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189 - Passing a Pane One Can Gaze Beyond!
May 22 • 93 min
Back at it with a variety of things, from old loves like Ogre Battle 64 to our reaction to the presentation of the impressive Unreal 5 visuals!
188 - Stir a Little More J Into That RPG!
May 8 • 85 min
Four fellows run the gamut of some of the latest releases and revisit Bravely Second: End Layer, inspiring conversation on the subject of how heavily themed JRPGs can get!
187 - How Would You Like Your Retro With That?
Apr 24 • 109 min
The obligatory FFVII Remake chat is here! We also talk more Persona 5 Royal, Sakura Wars, Pillars of Dust, and even, yes, Bravely Default.
186 - A Fresh Coat of Paint
Apr 10 • 86 min
Talkin’ ‘bout Persona 5 Royal, Judgment, Dragon Quest XI S, Rune Factory 4 Special Edition, and that Bravely Default II Demo.
185 - Nothing But Love Over Here!
Mar 27 • 107 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - everyone on the episode has played the FFVIIR Demo, so we wanna’ talk about it! - Greg got into the Trials of Mana Demo in anticipation of its coming release! - Caitlin’s experience in FFXIV: Shadowbringers 5.2 is…
184 - Up With the Times
Mar 14 • 105 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Shadowbringers 5.2 has dropped since someone last said “FFXIV”, so Mike’s here to discuss it! - Stoneshard, by dev Hypetrain, has gotten Greg on its hypetrain, even if it’s challenging as heck! - Jono has wrapped up…
183 - Walk Me Through This, Please.
Feb 29 • 77 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Greg manages to find his way of the dungeon in Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls long enough to talk about it! - Jono has been kicking, punching, and singing his way through Yakuza, the latest being Yakuza 5! - The…
182 - We Attac, But We Also Protec RPGs
Feb 14 • 96 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Nathan has gone back to Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE now that it’s on Switch, and so far, the port holds up! - The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics just dropped and Greg is here to discuss what works and what…
181 - A Quick Start to 2020
Feb 1 • 62 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Greg tried out the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX demo, reveling in its sweetness! - Pete has immersed himself in Harebrained Scheme’s latest expansion to BATTLETECH and is living his best merc life! -…
180 - RPGFan 2019 Game of the Year Awards Pt. 3
Jan 18 • 103 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Our panelists cover the last of this years awards! - It’s mostly Cold Steel III and Shadowbringers from this point on, but so much good stuff came to us in 2019! - We shout out to readers/listeners! - A Jedi baby?…
179 - RPGFan 2019 Game of the Year Awards Pt. 2
Jan 15 • 89 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Our panelists cover the next few categories in this year’s awards! - As before, we maybe didn’t all play everything (too many games), but we all have thoughts! - Danger, the enemy is approaching. Featuring: Greg…
178 - RPGFan 2019 Game of the Year Awards Pt. 1
Jan 12 • 98 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Our panelists cover the first few categories in this years awards - Some of the games we got to play, others we really want to, and a few aren’t even on our radar! To each their own! - Happy New Year! We chit chat…
177 - What Retro Encounter Said
Dec 28, 2019 • 77 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Talkin’ bout Trails and FFXIV news! - What did we love about 2019? - What do we resolve to game with in 2020? - What are our wildest hopes for next year!? - Happy Holidays, folks! Featuring: Greg Delmage, Caitlin…
176 - Some Epic Sagas
Dec 20, 2019 • 105 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Jono experienced Romancing SaGa 3, reviewed it, and you should probably hear him discuss it. - SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays is a mouthful to say, but Kyle is not only up to playing it, but telling us about this…
175 - Life and Times with Video Games
Dec 3, 2019 • 106 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - After a wait of almost 2 decades, Shenmue III picks up without missing a beat for Alana! - Cope Island: Adrift deals with the feels as Greg explores its intriguing world and narrative! - Everyone (well, ALMOST…
174 - It Can Take a Little to Do A Lot
Nov 8, 2019 • 116 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Caitlin spent a lot of time with Trails of Cold Steel III and has plenty to say about it (almost all good!) - If you didn’t read his review, then Jono is here to say more about how great exploring The Outer Worlds…
173 - A Bag of Many Things!
Oct 25, 2019 • 63 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Nathan’s been playing GameFreak’s latest, Little Town Hero and isn’t quite sure where it sits! - Greg finishes off Monster Hunter World: Iceborne strong and looks forward to the endgame grind. - Ni No Kuni Remastered…
172 - New (Old) Island Adventures!
Oct 11, 2019 • 74 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Mark talks Link’s Awakening for Switch! - Greg talks Monster Hunter World: Iceborne! - Jo has hopped into the “definitive version” of Dragon Quest XI! - Mark loves Final Fantasy VIII, while Jo is starting to realize…
171 - We Talk About RPGs, Right?
Sep 27, 2019 • 74 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Greg gets into the first big expansion for Moonlighter, Between Dimensions! - Pete gushes over Star Traders: Frontiers and how it does so much right for an RPG/space/management game! - These two nerd out about their…
170 - Who Has the Time?
