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The Gonarch's Lair Podcast

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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 28.5: The Tale of Sir Tit-Salt

8/22/2017
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Chivalry is proven to be utterly dead in the second part of episode 28, as we subject our guest to the homework games chosen by Sie in episode 24, Moonstone: A Hard Days Knight on the Commodore Amiga and Flashback on the Sega Mega Drive. We also talk about sexism in gaming, Canadian gun law, female oriented games, pet names, we speculate on the next Nintendo Mini console, and Kelly gives the boys the greatest gift they have received to date. Following a Community Challenge newsflash we...

Duration: 01:57:40


Episode 28: Potaito Legends

8/22/2017
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Women are from Venus, our men are from Xen, so expect absolute carnage in episode 28 when Ross and Thom welcome the Lair's first ever female visitor. The thrilling threesome chat about Ozark, Munchkin, GLOW, Hearthstone, Dunkirk, Cards Against Humanity, Wet Hot American Summer, and we pay tribute to George A. Romero. We also discuss lame superpowers, Tim Westwood, Quiznos, Jeremy Kyle, there's another topical head-to-head competition, and we reveal the winner of the Ghouls ’n Ghosts...

Duration: 01:51:26


Episode 27: A Hessian Alibi

7/27/2017
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Celestial objects have aligned just long enough to allow another broadcast from Xen to reach the Pale Blue Dot, and with it comes a brand new episode of everyone’s favourite retro-gaming podcast. Ross and Thom return with gusto in episode 27 to chat about E3, Micro Machines, NERG, Legion, the Heroes and Villains Fan Fest, and Alien: Covenant; we also reveal the results of our first community challenge, and we go head-to-head once again in another nail-biting contest. In addition we discuss...

Duration: 02:16:10


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


Episode 21: The Gonarch Christmas Carol part 3 ~ Nightmare on 34th Street

12/19/2016
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In the third and final part of this years’ Christmas special Simon tests Ross and Thom’s knowledge of Santa Claus portrayals in movies with a picture quiz, we finish off Ken’s Christmas Dingbats, and we discuss our favourite Christmas movies. We also eat some festive chocolate cakes while discussing flimsy controllers, the difference between Margot Kidder and Karen Allen, Quentin Tarantino’s foot fetish, and we finish off by summing up 2016 in particularly dramatic fashion. Cheese slice...

Duration: 01:15:15


Episode 20: Super-Sub!

11/29/2016
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Welcome back to the sack for episode 20, another milestone in Ross and Thom's podcasting careers. In the first part of this double feature our hosts are again joined by Kristian and they do their very best to alienate him by discussing the Wylam Brewery Game & Grill, Nintendo Switch, Battlefield 1, Red Dead Redemption 2, and reviewing Double Dragon the movie. We also discuss Black Mirror, Noah, formulaic Superhero origin movies, and Thom makes a prediction about the next game in the Call...

Duration: 01:24:32


Episode 20.5: Tempted By Gods

11/29/2016
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In the second part of episode 20 we dedicate almost 2 hours of our lives to learning about Kristian’s history in gaming, his desert island game choices, and his gaming persona. We also talk about Roger Moore, sports games, 'Atlanta' starring Donald Glover, old-school ‘pass the controller’ co-op, and Ross challenges Thom to a highscore contest. Invade-a-loads include Ross dropping his notes, Thom replicating a tone, and Kristian finally finishes his limerick.

Duration: 01:45:43


Episode 19: Halloween Special part 1 ~ The Emergency Chapstick

10/26/2016
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It’s our favourite time of year when the nights are closing in, there’s a chill in the air, and sinister sounds are emanating from Gonarch’s Lair. Ross and Thom are joined by a ghoulish guest for the first of three haunted Halloween special episodes in which we focus on zombies, arguably one of the most iconic gaming and movie antagonists. In part one we guess which zombie we are each dressed as, we discuss the variety of zombie types, zombie movie rules, the glamorization of the zombie...

Duration: 01:15:00


Episode 19: Halloween Special part 2 ~ Stroking the Ghost

10/26/2016
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In the second part of our spooktacular special, the gang play Zombi on the ZX Spectrum before discussing our favourite zombie movies and literature, and sharing our Gamertags and PSN IDs. We also discuss Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit, No Man’s Sky, parody porn, and Thom writes a limerick for Michael. Endless ectoplasm includes Michael suffering from sexual discrimination, Ross being Fonzie, and Thom wasting lives.

Duration: 01:22:44

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