096 (BG) - CONSPIRACY THEORIST

Board games this week as we chuck ourselves into the co-operative modern crime-solving game Detective by Portal Games, take on Plan B Games' popular abstract strategy game Azul (said with a dramatic voice), and finally get round to talking about one of Chris's favourite games of all time, the original Colosseum by Days of Wonder! Enjoy!

Detective (02:48)

Azul (29:06)

Colosseum (48:00)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan Glasgow, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

This episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty and Dave McCreary

095 (VG) - OBJECTION!

Video games this week with Chris, Pawel and Dave! Phoenix Wright-alike Aviary Attorney is Dave's game of the week, Chris returns to Salt and Sanctuary and the PS4 version of Shenmue, both Chris and Dave have cooperated nicely in the free puzzle game We Were Here, and Pawel has some unexpected feelings about Shadow of the Tomb Raider! Enjoy!

Aviary Attorney (02:30)

Salt and Sanctuary (21:20)

Shenmue (31:47)

We Were Here (35:00)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (47:20)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Pawel Daruk, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

This episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty

094 (VG) - FAR: LONE GOAT CULTS

After a lengthy introduction which is mostly about a foreign chocolate bar that causes Pawel a lot of embarrassment, we get stuck into what turns out to be a mostly indie game episode, talking first about FAR: Lone Sails and its relaxing atmosphere. Dave then quickly summarises God of War, then has a lengthy chat about his time spent playing loads of games on itch.io, the indie game website, and settles on Where The Goats Are. Finally, Chris gets weird (and terrified) in real-time card game Cultist Simulator! Enjoy!

FAR: Lone Sails (08:48)

God of War (19:55)

Dave's journey through itch.io (22:00)

Where The Goats Are (27:35)

Cultist Simulator (37:45)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan (Truffle) Glasgow, Pawel Daruk, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

Weird chocolate by Poland

This episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty

093 (BG) - TABLETOP SCOTLAND

Chris, Euan and Dave bring an episode with a bit of a difference, as they talk about their experience at Tabletop Scotland in Perth on 2nd September. Enjoy!

Games talked about in this episode:

Legends Untold by Inspiring Games (04:50): www.inspiringgames.com/legends-untold

Wibble++ and Yogi by Stuff By Bez (17:35): www.stuffbybez.com

Tilis: Exploration (Playtest Zone) (27:08)

Covert (39:20)

Links to other things we talked about:

Tabletop Scotland's Website: www.tabletopscotland.co.uk

The Giant Brain: www.giantbrain.co.uk

Unlucky Frog: www.unluckyfrog.com

Meeple Like Us: www.meeplelikeus.co.uk

More Games Please: www.moregamesplease.com

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan Glasgow, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

This episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty

Email us: firstplayertoken@gmail.com

092 (VG) - ROGUEISH

Chris and Dave begin this episode with an explanation for Pawel and Euan's strange absence, then get into some video game goodness. Chris has been addictively playing roguelike card-based game Slay the Spire, Dave gets platformy with A Hat in Time, and the pair of them talk about their co-operative experience in ocean-exploring survival game Raft. Enjoy!

Slay the Spire (06:20)

A Hat in Time (32:55)

Raft (49:15)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

This episode recorded and edited by Dave McCreary

091 (BG) - CITYBUILDING, BUNNIES, AND SANDPAPER

The first post-summer holiday board game episode starts with a long dissection of Isaac Childres's latest Kickstarter Founders of Gloomhaven, a game of city building and mass confusion. We then have some fun creating rabbit fiefdoms in the colourful card drafting and area selection game Bunny Kingdom, and we finally lick some sandpaper as we get stuck into the classic 1980s game of German politics, Die Macher. Enjoy!

