RPGFan's Retro Encounter

May 21 2020 14 76 mins

Join the RPGFan crew as they play through and discuss classic RPGs and adventure games!



237 - Mother 3 Part I
May 21 2020 • 65 min
The panel discusses the first four chapters of Mother 3, along with its main characters and overall themes.


236 - Game Boy Advance Encounter
May 14 2020 • 85 min
A group of RPGFan panelists gab about the RPGs of Nintendo's cuddly cobalt handheld.


235 - Final Fantasy VII Remake Spoilercast
May 11 2020 • 106 min
A panel goes into a spoiler-filled discussion of the 2020 RPG Final Fantasy VII Remake.



234 - Castlevania The Animated Series
Apr 30 2020 • 78 min
Retro Encounter discusses the Castlevania animated series in detail.


233 - Soul Blazer Part II
Apr 23 2020 • 94 min
In-depth discussion on the second half of SNES action RPG Soul Blazer.


232 - Soul Blazer Part I
Apr 17 2020 • 84 min
In-depth discussion on the first half of SNES action RPG Soul Blazer.


231 - Mental Health, Self-Care, and Gaming
Apr 10 2020 • 89 min
An episode on video games as escapism, empathy devices, and other aids to mental health and self-care.


230 - Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Part II
Apr 03 2020 • 64 min
In-depth discussion on the second half of Atlus crossover RPG Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.


229 - Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Part I
Mar 27 2020 • 66 min
In-depth discussion on the first half of Atlus crossover RPG Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.


228 - RPG Adaptations Part II
Mar 20 2020 • 56 min
Retro Encounter does another episode on what books, films, and TV shows they'd like to see adapted into RPGs.


227 - Dragon Quest: Your Story
Mar 13 2020 • 67 min
Dragon Quest V is a video game near and dear to the hearts of many Dragon Quest fans, but how about its animated adaptation? Three Retro Encounter panelists tackle Dragon Quest: Your Story, a cartoon that makes some very strange decisions in retelling the story of Dragon Quest V. Sort of. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Alana Hagues, Zach Wilkerson


226 - NieR: Automata Part II
Mar 06 2020 • 106 min
Our panelists talk about the philosophy, fashion, hard decisions, and even the end credits of NieR: Automata, and how all of the above hurt their feelings.


225 - NieR: Automata Part I
Feb 21 2020 • 102 min
Retro Encounter discusses the 2017 RPG superhit NieR: Automata, in which the panelists discuss the philosophy, action, music, colors, and more of Yoko Taro's magnum opus. Nothing can stop us from getting to the end of A route, except for aggressive moose. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Caitlin Argyros, Jo Padilla, Zach Wilkerson



224 - The RPGFan Dating Game
Feb 14 2020 • 97 min
Retro Encounter thought that a game of "Wed, Bed, Behead?" was too disturbring for a G-rated program, so we added an explicit tag and removed murder. Three RPGFan panelists put forth sets of hypothetical bachelors and bachelorettes and play a 1970s Dating Game remade for the 2000s. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Stephanie Sybydlo, Peter Triezenberg


222 - AI: The Somnium Files Spoilercast
Feb 10 2020 • 96 min
AI: The Somnium Files was one of the understated hit visual novels of 2019, except that the game's tone and story is anything but. Five Retro Encounter panelists break down Kotaro Uchikoshi's wild dream-dropping murder mystery talking about its characters, themes, moments, and abundance of porno mags. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Caitlin Argyros, Alana Hagues, Leona McCallum, Tyler Trosper


223 - Suikoden V Part II
Jan 31 2020 • 106 min
Our three Stars of Destiny return for Part 2 of our Suikoden V game journal episode! Come listen to our panellists dissect every inch of this PlayStation 2 gem and maybe the rest of the Suikoden series while they are at it. Featuring: Leona McCallum, Tris Mendoza, Zach Wilkerson


221 - Suikoden V Part I
Jan 17 2020 • 96 min
Almost two years since our first Suikoden game journal, we return to the series with three dedicated fans of the series. Our three panelists all agree Suikoden V is a return to form after the fourth entry, with arguably the finest cast in the whole series. Join us as we discuss the first half of the game, the Queendom of Falena, argue over the best characters in the game, and wax poetic about Sialeed's sparkling personality. Featuring: Zach Wilkerson, Leona McCallum, Tris Mendoza


220 - Cthulhu Saves Christmas with Zeboyd Games
Jan 10 2020 • 69 min
Retro Encounter welcomes a special guest for the first time in its brief history, with Robert Boyd and Bill Stiernberg of Zeboyd Games visitng to discuss their latest RPG, Cthulhu Saves Christmas. The Zeboyd duo discuss their ten-year careers in indie game development alongside pricing strategies, finding time to play video games as busy adults, and their future plans. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Greg Delmage, Jonathan Logan, Robert Boyd, Bill Stiernberg


219 - Top Ten PSone RPGs
Jan 02 2020 • 80 min
Retro Encounter recorded podcasts on over a dozen PlayStation games over the past five years, so naturally we have some ideas about which are the best and worst. On the first Retro Encounter episode of 2020 four panelists rank their favorite PlayStation One games, and discuss the list of ten. Which is really a list of fourteen. We're not great at counting. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Audra Bowling, Alana Hagues, Zach Wilkerson


218 - Retro Encounter Year in Review 2019
Dec 27 2019 • 119 min
The final Retro Encounter episode of 2019 is a celebration of the year that was, in which five panelists detail over a dozen new RPGs they played in the preceding twelve months. Afterwards, the panel shares role-playing game regrets and resolutions for 2020, for auld lang syne. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Alana Hagues, Nathan Lee, Jo Padilla, Peter Triezenberg


217 - Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Part II
Dec 20 2019 • 64 min
An in-depth discussion on the second half of Capcom's spooky DS visual novel, Ghost Trick


216 - Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Part I
Dec 14 2019 • 66 min
An in-depth discussion on the first half of the killer Capcom DS adventure game Ghost Trick


215 - Another RPGFan Quiz Show!
Dec 06 2019 • 84 min
Retro Encounter hosts a second quiz show about RPG topics, contested between four intrepid contestants



214 - Vagrant Story Part II
Nov 30 2019 • 64 min
We're back for part 2 of our Vagrant Story discussion! Our two panelists go over the Vagrant Story endgame, Ashley Riot's motivations, and the future of Vagrant Story in today's episode. There are some kind words about Yasumi Matsuno and some less-kind words about block-pushing puzzles. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Jo Padilla


213 - Vagrant Story Part I
Nov 24 2019 • 65 min
Vagrant Story is an experimental, cinematic RPG of the year 2000 with a battle system that's complicated both to navigate and explain. Fortunately, today's podcast goes deep into the presentation and mechanics of this Squaresoft classic, from graphics to gameplay and from Rosencrantz to Guildenstern. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Jo Padilla


212 - EarthBound Revisited
Nov 16 2019 • 76 min
Two panelists from Retro Encounter's 2017 EarthBound episodes join with two relative newcomers to the RPGFan staff for an all-new EarthBound discussion, which connects Super Smash Brothers to One Piece to Undertale to the Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show. Good talk.


