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Square Roots - THE Classic RPG Podcast

Square Roots is like a book club, but for classic RPGs! Each episode John, Matthew, Jim and Vanessa play through another chunk 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.
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Now displaying: October, 2018

THE Classic RPG Podcast, w/Jim Banks, John Brandon, Matthew Van Zandt & Vanessa

Oct 31, 2018

It's that spoopy time of year so we decided to release our monthly Patreon Instant Classic episode to all our listeners. Because we love you. 

Join Vanessa, John, and JIM (that's right, he's back) as they decide if 2015's PS4 exclusive Until Dawn is an Instant Classic. 

Oct 29, 2018

Holy crow. This game takes a turn for the... weird. But at the same time, the dungeons become even more repetitive. Talking points include: Gundam's maps, everyone's favorite idol Mio, Robert and Henry's extensive screen time, the confusing fate of Rosencaster, a robot's strange daddy, Simon's weird family, how to bribe people, and so much more!

This Week: We play chapter four and five in Rogue Galaxy!
Next Week: We play chapter six and seven in Rogue Galaxy!

Our theme for this series is Ferdk's cover of Brave Heart, the battle theme for Rogue Galaxy.


Check out Ferdk's Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbZxgmjH9ailvsVQfBsFyAw
Ferdk's Music on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ferdk/id655295262
Ferdk's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ferdk
Support Ferdk's music on their Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ferdk

Contact Square Roots!
Twitter: @squarerootspod


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/486022898258197/


Email: squarerootspodcast (at) gmail (dort) com

Oct 22, 2018

Ooooooooof. We take a deep dive into the cultural melange that is the peoples of Jurukai in Level 5's Rogue Galaxy! There's some unsettling character design, two of the bustiest characters we've ever encountered in JRPGs, and John misses all the good treasure and abilities.  Also? TOADY.

Vanessa recorded this episode from a dark, spooky well.

This Week: We play chapter two and three in Rogue Galaxy!
Next Week: We play chapter four and five!

Our theme for this series is Ferdk's cover of Brave Heart, the battle theme for Rogue Galaxy.


Check out Ferdk's Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbZxgmjH9ailvsVQfBsFyAw
Ferdk's Music on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ferdk/id655295262
Ferdk's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ferdk
Support Ferdk's music on their Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ferdk

Contact Square Roots!
Twitter: @squarerootspod


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/486022898258197/


Email: squarerootspodcast (at) gmail (dort) com

Oct 16, 2018

It's a short chunker as we start Level 5's cult classic RPG Rogue Galaxy! There's mistaken identity, Scottish Volus, a man named Raul, skull camels, Cobra Commander cats, Chaz 2: The Chazening, Generic Girl: She's Fine, the Revelation Flow, and awkward Kingdom Heartsy combat. Let's go catch some Moussers and head out to space!

This Week: We play chapter one in Rogue Galaxy!
Next Week: We play chapter two and three in Rogue Galaxy!

Our theme for this series is Ferdk's cover of Brave Heart, the battle theme for Rogue Galaxy.


Check out Ferdk's Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbZxgmjH9ailvsVQfBsFyAw
Ferdk's Music on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ferdk/id655295262
Ferdk's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ferdk
Support Ferdk's music on their Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ferdk

Contact Square Roots!
Twitter: @squarerootspod


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/486022898258197/


Email: squarerootspodcast (at) gmail (dort) com

Oct 8, 2018

We've been to Paradise, but have we been to me? Yes. Of course we have. We dive into Martin's gaping portal and head off for the penultimate great battle: a very quick sword fight against Mankar Cameron. He loses. It's not very climactic. BUT. Things get real interesting when you get back to the Imperial city! Daedra Kaiju! Self-immolation! The City Guard Versus Martin, if you're Matthew. We wrap up the Thieves and Assassin's Guild, as well as Johnny just doing random weird side quests. And Oblivion is closed, forever! We announce the next game, too: Rogue Galaxy!

This week: We finish Oblivion!
Next week: We get to the pirate ship in Rogue Galaxy!

Our theme for this series is Christopher Niskala's 8-bit Oblivion Chiptune Medley.

Check out Christopher's Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYwa9KLm4d2aIJfZckXBD-A
Christopher's Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/creativenoiseproductions

Christopher's Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/ChrisNiskala

Contact Square Roots!
Twitter: @squarerootspod
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/486022898258197/
Email: squarerootspodcast (at) gmail (dort) com

Oct 1, 2018

Someone on the podcast has a weakness for Rob (and his sister Tilda)'s gruesome cinematic output, and it's not who you might think! We start off the podcast with some sad news, and then some mixed news. The podcast is in disarray! When will we play Chrono Cross? What will we play next? Why is Vanessa murdering so many people? Why does John get lost in such a small level? We open up a giant Oblivion gate and bring all of Cyrodil together for lots of procedural nonsense, slightly broken quests, and a thrilling lack of brothels.

This Week: We close the Great Oblivion Gate!
Next Week: We finish Oblivion!

Our theme for this series is Christopher Niskala's 8-bit Oblivion Chiptune Medley.
Check out Christopher's Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYwa9KLm4d2aIJfZckXBD-A
Christopher's Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/creativenoiseproductions
Christopher's Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/ChrisNiskala

Contact Square Roots!
Twitter: @squarerootspod
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/486022898258197/
Email: squarerootspodcast (at) gmail (dort) com

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