The Crate and Crowbar

The Crate and Crowbar

United Kingdom

A PC gaming podcast.

Episodes

Episode 168: Grainy Wizard Vision  

Tom F, Pip and John gather to discuss the big No Man's Sky update, adventure games convention Adventure X, Watch Dogs 2, strange interactive scenes in ISLANDS, and yes, inevitably a bit of Dishonored 2. First proper vid of Signal From Tolva being played. You can watch Pip tangle with ambling weirdos in the No Man's Sky vids on her YouTube. The talks from narrative games conference AdventureX are going up here. Her Majesty's SPIFFING is an adventure game about the British empire fleeing to space. So is Sunless Skies, kinda? Tom's stealthy Corvo run of Dishonored 2 is so stealthy you can't see it, but you can watch him do the Duke's palace as an angry Emily. Watch Underscore Dogs Space Two is out, and seems to have met a warm reception but the tutorial sucks, says Pip. If you want to tell Carl Burton his ISLANDS is 'not a game', he's pre-empted you by proclaiming they're not even places. Put that in your ceci n'est pas une pipe and toke it. Room of 1000 Snakes is here but it doesn't run in Chrome. It is indeed by Ben Esposito. If you're looking for decision-based games to play with friends, they don't get much more decision-based than perennial podcast favourite Masq. Sorcery! You can watch this episode on YouTube, and subscribe for more C&C video action. You may also hang out in our Discord chatroom if you like. If you have a question for a future episode, send it to us at questions@crateandcrowbar.com or tweet us @crateandcrowbar. You can also follow us individually: Philippa Warr Tom Francis John Roberts Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

Episode 167: Badgers Can’t Strafe  

Pip, Chris and Tom F gather on the eve of another Steam Sale to discuss awards, the badgers of Meadow, a slew of IGF entries and Stellaris. Plus: strange leveling systems part two, stealth essentials, face-shoes, and, er, muffs. Here's the Steam Autumn Sale and its associated awards thingy. Here's what happens when you probe Uranus in Mass Effect 2. Finding this video made Chris sad and happy at the same time! As for Steam Sale games, Pip recommends Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden, Abzu, Crypt of the Necrodancer, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Alice's Patchwork and Saints Row 4. Pip has also been enjoying highly affordable badger adventures in Meadow. Tom has been playing IGF entrants Streamline, sU, Old Man's Journey, and She Remembered Caterpillars. Chris has been playing Stellaris and its expansion, Leviathans. This is the thing beginning with 'm' that Pip is trying to describe. ...and here, if you missed it, is our Dishonored 2 spoiler episode. You can watch this episode on YouTube, and subscribe for more C&C video action. You may also hang out in our Discord chatroom if you like. If you have a question for a future episode, send it to us at questions@crateandcrowbar.com or tweet us @crateandcrowbar. You can also follow us individually: Philippa Warr Tom Francis Chris Thursten Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

Dishonored 2: A Lock-In at The Crate and Crowbar  

We've finally done it! After years of talking about doing one-off special episodes on particular topics, we've actually recorded one. In this three-hour-long mega-episode, Chris and Tom talk their way through a bottle of whisky and every mission in Dishonored 2. Needless to say, heavy spoilers follow: listen to this when you've completed the game, but not before. You can also listen to this episode on YouTube, if you like. Music this week includes our regular sample from Clambake by The Mandibles as well as a snippet from the Dishonored 2 Main Theme by Daniel Licht. Follow us on Twitter: Tom Francis Chris Thursten A lock-in, if you're wondering, is when a pub closes its doors but allows punters to keep drinking after-hours. In this case, until 1am.