211 - Grandia Part II
Nov 08 2019 • 78 min
We're back for the second half of Retro Encounter's journey through the world of the first Grandia! Our pair of panelists discuss the rambunctious Rapp, the secrets of Alent, and what Baal and his cronies are up to. Featuring: Zach Wilkerson, Hilary Andreff


210 - Final Fantasy Fantasy Draft
Nov 01 2019 • 89 min
In a very unusual episode of Retro Encounter, the host selfishly combines two of his longtime obsessions: Final Fantasy and fantasy football. Four panelists attempt to draft Final Fantasy characters into an ultimate Final Fantasy team, purely for fun and not competition (publicly), but each panelist is certain his team was the best (privately). Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Greg Delmage, Kyle Seeley, Peter Triezenberg


209 - Grandia Part I
Oct 25 2019 • 73 min
Grandia, the Saturn classic later ported to PlayStation, saw new life in 2019 with ports available for Switch and PC. Two Retro Encounter panelists check and see if the Game Arts opus holds up, examining its intriguing battle system, long and winding dungeons, and relentless optimism. Featuring: Zach Wilkerson, Hilary Andreff


208 - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Revisited
Oct 13 2019 • 74 min
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is a beloved 1993 classic with a recent 2019 remake. We wanted to discuss it in detail on a podcast, but we did so back in 2018! Hence the "revisited" in this episode title and also the emphasis on that recent remake and the future of Zelda. Today's Retro is all about the past, the present, and the future, all about a game with zero time travel. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Jonathan Logan, Mike Salbato


207 - Fire Emblem: Three Houses Spoilercast
Oct 11 2019 • 140 min
Fire Emblem: Three Houses made a huge splash among RPG fans in general and Fire Emblem fans in particular in July 2019, and a few months later we're ready to dive deep into a spoilercast all about it. Favorite characters, the nuances of different story paths, and more all take center stage in this fantasy drama of a strategy RPG. Say goodbye to weapon triangles and hello to the latest Retro Encounter episode! Featuring: Nathan Lee, Katherine Kortvely, Kyle Kortvely, Leona McCallum


206 - Wild ARMs 3 Part II
Sep 27 2019 • 55 min
The second half of Wild ARMs 3 is loaded with hidden puzzle rooms, secret bosses, unidentified flying objects, and story surprises. Wild ARMs 3 has many hidden depths buried in its post-apocalyptic sands, and Retro Encounter's panel is ready to dig in. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Jo Padilla


205 - Wild ARMs 3 Part I
Sep 20 2019 • 75 min
Wild ARMs fans can't agree which game is the best in the series, but Wild ARMs 3 won a public poll held earlier this year, so that's the Ramen Western our two Retro Encounter panelists are taking on. Post-apocalyptic cowboys, shamanistic magic, and an excess of JRPG statistics populate this PS2 gem, and what RPG uses a Wild West setting better? Nobody. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Jo Padilla



204 - DS Encounter
Sep 13 2019 • 83 min
Retro Encounter celebrates Nintendo's massively successful handheld in a new console-dedicated episode! Melodramatic lawyers, gentleman professors, Square Enix remakes, and even rotoscoped detectives get their shine in this episode celebrating as many D.S. acronyms as we can remember. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Audra Bowling, Stephanie Sybydlo, Peter Triezenberg


203 - Which Dragon Quest Is Dragon Best?
Sep 06 2019 • 83 min
With Dragon Quest XI's Switch version on the horizon and Dragon Quest Builders II in the rearview mirror, two of Retro Encounter's distinguished Dragon Quest dilettantes delve into the entire series catalogue. Eventually, the dynamic duo determine Retro Encounter's official favorite Dragon Quest. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Zach Wilkerson


202 - RPG Villains: Luca Blight
Aug 23 2019 • 63 min
Luca Blight, the mad dog of a bad prince from Suikoden II, is one of the most memorable villains of Japanese RPGs, and Retro Encounter is bringing back the RPG Villains format to celebrate, analyze, and reproach him.


201 - The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Part II
Aug 16 2019 • 100 min
In their second exploration of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, a panel gets deep into Erebonian politics, giant robots, and school dances. Plot twists, connections to other Trails titles, and more take center stage at the Thors Military Academy festival.


200 - The Retro Encounter Awards
Aug 13 2019 • 79 min
Retro Encounter celebrates 200 episodes with its very own awards show! Five panelists discuss more than twenty awards subjects, except they aren't beholden to particular years, specific genres, or common sense. The categories, winners, and panelists follow no rules at all except "Must either be under RPGFan's coverage or pertaining to Devil May Cry 5."


199 - The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Part I
Aug 07 2019 • 85 min
Retro Encounter braves their second Falcom journey of 2019 with The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, an epic tale of generations of war, an economic class divide, and questionable school field trips.


198 - Trials of Mana Part II
Jul 26 2019 • 76 min
Four Retro Encounter panelists each finished Trials of Mana (maybe more than once) and there is plenty to discuss. The game hits its non-linear middle chapter and choice-determined finale, and everything from elemental weaknesses to class changes to endgame loot hunting comes up.


197 - Summer Nights
Jul 22 2019 • 52 min
Three RPGFan panelists spend a warm July evening reminiscing about the games of summer. Games played durring summer break from school, games that have a summery feeling, or even games tied to specific middle-of-the-year-in-the-northern-hemisphere memories.


196 - Trials of Mana Part I
Jul 12 2019 • 73 min
Seiken Densetsu 3 spent more than two decades on lists of "great Japanese RPGs that never left Japan," until June 2019. It was added to the Retro Encounter schedule minutes after the announcement during E3 2019. A month after that fateful Nintendo Direct, four Retro Encounter panelists have played through the first half of SD3, rebranded Trials of Mana. Six heroes, eight spirits, and much more to discuss.


195 - Worst in Show
Jul 05 2019 • 102 min
It's fun to talk about what you love, but almost as much fun to wallow in shared disdain. Four panelists discuss their LEAST favorite games in a few of their favorite series, from Kingdom Hearts Re:Remakes to flawed first or second games of legendary JRPG series to ill-advised spinoffs.



194 - Until Dawn
Jul 01 2019 • 67 min
Retro Encounter gets spooky as two panelists discuss Until Dawn, the horror-narrative game where everyone can live, everyone can die, and everyone will definitely get chased around a resort cabin by psychopaths and wendigos.


193 - Mythology and Folklore in RPGs
Jun 21 2019 • 65 min
RPGs are heavily influenced by myths, and on today's Retro Encounter three folklore enthusiasts talk about mythology in RPGs in depth, from the best depictions of Cerberus to DOS freeware Thor puzzle-action games.


192 - Honor thy Mother and thy Father
Jun 18 2019 • 82 min
RPGFan recently celebrated Mother's Day and Father's Day with separate features dedicate to the moms and dads of RPGs, and Retro Encounter is here to piggyback on those pieces like they're a dad at a swimming pool. Three panelists discuss the best moms and dads of RPGs, from hands-off mothers supporting their journeying child from afar to doting adoptive grandpas.


