Tonight we had more topics than we had time to talk about them, but we managed to hit the majority of them.  First up Bel talks about his frustrations with Black Armory the latest content drop in Destiny 2 and their overarching plan of content releases going forward.  He also talks a bit about the Last Wish raid that he got drug through this week. From there we talk a bit about the Game Awards and how weird it is that they are actually relevant.  We discuss how it is turning into E3 part two as major shows give big release information… and occasionally they give an award for things between the commercials. Grace talks about Hades the new title from Supergiant Games and how it jumps right into her wheelhouse of the Action RPG blended with a Rogue Lite.  This also starts a discussion about how Epic Games is vying for serious competition with Steam by discounting their cut of sales. Finally we talk about the new Smash Bros game and the World of Light adventure mode.

Featured Topics

  • Shiana verifying Tam Was Rogue Class Lead
  • Destiny 2
    • The Black Armory
    • Last Wish Raid
  • GAME Awards
    • E3 2.0?
    • Various Games Announced
  • Hades - Supergiant Games
  • Epic Games Storefront vs Steam Storefront
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate
    • World of Light
Direct download: aggrochat_episode231.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 11:04am EST

Tonight we talk a bit about Monster Hunter World Winter Star Event and how maddening the Tempered Kirin is.  From there we talk about the closing of MMOs and specifically the loss of Wildstar. Several of us have returned to Final Fantasy XIV as is often the case at the end of an expansion.  We briefly talk about some frustrations with World of Warcraft and then go into a discussion about puzzle games you can zone out while playing specifically Tetris Effect in VR and the amazing Lumines.

Topics Discussed

  • Monster Hunter World
    • Winter Star Event
    • Tempered Kirin
    • Talking about Various Weapons
  • Closing of MMOs
    • The Last Hours of Wildstar
    • Star Wars Galaxies
    • City of Heroes
    • Games being Bought
  • Returning to FFXIV
    • Main Story Quest
    • Palace of the Dead
  • World of Warcraft Issues
  • Tetris Effect in VR
    • Lumines
    • Bejeweled
    • Peggle Loot
  • Missing Game Forums
Direct download: aggrochat_episode230.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:19am EST

Tonight we talk about a bunch of differing topics… that sorta blend together into a mix of ideas.  We start off with some discussion of Thanksgiving Leftover abominations. From here Belghast talks a bit about his experiences with extremely Hardcore players on mobile phone games.  This sorta leads its way into discussions of MMO Design problems, which itself leads to talking about the FFXIV Shadowbringers expansion announcement. We discuss the problems with the Blue Mage and how the Limited Class construct is probably not the right way to do it.  This leads eventually into a discussion of the shenanigans that Tam and Kodra and crew have been up to in Fallout 76.

Topics Discussed:

  • Thanksgiving Leftover Abominations
  • Hardcore Mobile Players
  • MMO Design Problems
  • Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringer
  • Blue Mage Limited Job
  • Fallout 76
Direct download: aggrochat_episode229.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:14am EST

Tonight we talk about a bunch of things starting off with the interesting and also sort of weird experience of watching a movie, and having a live orchestra play the soundtrack.  Ash talks about his experiences with the new Spyro the dragon and the practice of modernizing games without really changing the original gameplay. From there we talk about the insanely charming Pokemon Let’s Go game and how it is seemingly way more sticky for a few of us than core Pokemon games.  Tam and Kodra talk about how with Diablo 3 on the Switch they finally understand what Grace and Bel see in this game. Grace talks a bit about the new Netflix She-Ra. Bel talks about his disappointment in the newest Hellgate: London steam release. Finally we end up in a lengthy conversation about Fallout 76 multiplayer and how this game does not deserve the grief reviewers have been heaping on it.

Topics Discussed:

  • Orchestra Plus a Movie
  • Spyro
  • Pokemon Let’s Go
  • Diablo 3 Switch
  • She-Ra
  • Hellgate: London
  • Fallout 76
Direct download: aggrochat_episode228.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:30am EST

Tonight we are down a few people but pick up with a topic that sorta got skipped from the previous week which is Deltarune the new Toby Fox Game.  From there Kodra talks about his experiences with The Messenger and then the game Getting Over It. At which point we discuss how much Kodra apparently loves meat grinder games.  Bel talks about the purchase of Obsidian and inExile and how it is probably good for the longevity of those studios. From there we discuss the conflict between investors and game players….  Fighting for the soul of a game beginning with the news that Destiny 2 is “Under Performing” and sorta going off in different directions from there. Bel talks about his experiences trying a bunch of new Mobile games and encounters the weird trend of mobile games that literally play themselves.  Finally we move into a discussion about how much Ashgar would like us all to try Cross Code.

Topics Discussed

  • Deltarune
  • The Messenger
  • Getting Over It
  • Microsoft Purchase of Obsidian and inExile
  • Destiny 2 “Under Performing”
  • Trying Action RPGS
    • Last Epoch
    • Grim Dawn
    • Path of Exile
    • Wolcen
  • Mobile Games Playing Themselves
    • Crusaders of Light
    • Lineage II: Revolution
  • Cross Code
Direct download: aggrochat_episode227.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 11:18am EST

Tonight we have a packed show full of topics to discuss because as we hurdle towards the holiday season… a bunch of stuff is happening.  First up we talk about Super Smash Bros Ultimate and the inclusion of the World of Light single player system. From there with similar Nintendo topics we talk a bit about the Diablo 3 Switch release and just how good it feels.  Chaining off that we get into a discussion about Blizzcon 2018 and the announcement that the community was not prepared for… Diablo Immortal. We try and break this down a little bit, talk about the positives of it, and explain why the community as a whole freaked the hell out in a very toxic and dangerous manner.  

Admittedly somewhere along in here we jump around through a bunch of topics but eventually settle into a discussion of World of Warcraft Classic and all of the things Bel quite honestly didn’t remember from playing on a retro client.  Saturday afternoon Bel, Tam and Kodra spent a few hours roaming around in Fallout 76, so there is some talk about how much they are now looking forward to the release. Finally we wrap up with a brief discussion of Deltarune, which honestly happened in a few places during the show…  but will likely be reprised next week.


Topics Discussed:

  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate
    • World of Light
  • Diablo 3 Switch
  • Blizzcon 2018
    • Diablo Immortal
  • World of Warcraft Classic
  • Fallout 76
  • Deltarune
Direct download: aggrochat_episode226.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:12am EST

This week we welcome Thalen back from his Japanese sojourn, and with that we have a brief reprisal of the monetization topic from a few weeks back.  From there he talks a bit about his own experiences in Japan and how watching Tam experience it for the first time brought back all the feelings of his own first memories.  We talk a bit about slow game starts, primarily Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and then some talk of Persona games. From there Bel talks a bit about digging into Destiny 2 Forsaken and all of the quality of life tweaks that have been made.  From there we discuss Starlink and how the Nintendo Switch Digital Deluxe version is the correct way to purchase this game. Finally at the very end there is some talk of League of Legends Worlds.

Topics Discussed

  • Monetization Reprised
    • The Sad Demise of Marvel Heroes
  • Thalen in Japan
    • Raubahn is the Scowlingest Soup
  • Slow Game Starts
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
    • Persona 5
    • Personal 4
  • Destiny 2 Forsaken
    • Itemization Changes
    • Gambit
    • Haunted Forest
  • Starlink
    • Playing as Fox
    • Switch Digital Deluxe
  • League of Legends Worlds
Direct download: aggrochat_episode225.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:02am EST

Tonight we lead off the show with a brief explanation of why there was no show last week.  Namely Bel was at a wedding, Grace still in DC, Tam and Thalen in Japan… and Kodra and Ash probably wisely decided not to record a duo show.  No offense to any of the bajillion podcasts out there that are always a duo show… but that isn’t our schtick. Since Tam is in fact back from his vacation we talk a bit about his experiences on his first trip to Japan.  This leads into a discussion about the Pokemon Go culture and how popular the game is there. From there Bel talks briefly about his nonsense “Wireless Ethernet” set up and playing the latest God of War game over it. From there we delve into a discussion about the Hollow Knight Randomizer and Steel Soul mode.  Finally we briefly touch on The Messenger and Gris.

Topics Discussed:

  • Why No Show Last Week
  • Tam’s Adventures in Japan
    • Pokemon Go Culture
  • Wireless Ethernet
    • Parsec Remote Play
    • Playstation Remote PLay
  • God of War
    • Dad of War
    • Wages of Toxic Masculinity
  • Hollow Knight
    • Randomizer
    • Steel Soul Mode
  • The Messenger
  • Gris
Direct download: aggrochat_episode224.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:28am EST

This week we are down half of our show, but weirdly enough ended up very close to our original line up from the first few AggroChat shows…  only missing Rae. We were concerned we might not have enough material for a show, but wound up only about 10 minutes short of our average which seems pretty good.  Tonight we talk about Monetization in Free to Play games and in part why some games it feels good to spend money on, and others it feels exploitative. This explores mobile games and mmorpgs as well.  From there Bel talks a bit about his experiences restarting with Monster Hunter World PC and how weirdly most of the progress was raising his skill and not necessarily his gearing. Kodra talks about his experiences with Mega Man 11 which leads to a discussion of this golden age of modern 2D side scrollers.  Finally we wrap things up with some discussion about Guilds of Ravnica and how it feels in a constructed and sealed environment on MTG Arena.

