This week we bid farewell to the month of Blaugust and all the awesome experiences that the blogging community had while pulling together for it.  Additionally we talk about Trash Mobs, and why we have come to call certain encounters that.  We talk about some of our favorite experiences and how games could make compelling encounters that are more than just "trash".

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

This week we have our full cast as we welcome Kodra back from GenCon.  He talks about all of the LARPs that he played and the conclusion of his journey into the My Little Pony card game competition.  Then we talk some MMO design especially as realted to the awesome community that has flourished in Final Fantasy XIV.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:38pm EDT

This week the fearless Kodra is off battling ponies at GenCon, so we are holding down the fort while he is gone.  On this episode I am joined by Rae, Ashgar and Tam and we talk about a whole bunch of stuff.  This was a busy week in gaming from GamesCom to the Blizzard Warlords Announcement to the SOE Live convention.  We try and run down the things from each that stuck out in our minds.  Towards the end of the podcast we delve into playing what you love and not apologizing for it.  I think this is a new mantra we should all try to live by.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:56am EDT

This week is a bit different than our normal show.  One of the awesome bloggers and podcasters in the blaugust initiative has posed her own challenge.  She is trying to collect information on how World of Warcraft has effected other gamers looking for both current and former players.  So this week we skipped doing our normal podcast to do a megacast in which we answer the 10 questions she has posed.  The end result is a lot of nostalgia but some pretty good conversation about World of Warcraft and MMO gaming as a whole.  The show went a bit longer than normal, but we wanted to push through all ten questions this week since we would be without Kodra next week as he is off to GenCon.  I hope you all enjoy.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:10pm EDT

This week we talk about lots of things, the Blaugust initiative, whats going on with League of Legends, Shovel Knight, Rogue Legacy... but more importantly our return to Final Fantasy XIV and just how amazing charming that game is.  The game has had a large number of extremely content dense patches since we last played, but more importantly the community is really awesome.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

It so happens this week that we are all tied up with various things.  I am helping out with the Twitter Math Camp 2014 session, and have been for the better part of this week.  Rae is off on a cruise with her family, and Ashgar is at a family reunion.  Kodra... well I am not sure what he is doing but it probably involves ponies, and as such he is out of comission as well.  As a result I am recording a quick note of apology that we are not having a proper show this week.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

This week Rae is travelling, so I am joined by Kodra and Ashgar.  We talk about the recent news of the Yogventures Kickstarter failure, and the rammifications it has on kickstarters as a whole.  Additionally we talk about Destiny Beta, the Final Fantasy XIV weekend, my switch from Twitch to Hitbox, Wolfenstein New Order and lots of other things in the space inbetween.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:28am EDT

We have the full cast this week as we talk about the various things we have been playing and dig into the concept of exclusionary subcultures and why they happen.  Exciting news from Kodra as we find out he is moving on to the first My Little Pony Cardgame championships at GenCon.  Additionally we hear about Rae's journey through Adventure Time Battle Party, and my attempt to get established on the new Alliance of Awesome Minecraft server.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:24am EDT

Join us for a very unlucky episode 13, as we realize that Kodra's new "BreadMachine" upgrade from his previous "Toaster" is apparently haunted.  Kodra, Belghast, Rae, Ashgar and Tam talk about Tomb Raider, Thomas Was Alone, Wildstar, The Divinity Series, Stanley Parable, Rob Pardo leaving Blizzard and multiple other things along the way.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:42am EDT

Kodra and Ashgar are not available this week so we are breaking in a brand new guest, or at least new to podcasting.  Warenwolf is a longtime friend that dates back to the early days of World of Warcraft, and has been a part of the regularly nightly group for years.  Additionally we have the return of our perineal "5th Man" Dallian and we are always happy to have him.  Tonight we talk about the madness that is the Summer Steam sale as well as our experiences with Wasteland 2, Wildstar, Saints Row IV, 7 Days to Die and a bit about my experiences with the Warlords of Draenor beta.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

This week we once again have the original cast of hosts.  Tonight we talk about a bunch of different topics including a run down of Kodras trip to Origin, and some discussion that spun out of it relating to geek on geek shaming.  At Aggrochat we don't judge and are proud to let our geek flags fly high.  Also some talk about Warlords of Draenor Alpha and Wildstar.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:40am EDT