Sep 13, 2019 • 84 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - We all talk about Nintendo Direct news! So many RPGs! - FFVIII Remaster is shaping up nicely for Jo’s first time, and Leona’s loving the revisit. - Nathan reviewed Fire Emblem: Three Houses for us and absolutely…
169 - Building Up the Summer
Aug 6, 2019 • 112 min
- Dragon Quest Builders 2 is out and everyone (but Greg :( ) is playing it! - What Greg IS playing is Undertale. FINALLY. - There is also some talk of FFXIV and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, as well as a little news! Featuring: Greg Delmage, Alana…
168 - The Latest of Games
Jul 17, 2019 • 112 min
- Mike and Greg gab about Trials of Mana (some more!) - Joe goes in a bit deeper on Persona Q2 - Caitlin’s been knee-deep in Shadowbringers and Mike still has some adventuring to do before he reaches that content - Bloodstained is a resounding success of…
167 - Keeping Up with the Rush
Jul 1, 2019 • 107 min
- Those of us who weren’t at E3 briefly talk about our favourite surprises. - Greg mentioned Druidstone: The Secret of the Menhir Forest that one time, but actually talks about it and all its SRPG goodness! - Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth has been out…
166 - The E3 2019 Show
Jun 18, 2019 • 106 min
- Corey and Zach make their Random debut! - long time staff and friends get the rare opportunity to hang in the same room! - The RPGFan staff in attendance chat about what they’ve seen or gotten their hands on at E3 2019 down in Los Angeles! - find out…
165 - To New Horizons
Jun 4, 2019 • 120 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Caitlin talks about her adventures in The Legend of Heroes series as she anticipates Trails of Cold Steel III! - Mike’s gotten back into FFXIV, so naturally, we talk about it like Steinman talks about Dark Souls! -…
164 - Farming Materia
May 17, 2019 • 94 min
- Greg, Hilary, and new to Random Encounter, Lucy, comment, speculate, and reminisce in the wake of the Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer that just dropped Thursday, Apr. 9! - Greg briefly takes us into the trailer for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne that…
163 - Bonds of Crystal and Light
Apr 23, 2019 • 118 min
- Mike returns to the world of Eorzea by resubbing to FFXIV, finishes Octopath Traveler (Tressa rules, btw), and briefly chats about Ys: The Oath in Felghana. If you’re interested in that last one, be sure to check out Retro this month! - Alana tells the…
162 - A Positively Pleasant Palette Cleanse
Apr 8, 2019 • 72 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Peter dishes on what is finally the final Final Fantasy XV DLC, Episode Ardyn and its dashing pro-antagonist. - For its 20th anniversary, the Atelier series has brought everyone together in Nelke & the Legendary…
161 - A Love/Hate Relationship
Mar 26, 2019 • 105 min
- Greg and Caitlin talk about the games they’ve been playing recently. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gives Greg a much-needed break from Left Alive (more on that later), Caitlin recently finished God of War and wants more, and our resident…
160 - Hope and Promise in the Future
Mar 11, 2019 • 118 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Caitlin tells us about the troubled launch of Anthem. Is there any hope for a comeback from BioWare? - Greg, Caitlin, and Mike talk about the newly revealed Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, and a special guest…
159 - Some Things Old, Some Things New
Feb 24, 2019 • 121 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Caitlin catches up on two excellent 2018 RPGs, God of War and Octopath Traveler, and also checks out The Division 2 beta. - Greg tells us about all the good doggos in Wargroove, the new SRPG from Chucklefish. -…
158 - Have Gummi Ship, Will Travel
Feb 6, 2019 • 107 min
After our smashing Games of the Year episode, we’re back to our regularly scheduled RPG talk, helmed by the ebullient Greg Delmage! On this episode of Random Encounter: - Greg and Caitlin chat about the recent Anthem demo. Can BioWare outdo Bungie with…
157 - Games of the Year 2018
Jan 14, 2019 • 109 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - It’s our annual Games of the Year episode! Join four of RPGFan’s enthusiastic editors as we discuss the site’s awards for the best RPGs of 2018. Don’t forget to check out our written feature over at…
156 - Yuletide Cheer
Dec 25, 2018 • 78 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - It’s our final show of 2018! The core trio of Derek, Caitlin, and Greg get together for a leisurely chat on what we’ve been playing over the past few weeks, from Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together to Final Fantasy…
155 - Let’s Go, Joker!
Dec 11, 2018 • 75 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - The beloved casts of Persona 3 and Persona 5 take to the stage in a pair of all-new dancing games! We briefly check in with Nathan to see how they fare. - The whole crew weighs in with their thoughts on Pokemon:…
154 - Light Extinguished
Nov 25, 2018 • 47 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - We’ve got a glut of new features headed to RPGFan this holiday season, including Top 20 lists, video content, and hot takes on the hottest RPGs from…an eight-year-old’s perspective?! Greg has all the details. -…
153 - It’s Only You
Nov 7, 2018 • 77 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Like a bolt from the blue, Toby Fox teased and released his first follow-up to Undertale with only 24 hours of warning. Deltarune took us all by surprise. (Note: Even acknowledging what Deltarune is constitutes…
152 - Gacha In My Sights
Oct 2, 2018 • 121 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Did Derek lose two days of his life playing Timespinner, or did he perform his own quantum leap? Fenner backs up his rambling adoration for this new-but-retro action RPG in the vein of Castlevania: Symphony of the…
151 - Full Spectrum
Sep 11, 2018 • 159 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - It’s a full house as former Random Encounter hosts Rob Steinman and Stephen Meyerink return (alongside veteran Caitlin Argyros) as special guests to discuss the season’s hottest releases! - Metroidvanias: We love…
150 - A Rest Before We Quest
Aug 27, 2018 • 94 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Xenoblade Chronicles 2 just received its final piece of pre-expansion DLC, adding Elma from Xenoblade Chronicles X to the Blade roster. Derek’s got the details on how it all shakes down. - The highly-anticipated…
149 - Eight Ways Into My Heart
Aug 7, 2018 • 80 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - It’s the beefy Octopath Traveler discussion you’ve been waiting for! We’re careful not to spoil any of the storyline, but be warned that there are some mild “gameplay spoilers” in terms of late-game features. -…
148 - “IDOLA” A Song of Halcyon Days Past
Jul 25, 2018 • 81 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Greg is back from making a movie and gallivanting in Paris (you know, just a regular couple of weeks for a star such as he) and he’s here to talk up two games: hybrid dungeon crawler/item shop simulation Moonlighter…
147 - The Burden of Choice
Jul 10, 2018 • 141 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - E3 2018 has come and gone. We wrap up our final thoughts on the show with some input from the folks who couldn’t attend the show in person. - Octopath Traveler is so close! Alana dishes on the preview she wrote after…
146 - Devil Trigger
Jun 19, 2018 • 67 min
RPGFan is back from E3 2018, and we’ve got a lot to talk about. Cyberpunk 2077, Kingdom Hearts III, Dragon Quest XI, and more! Join our talented crew as they discuss the best RPGs they saw and played at E3 this year. Featuring: Derek Heemsbergen, Trent…
145 - It’s Ladies’ Night, and My Materia’s Set Right
May 29, 2018 • 111 min
On this special episode of Random Encounter, five of RPGFan’s fantastic ladies convene for a chat about all things RPG, including a deep dive into their personal histories with our genre of choice! Note: The artwork for this episode was created by our…
144 - Like Poutine, But Saltier
May 16, 2018 • 99 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - Steph and Greg share final thoughts on The Alliance Alive and The Swords of Ditto. - The crew gets into a discussion about character customization by way of Path of Exile and the Xenoblade Chronicles trilogy; how…
143 - Kratos Protecc, But He Also Attacc
May 1, 2018 • 123 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - The Dad Game strikes back: Our God of War discussion comes to a close (for now) as we touch once more upon its themes and how they resonate (or don’t) with each of us. No spoilers. - Sollosi gives us the rundown on…
142 - Sittin’ Pretty in the Solaris Seats
Apr 16, 2018 • 114 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: - The critical consensus for God of War is glowing, but are its themes universally resonant? - Fenner takes us on a rocket ship ride to Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor. Existential dread and mop not included. - Alana…
141 - My Little Deviljho Can’t Be This Ferocious!
