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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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Oct 17, 2017

Our October month of suitably spooky games continues! We tackle a board game that EVERYONE has been telling us to talk about: Betrayal At The House On The Hill!

Avalon Hill and Wizards Of The Coast have been publishing this modern classic since 2004, but have recently updated it with an expansion and spin-off called Betrayal At Baldur's Gate. How fun are they? How do they compare? Which game has more vampires? WE SHALL DISCUSS IT!

NOTE: We received a very strange phone call this episode and apologize for the spooky caller!

TIMECODES:

  • 0:00 GHOSTFACE APPEARS! + What we're playing now!
  • 9:52 Intro & Summary of Betrayal At The House On The Hill.
  • 15:30 The hosts first Betrayal haunts.
  • 20:20 Playing with a narrative focus, and the woes of playing as the Betrayal.
  • 25:13 Playing the game with the right mindset, and the ideal conditions for playing.
  • 28:13 Betrayal versus games where you play against an AI.
  • 31:25 GHOSTFACE RETURNS!
  • 33:13 What scares you?
  • 41:48 Is this a good game to play on a first date?
  • 47:41 Final Thoughts!
  • 49:22 GHOSTFACE IS HERE!

--- 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.

--- Liz recently guested on ADVENTURE hosted by Pranks Paul for the OneShot Network playing Liara T'Soni for a Mass Effect RPG. Go check out that show and subscribe so you'll get the episodes when they are released!

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

Oct 4, 2017

Everyone has been telling Liz & Aaron to play Plaid Hat Games' "Dead Of Winter," so they did! Join them as they discuss zombies, feel-good games, and generally everything they love about Halloween! They don't *adore* it, but it's got a lot to like! Plus, Halloweenie board games are always a good thing, right?

--- Big thanks to our friends Brian, Brittany, and Mike Chuck for playing with us!

--- Find out more about Dead Of Winter here: https://www.plaidhatgames.com/games/dead-of-winter

--- See the Resident Evil 2 Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/steamforged/resident-eviltm-2-the-board-game

--- 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.

Sep 19, 2017

Aaron says the first Destiny was the best co-operative video game he's ever played, but is he feeling the sequel? Liz wasn't a big fan of the original game, but does Destiny 2 sway her opinion? Well, our intrepid hosts have done nothing but play D2 the past two weeks and they're ready to discuss it on this week's episode! Video games y'all!

For more information on Destiny 2, head to DestinyTheGame.com

--- Want to play Destiny 2 on Ps4 with Liz and Aaron? Join the VStheUNIVERSE Destiny 2 Clan here: https://www.bungie.net/en/ClanV2/Chat?groupId=186890

--- 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.

Sep 5, 2017

This week Liz & Aaron tackle the new game from Fullbright: TACOMA. In this space mystery, our hosts will need to explore the spaceship TACOMA and uncover the sprawling secrets of the ship and crew.

--- This isn't a co-operative game! We're very supportive of finding ways to enjoy games together even when the game wasn't specifically made for co-op play! Fullbright's games (and other narrative based first-person games) are SUPER FUN to play in couples/groups so try it out!

--- Fullbright also made Gone Home, a game we love! See more about Fullbright by heading here: https://fullbrig.ht/

--- Want to learn more about Tacoma? Head to https://tacoma.game/ for more information on the game and where/how to buy it.

--- 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.

Aug 22, 2017

Aaron & Liz survived GenCon 2017! Our intrepid hosts details all of the greatest gaming experiences coming out of Indianapolis, IN! Running on low sleep, they recount the best times and what they think the hotness will be for the next few months! Exact timestamps are below because there's a LOT to cover:

TIMESTAMPS:
0:20 - Intro!
4:30 - Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle Expansion & Codenames Duet
11:30 - Liz and Aaron's games-of-the-show (Clank! & Starfinder)
22:00 - Arkham Horror: The Card Game
27:30 - Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game
28:45 - Lazer Ryderz
29:50 - A Song Of Ice & Fire
31:00 - Fallout
34:20 - Headspace RPG
36:30 - Word Domination
38:30 - Muse
42:00 - Rapid Fire Game Time! (Giant Killer Robots, Arcane Academy, Numbr9, Spynet, Fog Of Love, Yamatai, Batman, Spires, Red Scare, Mountains Of Madness)
51:00 - Wyrmwood Gaming
53:30 - Review shout-outs and special thanks! And 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 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. Massive high-fives to Rob Hines and Molarduck for leaving five-star reviews on iTunes!

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.

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!

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!

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