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Pop bottles (full of mana-replenishing elixirs) every Wednesday with Natalie, Steven, Imran and John as they discuss the latest hits, sleepers, classics, and thiccc war criminals in the world of role-playing games. Business inquiries - advertising@fanbyte.com
 
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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…
 
Welcome to the first 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! Not even the other hosts know who's won what! It's a secret to everybody! This episode features Fūnk-é, Natalie, Kenneth and Elise presenting the w…
 
The complete set of RPG Pals return to present the first annual 99 Potions Slurpie Awards, during which games are honored for achievements such as Hottest RPG Character, Best RPG Character (which is different), 2021's Most Disappointing RPG, 2022's Most Anticipated RPG, and more! Also John does a really cursed Tiny Tina impression at one point! Mor…
 
For Michael's Channel F debut, merritt presents two of the most fiendish (and embarrassing) challenges seen yet, and two opponents that won't hold back: Jordo and Danielle. Whose old username is "monkeymanhunter?" Just how humble is that burger farm? And how will anyone survive the nearby evil city? Find out!! Segments: Guess the Gamertag, Normal H…
 
Imran is joined by Linkshell section chief Michael and weekend editor Andrea (in her first podcast appearance!) for a spoiler-free discussion of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker and its importance both to the industry, and on deeply personal levels. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us …
 
Returning champion John faces off against plucky underdog LB Hunktears and the mysterious "Dillon" for a three-way battle that invokes ancient deities and an army of plumbers in the pacific northwest. Games discussed: Shin Megami Tensei V, Halo Infinite Multiplayer, Minecraft Segments: Devils and Demons, Normal Human Staff Picks, Speed Pitching Mor…
 
With Steven on the Wet International Space Station, the rest of the RPG Pals are left to handle November's News Quest, which is definitely still being published in November, regardless of what your lying ears and eyes might be telling you. Get the latest scoops on a rumored Chrono Cross remake, the latest developments in the ongoing next-gen Cyberp…
 
John, Imran and Kenneth attempt to navigate another labyrinthine pair of merritt's infernal machinations, which test not only their knowledge of early-2000s celebrities and Pokemon, but also their wills to live. Segments: Were They There?!, Normal Human Staff Picks, How Tall's That Pokemon! Games discussed: Fire Pro Wrestling World, Genshin Impact,…
 
Producer Jordo joins Steven and Natalie for a relaxing evening, wherein the trio discuss FFXIV classes, the year in k-pop, the time that Dragon Age: Inquisition guy said "all the feels" live on stage, Shin Megami Tensei V demon designs, and more. Save your fork, there's pie! More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Fol…
 
With John and Imran helping to repair the International Space Station, Natalie and Steven hold down the fort with a thorough discussion of the first single-player League of Legends property, Airship Syndicate's Ruined King: A League of Legends Story™. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell …
 
Collin, Danielle and Jordo awaken to find themselves strapped to merritt's latest diabolical contraption. Can their collective knowledge of movie games and weird controllers save their very lives?! And how good is that Halo? Segments: Movie Game Mayhem, Normal Human Staff Picks, Plausible Peripherals Games discussed: Halo Infinite Multiplayer, Poke…
 
The RPG Pals talk to Steven about their experiences during the recent Elden Ring network test/preview event. Are there flasks and bonfires? If so, how do they work? What's the world structured like? Are there dungeons? What does DEX do in this one? What exactly is a "finger maiden?" Find out!! More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other…
 
The RPG Pals take a trip through all of October's newsworthy events, including Tales of Arise's gangbusters sales figures, a new-ass Star Ocean game, the latest on Little Devil Inside, CD Projekt Red's latest delays for Cyberpunk 2077 fixes and content, shake ups at the Yakuza studio, and a lot more. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We d…
 
The cast of Friends Reunion joins merritt for a life-or-death series of trials that put their relationships to the test. Plus, Groot is here! Segments: Friend or Faux, Normal Human Staff Picks, JPEG Justice Games discussed: Guardians of the Galaxy, Wildermyth, Skies of Arcadia More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) F…
 
Imran, Natalie and Steven discuss their experiences thus far with Shin Megami Tensei V, the first numbered entry in the mainline Shin Megami Tensei series since 2013's SMT IV. Plus! We check in with Steven about their time with Darkest Dungeon 2 and Natalie's ongoing adventure through some RPG called *checks notes* It Takes Two? More from Fanbyte: …
 
Elise, Imran and the elusive Collin join merritt for games both new and old, including Horror? I Hardly Know Her! and Nintendo $64,000 Pyramid, as well as a good ol' fashion round of Staff Picks. Games discussed: Knockout City, Guardians of the Galaxy, Chicory: A Colorful Tale. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) …
 
All four RPG Pals return to discuss Square Enix's bizarre and unexpected sleeper hit Dungeon Encounters, in addition to checking in on everyone's continuing experiences with Wildermyth, Tales of Arise, and Final Fantasy XIV. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good wa…
 
merritt is joined by John, Danielle and Dillon for a good ol' fashioned round of Staff Picks, as well as two brand-new games we definitely didn't steal from other shows: Drug or Pokemon and Nintendo $64,000 Pyramid. Games discussed: Dungeon Encounters, The Sundew, Cozy Grove, Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Superliminal. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte P…
 
Imran, Fūnk-é and merritt spoil the robotic exoskeletal pants of Metroid Dread, the direct sequel to Metroid Fusion and the first 2D Metroid game for a home console since 1994's Super Metroid. Can it possibly deliver for longtime fans and newcomers alike? More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Y…
 