 

Topics Discussed

  • Free to Play Monetization
    • Mobile Games
    • Dragalia Lost
    • MMORPGs
    • Elder Scrolls Online
    • Star Wars the Old Republic
    • Neverwinter
  • Monster Hunter World
    • Skill Acquisition vs Gear Acquisition
    • Small but awesome PC community
  • Mega Man 11
    • Hollow Knight
    • Shovel Knight
    • Celeste
    • Bloodstained: Circle of the Moon
    • Retro Feeling Modern Games
  • Guilds of Ravnica
    • MTG Arena
    • Sealed Play
    • Constructed Play
Direct download: aggrochat_episode223.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:49am EST

Tonight my stalwart friends managed to make me completely fail at getting through the intro once more.  The truth is I never know what Ash is going to say when I call upon him… tonight was not a thing I was expecting.  The first game discussed was Spiderman for PS4 which had rolled over from a few shows. Next up the start of the MTG Arena Open Beta and the end of wipes…  so that everything from this point in theory carried forward indefinitely. Kodra talks about his experiences playing Celeste and its interesting variable difficulty settings.  We talk about Dragalia Lost and how it is once again taking the world by storm… as most Nintendo mobile releases seem to. Finally we talk a bit about Battle for Azeroth and why some of the systems and the grind involved with them feels bad and often times pointless.

Topics Discussed:

  • Spiderman PS4
  • MTG Arena - Open Beta
  • Celeste
  • Dragalia Lost
  • World of Warcraft Grind
Direct download: aggrochat_episode222.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:33am EST

Tonight we have another show largely made up of topics that have rolled over from previous shows when we ran out of time.  We start the show with some reasonable methadone for Justice Monsters Five… in the form of a little early access Android game called Zombie Rollers.  From there we talk a bit about Dragon Quest XI which leads to a discussion about Dragon Warrior and Quest titles in North America. Tam talks about his experiences with Hyperlight Drifter on the switch which leads its way to a discussion about Hollow Knight.  This time said discussion is a spoiler filled dive and I highly suggest playing the game before checking out this segment. Finally at the very end we talk about Diablo 3 Season 15… the upcoming switch release, our hopes for Blizzcon and some of the rumors circulating.

Topics Discussed

  • Zombie Rollers
    • Justice Monsters Five
  • Dragon Quest XI
    • Dragon Warrior NES Games
    • Phantasy Star Series
  • Hyperlight Drifter
  • Hollow Knight
    • Full Spoiler Deep Dive
  • Diablo 3 Season 15
    • Switch Release
    • BlizzCon Hopes
    • Rumors
Direct download: aggrochat_episode221.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:26am EST

Tonight we record a show that has almost nothing to do with Gorb…  but you are going to get that as a name anyways because reasons. This is another one of those shows that has a bunch of topics that kept rolling over from other shows until we managed to align enough of them that sorta made sense together.  Tonight we talk about MMOs an awful lot covering the life cycle of the new player experience, returning player experience and the completely and total nonsense that happens at end game with power creep.

Rough Approximation of Topics

  • DPS Shortage
    • Why We Apparently Only Know Tanks and Healers
  • The New Player Experience
    • World of Warcraft
    • Final Fantasy XIV
    • Destiny Series
    • Warframe
  • The Returning Character Experience
    • All of the Above Again
    • How The Secret World did it Poorly
  • Power Creep
    • Why did we stat squish only to be irresponsible again?
    • Mudflation the term that actually came from MUDs
  • Nintendo Direct
    • We accidentally talk about stuff coming out on Switch
Direct download: aggrochat_episode220.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:54am EST

Last week we did not have a show because half of AggroChat was at Pax West and no one really wanted to listen to Grace and I trying to do a show by ourselves.  Tonight however we have the entire gang back with a bounty of games to talk about from Pax West 2018. This is a really long list and we managed to get through all of them in our normal allotted time.  Be warned as we go further into the bowels of this list, the discussion points get considerably more brief. There were twenty eight games that I was able to catch… there might have been more and they may not be in the same order…  but we gave it an attempt to track it all.

  • Kodra is Famous Now
  • Pax West Show Run Down
    • Artifact
    • Dauntless
    • Starlink
    • Untitled Goose Game
    • Never Give Up
    • Risk of Rain 2
    • Get in the car, Loser
    • Necrosphere
    • Exception
    • Gris
    • Dragon Marked for Death
    • Spin Rhythm
    • Star Renegades
    • Soundfall
    • Summoner's Fate
    • Indivisible
    • Decoherence
    • Evergate
    • Party Golf/Party Crashers
    • Children of Morta
    • Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    • Necrobarista
    • Russian Subway Dogs
    • Element Space
    • Zombie Rollerz
    • Dusk: Arena of Shadows
    • Gizmos
    • Felix the Reaper
Direct download: aggrochat_episode219.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:58am EST

Tonight we have the full group and end up talking mostly about World of Warcraft and the Battle For Azeroth expansion so far.  If you listened last week... Tam became interested enough in the expansion that he renewed his account which lead to a whole sequence of events happening.  One of which resulted in him finding out he had a hopelessly broken character. We talk about that event and the absolutely primo customer service he received as a result of it.  We talk about the lack of players in War mode and how Blizzard apparently is planning on throwing more incentives towards playing in that fashion. We talk about our experiences in dungeons so far and how some seem way harder than others.  We talk about the release of the Queen Azshara cinematic and what that maybe means for the future. We talk about how we are seeing some of the best storytelling in WoW's history through this expansion. Tam presents an impassioned defense of playing "boring" humans in fantasy games, which leads to a discussion more about world building than anything else.  Finally Kodra talks a bit about his new career in Glitchless Speedrunning primarily through VVVVVV, which turns into a discussion about speedrunning and the glitchless variant in particular.

Topics Discussed:

  • World of Warcraft
    • How Tam Got His Groove Back
    • Battle for Azeroth Expansion
    • War Mode - Please Be Content
    • Dungeon Experiences
    • Queen Azshara Cinematic
  • Why Humans Are Great
  • The Letter F Six Times
    • VVVVVV
    • Glitchless Speedrunning
Direct download: aggrochat_episode218.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:02am EST

This evening we talk about a bunch of stuff but first Ashgar sings for us and makes me lose my shit…  so working as intended. Grace and Bel talk about their experiences in Battle For Azeroth so far and how it turned out not to be as factiony as we expected.  We also sorta convince Tam to give the story a shot even though we know he will bounce off it eventually. Bel talks about his recent journey into Mastodon and how it seems like a throwback to the early days of the internet.  Tam also has joined in this process and talks about how the experience so far has been better for him than Twitter was. Tam also talks about his experiences with the game Detroit and so far how it seems to be less pretentious than the average David Cage fare.  Finally we talk about some comfort gaming and enjoyable mechanical loops like Warframe, Destiny and Dead Cells.

 

Topics Discussed

  • Battle For Azeroth
    • Convincing Tam to Play
    • Better Story
    • Shockingly Minimal Faction Nonsense
  • Mastodon
    • The New Not-Twitter
    • More like a BBS or Old IRC
    • Strength of Small Communities
    • Totally not another Ello
  • Detroit
    • Interesting story
    • Less Pretentious Cage
  • Comfort Gaming
    • Warframe
    • Enjoyable Mechanical Loops
    • Destiny
    • Dead Cells

 

Direct download: aggrochat_episode217.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:04am EST

Tonight Belghast completely crashes and has to reboot, during the intro.  Additionally Kodra also crashes at some point during the LARP conversation and we sorta have to move on while he comes back online.  It is one of those shows. You have been warned. We talk about GenCon and the convention going experience. We talk a bit about Steambirds Alliance and what a bullet-hell-perma-death-steampunk-bird-mmo is like.  If you have enough dashes you can connect any genres! We talk about Monster Hunter World on the PC and how it isn’t quite the dumpster fire that the internet reports it to be. We talk about questing in 4X games and why everyone but Bel seems to think this is an awesome.  Then we sorta break down into a lengthy diatribe about Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder and which versions were good at what. It's a Show!

