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On this episode we discuss the goodies that await us this holiday season. From new consoles, to new games, to new VR experiences, we have a lot to look forward to. Of course Myron has pre-ordered the Xbox Series X. He got the right one, but only one, and Anna is left in the dust, destined to spend her holidays stuck with an Xbox One X and a broken …
 
On this episode we welcome a special guest to our podcast -- Omari Akil from Board Game Brothas. Omari joins us to talk about what it means to be a game publisher, how he got started, and some of what it takes to bring a game idea to fruition (a vision, patience, feedback, and perseverance). We discuss the importance of bringing diverse voices to g…
 
Lots of miscellaneous gaming news before we get to discussing what Tom has planned for our next Pathfinder adventure. But first Myron has ordered a new VR headset. Always keen to be on the cutting edge of all things technology, the Oculus Quest 2 is just too hard for Myron to resist. Apparently he’s been so impressed with Oculus v1 that it’s alread…
 
It’s fall and that means new games, exciting updates to old favorites, and perhaps saying goodbye to some old friends. Xbox recently released details on pricing programs for their new consoles. Are you the type of gamer that has to have the consoles pre-ordered, paid for and delivered on Day 1? Or would the idea of a monthly subscription fee for us…
 
In this episode we spend most of our time discussing the new Advanced Player’s Guide for Pathfinder 2e. Tom couldn’t be more excited about the new archetypes. In fact, he’s so excited he’s already picked out archetypes for all of the players. Only time will tell if we players approve of his choices. Meanwhile, JT is still pining away for her hard-c…
 
In this episode we discuss a little bit of everything. Animal Crossing’s summer update has arrived and Anna and JT are thoroughly enjoying adventures with Pascal. Meanwhile, Myron and Anna took a break from Minecraft Dungeons to play Children of Morta. This story-based action RPG roguelike game, has a great story and quirky 16-bit graphics. The com…
 
In this episode we mix things up a bit. Tom recently learned an important lesson about lack of cross-platform support for Minecraft Dungeons. Apparently Microsoft can’t play nice in its own sandbox, which is a real shame. You would think (since it’s been done before) that Microsoft would support folks playing Minecraft on PC and Xbox at the same ti…
 
In this episode we kick things off with some friendly teasing of Tom and his self-imposed Switch-less existence, which has left him unable to join in on the Animal Crossing craze, and many other games. Tom doesn’t seem all that sullen, and is already talking about the PS5, but that seems a bit premature given his lack of Switch. Myron gives his fin…
 
In this episode we dive into creative ways to celebrate milestones virtually, a new hot game, and of course some Pathfinder updates. First, during this strange time of COVID-19 physical distancing it’s difficult to celebrate normal events like birthdays, graduations etc. But games can help bridge that gap too. The crew threw a very special birthday…
 
In this episode we kick things off with an irreverent new title called Moving Out. Tom, Anna and Myron have all played a little thanks to Xbox Game Pass. Does moving sound like fun? Well it is when you can throw furniture, slap your teammates and break windows. From the studio that brought us Overcooked, this new game is a light way to spend some t…
 
In this episode Tom and JT are very excited by the new Mandalorian characters introduced in Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes. It seems this is the first time Light Side Bounty Hunters have been introduced, and both Tom and JT are downright giddy about the addition. Meanwhile Myron has some new VR games of interest. Supernatural on the Oculus Quest offers…
 
In this episode we talk about the second phases, or chapters if you will, on our Animal Crossing and Pathfinder journeys. Myron has been spending a lot of time in Myronland, and is ready to give his full review of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. After careful consideration of the full tool-set he’s giving 4 ½ slices of bacon. JT is much less impress…
 
In this episode Myron gives his first impression of the new Animal Crossing game; after about a week of play he has some thoughts. JT and Anna do as well, while Tom suffers with no Switch to call his own. It seems that Nintendo strikes again with the right game at the right time. Animal Crossing is here to give you all the virtual outdoor fun in th…
 
It’s been an interesting couple weeks of self-isolation. Myron and Tom have been busy slaying the spire, or maybe not. Slay the Spire is a rogue-like action RPG that requires a lot of homework and hours to complete. Myron’s been watching YouTube videos to “get-good” but Tom isn’t sure it’s worth the effort. Both Myron and Tom agree that it’s a dece…
 
