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Showing all 24 posts in September 2014.
Belghast
Episode 24 - Dinklebot, The Duchess and Dating Sims

It was not until last nights stream that I had heard anyone refer to the Ghost in Destiny as the “Dinklebot”. Kodra credits Matt Lees as originating the term, but whoever did it… it is absolutely priceless. Not only does it clearly identify that the ghost is voiced by Peter Dinklage but it also adquately sums up just how useless the Ghost as a whole feels in the storyline. Last night once again we recorded AggroChat, and this week we had our regular cast of hosts Ashgar, Rae, Kodra and Tam. Destiny has caused so much angst that we started talking about it even before we went on air, and finally I had to say “guys, we should save this for the show”. This week a letter from the producer came out as well as some patch notes talking about upcoming changes to gameplay. We lead off the podcast by talking about these changes and how they personally effect us and our gameplay. I somehow doubt that any of us in particular will be mourning the loss of the loot cave.

From there I think we dove into Kodra and his morning stream of Hatoful Boyfriend. I tuned in when he met a bird that is totally reminiscent of the vespa riding mad woman from FLCL… except she drives REALLY slowly. Carve it into your soul! The game feels like it is complete madness… and also created using lots of clip art… and Christmas tunes. I commented in the stream that I think the game probably cost about $50 in shutterstock credit to make. The storyline is absolutely insane, so it is totally worth a watch. From there we dive into Trove and the Closed Beta gameplay that just started. Rae and I have been playing a ton of it, and we even managed to get Tam and Ash to try it out. Then things turn to our present obsession with Fallen London. I think everyone but Rae is currently madly playing this game.

Finally I give over the floor and let Tam, Rae, Ash and Kodra verbally faff about what is going on with League of Legends Worlds. At this point my eyes glaze over as while I enjoy playing League of Legends… I do not grasp the concept of watching other people play it yet. It was a good show that ran a bit longer than we had intended… but oh well. In a rush to tie things up, I totally forgot to do the where you could find us bit… so instead I recorded a snippet later telling folks to please leave comments either on our AggroChat Nook or the @Aggrochat twitter account. We apparently have some loyal listeners out there, and would love to hear from them. By the time I record the show and post it Saturday night, to the moment I get around advertising it Sunday morning… we generally have a couple dozen listeners. That seems like dedication to me.

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Belghast
Episode 23 - An Intimate of Devils

Originally Aired 9/21/2014

This week I am joined by our regular cast of Ashgar, Rae, Kodra and Tam. We talk FFXIV, Destiny, the sale of Minecraft to Microsoft, Fallen London and the Sunless Sea early access game, as well as some League Worlds discussion. In the game Fallen London the denizens of the Brass Embassy are Demons from the pit. I named this weeks episode an Intimate of Devils, because according to the game that is what their plural form is... and by some strange coincidence both myself and Kodra seem to have aligned ourselves to the Embassy. We run a bit longer than normal but there is quite a bit of good discussion in between.

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Belghast
Episode 22 - Destiny of Poppy

Originally Aired 9/14/2014

This week we welcome back Tam as well as the rest of the regular cast of Ashgar, Rae and Kodra. We talk about what we have been doing in Final Fantasy XIV, and congratulate Tam on finally reaching Soot Black with his Chocobo. We talk in depth about Destiny, and while I thought we were going to go into this discussion giving the game generally high marks, it turns out we too have some pretty serious criticism despite just how enjoyable the game is to play. I talk a bit about the Rift Nightmare Tides expansion and the NDA lift, and finally we talk about the odd happenings in League of Legends. This week Poppy saw competitive play for the first time, and we discuss what happens when a feature of a game is bad for the game itself.

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Belghast
Episode 21 - Larva and Whales

Originally Aired 9/7/2014

This week we are back to the original show cast of myself, Ashgar, Rae and Kodra. We talk about all sorts of things from lots of Final Fantasy XIV, some Lego Minifigures, and Kodra regales us of his adventures in a quirky game called English Country Tune. Similarly he has been working his way through his Blaugust prize Closure another interesting puzzle platformer. Reacting to the news of Wildstar switching to a Megaserver infrastructure, we ramble on about the importance of servers in games, and how the server we are playing on Cactuar has definitely increased our enjoyment in Final Fantasy XIV. Finally Rae is unleashed and there is much League of Legends drama discussion as I try and grok the difference between the LCS and the Challenger scene.

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Belghast
Episode 20 - Compelling Content Not Trash

Originally Aired 8/31/2014

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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Belghast
Episode 19 - Adventures in GenCon

Originally Aired 8/24/2014

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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Belghast
Episode 18 - Play What You Love

Originally Aired 8/17/2014

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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Belghast
Episode 17 - 10 Years 10 Questions

Originally Aired 8/10/2014

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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Belghast
Episode 16 - Not Final After All

Originally Aired 8/3/2014

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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Belghast
Episode 15 - Kickstarter Failures

Originally Aired 7/20/2014

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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Belghast
Episode 14 - Exclusionary Subcultures

Originally Aired 7/13/2014

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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Belghast
Episode 13 - New Machine, Old Problems

Originally Aired 7/6/2014

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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Belghast
Episode 12 - Enter the Waffles

Originally Aired 6/29/2014

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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Belghast
Episode 11 - Flying Geek Flag High

Originally Aired 6/22/2014

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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Belghast
Episode 10 - E3 2014 Discussion

Originally Aired 6/15/2014

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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