191 - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Revisited
Jun 07 2019 • 69 min
Two longtime Castlevania fans revisit the PS1 nonlinear side-scrolling action RPG by examining Castlevania's past, considering Symphony of the Night's influence, and prognosticating Koji Igarashi's future.


190 - Ask Me Another: An RPGFan Quiz Show!
May 31 2019 • 99 min
In our third and final episode of Retro Encounter's Podcast Tribute series, our hosts emulate Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton for an RPGFan episode of Ask Me Another. Four contestants tackle sixty RPG trivia questions for the chance to win nothing but a good time. Because Retro Encounter is too cheap for prizes. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Stephanie Sybydlo, Patrick Gann, Leona McCallum, Kyle Seeley, Zach Wilkerson


189 - Chrono Cross Part II
May 24 2019 • 58 min
The dream is not over yet. Retro Encounter's journey through Chrono Cross continues, with a discussion of the latter half of the game. From the Dead Sea to Chronopolis, the depths of the ocean to the heights of Terra Tower, to beyond the darkness of time itself... there's a lot to unpack here.


188 - How Did This Get Made: Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
May 17 2019 • 60 min
Maybe art is subjective? Retro Encounter emulates How Did This Get Made for an episode all about Pokemon: Detective Pikachu. The panelists break down the movie's plot, themes, and style in our most cinematic episode since the Final Fantasy Film Festival. And we may learn some Second Opinions.


187 - Chrono Cross Part I
May 10 2019 • 50 min
On this episode of Retro Encounter, we take a look back at one of the most divisive sequels in gaming history. When you're following up on what many consider to be the greatest RPG ever made, it would be easy to stick to the tried-and-true, but Chrono Cross does anything but. The Yang to Chrono Trigger's Yin, we discuss our initial reactions to this PS1 classic, its colorful cast of characters, its luscious audiovisual presentation, and more. The quest for the Frozen Flame begins here, so join us on this journey. Featuring: Peter Triezenberg, Marcos Gaspar, Tyler Trosper, Kyle Seeley


186 - RPG Villains: Kefka Palazzo
May 03 2019 • 56 min
Retro Encounter's producer takes inspiration from another of his favorite podcasts in today's episode all about the sorceror clown of Final Fantasy VI, Kefka. Three panelists examine Kefka's deeds, motivations, and impact with questions like "is there any good in Kefka?" and "why does Cid dress so poorly?" What makes this legendary RPG evildoer tick?


185 - Missing Classics
Apr 26 2019 • 76 min
Classic Editions! Nintendo and Sony recently created three bespoke boxes full of classic video games, but none of them have enough RPGs. Today's Retro Encounter episode is wishful thinking about the three high-profile mini consoles and theorycrafting some that may not exist yet.



184 - Ys: The Oath in Felghana Part II
Apr 19 2019 • 58 min
Adol Christin and three panelists conclude their visit to the hometown of Dogi the Wall Crusher in a new Retro Encounter episode on Ys: The Oath in Felghana. Is this the greatest Ys game?


183 - Ys: The Oath in Felghana Part I
Apr 12 2019 • 52 min
Ys is a decades-old series centered on the travels of the adventurer Adol Christin as he explores derelict civilizations, clashes with ambitious imperialists, and battles ancient evils. Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a remake of the third Ys game, in which Adol goes on a vacation with his best pal Dogi and ends up doing the civilizations / imperialists / evils thing again in a total coincidence.


182 - Job Search Part I
Apr 05 2019 • 62 min
Character classes! Job systems! From Wizardry to Final Fantasy to World of Warcraft to Octopath Traveler, many RPG characters are defined by player-selected classes and jobs. In today's episode we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of job systems in RPGs, mostly concentrating on Japanese RPGs in general and Final Fantasy in particular.


181 - Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals Part II
Mar 29 2019 • 60 min
Lufia II is a timeless classic and continues to capture the hearts of gamers to this very day so let's bring our Lufia love to its bittersweet conclusion in this weeks episode. Whether you're travelling to work by boat, submarine or paraglider pop in those headphones and find out just how tricky is the worlds most difficult trick is, if a broken mirror really is seven years bad luck and do mermaids dream of aquatic sheep?


180 - Kingdom Hearts III Spoilercast
Mar 23 2019 • 112 min
Three huge Kingdom Hearts get together to discuss the awesome Disney worlds, gorgeous action, and baffling story. But under all of the bombast and beauty, is it all worth it?


179 - Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals Part I
Mar 17 2019 • 67 min
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals is a bonfide classic on the SNES, with an epic story, great characters, fiendish puzzles, and tons of superlative side content including raising pet monsters and challenging a 100-floor dungeon.


178 - Dances with Wolf Team
Mar 08 2019 • 76 min
Wolf Team, a small Japanese developer active in the 1990s, has a surprising legacy of RPG creators lasting to the present day. tri-Ace, Namco Tales Studio, and several others have their roots in Wolf Team, which splintered after finishing the Super Famicom classic Tales of Phantasia.


177 - Tales of Vesperia Part II
Feb 28 2019 • 95 min
After hours of missable sidequests, coliseum fights, altered artes and blossoming friendships, does Tales of Vesperia stand the test of time?


176 - Tales of Vesperia Part I
Feb 23 2019 • 94 min
We're still celebrating Tales of month here at Retro Encounter, and what better time is there to form a guild? Nearly two years after our last Tales of game journal, Tales of Vesperia is on the docket, and the same three panelists return from the Tales of the Abyss episodes! In a dense first half, the trio gush about the characters and dig into the combat, and there's surely a grumble or two about missable sidequests.


175 - A Thirst for Battle Part II
Feb 15 2019 • 97 min
Our panel of RPG battle maniacs reconvenes for a discussion on RPG combat in real time, focusing on series that fight in real-time, or at least mostly in real-time. Hearts, Souls, Mana, and Ends of the World all make appearances in today's action-packed episode of Retro Encounter!



174 - Tales of Favourites
Feb 10 2019 • 114 min
Retro Encounter celebrates Namco's long-running action RPG series all February in a special Month of Tales! We kick off Tales Of month with an episode discussing the entire series, from Abyss to Zestiria, eventually picking an official Retro Encounter's Favorite Tales Of Game. Spoiler alert: it isn't Tales of the Tempest. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Robert Fenner, Alana Hagues, Stephanie Sybydlo


173 - Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
Feb 01 2019 • 94 min
Retro Encounter had so much fun playing 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors last year that the same four codenamed panelists reunited for the sequel! Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward has more friendly robots, more diabolical puzzles, and more artificially intelligent rabbits than its predecessor, and the crew is here for all of it.


172 - Kingdom Hearts Part II
Jan 25 2019 • 83 min
Dancing in Halloween Town, skulking in Hollow Bastion, and fighting Kingdom Hearts's strong suite of secret bosses all come into play in Retro Encounter's Kingdom Hearts finale!


171 - This Episode Is Not About RPGs
Jan 19 2019 • 118 min
The four panelists are sick and tired of talking about RPGs for 170 episodes, so for 171 they'll try the opposite route and talk about their favorite video games and video game series that RPGFan doesn't cover.


