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The Co-Operatives Podcast

Gaming is fun. Dating is fun. Combining the two can be hard, luckily The Co-Operatives are here to evaluate board/video games that are perfect for playing with loved ones and friends. Real-life Human couple Liz and Aaron discuss the joys and sorrows of co-operative gaming with a significant other as they play and discuss video/board games with a co-operative bent! They are definitely not robots. The Co-Operatives releases every other week and is a part of the VStheUNIVERSE Network.
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Aug 8, 2017

GenCon 50 is just a week away! Aaron and Liz go over the games they purchased last year at the con, and recount their Do's and Don'ts for the country's biggest board game convention! Liz and Aaron give you the rundown on what to prepare for, and how to pace yourself to you don't end up missing out on some of the best and brightest this convention has to offer.

Come to our panel at GenCon 50! Click here to secure your free ticket! We'll be joined by James D'Amato of the OneShot Podcast, Tanya DePass of I Need Diverse Games, Connie Behringer, and our good friend Mel Fox will be moderating it! Don't miss it!

--- GAMES WE TALKED ABOUT:

Arcane Academy: http://idwgames.com/games/arcane-academy/
Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle: http://usaopoly.com/games/harry-potter-hogwarts-battle-cooperative-deck-building-game
Sagrada: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/199561/sagrada
Star Trek Ascendency: http://startrek.gf9games.com/
Codenames Duet: http://czechgames.com/en/codenames-duet/

--- Other stuff we talk about!

Allbirds: The comfiest shoes EVER - www.allbirds.com
Klean Kanteen: http://a.co/dhqIAy0

--- Want to attend our event at GenCon 50? Click here to get tickets! --> https://www.gencon.com/events/105053

--- Donate to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/VStheUNIVERSE! Even $1 goes a *LONG* way, and helps the show grow!

--- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. Got a co-operative game you'd like us to try? LET US KNOW! You can also 'like' us on Facebook by heading to www.facebook.com/CoOperativesPod.

--- If you feel like being super nice, leave us a review on iTunes! It would mean the world to us! Every review lets others know you enjoyed the episode and helps the show grow! Want more Co-Operatives? Then check out our archives for a bunch of episodes that cover cooperative board and video games, dating, and definitely not being robots.

Special thanks to our Patreon Podcast Producer Danny Saleras for making this show and the VStheUNIVERSE Network possible.

Jul 25, 2017

Dark Souls is hands-down one of the most difficult and punishing board games ever to hit the market...and Aaron & Liz loved every minute of it. 

Big thanks to Ed Soderberg and Danny Bass of Ironrise Games for jumping into this game with our hosts! Check out Ironrise Games here!

--- Want to learn more about Dark Souls? Visit their Kickstarter page here, or the Steamforged Games website here. This cooperative tabletop board game was sensational and we cannot wait to play it again!

--- Donate to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/VStheUNIVERSE! Even $1 goes a *LONG* way, and helps the show grow!

--- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. Got a co-operative game you'd like us to try? LET US KNOW! You can also 'like' us on Facebook by heading to www.facebook.com/CoOperativesPod.

--- If you feel like being super nice, leave us a review on iTunes! It would mean the world to us! Every review lets others know you enjoyed the episode and helps the show grow! Want more Co-Operatives? Then check out our archives for a bunch of episodes that cover cooperative board and video games, dating, and definitely not being robots.

Special thanks to our Patreon Podcast Producer Danny Saleras for making this show and the VStheUNIVERSE Network possible.

Jul 11, 2017

This episode is a bit different from what we're used to, but for good reason.

Liz & Aaron spent the last two weeks playing a variety of games, namely Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, and Marvel Heroes Omega. They also became obsessed with the BBC show The Great British Baking Show, and had to make some decisions. This episode is more centered around how nostalgia can seep in and affect our choices, how that same nostalgia can trick us, and knowing how to spend your time in the best way possible. Enjoy!

--- Check out Marvel Heroes Omega here: https://marvelheroes.com/about

We recommend playing Marvel Heroes Omega out of the three games we discussed on this episode because, while it's not perfect, it's got the best gameplay and character selection!

(I mean come ON, it has Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Spider-Gwen, Jane Foster Thor, and some decent Captain America costumes!)

--- Donate to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/VStheUNIVERSE! Even $1 goes a *LONG* way, and helps the show grow!

--- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. Got a co-operative game you'd like us to try? LET US KNOW! You can also 'like' us on Facebook by heading to www.facebook.com/CoOperativesPod.

--- If you feel like being super nice, leave us a review on iTunes! It would mean the world to us! Every review lets others know you enjoyed the episode and helps the show grow! Want more Co-Operatives? Then check out our archives for a bunch of episodes that cover co-operatives board and video games, dating, and definitely not being robots.

Jun 30, 2017

James D'Amato and Mel Fox of the OneShot Network join Aaron & Liz for a very special episode of The Co-Operatives Podcast! This time our detective gang is covering Sherlock Holmes & Moriarty's Web by Keifer Arts!

Here lies The Final Problem: Is the game fun?

We wax poetic about Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry being perfect, and how John Watson is an expert at gettin' sexy with a little straddlin'! Also, there's a bunch of bits. 

Quote of the show comes from Liz: "I've had four shots of whiskey, and zero shots of dinner."

--- Donate to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/VStheUNIVERSE! Even $1 goes a *LONG* way, and helps the show grow!

--- Check out James and Mel on the OneShot Network here: http://oneshotpodcast.com/

James does a ton of the tabletop gaming community so you should definitely go support his Patreon as well. Here it is: https://www.patreon.com/oneshotpodcast

--- Buy Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty's Web and check out other resources below!

--- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. Got a co-operative game you'd like us to try? LET US KNOW! You can also 'like' us on Facebook by heading to www.facebook.com/CoOperativesPod.

--- If you feel like being super nice, leave us a review on iTunes! It would mean the world to us! Every review lets others know you enjoyed the episode and helps the show grow! Want more Co-Operatives? Then check out our archives for a bunch of episodes that cover co-operatives board and video games, dating, and definitely not being robots.

--- Obligatory Sherlock Holmes quote: "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth..."

Jun 15, 2017

Liz & Aaron have been devouring all of the news coming out of E2 2017 and are here to tell you all about the hottest new co-op games being developed for Playstation, Xbox, PC, and the Nintendo Switch!

NOTABLE GAMES

  • No Way Out
  • Minecraft (yes, again!)
  • State Of Decay 2
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Sea Of Thieves
  • Cuphead
  • Anthem
  • Tacoma
  • Life Is Strange: Before The Storm
  • Destiny 2
  • Knack 2
  • Hidden Agenda
  • Kirby

--- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. Got a co-operative game you'd like us to try? LET US KNOW! You can also 'like' us on Facebook by heading to www.facebook.com/CoOperativesPod.

--- If you feel like being super nice, leave us a review on iTunes! It would mean the world to us! Every review lets others know you enjoyed the episode and helps the show grow! Want more Co-Operatives? Then check out our archives for a bunch of episodes that cover co-operatives board and video games, dating, and definitely not being robots.

May 30, 2017

Aaron and Liz take a trip to Camp Grizzly for this week's episode of The Co-Operatives Podcast! Our intrepid hosts see if this cooperative tabletop game is a faithful homage to the likes of Halloween, Friday The 13th, Scream, and other horror and slasher films. SPOILER: THEY BOTH LOVE IT

Camp Grizzly is published by Ameritrash Games, designed by Jason Topolski, and drawn by Austin Madison.

Also, Liz & Aaron hired a new personal assistant named Jason. He seems nice, except for the machete...

--- Want to buy Camp Grizzly? Head here: https://ameritrash-games.squarespace.com/camp-grizzly-1/camp-grizzly-board-game

--- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. Got a co-operative game you'd like us to try? LET US KNOW! You can also 'like' us on Facebook by heading to www.facebook.com/CoOperativesPod.

--- If you feel like being super nice, leave us a review on iTunes! It would mean the world to us! Every review lets others know you enjoyed the episode and helps the show grow! Want more Co-Operatives? Then check out our archives for a bunch of episodes that cover co-operatives board and video games, dating, and definitely not being robots.

--- Donate to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/VStheUNIVERSE! Even $1 goes a *LONG* way!

May 17, 2017

Liz and Aaron put their capes on and join the ranks of Marvel Comics finest for this week's episode of The Co-Operatives Pod! Upper Deck's deck builder, "Legendary: Marvel" is something Aaron has always dreamed of, but is it accessible enough for Liz? Well, if you listen to the episode then you'll find out.

Aaron's favorite superhero is Spider-Man.

Liz's favorite superhero is Hugh Jackman.

Aaron recommends the following Marvel Comics: Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, and Star-Lord.

Liz recommends Hellboy, Sandman, and reading American Gods.

--- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. You can also 'like' us on Facebook by heading to www.facebook.com/CoOperativesPod.

--- If you feel like being super nice, leave us a review on iTunes! It would mean the world to us! Every review lets others know you enjoyed the episode and helps the show grow! Want more Co-Operatives? Then check out our archives for a bunch of episodes that cover co-operatives board and video games, dating, and definitely not being robots.

--- Donate to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/VStheUNIVERSE! Even $1 goes a *LONG* way!

Apr 18, 2017

Buffy and the Scoobies are fighting vampires in Sunnydale, and Liz & Aaron need to help them save the town! Joss Whedon's vampiric masterpiece is back, in BOARD GAME FORM! Jasco Games and Lynnvander Studios crafted this 6-player cooperative board game and our intrepid hosts put it through its paces.

Aaron & Liz are both big Buffy The Vampire Slayer fans, so this is a big one for them! Do they discuss the game, or do they just talk about Xander and Anya? Do they play it to completion, or do they prattle away about Nathan Fillion's turn as the devilish Caleb? Only you can find out! There is one certainty though: Riley sucks.

--- Discover more about Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Jasco Games by heading here: https://jascogames.com/product/buffy-vampire-slayer-board-game/

--- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. You can also 'like' us on Facebook by heading to www.facebook.com/CoOperativesPod.

--- If you feel like being super nice, leave us a review on iTunes! It would mean the world to us! Every review lets others know you enjoyed the episode and helps the show grow! Want more Co-Operatives? Then check out our archives for a bunch of episodes that cover co-operatives board and video games, dating, and definitely not being robots.

--- Donate to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/VStheUNIVERSE! Even $1 goes a *LONG* way!

--- Our friends The Nerdologues are working on a new game called Competition Kitchen! It is on Kickstarter and we LOVED it! Check it out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nerdologues/competition-kitchen-a-deliciously-creative-party-g?ref=user_menu

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Board Game was made by Josh Derksen, Thomas M. Gofton, Dan Hoang, Aron Murch, Cameron Parkinson.

To Sarah Michelle Geller & Alyson Hannigan: WE LOVE YOU

To Anthony Stewart Head: AARON LOVES YOU

Thank you to our friends Candice & Chris for helping us play through the 4-player mode!

Apr 4, 2017

A mysterious tome joins our intrepid hosts today as they discuss the co-op game Forbidden Island! Could this be the best co-op board game Liz has ever played? Quite possibly! This tabletop game doesn't mess around, and when the water starts to rise you never know if you'll sink or swim!

--- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. You can also 'like' us on Facebook by heading to www.facebook.com/CoOperativesPod.

--- If you feel like being super nice, leave us a review on iTunes! It would mean the world to us! Every review lets others know you enjoyed the episode and helps the show grow! Want more Co-Operatives? Then check out our archives for a bunch of episodes that cover co-operatives board and video games, dating, and definitely not being robots.

--- Donate to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/VStheUNIVERSE! Even $1 goes a *LONG* way!

--- Check out Forbidden Island by Gamewright herehttp://www.gamewright.com

 

Mar 7, 2017

The Nintendo Switch is out and the Co-Operatives spent some time with the premier co-op launch game: Snipperclips! Liz and Aaron fawn over the new tech, giggle at the fun arts-and-crafts avatars in the game, and discuss the novel concepts that SFB Games introduces in this brand-new title.

--- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. You can also 'like' us on Facebook by heading to www.facebook.com/CoOperativesPod.

--- If you feel like being super nice, leave us a review on iTunes! It would mean the world to us! Every review lets others know you enjoyed the episode and helps the show grow! Want more Co-Operatives? Then check out our archives for a bunch of episodes that cover co-operatives board and video games, dating, and definitely not being robots.

--- Donate to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/VStheUNIVERSE! Even $1 goes a *LONG* way!

--- Learn more about Snipperclips by heading to their website here: http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/snipperclips-switch

--- See more from SFB Games herehttp://sfbgames.com/

Liz really loved her Game Gear. If you are young and don't remember what that was, get some knowledge by reading this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Gear

Aaron is currently obsessed with the new Legend of Zelda game on the Nintendo Switch. He implores you not to sleep on playing that game! Liz is going wild over Horizon: Zero Dawn on the Playstation 4 as well, so look into that one too!

Reach out to Liz on Twitter at @PaperbackLizard
Reach out to Aaron on Twitter at @ImAaronJ

Feb 21, 2017

Some of the most important times you can have playing games with others occur in titles that aren't actually multiplayer. In this episode Liz & Aaron examine some narrative focused games that can be played in co-op to great effect!

--- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. You can also 'like' us on Facebook by heading to www.facebook.com/CoOperativesPod.

--- If you feel like being super nice, leave us a review on iTunes! It would mean the world to us! Every review lets others know you enjoyed the episode and helps the show grow!

--- Her Story is available on Steam for PCs and Macs, and iPhone/Android devices. It's only like $5! Get it here: http://www.herstorygame.com/

--- Donate to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/VStheUNIVERSE! Even $1 goes a *LONG* way!

--- Thank you to Matthew Poonamallee for suggest Her Story to us! We loved it!

--- Check out Life Is Strange at www.lifeisstrange.com

--- Check out Firewatch at http://www.firewatchgame.com/

--- Check out Gone Home at http://gonehome.game/

--- Check out Everybody' Gone To The Rapture at http://www.thechineseroom.co.uk/games/everybodys-gone-to-the-rapture/

--- Check out Hatoful Boyfriend at http://clione.halfmoon.jp/hatoful-boyfriend/english.html

  • Intro: 3:14
  • Her Story discussion: 6:14
  • Life Is Strange discussion: 12:56
  • Firewatch discussion: 21:12
  • Gone Home/Everybody's Gone To The Rapture discussion: 28:25
  • Hatoful Boyfriend discussion: 38:35
Feb 7, 2017

On this very special episode, our dynamic duo play the game they encountered on their very first date. This episode recaps how they met, and how gaming brought them together.

This is not a drill: Liz & Aaron have not slept in 36 hours. Due to a cold medicine snafu, they've been awake and OH BOY DID THAT MAKE RECORDING A GOOD TIME!

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--- If you feel like being super nice, leave us a review on iTunes! It would mean the world to us! Every review lets others know you enjoyed the episode, and helps the show grow! Thank you to Edward The Bear for leaving us a 5-star review on iTunes!

--- Buy Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime by heading to their website here: http://www.loversinadangerousspacetime.com/

--- Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime is also available on Steam, Xbox Live, and the Playstation Network

Take the Dolazinski tour by going to Tavern On Little Fort: http://www.littleforttavern.com/

 

Jan 24, 2017

"...and then, we held hands" is a game about failing relationships and how people try to mend them. Can Liz & Aaron break the chains of sadness and solve objectives to find balance? Kind of. It's really hard to explain. That's why the podcast goes over that for you!

-- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. You can also 'like' us on Facebook by heading to www.facebook.com/CoOperativesPod.

--- If you feel like being super nice, leave us a review on iTunes! It would mean the world to us! Every review lets others know you enjoyed the episode, and helps the show grow!

--- Want to buy ...and then, we held hands? It's available at most board game retailers, and also on Amazon.com here. 

Aaron's favorite old Internet meme thing is this Super Mario song. It is weird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIeOULX79VA

Liz's favorite old Internet meme thing is this video where the world explodes. It's fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trzUn42ongs

Jan 10, 2017

Aaron & Liz are fighting for their own sanity when they play Mansions Of Madness Second Edition! This H.P. Lovecraft inspired horror game is moderated by a handy app while you battle demons and other creatures of the cthulhu bent! Light some candles, grab a torch, and get ready to jump into the Victorian Era to banish the darkness!

-- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. You can also 'like' us on Facebook by heading to www.facebook.com/CoOperativesPod.

--- If you feel like being super nice, leave us a review on iTunes! It would mean the world to us! Every review lets others know you enjoyed the episode, and helps the show grow!

--- Want to buy Mansions Of Madness? It's available at most board game retailers, and also on Amazon.com here. Buy the game directly from Fantasy Flight Games at this link: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/mansions-of-madness-second-edition/

Other Stuff:

  • Aaron loves the old game Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem. Check it out here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_Darkness
  • Liz recommends this book by Peter Cline to scratch your Lovecraftian Horror itch: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15062217-14
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