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Every Thursday, join Fanbyte’s RPG Pals as they traverse the vast world of role-playing video games. Keep up with new releases, all-time classics, and everything in between. Hosted by Natalie Flores, Steven Strom, Imran Khan, and John Warren. Join the Fanbyte Discord: https://fanbyte.casa/
 
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IGN Senior Editor Jonathon Dornbush joins Fūnk-é, merritt and Steven for a topsy-turvy episode where the tables have turned and the stakes are higher than ever! With Fūnk-é at the helm, can the crew survive long enough to win the Golden Cartridge, and thus, the right to change each other's lives forever?! Plus, the return of Staff Picks! Segments: …
 
The RPG Pals are back to update you on the rest of 2022's RPG prospects, including a bevvy of delays affecting the biggest titles on the horizon (Starfield, Forespoken and others), the bizarre narrative choices made around Barbara Gordon's disability in Gotham Knights, a handful of games you may have forgotten about, and even some breaking news abo…
 
As the only RPG Pals present, John and Steven must somehow fill an entire episode by discussing that new Batman loot thing Gotham Knights, as well as the latest RPGs to hit Xbox Game Pass, first impressions of Rogue Legacy 2, and the relevant announcements from Nintendo's most recent Indie World Showcase. Plus, Square's latest insane name for a thi…
 
John, Fūnk-é and Imran endure yet another arbitrary set of tasks for merritt's amusement, this time testing their knowledge of mid-century Polish filmmaking and Barbie® video games, among other things. Segments: Before and After, Speed Pitching (Polish Cinema Edition), Barbie's Malibu Dream Quiz More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do oth…
 
Imran, John and Natalie dive deep into Square's sale of Eidos-Montréal and Crystal Dynamics to Embracer Group for the ridiculously low price of $300 million, which somehow frees the company up to focus on its cryptic blockchain ambitions. When can we buy an NFT of Aerith's death? Probably a lot sooner than you'd think. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Po…
 
Comedian songwriter and former child actor(?!) Brent "Brentalfloss" Black hopes to survive three of merritt's most devious games yet. With the help of Steven and Niki, can Brent rhyme his way out of a bind? How good is the gang's knowledge of ADHD medication? How do you help someone beat a game that doesn't exist? Find out!! Segments: ADHD Med, Cry…
 
All four RPG Pals assemble to disassemble almost a whole month's worth of news, and hot diggity dog are there some big stories in here. We spend the first 30 minutes on Kingdom Hearts 4 alone! Plus, the latest deets on Tera, Terra, that new Fire Emblem thing, that new One Piece thing, Warframe's big new expansion, Diablo Immortal, Xenoblade Chronic…
 
Rachel Reichenbach, aka Rainylune, aka Patreon's Saint of Frogs, joins Fūnk-é and John as the latest special guest to endure merritt's twisted challenges. What does the internet's foremost purveyor of frog ephemera know about one of history's most famous toads? How do you design an adventure/party game about The Defenestration of Prague? Is Staff P…
 
Critic, podcast host and real-life PhD Cameron Kunzelman (Ranged Touch, every video game website) joins Steven, Imran and Natalie for a second trip to the Lands Between, where no holds are barred and no spoilers are off-limits! I can't even tell you what they talked about it's so spoilery! Do they ruin the after credits sequence where Nick Fury sho…
 
It's an unusually literary week on Channel F as Dillon, Danielle and D'Steven are put under the gun and/or crime novel by merritt, just before having their knowledge of 20th century French literature put to the test. Meanwhile, Dillon's quest to complete ancient video games continues, Danielle enjoys the retro-tinged spoils of modern game design, a…
 
Reunited across space and time, the entire ensemble of RPG Pals convene to converse about Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers, a remaster of the contentious PlayStation classic. Plus, we briefly discuss the announcement of Kingdom Hearts 4, as well as Natalie's latest encounter with a medical professional that thinks she is much younger than she is.…
 
Best-selling/award-winning/very tall author Ryan North joins Fūnk-é and Steven for an especially villainous (and Canadian) episode, wherein merritt challenges the panel to solve some of the problems facing today's evil masterminds, in addition to testing their knowledge of the public domain. As Ernest Hemingway once said, "wear sunscreen!" (Also ch…
 
A spoilercast for a Kirby game? Yes!! They done dang put a real-ass story in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, so LB, Fūnk-é and merritt are here to dive as deeply into it as mouthful mode will allow. It goes without saying that everything will be spoiled so listen accordingly! More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Foll…
 