Tom starts us off talking about a new toy in his arsenal. It’s an adult toy, but not that kind of adult toy. He’s got a new keyboard and mouse that are taking his gaming (and work) to the next level. Meanwhile Anna and Myron have been enjoying the real-life sim called The Division 2: Warlords of New York expansion. Sarcasm aside, The Division 2 rea…
 
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Time to reflect on all of the great (and not so great) games from 2019. JT will be paying close attention to the Video Game Awards to see if there are any hints about Dragon Age 4. But in the meantime we take a moment to recap and discuss our favorite games of the year. From The Division 2, to Outer World, …
 
In this episode, the gang begins with a serious complaint about the sudden and unwelcome cold and snow. Through a healthy jaunt about the cold and snow native to Chicago and Toronto, the group entered hype mode about The Xbox Elite 2 Controller. Tom mistakenly assumes the controller costs $80 USD but Myron quickly straightened Tom out with the actu…
 
In this episode, the gang begins with hype about Outer Worlds becoming available on Xbox Game Pass thanks to a primer by Kotaku. With the discussion quickly disintegrating away from Outer Worlds, the game transitions talking about Console vs PC gaming flame wars. After Myron laughed at Tom about playing Into the Breach during the recent Dungeons an…
 
In this episode, the gang begins with discussing black holes, both real and Fortnite. JT emerges with the most knowledge on Fortnite, mostly because of being surrounded by youth shedding tears that a black hole swallowed Fortnite forever, but not really. The new season showed up and the game is as healthy as ever with player engagement up, thanks t…
 
After a six month hiatus we finally managed to dust off our D&D campaign. But first Anna and Myron share exciting news from Pandora. Borderlands 3 has landed and so far it’s a rootin’, tootin’, lootin’ good time. Borderlands 3 feels more like Original Recipe Borderlands, with Legendary weapons a’plenty. Anna thinks it will be her game of the year, …
 
In this week's episode we wrap up our GenCon interviews with Pathfinder 2.0 from Paizo Publishing. But first, Anna is dying to tell everyone about the Void VR Experience called Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. After 2 years of anticipation Anna finally had a chance to dip into the world of virtual reality and she was impressed. Check out Void at a…
 
In this week's episode JT and Tom take a trip out to Woodstock, IL to Anime and Things. Listen in as they interview Janet, the owner and former public accountant, and learn all about the exciting store in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Janet's love of reading and geeky things led her to open a store to cater to many different geeky tastes. From …
 
In this week's episode, we share a couple more interviews from our Excellent GenCon Adventure. But first, Tom shares a funny story from the world of obsessive gameplay and Pokemon GO. Turns out Myron’s crazy broken arm bike riding story isn’t the worst example of obsessive Pokemon GO gameplay, as a man in Washington was recently pulled over for pla…
 
In this week's episode the gang discussed coming home from GenCon and the record-setting attendance. Starting with Thursday an immense number of people and moving through the weekend discussing how busy we were, with early mornings, much to the chagrin of Myron. Despite of the activities, it was a great experience for everyone. Transitioning into t…
 
In this episode, we welcome back Chris Cormier from Geeky Goodies to share a review and join in our discussion of the evolution of House Rules and Homebrew rules in RPG’s and board games. But first, Myron kicks things off by spreading some love and hype to the Switch. Marvel Ultimate Alliance has been released and Myron is 100 percent onboard the N…
 
We're live from Gen Con with our second broadcast with an even larger audience. Day 2 and 3 at the Con were amazing. Everyone pretty much arrived bright and early Friday and Saturday morning to get to work. We did a lot of interviews and saw a bunch of great games and met a lot of great people. We covered a lot of ground at the con over both days (…
 
We're live from Gen Con with our first ever broadcast with an audience. Day 1 at the Con was eventful and quite crowded. Anna and Myron arrived bright and early Thursday morning to find the gaming halls already full. Usually things don't fill up until Friday and Saturday so it seems like this Con is going for more attendance records. Despite the cr…
 
In this episode, the Have Fun and Play podcasters devote the entire show to their upcoming trip to Gen Con. The “con” as it’s lovingly called is an annual gaming convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. In fact, it is the largest tabletop gaming convention in North America. Originally named the Lake Geneva Wargames Convention, the con has evolved and g…
 