170 - Kingdom Hearts Part I
Jan 11 2019 • 85 min
Kingdom Hearts, the popular Square-Disney crossover PS2 RPG, gets discussion worthy of its cult following. Deep appreciation for Kingdom Hearts' voice acting and music and considerably less appreciation for the designs of a few early stages are the stories of the day in our first Kingdom Hearts episode.


169 - Dragon Quest XI Spoilercast
Jan 03 2019 • 92 min
Retro Encounter indulges in its host's selfish whims and does a deep dive discussion into Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of An Elusive Age, the latest title in the seminal Japanese RPG series.


168 - 2018 Year in Review
Dec 28 2018 • 107 min
Retro Encounter puts a bow on 2018 by discussing several of its video game highlights, including games that quest, games that hunt, games that spin, games that code, and even games that Go. Here's to the year that's gone and to the year about to begin!


167 - A Thirst for Battle Part I
Dec 21 2018 • 94 min
Today we focused on turn-based combat, from the earliest Japanese RPGs through grid-based systems to whatever the hell Final Fantasy XII is. So check the attacks queue, wait your turn, and strike that episode link!


166 - 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors Part II
Dec 14 2018 • 93 min
Today's episode of Retro Encounter goes deep into the finale of 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. Neuroscience, quantum physics, and prosopagnosia all feature prominently in a surprisingly academic episode of Retro Encounter!


165 - 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors Part I
Dec 07 2018 • 92 min
In the first Retro Encounter episode dedicated to 999, discussion centers on the game's cast, structure, and numerous instances of the number 9. There are A LOT.



164 - Building the Pokemon League
Nov 30 2018 • 62 min
Four Pokémon enthusiasts devise teams for a theoretical Elite Four, and then conspire to build a team for a worthy Champion. Really though, it's an excuse to discuss our favorite Pocket Monsters.


163 - RPG Cuisine
Nov 22 2018 • 90 min
A discussion about RPG foods and feasts. The panelists break down their favorite cooking systems, foodie side quests, and the most delicious-looking meals in RPGs. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Hilary Andreff, Keegan Lee, Tris Mendoza


162 - Golden Sun Part II
Nov 15 2018 • 74 min
It's time for the Sun to set on this game journal and your three Adepts are back, back, back again with a second Golden Sun podcast! Come join us as we discuss solving colour-based puzzles while colourblind; try to figure out if this game was just a stealth remake of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; and fall in love with everyone's favourite man-eating basement amphibian, Toadonpa!


161 - Golden Sun Part I
Nov 09 2018 • 87 min
Join us on the first part of our November game journal, the GBA classic Golden Sun, as our three intrepid editors unravel the myriad mysteries of Weyard. Is Kraden a bad role model for children? Is Vale the worst starting town in an RPG? And will Tris be able to keep himself from spoiling the sequel before the end of this game journal!? Find out all that and more!


160 - Mermaid Swamp
Oct 31 2018 • 55 min
It's the most wonderful time of the year, which means Retro Encounter is getting its spook on. The crew discusses Japanese indie no-budget horror titles, followed by a playthrough of Mermaid Swamp.


159 - Mega Man Legends 2 Part II
Oct 26 2018 • 66 min
Mr. Volnutt travels through a few tiresome elemental dungeons and buys expensive shoes. Our hero learns how to circle-strafe and all about his past in the second half of his second game, and we talk all about it on Retro Encounter!


158 - Mega Man Legends 2 Part I
Oct 19 2018 • 80 min
New islands, new robots, and new pirates are in store for our panelists as Mega Man Legends month continues. In our first episode on Mega Man Legends 2, the panelists go over the game's multitude of improvements made to Mega Man Legends 2 as well as the characters and plot points encountered in the first two islands.


157 - Mega Man Legends Part II
Oct 12 2018 • 66 min
Our discussion of the first Mega Man Legends concludes in our new podcast episode. Who is the mysterious robot at the center of the ruins? How much Zenny do you need to upgrade all the weapons? What's on TV in Mega Man's airship? All these questions and more, featured on this week's episode of Retro Encounter!


156 - Mega Man Legends Part I
Oct 05 2018 • 66 min
Retro Encounter celebrates the recent release of Mega Man 11 by revisiting the two action RPG adventures of the Blue Bomber on the original PlayStation!


155 - Suikoden II Part II
Sep 28 2018 • 106 min
Suikoden II is a true cult classic, and five podcast panelists try their best to do it justice in our second Suikoden II podcast. Vampires are hunted, unstoppable forces meet immovable objects, and endgame scenarios are flagged in the thrilling conclusion to Suikoden II.



154 - Fire Emblem: Past, Present, and Future
Sep 21 2018 • 95 min
Somehow, we've barely talked about Nintendo's decades-long series of strategy RPGs on Retro Encounter, so today is the day we correct that injustice! Series origins, favorite characters, the future of Fire Emblem, and the state of the fan community are all discussed.


153 - Suikoden II Part I
Sep 14 2018 • 96 min
Suikoden II was the most-requested Retro Encounter game for the first three years of the podcast, so today we give the people what they want! Luca Blight's savagery, Jowy Atreides' ambition, and Nanami's role as the perfect big sister are all topics on the latest Retro Encounter episode.


152 - Top Ten SNES RPGs For Real This Time
Sep 07 2018 • 103 min
Retro Encounter fooled its listeners good in April of this year, so in September the same three panelists make it up by rattling off a list of top ten SNES RPGs, for real this time. Did we include any Quintet games? How many Final Fantasy games made it? Listen and learn!


151 - Shadow Hearts Part II
Aug 31 2018 • 67 min
Join us for the exciting conclusion of our Shadow Hearts game journal as we tour Europe! It's a refreshing melding of the familiar and fantastical as we meet vampires, psychic London orphans, and even some really likable townsfolk.


150 - Listener Mailbag
Aug 24 2018 • 149 min
150 episodes in, and Retro Encounter still can't stay on topic. For this milestone episode five panelists read a collection of listener emails received over the past month, with topics ranging from great RPG battle systems to white whales to suggestions to future episodes.


149 - Shadow Hearts Part I
Aug 17 2018 • 53 min
What mischief will our panel get into as we follow along with the Rude Hero and play through this PS2 gem? We're discussing this title's abundant atmosphere - the spooky, ghostly, and humorous - as the party journeys through East Asia.


148 - Final Fantasy VII Remake: Hopes and Fears
Aug 13 2018 • 78 min
Final Fantasy VII is an unassailable classic in the eyes of many RPG fans, and naturally Retro Encounter's panelists are divided on their feelings about the upcoming FF VII remake.


147 - RPG World Tour
Aug 03 2018 • 104 min
Setting is an extremely important element to any RPG, adding to a game's visual, interactive, and tonal presentation. So naturally a few Retro Encounter panelists have thoughts. Four panelists each present a few of their favorite RPG worlds, detailing why they're great to explore and to experience.