Apr 3, 2018 • 84 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: -Rob may have departed the show, but his spirit (and rage) lives on. -Sollosi makes an enemy into a friend in the season finale of Batman: The Enemy Within and graces us with the term “murder pickle.” Oh, what a…
140 - The Song of the Higgledies
Mar 21, 2018 • 72 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: -Ni no Kuni 2 does not disappoint. -Kiryu beats up a lot of people in Yakuza 6. -The Silver Case puts out some questionable content. -And Rob retires from RPGFan. No, really. Featuring: Robert Steinman, Derek…
139 - Killing Monsters
Feb 21, 2018 • 86 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: -Monster Hunter world is dissected. -We debate the merits of remakes (namely Secret of Mana and Shadow of the Colossus). -Wait, there’s another Batman Telltale game? -And everyone seems disappointed with Tokyo Xanadu.…
138 - 2017 Year in Review
Jan 24, 2018 • 98 min
2017 is now the past and it’s time to start getting excited for 2018. In what’s become a tradition here at Random Encounter, we take a brief break to look back at the past year in RPGs and then refocus on what’s coming up next. From NieR to Xenoblade,…
137 - The Rise of the Xenoblade Chronicles X-2 Revelations
Dec 20, 2017 • 80 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: -Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is dissected. -We give some initial thoughts on the Lost Sphear demo on the Nintendo Switch. -Derek tries to convince everyone that Romancing Saga 2 is worth it. -And the Monster Hunter World…
Spoiler Encounter: Danganronpa V3
Dec 6, 2017 • 74 min
The latest installment of the Danganronpa series has proven to be a bit controversial given its explosive ending, so we’re going to try something new with Random Encounter. In order to avoid ruining V3 for our regular listeners, we’ve decided to devote an…
136 - Frozen Moon
Nov 29, 2017 • 97 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: -Everyone is excited to hear about the return of Valkyria Chronicles. -Caitlin regales us with tales from the frozen lands of Horizon Zero Dawn. -Rob confirms that Skyrim on Switch is Skyrim on Switch. -Derek and…
135 - Random Tangents
Nov 8, 2017 • 105 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: -Mike talks about South Park: The Fractured But Whole. -Derek tries to explain the history of .hack//G.U. -Rob constantly tries to derail the podcast since he hasn’t played many RPGs lately. -The crew gives some…
134 - Nightmare Difficulty
Oct 13, 2017 • 83 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: -Derek discusses his complicated relationship with Chaos;Child. -Rob tries to articulate his feelings on the opening of Danganronpa V3. -Caitlin argues that we should have covered Dying Light. -Derek gushes over The…
133 - A Long List
Sep 21, 2017 • 97 min
On this episode of Random Encounter: -Alana and Derek discuss the despair of Danganronpa V3. -Caitlin tries to convince Rob that Destiny 2 is worth his time. -Everyone loves the Octopath Traveler Demo. -Something something Ys VIII is awesome something…
132 - Insert Title Here
Aug 19, 2017 • 68 min
This is another of our more random episodes of Random Encounter, but that gives us a chance to talk about a ton of games. We’ve got Pyre, Ever Oasis, Tokyo Xanadu, Miitopia, Final Fantasy XII and musings about how fun it’s going to be to play Dragon Quest…
131 - Who Wants a Job?
Jul 25, 2017 • 93 min
We’ve obviously got to talk about Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, so that’s what you’re going to hear about for the vast majority of this episode of Random Encounter. Derek, Caitlin and Steph all seem to love it, and you’d probably do well to check it…
130 - Happy Canada Day!
Jul 4, 2017 • 89 min
While our friends up north are partying away, we thought it was a good idea to check in and see what everyone’s been playing post E3. It’s probably one of the most random episode of Random Encounter, as we talk about everything from Diablo 3’s necromancer…
129 - The One About E3 2017
Jun 20, 2017 • 87 min
Coming to you from a hotel room cramped with too many tired people, it’s the RPGFan E3 2017 podcast! Listen as we take you through our thoughts on this year’s show as well as our exciting award selection. Which games blew us away? What disappointed us? Do…
128 - E3 2017 Hype!
Jun 6, 2017 • 138 min
Following some Fire Emblem Echoes and Surge talk, it’s off to the hallowed E3 hype discussion. What are we excited to see at this year’s trade show? Can we expect any news on the Final Fantasy VII remake? What about the latest titles from From Software?…
127 - Birds of Prey
May 10, 2017 • 90 min
Well, this one kinda came out of nowhere! The podcast crew is absolutely gushing about Prey, but what exactly makes this game so darn exciting? After that, we’ve got to discuss The Caligula Effect, Trails in the Sky the 3rd, and we have some more…
126 - Crisis of Confidants
Apr 25, 2017 • 89 min
It’s finally time to talk about Persona 5. In the interest of spoilers, we’ve included some timestamps in case you don’t want to hear about specifics. After that, we’ve got a little Cosmic Star Heroine and we have to start the hype train for Dragon Quest…
125 - The Indoctrination Conspiracy
Apr 6, 2017 • 84 min
It’s a little early to start talking about Persona 5, so instead we’re going to focus on Mass Effect Andromeda this week. After that, we’ve got some (brief) impressions of the latest DLC for Dark Souls 3, a few final thoughts on The Legend of Zelda:…
124 - Heart Pieces
Mar 14, 2017 • 93 min
The Nintendo Switch is here, and the Random Encounter crew have some pretty positive impressions so far. After that, we move on to a long discussion about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a smattering of NieR: Automata, robot dinosaur hunting in…
123 - The Dreaded Yokai
Feb 20, 2017 • 85 min
So, is Nintendo’s mobile strategy paying off in Fire Emblem Heroes? Did Rob finally come around on Nioh? Did Michael kill all the metal slimes in Dragon Quest VIII? Can Derek hate a Digimon game even harder? And has Peter finally gotten a good Kingdom…
122 - Yakuza Quest 2.VIII HD
Jan 31, 2017 • 64 min
Well, we obviously have to talk about the Nintendo Switch, right? After that, we dig into Tales of Berseria, Dragon Quest VIII and Yakuza 0. Featuring: Robert Steinman, Derek Heemsbergen and Caitlin Argyros Questions? Comments? Spare Potions? Email us:…
121 - 2016 Year in Review
Jan 2, 2017 • 96 min
2016 has come and gone, and it’s time to take our annual look at the year in RPGs. From Dragon Quest Builders to Tokyo Mirage Sessions, we run through all of the big releases this year before taking some time to look ahead to 2017. Featuring: Robert…
120 - Road Trip!
Dec 21, 2016 • 88 min
Most of the crew had a chance to finish Final Fantasy XV, so we’re going to wrap up our thoughts without going into spoiler territory (though you should skip ahead to minute 45 if you’re really concerned). After that, we try to figure out what the hell is…
119 - Wait, Final Fantasy XV is actually out?!