On this stuffed crust episode of 99 Potions, Steven and Natalie are joined by Mike and Andrea to discuss the latest Final Fantasy XIV news, including a new Alliance Raid, the removal of Rival Wings, alterations to the housing system, a new mount for Nier Automata fans, and more. Endwalker spoilers abound, so listen at your own discretion! More from…
 
VTuber librarian mouse/Twitch partner Maroony finds herself alongside Steven and Danielle, who must attempt to rehabilitate history's worst (gaming) offenders at merritt's behest. Later, after brief detours through the old west and Dream World, the gang dispenses another rapid-fire round of positively powerful protips. Segments: Spin Doctor Mario, …
 
The RPG Pals get together for an in-depth (but spoiler-free!) discussion of the bizarre and esoteric Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, which, no joke, is probably gonna end up on more than a few GOTY lists. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good ways.) Tal…
 
There's a new Kirby on the block, and to celebrate merritt probes Fūnk-é, LB and Steven's collective knowledge of the little pink puffball's various transformations. Later, merritt's victims host their own Reddit AMAs, just without prior knowledge of who they are or what they're doing. Plus, the the gay cannibal king of Ireland is here! Segments: K…
 
With Imran aboard the International Space Station, John, Natalie and Steven sit back and crack open a cold can of news to pass the time, including the latest on Elden Ring sales, the next game in the Witcher franchise, recently announced sequels to Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers and Valkyrie Profile, upcoming FFXIV updates, the end of Dragalia Lost a…
 
If they hope to survive merritt's latest trials of life or death, Michael, Dillon and John must flex their extensive knowledge of all the different kinds of guys there are, in addition to their improvisational pitching proficiency. And speaking of guys, this week's games features some of our favorite bros from yesteryear and today. Segments: (Mega)…
 
Kenneth, Natalie and Natalie's Snoring Dog™ get together for an in-depth discussion of Haven's free Couples Update, which expands the indie adventure game from a tale of heterosexual romance into something much more inclusive. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good …
 
merritt has Paul, Niki and Danielle put their voice acting skills to the test in celebration of Resident Evil 4's newly announced remake. Later, merritt steals a book from a child and forces the group to grapple with some truly challenging hypotheticals. Also we talk about games that aren't Elden Ring! Segments: RE4 Recast, Normal Human Staff Picks…
 
With several hundred hours of playtime between them, Steven, Fūnk-é, Danielle and Imran dive as deeply into the mysteries of Elden Ring as humanly possible. It goes without saying that this podcast is as spoiler-filled as can be! I can't even tell you what they talked about it's so damn spoilery! Listener beware! You're in for a scare!! (In this ca…
 
Twitch Partner and Alphinaud aficionado Amisometimes joins Steven, Mike and Natalie to go over all of the predictions that FFXIV infants John and Imran made a few episodes ago. Were the lowest-level members of the podcast correct in their assumption that "HYDAELYN NOT GOOD," among many other bold claims regarding the future? Find out! More from Fan…
 
Imran, Natalie, Michael and Steven (kinda) run through the surprising amount of interesting stuff that's happened in the world of RPGs since our last News Quest, including the atrocious Babylon's Fall demo, the newly announced Nier Automata anime, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, and of course, the latest from the world of Final Fantasy XIV. More from F…
 
While Imran is off working on our official written review of Elden Ring, John and Natalie probe Steven about their 75+ hours with From Software's latest flagship release. Please note, while we abstained from major spoilers and talking about the game's later areas, this podcast discusses Elden Ring's early zones, NPCs, enemy encounters/types/behavio…
 
At the mercy of a mysterious killer, merritt's only options are to live or die. But at what cost? More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good ways.) Talk to us on Discord (Talk to us and our loving community. Also we have a pets channel that is very good.) Twitch Live St…
 
The RPG Pals parse out everything announced during a surprisingly RPG-thiccc Nintendo Direct presentation, including remakes and/or rereleases of Front Mission 1 and 2, Chrono Cross, Live A Live, Mother and Earthbound, as well as the latest developments from Triangle Strategy and the announcement of Xenoblade Chronicles 3. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyt…
 
Dillon, John and Steven attempt to navigate two of merritt's most fiendish games yet, which involve two of the most terrifying things known to man: 90s video game ads, and the human heart. (Also hey, the voice audio is a little jank on this one but everything else is normal! Sorry about that!) Segments: Video Game Valentines, Normal Human Staff Pic…
 
