Episode 134: The Banner Saga

Episode 134: The Banner Saga

For this week's episode we review The Banner Saga, the new strategy RPG from Stoic.  The Banner Saga is also involved in some controversy over the use of the word "Saga" with Candy Crush Saga's developer, and trademark troll, King.com.  We don't get into that at all during the episode, but it's something everyone should be aware of and angry about!  For those unfamiliar with The Banner Saga, just do a google image search and salivate over the delicious hand drawn artwork for it.  During the episode we cover some of the mechanics a little more in-depth than our previous discussion.

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Episode 81: Gaming 101: RPG's

We invited Chris back into the studio with us to shed some light into the wonderful world of the RPG, covering from the humble roots of text based adventures to the technological masterpieces of today. The Athletes also update the listeners on our Four in February progress and get into some publisher discussion later on in the episode. Show notes after the jump, flash player below:

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Episode 29: 5 Favorite Characters

In this week's episode, we list our 5 favorite videogame characters, the episode title says it all.  There are some more standard RPG characters that you would expect to be on list of favorites but also quite a few suprises.  Eric's list is a tad different from the rest, as he isn't as into RPG's (especially older ones) as Dan, Will and Corey.  There was also a brief interruption that we smoothed out with a little jingle written by our friend Kyle.  Here's the notes:

00:01:30 – News Quick Hits:

We touch on the best-selling console worldwide in 2011, who Skyrim predicts to win the Super Bowl, the Game of Thrones RPG release date, how many hours of content are in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and Zynga’s success thanks in part to Facebook.

00:07:05 – How Our Weeks Were:

00:13:20 – Music Break: “Short Blues” by Redmagik

00:14:50 – Main Segment: Our Top 5 Video Game Characters:

We count down our top five favorite video game characters of all time. From Pikachu to Solid Snake, and Garrus to Yoshi, with plenty of Final Fantasy love in between, we break down some of the best characterizations in video games.

01:03:10Music Break: “Garou-Blues” by JML

01:04:40 – Feedback

A shortened week equals shortened feedback! We discuss a listener’s favorite classic football video games, QB Club ‘98 and NFL 2k5.

01:06:00 – News

Dan talks about potential games in the Mass Effect universe. A Mass Effect MMO or RTS headline the discussion.

Eventually the discussion turns to more Xbox vs. Playstation banter, with some discussion of each online service and their respective controllers, concluding with the origins of our console fanboyisms.


Corey exposes Oklahoma’s proposed “sin tax,” a tax on mature rated video games. Violent games discussion evolves into a road rage tangent.


Will discusses Xbox Live’s Stephen Toulouse’s departure and the banning/hacking circumstances that may be the culprit.


Eric reveals some bad science relating to “problem gaming.” As always, the conversation morphs into something else, tea bagging at an Alabama/LSU game.

01:30:16 – Music Break: “Hänschen, sei gut!” by Raulin de los Bosques

01:32:10 – What We Played:

Eric keeps rolling with Fifa.


Will touches on ten minutes of Batman: Arkham Asylum’s tutorial.


Corey revisits why FFVI “sucks.” Family Feud with Friends makes an appearance, including some glaring gameplay flaws. Eric chimes in about Temple Run. Corey rounds out his turn with a cooler opinion of FFXIII-2 thanks in no small part to a stuffy casino, Serendipity.


Dan likes Torchlight’s loot whoring mechanic and some excitement is expressed for Torchlight 2. Rage gets some more love and a couple slight criticisms.

02:01:40 – Human Interest

Our story this week turns somber; a 15 year old Vermont boy is struck by a passenger train while out getting video games from a friend’s house. We cheers in his honor.


We'd like to hear your lists for your 5 favorite videogame characters, which we will of course read on the podcast.  You can get the latest epiosde from iTunes/Zune/Stitcher or listen below!