Dec 5, 2016 • 54 min
We’re not screwing around this week. Join us as we talk about a game many of us have been waiting nearly a decade for. Final Fantasy XV is here! Enjoy! Featuring: Robert Steinman, Caitlin Argyros, Nick Ransbottom and Stephanie Sybydlo Questions? Comments?…
118 - Monstrous Pockets
Nov 21, 2016 • 91 min
Of course we have to talk about Pokemon Sun and Moon, but we’ve also got some final thoughts on all of those Dragon Quest games that have come out recently, some objections with Ace Attorney, and Jesse would kill me if I failed to mention some Echoes of…
BONUS - Tyranny Developer Interview
Nov 3, 2016 • 24 min
We’ve got a treat for you today, folks! Brian Heins, game director of the upcoming Tyranny, found time in his busy schedule to join host Robert Steinman to talk about the next game from Obsidian Entertainment. Time to learn what it means to be a villain…
117 - Too Much Dragon Quest
Oct 20, 2016 • 94 min
Well, we certainly have a lot of Dragon Quest to talk about. We’ve got Dragon Quest Builders, and a little more Dragon Quest VII, but there’s also some pretty big news going on with Final Fantasy XIV. After that, we round out the show with World of Final…
116 - Demon Quest
Sep 24, 2016 • 132 min
It’s been a while, so hopefully we haven’t forgotten how to podcast! We’ve got Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to augment, Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse to negotiate, and Dragon Quest VII to, uh, quest with? We’re going to start tackling those emails y’all…
115 - The Compliment Sandwich
Aug 24, 2016 • 80 min
Yep, we have to talk about the Final Fantasy XV delay. After that, we wander a bit with Shiren, Derek and Caitlin go nuts for Trails of Cold Steel 2, we do our best Batman impressions, and Peter gives some final thoughts I am Setsuna. Featuring: Robert…
114 - Diet Thief
Aug 2, 2016 • 112 min
It’s way too hot outside, so grab your favorite frosty beverage and join the crew of Random Encounter as we try to survive the insane summer heat. We’ve got (more!) Final Fantasy XIV, Shiren the Wanderer, 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, some disclosure…
113 - Nil Age Conundrum
Jul 12, 2016 • 90 min
Yay, we get to finally talk about Zero Time Dilemma! But don’t worry, faithful listeners, as we won’t be spoiling any of the mystery for you. We’ve also got The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine, Tokyo Mirage Sessions, 7th Dragon and Pokemon Go to go (HA!) over,…
112 - The One About E3 2016
Jun 25, 2016 • 105 min
With E3 2016 in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to take a breath, drink some scotch (the preferred drink of RPGFan), and try to assess everything that happened. From Zelda to God of War to Persona 5, we’ve got you covered when it comes to gaming at this…
111 - Tanks for the Memories
May 31, 2016 • 98 min
Let’s talk about our backlog a bit before the inevitable E3 hype. We’ve got Valkyria Chronicles HD, Romancing Saga 2, Wild Arms 3, and some Shin Megami Tensei to gush over before we try to contain our excitement for E3 2016. Featuring: Robert Steinman,…
110 - Off Topic
May 16, 2016 • 87 min
We should probably focus on all of the crazy news over the past few weeks, huh? After a brief talk about the ending to Danganronpa 2 (don’t worry, no spoilers), we do our best to take apart the amazing Persona 5 trailer and try to figure out just what…
109 - Bon Voyage!
May 4, 2016 • 140 min
Another week of way too many games to talk about, friends. We’ve got Bravely Second, Nioh, Severed and The Banner Saga 2, along with a number of quick thoughts on titles in our individual backlogs. But the real story here is at the end where we say…
108 - Release The Caitlin!
Apr 13, 2016 • 112 min
Quick, get in the car! No time to explain! We have to breakdown the most recent Final Fantasy XV announcements, talk about why we’re not covering Hyper Light Drifter, complain about coop problems in Moon Hunters, and give some final thoughts on Dark Souls…
107 - Salty Souls
Mar 28, 2016 • 93 min
Time to sharpen your swords and drink some caffeine to help your reflexes, friends. We’ve got Salt and Sanctuary and Dark Souls III to test your might, some Steins;Gate to properly investigate, Norn9 to pursue, and Zero Time Dilemma news to gush over.…
106 - Rise of the X Revelations
Mar 15, 2016 • 102 min
Spring is just around the corner, and we’re starting to get excited for all the potential news and rumors that start this time of year right before E3. We’ve got a Nintendo Direct to dissect, some Fire Emblem to gush over, PoPoLoCrois to discover, and The…
105 - Circus of Value
Feb 24, 2016 • 147 min
No time to dawdle, there’s games to talk about! We’ve got Firewatch, XCOM 2, Project Setsuna, and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. Oh, and we really need to talk about the Fallout 4 DLC plans and lament the closing of GameTrailers. Featuring: Robert Steinman,…
104 - Cold and Dark
Feb 2, 2016 • 104 min
The New Year is upon us, and the Random Encounter crew has lots to say about the latest releases. Everyone seems super pleased with Trails of Cold Steel, Rob (despite some rage here and there) appears to really like Darkest Dungeon, Derek loves on some…
103 - Auld Lang Syne
Jan 10, 2016 • 104 min
With 2015 firmly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to think about everything we’ve seen over the past twelve months. Of course, this also gives us a chance to talk about what all we’re looking forward to in 2016. Just how many Final Fantasies will we see?…
102 - Hands Off My Skell!
Dec 15, 2015 • 113 min
We’re back with our last regular episode of 2015, and of course we’re going to talk about Xenoblade Chronicles X and The Old Hunters expansion for Bloodborne. Oh, and there’s that whole Final Fantasy VII Remake thing that we kinda have to analyze too,…
101 - Wonderful 101
Nov 18, 2015 • 138 min
Well, we definitely need to talk about Fallout 4, so take a break from playing to find out what the crew of Random Encounter thinks of Bethesda’s latest. After that, Rob chats about his time with Danganronpa (and Derek yells at him for not trying it…
100 - 100!
Oct 29, 2015 • 134 min
Well, we finally made it to 100 episodes. Take a second to breathe that in, folks. What better way to celebrate than to keep doing the same damn thing we’ve always done! Rob tries his best to keep calm while playing Wasteland 2 and Divinity: Original Sin…
99.8 - Tokyo Greatness
Sep 22, 2015 • 117 min
Kept you waiting, huh? We certainly have a lot to talk about this week, starting with catching up on the games everyone’s been playing. Rob got a chance to beat Witcher 3, Caitlin gushes over Until Dawn, Mike plugs another podcast with The Last Story, and…
99 - Anticipation Quest
Aug 18, 2015 • 117 min
Well, this might be one of the craziest episodes we’ve ever had. Not only is it a massive crew of podcasters this week, but we’ve also got an insane number of topics. Of course we have to talk about the latest Dragon Quest news and then we’ve also got…
98 - The Patch Episode
Jul 28, 2015 • 89 min
The summer calm gives our crew a chance to catch their breath and look at their backlog. Rob talks about the latest updates to The Witcher 3 and Diablo 3, Caitlin nearly persuades everyone to replay Final Fantasy Tactics, and Derek talks about betrayal…
97 - Oh Hai Lisa
Jul 14, 2015 • 108 min
E3 is firmly in the rearview mirror, so now we can finally get back to business. Derek and Stephen gush about Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Rob tries to convey the utter weirdness of Lisa: The Painful RPG, and then everyone loses their minds over the…
96 - E3 2015 Edition
Jun 24, 2015 • 88 min
Sorry to keep you waiting! E3 is behind us, and now the crew gets together to talk about all of the craziness of this year’s show. From the Final Fantasy VII remake to Fallout 4, we give you our thoughts on all of the RPGs at the show and what to expect…
95 - The Witchering
Jun 2, 2015 • 114 min
Geralt rides into the podcast, and everyone has a ton to say about The Witcher 3. Following that, the gang engages in some discussion about sexuality, gender, race and whole bunch of hot button issues in gaming. There’s a bit of Devil Survivor 2 Record…
94 - Pillars of Awesome
May 1, 2015 • 94 min
The gang gives some final Bloodborne impressions (we promise!), Michael talks some Oreshika, Stephen does his best to convince Rob to buy Pillars of Eternity, and then everyone weighs in on the insanity in the industry over the past two weeks. Featuring:…
93 - This is a Fine Podcast!