In this episode, JT and Tom spread some hype, or at least tentative love, to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The augmented reality game is free to play and worthwhile for Harry Potter fans who are longing for a successor to Pokemon Go. Both agree that the gameplay offers more than Pokemon Go, but is also more challenging to pick up and play. Meanwhile…
 
In this episode, we mark the official one year anniversary of the podcast. We look back on the year and discuss the exciting new adventures that await us in year two. JT received a fun gift for Christmas last year, a new game called Shit Happens by Goliath Games. What began as a Kickstarter is now a full-fledged card game with multiple expansions, …
 
In this episode, the Have Fun and Play podcasters discuss the exciting Borderlands 3 announcements and gameplay footage, as well as the an interesting brush with 5th edition D&D. Myron, Anna and JT are all looking forward to Borderlands 3. The new game mechanics, like slide and mantle capabilities, look like they will add some variety to the game. …
 
On this episode of the Have Fun and Play podcast spoilers abound. Tom kicks things off with a criticism of Ralph Break the Internet. He didn’t like the movie’s message and felt it was heavy handed. Anna and Myron disagree with Tom, and unfortunately JT hasn’t seen the film yet so the ending was spoiled for her. Tom only brought up the movie to tie-…
 
In this episode, the HF&P crew discusses their latest adventure in D&D. Many baddies were slain, including the dastardly Physandos and a dragon. Unfortunately, Bella did not want the party to slay the dragon, but some were not so clear on the instructions. When there is evil blood to be spilled the Rageblood Barbarian gets to work spillin’. Lesson …
 
Myron finally got his hands on The Division 2, not the alpha, not the beta, but the official release version and boy is it good. Myron gives it a full, flavorful 5 strips of bacon rating, while Anna gives it 4.5 strips due to some annoying glitches with skill deployment. Everything about the game works for Anna and Myron, the guns are varied and in…
 
In this Mar10 Day episode, we revisit some familiar games. Tom has grown more comfortable with his Xbox purchase and successfully resisted the Mar10 Day Nintendo bundle sales. Myron is itching for The Division 2 release, so much so that he bought the “addiction” price package to gain early access. JT has been a busy little bee playing Galaxy of Her…
 
In this very special twentieth episode, we introduce our new game rating system. Going forward all games will be rated in strips of bacon (thanks JT). Anna and Myron review a few new boardgames. Azul Stained Glass of Sintra and Sagrada are both stained glass themed games, but with different game mechanics. Anna rates both as 4 satisfying pieces of …
 
In this non-traditional episode, Myron introduces The Division 2 private beta. Tom isn’t quite sure what a looter-shooter is, so Myron takes some time to introduce the genre before diving into the game. Overall the beta played well. There were a few bugs, but the mechanics still felt solid and both Anna and Myron agree that it will be a title worth…
 
In this episode, Myron teases some upcoming console titles. With Crackdown 3, Anthem, and The Division 2 on the way, gamers are sure to be busy. Speaking of Anthem, Myron got in on the exclusive Beta (thanks to breaking his no pre-orders 2019 resolution) and he thinks it looks awesome. Anthem seems to have perfected the flying mechanic and now game…
 
It only took a week for Myron to break his New Year’s Gaming Resolution, he pre-ordered The Division 2 so he could participate in the Beta. Like all resolutions, it was never meant to be. Myron also explains why everyone should get an Xbox Gamepass (even though pre-ordering games kind of negates the purpose of the Gamepass). Meanwhile, Tom finally …
 
Over the holidays the HF&P crew played a lot of new games, and some oldies but goodies. We took some steps in Divinity 2: Original Sin as a foursome with some interesting results. Tom is an undead dude who can’t show his face, while Anna’s character is a knight who wears no pants and no helmet. JT’s family still loves to bond over Cash ‘N Guns, but…
 
In episode 13 Myron gives an update on the trials and tribulations of Darkest Dungeon. Apparently, total party kills are not the only thing to worry about as you lose a character’s gear when they die. Perma-death and lost magic items ironically turn Tom on to the idea of playing this impossible game Meanwhile, JT discusses what makes a good family …
 
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