Episode 166: A Bit Of A Clusterpickle  

Chris and Pip sit down for a long chat about Dishonored 2, ProcJam, and increasingly diverse tangents loosely inspired by your questions. The Overwatch update is live. Hooray. Lovely Dishonored 2. Will we ever stop banging on about you? Perhaps not. Here again is Pip's 'non-lethal' attempt at the first mission in the game. Pip's been perusing ProcJam. Here are her writeups of Groundskeeper, Werewolf in the Wilds, and Planetoids. You can watch this episode on YouTube, and subscribe for more C&C video action. You may also hang out in our Discord chatroom if you like. If you have a question for a future episode, send it to us at questions@crateandcrowbar.com or tweet us @crateandcrowbar. You can also follow us individually: Philippa Warr Chris Thursten Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

Episode 165: Perfectly Symmetra Violence Never Solved Anything  

Pip, Chris, Tom and Tom talk Mass Effect Andromeda, Dishonored 2, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and snakes vs baby iguanas. Diablo 3's Necromancer is a 'pack' but not an expansion pack, shrug emojii. Sombra's short: a boop too far? We all had very mixed reactions to the cinematic trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Here's Game Informer's stuff on it. Snakes vs baby iguanas, the coolest matchup in the e-sport of the natural world. Pip tries to explain the deaths of the first five people to die to her non-lethal playthrough of Dishonored 2. On the subject of whether you can lean when possessing a rat in Dishonored, JP LeBreton said this, the best tweet. Tom's IGF assignments have all been pretty good: snake encircle-em-up Ophidia, frog climb-up-em Frog Climbers, and lo-fi Metroidvane-em-up Outbuddies. Nick and Nora's Infinite Warfare is the new Call of Duty game, and it's pretty good! This hole in the ground is For Honor's MVP. You can watch this episode on YouTube, and subscribe for more C&C video action. You may also hang out in our Discord chatroom if you like. If you have a question for a future episode, send it to us at questions@crateandcrowbar.com or tweet us @crateandcrowbar. You can also follow us individually: Tom Francis Philippa Warr Chris Thursten Tom Senior Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

Episode 164: The Real Blizzard Lizard Was The Friends We Made Along The Way  

Pip, Chris, Tom F and crowscrowscrows' Jack de Quidt spend three silly hours indulging in SPOOKY HALLOWEEN CHAT about BlizzCon reveals we don't know about yet, this year in social media managers, Titanfall 2, Hitman, League of Legends, Battlefield 1 and much nonsense besides. Jack is from crowscrowscrows, who made Dr. Langeskov. He's also part of the Friends at the Table podcast. Here's PC Gamer's latest on the Sombra ARG, including a big picture of Sombra, the character that Blizzard might (definitely will) reveal at BlizzCon. ...and here's a spooooooky leak of the Necromancer, implying a Diablo 3 expansion on the horizon. Here's Owlboy, which took 9 years to make. Here's a roundup of EA's terribly-misjudged #justWWIthings Twitter gambit, including the deleted tweets. Chris loves Titanfall 2 and thinks you should too. Here's his review. Hitman's first season has finished. It's nice and we like it. Find Pip's writing on the League of Legends World Championships here. Battlefield 1 is, nonetheless, a good game about a terrible thing. This is an Ysalamiri and Chris does not appreciate this line of questioning. You can watch this episode on YouTube, and subscribe for more C&C video action. You may also hang out in our Discord chatroom if you like. If you have a question for a future episode, send it to us at questions@crateandcrowbar.com or tweet us @crateandcrowbar. You can also follow us individually: Tom Francis Philippa Warr Chris Thursten Jack de Quidt Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

Episode 163: Jane Austen In The Amphitheatre  

Tom F, Tom S and John R word their thoughts on Civilization VI, The Final Station, and Abzu. Not on our usual mics for this one, apologies for the uneven recording. Everyone loves Civilization VI except the two people who talk about it on this podcast. Battlefield 1 is out, drawing us all reluctantly and temporarily back to Origin. Titanfall 2 will be out when you read this. It was Rolling Stone's review that described it as more like Half-Life than Call of Duty. The Final Station is a pretty mid-apocalypse game that is very easy to misremember as The Last Station which is a movie not a game. Abzu has good fish and is superficially a lot like Journey underwater, but somehow not as compelling as that sounds. Here's a nice screenshot Tom took though. Subnautica has more dangerous fish and is probably better. You can watch this episode on YouTube, and subscribe for more C&C video action. You may also hang out in our Discord chatroom if you like. If you have a question for a future episode, send it to us at questions@crateandcrowbar.com or tweet us @crateandcrowbar. You can also follow us individually: John Roberts Tom Francis Tom Senior Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

Episode 162: Sweeney’s Metaverse  

Chris, Tom F and Tom S gather to talk about Tom F's adventures at Valve dev days, before moving onto VR RPG Vanishing Realms, Thumper and Battlefield 1. Plus! Your questions, of course, including an excellent inquiry about the viability of a Peppa Pig Dungeon Keeper crossover, and the problems with 4X games. Oh yes, and Red Dead Redemption 2 was announced! Surely it will comet to PC? Tom F has been hitting things ineffectually in Vanishing Realms. Thumper is a clever and intentionally unpleasant rhythm action game. Battlefield 1, won't somebody think of the pigeons?? Gears of War is the best 40K game. 4X games discussed: Alpha Centauri, Civ 6, Endless Legend. Here is the ten year Civ 2 game that created an endless hellish stalemate. You can watch this episode on YouTube, and subscribe for more C&C video action. You may also hang out in our Discord chatroom if you like. If you have a question for a future episode, send it to us at questions@crateandcrowbar.com or tweet us @crateandcrowbar. You can also follow us individually: Chris Thursten Tom Francis Tom Senior Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

Episode 161: The Canterbury Singularity  

Pip and Chris convene to discuss Riot's new board game, Sunless Sea's new expansion, Dishonored's old successes, and more. Plus: your many questions, our many questions, and more tangents than both of these things combined. Here's Pip's review of Mechs vs. Minions, the League of Legends board game. ...and Pip's interview with its creators. Farabel, the turn-based strategy game in reverse. Pip's also been playing Sunless Sea's Zubmariner expansion. ...and SMASH+GRAB, the multiplayer loot 'em up. Dota 2 is getting more accessible. Well, maybe not. But they're trying. IF CHRIS LIKES DISHONORED SO MUCH, WHY DOESN'T HE MARRY IT??????????????????? Here's that link to Masq you wanted, Duncan. Also, Life is Strange is the answer to your question. You can watch this episode on YouTube, and subscribe for more C&C video action. You may also hang out in our Discord chatroom if you like. If you have a question for a future episode, send it to us at questions@crateandcrowbar.com or tweet us @crateandcrowbar. You can also follow us individually: Philippa Warr Chris Thursten Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

Episode 160: Guns Don’t Kill People, The Robots Attached To My Body Do  

Pip, Chris and Tom Francis discuss Amazon's trio of recent game announcements, Burly Men at Sea, Battlerite, Hitman, various 4X space games, and Thumper. Also: Adam Jensen's detachable arms and legs, interactive fiction games we can't remember the names of, Niddhog 2's art, the state of competitive League of Legends, a bit of cheeky nipple talk, and many tangents besides. Breakaway is Amazon's new football MOBA thing. Here's a ten minute match. Crucible and New World are the other two games. Choice Chamber is another game that lets Twitch viewers participate. Here's the time Twitch beat a Chess grandmaster (at Chess) (sort of). A little bit of Battlerite again why not. Pip's folksy adventure, Burly Men at Sea. Hitman has arrived in a new location, continues to hit men. Stellaris has been patched, which is great news if you want to write poetry, lift, and kill dogs. Endless Space 2 just entered Early Access, murderboats and all. As Abraham Lincoln just said, a Mankind Divided probably shouldn't be trusted with children on account of the whole robot arms thing. Here's what Thumper looks and sounds like. ...and also, Clustertruck. The detective interactive fiction game that Tom can't remember the name of is Make It Good. The IF game that Chris can't remember the name of is Spider and Web. We're good at this. Pip had a sexy horse murder IF romp in Lords of the Earth Flame. Our discussion about interactive fiction was prompted by IFComp 2016. Watch the Niddhogg 2 reveal, have opinions about it. Here's Kane's long letter about Rimworld and Dwarf Fortress, and here's Veerserif's essay. You can watch this episode on YouTube, and subscribe for more C&C video action. You may also hang out in our Discord chatroom if you like. If you have a question for a future episode, send it to us at questions@crateandcrowbar.com or tweet us @crateandcrowbar. You can also follow us individually: Philippa Warr Tom Francis Chris Thursten Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

Episode 159: Death of a Naked Roboticist  

Tom S tells a tale of his ill-fated Rimworld colony, Tom F decisively orders his crew to continue drowning in Sunless Sea, and Chris finds Battlerite gets battles surprisingly right. Show notes: The Firewatch folks are teaming up with movie studio Good Universe to make both games and films, starting with a movie of Firewatch. Here's the Beyond Good and Evilish artwork Michel Ansel posted. Rimworld is Dwarf Fortress but easy to get into. Sunless Sea is a flavourful game in a structure that doesn't always help it. Battlerite is a surprisingly polished team arena brawler, despite being in Early Access. It's £15. The place to discuss this episode is in the Episode Discussion forum. You can also watch this episode on YouTube, and subscribe for more C&C video action. You can also hang out in our Discord chatroom if you like. If you have a question for a future episode, send it to us at questions@crateandcrowbar.com or tweet us @crateandcrowbar. You can also follow us individually: Tom Senior Tom Francis Chris Thursten Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

Episode 158: I Swear It’s Just The Stapler Aura  

Tom F, Chris and Pip discuss Fractured Space, Wheels of Aurelia and Virginia while checking in on Star Wars: Battlefront and Hitman. Plus: mum-approved VR experiences, visible indiscretions, and cakes from John Lewis. Here's Battlefront's new Death Star dulk. Fine, DLC. ...also Star Wars: Rebellion, a board game, which is better. Fractured Space is a spaceship MOBA thing so don't look surprised that Chris is playing it. Perhaps the orange car in Wheels of Aurelia is a metaphor or something. Hitman's in Bangkok now. Scan through this YouTube video for snippets of the appalling writing and acting in Hitman's Gary Busey elusive target. Also he turns into a boat at the end. Here's Virginia, the Twin Peaks/X-Files/30 Flights of Loving-ish game that Pip has been playing. Our list of VR games for newcomers includes Valve's The Lab, Tilt Brush, Job Simulator, and Budget Cuts. The place to discuss this episode is in the Episode Discussion forum. You can also watch this episode on YouTube, and subscribe for more C&C video action. You can also hang out in our Discord chatroom if you like. If you have a question for a future episode, send it to us at questions@crateandcrowbar.com or tweet us @crateandcrowbar. You can also follow us individually: Philippa Warr Tom Francis Chris Thursten Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

Episode 157: Programmer Art, Artist’s Code  

This week Tom F, Tom S and Chris T are joined by special guest Zack Johnson for a mega-pod. We talk about recent Steam review changes, before moving on to discuss Chris Metzen's departure from Blizzard and marvel at Mankind Divided's magnificent bank. Also! Spooky text adventures, sweet online card duels, inventory system woes and why action RPGs are like topiary. PLUS, an innovative solution to a meat tornado problem. Our guest today is Zack Johnson, the creator of Kingdom of Loathing and host on the excellent Video Games Hot Dog podcast, he's currently working on West of Loathing, aka "Skyrim with beans". Steam reviews have changed. Developers have reacted on RPS and PCG. Blizzard news! Chris Metzen leaves Blizzard with this message. Ex-Blizzard news! Bliz supremo Rob Pardo launches Bonfire Studios. World of Warcraft Legion is out and people seem to be enjoying that. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has a brilliant bank. Even when punching entirely the wrong person, Jensen commits. Text adventure set in a scary place: The House Abandon. Give it a try, it's free. The trifecta of good modern action RPGs: Grim Dawn, Path of Exile, Diablo 3. POE is free to play. Gorgeous, smart card-duelling game Duelyst. Faeria is also worth a look. Both also free to play. Inventory systems are mostly balls, therefore all games need the Torchlight dog. Torchlight is not free, but it is a cute introduction to the genre. The place to discuss this episode is in the Episode Discussion forum. You can also watch this episode on YouTube, and subscribe for more C&C video action. You can also hang out in our Discord chatroom if you like. If you have a question for a future episode, send it to us at questions@crateandcrowbar.com. You can also leave questions for us on the forum or tweet us @crateandcrowbar. You can also follow us individually: Zack Johnson Tom Francis Tom Senior Chris Thursten Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

Episode 156: Subjective Butter  

Chris, Pip and Tom S climb into the hot takes hot rod to deliver searingly mild opinions on the ARK controversy, Seasons After Fall, Battlefield 1 and more. Plus: Pip's rom-com MMO, things that are or aren't butter depending on your point of view, and a hit-or-miss attempt at answering your questions. Ark devs respond to their DLC controversy. Here's Holly Nielsen's article about 7 Days To Die. ECO is using a high-priced alpha to gate the initial community. The lovely-looking Seasons After Fall doesn't quite have a design to match its visuals. Chris and Tom claim to have no opinions about Battlefield 1, and then do. Here's that Star Citizen GamesCom demo again. Fuck you, I'm the Mako. The place to discuss this episode is in the Episode Discussion forum. You can also watch this episode on YouTube, and subscribe for more C&C video action. You can also hang out in our Discord chatroom if you like. If you have a question for a future episode, send it to us at questions@crateandcrowbar.com. You can also leave questions for us on the forum or tweet us @crateandcrowbar. You can also follow us individually: Tom Senior Philippa Warr Chris Thursten Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

Episode 155: The Fourth Dimension Is Water  

Tom F returns from the forests of Sweden and joins Pip, Alex and John to discuss: what Tom was doing in the forests of Sweden, Obduction, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Tricky Towers, Fallout 4: Nuka World, and what features we’d want our augmented limbs to have. Show notes: Tom’s been at Stugan! A game developers’ [...]

Episode 154: Just Go Over There And Be A Cyborg, You Bastard!  

Chris and Pip join Tom for a deep dive into Deus Ex: Mankind Divided as well as brief returns to No Man’s Sky and Star Citizen. It’s a very sci-fi sort of week. Also featuring: fantasy whiffle, dance emote esoterica, the British and American middle classes, cyberpunk, and noir. Here’s The Signal From Tolva, Jim [...]

Episode 153: No Moon For Superman  

Chris, Tom S and Pip return to discuss Gamescom news (such as it is) and the topic of the hour: the successes and failures of No Man’s Sky. Is it nice, or not nice at all? Who has been wronged, and how much, and does it matter? And so on. Also: your questions, several unsupportably [...]

Episode 152: Learn To Octopus  

This week Chris, Tom and Pip gather to immerse themselves in the soothing and faintly irritating waters of Abzu, before toweling off with Quadrilateral Cowboy and magical Dota 2 VR spectator experiences. Also! Will will see VR versions of games become commonplace? Will an assassination attempt from a piece of frozen blackberry take Pip out? [...]

Episode 151: Captain Buffalo  

It’s just Pip and Chris this week, discussing everything from Botanicula to Total War: Warhammer stopping at Jalopy, Poly Bridge, Grow Home, Street Fighter V and more along the way. Plus: skull rain, Tesla’s surprising grandson, sausage crime, accessible 4X, and the villainous Soviet beasts of the Great Plains. Rainbow 6: Siege’s new expansion is [...]

Episode 150: Wanted: “Dogger”  

Pip, Chris and Tom enter the world’s hottest podcast studio to deliver even hotter takes on Firewatch, Grand Theft Auto V’s online mode, and VR takes on Star Wars and cyberpunk. Also: Pip’s questionable understanding of what goes on in Goldshire, welcoming LeChuck into your family, and more. Pip’s been playing Firewatch! Grand Theft Auto [...]

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