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The Staying In Podcast - four pals talk video games, board games, movies, and nonsense

The Staying In Podcast - four pals talk video games, board games, movies, and nonsense

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Join four lifelong friends on this award-nominated comedy podcast about board games, video games, comicbooks, movies, TV and more; uncovering the hidden indie gems you’ll wonder how you ever lived without, and diving deep into the franchises you already know and love.
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Funselektor’s deeply authentic top down racer art of rally, taking a trip down Shared Memory’s Animal Well, more thoughts on The Haunting of Hill House, and why you really should watch the monstrous Godzilla Minus One. All that, and a Dirty Gibson, on Ep201. 00:00 - A stag do in Bristol 08:48 - art of rally 22:53 - Animal Well 33:31 - The Haunting of Hill House 45:16 - Godzilla Minus One 58:20 - Godzilla titles are wild On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
In this bumper-length episode, we try to whittle down all of the things we’ve discussed over the last 100 episodes into a top 10 we can all agree on. There are laughs, there are tears, there are celebrations, there are bitter defeats. If you’re new, a very warm welcome to you. And if you’re already a listener, thanks for sticking around for the last 199 of these; we really appreciate you spending your time with us <3 00:00 - Cricketing without a bat 04:30 - Our Top 10 lists 17:43 - RRR 20:36 - Blades in the Dark 24:14 - Bluey 26:15 - Twilight Imperium 32:16 - Troika! 35:22 - Steam Deck 40:44 - Only Murders in the Building 46:26 - Powerwash Simulator 51:07 - Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 53:16 - Taskmaster 55:25 - Dutch Blitz 58:33 - Deathloop 1:02:35 - Tunic 1:03:39 - Kind Words 1:04:59 - Superhot VR 1:06:30 - Marvel Snap, Ticket to Ride, Call of Cthulhu, Basic Fantasy Role Playing Game 1:08:32 - Lorcana 1:09:43 - Kentucky Route Zero, Blue Eye Samurai, Eastshade 1:10:20 - A Gentle Rain 1:11:15 - Fury of Dracula 1:11:57 - Lacrimosa, The Wretched, Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition 1:13:53 - Dune 1:14:50 - Top Gun: Maverick 1:20:25 - The Bear, The Last of Us 1:21:30 - Dune vs Top Gun - The Final Showdown 1:25:22 - Our Final List On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
With our refined palettes we get our teeth into the spooky dexterity needed for Dropolter (Oink Games), and our stinkin’ paws on After Us (Catch Up Games). Then we make a wish for Eight Billion Genies (Image Comics) and set our sights on Achtung Panzer! Blood & Steel Starter Set (Warlord Games). All that, and The Mitch and Lynn Man, on Ep199. 00:00 - Very fine dining 09:32 - Dropolter board game review 15:12 - Eight Billion Genies comicbook review 27:35 - Achtung Panzer! Blood & Steel Starter Set tabletop wargame review 47:41 - After Us board game review On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
It’s back to the good old PlayStation One days with reviews of Tomb Raider I-III Remastered: Starring Lara Croft (Aspyr) and PSX horror Incident at Grove Lake (ToothandClaw). Then there’s thoughts on Accomplices (Hachette), the PlayStation Portal (Sony), and Cards vs Gravity (Big Potato Games). All that, and the best things from the 90s, on Ep198. 00:00 - Four Stag Dos, Three Weddings 07:06 - Tomb Raider I-III Remastered 13:32 - Incident at Grove Lake 24:30 - Accomplices 33:48 - The PlayStation Portal 49:13 - Cards vs Gravity On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Sam (@MrSamTurner). And since I forgot to put a joke in last week, here’s an extra (unrequested) one for you: I went to a circus recently; the action was in tents. Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
With three absolutely massive topics; a review of Assassin’s Creed Mirage (Ubisoft), a review of Dune: Part 2, and a look at Pocket Quest 2024 (DriveThruRPG). All that, with a very British opening, on Ep197. 00:17 - Tea talk 06:00 - Assassin's Creed Mirage review 23:07 - Pocket Quest 2024 (and 21: High Stakes Heists) 43:33 - Dune: Part 2 review On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Here's a joke for you: did you hear about the new drill technology? It's groundbreaking.  Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
00:00 - A geography teacher 5:32 - AireCon 2024 review 14:43 - CDSK review 27:19 - Flip, Switch and Roll review 37:16 - Nunatak: Temple of Ice preview 50:39 - Monster of the Week review On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