Topics Discussed

  • Kodra visits GenCon
    • Convention Experiences
    • Here we Go A Larping
  • Steambirds Alliance
    • Ashgar Needs This Game
    • Spryfox Is Awesome
    • Realm of the Mad God
  • Monster Hunter World PC
    • Mostly Fine
  • Quests in 4X Games
    • Bel Thinks it sounds miserable
    • Everyone else loves them
  • Starfinder Thoughts
    • Pathfinder 2.0 Thoughts
    • Devolving into a discussion about D&D Generations
    • 3.5 Thoughts
    • 4e Thoughts
    • Open Gaming License was Awesome
    • Bel says some stuff about Palladium Games
  • The Public Nature of D&D
    • Beginning with 3rd Edition to Now
    • Critical Role
    • Talking D&D on Talk Shows
Direct download: aggrochat_episode216.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:05am EST

As part of the 2018 Blaugust Reborn Initiative the blogger Chestnut from Gamer Girl Confessions (gamergirlconfessions.com) has challenged us to create some mini podcasts.  There is a sequence of questions that we were asked to answer, and in my case I sorta gave some pretty big combo answers for most of them.  You can find the full length of questions as part of this blog post (https://gamergirlconfessions.com/2018/07/30/imposter-syndrome-and-your-blog/).  Essentially Belghast talks about how he got his start with Tales of the Aggronaut and some general advice to new bloggers.

There is still plenty of time to participate in Blaugust this year so check out http://aggronaut.com/2018/07/09/blaugust-reborn/ for more details.

Direct download: blaugustminicast-Belghast.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:36am EST

Tonight we have as show that goes way off course, but often times those are some of our better shows because we follow the passion.  Bel talks a bit about Blaugust Reborn and the successes so far. All of the talk about World of Warcraft has lead Tam to go back and play Warcraft 3.  We talk about where all of the story beats come from and where World of Warcraft maybe went south around Cataclysm. We also talk about maybe that there should have been a World of Warcraft 2.  We talk a bit about the new Richard Garfield game Keyforge and how Magic the Gathering is not actually the game he intended to design. Bel talks a bit about the concept of a Destiny Pen and Paper game which leads into a discussion about Modern Tabletop gaming…  and how we need the gaming version of a Country Club.


Topics Discussed:

  • Blaugust Reborn
    • 88 Participating Blogs So Far
  • Warcraft 3
    • Where the story comes from
    • World of Warcraft
    • Storytelling Issues
    • Things Went South After Cataclysm
    • We Needed World of Warcraft 2
  • Keyforge
    • Everyone likes random decks right?
  • Magic the Gathering
    • Not the game Garfield actually wanted
    • Magic Shifted Over Time
    • Rebalancing Magic
  • Destiny Pen and Paper
    • Fan Built in spite of what Bel thought
  • Modern Tabletop Explosion
  • Need for Gaming Country Clubs
    • We come up with a business model
    • Someone else make this a thing
Direct download: aggrochat_episode215.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:46am EST

Tonight we sit down and talk through our feelings about Battle For Azeroth and its fairly tone deaf ad campaign. We dig into the "It Matters" videos and how it feels fairly irresponsible at a time when our country and world is pulled apart already by some fairly serious points of division. We talk about how playing World of Warcraft should be a thing to bring people together rather than pull them apart. We also talk about the Warbringers video series and how we are afraid it is setting up Jaina, Sylvannas and Azshara to be the next set of raid bosses. Finally we talk briefly about the novel and event that are leading up to this expansion. At the tail end of the show we talk a bit about drafting M19 in Magic Arena and Bel's nonsensical luck at pulling cards.

Topics Discussed

  • Battle For Azeroth
    • The "It Matters" Ad Campaign
    • The "Warbringers" video series
    • The "Before the Storm" novelization
    • The "War of the Thorns" quest event
  • Magic Arena
    • Drafting M19
    • Nonsensical Pulls
    • Golgari Pride
Direct download: aggrochat_episode214.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:41am EST

Tonight we are down a few people... in fact half of them. So you have to deal with the remainder that is left after you take away a Kodra, Thalen and Grace. For those who are caught up with their critical AggroMath skills... you are left with a Bel, a Tam and an Ash. Three individuals who have mostly been playing Elder Scrolls Online and as a result you get to listen to us gush about our most recent experiences... including Bel's Cross-Tamriel murder spree for a creepy dark god. Additionally you get to listen to Ash and Tam talk a bit more about Age of Sigmar and the interesting army choices where we all lose money for Ash not collecting Lizardmen.

Topics Discussed

  • Elder Scrolls Online
  • Age of Sigmar
Direct download: aggrochat_episode213.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:20am EST

Tonight we continue our recent tradition of picking up on topics that we did not quite have time for on the previous episode.  First off we discuss our general feelings about “cheating” and by cheating we are talking about relying on guides, maps, and walkthroughs in additional to other more traditional cheats and mods.  From there Bel talks a bit about his experiences with Orsinium and how playing through all three factions of the original Elder Scrolls Online content is paying off. From there we discuss long games that have a very clear failure state and how generally lousy that feels when it occurs.  Finally we talk a bit about the recent ArenaNet community issues and share some of our feelings about it.

Topics Discussed

  • Walkthroughs Guides and Cheats
    • Respecting our Time
    • Enhancing the “Fun Loop”
    • When we would not use them
  • Elder Scrolls Online
    • Finishing Orsinium
    • Payoff for finishing all original Content
  • Long Games with Failure States
    • Kingdom Death
    • Civilization
    • Battletech
    • Sim/City Builder Games
  • ArenaNet Issues
    • Emboldening Bad Actors
    • “Other” on the Internet
    • The Stress of Game Development
    • Bel’s Brain Broke
Direct download: aggrochat_episode212.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:27am EST

Tonight we record a normal show... and by normal I mean one that starts off completely derailing Belghast. We have a new way of trying to make sure topics that don't actually make it on a weeks show roll over to the next week... and as a result there are a bunch of topics that have been sitting in limbo for awhile that we dig into.

Topics Discussed

  • Evoland 2 Reprised
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar
    • Idoneth Deepkin
    • Stormcast
    • Nighthaunt
    • Games Workshop New Management
  • Disappointing Sequels
    • New Gundam Breaker
    • Deus Ex Invisible War
    • Master of Orion 3
    • Mass Effect Andromeda
  • Gloomhaven
    • Premium Board Games
    • Kingdom Death
  • Elder Scrolls Online
    • Current State of Game
Direct download: aggrochat_episode211.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:03am EST

Tonight we record our June 2018 Game of the Month Show for the quirky parody RPG Evoland 2.  This was Ashgar's pick because it largely expands on the part of Evoland 1 that felt really good.  We talk about what the game does extremely well and how it fell a little short by maybe letting some of the sequences outstay its welcome.  We also talk a bit about the July Game of the Month that we will be playing next month.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode210.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:28am EST

Last week we went into the show with a long list of topics, and then wound up only talking about the news coming out of E3 2018.  This week we attempt to pick up the pieces left on the cutting room floor and move on with some of the topics we missed. Bel talks a bit about getting into the survival mode in The Division.  Tam discusses his journies into PSVR with Rez, Skyrim and Moss. Bel talks a bit about firing back up Elder Scrolls Online. We talk a bit about the release of Hollow Knight for the Switch and the beginning of Final Fantasy V Four Job Fiesta with its new Forbidden mode.

Topics Discussed

  • Division Survival
  • PSVR
    • Rez VR
    • Skyrim VR
    • Moss VR
  • Elder Scrolls Online
  • Hollow Knight Switch
  • Four Job Fiesta
Direct download: aggrochat_episode209.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:37am EST

Tonight we start out with a list of topics to discuss… and never quite make it past E3 2018.  This was one packed year with a bunch of interesting titles announced. We talk about most of the shows and some of the titles that interested each of us the most.  We jump around a lot so it is more of a free form discussion rather than anything structured. This means we occasionally jump off and talk about things that are not necessarily E3 related.


Topics Discussed

  • E3 2018
  • Many titles
  • Very announcements
  • Wow
  • Yes I did just do that
Direct download: aggrochat_episode208.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 11:36pm EST

Tonight we return with a regular show but are unfortunately down a Tam and a Grace.  We talk a bit about Magic the Gathering and more specifically the Battle Bond expansion set as well as Magic Arena getting the Full Standard compliment of expansions.  Kodra is more excited however about the ability to do draft mode all the time without having to wait for the weekend events. Bel talks a bit about his recent binging of Dishonored and how playing those games in order turns it into a Mass Effect series sort of experience.  From there Bel goes on about the madness he has been doing with Parsec Gaming. We talk a bit about how much we think the Atari VCS is highly possibly vaporware… which leads to some discussion about the lies that are often told at E3. Finally Thalen talks a bit about his experiences with a shop keeper roguelike called Moonlighter.

Topics Discussed:

  • Magic the Gathering: Battle Bond
  • Magic Arena - Full Standard
  • Dishonored Series
  • Parsec Gaming
  • Atari VCS
  • E3 Lies
  • Moonlighter
Direct download: aggrochat_episode207.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:38am EST

Tonight we talk about the May AggroChat Game Club game…  Heroes of Hammerwatch. This was Belghast’s pick who largely though we needed a much more relaxing game after the deep feels that A Night in the Woods gave us.  Additionally the first one was a lot of fun and it was well worth exploring what the indirect sequel had to offer. This leads us down a path where we talk about the differences between Rogue-lite and Rogue-like as well as some discussion about procedural generation versus hand built maps.  We also talk a bit about the June game of the month Evoland 2.