Apr 16, 2015 • 119 min
Yeah, we’re going to talk a lot about Bloodborne. You knew this was coming, so sit back and enjoy. Oh, and we also have some Final Fantasy Type-0 HD to talk about, too. Featuring: Robert Steinman, Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Michael Sollosi and…
92 - Anticipation
Mar 10, 2015 • 129 min
Man, March is going to be crazy! The whole crew is filled with anticipation (hence the title), and it’s proving rather difficult to keep their hype in check. Still, we have some cool stuff to talk about this week, including Rob’s new Playstation 4, some…
91 - Party of Five
Feb 17, 2015 • 102 min
Jeez, there are almost too many games to talk about this week. We’ve got Citizens of Earth, Criminal Girls, Darkest Dungeon, Ghost Song, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., and a little Brandish to keep you warm during this incredibly cold winter. Oh, and there was…
90 - Sanctuary
Jan 21, 2015 • 130 min
2015 is upon us, and we’re certainly excited about all of the amazing looking RPGs to come. Before we board the hype train, however, we talk about some gaming trends and whether or not we actually have time to play all of these massive games. Stay tuned…
89 - Shimmershine
Dec 28, 2014 • 99 min
Rob talks about the hardships of dragon hunting, Derek describes the keys to the sphere grid in Final Fantasy X International, and Stephen expands on the virtues of Dungeonmans. Oh, and there’s a ton of news to talk about, including possibly the biggest…
88 - Chibi Hearts
Dec 1, 2014 • 101 min
The gang gets right to business with Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Stephen goes gaga over Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, and Derek shares his thoughts on Tales of Hearts R. Featuring: Robert Steinman, Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen Questions?…
87 - Fallen Dragon
Nov 14, 2014 • 108 min
We’ve got a big one for y’all this week. The gang talks about Lords of the Fallen, Valkyria Chronicles, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Freedom Wars and Fantasy Life. Be sure to stay tuned after the regular show for our exclusive interview with Cameron Lee,…
86 - The Vanishing of Kyle E. Miller
Oct 24, 2014 • 87 min
Kyle vanishes while playing The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Stephen defends mobile games with Terra Battle, strategy is discussed in Legend of Grimrock 2, and the gang all plead for a re-release of Suikoden II. ARE YOU LISTENING, KONAMI?!!! Featuring:…
85 - The Suplex Show
Oct 1, 2014 • 98 min
Derek talks about Persona 4: Arena Ultimax and Curtain Call (I’m not writing Theatrhythm… dammit!), Stephen takes us through Natural Doctrine while Rob guides us around Wasteland 2, and then the guys get excited for Final Fantasy XV. Featuring: Robert…
84 - Point and Click
Aug 27, 2014 • 122 min
Rob discusses the finer points of adventure games with The Walking Dead and Shadowgate, Derek steals clothes in Akiba’s Trip, and Stephen talks about Sword Art Online and a lot of other games. Featuring: Robert Steinman, Stephen Meyerink, Derek…
83 - The D Show
Jul 24, 2014 • 117 min
Dave tries to convey the awesomeness of Divinity: Original Sin, Stephen boards the hype train for Destiny, Rob hates Dark Souls II (wait, what?), and listener questions are answered. Featuring: Robert Steinman, Stephen Meyerink, Dave Yeager Questions?…
82 - Destiny Awaits
Jul 6, 2014 • 85 min
The guys talk about the glory of the Steam Summer Sale, Derek discusses the merits of Atelier Rorona Plus, and Stephen tries his best to explain just what the hell Destiny is. Featuring: Robert Steinman, Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen Questions?…
81 - Together at Last
Jun 14, 2014 • 118 min
For the first time ever, Random Encounter comes to you live from E3! Join the editors of RPGFan as they fight off sleep deprivation to talk about the glitz, glamour and majesty of the world’s largest gaming trade show! Featuring: Robert Steinman, Stephen…
80 - We Has Hype!
Jun 6, 2014 • 118 min
The gang talks some Transistor, Derek tries to convey the weirdness of Drakengard 3, Wastleand 2 gets some love, and everyone gets excited for E3 2014. Featuring: Robert Steinman, Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen Questions? Comments? Spare Potions?…
79 - Pooping Ferrets
May 19, 2014 • 74 min
Stephen plays some Persona 3 and Dark Souls II, Derek enjoys a little Child of Light, and Rob gets giddy over potential E3 announcements. Featuring: Robert Steinman, Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen Questions? Comments? Spare Potions? Email us:…
78 - Procedural Conception
Apr 21, 2014 • 108 min
Derek’s been making babies and playing some old Final Fantasy games, while Stephen and Rob have been (what else?) playing Diablo. Featuring: Robert Steinman, Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen Questions? Comments? Spare Potions? Email us:…
77 - Drangleic, Colorado
Mar 24, 2014 • 108 min
Stephen recounts his time in South Park, Derek explains how to pronounce Atelier, and Rob spends far too much time talking about Dark Souls II. Featuring: Robert Steinman, Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen Questions? Comments? Spare Potions? Email us:…
76 - Lightning Fairies
Mar 3, 2014 • 76 min
Kyle talks about the time he killed a man for a job in Bravely Default, Derek saves the world while trying to make sense of the story in Lightning Returns, and Stephen and Rob spend some time testing out the new patch in a game y’all are probably tired of…
75 - Are We Allowed to Say “Saga?”
Feb 8, 2014 • 131 min
Rob learns how to pronounce Ys, Stephen plays a game that might have to change its title for some asinine reason, and Derek gets all nostalgic and whistles a lot. Featuring: Robert Steinman, Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen Questions? Comments? Spare…
74 - 2014? Already?!
