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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! 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! The Co-Operatives releases every other week and is a part of the VStheUNIVERSE Network.
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Aug 20, 2018

On this week's episode our team of private detectives and psychic investigators follow their visions and play Choose Your Own Adventure: House Of Danger from Z-Man Games. It's a new cooperative adventure game where one or more players play a game version of the famous "Choose Your Own Adventure" books! Will they meet their fate? Or survive long enough to get to the end? Turn to page 92 to find out!

TIMESTAMPS:

  • 0:23 - Dude. & Intro
  • 12:50 - Gameplay mechanics
  • 15:50 - The tone and text of the game
  • 18:54 - Initial impressions
  • 29:20 - The Co-Op mechanics in the game
  • 33:15 - The replayability of the the game
  • 34:40 - Remembering Give Yourself Goosebumps/Goosebumps books.
  • 38:45 - The value of the game
  • 40:35 - What did we learn about each other from this game?
  • 46:35 - Outro

--- Buy House Of Danger here (but you can find it on CoolStuffInc.com for cheaper!)

--- 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 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.

Aug 10, 2018

Aaron & Liz have RETURNED from Gen Con 2018 with plenty of HOT GOSS TO DISH on new games they played in Indianapolis! They've hand-picked a few games and experiences to tell you about so strap in and get ready for this special report from America's biggest gaming convention! We'll be covering games from Plaid Hat Games, Restoration Games, and more! LISTEN!

  • 0:00 - Intro & MeUndies & Casper Mattresses
  • 4:50 - What is today's episode about?
  • 6:55 - Trash Pandas
  • 10:48 - Keyforge
  • 14:45 - Star Wars: Destiny. Again.
  • 16:15 - Gizmos
  • 20:42 - Fireball Island: The Curse Of Vul-kar
  • 24:40 - Root
  • 30:20 - Who Goes There?
  • 33:05 - Space Park
  • 36:50 - Choose Your Own Adventure
  • 38:55 - Tags
  • 42:45 - Descent Into Midnight RPG
  • 47:55 - Sagrada Expansion
  • 50:00 - Earworm
  • 53:05 - Playtesting Game #2
  • 55:35 - Worldbuilders Party, Daniel Abraham, and The Expanse
  • 1:02:22 - Magic: The Gathering, and the best teacher Gen Con had to offer + Outro

Special thanks to the following folks for making our GenCon so wonderful!

  • Gamers With Jobs incl. Allen Cook & Rockford Patrickl
  • Restoration Games
  • Tabletop Squadron
  • Rich Howard
  • TableTanked!
  • Happy Hour at the hotel McCormick & Schmick's

--- 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 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.

Aug 1, 2018

Before Liz and I began producing The Co-Operatives Podcast, we decided it would be best to test out our idea and make a demo episode of the show. We made this episode after playing LEGO: Dimensions and sent it off to the rest of the VStheUNIVERSE LLC members, and a few other creators we were familiar with. What follows is that test episode, and we hope you enjoy it.

Listening back to this recording, there's a lot of rough edges. There's a lot of bad bits, and more than a few audio/editing flubs on my part. I am most proud of Liz for becoming so proficient at hosting over the past two years, and I'm happy my editing skills have gotten a bit more polished.

Some people thought it was funny that we made a test episode, but I come from a background where you rehearse and rehearse and rehearse before you get in front of an audience. It felt natural to me, and it made us both feel better to get a handle on recording before fully committing to it. Just like in theatre, workshopping helps to provide you with the most excellent end result. I love what the podcast is today, and we would never have gotten there if we didn't try this out first.

Also it's CRAZY to hear how Liz and I sound and act together two years ago versus now. It makes me smile.

We're currently at GenCon, and hope to see you there! Come to our panel and the Earworm meet-up and well high-five! <3

~ Aaron J.

Jul 29, 2018

Hello. Yes. We are alive. July has been hectic. Listen to this episode for the story of how July was BUSY BUSY BUSY. PLUS: Panel news, meet-up news, and what to expect through October.

COME TO OUR GENCON PANEL! Here is the event link: https://www.gencon.com/events/128930

TIMECODES!

  • 00:00 - Intro + "If you were a spaceship, what would your name be?"
  • 01:22 - Life update, wedding news, job news, and why July didn't have a new episode.
  • 07:00 - Roadmap for the next few episodes.
  • 10:23 - What we are playing right now.
  • 14:15 - Earworm Meet-up news!
  • 16:00 - Thank yous and Outro!
Jun 26, 2018

Mountains Of Madness is a game where you go to a mountain, get some artifacts, and leave. Sounds simple right? Not when you have MADNESS AILMENTS INFLICTED ON YOU AT EVERY TURN! Liz and Aaron play this heavy party game and discuss their experiences, both good and bad, and how accessibility is important in the industry.

