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From the relative safety of Gonarch's Lair comes a podcast that will take you on an anecdotal and nostalgic romp through video game history. Cheap laughs and disputable facts guaranteed. BYOB.

From the relative safety of Gonarch's Lair comes a podcast that will take you on an anecdotal and nostalgic romp through video game history. Cheap laughs and disputable facts guaranteed. BYOB.
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United Kingdom

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From the relative safety of Gonarch's Lair comes a podcast that will take you on an anecdotal and nostalgic romp through video game history. Cheap laughs and disputable facts guaranteed. BYOB.

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English


Episodes

Episode 34.5: Apocalypse Then

3/28/2018
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Our choccy chowing chums have been resurrected and thrown back on-air to record the second part of this eggceptional episode, following extensive testing by our QA department it has now been deemed safe to pass over to our listener for their audible pleasure; we talk at length about the questions asked of our former guests: can you name three historical figures or celebrities you would like to play video games with for a day, what character trait did you receive a skill point in at the...

Duration:02:06:03

Episode 33: The Orthopaedic Pancake

2/27/2018
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Good news listener, neither Ross nor Thom have perished since transmitting their previous communication from the Lair, so thankfully they are able to return as hosts for February’s episode. Contrary to popular rumours it is not a pancake or Valentine’s Day special, but that didn't stop our writers from peppering the script with topical puns and appropriate musical interludes. In the first part of these themeless theatrics the lovelorn lads discuss Anthem and Red Dead Redemption delays,...

Duration:01:17:02

Episode 33.5: Bee Tee Dubs

2/27/2018
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In the second part of this frigid frolic through February, our battered brothers recount the top ten game lists and gaming achievements from some of our biggest fans, before discussing at length the highs and lows of our own Gamerscores. We also discuss banana bread, pixel hunts, consumption, the PS Vita, hole-in-ones, gaming headsets, Gnome Chomski, and we ask our guests from episodes past to answer some incredibly inspired questions. Lucky fishing hats include Thom procrastinating, and...

Duration:01:22:10

Episode 32: The Year of the Headcrab

1/26/2018
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The first episode of 2018 contains at least 50% less alcohol consumption than usual, as one of our foolish fellows forgoes fermented refreshments in an effort to fulfil his oath of a firewater free month. In part one of this almost teetotal twin production we discuss Arkham Knight, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Black Mirror season 4, Forma.8, online communication bans, GTFO and Witchfire, Denis Through the Drinking Glass, and we debate the numerous emerging PUBG clones. We also talk about...

Duration:01:42:13

Episode 31: The Anti-Christmas Special part 1 ~ Sinister Snowballs

12/23/2017
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Our two broken uncles return to Gonarch’s Grotto for the third year running, celebrating the festive season with their trademark gusto; proceedings are tinged this time however with an anti-Christmas vibe, in honour of Ross’ hatred for all things jolly. We discuss unwanted gifts and practical presents, beer advent calendars, we read out an email from an inmate at Xen’s Correctional Facility, have a topical Head-to-Head, and we find out the winner of this month’s Community Challenge. We...

Duration:00:59:54

Episode 31: The Anti-Christmas Special part 2 ~ The Gizmo Gamble

12/23/2017
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In part two, Ross and Thom continue their joyless journey through this years’ Christmas special by playing four retro video games; Gremlins on Atari 5200, Gremlins 2: The New Batch on NES, Home Alone on the SNES, and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York also on the SNES. While playing we discuss the Story Break podcast, Lazy Game Reviews, Gang Beasts, Hue, PUBG and Fortnite, and we rue Xbox One’s parity clause. We also talk about 4k TVs, the lucrativeness of microtransactions and lootboxes,...

Duration:01:15:51

Episode 31: The Anti-Christmas Special part 3 ~ Exit Womb

12/23/2017
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The third and final part of our Christmas special injects a small amount of genuine goodwill into the episode, boosting the merriment factor to 2 out of a possible 10. In it we talk about the Escape Room challenges that we have both faced within the past month, and we list our favourite games, movies and TV shows that we've played and watched throughout 2017. We also talk about spending Christmas away from home, streamlining anniversaries, Groupon and Wowcher, and we discover Thom’s...

Duration:01:33:46

Episode 30: Halloween Special part 1 ~ Dawn of the Dusk

10/30/2017
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Virgins beware, our two sired souls are joined by an uninvited guest to help give vampires the Gonarch's Lair treatment for 2017’s Halloween spooktacular. In the first part of the triple bill we discuss vampire abilities and weaknesses, vampire lore not law, we guess which vampire we each have dressed as, a topical quiz decides this month’s Head-to-Head contest, and we find out who drove it like they stole it in the Super Mario Kart Community Challenge. We also talk about Vlad the Impaler,...

Duration:01:10:53

Episode 27.5: The Crystal Cake

7/27/2017
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In the second part of episode 27, the deadly duo bludgeon their way through a list of serial killer games from the last 33 years, starting with Atari 2600's Halloween and ending with PS4's Until Dawn. Along the way we discuss our preferred MOs, proximity chat, text-based crime games, playing as the antagonist, and Thom presents his ‘launch week’ proposal. We also talk about jump scares, twist endings and reveals, copy-cat murders, we debate the difference between serial and spree killers,...

Duration:01:48:04

Episode 26: A Sonic Renaissance

5/25/2017
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Just like a sucker punch to the jaw, unexpected and excruciating, we are back for the first half of yet another 2 part episode. Ross and Thom are both carrying career threatening injuries, yet still they manage to push the envelope of the retrogaming podcast genre while discussing COD WWII, DLC delays and the pressure on developers to create content, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, Darkest Dungeon, Ryse: Son of Rome, Troma Entertainment, we share the results of the Indy Heat average MPH...