Jan 15, 2014 • 100 min
The new year is upon us, so join the crew of Random Encounter as we dive into some of our expectations and predictions for the new year. Will Dragon Age III disappoint? What about Final Fantasy XV? Can we hope to (finally) see a Fallout 4 announcement?…
73 - Triforce of Nostalgia
Dec 16, 2013 • 140 min
Kept you waiting, huh? We’re had a heck of a time trying to get another recording together, but we’ve got an awesome show for y’all to make up for it. We’ve got lots of games to talk about, including The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Rogue…
72 - The Pokemon Among Us
Nov 7, 2013 • 116 min
This might be our most tangent-filled episode ever. Talking about The Wolf Among Us leads to a discussion on narrative and player choice, and then Derek tells us all about Pokemon eugenics. There’s also some (more) Deus Ex to talk about and a brief news…
71 - Soul Food
Oct 20, 2013 • 85 min
Rob got to play Dark Souls II. We don’t have to say much else, do we? Oh, uh, Derek got to play some Zelda and Stephen played more Type-0, but we know why you’re here. Praise the Sun! Featuring: Robert Steinman, Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen…
70 - A Whole New World
Oct 4, 2013 • 86 min
A brief discussion on Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX leads to some talk of how gaming has changed over the years. Derek follows that up with some (more!) Etrian Odyssey and news to round out the show. Featuring: Rob Steinman, Stephen Meyerink, Derek…
69 - Tactical Advantage
Sep 3, 2013 • 111 min
The summer draws to a close, but there’s more than enough awesome gaming to go around. Derek and Stephen continue their journey through the lands of Eorzea, Rob gets in touch with his inner tactician, and OH MY GOD, BETA ANNOUNCEMENT FOR DARK SOULS II!!!…
68 - Demon’s Crown
Aug 11, 2013 • 91 min
No rest for the wicked this summer. We’ve got lots of new releases to talk about, including Shin Megami Tensei IV, Dragon’s Crown, and Tales of Xillia. Rob and Stephen are lost (again) in Skyrim, and Derek has lots of news to talk about. Featuring: Robert…
67 - Classy
Jul 19, 2013 • 114 min
Beat the summer heat and join the cast for a quality discussion on character classes. How do we decide which class to play in a video game? Why does Stephen always have to choose a magic user? Will John ever get tired of hitting things really hard as a…
66 - Legendary
Jul 4, 2013 • 84 min
Join the cast of Random Encounter for some summer gaming fun! We’ve got some very positive impressions of Final Fantasy XIV, more love to hand out to Virtue’s Last Reward, a little Project X Zone and Muramasa to discuss, and Derek tackles the news…
65 - E3 2013 Wrap-Up
Jun 21, 2013 • 84 min
E3 2013 was surely one of the best years in recent memory for our beloved genre(s), and we have an absolute avalanche of things to discuss in our latest and greatest wrap-up show ever. The announcement of Kingdom Hearts III headlines, with some other…
64 - E3 2013 Pre-Show… Show
Jun 8, 2013 • 83 min
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We’ve got our special Pre-E3 show and lots to talk about. What are we most excited about? What’s going to happen with the new consoles? Do we have any crazy predictions that we’ll laugh about later? Tune in and…
63 - Skill Tree
May 27, 2013 • 123 min
We decided to take a break from the usual new release talk and focus on something everybody loves in RPGs: character progression! Of course, we have to talk about the XBox One reveal (now forever known as the X-Bone). Finally, we have an interview with…
62 - Anger Management
May 8, 2013 • 78 min
Let the hate flow through you. Rob’s got LOTS to say about Dragon’s Dogma, but we accentuate the positive first when John talks about Dead Island Riptide. After Rob’s meds kick in, Derek discusses Pandora’s Tower and then we finish things off with a bit…
61 - Sniffle Direct
Apr 22, 2013 • 74 min
We’re fighting through the allergy season to get you the latest information on RPGs. We’ve got Soul Hackers, Soul Sacrifice and Dark Souls II to talk about (probably should have renamed the podcast, now that we think about it), and then some news which…
60 - Story Time
Apr 1, 2013 • 100 min
Spoiler Warning! And now for something completely different. The podcast crew decided it was time to take a long hard look at narrative in RPGs and video games as a whole. We pretty much get lost talking about the importance of player choice, strong…
59 - Death Metal
Mar 13, 2013 • 49 min
We’ve got a weird one for y’all this week. With John catching a case of the Solid Snake Gravely Voice, the podcast ends of hijacked with tons of side topics and seemingly random discussions. Thankfully, there’s some new releases to talk about with Etrian…
58 - Shock the System
Feb 26, 2013 • 70 min
Y’all wanted more retro episodes, so we put together a brief discussion of System Shock 2 and its impact on the gaming world since its release nearly fourteen years ago. After that, you know we just have to talk about the big Playstation 4 announcement…
57 - The Fire Rises
Feb 17, 2013 • 73 min
We’re down one party member this week, but fear not, listeners! We’ve got some final thoughts on Ni no Kuni, some serious love for Fire Emblem: Awakening, and some brief thoughts on the re-release of System Shock 2 on Good Old Games. Featuring: Robert…
56 - Ni no Kuni Gaiden
Feb 2, 2013 • 94 min
Ni no Kuni is finally out in America, and the podcast crew takes an in-depth look at Level 5’s latest epic. Following a spirited debate and brief analysis of video game commercials for some reason, Stephen and Rob throw down on Path of Exile. Oh, and…
Special Edition - Music of the Year 2012
Feb 1, 2013 • 135 min
Our first ever Music of the Year show, featuring some of our favorite tracks from the year. Stay tuned after the show for our interview with Casey Ormond, arranger of the Piano Collections Final Fantasy XII album! And if you like the show, be sure to let…
55 - 2012 End of the Year Spectacular!
Jan 16, 2013 • 102 min
2012 has finally come to a close, and thankfully the Mayans weren’t right and the world keeps turning. But before we start talking about 2013, join us for a look back at some of the major releases of last year with a bit more time and perspective on our…
54 - Sticker Shroud
Dec 29, 2012 • 76 min
It’s the last episode of the year, and we decided to go out with a bang by inviting long time editor John Tucker to the podcast. He’s got some Paper Mario to talk about, and then John, Derek and Stephen completely steal the show to gush about Crimson…
53 - We’ve Become Closer…
Nov 28, 2012 • 83 min
Time to upgrade your social link! We’ve got lots to say about Persona 4: Golden on the Vita followed by a brief talk with Kyle about his trip to Baltimore and the world of Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls Online. Featuring: Robert Steinman, John McCarroll,…
52 - Puzzles, Pandas and Pandemonium
Oct 31, 2012 • 111 min
The release of Virtue’s Last Reward gives the podcast crew another chance to gush over visual novels (999 included, of course), while Pandas invade World of Warcraft to… do whatever it is pandas do. Following some news, Stephen picks the brains of Phoenix…
51 - Guns. Lots of Guns.
Oct 10, 2012 • 80 min
Let the looting begin! Borderlands 2 is out, and our podcast crew has opinions. But that’s not all this week. We’ve also got Realms of Ancient Wars and Ragnarok Online to round out the first of the big Fall releases. John also has some news coming out of…
50 - Fifty Already?!
Sep 19, 2012 • 107 min
Well, we actually made it to fifty episode. Bet no one saw that coming. But we have no room for a clip show with The Last Story, Darksiders 2, Guild Wars 2, and all sorts of news going on these days. We also have some fellow editors putting in brief…
49 - The Economist and (more!) Guild Wars 2!
