Hidden Gems of 2023

Hidden Gems of 2023

The Holidays are right around the corner and you know what that means?

Episode Notes

The Holidays are right around the corner and you know what that means?
That’s right! All the children who have been good year ’round gather at the local podcast to hear the wise old hosts dispense their recommendations for the year! But what’s this? Mean Mr. Grinch stole aaaaaall the popular games this year! Fret not, little one. Just because mainstream gaming media hasn’t covered it doesn’t mean it’s not worth curling up with next to the fire. In fact, just for you we’ve compiled a list of wonderful games no one seems to be talking about! Let Eric, Nadia, and beloved guest Reb Valentine (along with a mail-in ballot from our editor abroad, Victor Hunter) tell you what you missed while you were being a sweet angel 24/7.

Also in this Episode:

  • End of E3-gelion
  • The Game Awards speeches that weren’t
  • Nadia’s burnt-beard-filled Christmas Pit


00:00 – Intro

1:10:40 – Random Encounters

1:27:36 – The Tavern

1:41:52 – Nadia’s Nostalgia Nook

Music Used in this Episode:

Do Your Best! – [Breath of Fire III]

A Curious Tale – [Secret of Mana]

Jeuno Starlight Celebration – Final Fantasy XI [Square Enix X’mas Collection]

Games Mentioned in this Episode:
Chained Echoes
In Stars And Time
A Space for the Unbound

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince
SteamWorld Build
This Way Madness Lies

PARANORMASIGHT: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo
Void Stranger
Demon Lord Reincarnation

Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles
Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster
Natsu-Mon! 20th Century Summer Vacation
Little Goody Two Shoes
Tengai Makyou Ziria
Boku no Natsuyasumi 2
Racing Lagoon
Sakura Wars 2 Demo Disc


RPGs and Fighting Games

They share more than just fireballs! Kat and Eric are joined by special guests Brenden Groom and Mitchell Saltzman to discuss why these are two genres that taste great together! What fighting games would make a great RPG? What RPG would make a great fighting game?...

Paying Tribute to Akira Toriyama, Unicorn Overlord, and More

Akira Toriyama died on March 1, leaving behind a legacy that includes Dragon Ball, Dragon Quest, and an incredible impact on both games and anime. With Eric out, Kat and Nadia are joined by Victor Hunter and Ash Paulsen to break down he changed RPGs, our memories of watch Dragon Ball, and more.