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Listen in on our experiences with the very best of popular culture - board games, video games, comic books, movies, music, and more.

Listen in on our experiences with the very best of popular culture - board games, video games, comic books, movies, music, and more.
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Listen in on our experiences with the very best of popular culture - board games, video games, comic books, movies, music, and more.




Hamilton: An American Musical, Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, and GRIP: Combat Racing - Staying In Episode 67

00:14 - How to deal with trick-or-treaters AND carol singers. 05:00 - ALEXANDER HAMILTON! And also Hamilton: An American Musical. 20:11 - The fantastic and fascinating Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt exhibit. 31:10 - Does anyone feel like Chicken Tonight anymore? 35:46 - Getting to grips with GRIP: Combat Racing on Nintendo Switch and PC. 48:48 - Discussing the benefits of occupying Australia, thanks to a great question from @Cromerty. And why it's always good to carry a pack of Sesame...


Wolverine: The Long Night, Istanbul: Digital Edition, and Night in the Woods - Staying In Episode 66

00:00 - "The talk" and just one of the perils of modern living. 05:37 - Kris has been playing Night in the Woods, and we find out what kind of a Mae he is. 14:37 - Seasonal teas, hot chocolates, and whether Horlicks is an international brand. 19:16 - Istanbul: Digital Edition, and why this straight adaptation of the board game is a winner. 36:44 - Peter's chamomile teas, and a particularly memorable "date". 41:08 - Wolverine: The Long Night is a podcast from Marvel that comes thoroughly...


Doctor Who Series 11, Transformers Trading Card Game, and 1 Screen Platformer - Staying In Episode 65

00:00 - Appropriate attire for when working from home. 06:07 - Doctor Who Series 11 is here, Jodie Whittaker is at the helm, and this show might just be worth the TV licence fee alone. 19:12 - A very special blanket. 21:41 - Transformers Trading Card Game is either truly wonderful or totally awful, depending on how you approach it. 39:36 - 1 Screen Platformer is the new indie platforming hotness from Return To Adventure Mountain and we've played it early. 48:01 - Big thanks to...


Marvel's Spider-Man, Abzû, and Megaquarium - Staying In Episode 64

00:00 - Kris's "discrete toolbox" and "top half jobs". 06:22 - Board game order woes, why the board game industry gets so slapdash so regularly, and the marketing funnel. 14:51 - Abzû, scuba diving, meditative games, and having a little cry at a lottery advert. 30:54 - Marvel's Spider-Man, how Peter Parker and New York are intertwined, and being a comic book hero. 41:50 - Our regular Listener Question comes via e-mail from Rebecca this week, who asks "what's your perfect Sunday?" 49:28...


KeyForge, Destiny 2, and REKT! - Staying In Episode 63

00:00 - Charity shop shenanigans and a TV show called Eat Well For Less. 07:31 - Pre-order woes and the "truly fascinating" logistics of shipping physical goods. 11:56 - Halloween and why Dan and Peter really don't like it. 16:38 - Roland Wright... or... roll and write...? ... and his game Welcome To... 18:40 - Richard Garfield's KeyForge: Call of the Archons and why Sam's excited to get his unique decks onto the table. 29:27 - PS Plus and Destiny 2 and co-op gaming loveliness. 37:54 -...


Ant-Man and the Wasp, Voltron: Legendary Defender, and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes - Staying In Episode 62

0:00 - The Scafell Pike adventure, the nice sights we saw, and the lovely folks we met along the way. 16:10 - Kris has been watching Voltron: Legendary Defender and, you know what? That's alright. 24:25 - Ant-Man and the Wasp is out and we've watched it and it also is alright. 34:00 - Feeling stressed? No? Well play Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes and you soon will be. 49:02 - Our listener question comes from @Alexgol95, who asks us "when will first person cRPGs be more popular?" All...


Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Sails of Glory, and The Betway Reds - Staying In Episode 61

00:12 - How to make homemade mud (with Milliput, for Burrows & Badgers miniatures). 03:26 - Things get Napoleonic with Sails of Glory from Ares Games. 17:06 - Mission: Impossible - Fallout is the sixth outing for the film series. Weirdly put together, apparently, but still great, it turns out. 25:31 - Our fantasy football league is going well, but weirdly, so here's a Game Week 1 update. 31:01 - Dan's gone and bought his first graphic novel, which is The Adventure Zone: Here There Be...


The Mind, Fantasy Football, and Cities: Skylines - Staying In Episode 60

0:00 - Dan's going to be running a fantasy football league, and is hoping you'll take part! Prove him right by heading to, nabbing an account, and entering 1089139-244175 as the code to get involved! 5:00 - Kris has gotten himself into a pickle with a christening card. No, we didn't think it was possible either. 13:35 - Should The Mind have won the Spieles des Jahres for 2018? Maybe! Sam certainly makes a good case for it. 22:17 - Yorkshire puddings and toffee...


Loffee, FTL: Faster Than Light, and Into the Breach - Staying In Episode 59

01:06 - We've not talked about it before, but Sam absolutely LOVES vinegar. So much so that he gives his chips a "double soak", which is about as eye-wateringly acidic as you think. 05:24 - What we HAVE talked about before is seasonal playlists for music, and it being Summer, we think Loffee is the perfect accompaniment to this time of year. 10:23 - Kris went to Dortmund and had a lovely time of it, but he discovered two shocking things. 1) that he actually does like beer (when it's...