Big reviews of escape room video game Escape Academy by Coin Crew Games and Ravensburger’s Tolkien-em-up The Lord of the Rings Adventure Book Game, plus thoughts on MugenGaming’s Kiri-ai: The Duel. All that, and many more…? on Ep195. 00:00 - The sanctity of the line and mildly threatening birthday songs 08:50 - Escape Academy 23:29 - Another one indoctrinated 26:23 - The Lord of the Rings Adventure Book Game 47:38 - Kiri-ai: The Duel 1:02:34 - See you at AireCon 2024! On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider) and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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 of the criminally good District Noir and cosy-coastguard-em-up Beacon Patrol from Pandasaurus, an early peek at the retro-tinged horror from Headware Games’ Hollowbody, the superb search action of Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, and spending a sultry couple of hours with Grant Howitt’s Sexy Battle Wizards. All that, and the bleep button, on Ep194. 02:37 - Sexy Battle Wizards 17:14 - District Noir 26:05 - Beacon Patrol 33:52 - Hollowbody 46:00 - Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown 58:07 - FAQ it, or…? On this episode were Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
We kick off by precisely defining “a Tesco”, then it’s board game reviews of Shifting Stones (Gamewright) and Thunder Road: Vendetta (Restoration Games), and from the world of video games it’s thoughts on Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt Red) and Inscryption (Daniel Mullins Games). All that, and snowboarding, on Ep193. 00:00 - The definition of Tesco 04:52 - Shifting Stones 10:49 - Dutch Blitz (again) 14:41 - Thunder Road: Vendetta 25:38 - Cyberpunk 2077 43:51 - Inscryption On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
We dive deep into the Rise of the Floodborn and The First Chapter sets for Disney Lorcana from Ravensburger, twist and turn with Saltburn, and marvel at Super Mario Bros. Wonder. All that, and après Pete, on Ep192. 00:00 - A mystery holiday 12:42 - Disney Lorcana - The First Chapter and Rise of the Floodborn 33:19 - Saltburn 45:48 - Super Mario Bros. Wonder 59:52 - The Top 10 Extreme Sports On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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 of adorable worker placement Cardboard Alchemy’s Flamecraft, infuriating memory bluffing game That's Not a Hat! from Ravensburger, the mighty and massive Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition from Vlaada Chvátil and WizKids, classic competitive card game Dutch Blitz, and the brilliant narrative-driven adventure Star Trek: Resurgence from Dramatic Labs. All that, and a body pillow, on Ep191. 00:00 - Nobody puts Kris in the corner... except Kris 07:33 - Flamecraft 10:40 - That's Not a Hat! 17:24 - Dutch Blitz 22:28 - Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition 39:57 - Star Trek: Resurgence On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
Staying In’s top 5 favourite things that we read, played, watched, and generally “discovered” in 2023 is the huge topic we try and tackle as 2024 rolls in. 00:00 - Kris' package 04:32 - Resolutions 10:51 - The Incal 15:52 - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 20:10 - The Dark Forest 22:35 - Eega 27:43 - Marcel the Shell with Shoes On 30:40 - The Decagon House Murders 33:51 - Twilight Imperium: Third Edition 35:36 - Bluey 38:37 - Blue Eyed Samurai 43:16 - How To with John Wilson 50:03 - The Last of Us 54:35 - The Fall of the House of Usher 56:09 - Marvel’s Midnight Suns 59:45 - The Case of the Golden Idol 01:02:24 - Only Murders in the Building 01:06:23 - The Bear 01:09:48 - The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth 01:11:59 - Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves 01:14:56 - Conclusion On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
Heading off on a long journey with The Lord of the Rings: Adventure to Mount Doom, wandering down the path with Killer Trails, and telling tales with The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. All that, and 2023’s Secret Santa, on Ep189. 00:00 - Grip it and Rip It 03:48 - Secret Santa Gift #1 09:10 - Killer Trails 18:18 - Secret Santa Gift #2 23:08 - The Lord of the Rings: Adventure to Mount Doom 42:55 - Secret Santa Gift #3 47:57 - The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar 1:05:36 - Secret Santa Gift #4 On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
Jumping deep into Davy Jones' Locker: The Kraken Wakes after PudKat Games’ successful Kickstarter, the warboys scope out Osprey Games’ General Orders: World War II, going intergalactic with The Marvels, and the incredible Mints or Mince from Big Potato Games. All that, and a lot of talk about potatoes, on Ep188. 00:00 - Eating Toffee Potatoes (aka Caramelised Danish Potatoes) and decadent roasties. 06:56 - The horrors of eating in your first year of University 09:46 - Davy Jones' Locker: The Kraken Wakes 26:04 - The Marvels 39:33 - General Orders: World War II 55:56 - Mints or Mince On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
We get scammed by sellers on Temu counterfeiting boardgames by “Oink Games”, “Hasbro”, and “Mattel”, get roleplaying with Critical: Sanctuary - Season 1 from Hachette, sip tea at Davenports of Cheshire, go shopping at Jokkmokk: The Winter Market from WizKids, and Fly Home! and Fish 'n' Flip with Helvetiq. All that, and sunshine during the cold, on Ep187. 00:00 - Winter Summer Holiday 04:12 - Davenports 07:56 - Counterfeit boardgames from sellers on Temu 32:44 - Critical: Sanctuary - Season 1 44:17 - Jokkmokk: The Winter Market 50:16 - Fly Home! 57:01 - Fish 'n' Flip On this episode were Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