146 - Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Part II
Jul 27 2018 • 95 min
Retro Encounter completes its journey through Lunar and Lunar 2 for our special Lunar Month, in which the heroes of Lunar 2 confront personal adversaries, free the souls of four powerful dragons, and challenge an ancient evil... only for the real story to begin.


145 - Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Part I
Jul 20 2018 • 80 min
Part 3 of Lunar month continues with part 1 of our Lunar 2: Eternal Blue podcast! We expound on the fabulous Sega CD sequel, with discussion topics including Lucia's fashion choices, Ronfar and Jean divulging their secret pasts within moments of meeting either of them, and more!



144 - Lunar: The Silver Star Part II
Jul 13 2018 • 72 min
Lunar Month continues for Retro Encounter, where our trio of intrepid podcasters discuss anime betrayals, dominatrix outfits, and Saturday morning cartoon villainy. A dragonmaster is born, four new heroes rise to the occasion, and a flying cat finally proves that he isn't really a cat.


143 - Lunar: The Silver Star Part I
Jul 06 2018 • 75 min
Retro Encounter kicks off Lunar Month with a discussion, exploration, and celebration of Lunar: The Silver Star! We jive about the first half of Lunar 1's story, the strengths and weaknesses of the 90s RPG grind, the differences between Lunar's remakes and ports, and the world of Lunar's unusual occupation and fashion choices.


142 - Mass Effect Part II
Jun 29 2018 • 80 min
It's a big galaxy out there, but somebody's got to save it from the Reapers. And that somebody is our intrepid panel of sci-fi gamers!


141 - Super Boss Battles
Jun 21 2018 • 100 min
Super bosses. Not a final boss, but an extra challenge not for the faint of heart; maybe a well-hidden story secret or a bonus endgame reward. Is that Desert Rose or Earth Circlet worth it?


140 - Mass Effect Part I
Jun 14 2018 • 105 min
Despite its dated visuals and janky systems, the original Mass Effect holds a special place in the hearts of many of us here at RPGFan. Whatever the reason, we're always excited to chat about this epic series and the game that started it all.


139 - Ace Attorney
Jun 08 2018 • 89 min
Retro Encounter examines the career of gaming's most prominent team of cartoon lawyers in a special episode celebrating the Ace Attorney series of puzzle adventure games.


138 - Darksiders II
May 31 2018 • 66 min
Last time the Retro Encounter crew took a look at the demonic shenanigans of Darksiders, we journeyed as the Horseman War on his journey of vengeance. Now, his brother Death rides forth in a second adventure, trying to clear War's name.


137 - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Part II
May 25 2018 • 67 min
Our second Super Mario RPG episode goes from Monstro Town to Nimbus Land, back to Yo'ster Isle again, and then finally Bowser's Castle.


136 - Confessions Part II
May 19 2018 • 64 min
Retro Encounter goes into the booth again for a second confessional episode, in which three panelists admit not to have played a few classic RPGs. Confession, contrition, acceptance, and recommendations, in that order.


135 - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars: Part I
May 11 2018 • 62 min
Super Mario RPG is a weird coincidence of a game. The most recognizable video game hero in the history starring an RPG made by Square during their 90s heyday, with a Yoko Shimomura soundtrack and Shigeru Miyamoto as an executive producer.



134 - The Airing of Grievances
May 04 2018 • 101 min
We love RPGs here at RPGFan, but that doesn't mean we're fans of everything in RPGs. We all have vexations, annoyances, and pet peeves about RPGs, so we decided to air those complaints in a special, very negative podcast episode.


133 - The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Apr 27 2018 • 74 min
Retro Encounter gives the people what they want! The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap won a poll to be covered on Retro Encounter earlier this year, and is an interesting piece of the Zelda canon in its own right.


132 - What Is Zelda?
Apr 20 2018 • 69 min
What is Zelda? Do we want a future Zelda game with Zelda playable? Do we like it in 2D or 3D? Is Zelda an RPG? Whatever you want it to be, of course, both, and surprisingly yes.


131 - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Apr 13 2018 • 66 min
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, the Game Boy Zelda game with no Zelda, no Sages, no Hyrule, and some unique mechanics and situations relative to other Zelda games.


130 - Favorite Legend of Zelda
Apr 06 2018 • 108 min
In the third installment of Retro Encounter's "favorite game within a particular series" miniseries, five Retro Encounter panelists break down every title in the storied selection of The Legend of Zelda video games.


129 - Top Ten SNES RPGs
Apr 01 2018 • 51 min
The Super Nintendo is a beloved console that delivered some of the greatest role-playing video games ever devised. In today's special podcast these two passions meet when our three panelists count down the ten greatest RPGs for the Super Nintendo.


128 - Planescape: Torment Part II
Mar 30 2018 • 84 min
Keegan and Robert's journey into the heart of despair continues! After playing midwife to the Alley of Lingering Sighs, the two venture into the lower wards in search of the infamous night hag Ravel Puzzlewell.


127 - RPG Adaptations
Mar 23 2018 • 93 min
Maybe your favorite RPG is an original story, or maybe your favorite RPG stands on the shoulders of giants? Today's Retro Encounter episode discusses RPG adaptations of other works, including non-RPG video games, novels from all over the world, blockbuster movies, and more.


126 - Planescape: Torment Part I
Mar 16 2018 • 59 min
This week Retro Encounter takes on Planescape: Torment, the classic PC RPG based on the popular Dungeons and Dragons setting Planescape.


125 - RPG Spinoffs
Mar 08 2018 • 107 min
Some RPGs just can't stay RPGs. Whether it's stylishg fighting games, colorful roguelikes, nostalgic music games, or free-to-play card games, RPGs have spun off into a myriad of genres.



124 - Valkyrie Profile Part II
Mar 02 2018 • 101 min
A new challenger appears in our second Valkyrie Profile episode, where a Valkryie Profile superfan joins our two-person panel from the first episode to break down the second half of the tri-Ace cult classic.


123 - Year of the Dog
Feb 23 2018 • 65 min
This week's Retro Encounter podcast celebrates the Lunar New Year's Year of the Dog with the most godlike dog in all of video games. Okami, starring the canine artist-god Amaterasu, has been praised like the sun over the years, and today Retro Encounter discusses its highs and lows.


122 - Valkyrie Profile Part I
Feb 17 2018 • 73 min
Two Retro Encounter panelists played through the first three chapters of Valkyrie Profile for your listening pleasure. tri-Ace's wild interpretation of Norse myth became a cult hit as well as a rare, sought-after PlayStation disc.


121 - The Practical Cats of RPGs
Feb 08 2018 • 80 min
Ah, cats - stubborn, aloof, proud creatures who enjoy lazing around, eating and bringing you dead animals as presents. There are as many cat lovers as there are dog lovers on the site, so on the cusp of Year of the Dog, we decided to celebrate all things feline instead.


120 - The Thrill of the Hunt
Feb 01 2018 • 73 min
Monster Hunter World is upon us, and it's the first video game blockbuster hit of 2018. A game from last week isn't quite retro enough for Retro Encounter though, so three of RPGFan's most enthusiastic Monster Hunter fans hop on the show to talk about their personal experiences, weapon mains, and many years of hunting wyverns, dinosaurs, and giant pink fart monkeys.


