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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT