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An undead favourite. From Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross, the creators of "Watch Out for Fireballs!", Bonfireside Chat is a podcast dedicated entirely to the Souls series of games. Starting with Dark Souls, we take a journey through the areas of the game and comment on lore, gameplay, bossfights... everything. Praise the Sun!

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An undead favourite. From Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross, the creators of "Watch Out for Fireballs!", Bonfireside Chat is a podcast dedicated entirely to the Souls series of games. Starting with Dark Souls, we take a journey through the areas of the game and comment on lore, gameplay, bossfights... everything. Praise the Sun!

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Perfect coverage of an unbelievably perfect series of games

By ArikinSkywalker - Nov 25 2019
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The lore, the commentary, the banter, and the personality are all exemplary of how a video games podcast should be. Gary and Kole are experienced pod-bros who love the Dark Souls series as much as I do, and it shows.

listen at work, get hype in the car, play at home. repeat

By sora_slash_fic - Nov 13 2019
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i fell in love other pods by the same guys: woff, abject suffering and mimp. once i ran out of stuff to listen to, i ended up playing dark souls just to get more content! listening to g&k's coverage as i played through the whole series was a transcendent gaming experience! 100/5

iTunes Ratings

651 Ratings
Average Ratings
601
16
17
8
9

Perfect coverage of an unbelievably perfect series of games

By ArikinSkywalker - Nov 25 2019
Read more
The lore, the commentary, the banter, and the personality are all exemplary of how a video games podcast should be. Gary and Kole are experienced pod-bros who love the Dark Souls series as much as I do, and it shows.

listen at work, get hype in the car, play at home. repeat

By sora_slash_fic - Nov 13 2019
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i fell in love other pods by the same guys: woff, abject suffering and mimp. once i ran out of stuff to listen to, i ended up playing dark souls just to get more content! listening to g&k's coverage as i played through the whole series was a transcendent gaming experience! 100/5

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Bonfireside Chat - A Dark Souls and Bloodborne Podcast

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An undead favourite. From Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross, the creators of "Watch Out for Fireballs!", Bonfireside Chat is a podcast dedicated entirely to the Souls series of games. Starting with Dark Souls, we take a journey through the areas of the game and comment on lore, gameplay, bossfights... everything. Praise the Sun!

Episode 117: The Ringed City (Part 2)

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Richard Pillbeam talk about the Ringed City portion of Dark Souls III's final DLC.

Please tune in to the Appendix next week for important announcements about the future of the show.

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Apr 30 2017

2hr 48mins

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Episode 116: The Ringed City (Part 1)

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Richard Pillbeam talk about the Dreg Heap... the first part of the Ringed City DLC.

Here we are, the beginning of the end. Next week will be an extra-long episode about the Ringed City proper.

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Apr 23 2017

1hr 44mins

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Episode 27: Berserk Manga (Part 1)

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Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about the first two arcs of the Berserk manga.

Why the hell are we talking about manga on a Dark Souls podcast? All you have to do is open a Berserk volume to any random page to see that From Software drew a LOT of inspiration from this decades-long (and still running!) series. In this episode, we cover generalities, along with the first two major arcs of the series-- "The Black Swordsman" and "The Golden Age" (Volumes 1 - 14).

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Jan 25 2014

1hr 58mins

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Episode 122: Bloodborne Revisited

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Stewart McGowan remember and say goodbye to Bloodborne.

This is the first entry in our "Victory Lap" season, a period of two months when we look back at the Souls series and talk about what worked, what didn't, and why these games were special enough to cover for all of these years.

Jul 02 2017

2hr 22mins

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Episode 64: Central Yharnam (Part 1)

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Michael (VaatiVidya) talk about the first portion of Central Yharnam, up through the Cleric Beast encounter.

Next time, we'll finish out Central Yharnam with C.J. and Paddy from the Twin Humanities podcast.

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Apr 26 2015

1hr 31mins

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Special: Bottom Ten Bosses

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Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross buy some time for the offseason by talking about their least favorite bosses from the entire Souls series. Don't throw rocks at us!

Jan 29 2017

1hr 3mins

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Episode 35: Basics, Things Betwixt, Majula

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Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross discuss what's different about Dark Souls II, then dive right into Things Betwixt and Majula.

It's an exciting time to be a Souls fan, and we're glad to have you along with us as we discover the kingdom of Drangleic together. This episode covers up through your encounter with the Emerald Herald in Majula. The next episode will cover the entirety of The Forest of Fallen Giants.

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THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR: - Latchkey Kingdom

Mar 22 2014

1hr 35mins

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Episode 36: The Forest of Fallen Giants

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and C.J. talk about the Forest of Fallen Giants.

This episode covers everything from that happy little river up through the Pursuer. Next week we're talking about Heide's Tower of Flame and the Blue Cathedral.

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Apr 05 2014

1hr 46mins

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Episode 63: Intro and Hunter's Dream

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Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about the opening of Bloodborne, including the Hunter's Dream. For any new listeners who are unaware of our spoiler policy, here it is: Each episode is about a particular area, and we go through them in sequence. We won't spoil important things that happen after the area we're talking about. After a certain point in the game, when things turn or open up, this policy is revisited. However, we will be very clear when that happens. Thanks so much for listening. We're happy to have you.

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Apr 12 2015

1hr 34mins

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Episode 100: Irithyll Dungeon / The Profaned Capital

Sep 25 2016

2hr 59mins

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Episode 77: The Nightmare of Mensis and Mergo's Loft

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, Davin Pavlas, and Scott Benson talk about the Nightmare of Mensis and Mergo's Loft.

Nov 01 2015

2hr 8mins

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Episode 13: Artorias of the Abyss

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Jon Wolf talk about the Artorias of the Abyss additional content.

If you're playing along, we cover everything from the Sanctuary Guardian through Manus.

The next episode will be an Appendix about Speed Running.

Please Note: All spoiler warnings are off. Proceed at your own risk if you have not beaten the game.

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Jun 29 2013

1hr 50mins

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Episode 53: Crown of the Ivory King

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Alex Briggs talk about the Crown of the Ivory King DLC for Dark Souls II.

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Dec 21 2014

2hr 16mins

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Episode 104: Archdragon Peak

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Aegon of Astora talk about Archdragon Peak.

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  • Coming Soon.

Nov 20 2016

2hr 37mins

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Episode 67: Cathedral Ward

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Dave Klein talk about the Cathedral Ward. This includes Oedon Chapel, the surrounding areas, and the Vicar Amelia fight.

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Jun 07 2015

1hr 41mins

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Episode 101: Untended Graves / Consumed King's Garden

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Vaati talk about the Consumed King's Garden and the Untended Graves.

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Oct 09 2016

2hr 8mins

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Episode 3: Undead Parish and Lower Undead Burg

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Tyler Crumrine talk about the Undead Parish and the Lower Undead Burg.

If you're playing along, we cover everything from the rats in the bridge up til the goat demon with the dogs.

The next episode will cover the Darkroot Garden through the Depths. If you hit the area with all the poison, you've gone too far!

Note: for the purposes of the show, we are considering "Darkroot Garden" to be the areas from the Prowling Demon up through the Moonlight Butterfly. The Hydra and Sif are reserved for later.

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Feb 08 2013

1hr 56mins

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Special: Top 10 Bosses

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Alex Eich, of the Blighttown Beacon, joins me for a look at our respective top ten bosses. As always for these specials, a hearty thanks goes out to the Souls of Darkness Kickstarter backers. Thank them mightily!

Apr 16 2017

1hr 3mins

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Episode 123: Dark Souls II Revisited

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Randy Walker return to Drangleic to say goodbye to Dark Souls II.

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Jul 16 2017

2hr 44mins

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Episode 98: Irithyll of the Boreal Valley (Part 2)

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Richard Pilbeam talk about the second portion of Irithyll of the Boreal Valley, up through Aldrich Saint of the Deep.

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Aug 14 2016

2hr 10mins

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Where are the Sekiro Episodes?

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Since we re-launched this show, people have asked us where to find the episodes about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Though we explained it in a few places, it cannot hurt to do so once more here.

Bonfireside Chat Rekindled is a show that's exclusive to our Patreon campaign. Main episodes come out every other week, and we will begin doing off-week episodes again shortly. For $5 per month you get a lot in addition to Bonfireside Chat, and we encourage you to check out our network's other offerings.

So go become a Patron today to hear us talk about Sekiro, other soulslikes, and other FromSoft games!

May 05 2019

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Sekiro First Impressions

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Sekiro is different. Sekiro is hard. Sekiro is here! Listen in for our nascent opinions on the game, based on the first few hours.

This episode is free and available for everyone, and if you want other episodes of Bonfireside Chat Rekindled, and want to hear the rest of the Sekiro season as it releases, please consider backing us on Patreon..

Mar 23 2019

1hr 1min

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Duckfeed Patreon 2019: Big New Things

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Hello, listeners and patrons alike. We come to you with some exciting news: We are changing the Patreon around! It feels like we just did this, but the last major change was back toward the beginning of 2017. We’re trying to constantly observe what’s happening with the network and learn what to do better. That means making changes like this from time to time.

We’re also aiming to never shake things up in a way that is too disruptive to you, the listener. We want to give more (or at least focus up and give better). So we put a lot of thought and consideration into making sure these changes either solve problems or help us achieve goals.

Here’s the summary of what we’re planning, and you can find the details below. In order to grow the network, give patrons more, and cover rising costs, we plan to:

  • Bring back Bonfireside Chat as a Patreon show.
  • Give Patrons a whole episode of Watch Out for Fireballs!
  • Move from theme months to covering big-name games more frequently.
  • Change WOFF! Listener Response episodes to WOFF! Dispatch, make it more interactive, and have broader topic discussions.
  • Make Adaptation Decay a monthly show.
  • We are getting rid of the content store, and making premium episodes available on Patreon in perpetuity.
  • We are phasing out the promise of physical goods, and sending out an “I’m Sorry!” package to people who never got theirs.
  • In general, we are simplifying the Patreon drastically, while offering more at each tier.

So without further preamble, let’s get into more detail.

We want to grow.
We want to grow in both listenership, patronage, and income. We are proud of the work that we do, and never want to stagnate in any of the aforementioned areas. Growth requires change.

We want to give patrons more.
The best way to keep listeners and members around is to always try to give more (or give better). This is also the best way to bring new people in. We are grateful to our patrons, past and present, and we want to make sure we’re giving them stuff they want.

We want to meet rising costs.
There are costs associated with doing this at the professional level. Traveling to live shows is expensive. Hosting, web services, applications, and equipment are expensive. Being self-employed is expensive (both Gary and I do this full time and need to cover things like health insurance). And since we’re covering more new games, we’re spending more on games! This is not a hobby for us, we’re committed to doing this full time as our main means of support, and this means keeping up with costs.

People want Bonfireside Chat.
And we want to give it to them. We also want to play to our strengths as a network whose bread and butter is games club content. We put Bonfireside Chat to bed when it felt like it was the right thing to do. We stuck with our guns for a long time. But with Sekiro on the horizon, and some damn-fine Soulslikes already here, it feels right to take the show out of cold storage.

So we are bringing back Bonfireside Chat as a Patreon show, with a slightly different format. Listen to Bonfireside Chat 2.0 Episode 0 on the feed to learn more. Our first game is the Soulslike shooter Immortal Unchained!

We want to value WOFF! appropriately.
Watch Out for Fireballs! is the network’s flagship show. It also takes a lot of time to produce. We play through the entire game (whether it’s 1 hour or 100), research the games, write outlines that total in the thousands of words, record for hours, and edit. In looking at how to make this tenable in the long run, we have decided to make one episode of WOFF! per month premium.

This does two things: It makes the Patreon more valuable for our members, and it incentivizes more membership.

But don’t panic! When an episode goes premium, we will include a good portion of it on the public feed (up through the Generalities). So you still get something each week, it’s just that the play-by-play goes to members.

NOTE 1: This won’t go into effect for January. We already announced those games, and we don’t want to revoke access to something anyone was excited for.

NOTE 2: We will still have multi-part episodes, but we will never put a whole episode (Part 2, 3, or 4) behind a paywall. Only single episodes will get this treatment.

WOFF! Theme Months are going away.
This was a very fun idea. But it was also hell to plan for, in addition to other WOFF-based pattern incentives. So we feel like it has run its course. We want to exercise more control over the games we pick for WOFF! so we can pace out the year and cover exciting stuff. Anyone who has paid for a WOFF Theme Month will still get their topics covered, but after that hopper is exhausted the theme months will go away.

We want the WOFF! Listener Response episodes to be more interesting.
Right now, not a lot of folks listen to the letters episodes on WOFF. Additionally, not a lot of people listen to the behind-the-scenes episodes of DuckTRAX, and we don’t get very many prompts/responses. SO! We’re getting rid of DuckTRAX and changing the listener response episodes to WOFF! Dispatch.

So the last episode of WOFF! for each month will contain responses about the games from that month, prompts and questions from the Patrons, and a segment that is a longer-form discussion about a particular topic. These will be fun experiments, and we hope you’re down for them.

We want to do more Adaptation Decay
Adaptation Decay is our premium show about how video games are adapted into other media, and it’s a fun show to do. Right now we have it on a very strange “8 times a year” rhythm. With DuckTRAX going away, we are taking Adaptation Decay monthly!

The content store is complicated, and having content time-gated on Patreon is confusing and dissatisfying.
So we’re not going to fuck with that anymore. If you back at $10 per month, you’ll get access to the firehose of content. Every premium WOFF, Bonfireside Chat Exquisite Suffering, Adaptation Decay, DuckTRAX, Try This… and whatever other one-off Duckfeed Presents stuff we make for you. We appreciate people who support us, and we want you to get your money’s worth, both in terms of the backlog and future value.

We really biffed the physical goods.
Under the old scheme, we offered physical goods packs and a DuckZine. We failed to deliver those, because we overestimated our ability to meet that logistical challenge. So the new scheme has no physical rewards.
To say sorry for our past neglect of this promise, we will be sending out one large package to everyone who was qualified for those rewards (you should have already received an email about this). We are sorry that we disappointed you on this front, and there’s really no excuse. We hope the I’m Sorry package helps.

We’re honoring our previous commitments.
People who paid for theme months will get those theme months covered. If you have a WOFF! game demand or Abject Suffering demand in the hopper, that’s still there.
The current Patreon scheme is complicated and we want to simplify it.
We have a lot of reward tiers and stretch goals. Some of the reward tiers require backing for several months, which is confusing. In general, we let the Patreon grow tangled and weird, and we want to prune it down so it’s easier for you to pick the right tier.

So, we’ve got less of everything, but what remains should be even more valuable. We are reducing the number of new shows on the horizon, because we are already stretched pretty thin. But there’s still stuff to aim for, and we hope this makes the Patreon much more valuable and friendly.

Jan 01 2019

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Finale

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This is it. Thank you so much for everything.

Aug 20 2017

1hr 51mins

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Episode 125: Dark Souls Revisited

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and John Hurst take one final look at Dark Souls.

Please stick around for the next episode, which will be the proper conclusion to Bonfireside Chat as a whole.

Aug 13 2017

2hr 43mins

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After Dark: Demon's Souls

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Mitch Benes read your questions, prompts, and thoughts about Souls in general.

Aug 06 2017

1hr 5mins

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Episode 124: Demon's Souls Revisited

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Mitch Benes look back at Demon's Souls and offer their final summation.

Jul 30 2017

2hr 42mins

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Episode 123: Dark Souls II Revisited

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Randy Walker return to Drangleic to say goodbye to Dark Souls II.

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Jul 16 2017

2hr 44mins

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After Dark: Bloodborne

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Stewart McGowan read your thoughts and prompts about Bloodborne and the Souls series in general.

Jul 09 2017

1hr 4mins

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Episode 122: Bloodborne Revisited

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Stewart McGowan remember and say goodbye to Bloodborne.

This is the first entry in our "Victory Lap" season, a period of two months when we look back at the Souls series and talk about what worked, what didn't, and why these games were special enough to cover for all of these years.

Jul 02 2017

2hr 22mins

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Appendix: Hollow Knight

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Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Hollow Knight.

Jun 25 2017

23mins

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Episode 121: Hollow Knight (Part 2)

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Nick Daniel continue their discussion of Hollow Knight.

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Jun 18 2017

1hr 53mins

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Episode 120: Hollow Knight (Part 1)

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Nick Daniel talk about Hollow Knight, up through the first visit to the City of Tears.

Seriously, buy and play this game.

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Jun 11 2017

2hr 3mins

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Appendix: Nioh

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Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Nioh.

Jun 04 2017

25mins

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Episode 119: Nioh

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Mai Sinclair whirl through the broad strokes of Nioh.

This is a very cursory glance at a very huge and complicated game. We extend a great deal of thanks to Mai for letting us borrow her expertise!

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May 28 2017

2hr 50mins

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Appendix: Let It Die

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Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Let It Die.

May 21 2017

32mins

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Episode 118: Let It Die

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Brad Gallaway do a whistle stop tour of Let It Die.

This is the first of a pair of episodes that will take a cursory look at some notable Big Deal Soulslikes. We extend a huge thanks to Brad for letting us borrow some of his expertise.

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May 14 2017

2hr 14mins

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Appendix: The Ringed City

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Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to the Ringed City DLC, and discuss the future of Bonfireside Chat.

May 08 2017

1hr 30mins

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Episode 117: The Ringed City (Part 2)

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Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Richard Pillbeam talk about the Ringed City portion of Dark Souls III's final DLC.

Please tune in to the Appendix next week for important announcements about the future of the show.

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Apr 30 2017

2hr 48mins

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