119 - Chroma Squad
Jan 25 2018 • 65 min
This week, our host is extremely excited to play the Power Rangers-inspired indie strategy RPG Chroma Squad, and two other Retro Encounter panelists are at least willing to humor him. So is the rainbow-hued Chroma Squad a Tokusatsu triumph, or a sad Sentai send-up?


118 - Undertale
Jan 19 2018 • 71 min
Retro Encounter continues its January indie games month with a very special episode all about the 2015 smash hit Undertale! Undertale was programmed, written, and composed by a single creator, but it takes three Retro Encounter panelists to properly dissect this subversive cult favorite.


117 - OFF
Jan 12 2018 • 79 min
The indie game scene is thriving in 2018, but ten years ago was a different time. Today, three Retro Encounter panelists examine OFF, a 2008 French-language indie title created in RPGMaker 2003.


116 - Breath of Fire IV Part II
Jan 04 2018 • 83 min
Retro Encounter unites the Yorae Dragon in our second Breath of Fire IV episode. Both panelists are Breath of Fire IV fans, one from childhood and one newly minted.


115 - 2017 Year in Review
Dec 28 2017 • 115 min
Continuing a Retro Encounter annual tradition, six panelists talk the year in video games, from January's Tales of Berseria to December's Xenoblade Chronicles 2. 2017 was such a dense year for RPGs that there is a lot to talk about.



114 - Breath of Fire IV Part I
Dec 22 2017 • 71 min
Retro Encounter listeners voted back in September on a future Retro Encounter game, and now we finally deliver! Breath of Fire IV won the poll, and the duo behind The Good Dogs of RPGs podcast reunites to discuss the first chapter of the 2000 Capcom classic.


113 - Final Fantasy I
Dec 15 2017 • 66 min
Two Retro Encounter panelists discuss the game that started it all in our fifth Final Fantasy podcast in as many weeks. We discuss Final Fantasy I's story, gameplay, influence, and even apocryphal development stories in this episode, with the oldest subject in Retro Encounter's brief history.


112 - Memoria Final Fantasy Part II
Dec 08 2017 • 73 min
Retro Encounter's stroll down memory lane for Final Fantasy's 30th anniversary continues, with the panelists discussing the PS2 era to the present. The Fabula Nova Crystallis project, our favorite Final Fantasy XIV jobs, and late-game Blitzball strategy.


111 - Memoria Final Fantasy Part I
Dec 01 2017 • 83 min
This podcast began its life as a well-intentioned jaunt through our favorite Final Fantasy memories for the 30th anniversary of the Final Fantasy series. It ended up being a monstrous meditation on more than fifteen Final Fantasy games that needed to be split into two halves.


110 - Final Fantasy Film Festival
Nov 24 2017 • 74 min
The aspiring filmmakers of Square Enix attempted Final Fantasy animated films three times over the past 17 years. Three Retro Encounter panelists watched them all and put on their headsets to discuss the three films.


109 - Final Fantasy IX
Nov 17 2017 • 95 min
Earlier this year, Retro Ecounter discussed one of the most debated topics - what is the best Final Fantasy game? After deliberation, there was one clear winner, and that's the subject of today's episode. Three Retro regulars get together to discuss Final Fantasy IX and sing its praises.


108 - BlizzCon 2017
Nov 09 2017 • 70 min
BlizzCon 2017 is behind us, and Retro Encounter original host Jolly Josh Curry reunites with Entitled Mike Sollosi to discuss all of the Blizzard goodness revealed and elaborated at the show.


107 - Spooky Encounter
Nov 01 2017 • 71 min
It's the time of year to celebrate the creepy, the kooky, and the altogether ooky. Three of Retro Encounter's horror aficionados discuss their favorite horror RPGs, scary video game moments, or unexpectedly creepy parts of otherwise cheery RPGs.


106 - Digital Devil Saga Part II
Oct 27 2017 • 59 min
Our three panelists were busy the past two weeks and nobody was able to finish Digital Devil Saga in time for the podcast. It's an embarrassing Retro Encounter first. That doesn't mean there was a lack of discussion, though!


105 - Wacky Weapons
Oct 20 2017 • 60 min
Who needs ultimate weapons? Not us here at Retro Encounter! While we might have explored the subject before, this week's episode looks at all things stupid and fun - Wacky Weapons!



104 - Digital Devil Saga Part I
Oct 12 2017 • 61 min
Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner was a PS2 Atlus experiment; two games made in the image of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, starring transforming cannibals in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Is the cult classic also a critical hit?


103 - Quintet Encounter
Oct 05 2017 • 69 min
Quintet! Whether it's a hands-on deity rebuilding civilization, children exploring the different sides of the human condition, or rainbow robot rumbles, Quintet games always feel unique and interesting.


102 - Final Fantasy XII Part II
Sep 30 2017 • 86 min
Three Retro Encounter panelists reconvene to discuss the second half of Final Fantasy XII, going deep into its ending and optional content. Hunts, espers, music, and romantic shipping each take center stage in today's episode.


101 - Final Fantasy XII Part I
Sep 22 2017 • 78 min
Retro Encounter returns to Dalmasca with Final Fantasy XII, recently remastered for PS4. In this first episode our panelists talk classes, characters, and personal memories of Final Fantasy XII, especially the game's excellent localization and Vaan's impressive abdominals.


Retro Encounter 100
Sep 15 2017 • 86 min
Retro Encounter's first episode posted in May of 2015, and today in September of 2017 Retro Encounter hits triple digits. For its hundredth outing, six recurring Retro panelists play an elimination game to determine a future episode subject, and also wax nostalgic about Encounters past.


99 - Favorite RPG Casts & Characters
Sep 07 2017 • 68 min
Today is Casts & Characters day on RPGFan! To accompany the site featured articles, Retro Encounter has five of the feature writers present to talk about their favorite RPG ensembles.


98 - Ultimate Weapons
Sep 01 2017 • 72 min
Ultimate weapons. When you find one in an RPG, it's a symbol of accomplishment, a trophy representing high dedication and near-completion of its game. And four RPGFan podcasters are here to talk about those weapons, those trophies, and those hoops.