Duration:01:40:19

Episode 26.5: The Fellowship of the Lair

5/25/2017
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In the second part of episode 26, Ross and Thom set a new record for their longest podcast yet while talking about 1v1 fighting games. We discuss special moves, novelty and tribute characters, Street Fighter clones, fatalities and gore, button bashing, and we read some messages from regular listeners and fans including a rare communication from Xen. We also talk about SNK's Neo Geo, motion capture animation, retro-game guides, fighting game crossovers, and we debate the misogynistic design...

Duration:02:22:17

Episode 25: Burnt Toast and Almonds

4/28/2017
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Climb aboard the hype train and bear witness to the splendour of the Lair's latest offering; episode 25 not only marks our quarter century episode and half century release, it also is not an Easter special despite rumours that it is. In part one Ross and Thom discuss in-app purchases and paywalls, Evolve, video game emulation, Cities: Skylines, Hammer Horror, Bastion, Disney live-action remakes, This War of Mine, the discontinuation of the NES classic, Let It Die, S-Town, and we unveil a...

Duration:01:47:17

Episode 24: Rinse and Repeat

3/22/2017
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Salutations listener and welcome to episode 24, come join Ross and Thom in their abode of nightmare hosts while they entertain and amuse yet another special guest. In part one we coerce Sie into helping us with our homework assignment by playing Gods and Flimbo’s Quest on the Commodore Amiga; discussing the Nintendo Switch launch, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, parallax scrolling, and the No Man’s Sky Pathfinder update along the way. We also talk about Danger 5, escape rooms, Black Mirror, we...

Duration:01:19:51

Episode 24.5: Stay Awhile and Listen

3/22/2017
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In the second part of episode 24, our hosts relax to Sie’s dulcet tones as he recounts his gaming history, shares his desert island games, and explains the reasoning behind his gaming persona choice. The sprawling conversation covers RTS and RPG games, LAN parties, point-and-click adventures, Dungeon Crawlers, and the impact gaming has on your social life. We also discuss medieval weaponry, video game piracy, internet dating, gaming withdrawal, and Sie finishes off his limerick and chooses...

Duration:01:49:29

Episode 23: The Gutter Pals

2/23/2017
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Beware listener, it's that time again when Ross and Thom convene in the Lair to muse over anything that they can tenuously link to retrogaming, thus satisfying their subscribers appetite for this heavily saturated podcast genre. In the first part of episode 23 they discuss the Netflix Original Castlevania series, the latest Rainbow Six: Siege and Enter the Gungeon updates, open-world driving games, the return of Mirco Machines, Ash Vs Evil Dead, whether chess is a game or a sport, and we...

Duration:01:21:10

Episode 23.5: Lock and/or Load

2/23/2017
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The second part of our 23rd episode is all about video game weapons; our hosts focus on the characters' personal armoury rather than special moves, abilities, power-ups, and vehicles. They debate the ones we all love and hate, taking suggestions for both categories from you, the fans. We also discuss standalone DLC releases, weapon deterioration, Valve's disinterest in console gaming, dismemberment, the origin of dual-wielding, the difference between DPS, DOT and AOE, and we do our best...

Duration:01:40:01

Episode 22: The Year of the Mock

1/29/2017
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Welcome to 2017, and the first Gonarch’s Lair podcast of the year. In part one Ross and Thom discuss movie trailer voiceovers, Super Mario Run, dated CGI effects, Super Mario Odyssey, deliberate merchandising ploys, Unravel, the latest Xbox One backwards compatible games, Drawception, and we review an Amiga game that was programmed by our most established fan. We also talk about the return of Starcade, the Coen brothers’ new series, Rogue One, Buzzard, and we find out who was victorious in...

Duration:01:32:22

Episode 22.5: The Game of IRL

1/29/2017
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In part two of our first episode of 2017, Ross and Thom talk almost exclusively about the board games they played during their youth and adolescence, and the favourites of their friends, family and fans alike. We discuss the definition of a board game, their assembly and maintenance, losing and breaking parts, the Pop-O-Matic, and the almost unbelievable origin of draughts. We also discuss Board James, chemistry kits, the last day of term, the manipulation of IMDB ratings, and our hosts...

Duration:01:48:25

Episode 21: The Gonarch Christmas Carol part 1 ~ Churros and Glühwein

12/19/2016
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Our 2016 Christmas special has arrived and, just like Santa’s sack, it is jam-packed and overflowing with joy and goodwill. Ross and Thom are joined by Simon, Christmas' biggest fan, for the first of three visits to Gonarch’s Grotto; we talk about Ubisoft’s DLC policy, pay walls, Christmas Noobs, and the No Man’s Sky update. We also discuss the PlayStation Experience reveals of The Last of Us Part Two, the Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy, and the new trailer for Death Stranding. Christmas...

Duration:00:57:07

Episode 21: The Gonarch Christmas Carol part 2 ~ Yule Lads

12/19/2016
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The second part of this jubilant bonanza rapidly descends into chaos as the merry mob play Winter Games on the ZX Spectrum while reading out some mince pie reviews and an email from a fan. We also discuss Iceland’s 13 Trolls, re-gifting, and the worst presents that we have ever received. Sausage-swipers include Th5m breaking the game, Sim5n setting a World Record, and R5ss without free rum.

Duration:01:05:35

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