TIMECODES!

  • 00:45 - Liz is playing a new Assassin's Creed game. HERE WE GO AGAIN!
  • 04:10 - Aaron is playing Quantum Break! PLUS: Bad Jason Mraz references.
  • 08:15 - OK, Octopath Traveler is also very good.
  • 10:25 - Our first encounter with Mountains Of Madness.
  • 12:00 - Mountains Of Madness gameplay!
  • 14:40 - What are you doing in this game?! + light rules.
  • 17:20 - The Madness cards, and how they change the game.
  • 22:20 - Characters can be different genders!
  • 23:40 - Our initial takeaways of the game.
  • 26:13 - Liz on playing the game with an invisible disability.
  • 35:15 - "I need to be more aware of this thing too. These are things that I think ahead with."
  • 38:10 - Taking cues from Kids On Bikes RPG.
  • 40:30 - How to walk away from a game you don't feel comfortable in.
  • 42:30 - "I am excited to play this game more with people who are into it."
  • 43:30 - "I would recommend playing this before buying."
  • 44:13 - Let's chat about Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza (and how amazing Bonus Round Game Cafe is!)
  • 48:06 - Outro!

OTHER STUFF IN THE SHOW!

--- 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 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.

Jun 13, 2018

In this very special episode, Aaron & Liz go over their top picks from E3 2018! Expect takes so hot that they burn your shoes off! E3 2018 is the biggest video game event of the year and our intrepid hosts are here to discuss it!

  • 0:00 - Opening bit + hangouts!
  • 5:10 - Talking about E3 2018!
  • 5:55 - Liz wants to discuss Unravel Two!
  • 9:10 - Aaron wants to discuss Resident Evil 2 REmake!
  • 12:10 - Liz wonders how Aaron knows such a large amount of useless knowledge!
  • 14:20 - Liz wants to discuss Super Mario Party! "I never had the experiences that YOU had with games..."
  • 19:20 - Aaron wants to discuss Assassin's Creed: Odyssey!
  • 24:20 - Liz wants to discuss Anthem!
  • 33:30 - Sam Maggs is good.
  • 35:00 - "I WANT TO TALK ABOUT BETHESDA" - Aaron
  • 38:40 - Liz NEEDS to talk about Fallout 76.
  • 46:44 - Liz needs to discuss Killer Queen Black!
  • 49:30 - Aaron fights the urge to flip over Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • 56:20 - The Co-Ops needs to discuss Control by Remedy Studios - "I agree, Control looks HOT AS SHIT!"
  • 58:00 - Kojima & Death Stranding discussion.
  • 1:00:30 - We Happy Few Discussion
  • 1:02:15 - Liz wants to talk about Sea Of Solitude
  • 1:05:30 - Liz and Aaron discuss Dontnod.
  • 1:09:00 - Ninja games, Kingdom Hearts 3, and the rest.

--- 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 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.

Jun 1, 2018

Liz has drinks and Aaron has feelings. Lots of news, updates, and discussion in this one. Let's do this. The game is Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game by Keith Baker and Renegade Game Studios. Insert coin to continue.

TIMESTAMPS!

  • 0:00 - Life updates and what we've been playing
  • 15:15 - Game discussion & intro of game! Plus Liz hates the term "IP" when muggles use it.
  • 16:50 - How we know Scott Pilgrim.
  • 25:03 - Theming is a THING. Plus, the basic rules!
  • 32:10 - Competitive, co-operative, and forgiving playsets.
  • 43:04 - Iconography and confusion.
  • 47:00 - "It takes a lot of effort to create the mechanics they created, but then it wasn't tested."
  • 57:10 - "I feel like you could make a good game...but you didn't. You went for the easy play."
  • 1:10:40 - Outro

--- 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 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.

May 8, 2018

Ready for Wizard goofs? Well Liz & Aaron got 'em! Listen to them discuss the ups and downs of their time with Frozenbyte's latest isometic side scrolling action RPG Nine Parchments!

--- 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 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.

Apr 25, 2018

OH CRAP! Thanos has nearly assembled all of the Infinity Stones to place on the Infinity Gauntlet! What will our brave heroes Aaron & Liz do? They'll play the new USAopoly movie tie-in game of course!

Join Liz & Aaron as they discuss the new Marvel's The Avengers: Infinity War co-operative board game, fandom, and how to actively support each other in their fandoms.

  • 00:00 - Opening BS: MCU Discussion.
  • 04:16 - Intro + "Thanos is pooping."
  • 08:00 - What are we DOING in this game?
  • 09:18 - Liz quizzes Aaron on where the Infinity Stones are in the MCU.
  • 12:00 - Game set-up and mechanics discussion.
  • 25:06 - "What do you do when your partner is much more invested in a game?"
  • 30:30 - "How do I get my partner into the thing that I'm into?"
  • 36:00 - "It is fine if we do not hang on to this one."
  • 38:15 - Announcing our GenCon panel!
  • 41:50 - Outro & coming soon.

--- 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 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.

Mar 27, 2018

We don't know how to say this, but Liz & Aaron are going to prison. Listen to them recall their experiences playing as Leo & Vincent in EA's latest game made by Josef Fares' Hazelight Studio in "A Way Out." It's one of the best co-operative games they've ever played!

  • SPOILERS START AT 42:35
  • SPOILERS END AT 53:18

--- The Kickstarter for Aaron's game is LIVE! Head to www.EarwormGame.com to back it today!

--- 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 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.

Mar 13, 2018

Today Liz interviews Aaron, Sam, and Laura about the development of their new party game Earworm, which hits Kickstarter THIS WEEK ON MARCH 14TH! Head to www.EarwormGame.com to see more!

--- 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 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.

Feb 27, 2018

SUPER IMPORTANT EPISODE of Co-Operatives right here! We learn a number of things about our hosts such as: what their real-life codenames are, which Codenames game is the best, and whether or not a board game can help a person build empathy.

--- Aaron's game "Earworm" launches on Kickstarter on March 14th, so mark your calendars!

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

--- Here's the Buzzfeed article that Liz was talking about! It's weird, but Aaron is toast. It makes sense. Trust us.

--- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. Got a 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.

Feb 15, 2018

This episode finds Liz & Aaron masquerading as hoodlums in Master Thief by Sparr Games. Who can steal the most valuables and win the day? We'll find out! Along the way, our intrepid hosts discuss Party Game Etiquette and how to create a fun environment for everyone to enjoy.

They also detail their past crimes. Yikes.

--- Check out Master Thief and more by Sparr Games by heading to www.SparrGames.com or Sparr.games

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

--- Aaron's game "Earworm" launches on Kickstarter on March 14th, so mark your calendars!

--- Reach out to The Co-Operatives by tweeting to @CoOperativesPod on Twitter or e-mailing us at CoOperativesPod@gmail.com. Got a 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.

--- Want to make the cocktail Liz made for Master Thief? Here's the recipe from Liz!

"For two drinks: 1 tablespoon powdered sugar + 1 tablespoon hot water, 1.5 oz cognac, 1.5 oz rye, 2 oz Cointreau, 1 oz fresh lemon juice - shake with ice for 30 seconds and strain into two glasses with lemon/powdered sugar rims. Place one small ice cube in each glass (this is "ice." like a diamond. do you get it)"

Feb 2, 2018

Liz & Aaron gear up with some cat-companions and get to huntin' some big scary kaiju in the world of Monster Hunter! Does it succeed as a good co-operative experience? Let's grab an insect glaive and find out!

--- 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 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.

Jan 16, 2018

We've been gathering questions from our listeners for the past few months and are ready to be PUT ON THE SPOT to answer them! We've got questions from our GenCon panel attendees, IRL folks, Twitter, and Facebook, so there's something from everyone. We get into on some of these more personal ones so let's do it!

QUESTIONS

  • 5:00 - What drinks do you pair with gaming or podcasting? Do you theme them with the subject matter, such as rum with pirate games or Zubrowka with the Witcher?
  • 10:48 - How do you get out of a game when it’s taking way too long to finish without hurting anyone’s feelings?
  • 15:35 - What's your favorite non-cooperative game to play and who usually wins?
  • 19:55 - How many games do you own?
  • 25:19 - What are your favorite single player non co-op games?
  • 28:17 - What Resident Evil character do you think best fits you, and what character do you think best fits our fiancé?
  • 29:55 - Do you each have your own set of dice, or do you share?
  • 32:02 - What is a good game to play while a baby is in the other room?
  • 37:23 - How do you get a partner who isn't into gaming to play with you?
  • 45:53 - How do you decide what games to play? How do you listen to your partner in selecting games?

--- 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 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.

Jan 2, 2018

Happy New Year! It's 2018 which means we're making a resolution to play more co-op games! FIRST UP: Cuphead by Studio MDHR! This charming homage to 1930's cartoons had Aaron and Liz jumping all over trying to beat some nefarious and difficult bosses. Does the game have what it takes to be enjoyable while being hard as nails? Listen and find out!

--- Find out more about Cuphead here: http://www.cupheadgame.com/

--- 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 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.

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