Retro Encounter 97: Grim Fandango Part II
Aug 25 2017 • 77 min
Grim Fandango continues to stun our panel with its original setting and sharp wit, and continues to frustrate that same panel with 1990s adventure game design. But what were the panels overall feelings? Does Manny manage to rescue Mercedes? How fast does Glottis go? These questions and more are answered in today's podcast. Featuring: Alana Hagues, Marcos Gaspar, Michael Sollosi


Retro Encounter 96: Viva Diablo!
Aug 18 2017 • 85 min
Blizzard's Diablo series is over twenty years old, and over three games and two official expansions it's changed in leaps and bounds. Three of RPGFan's premier Diablo fanboys examine the evolutionary arc of the series, from the plodding walking speed of the original 16-floor dungeon to the satisfying gameplay of the Diablo III Necromancer class. Join us for a gothic fantasy Retro Encounter retrospective. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Robert Steinman, John Tucker


Retro Encounter 95: Grim Fandango Part I
Aug 11 2017 • 66 min
Retro Encounter gets spooky in August with a playthrough of the classic 1998 LucasArts adventure game, Grim Fandango. Snappy dialog, obtuse puzzles, aggressive fiery beavers, and mysterious cat races all make an appearance in Grim Fandango's first two days, as Manny Calavera seeks justice for himself and his clients. Featuring: Alana Hagues, Josh Curry, Marcos Gaspar, Michael Sollosi



Retro Encounter 94: Pokemon Green Shield Version
Aug 03 2017 • 93 min
Several RPGFan staff are big fans of Pokemon, so of course they have strong feelings about the different generations of Pokemon games. In today's episode, three panelists argue to determine the best overall Pokemon generation, with some discussion followed by a vote. Naturally, the arguments are adamant, not timid. Featuring: Peter Triezenberg, Alana Hagues, Michael Sollosi


Retro Encounter 93: GameCube Encounter
Jul 28 2017 • 86 min
The GameCube is not the first console many people think of when we think about RPGs. If it doesn't come into your mind eventually, though, you're doing something wrong. We look back at the best multiplayer RPGs and forgotten gems on the system, and of course, with it being Nintendo, we could not escape without talking about some of their most famous mascots. This was where the Tales of series exploded into the West, and where Monolith started finding their feet again. You'd be silly to miss this one. Featuring: Alana Hagues, Stephanie Sybydlo, Keegan Lee


Retro Encounter 92: EarthBound Part II
Jul 21 2017 • 72 min
Four EarthBound panelists return to discuss Earthbound's alternately charming, bizarre, disturbing, and satisfying finale, from deserts to swamps to prehistoric underworlds (?) and alien attacks from the distant past (???). It's another hour of EarthBound banter from Retro Encounter! Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Hilary Andreff, Robert Fenner, Keegan Lee


Retro Encounter 91: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Jul 15 2017 • 73 min
Last year, four Retro Encounter panelists had a blast playing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, a murder mystery novel rife with twists and turns. In 2017, three of those four panelists return for a special one-off episode on its sequel, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. There's a lot to discuss about this island in the sun; we'll be playing and having fun! Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Alana Hagues, Peter Triezenberg


Retro Encounter 90: EarthBound Part I
Jul 07 2017 • 69 min
EarthBound is one of the oddest, most original Japanese RPGs on the Super Nintendo, and over the years it's amassed a cult following dwarfing that of Happy-Happyism. In this week's Retro Encounter, four panelists explore EarthBound's first half, taking Giant Steps all the way to Summers in summer. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Hilary Andreff, Robert Fenner, Keegan Lee


Retro Encounter 89: Fresh Produce!
Jun 30 2017 • 57 min
Produce! was a game developer operating from 1990 to around 2000, and their output in that era resulted in three strange, unique, and fascinating RPGs: The 7th Saga, Brain Lord, and Mystic Ark. For today's Retro Encounter, one knowledgeable Produce! historian and one inquisitive 7th Saga fanboy discuss those three titles in exhaustive detail. Featuring: Robert Fenner, Michael Sollosi


Retro Encounter 88: Dragon Quest V Part II
Jun 23 2017 • 47 min
When we last visited Dragon Quest V in Retro Encounter, our hero was incapacitated in a stranger's front lawn, but a chance meeting with his family has him return to action! Continue the Dragon Quest V's hero's journey as he rescues his wife, avenges his father, and raises his children while defeating a demon grandmaster. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Keegan Lee, Robert Steinman


Retro Encounter 87: Xenoblade Chronicles
Jun 16 2017 • 84 min
It's no secret that we here at RPGFan love Xenoblade Chronicles. We wanted to do a full playthrough of the game for Retro Encounter, but (and this will surprise no one) it's just too damn long. So instead, we gathered a panel of Xeno fans to chill and chat about all things Xenoblade. Join us as we discuss the world, story, gameplay, and music of one of the best RPGs of the past decade! Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Caitlin Argyros, Stephanie Sybydlo, Peter Triezenberg Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 86: Dragon Quest V Part I
Jun 09 2017 • 69 min
The people have spoken! Earlier this year, readers and listeners voted for Retro Encounter to play Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride, and today Retro Encounter delivers! Our three panelists discuss the tragic life story of Dragon Quest V's hero, the game's motley menagerie of monsters, and the heroine's extremely brief pregnancy. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Keegan Lee, Robert Steinman


Retro Encounter 85: A Bird Story
Jun 01 2017 • 29 min
A Bird Story, Kan Gao's second indie hit, is a preview for the upcoming game Finding Paradise, but is a beautiful silent film of a game in its own right. With zero lines of dialog and a runtime of under 90 minutes, A Bird Story won't take up much time to play, but it quickly seized the hearts of these two Retro Encounter panelists. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Peter Triezenberg



Retro Encounter 84: The What-If Episode
May 26 2017 • 42 min
Everyone has a what-if game. Or several. A game that only exists in theory, in the dreams of gamers who wish their favorite developers could make a title with everything they ever wanted. In today's Retro Encounter, Rob and Peter wax hypothetical about video game projects that they wish could happen in the future, from unconfirmed Sega sequels to Nintendo meta-projects. Featuring: Robert Fenner, Peter Triezenberg


Retro Encounter 83: Darksiders Part II
May 19 2017 • 57 min
The Retro Encounter crew continues their journey through the blasted hellscape of Darksiders, going through The Black Throne and beyond. Tune in to hear our thoughts on the game's final dungeon and the final stages of War's journey, as well as some speculation on what a potential Darksiders III. Hey, we didn't think they'd go and announce it before the episode came out! Featuring: Peter Triezenberg, Marcos Gaspar, Keegan Lee


Retro Encounter 82: Darksiders Part I
May 14 2017 • 54 min
We've talked about Zelda games before on the podcast, but what about Zelda-likes? This week on Retro Encounter the panel dives into Darksiders, the brutal, edgy action game inspired by Zelda, God of War, and others. Join us as our panelists guide the incarnation of War as he wages war through a battleground of angels, demons, and all manner of horrors. Featuring: Peter Triezenberg, Marcos Gaspar, Keegan Lee


Retro Encounter 81: Tales of the Abyss Part II
May 05 2017 • 86 min
In their second Tales of the Abyss episode, Retro Encounter re-examines the principal characters, breaks down the motivations of the game's villains, and tries to make sense of the ending. Some of these endeavors are more successful than others. So what are the overall thoughts of three Tales-playing veterans? Either listen to the episode or read The Score. Featuring: Stephanie Sybydlo, Alana Hagues, Michael Sollosi


Retro Encounter 80: Mario and RPGs
Apr 28 2017 • 73 min
For some reason, Mario "Mario" Mario and Luigi "Mario's brother" Mario are renowned as stars of platforming adventures, wacky sports titles, and chaotic fighting games, when we all know that their finest work is in RPGs. Three Retro Encounter panelists break down the Mario RPGs, from their SNES beginnings to last year's Color Splash. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Peter Triezenberg, John Tucker


