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Join the staff of RPGFan as they discuss the latest news and topics in the world of role-playing games.

    296 - Indie Game Dev: Lil' Guardsman

    296 - Indie Game Dev: Lil' Guardsman

    On this episode of Random Encounter, Jono invites two of the folks behind the recent indie game Lil' Guardsman onto the show to chat about its development.
    Back in the early days of the pandemic, Toronto-based composer Scott Christian and his business partner Artiom Komarov made the remarkable decision to leave their successful careers and jump into the indie dev scene. Recruiting a small but passionate team of programmers, designers, and writers, they founded Hilltop Studios and successfully launched their first title, Lil' Guardsman, in January 2024. But it wasn't an easy road to get there!
    As Jono happens to be very old friends with both Scott and Lil' Guardsman co-writer Jeremy Lapalme, this seems like a perfect opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the realities of indie game dev. What's it like to build an indie studio and develop your dream game from scratch? And is that dream within reach of anyone? Let's talk about what it's like being an indie developer in 2024!
    Featuring: Jono Logan, Scott Christian, and Jeremy Lapalme; Edited by Jono Logan
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    This Episode's Related Links:Lil' Guardsman ReviewHilltop Studios HomepageLil' Guardsman Steam Page

    • 1 hr 13 min
    295 - Spiritual Successor Chronicle: Hundred Heroes

    295 - Spiritual Successor Chronicle: Hundred Heroes

    On this episode of Random Encounter, Zach joins the party to chat about the recent spiritual successor to the Suikoden series, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, and the new DLC for Final Fantasy XVI, The Rising Tide.
    Hundred Heroes has been one of our most anticipated JRPGs since its Kickstarter back in 2020. Led by Suikoden creator Yoshitaka Murayama, Hundred Heroes promised a return to the style of PSX Suikoden games (especially Suikoden II) with gorgeous 2D graphics and an epic narrative focused on war-torn countries, base-building, and character recruitment. Zach is one of the biggest Suikoden fans out there, so we can't wait to find out if he enjoyed the game as much as he hoped! 
    Then, Zach also shares his thoughts on The Rising Tide, the DLC of one of his favorite games of the last few years, Final Fantasy XVI. As the last piece of DLC coming out for XVI, does it put a bow on the top of this much-loved entry of the series?
    Oh, and Jono is grouchy about Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.
    Featuring: Jono Logan and Zach Wilkerson; Edited by Jono Logan
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    This Episode's Related Links:Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes ReviewEiyuden Chronicle: Rising ReviewFinal Fantasy XVI ReviewFinal Fantasy XVI: Echoes of the Fallen ReviewFinal Fantasy VII Remake ReviewFinal Fantasy VII Rebirth Review

    • 1 hr 1 min
    294 - Crawl Out Through the Fallout, Baby

    294 - Crawl Out Through the Fallout, Baby

    On this episode of Random Encounter, ex-host Random Greg Delmage returns to share his film expertise while chatting about the new Fallout TV show!
    Video game adaptations are hot right now, and Amazon has just dropped what might be the best one yet: Fallout! Based on the long-running RPG series, Fallout, the show is an exploration of the far future after a nuclear war in the 21st century destroyed all of civilization. With a pitch-perfect mix of dark humor, brutal violence, and a retro-50s future aesthetic, Fallout translates everything we love about the games into a brand-new, in-continuity story set in the LA Wasteland.
    Jono reviewed the entire series for the site last week (spoiler: he loved it), and he's excited to be reunited with Greg to chat about why this series should be of interest to all of the RPG fans out there!
    Featuring: Jono Logan and Greg Delmage; Edited by Jono Logan
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    This Episode's Related Links:Fallout Season One ReviewRetro Encounter 412 – Fallout EncounterFallout ReviewFallout 2 ReviewFallout 3 ReviewFallout: New Vegas ReviewFallout 4 ReviewFallout 76 Review

    • 1 hr 29 min
    293 - Dogmatic Dragons

    293 - Dogmatic Dragons

    On this episode of Random Encounter, we're looking at a game-of-the-year contender and the latest from one of the industry's most visionary indie devs. 

    First up, Izzy is here to chat about Dragon's Dogma 2. The sequel to Capcom's cult-classic Dragon's Dogma, DD2 is the true realization of many of the ahead-of-their-time gameplay mechanics of its predecessor. However, this positive fanfare has recently been overshadowed by the controversy of predatory microtransactions included in this full-price game. Do these money-grubbing measures really impact players' overall enjoyment of the title?

    Then, Tim is here to chat about Lucas Pope's latest game, Mars After Midnight. Known for his indie classics Papers, Please and Return of the Obra Dinn, Pope has moved from consoles and PC over to the crank-enhanced handheld known as the Playdate. Does the tiny screen and simplified gameplay hurt MaM, or do the limitations inspire brilliance?

    Featuring: Jono Logan, Izzy Parsons, and Tim Rattray; Edited by Jono Logan
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    This Episode's Related Links:Dragon's Dogma 2 ReviewDragon's Dogma ReviewDragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen ReviewMars After Midnight ReviewReturn of the Obra Dinn Review

    • 1 hr 21 min
    292 - The Lord of All Unicorns

    292 - The Lord of All Unicorns

    On this episode of Random Encounter, we're looking at two very different kinds of follow-ups to beloved games: a spiritual successor and a fan game.
    First up, we're talking about a long-awaited revival of Ogre Battle-style SRPGs with Vanillaware's Unicorn Overlord (the most bizarre name for a game since Triangle Strategy). Featuring a mix of real-time strategy, turn-based party combat, and overworld exploration, Unicorn Overlord really hit the sweet spot for Josh. Is it a game for everyone, though?
    And the overwhelming amount of fan content inspired by 2015's Undertale finally reaches its logical culmination with an incredible fan game that actually has the blessing of creator Toby Fox: Undertale Yellow. A prequel that follows the story of a previous soul who fell into the underground, Yellow delivers an experience that doesn't just live up to its inspiration but surpasses it in some ways. Aleks' feature, Undertale Yellow Feels Like a Legit Prequel, not only brings attention to this incredible labor of love, but also helped to open his eyes to the potential of fan games!

    Featuring: Jono Logan, Joshua Lindquist, and Aleks Franiczek; Edited by Jono Logan
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    This Episode's Related Links:Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen ReviewUnicorn Overlord ReviewUndertale Yellow Feels Like a Legit PrequelUndertale Review

    • 1 hr 22 min
    291 - Let's Explore a Mystery Dungeon!

    291 - Let's Explore a Mystery Dungeon!

    On this episode of Random Encounter, we're taking a look at a long-running RPG series that has only made sporadic, but noteworthy, appearances here in the West!

    Mystery Dungeon began as a Dragon Quest IV spinoff back in 1993, but since then, there have been dozens of games in the series, including crossover titles with Final Fantasy (Chocobo’s Dungeon 2) and Pokémon (Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX), along with a standalone series (Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer). And with the release of the latest entry, Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island, we thought it would be a great time to take a deep dive into the series in preparation for our "So You Want to Get Into the Mystery Dungeon Series..." feature! Ben Love is here to walk us through these mystery dungeons and tell us everything we need to know to get started on our own JRPG rogue-like adventure! 

    Featuring: Jono Logan and Ben Love; Edited by Jono Logan
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    This Episode's Related Links:Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island Review

    • 1 hr 12 min

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