This week Belghast, Rae, Tam and Dallian run down the things that made them interested in various games debuted at this years E3 conference.  A far less focused show than normal, but lots of good conversation about stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:13pm EDT

This week we actually have the full crew back and assembled.  Kodra regales us with talk of his strategy for the My Little Pony card game, as he is planning on competing next week at Origins with a few decks.  We talk a bit about the WoW Warlords of Draenor Alpha release and the apparent absense of an NDA.  The bulk of the show however is us breaking down Wildstar and how exactly we feel about the game.  Finally in apparently a new feature Kodra, Rae and Ashgar talk about the recent LCS games while I stand around confused.  This week we are featuring Belghast, Ashgar, Rae, and Kodra.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:21am EDT

This is the companion piece to last weeks episode about the game Transistor.  Primarily we focus on the storyline, and as a result there are some massive spoilers.  If you have not played through this game, and more importantly beaten it, this is probably an episode you should be careful with.  We clearly identify in the podcast when we are going to start dropping spoilers.  Namely we investigate the characters and gender roles.  Additionally we talk a bit about Wildstar and our forray into the game today.  This episode features Belghast, Kodra, Ashgar and special guest Tam.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:22am EDT

This week there were a couple of big releases, but our show notes were highjacked with a single 72 pt word....  Transistor.  Below it was written "Things that are not Transistor", so we successful discuss both.  This week Rae is travelling again, so we have our regular crew of Kodra and Ashgar and are once again joined by Dallian.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:36am EDT

This week Belghast, Kodra and Ashgar discuss lots of exciting topics, including the new League of Legends Champion Braum, The Wizards of the Coast vs Hex lawsuit and what it means for that game, the fatigue backers are feeling towards Kickstarters as well as the madness we have engaged in... namely in the form of the Final Fantasy 5 draft.  Like always, lots of other meandering topics squeezed somewhere between.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:41am EDT

This is the podcast that almost wasn't.  We realized as we were heading towards our normal recording time that 3 of us would not be available.  We attempted to reschedule for Friday and in a pinch managed to get a good friend of ours Dallian aka @Doctor_Hannah to fill in.  As a result we have one of the more enjoyable AggroCasts to date...  so things often work out for the best.  Join us for gaming discussion and even some comic book chatter this episode.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:46pm EDT

We are back to our normal line up this week as myself, Ashgar, Rae and Kodra discuss the launch of Elder Scrolls Online, the current state of the game and the bugs that remain.  Additionally we dicuss the need for a good mentoring system, and that in general it improves the experience as a whole in the games that have them.  We discuss ArcheAge quite a bit, and also get into talk about the League of Legends All-Star team and post season change ups.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:38am EDT

This week Rae is out visiting friends and Kodra is on the road, and as a results somewhat robotty at times.  However we are joined by good friend and cohort Tam, who so graciously agreed to fill in at short notice.  We talk about a lot of things, and have a pretty epic discussion about games that allow you to create non-standard builds, as well as a long discussion about free to play and player expectations.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:26pm EDT

This is episode two of the Aggrochat podcast, where we delve into a discussion from twitter about what the gaming world would have been like without World of Warcraft.  So we spend most of the hour and fifteen minute podcast on this notalgic journey delving into the impact that World of Warcraft had on the MMO genre for better or worse.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:13am EDT

This is the first episode of the Aggrochat the official podcast of the Tales of the Aggronaut blog and Stalwart Gaming community.  For a few months I've dabbled with streaming games, and while doing so hopped on mumble letting anyone who wants to join in.  Some of those streams sounded like impromptu podcasts.  As a result we got our heads together and decided to go for it.  In this first episode Belghast, Ashgar, Audrae and Kodra discuss Elder Scrolls Online and the upcoming Craglorn Adventure zone, Sony's new H1Z1 zombie MMO, Heroes of the Storm and comparing it to League of Legends, the My Little Pony Card game... and lots of other topics as we verbally faff about for an hour.

Direct download: aggrochat_episode1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT