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Square Roots is like a book club, but for classic RPGs! Each episode John, Matthew, Jim and Vanessa play through a chunkerino of one of your favorite RPGs, from Final Fantasy through Chrono Trigger. Are they experts? No. Are they qualified? Absolutely not. Are they good at RPGs? Probably not. But they're the fun kind of dumb, and that's what counts.
 
Follow Haney's first journey through Final Fantasy VII as he falls in love with one of the greatest games ever made. Each bi-weekly discussion is woven with recorded gameplay, creating immersive episodes in which you feel the moment's emotional impact. If you miss the magic of playing through Final Fantasy VII, this series was made for you.
 
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This time Kingdom Hearts 2 really swings for the bleachers with nothin' but hits, from Aladdin to Little Mermaids and Pirates of the Carribbean! It's tough to reach a consensus on all this finny fun, but there's plenty to enjoy such as: - Gilbert Gottfried's newest sponsors - Aladdin's Whole Other Family - Vanessa's shocking Pirates confession - A …
 
In this episode we track down that mischievous Ninja, vacation with the Turks in Wu-Tai, settle an old score, and lean into some heavy Vincent good-good. Thanks for listening to First Encounter! Want the journey to continue? Check out the following: TWITTER: twitter.com/1stencounterpod | WEBSITE: firstencounterpodcast.com | SPILLED POTION: spilledp…
 
Oh hey! Welcome to our continuing journey through Squaresoft and Disney's Kingdom Hearts 2! There's plenty of Disney nostalgia in this episode, as well as Nomura nonsense, random Organization XIII characters and also: - Disneyfied Auron - Old Castles Aren't Fun - Daisy's good Ending - I believe in BooBerry - A Little Pete Chat This Week: Olympus, 1…
 
We get through our first two Disney worlds and yet this episode is surprisingly light on Disney songs. On this chunker of Squaresoft's Kingdom Hearts 2 we get Sora a couple of rad keyblades and also: - Jim explains how drives work - Vanessa wants to learn all the official Disney nipples - Everyone loves Doug Airholes - Jim's first good theory in th…
 
In this episode we employ new navigation tactics, have a real submarine of a time, and shoot for the moon. Well...the Meteor anyway. Thanks for listening to First Encounter! Want the journey to continue? Check out the following: TWITTER: twitter.com/1stencounterpod | WEBSITE: firstencounterpodcast.com | SPILLED POTION: spilledpotion.com | MUSIC: al…
 
Oh yes. We have embarked on an adventure. We're going to the Kingdom.... of Hearts! Two! This Patreon vote winner has brought a multitude of responses from each host. On this episode: - Matt's fancy son wonders why the chairs in Organization XIII are so high - Jim gets frustrated when we don't let him tell us what's happening - Johnny gets confused…
 
Gird up your Mommy Milkers and Daddy Doinkers because it's time for some of us to finish Final Fantasy 8! This episode has everything you've ever wanted in a finalé episode, including: - More GF ranking! - Shumi Hand Talk! - Only Vanessa understanding the ending! - Junctionning yourself onto... SlutZone! - Maybe the best Final Fantasy last dungeon …
 
We sit down with Writer/Director Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Comey Rule, The Hunger Games), to discuss his film Shattered Glass, ethics in journalism, and his upcoming series on the January 6th attacks on the US Capitol. VIDYA GAMEZ Check out Billy Ray's wiki here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Ray_(screenwriter) Tweet at Billy Ray: @Bil…
 
The GoodGood keeps on giving as we learn the full details of Cloud's past, just who the black haired SOLDIER was, and exactly where Jenova's head went. Thanks for listening to First Encounter! Want the journey to continue? Check out the following: TWITTER: twitter.com/1stencounterpod | WEBSITE: firstencounterpodcast.com | SPILLED POTION: spilledpot…
 
Holy heck! Square Roots is FIVE whole years old! We debate whether half a decade is a long time as well as other hot topics like: - Vanessa doesn't want to be in a certain Posse - The Crisp Bowl Spire - Rinoa's little flux problem, a blurby wurble thing - Lunatic Pandora, Matt's Favourite Papa Roach Album - Final Fantasy's Longest Running Will They…
 
Okay, this is an incredible episode. Why? Because of the following talking points: - A Kramer Versus Kramer Scenario - A Difficult Cidtuation - Ruby Dragon: A XXX Porn Parody - Terrible Sephiroth - Would You Put Your Penix in the Phoenix? This Week: We reach the Lunar Gate as Squall! Next Week: We finish Disc 3! Our Patreon: http://patreon.com/squa…
 
In this episode we take Captain Cid for a spin, revisit Corel, take a look at Fort Condor and find us some Huge Materia. Thanks for listening to First Encounter! Want the journey to continue? Check out the following: TWITTER: twitter.com/1stencounterpod | WEBSITE: firstencounterpodcast.com | SPILLED POTION: spilledpotion.com | MUSIC: aldenzac.com |…
 
YEAH! We're only on Disc 2 and yet it's already Disc 3 crazy. This episode: we discuss Mortal Monday and the declaration of release dates; the world's most obvious Alan Tudyk pun; we list out the greatest sax hits for Irvine to play; Quistis mimes the flute; Squall makes PA announcements about hotdogs and his feelings; we meet the Garden Babies and…
 
We all have a game That we hide away forever Then we take it out and play ourselves When everything is wrong Some are Seifer some are Squall Some are Selphie and some are Quistis They're the cast of this chunker But we love to play them all! Well, we all get impaled But we disregard the danger When you try to assassinate the sorceress Sometimes you…
 
In this episode we escape from Junon, find yet another mode of transportation, promote Cid, and find Cloud...kind of. Thanks for listening to First Encounter! Want the journey to continue? Check out the following: TWITTER: twitter.com/1stencounterpod | WEBSITE: firstencounterpodcast.com | SPILLED POTION: spilledpotion.com | MUSIC: aldenzac.com |Fir…
 
Vanessa gets lost in her role as the Sorceress Edea in this jam-packed episode of Square Roots. Not only do we discuss all sorts of kinds of tap dances, we also look at Rinoa's comfortable sweater, get involved in another caper, meet some big beefy bull boys, realize Irvine looks like a male stripper-slash-magician, and cast a 1990s dream version o…
 
Have the tables turned on Final Fantasy 8? Is everyone loving it all of a sudden? What the hell? One word: TRAINS. On this episode of Square Roots: we visit the hot dog room, Vanessa wants feathery soft chocobo cuddles and fluffly flappy moogle cuddles, Laguna Loire is the first real protagonist of the game, Johnny breaks the game, a three-person l…
 
In this episode we put on our climbing spikes, fight some dragons, jump into the wind, meet the real Sephiroth, and confirm that Cloud is definitely not okay. Thanks for listening to First Encounter! Want the journey to continue? Check out the following: TWITTER: twitter.com/1stencounterpod | WEBSITE: firstencounterpodcast.com | SPILLED POTION: spi…
 
Oh boy. The JRPG you either love, hate, or have another opinion on - Square's Final Fantasy VIII. Topics covered today: L'il Baby I Don't know; this game is about reading in a serious way; identifying a real Lisa Kudrow; thicc, thicc Quistis; cargo jorts; sometimes Squall has a 4K face; and Vanessa's greatest mashup ever: Truly, Madly, Crazy. This …
 
Mass Effect 2 COMPLETE. How many hosts crossed the finish line? Did everyone side with the Alliance or The Illustrated Man? Why were the Reapers building a Baby Terminator? What's up with all the useful people being loaded onto the Magic School Bus? Did Johnny get to romance Morinth? Who lived and who died on the suicide mission? So many questions!…
 
In this episode we reach the Icicle Inn, get some good-good Cetra history, rip up the hills with our snowboard, and brave a snowstorm to reach Gaia's Cliff. Thanks for listening to First Encounter! Want the journey to continue? Check out the following: TWITTER: twitter.com/1stencounterpod | WEBSITE: firstencounterpodcast.com | SPILLED POTION: spill…
 
You'll be glad you came to listen to this episode of our Mass Effect 2 playthrough, because it's got it all: Vanessa questioning whether Johnny knows what a nipple is, Luke's classic line "No you weren't, Obi-Wan!", classic dumb robot logic, a doctor definitely not being controlled by this lovely, beautiful artifact, and Vanessa reveals that Batari…
 
On this week's episode of Square Roots, we clear up all the Loyalty Missions in Mass Effect 2, as well as so many other shocking revelations including: Elcor stepmom fan fiction, Wesident Evil 8 Vampire Lady, Morinth and her love for Matchbox 20, Johnny's apparent love for Boondock Saints and Garrus trying to frame Shepherd for his crimes. This Wee…
 
Today's bonus episode is brought to you by the wonderful folks at Tales from the Cartridge, a podcast about video games and the stories they tell us! When we reached out asking to release one of their episodes, Eric and Ryan asked "What game do you want us to cover?". I suggested Oddworld, a series that always piqued my interest and I'm glad I did,…
 
Finally, we get the whole team together in this action-packed chunker of Mass Effect! This week: tum-tums are punched and shot, we lean into our kids show host natures, Vanessa wants to Shape of Water Thane, people get sucked down the Illusive Man Space YouTube hole, Biotic Space God Niftu Cal, recruiting Timothy Olyphant and Snooki to help finish …
 
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