The Staying In Podcast - four pals talk video games, board games, movies, and absolute nonsense
Summary: Discover the very best of things you can play, watch, and read! Our award-nominated comedy podcast uncovers the hidden indie gems you’ll wonder how you ever lived without, dives deep into the franchises you already know and love, and talks about pretty much everything that’s worth talking about from the worlds of board games, videogames, comicbooks, movies, TV, literature, and beyond.
Putting in the laps (and putting on the audiobooks) with Gran Turismo 7, taking a look at Everything Everywhere All at Once (which is exactly what it sounds like), getting to grips with the wonderfully simple and simply wonderful card drafter Marvel: Remix, and having a flutter with Long Shot: The Dice Game. Plus sinking boats for larks.
Visiting the multiverse with Dr. Strange, getting slightly annoyed with PS+, merchanting and marauding with Merchants & Marauders, progressing on with The Procession to Calvary, and rediscovering porridge for children.
Putting in times with Hot Lap League on Android and iOS, taking board games Free Radicals and Photosynthesis (and maybe some new gamers?) to the table, watching Reacher pop bottle caps with his biceps, and getting hot but not steamy with a sauna.
Richard from We’re Not Wizards joins us as we ask Is It Cake?, bag a review of Cryptid: Urban Legends, discuss the worldwide shortage of Lorne Sausage, corrupt ourselves with Sobek: 2 Players, and get all nostalgic over The Matrix Resurrections and Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Plus, sandwiches.
With full reviews of The Batman movie, Airecon board game convention, getting Sobek 2 Players, Ganymede, and Switch & Signal to the table. Plus, soup.
A lovely natter between pals about the Lovecraftian delights found in Elden Ring, the delightful indie board game Black Hole Rainbows, and the true value found in games like Eyes : Nonogram. Plus, a car breaks down, and a book is lost.
00:00 - “I’ll allow a Magnum”. 08:34 - It’s been in development Hell, but Uncharted’s tale of stealing a lost treasure is fun. It stumbles here and there, but the thrill of seeing the series on the screen, and some fleeting moments of excellence, means we’re excited for the inevitable sequel. 19:00 - The Blustery Day. 27:09 - Being back in the world of Aloy is lovely, as long as you’ve played the first game… and we have, so we’re really enjoying Horizon Forbidden West. And gosh it looks glorious with some incredible acting and character animations. 35:06 - High Score lets you gamble in a safe space (it’s a push your luck dice game), with that typical level of polish and quality you’d expect from Reiner Knizia and Kosmos. 39:43 - Almadi is from Funnyfox, via Hachette, and while it’s a teensy bit like Carcassonne, a smidgen like Wingspan, but it’s definitely its own experience. 44:42 - Roll Camera!... oh my word. This is quite possibly the most well-implemented themes-to-mechanics board game we’ve played. Completely co-operative, it’s your job to make a “successful” film from five scenes… but what does “successful” mean? 54:37 - Taking a moment to say thank you. 56:36 - Paratopic is an absurdly high quality cheap thrill from Arbitrary Metric and Baltoro Games. It’s smart and creepy, with looks ripped straight out of the late PS1/N64 era, and Silent Hill sensibilities. All that, and the origins of Poirot’s moustache, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist is over on Spotify, and gathers together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com Note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.
Reviews and chat of Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Forbidden West, Capcom’s Resident Evil Village and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, Netflix’s new Archive 81, and Hachette’s Iki.
Reviews and chat around Disney’s Encanto, The Design Mechanism’s Casting the Runes, Peer Sylvester’s Brian Boru: High King of Ireland, and Brian K. Vaughan’s Paper Girls.
With reviews of, and chat about, Unpacking from Witch Beam Games, Above and Below from Ryan Laukat and Red Raven Games, In: The Graphic Novel from Will McPhail, Snakesss and Big Potato TV from Big Potato Games, and rediscovering the joy of browsing. Plus how to sleep properly, with solid gold nap strats.
Reviews of Marvel’s latest movie Spider-Man: No Way Home, the Open Doors expansion for board game The Taverns of Tiefenthal, and the Super-Skill Pinball: Ramp it Up! expansion too. Plus New Year’s resolutions and the roulette wheel of life.
Reviews of Exit: The Mystery of the Ice Cave advent calendar from Kosmos and Marvel’s TV series Hawkeye. Plus Secret Santa and a can of Ollie’s.
With reviews of Dire Wolf Digital’s Dune: Imperium board game, Coiledspring Games and Iello’s For the King (and Me), Marvel’s latest movie Eternals, and our experience with The Storytelling Collective’s Call of Cthulhu RPG writing course.
00:00 - Buying an apartment is boring. And very very expensive. 08:28 - The Call of Cthulhu Starter Set is one of the neatest pieces of introductory design; a great way to get into Chaosium’s legendary roleplaying game, which gets across the writings of Lovecraft really well, in an all-round excellent package. 29:32 - Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Scrawlers: Heroes of Undermountain is another great introduction to RPGs, but in this instance, to the world of Dungeons & Dragons itself, rather than the rules of D&D. A light, lovely experience. 42:20 - You can trust in Disco Elysium. ZA/UM’s hard-edged CRPG is challenging and dangerous in all the right ways, with fascinating choices, brilliant writing, and a wonderfully grim playground to explore. 55:36 - Hospitals and bananas. All that, and a £3 meal deal, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Like nice music curated into lovely curated lists? Give our Spotify Playlist set a listen. Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com Note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.
We watch the Dune film and realise it‘s the small things in this Hollywood blockbuster that really matter, watch No Time to Die and wonder why the best Bond is Pierce Brosnan, and play Iello‘s Little Factory which is a really lovely light resource management board game.