Topics Featured:

  • Our New Battle Royale Mode
  • Heroes of Hammerwatch
  • Rogue-lite vs Rogue-like
  • Procedural vs Hand Built
  • Evoland 2
  • Final Fantasy Four Job Fiesta
Direct download: aggrochat_episode206.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 8:55am EST

Tonight we change things up a bit and instead of recording the Game of the Month show…  we are in fact doing a normal style show. By normal… I mean we are recording with a Tam who has been day drinking.  We start off the discussion with Dauntless that just launched on the 24th… and by launch I mean it is a free to play game going into open beta which is absolutely a launch.  Ash talks about Hyrule Warriors on the switch and his experiences playing through it and all of the new content that came from the 3DS version. Tam talks a bit about Far Lone Sails a game where you drive a sailboat train and constantly keep moving ever steadily to the right.  Finally we talk about games as escapism and this turns into a far darker discussion than I had intended it to. We each sorta talk about how we use games to cope with whatever we are dealing with.

 

Topics Discussed:  

  • Dauntless
  • Hyrule Warriors - Switch
  • Far Lone Sails
  • Games as Escapism
Direct download: aggrochat_episode205.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:07am EST

Tonight we are down both an Ashgar and a Kodra… and the intro felt really weird to start with Grace.  Tonight we had one of those nights where we felt like we didn’t have an awful lot to talk about… but then wound up running over time anyways.  Bel talks about his experiences with State of Decay 2 on both Xbox One and PC and how it has changed from the original. Grace talks about her experiences with the Warmind Destiny 2 expansion that then spawns a discussion about why we feel D2 has a bad attach rate.  Bel and Grace talk about how not excited they are for Battle for Azeroth in World of Warcraft, but how otherwise generally awesome the experience of leveling alts has become. Tam and Thalen talk about their further experiences with Battletech and coming to terms with the random headshots.

Featured Topics:

  • State of Decay 2
  • Destiny 2 Warmind
    • Bad Progression Design
  • World of Warcraft
    • Battle for Azeroth Angst
    • Excellent Alt Leveling
  • BattleTech
Direct download: aggrochat_episode204.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:37am EST

Tonight we are down a Thalen because storms cause power outages.  Among the topics discussed is the new Destiny 2 expansion called Warmind.  Belghast has spent a significant amount of time with it and has things to say.  From there Tam goes into his experiences with Battletech and why maybe being absolutely completely true to pen and paper sometimes has issues.  Ash talks about Pillars of Eternity 2… and how he has yet to actually play it but has spent a lot of time digging around in the JSON code. Finally we wrap things up with a discussion of Magic the Gathering Commander…  and how to build a deck designed not to win but instead to do interesting things and subvert the flow of the game.

Topics Discussed:

  • Destiny 2: Warmind
  • Battletech
  • Pillars of Eternity 2
  • Magic the Gathering - Commander
Direct download: aggrochat_episode203.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 11:06pm EST

Tonight we are extremely happy that Tam is still with us.  Find out how exactly he has managed to be hit five different times by motor vehicles.  With his ability to take a fall he is still with us and healing… but still very sore. We talk a bit about the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general terms and attempt to be as spoiler free as possible.  Largely we discuss what a feat it is to have 19 movies and 11 television series that all more or less interact with each other in the same shared universe. From there Kodra and Belghast talks a bit about Magic the Gathering Arena and the new quick draft mode.  Finally Tam talks a bit about his experiences with Yakuza Zero and what a weird game that ultimately is.

Topics Discussed:

  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Magic the Gathering Arena Drafting
  • Yakuza 0
Direct download: aggrochat_episode202.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:23am EST

This week we talk about the April AggroChat Game Club title…  Night in the Woods. This was Kodra’s pick and has turned out to be quite the emotional ride of the AggroChat crew.  This game is somewhat of a mirror in that it reflects back the baggage you bring with you. Each of us had experiences that felt very real and similar to things happening in the game but honestly it was a little hard to unpack all of that during the course of a show.  There is a blend of talk about he game and talk about our own upbringings. Definitely one of the most personal AggroChat shows to date.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode201.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:15am EST

Tonight we are recording our two hundredth episode of AggroChat and we still have no clue what we are doing.  There was a joke floating around this week that “lets make a podcast” is the new version of “let's form a band” and honestly… it sorta is.  April 13th of 2014 I gathered up some of my friends and said, let's do a thing where we mostly just have the conversations we normally have on voice chat…  while recording it. Four years and some change later we are sitting at our bicentennial episode.

Tonight we talk about the Kulve Taroth event happening in Monster Hunter World.  Kodra and Bel talk about Magic the Gathering Arena and how this might actually be the answer to Magic for the Hearthstone crowd.  Kodra talks about his experiences with the Dominaria pre-release draft event. Finally we settle into a lengthy discussion about games with defined metas and the battle between playing the way you want and playing in a way that supports the meta compositions.

Topics Discussed

  • Monster Hunter World
    • Kulve Taroth
  • Magic the Gathering Arena
    • Preconstructed
  • Dominaria Pre-release
    • Drafting the set
  • Playing the Meta vs Playing the Game
    • Warhammer 40k
    • Destiny
    • League of Legends
    • Heroes of the Storm
    • Monster Hunter World
Direct download: aggrochat_episode200.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:03am EST

In a human sense AggroChat just turned 5 years old this last Friday…  but in a more correct sense we have now completely four entire years of this podcast.  I still feel like we really don’t completely know what we are doing here. As the patron saint of bad decisions…  Belghast journeys back into Everquest… not EQ2 but the original and talks a bit about how many of those systems have changed drastically.  Grace and Bel talk a bit about their Mythical Nonsense journey in World of Warcraft as they reached Mythic +10 this past week. We go into a lengthy conversation talking about encounter decision with several examples including Monster Hunter World and Dark Souls.  We talk briefly about the Dominaria expansion for Magic the Gathering and the release of Standard Ready Challenger Decks. Finally we wrap up with a little bit of discussion about the MegaMan event happening in Monster Hunter World.

Topics Discussed

  • Four Years of AggroChat
  • Original Everquest
    • Changed Systems
  • Mythical Nonsense
  • Encounter Design
    • Single Player Encounters
    • Multiplayer Encounters
    • Variable Number Encounters
    • Dark Souls Encounters
    • Monster Hunter World Encounters
    • Guild Wars 2 Mistakes
  • Dominaria Magic Expansions
    • Challenge Decks
  • Monster Hunter World Megaman Event
Direct download: aggrochat_episode199.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:21am EST

Tonight we are back recording an normal show after last week's game of the year show.  This also marks the first show we are purposefully trying to time box at around 90 minutes worth of recording time...  which turns into roughly an hour of run time after editing.  The plan is to make this show a little easier to consume... and also easier to record for those of us who are in central and east coasts because some of our bigger shows lead to getting to bed occasionally around 1 am.  As a result we whittled down the list of topics a bit and wound up with essentially four solid topics to discuss.  As a result oddly enough the conversation seemed to flow much more easily so it may also be a good decision for our content in the long run as well.

Topics Discussed:

  • Bloodborne
    • Soulsian Games
  • Spring Blossom Event
    • Monster Hunter World
  • Neostalgia MMORPGs
    • Project Gorgon
    • Shroud of the Avatar
  • The Way Games Start
Direct download: aggrochat_episode198.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:05am EST

This week we record the March AggroChat Game Club game…  The Sexy Brutale. This murder mystery puzzle game is Thalen’s pick and the crew talks about their experiences playing the game and sorting out how best to utilize those time warping powers.  This also happens to be the first show ever recorded without Belghast, and while everything seems to have gone off swimmingly… be warned that Bel does in fact sound weird this week. Please Look Forward to It!

Direct download: aggrochat_episode197.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:17am EST

Tonight we talk a bit about the arrival to Monster Hunter World of the most annoying griefer…  Deviljho… aka Pickle. We also talk a bit about the weapon balance changes. From there we talk a bit about crafting systems in games and what we have liked and where they have fallen short.  From there we talk a bit about Eureka in Final Fantasy XIV and how it's a grind reminiscent of Everquest. Kodra delves into a discussion about Witcher 3 and the game once you get past the cringey bits.  Tam talks at length about Star Citizen and how much game is currently available. Then we wrap up with a short discussion about how Demon Souls has not held up the way the others in the series have.

Topics Discussed

  • Monster Hunter World
  • Deviljho - Pickle
  • Crafting Systems in Games
  • Eureka - Final Fantasy XIV
  • Everquest
  • Witcher 3
  • Star Citizen
  • Demon Souls
Direct download: aggrochat_episode196.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:03am EST

The worst part about recording a podcast is trying to come up with a title for whatever the hell it was that we did the night before. We talk a bit about Belghast and his journeys into Phantasy Star Online 2.  From there Bel talks a bit about Neverwinter and the Stronghold system. Tam talks a bit about streaming Dishonored Death of the Outsider which turns into a discussion about streaming in general. We have a group of people who have been playing Legend of Five Rings Online and we check in for an update how the game has been going.  We talk a bit about Monster Hunter World now that Thalen and Grace have met Nergigante, which weirdly leads to some talks about Battle For Azeroth, Sea of Thieves and the desire for a Collaborative Sandbox game.