Aug 16, 2012 • 109 min
We decided to get one more leisurely episode in before the craziness of the fourth quarter starts to take over. Dave leads off with some final thoughts on The Secret World, Rob fends off the zombie apocalypse (TM) while talking about the first two…
48 - Summer Nights Part Deux
Jul 28, 2012 • 87 min
The podcast crew continues to fight back the record setting drought with a focus on great gaming experience. Rob and John spent some time in The Secret World, and John also pulled double duty by partaking in some Rainbow Moon with resident gaming lover…
47 - Summer Nights
Jul 11, 2012 • 86 min
The summer heat has kicked in, but that just means more time to stay in the air conditioning and play some great RPGs. Stephen comes armed after a harrowing experience with the Japanese beta of Phantasy Star Online 2 (keep in mind we didn’t know about the…
46 - E3 2012
Jun 21, 2012 • 141 min
Another year, another E3 come and gone in the gaming world. While it may not have seemed like there were a lot of RPGs on display, our intrepid reporters scoured the show floor to bring you all of the latest info. From the first Skyrim expansion to a game…
45 - A Very Gungnir Interview
May 30, 2012 • 25 min
Join RPGFan Editor-in-Chief John McCarroll as he talks Gungnir with Richard Rodrigues and Aram Jabbari of Atlus. Note: This is the same interview available at the end of Random Encounter Episode 45. We’ve added a separate download option for your…
45 - The Diablo and Gungnir Episode
May 30, 2012 • 123 min
Looks like Hell has finally frozen over. Blizzard unleashed Diablo 3 a little over two weeks ago, and the podcast crew has been tearing through the armies of the Burning Hells with reckless abandon. What do they think about all of the connection issues?…
44 - Guild Wars 2 Roundtable Interviews
May 23, 2012 • 72 min
As part of the ArenaNet studio visit that took place one month ago, Rob was able to participate in two roundtable interviews on the upcoming Guild Wars 2. Unfortunately, we were unable to get you the interviews due to technical difficulties… until now!…
44 - That Guild Wars 2 Episode
May 5, 2012 • 77 min
Ya know what’s a good idea? Let’s send the biggest MMO-hater on the site out to Seattle to check out Guild Wars 2. It may sound like a recipe for disaster, but Rob came back with a huge smile on his face and a desire to play more of the innovative title…
43 - Xenoblade: Contagion or Tales of Graces Phlegm
Apr 11, 2012 • 90 min
It’s spring time and allergy season has hit the podcast crew like a ton of bricks, but that won’t stop us from talking about some great JRPG releases! We finally have Xenoblade in America as well as Tales of Graces f to satiate us during these sneeze…
42 - Paragons and Renegades on the Throne
Mar 21, 2012 • 130 min
The release of Mass Effect 3 sure has sent some shockwaves through the industry, and the podcast gang is no exception. Join the crew of Random Encounter as they talk about the crew of the Normandy and the finale to BioWare’s epic. We delve into spoilers…
41 - JRPG Madness!
Mar 1, 2012 • 84 min
You can’t say we don’t listen to the fans. Wait, that double negative has me all confused now. Anywho, the podcast crew wades into the JRPG space this week with a look at Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2 and (one of Stephen’s favorite games) Tales of the…
40 - A Time Paradox on the Fields of Amalur…
Feb 15, 2012 • 88 min
Remember when the first quarter was a slow time of the year? Yeah, fat chance of us getting a break around here with these major releases! Final Fantasy 13-2 is here and ready to usher in the New Year with moogles, time travel, and the cast of Kingdom…
39 - Preemptive Strike!
Jan 24, 2012 • 99 min
Square-Enix graced the US with the demo for Final Fantasy XIII-2, and it’s up to the podcast crew to tear into this mammoth JRPG. Did the developers listen to the complaints from the original game? Will this sequel bring new and old fans to the fold? We…
38 - The End of the Year Spectacular! Pt. 2
Jan 10, 2012 • 42 min
We certainly promised you guys a big end of the year episode, and by God did we ever deliver. The crew starts by sitting down for an in-depth discussion of 2011. From Dragon Age 2 to Skyrim, the podcast gang analyzes the major releases and trends in the…
38 - The End of the Year Spectacular! (Full Version)
Jan 10, 2012 • 163 min
We certainly promised you guys a big end of the year episode, and by God did we ever deliver. The crew starts by sitting down for an in-depth discussion of 2011. From Dragon Age 2 to Skyrim, the podcast gang analyzes the major releases and trends in the…
38 - The End of the Year Spectacular! Pt. 1
Jan 10, 2012 • 121 min
We certainly promised you guys a big end of the year episode, and by God did we ever deliver. The crew starts by sitting down for an in-depth discussion of 2011. From Dragon Age 2 to Skyrim, the podcast gang analyzes the major releases and trends in the…
37 - Dragons, Pieces of Heart and Loot!
Dec 12, 2011 • 98 min
Our trip through the frozen lands of Skyrim comes to a close with a few final thoughts on Bethesda’s epic. But the latest Elder Scrolls title wasn’t the only big game to come out in November. Nintendo decided to throw the Wii a going away party in the…
36 - Skyrim Edition
Nov 24, 2011 • 123 min
Guys! Guys! Skyrim is here! The Bethesda epic we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived and the editors of RPGFan are here to share their opinions on the game. Tales of werewolves, assassinations and lots of dragons abound in this weeks episode of…
35 - Wizened Edition
Nov 9, 2011 • 56 min
With the horror that is Dark Souls behind them, the editors of RPGFan enjoy a return to some sort of normalcy as John talks The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Kim and Derek riff on Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, as Rob sinks his teeth into… more…
34 - Dark Souls Edition
Oct 28, 2011 • 129 min
Asking how many deaths it takes to beat Dark Souls is like asking how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. But with the last bonfires well behind them, the editors of RPGFan regain their humanity (and their sanity) and discuss this…
33 - The Reckoning draws near…
Oct 12, 2011 • 89 min
Need a break from the constant terror that is Dark Souls? Then have a seat at our bonfire as John recounts his time with Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Kim discusses the recently released Persona 2: Innocent Sin, and the rest of the crew whets their…
32 - Xenoblade Chronicles Edition
Sep 28, 2011 • 68 min
Seems like everyone is talking about the JRPG Xenoblade and wondering whether or not we’ll see it on domestic shores. Well, the crew of Random Encounter decided to focus on this heavily anticipated title, and reached the consensus that, yeah, it is a…
31 - Of Zombies, Demons and Musicians…
Sep 13, 2011 • 111 min
Funny noises abound in this weeks episode of Random Encounter! Rob, John and Stephen join up to discuss the zombie filled Dead Island, demon infested SMT: Devil Survivor Overclocked, complexity and replayability in games, as well as the latest news in the…
30 - Episode 30
Sep 1, 2011 • 90 min
The editors of RPGFan.com assemble once again to discuss the latest and greatest in the world of RPGs. Why does Zack think Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the next Metal Gear Solid game? What’s keeping Rob from enjoying indie darling Bastion? Also, listen…
29 - Deus Ex: Human Revolution Preview Edition
Aug 16, 2011 • 71 min
Stephen is back from Montreal where he had the chance to play the highly anticipated Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and has decided to grace our lesser, non-augmented selves with details of the trip. Does the cyber renaissance FPS/RPG deliver the goods? Can…
28 - Phantasy Star IV Edition
Jul 31, 2011 • 78 min
On this nostalgia-laden edition of Random Encounter the editors of RPGFan sit down to discuss a game that made them the RPG fans they are today: Phantasy Star IV. Listen as Rob, John, Stephen and Derek explain why exactly Phantasy Star IV ranks as one of…
27 - Episode Twenty-Seven
