Majesty
  • Fire Emblem Heroes 2.0
Direct download: aggrochat_episode184.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:33am EDT