Topics Discussed:

  • Phantasy Star Online 2
  • Neverwinter - Strongholds
  • Dishonored Death of the Outsider
  • L5R Update
  • Monster Hunter
  • Battle For Azeroth Concerns
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Wanting a Collaborative Sandbox
Direct download: aggrochat_episode195.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06am EST

This week we have a wide number of topics to discuss starting with the Nintendo Direct from March 8th and the fake out announcement of Smash Brothers.  We talk a bit about Monster Hunter 4U and Generations and why maybe one is a better starting place in the series than the other. We talk about State of Decay 2 and the backlash over it being on the Windows Store only.  We briefly talk about what it would take to make Desktop Linux a reality. Tam talks a bit about finishing the first route in Nier Automata and Bel discusses his experiences with Final Fantasy XV PC including the source of this screenshot.  Finally we wrap things up with a discussion about the Legend of Five Rings Living Card game and that Tam has recently begun playing it online unofficially.

Topics Discussed:

  • Nintendo Direct
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud
  • Monster Hunter 4U and Generations
  • Monster Hunter Worlds
  • State of Decay 2
  • Windows Store
  • Desktop Linux
  • Nier Automata
  • Final Fantasy XV PC
  • Cactuar Steam Workshop
  • Legend of Five Rings Living Card Game
Direct download: aggrochat_episode194.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:23am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

We are back from our Thanksgiving Break to record our Divinity Original Sin 2 show.  This originally was going to be our October game of the month but we decided we wanted to give this game a bit more time.  As a result we recorded the Destiny 2 show in October and moved this to November.  Even with that Divinity Original Sin 2 is a really large and complicated game and no one managed to beat it.  However we do have a lot of things to talk about the way the game works and our experiences playing it.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode183.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:20am EST

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

Tonight we have a bunch of stuff on the docket.  We lead off with a discussion about Pax West 2017 that Tam, Kodra and Ashgar attended last weekend.  From there we dive into some discussion about the Destiny 2 PS4 launch and how it has been consuming every moment of Bel’s game time.  Another big accomplishment is that our Guild in Guild Wars 2 successfully captured the Guild Hall…  and have unlocked a completely engrossing minigame in the form of upgrading it.  We delve a bit into the mobile game Legendary Game of Heroes, and then veer off the deep end into some discussion about Sonic Mania and the Sonic Archie Comics.  The insanity that follows continued long after the podcast… and ultimately had a bunch of us leaving the channel to avoid it.  Lastly we talk a bit about Magic the Gathering Arena, their attempt to capture that Hearthstone goodness with actual magic cards.

Topics Discussed

  • Pax West 2017
  • Destiny 2 PS4
  • Guild Wars 2 Guild Hall
  • Legendary Game of Heroes
  • Sonic Mania
  • Sonic Comics
  • Magic the Gathering Arena
Direct download: aggrochat_episode172.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:15am EST

This weekend we talk about a whole slew of topics that have gathered over the past week.  We talk about Pax West and Gamescom and how the hype and announcements surrounding them seem to not be keeping up with past years.  We talk about Thalen’s descent into Guild Wars 2 and a whole slew of topics related to it.  We talk about arriving on Argus in the 7.3 World of Warcraft patch.  We talk about the recent Destiny 2 PC Beta experience and how it cemented the decision to play on the PC for most of us.  We talk about the Kung Fu MMO of a sort Absolver.  We talk about the Ashes Rise of the Phoenixborn card game, which leads to some discussion about Magic the Gathering Commander and Star Wars Destiny.  Finally we wrap up with a discussion on mobile gaming and some more talk about Legendary Game of Heroes… and a little bit of pining for Glitch.

Topics Discussed

  • Games Cons: Lack of Hype
  • Guild Wars 2 Things
  • WoW patch 7.3
  • Destiny 2 PC
  • Absolver
  • Ashes Rise of the Phoenixborn
  • Magic the Gathering Commander
  • Star Wars Destiny
  • Mobile Games
  • Legendary: Game of Heroes
  • Glitch
Direct download: aggrochat_episode171.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:25am EST

Tonight we record the August AggroChat Game Club title… Full Throttle.  This was picked by Thalen for a bunch of reasons but at least in part because we had yet to play a classic point and click adventure game.  With Full Throttle being relatively recently remastered, it made it an excellent candidate since it was more or less going to run well on any system.  Unfortunately one of our show members opted to try playing it on a mobile platform where the experience was less than desireable.  We talk about our thoughts on Full Throttle and adventure games in general as the show goes way off the rails towards the end with many wild trips into nostalgia land.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode170.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 8:04am EST

This is another one of those nights when we thought we had nothing to talk about…  but ended up having stuff to talk about.  We start off the night talking some more about our recent experiences in Guild Wars 2.  From there we get into some Robo Squid fun… and talk about how Gnomeregan is still horrible.  From there Thalen and I talk about how West of Loathing has suddenly caused us to start playing Kingdom of Loathing again.  Kodra talks about finally grasping why Tam loves Agricola so much.  There is a brief offshoot conversation that leads us down the path of Magic the Gathering Commander and the game in general.  We finally wrap things up with a talk that starts with painting miniatures and ventures forth into creativity in general.

Featured Topics

  • Guild Wars 2
  • Gnomeregan Is Horrible
  • Kingdom of Loathing
  • West of Loathing
  • Agricola
  • Magic the Gathering Commander
  • Painting Miniatures
  • Creativity
Direct download: aggrochat_episode169.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:19am EST

Tonight we return to the normal course of our show after last weeks unintended break.  We start the show off with a brief explanation of what happened then dig straight into some talk about Guild Wars 2 and the impending Path of Fire expansion.  From there we talk about West of Loathing, the pseudo sequel to Kingdom of Loathing one of the longest running web games than I know of.  Grace has been spending some time in the mobile world and talks about two games..  Legendary: Game of Heroes and Rabbit Evolution.  Ash talks a bit about the Monster Hunter Stories demo and gameplay in general.  Kodra dives into a few board games he has been playing…  Macao, Potion Explosion and Scythe.  From there we talk a bit about Magic the Gathering and how folks have been playing a bit of Commander.  Finally we close things out with a discussion of just how well Orcs have clicked with Kodra in Warhammer 40k.

Topics Discussed

  • Guild Wars 2
  • Path of Fire
  • West of Loathing
  • Mobile Games
  • Legendary: Game of Heroes
  • Rabbit Evolution
  • Monster Hunter Stories
  • Board Games
  • Macao
  • Potion Explosion
  • Scythe
  • Magic Commander
  • Warhammer 40k Orcs

 

Direct download: aggrochat_episode168.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:34am EST

This week it is finally time to record the show for the AggroChat July Game Club Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood.  This is one of the smarter picks we have made thusfar as far as club titles, because we knew we would all be playing Stormblood when the expansion launched.  As a result we have held back when we talked about the game prior to this show a bit, thinking that we would unleash everything during this show.  We talk for almost two hours about what might be some of the best of Final Fantasy XIV.  This is a spoilery show so if you have not completed Stormblood I highly suggest you file this away for a later date.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode167.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:27am EST

This week we have a bit of an odd show, namely because there is far less gaming talk than other stuff talk.  We start off with me botching the intro… then roll straight into a discussion that got dropped from last weeks show due to the already two hour runtime.  Kodra, Ashgar and Tam have been watching a whole lot of anime namely with the new season of content showing up on Crunchyroll.  As a result they run down some of the more memorable shows.  From there we talk a bit about the Destiny 2 beta and the season 11 open in Diablo 3…  or that time everyone played necros.  We wrap things up with some talk about the Final Fantasy XIV escape room experience.

Topics Discussed

  • Anime Roundup
    • Your Name
    • Restaurant to Another World
    • Kinka Bancho Otome
    • Knights and Magic
    • My Hero Academia
    • Gamers
    • Ikemen Sengoku
    • In Another World With My Smartphone
    • New Game!!
  • Destiny 2 Beta
  • Bone Spikes For Days
  • FFXIV Escape Room
Direct download: aggrochat_episode166.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:19am EST

This is one of the weirder shows we have recorded in a while in part because we went into it somewhat tentative as to whether or not we really had a full show.  Instead we wound up recording for over two hours.  We go through a lengthy discussion of Magic the Gathering in both the paper and online varieties.  This includes some talk about the new expansion Hour of Devastation, but also some general discussion about the history of Magic as a whole.  We get into another long discussion about Warframe and the upcoming “open world” area.  Ashgar has been playing some Final Fantasy XII and we talk a bit about our experiences with the game.  From there we travel into Final Fantasy XIV and talk about how we are experiencing this early drop off from Stormblood.  Finally we wrap things up with a discussion about Warhammer 40,000 and how they seem to have finally decided to move the story forward.

