An undead favourite. From Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross, the creators of "Watch Out for Fireballs!", Bonfireside Chat is a podcast dedicated entirely to the Souls series of games. Starting with Dark Souls, we take a journey through the areas of the game and comment on lore, gameplay, bossfights... everything. Praise the Sun!
203: An Introduction to Elden Ring
On this first big episode of the Elden Ring series, we go over Elden Ring's mechanics and generalities in broad strokes. What's returning from previous From games? What's been improved? What's brand new? We talk about as many systems and aesthetics as we can, in order to establish a basic understanding before we dive into more lore-heavy parts of the game.
In two weeks, we will talk about the Limgrave West portion of Elden Ring's world. This episode will be the first available exclusively at our Patreon page.
202: Elden Ring First Impressions
Rise, Tarnished, and attend the first episode about Elden Ring! There's no way to describe the great unclenching that happened when we realized that Elden Ring is, in fact, good. Whether that bears out over the course of the entire game remains to be seen, but we have high hopes. This episode covers our first impressions after about a week of having the game, and we also lay out our current reckon on how the season will shape up.
If this is your first time here, we're Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross, a duo of hosts who make Bonfireside Chat. Since 2013 we've talked about Souls games in high detail, in addition to talking about FromSoft's earlier games, their influences, and the whole galaxy of Soulslikes that spun off of Dark Souls' popularity.
This show comes out every other Sunday, and it's normally available only to our Patrons. If you back at the $5 tier you gain access to every Premium episode of Bonfireside Chat, you can listen to hundreds of hours of patron-exclusive content. If you decide to back us, you can check out how to get your content by looking at this post.
This episode and the next episode, covering the game's general mechanics and its opening, will be free for all. We really appreciate you listening.
Where are the Sekiro Episodes?
Since we re-launched this show, people have asked us where to find the episodes about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Though we explained it in a few places, it cannot hurt to do so once more here.
Bonfireside Chat Rekindled is a show that's exclusive to our Patreon campaign. Main episodes come out every other week, and we will begin doing off-week episodes again shortly. For $5 per month you get a lot in addition to Bonfireside Chat, and we encourage you to check out our network's other offerings.
So go become a Patron today to hear us talk about Sekiro, other soulslikes, and other FromSoft games!
Episode 131: Sekiro First Impressions
Sekiro is different. Sekiro is hard. Sekiro is here! Listen in for our nascent opinions on the game, based on the first few hours.
This episode is free and available for everyone, and if you want other episodes of Bonfireside Chat Rekindled, and want to hear the rest of the Sekiro season as it releases, please consider backing us on Patreon..
Duckfeed Patreon 2019: Big New Things
Hello, listeners and patrons alike. We come to you with some exciting news: We are changing the Patreon around! It feels like we just did this, but the last major change was back toward the beginning of 2017. We’re trying to constantly observe what’s happening with the network and learn what to do better. That means making changes like this from time to time.
We’re also aiming to never shake things up in a way that is too disruptive to you, the listener. We want to give more (or at least focus up and give better). So we put a lot of thought and consideration into making sure these changes either solve problems or help us achieve goals.
Here’s the summary of what we’re planning, and you can find the details below. In order to grow the network, give patrons more, and cover rising costs, we plan to:
Bring back Bonfireside Chat as a Patreon show.
Give Patrons a whole episode of Watch Out for Fireballs!
Move from theme months to covering big-name games more frequently.
Change WOFF! Listener Response episodes to WOFF! Dispatch, make it more interactive, and have broader topic discussions.
Make Adaptation Decay a monthly show.
We are getting rid of the content store, and making premium episodes available on Patreon in perpetuity.
We are phasing out the promise of physical goods, and sending out an “I’m Sorry!” package to people who never got theirs.
In general, we are simplifying the Patreon drastically, while offering more at each tier.
So without further preamble, let’s get into more detail.
We want to grow.
We want to grow in both listenership, patronage, and income. We are proud of the work that we do, and never want to stagnate in any of the aforementioned areas. Growth requires change.
We want to give patrons more.
The best way to keep listeners and members around is to always try to give more (or give better). This is also the best way to bring new people in. We are grateful to our patrons, past and present, and we want to make sure we’re giving them stuff they want.
We want to meet rising costs.
There are costs associated with doing this at the professional level. Traveling to live shows is expensive. Hosting, web services, applications, and equipment are expensive. Being self-employed is expensive (both Gary and I do this full time and need to cover things like health insurance). And since we’re covering more new games, we’re spending more on games! This is not a hobby for us, we’re committed to doing this full time as our main means of support, and this means keeping up with costs.
People want Bonfireside Chat.
And we want to give it to them. We also want to play to our strengths as a network whose bread and butter is games club content. We put Bonfireside Chat to bed when it felt like it was the right thing to do. We stuck with our guns for a long time. But with Sekiro on the horizon, and some damn-fine Soulslikes already here, it feels right to take the show out of cold storage.
So we are bringing back Bonfireside Chat as a Patreon show, with a slightly different format. Listen to Bonfireside Chat 2.0 Episode 0 on the feed to learn more. Our first game is the Soulslike shooter Immortal Unchained!
We want to value WOFF! appropriately.
Watch Out for Fireballs! is the network’s flagship show. It also takes a lot of time to produce. We play through the entire game (whether it’s 1 hour or 100), research the games, write outlines that total in the thousands of words, record for hours, and edit. In looking at how to make this tenable in the long run, we have decided to make one episode of WOFF! per month premium.
This does two things: It makes the Patreon more valuable for our members, and it incentivizes more membership.
But don’t panic! When an episode goes premium, we will include a good portion of it on t…
This is it. Thank you so much for everything.
I love these guys! Been playing souls games for YEARS but just got into podcasts. These guys are funny and informative, sometimes I feel like I got some opinions on lore that are better but that’s what makes this series so good. Glad I found this podcast. Go to work early so I can sit and listen to it in peace. Thanks guys! Great podcast
So many lame jokes and Gary is rude
I appreciate that these guys are creating so much content.
I’ve listened to all the Bloodborne episodes, wanting to learn more about lore and mechanics of the game.
But man, so much of this show is these guys just saying lame jokes, or inside jokes that us listeners don’t understand.
Like bro, just talk about the game.
And also, I am so sick of Gary’s lack of manners. It seems like he wants to be the only one talking. If Kole says more that 2 sentences in a row, Gary is ready to interrupt him and take control of the conversation again.
And yet when Gary is explaining something, he is happy to go on and on, and even move on to a different subject without giving anyone else a chance to speak.
Also in one of the Bloodborne episodes, their guest was in the middle of explaining a very good point and Gary straight up interrupted him and just started talking, and kept on talking over the guest until his guest finally gave up talking and just let Gary talk.
I like hearing content about Souls games, but Gary is so obnoxious it makes me want to quit listening to these guys.
I hope the rest of the episodes get better.
Great companion for souls series
I love listen to these two affable grouches discuss souls games. They are very intelligent, their opinions on things are sometimes baffling but the podcast is always entertaining and intellectually challenging.
I also think it’s great in a community that can sometimes be a bit toxic and sycophantic around Souls, that they’ve been able to talk about souls games through a critical lens. The dark souls 3 series may have gone a bit too far in that direction but I think overall they do a good job balancing lore with gameplay critique.