Michael, Mike and Natalie deliver upon Steven their tastiest of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker impressions! How does the Tower of Zot stack up? What's shaking in Thavnair and Garlemald? How does Fandaniel fit into all this? Did I just make all these words up? Find out!! More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us …
 
This week, merritt’s joined by Fanbyte’s very own Jordan Mallory, LB Hunktears, and Colette Arrand to play a wonderful new selection of games… or else. Merritt’s also magically aged several decades for a segment where our friends have to explain whatever the hell Ace Attorney, Escape the Undertaker, and World Flipper is to an out of touch old. Plus…
 
The original RPG Pals reunite just this once to bring you up to speed on everything that happened in the world of RPGs during September, which is this month, the current month, because we say it is. Topics of discussion include Sora Kingdom Hearts getting added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the rocky launch of New World, Tommy Wiseau-levels of obl…
 
Welcome to Channel F, Fanbyte’s premier video game podcast where the games might be made up, but the points do matter. merritt is joined this week by Fūnk-é, Steven, and Mike to discuss Halo Infinite’s most recent test flight, Sable’s relaxing hover bike vibes, and The New World: a game definitely made by and for fans of colonizing! So boot up that…
 
Eric Van Allen (Senior News Editor, Destructoid) joins Steven and John for an enthusiastic discussion on Wildermyth, a breakout indie roleplaying game the likes of which our panel has never before encountered. John even marries a mermaid! Also there's DOTA2 talk in the back half if that's something you're into, this is a judgement-free zone. Fanbyt…
 
With Niki and Danielle on the ISS this week, merritt and Steven are joined by Fanbyte’s Staff Writer Mike Williams to talk all about Cruis’n Blast, various Castlesvania, and something called Final Fantasy. Plus, we take some time to talk about the wild Nintendo Direct from last week and answer a couple of your questions. So just lean back, relax in…
 
On our Nintendo 64th episode, Natalie, Imran and Michael share their thoughts on the latest addition to Toby Fox's Undertale universe, Deltarune: Chapter 2, as well as its implications for the future of the series. Spoiler warning! This episode contains spoilers for Undertale and Deltarune: Chapter 1 throughout. Spoilers for Chapter 2 start at 44:3…
 
This week, Niki and Steven are joined by our very own featured contributor, Fūnk-é Joseph, to talk some Deathloop, Eastward, and some indie game called Final Fantasy XIV. And find out which friend-of-the-show bodied Niki in Deathloop and then posted it to Twitter. Más Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We have other channels with equally incredible …
 
Natalie, Fūnk-é, Kenneth and Elise head to virtual Colorado for an aura-sensing discussion of Life is Strange: True Colors, the fifth entry in the LiS series and developer Deck Nine's first crack at an original story in this universe. And just like with reading someone's thoughts, this podcast contains spoilers! Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other…
 
While Steven completes a hibernation phase upon the International Space Station, Natalie, John and Imran take a more in-depth look at Tales of Arise now that everyone has had a chance to get their hands on it. It's still the Hulu of JRPGs, but it is a good Hulu of JRPGs? Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell…
 
This week, we’re coming to you pre-recorded IN PERSON in Providence, Rhode Island. Hear the crew talk about Deathloop and WarioWare: Get It Together. PLUS hear all about Matrix video games, our now-upcoming basketball video game, ROMs, what Danielle thought Stadia was and tons more. Más Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We have other channels with …
 
Michael Higham, section head of our upcoming Final Fantasy XIV vertical/subsite/all-you-can-eat buffet joins the RPG Pals to discuss his games journalism origin story, his time at Gamespot, his passion for FFXIV, crying at video games, and maybe just a little Undertale. Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell …
 
Providence Watch begins with Hellblusser, some game called Final Fantasy XIV, Ghost of Tsushima, and more Psychonauts 2. Plus, we talk all about the stuff we’re looking forward to while we’re all together this week like all the dogs we’ll get to meet. <3 Más Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We have other channels with equally incredible shows. We …
 
Steven, Danielle, Collin and Elise dive into the deep recesses of their subconscious minds, only to resurface with this spoiler-filled dissection of Double Fine's Psychonauts 2. Can it possibly have been worth the 16-year wait? Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good ways.) Talk to us …
 
The RPG Pals hang out with Fanbyte's newest hire, staff writer for our upcoming Final Fantasy XIV vertical Mike Williams! The gang talks about how sad FFXIV PVP is as a Paladin, how $30 might also be just $30 when you really think about it, something called "Squadrons" that Steven made up, and even a little bit on Marvel's recently announced Midnig…
 
This week, we’ve got a piping hot episode featuring Psychonauts 2, Wildermyth, and The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind. Plus, we get a visit from everyone’s favorite gift-bearer and we take some time to answer your burning questions like what are our favorite games to play when it’s raining out. Pull up to the second window, please. Más Fanbyte: Fanbyte…
 
Trapped in a time loop until they expend all of their mental energy discussing Luís António's 12 Minutes, a group of games journalists (Natalie, Imran, Elise, Fūnk-é, and Steven) decide the only way out is through. 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 (T…
 
Steven and Natalie are joined by Mike Williams and Kenneth Shepard for an in-depth discussion of everything important that happened in the world of RPGs this month, including the latest on Midnight Suns, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl, Pokemon Legends Arceus, Tales of Arise, that whole thing that happened with Boyfriend Dungeon, and more. …
 
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