We (unsuccessfully) try and break The Curse, spend 12 full hours playing the epic space opera Twilight Imperium: Third Edition from Fantasy Flight Games, get locked in a puzzling hotel in EXIT - The Curse of Ophir from Nementic Games and USM, and scare ourselves silly with Mike Flanagan’s latest The Fall of the House of Usher. All that, and Big Selenite, on Ep186. 00:00 - Breaking the Curse #1 08:00 - Twilight Imperium: Third Edition 34:08 - Breaking the Curse #2 36:21 - EXIT - The Curse of Ophir 47:15 - Big Selenite 48:13 - The Fall of the House of Usher On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
We take a trip into the mysterious in the dark sci-fi They Cloned Tyrone, chat about the completely endearing Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, and if that weren’t enough, it’s off to war with Undaunted: Battle of Britain from Osprey Games. All that, and sleeping in Deep Heat, on Ep185. 00:00 - Hugo’s 3rd but not his 3rd birthday party 07:52 - Kris sleeps in Deep Heat, plus The Cinematic Orchestra 14:41 - They Cloned Tyrone 27:34 - Marcel the Shell with Shoes On 37:54 - Undaunted: Battle of Britain 56:35 - The Fast and the Furious in Japanese On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
It is Autumn. We chirp on about Troika! from the Melsonian Arts Council, head back in time to the Stone Age (board game), take a look at the Open and Play series from Kosmos with particular attention centred on Monster 12 and Allie Gator, and try to resist growling “I’m Batman” while chatting about Batman: The Audio Adventures. All that, and more talk about lawnmowers than is strictly necessary, on Ep184. 00:00 - Slapped by September 03:47 - Troika! 24:13 - Lawnmowers 26:35 - Stone Age 33:26 - Kosmos Open and Play 36:02 - Monster 12 38:27 - Allie Gator 42:57 - Batman: The Audio Adventures On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
Chips. You love them. We love them. This episode talks about them. But when we’re not talking chips, we’re talking: Lacuna, a delightful 2 player abstract game from CMYK; Townscaper, Oskar Stålberg’s relaxing and deeply creative build-em-up; Benji from Osprey's lovely solo recommendations Miru and VOID 1680 AM; and the challenging cooperative deck crawler Regicide from Badgers From Mars. All that, plus hospital radio, on Ep183. 00:00 - A new type of chip, another one bites the dust, and love language 14:37 - Lacuna 27:45 - Townscaper 36:45 - Benji's recommendations 46:22 - Regicide On this episode were Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Benji (@OspreyGames). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
A globetrotting episode, as the lads head around Bavaria on Segways, including a trip to the legendary FUNtainment, Hofbräuhaus, and Neuschwanstein Castle. Then we get some mucky fun in with Dirty Pig (or Drecksau) from Kosmos, look back at reMEmber from Pegasus Spiele, become one with nature with Happy Bee from Helvetiq and Coiledspring Games, and annoy all the right people with the Barbie movie. All that, plus a farewell to underwear, on Ep182. 00:00 - An international flavour 03:55 - Hofbräuhaus, Neuschwanstein Castle, and Segways in Bavaria 26:10 - a trip to FUNtainment 33:40 - Dirty Pig or Drecksau 38:22 - reMEmber 44:49 - Happy Bee 48:52 - the Barbie movie On this episode were Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Our Spotify Playlist brings 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.
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Atena Davaryan

so good

May 5th
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Sean May

The chocolate side should be up. If you hold it chocolate side down, you'll get more melted chocolate on your fingertips.

Jul 17th
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Sean May

Could you introduce yourselves at the start of each episode? You throw names around - Pete, Dan, Chris, Alex - but I've no idea who's who.

Jul 17th
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Sean May

READ an audiobook? Surely you mean listen to an audiobook?

Jun 1st
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Martyn Jones

I discovered this pod over the last week while looking for lockdown entertainment. It's brilliant, really well produced with great presenters and a really welcoming vibe :)

May 5th
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Eva Hayes

Great for when you want to hang out with friends but can't do conversation. Which is me 80% of the time. It's a mood upper!

Jul 29th
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Eva Hayes

Great for when you want to hang out with friends but can't do conversation. Which is me 80% of the time. It's a mood upper!

Jul 29th
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Josh Butler

A great podcast, easy going and chilled.

Jan 24th
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