Topics Discussed

  • Sealed Hour of Devastation
  • Magic the Gathering
  • Open World Warframe
  • Final Fantasy XII
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • 40k Moving the Story Forward
Direct download: aggrochat_episode165.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:15am EST

Tonight we talk about a bunch of assorted topics.  Firstly we talk about the issues with leveling second jobs in Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood.  We reprise our discussion about how they should have introduced a new tank this expansion.  We talk a bit about the new raid Omega and why we generally think it's better than Alexander was.  From there we get into a discussion about phones and mobile gaming, and the game Grace is currently playing where you collect interesting fish with hats.  We venture forth into a discussion about the Diablo 3 Necromancer and the upcoming Season 11.  Thalen and Ashgar have been hanging out with space ninjas and we get into a discussion about Warframe.  Finally we go into a lengthy discussion about Warhammer 40,000 and how much the game has improved.

Topics Discussed:

  • FFXIV:  Leveling DPS is Butts
  • Omega Raid
  • Mobile Gaming
  • Diablo 3:  Fun with your dead friends
  • Space Ninjas
  • 40k gets good
  • Amonkhet - Nicol Bolas
Direct download: aggrochat_episode164.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:26am EST

SubNautica was the June AggroChat Game Club game and this one happened to be Grace’s pick.  It is an extremely unique member of the survival / builder genre of games and ends up doing a lot more than simply focusing on combat with crappy weapons.  Join us as we talk about the things we liked and the things that frustrated us.  We had a smattering of different opinions which generally leads to good discussion.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode163.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:14am EST

This week we totally lied to our listeners because for various reasons we chose not to record the subnautica game of the month show.  There was a significant patch in that game this week and we wanted to give time to experience the changes.  Also we had a lot of things we wanted to talk about with Stormblood since we have now played a significant amount of it, with at least one of us having hit the level cap.  We also talk about The Secret World legends and their “launch” this past Friday.  We wrap things up with a discussion of Warhammer 40,000 and the redesign of the ruleset, in which Tam actually has some good things to say about it.  We also get into a lengthy discussion of 40k things that have disappeared…  like Zoats and Squats.

Things Discussed

  • Final Fantasy XIV - Stormblood
  • Secret World Legends
  • Steam Summer Sale
  • Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition
Direct download: aggrochat_episode162.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57am EST

This week we talk about our early experiences with the Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood head start and the numerous technical difficulties.  We talk about our feelings regarding the Red Mage and Samurai so far.  We also delve into the E3 2017 conferences:  Microsoft, Devolver Digital, Bethesda, Sony, Nintendo and UbiSoft.  We highlight a whole bunch of games, too many to list in a blurb.  Of these one of the more important ones was the discussion around Beyond Good and Evil 2 and how Ubisoft had claimed they would not be showing it.  Finally Ashgar talks about his experiences playing Disgaea 5 on the Nintendo Switch.

Topics Discussed

  • Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood
  • E3 2017 Conferences
  • Microsoft
  • Devolver
  • Bethesda
  • Sony
  • Nintendo
  • UbiSoft
  • Games, Comic Books and Continuity
  • Disgaea 5
Direct download: aggrochat_episode161.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 1:25am EST

This week ushers in the return of Tam who has been in world traveller mode.  We begin the show with talk about the madness that is the RoboSquid Armada… or our attempt to bring back the challenge to low level World of Warcraft by restricting ourselves to green gear and attempting dungeons at the minimum level.  From there we delve into a discussion of the Electronic Arts E3 press conference and how they are bringing roleplaying to sports games.  Also discuss the forced two player prison escape experience of A Way Out, and the huge tease that was the Anthem “reveal”.  Since Tam has been on the road he has been playing a lot of Fire Emblem so we delve into a length discussion about that franchise specifically.  Finally Ashgar and Kodra have been playing Hollow Knight so we do a bit of a dive into why they feel it is the best metroidvania out there.

Topics Discussed

  • RoboSquid Armada
  • Making Warcraft a Challenge
  • EA E3 Press Conference
    • Star Wars Battlefront II
    • A Way Out - from Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
    • Roleplaying in Sports Games
      • NBA Live 18 - The One
      • Madden NFL 18 - Longshot
      • FIFA 18 - The Journey
    • Need for Speed Payback
    • Anthem
  • Fire Emblem
  • Hollow Knight
Direct download: aggrochat_episode160.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:43am EST

This week we once again have Grace as a medical issue has kept her away a few weeks.  Tonight we have a relatively short show, at least as far as AggroChat shows go.  Thalen has reached the point where he is doing The Taken King and talks about the shock that happened when suddenly Cayde-6 developed a personality…  and is in fact Robot Mal.  We get on a tagent talking about the changings coming soon in Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood, and our thoughts about what might be tweaked during the expansion.  Grace and Bel talk a bit about their recent alt madness in World of Warcraft, and specifically how Bel has leveled and geared a character in a single week.  Kodra talks a bit about Elder Scrolls Legends and why he likes it much better than Hearthstone.  Finally we talk a little bit about the recent phone game craze that is Magikarp Jump.

 

Topics Discussed:

  • Destiny: Personality Changes in Taken King
  • Stormblood Changes
  • World of Warcraft
  • Deathknight Madness
  • Elder Scrolls Legends
  • Magikarp Jump
Direct download: aggrochat_episode159.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:52am EST

Tonight we sit down to talk about our May game of the month…  Wolfenstein Enemy Territory.  This was Kodra’s pick but in truth Belghast also has been a huge fan of this game since playing through it at release.  We talk about how this game operates on two different levels for two slightly different audiences.  We also attempt to dive into some of the symbolism and subtleties lying just beneath the surface.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode158.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:49am EST

Last week we screwed up a bit in that we completely missed a topic.  Kodra has been drafting an awful lot of Amonkhet via Magic Online, so this week we talk at length about that.  We also talk at length about Destiny and the Destiny 2 gameplay reveal information.  Belghast talks about his feels and how much he loves the game, and Tamrielo provides the dissenting view of how hard he bounced off of it and how he wanted more than gunplay and occasional space magic.  Regardless we all seem to have a certain measure of hope about the Destiny 2 launch.  We talk a bit about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the slightly increased availability of the Nintendo Switch.  Finally we discuss Fire Emblem and Disgaea and the weird world that they are.

Topics Discussed: Magic the Gathering, Magic Online, Drafting Amonkhet, The Game Room, Destiny, Destiny 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo Switch, Fire Emblem, Disgaea

Direct download: aggrochat_episode157.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:24am EST

Since this will be releasing on Mother's Day, the crew wants to wish all of the mothers that listen to the podcast a very happy one.  After a few slim weeks we once again had the full crew, which is always something to be celebrated.  I find it funny how when we have what feels like a limited amount of things to talk about, it also seems like we delve into some of the more interesting discussions.  The shows title this time comes from a game breaking bug that was introduced recently in Stellaris.  We talk a bit about Bel’s experiences starting Knights of the Fallen Empire, and this leads into an interesting talk about our thoughts regarding sequels and whether or not we want the previous cast of characters to continue.  We also talk about concerns regarding the Diablo 3 Necromancer expansion, and that ultimately leads to some discussion about Destiny 2 and the currently lack of a PC pre-order option.

Topics Discussed:  Stellaris - Knights of the Fallen Empire - Star Wars Galaxies - Sequels and Continuing with Characters - Replayability - Fallen London - Infinity - Diablo 3 - Playing Catch up in WoW - Diablo 3 Necromancer Expansion - Destiny 2

Direct download: aggrochat_episode156.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 7:33am EST

This week we dig more into Horizon Zero Dawn… or as it was called early in the show Aloy’s Adventures in Men Are Terrible Land.  Tam is nearing the end of the game, and Belghast and Kodra have made it a bit further… or at least enough to be able to talk about some of the things going on in the game.  Bel has fallen into a rather large Star Wars the Old Republic shaped hole and talks about his experiences with the new systems… and insane experience boost.  Grace has been playing a lot of World of Warcraft and we talk about how playing that game when you really don’t care about progression can be an extremely relaxing time.  Bel talks a little bit about Prey, or the game where you bash things with a wrench just in case they are a mimic.  Kodra has been doing some drafting of the new Amonkhet set in Magic the Gathering Online.  Finally we get into a discussion about our recent foray into Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode155.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:37am EST

Tonight we talk about our April AggroChat Game Club Game…  Moon Hunters.  This was an Ashgar pick, and bills itself as a Co-Op Personality Test.  We talk about whether or not this title actually is fitting as well as our experiences playing a game designed to be replayed over and over.  We discuss the storytelling, artwork and music of the game and our general thoughts and feelings about the experience.  Additionally we announce the May AggroChat Game Club Game that is definitely going to provide some interesting discussion.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode154.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:16am EST

One of the things that gets edited down before you get your hands on the podcast is any long gaps between topics.  This week we were seemingly a little bit out of it, and the pauses were significant.  When I sat down to start editing I had 2 hours and 15 minutes worth of recorded audio, and after doing my normal compression pass…  we are down to just a little over 1 hour and 30 minutes.  The result was a pretty wide gamut of topics that we discussed, and between the pauses some of the more interesting conversation about a few things that we had never quite delved into.  Among the topics a lengthy discussion about what is wrong with Warhammer games as a whole, and our fears regarding what is absolutely going to be a crushing tank shortage with Stormblood.

Topics Discussed:  

  • Star Wars the Old Republic
  • Skyforge PC
  • Bomberman Creepy Characters
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
  • Hollow Knight
  • Eternal Crusade
  • Warhammer 40,000
  • Games Workshop
  • Pips are Important
  • People Don’t Understand NDAs
  • Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood
  • Tank Shortage
  • Dark Souls III
  • Variable Difficulty in Games
  • Persona 5
Direct download: aggrochat_episode153.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:21am EST

Tonight we talk about a whole list of topics in probably one of our more packed shows in a very long time.  Tam talks some more about how Persona 5 it is a serious contender for his game of the year… and his current soundtrack addiction.  Kodra shares his final thoughts about Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild and how he enjoyed it… but not nearly as  much as he had hoped.  Belghast talks about Mass Effect Andromeda and his thoughts upon completing it in as non-spoilery as he possibly can.  We talk about the cancelling of the NES Classic, and how Nintendo sometimes seems like it doesn’t like money.  We talk about the Skyforge and the release on consoles and how they have improved the game since launch.  We talk about what we know about The Secret World Legends… and our hopes that it makes that game into one that we want to return to in A Realm Reborn style.  Kodra talks about the new Magic the Gathering Amonkhet card set release, and finally Thalen talks about the brand new Netflix Mystery Science Theater 3000 series.

Topics Discussed: Persona 5 - Zelda Breath of the Wild Final Thoughts - Skyward Sword - Mass Effect Andromeda Final Thoughts - Nintendo Doesn’t Like Money - Skyforge on Console - The Secret World Legends - Magic the Gathering Amonkhet - Mystery Science Theater 3000

Direct download: aggrochat_episode152.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:56am EST

Tonight a very sleepy Belghast leads our cast through a discussion of the things that have been sitting waiting to be discussed due to last week being a Game of the Month show.  The year of amazing video game releases continues and Tam especially is extremely amped to talk about Persona 5.  In a weird turn of events Kodra discovers Castlevania Symphony of the Night in looking for things to play on his PSTV and we dive into a length discussion about that game.  We continue on our discussion about Zelda Breath of the Wild and how Tam is just struggling with it.  Belghast and Tam gush a bit about the Nintendo Switch given that Bel just recently joined the Cult by getting one from Amazon during their extremely brief window of availability.  We talk about Specter of Torment the latest addon pack to Shovel Knight, and how it is doing a bunch of different things than either the Shovel or Plague Knight content.  Grace and Bel talk a bit about the Diablo 3 10th Season and how they are desperate for new content… but still finding a lot of fun in the game.  Finally there is some discussion about the World of Warcraft 7.2 patch and how both Grace and Belghast have largely bounced off of it so far.

Topics Discussed: Persona 5 - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild - Nintendo Switch - Specter of Torment - Diablo 3 Season - World of Warcraft 7.2 Patch

Direct download: aggrochat_episode151.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:40am EST

Tonight we record the show our March AggroChat Game Club game Tyranny.  For those uninitiated to the game, it is a deeply story driven RPG in the proud PC tradition of Baldur’s Gate or more truthfully Planescape Torment.  Six of us played the game… and six of us played a vastly different game experience. Tyranny after all was one of our games we talked about during the Games of the Year show, and for several of our cast they chose to do a second play-through for the show.  Join us as we hash out our thoughts about this truly interesting game.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode150.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:13am EST

Sometimes we go into a show not really having a clue what to talk about.  This was one of those shows because over the last week the combined six member cast of AggroChat was not really playing that much game wise.  However as is usually the case when we have no fixed topic… a whole bunch of them come out of the woodwork.  Join us as we go through a bit of a topical whirlwind as we have the same exact sort of conversations we have when we are not recording.  Side Note:  At the request of the rest of the staff and several listeners... Bel has re-recorded the intro with less potato quality sound.  It only took 149 episodes to actually do this.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode149.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:28am EST

We hurt the ones we love.  This week we realize while talking about Zelda that when we talk about games on AggroChat we tend to often times dwell on the negative aspects.  This has been true with FFXIV and World of Warcraft, and apparently also extremely true with Zelda.  Last week I was the only one who had spent any time in Hyrule and this week both Kodra and Tam have as well.  We get off on some odd tangents during the night, like a discussion at the start of the show about Gas Station Food.  Largely however we talk Zelda, the Switch, and Amiibos.  We also have some final thoughts discussion about Horizon Zero Dawn and Final Fantasy XV in a non-spoilery manner.  We talk a bit about the upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda and our experiences with the limited time trial version of the game.

Topics Discussed: Gas Station Food - Zelda Breath of the Wild - Nintendo Switch - Nintendo Wii U - Amiibos - Horizon Zero Dawn Final Thoughts - Mass Effect Andromeda - Final Fantasy XV Thoughts

Direct download: aggrochat_episode148.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:27am EST

It always feels like we have a bunch of stuff to talk about the week after we record a game club show.  This time is no difference given that a bunch of games released in the meantime…  namely Horizon Zero Dawn and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.  Grace has fallen into a deep Horizon shaped hole and various others have been playing it off and on as well.  We talk about how the game is really good at making you feel competent.  Similarly Belghast has been playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild… and talks about how that game is coming from a vastly different philosophy and is in turn good at making you feel weak and insignificant.  We talk about our recent indoctrination into the world of Gundam building, and finish off the show with some Mario Maker discussion and namely Kaizo style level design.

Topics Discussed: Mass Effect: Andromeda - Horizon Zero Dawn - Zelda Breath of the Wild - Competing Philosophy of Both Games - Building Gundams - Mario Maker - Kaizo Mario

Direct download: aggrochat_episode147.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 11:04am EST

Tonight we record probably our most odd AggroChat Game Club show.  Namely because essentially we divided the show into two part.  The first part is general impressions about the game and the second half is full spoiler discussion of the story.  The reason why we drew this line in the sand… is because while Ashgar, Kodra and Tam finished the game, Belghast, Grace and Thalen are still very much enjoying the game at their own pace.  In the end this was a game that was very different for each person playing it.  So join us as we hash out our thoughts.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode146.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:13am EST

Tonight we have another big rambly show where we start out having zero clue what we are going to talk about… and then wind up recording for a couple hours.  Edited down the show ends up being roughly another hour and a half experience.  Tonight we talk at length about our addiction to Final Fantasy XIV and the Palace of the Dead.  Grace and I talk a bit about the blah feeling this latest patch cycle has given us in World of Warcraft.  Bel talk about getting into the Crowfall pre-alpha and how it is in fact a piece of software that he installed on his system and does in fact launch.  We talk a bit a bit about the weird City of Heroes nostalgia game wave and how there really is only room for one of those titles in the market.  We also talk about the drought of MMOs on the horizon and how instead it seems to be the Golden Age of expansions for existing games.  Bel gives an update on the gaming at work thing, and his first steps into God Eater.  Finally we have a weird offshoot into talking about building Gundams before wrapping things up.

Topics Discussed: Final Fantasy XIV - World of Warcraft Blahs - Crowfall Disappointment - City of Heroes nostalgia - Drought of New MMOs - Golden Age of Expansions - Elder Scrolls Online - Work Gaming Space - God Eater - Gundam Kits

Direct download: aggrochat_episode145.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:20am EST

AggroChat #144 - Why Doma Fell

Tonight we assembled and thought we had nothing to talk about… but apparently we were super wrong.  As is usually the case with us when we think we have nothing… we wind up recording a two hour show.  While it doesn’t weigh in quite that long this week, it still is a pretty lengthy discussion about stuff and things… and sometimes gaming.  We apparently have an awful lot to say about Final Fantasy XIV and the fact that Stormblood brings no new tanks into the fold.  We also talk a bit about how tank design seems to always fit within the same small box and how they might benefit from branching out a bit.  After this bulk of the discussion we weave through a whole bunch of other topics.


Topics: Final Fantasy XIV Alexander Raid, Fanfest Announcements, The Tank Shortage, Darkness Myth: Cthulhu Otome, Work Console, Shantae, Humble Freedom Bundle, Vampire Campaign

Direct download: aggrochat_episode144.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 11:26am EST

AggroChat #143 - Samurai Souls

We are back to normal… at least for a little while.  This is the first traditional show we have recorded in three weeks and it felt a little odd to get back in the swing of things.  Tonight we talk about Pax South and the games that Ashgar and Belghast played while there.  We talk about our recent flare up of Final Fantasy XIV and getting back in the swing of things.  Tam and Kodra talk about Samurai Souls…  or Nioh on the PS4 and see how well Team Ninja did at the concept.  Finally we talk a bit about Titanfall 2 and how it improves on the concept of the original.