Jul 5, 2011 • 73 min
With our party down to three brave warriors once more, can the editors of RPGFan brave this dungeon-filled episode? Rob, John and Stephen gather round the podcast fire to discuss Dungeon Siege III, Dungeons and Dragons: Daggerdale and more on this week’s…
26 - E3 2011
Jun 19, 2011 • 126 min
They came. They saw. They conquered. And now the editors of RPGFan are here to tell you about the most exciting RPGs at E3 2011! Final Fantasy XIII-2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and more.…
25 - The Witcher 2 Edition
Jun 14, 2011 • 72 min
Kyle and Stephen join Rob for an in-depth look at The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on this weeks episode of Random Encounter. Has one of this year’s biggest RPGs lived up to the hype? (Spoilers: Yes!) NOTE: This podcast may contain some mild spoilers for…
24 - Episode Twenty-Four
May 24, 2011 • 84 min
Join the editors of RPGFan for a special roundtable on female characters in video games on this week’s episode of Random Encounter. Our editors share some of their favorite female characters, what sets those characters above the rest, and what they hope…
23 - Episode Twenty-Three
May 3, 2011 • 83 min
This week’s episode of Random Encounter is filled with talk about… RPGs?! What will they think of next? Kim starts of the show with a timely discussion Mass Effect, John brings the mumorpuger love with RIFT, and Rob finishes The Witcher just in time for…
22 - Episode Twenty-Two
Apr 24, 2011 • 74 min
An amazing episode of Random Encounter has been lost to the ether that is the internet thanks to technical difficulties, solar flares, or perhaps intervention by the Heartless. Rather than attempt to recreate the magic, the crew decides to focus on topics…
21 - Episode Twenty-One
Mar 27, 2011 • 100 min
Time for an extra-long edition of RPGFan’s Random Encounter! The usual party of RPGFan editors is joined by Kyle E. Miller for a discussion of the recently released Dragon Age 2 before moving on to talk about Heavy Rain (and its sequel?!), Dissidia…
20 - Episode Twenty
Mar 8, 2011 • 69 min
It’s an episode of classic games and big releases on this weeks Random Encounter! Stephen talks about The Silver Lining and the recent King’s Quest III Remake before John assesses a bevy of recent PSOne Classic titles, all leading up to a discussion of…
19 - The Dragon Age II Demo Episode
Mar 2, 2011 • 43 min
Join our intrepid adventurers in this weeks Dragon Age II Edition of Random Encounter! Rob, Stephen and Zack sit down to discuss the recently released Dragon Age II demo. What do we think of the new graphical style? How does the faster combat feel? Does…
18 - Episode Eighteen
Feb 17, 2011 • 94 min
Rob, Stephen, John and Zack sit down for another exciting Random Encounter! This week our adventurers discuss Stacking and Dragon Age: Origins before Zack and Stephen start talking about Deus Ex… yes, that Deus Ex. Rob talks about Phoenix Wright: Ace…
17 - Episode Seventeen
Jan 26, 2011 • 77 min
We’re back with the regular party and ready for another Random Encounter! Rob, John, Stephen and Zack sit down and discuss Lord of Arcana, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Dragon Age: Origins, The World Ends With You, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final…
16 - The Soundtrack Episode
Jan 11, 2011 • 83 min
A quintet of RPGFan editors present… a soundtrack spectactular! With John and Zack away for the week, Pat, Dennis and Derek join Rob and Stephen for a lengthy discussion on their favorite RPG sountracks. Sure, they talk about games as well (and boy do…
15 - Episode Fifteen
Dec 29, 2010 • 126 min
Join the editors of RPGFan for an extra-long end of the year episode of Random Encounter. In this episode, we discuss the new DLC for Fallout: New Vegas, Infinity Blade, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, The Silver Lining, Back To The Future:…
14 - Episode Fourteen
Dec 7, 2010 • 65 min
We’re back to four party members for the first time in over a month, and we’ve got plenty of games to talk about. Bryan brings some more iOS games to the table with The War of Eustrath, Scarlett and the Spark of Life, and Shining Force, while Rob, John…
13 - Episode Thirteen
Nov 23, 2010 • 79 min
It’s another handheld-heavy week as the editors of RPGFan come together once again to discuss the entrancing 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors, the conventional Chaos Rings, and the down-right confusing Knights in the Nightmare. We also talk about “RPG Fatigue”…
12 - Episode Twelve
Nov 10, 2010 • 77 min
Podcast Newbie Bryan Grosnick saves the day as another regular goes down for the count, bringing with him news from the handheld front of Ys 7, Crimson Gem Saga, Ash and more. Throw in a hint of Fallout: New Vegas, some long tangents, and a discusssion of…
11 - Episode Eleven
Oct 27, 2010 • 70 min
With one of our party members down for the count, can our three remaining editors win this Random Encounter? Join us as we talk about Fallout: New Vegas, Temple of Elemental Evil and rules compliancy, as well as the latest in RPG news. Featuring: Robert…
10 - Episode Ten
Oct 14, 2010 • 74 min
This time on the Random Encounter we discuss Phantasy Star Portable 2, Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded, 3D Dot Game Heroes, and the recent re-releases of the Infinity Engine games (Baldur’s Gate, Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale… so far) on GOG.com, as well…
9 - Episode Nine
Sep 21, 2010 • 88 min
How many chronicles could a Valkyria Chronicle chronicle if a Valkyria Chronicle could chronicle chronicles? How much fun could it be to run an RPG item shop? Is Darkdeath Evilman really evil? And what exactly is a Rorona? Join the editors of RPGFan.com…
8 - Episode Eight
Aug 20, 2010 • 83 min
In which our trusty heroes discuss Ys 7, Nier, indie-JRPG Recettear, and The World Ends With You, which leads to a discussion of player control and AI in RPGs. After the end of the show Rob talks about his unpleasant experience with Sony’s Customer…
7 - Episode Seven
Aug 9, 2010 • 77 min
The latest episode of your friendly neighborhood podcast is now available for your listening pleasure. We discuss all sorts of things that are not StarCraft 2, like Arc Rise Fantasia, DeathSpank, Dragon Quest IX, and share our thoughts on random…
6 - Episode Six
Jul 27, 2010 • 67 min
This week’s episode of the podcast includes discussions on the following RPGs: Half Minute Hero, Magic: Clash of Heroes, Mass Effect 2 (again?!), the possibilities of RPGs on Kinect, Eschalon: Book 2, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, Dragon Quest IX,…
5 - Episode Five
Jul 16, 2010 • 75 min
This week’s episode of the podcast includes discussions on the following RPGs: Lunar Harmony of Silver Star, Parasite Eve, Final Fantasy XIII, Dragon Quest IX, Persona 3 Portable, Tales of Innocence, Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age II. Our panel also chimes…
4 - Episode Four
Jul 10, 2010 • 88 min
Join the editors of RPGFan.com as we talk about the (at the time) unreleased Persona 3 Portable, import Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, and more. Ready to hear John ramble on about how he liked playing as a girl in Persona? Featuring: Rob Steinman, Ashton…
3 - Episode Three
Jun 30, 2010 • 121 min
We’ve got a special edition of Random Encounter for you this week. Instead of our regular podcast format, this edition is all about the E3 show. Our host Rob welcomes 3 of our editors who went to E3 and they talk about what they saw, what they liked and…
2 - Episode Two
Jun 16, 2010 • 68 min
This week, our podcast team welcomes RPGFan editor Neal Chandran as a guest and discuss among many other subjects, their RPG pet peeves. Featuring: Robert Steinman, Dennis Rubenshteyn, Zack Pintchik, Neal Chandran Questions? Comments? Send an email to…
1 - Episode One
Jun 10, 2010 • 67 min
Over the years, RPGFan has tried to keep itself up with the times by adding new things such as a Twitter account, a Facebook page and… errr… that’s about it actually. Ok, so maybe we haven’t kept up with the times as much as we’d like to but rejoice…