The Last of Us Part II, Gain Ground, and McQueen - Staying In Episode 58

Take me down to time stamp city, where the times are stamped and it's not actually a city; 0:00 - We find out all about a very special carb-based de-stress routine and a very exciting (?) Bristol corner shop. 4:40 - It's back to the late 80s and early 90s for a spot of reminiscing on Seinfeld, as well as Peter's secret favourite subject, Gain Ground, on account of him currently playing SEGA Mega Drive Classics. There's also an explanation of how evolution works that probably has Darwin...


Barrier, Pokémon Quest, and Burrows & Badgers - Staying In Episode 57

We're doing time stamps now? How F.A.N.C.Y. 0:00 - We kick things off with hot takes about pomegranate juice and other awful concoctions that only fools and children would make, like blackcurrant and milk, and apple juice with orange juice. There's also a combination that only Kris's brother would make, and you'll find out about that in this section too. 2:50 Then it's off to the UK Games Expo at Birmingham's NEC for “the best convention I've been to” according to Peter, and the first part...


Deadpool 2, A Way Out, and the Games Media Brit List Awards - Staying In Episode 56

Everyone remembers Kuri Kuri Mix, right? Sure you do! Just as well, as we'll refer to it when talking about A Way Out, the latest game from those folks at Hazelight Studios. And on the subject of making a getaway, we've also been playing various entries in the Exit: The Game series, which are essentially tabletop game escape rooms. Elsewhere there's a whole bunch on the Games Media Brit List Awards, which we went along to and where we had a lovely time. A big Staying In Pat On The Back to...


God of War, The Magpie Murders, and Jurassic Perk - Staying In Episode 55

Kerby is a great street game to play after dark, we all know that. That's obvious. Bushido from GCT Studios is pretty strong too it turns out, as is that God of War jam from Santa Monica Studios. The latest performance of Macbeth by the RSC? That's good too. And so are Anthony Horowitz's The Magpie Murders, Liu Cixin's The Three-Body Problem, and Frank Herbert's Dune. All the things mentioned? They're all just smashing. But you know what's the best? The absolute BEST? The fact that we...


Avengers: Infinity War, Magic: The Gathering Arena, and the Cursed Book - Staying In Episode 54

Oh good lord, where to begin? You should know straight off the bat that there are huge Avengers: Infinity War spoilers in the last 30 minutes of this episode - which happens to be our longest ever episode! But don't worry, we give you plenty of advance warning before they hit. Seriously though, don't listen to that section if you haven't seen the film yet. Also the language used in this episode is pretty blue at times, as the last few weeks have been... hectic, to say the least. We're...


Annihilation, Civilization V, and Holiday Games - Staying In Episode 53

We do our best to not be absolutely insufferable about our Games Media Brit List nomination in this podcast. Are we successful? Probably not. What else? Oh yes! We've been playing The Battle of Polytopia's multiplayer for months now - since the beta even - and we're ready to talk about how this update adds to our impressions of the single player offering. Be prepared for INTENSE DISCOURSE. On a similar note, there's a load in here about our recent experiences with Civilization V. Things...


Ready Player One, Assassin's Creed Origins, The Darkside Detective, and Dave Ryan from Link to the Cast - Staying In Episode 52

Up for some hot new video games action? Well tough, because we're talking about why the shooting in Titanfall 2 is so gosh darn good. Sorry to pull a fast one on you like that. We cool? Cool. There's also Assassin's Creed Origins talk too, that's kind of new, right? Regardless, it's providing us some excellent opportunities to wander around Egypt and partake in a little digital tourism, a thing we're also up to with the astonishing Yakuza 0. We were lucky enough to be joined by Dave Ryan...


Ten Candles, Hidden Agenda, and Cosmic Encounter - Staying In Episode 51

Games, games, and even more games: that's the general theme of this episode. There's a big discussion about Cosmic Encounter and why you probably need to play it twice to really start appreciating its galactic strategy. And when we're not ruling the universe, we're mucking about on a boat in one of our favourite RPGs: Ten Candles from Cavalry Games. We also hook up to PlayLink on the PlayStation 4, checking out Hidden Agenda from Supermassive Games in the process, which is a tense game of...


Black Panther, Monikers, and Hunt for the Ring - Staying In Episode 50

How did Kris's mum accidentally get involved in the Copenhagen drug scene? Could Sam figure out who "not the guy with the bolts" was? Which one of them manages to casually drop the phrase "Chekhov's Gun" into a conversation? If you'd like to know the answer to these questions, give this episode a listen. And there's some other stuff too... Like why one of us is absolutely head-over-heels in love with Hunt for the Ring from Ares Games, and how that lovely little Lord of the Rings-based...


Dear Esther Live, The LEGO Batman Movie, and Sunless Skies - Staying In Episode 49

Should 30 year old men be allowed to say “sick” and “dope”? By the end of this podcast the lads will have convinced you that no, no they absolutely should not. But light DIY tasks and watching Hey Duggee? Oh yes, that's very much more in our wheelhouse. There's a fair bit of LEGO in this episode too. Not only is there a contender for the worst LEGO sets ever created - Final Duel II - but there's also our very divided opinions on The LEGO Batman Movie. Then it's off to the concert hall we...


The Book of Dust, Ten Candles, and Metal Gear Survive - Staying In Episode 48

✓ Board Games ✓ Video Games ✓ Good Books ✓ Invasive Medical Procedures It's another textbook episode of Staying In. There's chat about a new fitness thing they're all doing (well... almost all of them), a couple of minutes where they gush about My Brother, My Brother and Me, and a couple more minutes after that where they basically just rip off My Brother, My Brother and Me's whole thing. Plus thoughts on Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust (and why it's better than Harry Potter), a big...