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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, 2019

Hey gang! Aaron here. This week's episode is gonna be a bit *rough* - no editing, no intro, JUST CO-OPS UNFILTERED. We've been a bit busy with some projects, but wanted to release this so everyone could hear what we thought of GenCon 2019's biggest games! Enjoy!

Jul 23, 2019

Liz and Aaron put on their spandex attire once again to tackle Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3 - The Black Order on the Nintendo Switch! Yes! We know! They already tried the first two but this one will be different!

Plus: The Co-Ops discuss the MCU Phase Four announcements quite a bit!

TIMESTAMPS:

  • 3:35 - GEN CON IS UPON US!
  • 8:10 - Make Up Artist 3: Black Mirror, and the Co-Operatives history with the series
  • 11:30 - The team behind MUA3 is not used to making these types of games...
  • 14:15 - How MUA3 makes co-op on the Switch easy.
  • 15:35 - "Who did you enjoy playing as most?"
  • 18:40 - Yar! Spoilers ahead!
  • 19:45 - Who is this game for? Would we recommend it?
  • 22:25 - What was announced?
  • 26:10 - "What are you most excited about? What are you most concerned about?"
  • 33:40 - "What would you like to see for a standalone Dazzler movie?"
  • 34:35 - "If you, as yourself, were to show up in an MCU movie, what would you do and what would happen to you?"
  • 37:15 - "Will Ghost Rider ever get a good movie?"
  • 39:15 - "Who would you cast as Kamala Khan?"
  • 43:00 - Please watch Destin Daniel Cretton movies.

--- 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.

Jul 9, 2019

Aaron is solo this week, so it only made sense for him to cover solo games. Aaron plays and discusses Wingspan, Unbroken, and many more games with prominent single-player modes! Our friend Jeff Stormer tries to ease Aaron's burden, and Liz makes a very special appearance at the end. This was a fun challenge. Enjoy!

TIMESTAMPS:

  • 0:00 - The Jeff Stormer Experience.
  • 4:35 - "This week's episode of The Co-Operatives" is going to be a little different..." + Solo games, and solo modes in games.
  • 9:00 - Wingspan, and the rise of Automa.
  • 16:35 - Could analog clans be possible?
  • 17:46 - Solitaire, and why we play solo.
  • 26:00 - Unbroken, and making a game solo from the ground up.
  • 30:18 - The Rules Of Tabletop Solo Purity
  • 33:50 - Other solo games that I've heard are AOK! + Liz returns!

GAMES WE COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:

--- Check out Jeff Stormer's Party Of One Podcast online here: http://www.partyofonepodcast.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.

Jun 25, 2019

This week's episode takes our intrepid players to Mordor and back again. Join Aaron & Liz as they embark on an unexpected journey through Middle-Earth with their pals Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and some made up residents of Mirkwood in Fantasy Flight's new Lord Of The Rings game.

TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 - DC character, or LOTR thing?
  • 6:10 - Our relationship with The Tolkien-verse.
  • 13:01 - The beauty of using an app for campaign management and gameplay + the story of the game.
  • 19:35 - This LOTR uses a pretty near hex-based tile system. We're gonna discuss it.
  • 23:05 - The thematic tie-ins of LOTR, and how it doesn't always quite work.
  • 27:35 - "There are elements of a really great deck builder in here."
  • 32:45 - The (meta) co-operative nature of app-based games.
  • 40:20 - "OK, but did you have FUN playing this game?"
  • 41:30 - House rules, the human element, and how to determine the difficulty in an app-based game.
  • 51:30 - "Would you recommend this more than Mansions Of Madness?"

--- Journeys In Middle-Earth is designed by Nathan Hajek and Grace Holdinghaus

--- Aaron acknowledges that he's a big fan of The Lord Of The Rings, but really wants people to know that Faramir is the only good man in Middle-Earth.

--- 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 12, 2019

Aaron & Liz embark on a discussion about E3 2019! There's no time to lose so we'll just get into it! Watch Dogs Legion! DOOM Eternal! Cyberpunk 2077! Final Fantasy 7 Remake! Jedi Fallen Order! Nintendo! Bethesda! Microsoft! VIDEO GAMES! HYPE! MADNESS! Keywords for searching!

TIMESTAMPS!

  • 0:00 - ODE TO JOY FOR E3!
  • 1:30 - What is E3, and how do we celebrate it?
  • 6:30 -"I'm A Doomboy, Baby!"
  • 12:40 - Watch Dogs Legion, and a tale of an elderly assassin
  • 17:55 - A call to arms and responsibility
  • 23:44 - Final Fantasy 7, Square-Enix, and updating a classic...
  • 30:30 - A brief excursion on Cyberpunk 2077
  • 33:38 - Let's discuss Stadia and whether or not it will actually work
  • 37:00 - The madness of Devolver Digital and a game called Carrion
  • 41:15 - Three indie games Aaron wants to highlight: Skatebird, Monster Prom 2, and 12 Minutes
  • 45:36 - Liz does the outro! 

Follow Aaron on Twitter at @ImAaronJ

Follow Liz on Twitter at @PaperbackLizard

--- Check out Skatebird on Kickstarter herehttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/meganfox/skatebird-be-a-skateboarding-bird

--- Check out Monster Prom 2 on Kickstarter here! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/corintio/monster-prom-2-holiday-season?ref=discovery&term=monster%20prom%202

--- Check out 12 Minutes here! https://www.polygon.com/e3/2019/6/9/18658930/microsoft-xbox-e3-2019-twelve-minutes-trailer-12

--- Read more about One Night Stand here: https://venturebeat.com/2019/06/10/awkward-visual-novel-one-night-stand-is-coming-to-consoles-this-summer/

--- 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 5, 2019

Every try mind-melding? It's new and hip and not in rural areas yet. Only the coolest gamers mind-meld. Don't you want to be a cool kid? Liz & Aaron becomes cool-kids on this episode about The Mind. 

TIMESTAMPS:

  • 0:00 - Which movie characters do we think we are?
  • 4:30 - Today we're covering The Mind + A SONG! + How it's played.
  • 11:15 - Bunnies + ninjas stars? We're not mad about that, but why is the bunny a ninja? WHY AREN'T *WE* NINJAS?
  • 13:45 - What do we think of this game?
  • 19:10 - Questions from the Discourse!
  • 27:00 - The lasting appeal of The Mind.
  • 32:20 - AUDIENCE QUESTION: What co-op announcement do we want to see come out of E3? + Outro!

--- The Mind is designed by Wolfgang Warsch and illustrated by Oliver Freudenreich. The game is published by Pandasaurus 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.

May 21, 2019

Liz & Aaron enter lands near and far (and high and low) to discuss the current slate of GaaS games, and whether or not they could be a fit for you and your gaming friends! There's GaaS games of all shapes, sizes, and flavors now, so rather than examine each one in its own episode our intrepid hosts attempt to dissect the major players in one long episode.

They get to drinkin'. So...look out.

TIMESTAMPS:

  • 0:00 - Raid Boss Kickstarter + Fruit Snack Smack Talk
  • 7:30 - Games As A Service, what are they? What are we playing? What are their characteristics?
  • 13:45 - What is Anthem?
  • 20:20 - What is The Division 2? 
  • 23:53 - How much does the setting matter when you're spending dozens of hours in it?
  • 30:00 - Aren't you supposed to play in groups?
  • 33:14 - What makes for a healthy GaaS experience?
  • 41:50 - GaaS games are meant to improve over time.
  • 1:01:05 - Major takeaways? These games will not have the narratives that single-player games do. But how do SP games implement GaaS elements?
  • 1:06:15 - Aaron makes a big prediction about E3 concerning Watch Dogs 3. (And the whiskey is getting to him now.) + Are GaaS games cooperatively pure?

--- Pledge to back Raid Boss on Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/skeletonhand/raid-boss-a-dangerous-cooperative-battle-for-1-4-h-0?ref=814432&token=49068090 (Hey there listeners! Aaron here! Please check out Sham's game Raid Boss on KS. It's truly a cool looking game and worth your time. Give it a shot!)

--- Want to buy a good gaming router for a family? Here you go: https://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-gaming-routers

--- 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.

May 6, 2019

It's been awhile, but Liz & Aaron are back! What have they been up to? Well, it's a lot. A lot of a lot. This whole episode will go over what's been happening, where they've been, and some of the gaming experiences they've had over the past few months.

TIMESTAMPS:

  • 2:00 - Liz, being a lawyer, Legally Blonde, & Paper Chase
  • 6:00 - Resident Evil 2, parties, and high school jokes
  • 9:10 - Anthem, Kingdom Hearts 3, & Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • 11:50 - Keyforge hangouts and the art of not-building-a-deck
  • 14:23 - Aaron is making a new game and he's gonna talk about it here. (Curtain Call RPG stuff!)
  • 21:10 - "We have gotten back into watching Game Of Thrones in an aggressive way."
  • 29:00 - It'za Liz! (And she's playing Super Mario Odyssey.)
  • 32:12 - Aaron is making a list, and VR games are making a comeback.
  • 36:21 - OH YEAH! Liz was ill for three months. (She's better now!)
  • 38:30 - Liz loves Spider-Man. And Spider-Verse. And Tom Holland.
  • 41:40 - Aaron has GOTTA talk about some of these games. Hellblade, The Messenger, Doom, Destiny 2's DLC, and FFXII.
  • 42:45 - Talkin' about that next episode topic: GaaS.

- If you'd like to follow the development of Curtain Call, follow @CurtainCallRPG on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/curtaincallrpg

- For more info on Paper Chase, go here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Paper_Chase_(film)

- For more info on The Skulls, go here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Skulls_(film)

--- 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.

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