Topics Discussed:  Pax South 2017, Rime, Dauntless, Dice Throne, Wicked Apples, Mages of Mystralia, Think of the Children, Tower 57, Final Fantasy XIV, Nioh, Titanfall 2

Direct download: aggrochat_episode143.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:38am EST

AggroChat #142 - The Danganronpa Show

Tonight we talk about the January AggroChat Game Club game Danganronpa.  This game was Thalen's pick and we delve into what exactly we think of truth bullets and the sadistic bear.  Of note like most of our Game Club shows there are massive spoilers.  Also of note...  we have massively mixed emotions about this title.  However if you yourself are a huge fan, we would love to hear from you.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode142.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:09am EST

AggroChat #141 - Games of the Year 2016 - Part Two

It is that time again.  Time for the AggroChat crew to attempt to narrow down a list of games for our Games of the Year show.  We have never actually been able to reach a consensus so instead we gather up a big ole list of games and talk about it each year as in a two part show. So six hosts… 3 picks per host… 18 games in total, or at least in theory that is the goal.  This time around it seems to have mostly worked out as we have 9 games per episode.

During this second episode we visit our roman numeral friends talk about…

  • Pokemon Go
  • Dark Souls III
  • Overwatch
  • Stardew Valley
  • Stellaris
  • Tyranny
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • The Witness
  • Skyrim Special Edition
Direct download: aggrochat_episode141.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 6:00am EST

AggroChat #140 - Games of the Year 2016 - Part One

It is that time again.  Time for the AggroChat crew to attempt to narrow down a list of games for our Games of the Year show.  We have never actually been able to reach a consensus so instead we gather up a big ole list of games and talk about it each year as in a two part show. So six hosts… 3 picks per host… 18 games in total, or at least in theory that is the goal.  This time around it seems to have mostly worked out as we have 9 games per episode.

During this first episode we use up our quota of colons and talk about…

  • Pokemon Sun and Moon
  • Dishonored 2
  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns
  • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
  • Destiny: Rise of Iron
  • World of Warcraft: Legion
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • 80 Days
Direct download: aggrochat_episode140.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 12:07pm EST

AggroChat #139 - It’s Raining Bears

Tonight we talk about our general feelings about the Nintendo Switch and how for most of us it is not in the realm of the day one purchase.  We talk about our track records with Nintendo Consoles in general as well.  Belghast talks about the game formerly known as “Game 4” and now called Pit People from The Behmoth.  Tam talks about Event[0] an alternate history game as told through the terminal screen of a Trash 80.  Bel talks a bit about his experiences with the Wrath of the Machine raid and the Outbreak Prime quest.  Finally we all get wrapped up in a sequence of discussions about MMO games…  namely how they are bad at directing new players to new content.  This then spawns a conversation about the trend of open world games also for some reason forcing open world pvp.  Lastly we get into a discussion about our general desires for MMO housing systems.

Topics: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Consoles, Pit People, Event[0], Destiny Wrath of the Machine Raid, MMOs are Bad at Returning Players, Forcing PVP in otherwise PVE games, MMO Housing Systems

Direct download: aggrochat_episode139.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 9:12am EST

AggroChat #138 - The Hipster Mushroom

Welcome to the beginning of AggroChat Season 4!  This evening we are back to recording normal shows…  and man does it feel weird.  At first we thought we would be short a Kodra, but got an 11th hour message from him stating “I NEEDS TO PODCAST”.  Of note he is on unfamiliar internets and a machine that he does not regularly record on… so the sound quality is a little iffy at times.  Tonight we delve into a huge list of topics that hit all around the map of the things folks have been playing.

Some of the things discussed: Diablo Anniversary Events, Diablo 3 Season 9 Start, Wildstar, Elder Scrolls Online Housing, Death of Landmark, Fears for Lord of the Rings Online, MMO Maintenance Mode, Inside, Owlboy, Ducktales, Super Mario Brothers Games, Shadow Tactics, Dark Souls 3, Bloodborne, Superhot, Glittermitten Grove, Frog Fractions 2

Direct download: aggrochat_episode138.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 12:17pm EST

AggroChat #137 - The Diablo 2 Game Show

Tonight we wrap up season 3 of AggroChat with the November/December AggroChat Game Club Title Diablo 2.  This pick was made by Grace and is largely an attempt at seeing just how well this game still holds up as compared to the titles we are used to.  Join us as we talk about reconciling our memories of the game with the reality of playing it again.  Additionally we get into a bunch of slantwise connected discussions during the process.  

Direct download: aggrochat_episode137.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 11:34am EST

AggroChat #136 - Star Wars Gone Rogue

This week we are recording a bit of a special show in that we have a bunch of gaming stuff to talk about… but also Rogue One happened.  So as a result we are dividing the show in essentially two parts.  The first part we talk about a bunch of gaming topics, and in the second part we give an intermission of sorts to let folks know we are about to delve into a spoilery discussion of the new Star Wars film…  Rogue One.  For those really cautious our spoilery discussion begins around 56 minutes into the podcast.

On the non-spoiler side of the table we talk about The Dawning event in Destiny and how awesome the Sparrow Racing League is.  This causes a brief offshoot conversation about how we actually grip our controllers.  A few of the crew have been playing Hex the digital CCG that many of us backed eons ago in kickstarter so there is some discussion about its current state.  Bel talks about the Warcraft community Icecrown Challenge charity event.  Bel also talks about his experiences playing Let it Die the Darksoulsian Rogue-Like set in a Neo Tokyo setting.  Finally wrapping up the pre Star Wars discussion is some talk about the 2nd edition of the 7th Sea Pen and Paper game.

Topics Discussed - Destiny - The Dawning - Sparrow Racing League - Controller Grips - Hex - Hearthstone - World of Warcraft - Icecrown Challenge - bit.ly/icecrown2016 - Let It Die - 7th Sea - Star Wars: Rogue One

Direct download: aggrochat_episode136.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52am EST

AggroChat #135 - Looks Like A Kahuna

Tonight we got a bit of late start, but once things got rolling we recorded a proper show.  Last week we had pushed off the topic of Pokemon Sun and Moon because we literally ran out of time.  We start recording around 9 pm CST and when it is past midnight…  we know we are in trouble.  So we talk a bit about the game and things that folks have noticed about it.  Several of us are not terribly far along… others have beaten the game.  Grace talks about her addiction to Justice Monsters Five and how no other games really matter at all.  

Bel goes on a discussion about his feelings about various streaming options and why he is moving towards Beam.  Bel talks about how this is the year that he stopped browsing steam, because there is just too much random stuff out there.  This spawns a conversation about games that get lost in the mix…  like Obsidian’s recent release of Tyranny.  This oddly spawns another contorted shift as Bel talks about that he figures out why he doesn’t really enjoy Halo games.  We shift gears and talk a bit about Final Fantasy XIV and the Alexander Turn 11 fight.  Finally we wrap things up with some talk about the new Star Wars Destiny Collectible Card Game.
Discussion points: Pokemon Sun and Moon - Justice Monsters Five - Twitch vs Hitbox vs Beam - Browsing Steam - Tyranny - Bel and Halo - Final Fantasy XIV - Alexander Turn 11 - Star Wars Destiny
Direct download: aggrochat_episode135.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:52am EST

AggroChat #134 - Bivouacking Boy Band

Belghast laments the feeling of not exactly knowing what day it is… as we return from our Thanksgiving break to start the show once more.  This week there really is only one game we could be talking about that that is Final Fantasy XV which has all of us playing it…  in completely different styles.  We try our best to talk about non spoilery elements of the game, and mostly talk about the look and feel and play style.  Additionally we talk a bit about The Game Awards and some of the announcements and games footage that was shown there.  Similarly we talk a bit about the Playstation Experience and a few of the games that were shown there as well.  Finally we wrap up with some discussion about Moebius Final Fantasy and how it has become Tam’s new sleepytime game.

Final Fantasy XV - The Game Awards - Death Stranding - Metal Gear Solid - Silent Hill - Hideo Kojima - Mass Effect Andromeda - Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment - Playstation Experience - Marvel vs Capcom 3 - Marvel vs Capcom Infinite - Licensing Difficulties - Last of Us 2 - Uncharted The Lost Legacy - Moebius Final Fantasy
Direct download: aggrochat_episode134.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:17am EST

AggroChat #133 - Leadership and Games

This week we have a bit of a strange cold open as we talk about our recent system building experiences and the fact that next week we are actually going to need to record a proper sound check.  From there we delve into World of Warcraft and talk about our experiences with the new Karazhan Raid and Trials of Valor, as well as experiences with progression and wrapping up the Emerald Nightmare.  Belghast talks about his experiences in Starfall Prophecy the new Rift raid, and Tam discusses his experiences in Dishonored 2.  Finally we get around to the discussion that named this show as Tam talks about a recent class project.

Things Discussed - Impromptu Building New Systems - WoW - New Karazhan Raid - Trial of Valor Raid - Rift - Starfall Prophecy Expansion - Dishonored 2 -Tam’s Class Project
Direct download: aggrochat_episode133.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:46am EST