Founders of Gloomhaven (01:30)

Bunny Kingdom (34:54)

Die Macher (52:27)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan Glasgow, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow T

his episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty

Email us: firstplayertoken@gmail.com

090 (VG) - CULINARY COMBAT

We're back from our summer holidays and we're talking video games this week, with mad co-op cooking sequel Overcooked 2, survival horror Prey, Dave chats about finally owning a PS4 and giving his life over to Fortnite, and we talk about how much has changed in No Man's Sky now that the Next update has been released. Enjoy!

Overcooked 2 (01:27)

Prey (15:46)

Fortnite (32:58)

No Man's Sky: Next (46:53)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan Glasgow, Pawel Daruk, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

This episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty

089 (BG) - WAR NEVER CHANGES

It's board games time this week and Chris, Pawel and Dave all hit the wasteland in Fantasy Flight's sandboxy Fallout Board Game based on the hit video game series. Also this week, Dave keeps battering Chris's queen bee in Hive, and the team revisits party game Deception: Murder in Hong Kong just for laughs. Enjoy!

Fallout (04:34)

Hive (34:15)

Deception: Murder in Hong Kong (52:53)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Pawel Daruk, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

This episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty

088 (VG) - RATION YOURSELF FOR QUIZERY

It's finally UNNECESSARY QUIZ TIME as Chris puts Euan, Pawel and Dave through their paces with some questions on video games and consoles of the past! But first we have a good chat about some games we've played, with Pawel spouting his love for Pillars of Eternity 2, Chris talking more about Frostpunk and discovering Souls-esque platformer Salt and Sanctuary, and Dave has finally got himself a PS4 just so he can play God of War. Enjoy!

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (01:26)

Frostpunk (16:55)

Salt and Sanctuary (27:40)

God of War (39:00)

Unnecessary Quiz (49:17)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan Glasgow, Pawel Daruk, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

This episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty

087 (VG) - DYSTOPIAN MOOD SWINGS

Video gaming with a dystopian flavour this week as we take on the frozen hell of city-builder Frostpunk, drop into David Cage's latest open-ended effort in Detroit: Become Human, and serve mood-altering drinks to patrons as a bartending android in Red Strings Club. Enjoy!

Games talked about in this episode: Frostpunk (02:59)

Detroit: Become Human (31:30)

Red Strings Club (53:15)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Pawel Daruk, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

This episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty

086 (BG) - ALEXANDER'S BOX OF SHAME

We've gone OLD SKOOL this week as we chat at great length about GMT's Successors 3rd Edition in a departure from our usual style of tabletop gaming, and also find ourselves playing a few rounds of the Sherlock Holmes Card Game from 1991! On top of that, we give a long-overdue Gloomhaven update, and discuss the bottleneck problem the game suffers from. But we still love it. Enjoy!

Games talked about in this episode:

Successors (02:20)

Sherlock Holmes the Card Game (39:36)

Gloomhaven (53:06)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan Glasgow, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

This episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty

085 (VG) - ROLAND GET YOUR GUN

We're back with some video game goodness, starting with Chris quickly bouncing back into the worlds of Skyrim VR and Unexplored, before explaining the weird set up to Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom and its presidential, gun-wielding main character. Dave then gives an apology to Jamie from Sludj Games (oops, we messed up) before telling an absolutely wonderful tale set in the world of Kenshi, and Pawel gets the threat of the buzzer during the continuation of his multi-part BATTLETECH review. Enjoy!

Games talked about in this episode:

Skyrim VR (02:45)

Unexplored (10:00)

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (13:09)

Kenshi (29:40)

BATTLETECH (54:47)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan Glasgow, Pawel Daruk, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

This episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty

084 (VG) - MY TERRIBLE UNCLE

Pawel is absent this week, but has (allegedly) sent a prepared statement, which we're all sure he definitely wrote himself, to follow up his Battletech review from last episode, Other than that bit of hilarity, Chris talks about PC Building Simulator (because it was only a matter of time before this game was made) and gives an update on Fortnite Battle Royale Season 4, Euan gets his teeth into Zelda-like Swords of Ditto, and Dave has been playing surreal survival game Wrongworld! Enjoy!

Games talked about in this episode:

Battletech (02:33)

PC Building Simulator (05:18)

Swords of Ditto (18:13)

Wrongworld (31:50)

Fortnite Battle Royale (49:12)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan Glasgow, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

This episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty and Dave McCreary

083 (VG) - MACKEREL No.1

Pawel has played Battletech and decides to daydream about the idea of it rather than the game itself, Chris talks about preparing another planet for human colonisation in Surviving Mars, Dave becomes a gun-toting fish in Ace of Seafood, and we talk about Dune in the Retro Games Book Club! Enjoy!

Games talked about in this episode:

Battletech (02:09)

Surviving Mars(21:47)

Ace of Seafood (40:30)

RGBC: Dune (50:49)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan Glasgow, Pawel Daruk, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow and Dave McCreary

This episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty

082 (BG) - CHICKEN ROSARY BEADS

This week we're talking board games, with the newly acquired complex Kickstarter game Feudum, the much lighter (pun intended) tactical tree-growing game Photosynthesis, and the story-telling adventure game 7th Continent! One of these games made us very angry... enjoy!

Games talked about in this episode:

Feudum (02:03)

Photosynthesis (29:26)

7th Continent (43:20)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan Glasgow, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

This episode recorded and edited by Dave McCreary

081 (VG) - PACINO'S DESSERTS

Euan, Pawel and Dave have given podcast dad Chris the week off for his birthday, so expect shenanigans while they talk about the genre-bending 3030 Deathwar Redux - A Space Odyssey, free-to-play online RPG Path of Exile, and action RPG Bound by Flame. Also, expect a terrible Al Pacino pun if you weren't already. Enjoy!

Games talked about in this episode:

3030 Deathwar Redux - A Space Odyssey (06:02)

Path of Exile (27:20)

Bound by Flame (48:36)

This episode hosted by Euan Glasgow, Pawel Daruk and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

Recorded and edited by Dave McCreary

080 (BG) - EURO HEAD CRUNCH

Board games time with Chris, Euan and Dave! This week we play Bora Bora (delicious points salad), Whitehall Mystery (delicious reused theme), and Sheriff of Nottingham (delicious apples-not-crossbows)! Enjoy!

Games talked about in this episode:

Bora Bora (02:07)

Whitehall Mystery (27:58)

Sheriff of Nottingham (52:10)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan Glasgow, and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

This episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty and Dave McCreary

079 - (VG) LIFE AND DEATH

Video Games: we try to figure out what Northgard is, Chris plays a point & click adventure in which you can hack the game itself, Dave has a quick chat about Path of Exile, and then we all become student surgeons for the Retro Games Book Club. Enjoy!

Games talked about in this episode:

Northgard (02:28)

Else Heart.Break (21:08)

Path of Exile (38:42)

Retro Games Book Club: Life and Death (42:18)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan Glasgow, Pawel Daruk and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow and Dave McCreary

This episode recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty

078 - (VG) SPACE KNICKERS

More thrilling video game chat this week, including a dramatic exit from Euan while Dave and Pawel try to take control of the podcast in a sly power grab. Enjoy!

Games talked about in this episode:

Nier:Automata (04:12)

David Lynch Teaches Typing (19:41)

Subnautica (26:55)

Alienation (43:52)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan Glasgow, Pawel Daruk and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

This episode recorded and edited by Dave McCreary

077 - (VG) THE BREXIT GAME

This week we're talking video games, casting our net far and wide to talk about some very different things. Also, Pawel decides to substitute one word for another, just to make everyone feel uncomfortable. Enjoy!

Games talked about in this episode:

What Remains of Edith Finch (02:12)

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (14:24)

They Are Billions (27:10)

Monster Hunter: World (45:40)

Knack (51:45)

Hosted by Chris Hanratty, Euan Glasgow, Pawel Daruk and Dave McCreary

Music by Euan Glasgow

Recorded and edited by Chris Hanratty