The full tribunal of RPG Pals convene to discuss two deeply important topics: Vampires and the survivoring there of, and how resident FFXIV babies John and Imran are getting along in their respective journeys. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good ways.) Talk to us…
 
Resident Pokemon Masters Niki, Kenneth and Imran dive deep into the latest (and perhaps most experimental) Pokemon game to date, Pokemon Legends: Arceus. How unnecessary is the new lore? How's the new battle system compared to the main series? Will the next leap be the leap home? Find out!! Spoilers begin right after the ad break at around the 40 m…
 
Natalie, Mike, Steven and Imran convene a meeting of the RPG Pals to discuss the rocky-but-promising launches of two very different games with very similar issues: The Waylanders and Dying Light 2. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good ways.) Talk to us on Discord …
 
Usual host Niki Grayson initiates Fanbyte interns Steven, Imran and John by running them through January's News Quest, which is definitely the only one we've done this month no matter what anyone tells you. Get the latest deets on Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin and Pokemon Legends: Arceus, learn the truth behind "BioWare magic," bask in…
 
Mike, Niki and John encounter a hellish stable of simulated terrors, each less coherent than the last, before devising games clever enough to appease their cruel captor. Segments: Name That Clip, Normal Human Staff Picks, Speed Pitching Games Discussed: Dying Light 2, Nobody Saves the World More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other po…
 
Natalie, back from jolly ol' England towne, reunites with the rest of the RPG Pals to discuss the recently released PC port of Sony's God of War, which is definitely an RPG according to our hosts. Tune in for Natalie's opinion of cheeky Nando's, as well as an in-depth discussion of God of War's lasting legacy and our expectations for Ragnarok and t…
 
Michael, Danielle and Collin must apply their knowledge of English synonyms and critical decision making skills vis-à-vis Minecraft in order to survive merritt's latest series of dastardly challenges. This somehow involves kissing! Segments: Thesaurus Thunderdome, Normal Human Staff Picks, Choose and/or Die: Minecraft Edition Games discussed: Disho…
 
It's been decided that we can do a News Quest whenever the hell we want apparently, so Imran, Steven and John break down about seven weeks' worth of headlines for your enjoyment, including Final Fantasy XVI's very funny delay, Stalker 2's more normal delay, rumors of a new entry in the Armored Core series, Elden Ring's character creator, Final Fant…
 
LB, Steven and Fūnk-é attempt to survive another pair of merritt's nefarious games by flexing their knowledge of the Warhammer series, as well as their co-worker's gaming habits. Segments: Warhammer? I Hardly Know Her!, Normal Human Staff Picks, Most-Played Masquerade Games discussed: Realms of Runeterra (technically a "book"), Rift Breaker, Great …
 
With Natalie on the International British Space Station, the remaining RPG Pals scramble to cobble together a coherent episode of 99 Potions. Is Wordl an RPG? What about the Schneider DC Comics films? Oh! The Witcher 3! That's an RPG right? More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Tw…
 
The RPG Pals lay out their predictions for 2022 and all the games therein, including Horizon Forbidden West, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, Starfield and a whole lot more!! More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good ways.) Talk to u…
 
Jordo and merritt inadvertently travel 30 years into the past after attempting to play a haunted copy of James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod obtained from Goodwill. While stranded, the intrepid duo delay their attempts to fix the future (and return home) long enough to appreciate how good of a year 1991 was for video games. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte P…
 
It’s finally here. Gaming’s biggest night: Part 4 of The Fancies. Join Jordan Mallory, Danielle Riendeau, Collin MacGregor, and Dillon Skiffington as they reveal their categories and winners from the past year. Happy holidays, y’all. Más Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We have other channels with equally incredible shows. We promise.) Follow us o…
 
Welcome to the third installment of The Fancies, our four-part Game of the Year-style award series wherein Fanbyte staff members create brand-new, never-before-seen awards and then announce the winners! John, merritt and Niki are here to present the winners of [REDACTED], [REDACTED] and [REDACTED], so buckle up! More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast N…
 
Spend a festive evening of mirth and merriment gathered 'round a crackling fireplace with the RPG Pals, where the cocoa is warm the the bullying is affectionate. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good ways.) Talk to us on Discord (Talk to us and our loving community…
 
What’s that? You want MORE of The Fancies, our four-part Game of the Year-style award series? Join the illustrious Steven Strom as they’re joined by the one and only Michael “Pino” Higham, Mike Williams, and Imran Khan to discuss their awards and respective winners. Congratulations to all the winners. Más Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We have o…
 
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