Retro Encounter 79: Tales of the Abyss Part I
Apr 21 2017 • 86 min
Tales games are ever-present JRPGs, and recently it feels like a new one gets released every year. This week the Retro Encounter panel looks back to the Tales heyday and examines a series fan favorite, Tales of the Abyss. They go deep into the game's heavily political story, complex cast of characters, and Jade's dark sardonicism. Especially that last one. Featuring: Stephanie Sybydlo, Alana Hagues, Michael Sollosi


Retro Encounter 78: Encounter of Mana
Apr 14 2017 • 51 min
Inspired by the recent announcement of the Seiken Densetsu Collection for the Nintendo Switch, Retro Encounter devotes an entire episode to celebrating the highs and lows of Seiken Densetsu. The discussion topics range from the first four Mana classics, to the ill-advised Mana revival in 2006, to some unusual tangents into Radiant Historia and the 2000 Summer of RPG. Give it a listen! Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Robert Fenner, Derek Heemsbergen


Retro Encounter 77: Persona 3
Apr 07 2017 • 91 min
Retro Encounter is legally allowed to podcast about Persona once a year, so in 2017 we're tackling the groundbreaking 2006 PS2 RPG: Persona 3. The panelists get deep into playable characters, social links, Tartarus, Nyx, and more in this very Persona(l) episode of Retro Encounter. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Robert Fenner, Alana Hagues


Retro Encounter 76: The Good Dogs of RPGs
Mar 30 2017 • 65 min
Do we love seeing dogs in RPGs? Do all dogs go to heaven? Which dog is the best dog? Who let the dogs out? Yes, yes, all of them, and undetermined. None of those questions are addressed in this week's Retro Encounter, but Alana and Mike talk about dogs for an hour regardless. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Alana Hagues


Retro Encounter 75: Chrono Trigger Part II
Mar 22 2017 • 81 min
So a polite robot, a gallant frog, and a cavewoman without an understanding of personal space walk into a bar, and save the world from the apocalypse? Join us for the conclusion to RPGFan's podcast all about Chrono Trigger, where the panel explores endgame strategies, storyline theories, and the other mysteries of Squaresoft's 1995 classic. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Chris Gebauer, Alana Hagues, Peter Triezenberg



Retro Encounter 74: Favorite Final Fantasy
Mar 16 2017 • 89 min
Four Retro Encounter panelists gather to come up with a list of a few of their favorite games. Sound familliar? Possibly. Regardless, today's podcast is an exercise to determine Retro Encounter's favorite Final Fantasy game. What could possibly go wrong? Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Alana Hagues, Stephanie Sybydlo, Peter Triezenberg


Retro Encounter 73: Chrono Trigger Part I
Mar 08 2017 • 75 min
Chrono Trigger is one of the few RPGs that's widely considered to be an all-time (ha!) classic. Today four Retro Encounter panelists break down the first half of Square's 1995 Dream Project, right up until the first visit to Zeal. Join us discussing the past, present, and future of Chrono Trigger! Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Chris Gebauer, Alana Hagues, Peter Triezenberg


Retro Encounter 72: Localization Woes
Mar 02 2017 • 80 min
Retro Encounter loves retro RPGs, even a few exclusive to Japan. Today, the panelists bring up a few Micro Cabin, Telenet, old Atlus, and old Square RPGs that never left Japanese shores, plus one particular Nintendo sequel starring a boy, a girl, a dog, and a thief. Join Rob and Mike as they lament localizations that might have been, but may yet be. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Robert Fenner


Retro Encounter 71: Shadow Hearts: Covenant Part II
Feb 22 2017 • 66 min
Welcome to Japan! The Retro Encounter crew continue their epic quest in Shadow Hearts: Covenant by docking into Japan. The game takes a slightly more serious turn as we focus on a lot of the themes of the game, such as the characters relationships and their morals. We also spend more time talking about those dungeons, and really dig into what makes Shadow Hearts: Covenant what it is. Come and listen as Retro Encounter buries the past and saves the world from yet another god. Featuring: Alana Hagues, Michael Sollosi, Robert Fenner, Stephanie Sybydlo


Retro Encounter 70: Shadow Hearts: Covenant Part I
Feb 15 2017 • 65 min
Shadow Hearts: Covenant is the second entry in cult classic RPG series, and often the most talked about one. Set during World War I, this game is one of a kind and you'd be hard pushed to find anything else like it. As the journey takes them all across Europe, the crew dives straight into the combat system, considered by many to be one of the best in turn-based RPG history. There's also that wonderful cast of characters that includes a wrestling vampire, a white wolf, and the Princess of Russia! And what about the whereabouts of the series? Come listen as Retro Encounter prepares to take down some demons and save the world. Featuring: Alana Hagues, Michael Sollosi, Robert Fenner, Stephanie Sybydlo


Retro Encounter 69: Sex, Love, and Videogames
Feb 08 2017 • 87 min
Retro Encounter gets a little sexy this week as the discussion turns to love and relationships in video games in general, and RPGs in particular. Join us on a very Valentine edition of Retro Encounter! Featuring: Josh Curry, Alana Hagues, Michael Sollosi, Steph Sybydlo


Retro Encounter 68: The Binding of Isaac
Feb 02 2017 • 63 min
Retro Encounter features a second roguelike with an episode all about the Flash-to-famous Binding of Isaac. Listen to the panel discuss the game's Biblical origins, punishing difficulty, and tremendous variety in this week's Retro Encounter. Featuring: Chris Gebauer, Robert Fenner, Dong-Hee Kim


Retro Encounter 67: Voice Actors on Strike
Jan 26 2017 • 48 min
Retro Encounter tries something different by discussing the voice acting strike. We talk about SAG-AFTRA, the companies affected by the strike, the life of a voice actor and what this all means for developers, actors and us gamers. Featuring: Josh Curry, Chris Gebauer


Retro Encounter 22: Rogue Legacy
Jan 18 2017 • 53 min
Retro Encounter goes medieval as we explore a castle filled with baddies and loot in our playthrough of Rogue Legacy. We break down what makes the game so special, our favorite classes, traits, and bosses, and our different playstyles. Featuring: Josh Curry, Chris Gebauer


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Our First RPG
Jan 12 2017 • 59 min
The Retro Crew get about as Retro as possible, as they trade stories of their very first RPG. From Phantasy Star to Fallout 3, the gang spans three decades of formative role-playing memories, and question if their firsts still stack up. Featuring: Robert Fenner, Chris Gebauer, Alana Hagues, Dom Kim, Peter Triezenberg



Retro Encounter Bonus Round: 2016 in Review
Jan 04 2017 • 67 min
Jolly Josh and the gang ring in the new calendar with a look back at the year in video games. The four panelists break down their favorite 2016 game releases and much more in the inaugural episode of 2017. Featuring: Josh Curry, Chris Gebauer, Mike Sollosi, Peter Triezenberg


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Wintry Mix
Dec 29 2016 • 62 min
December and January are ideal times to play winter-themed RPGs, and Retro Encounter is here with suggestions. Mike, Robert, and Peter each discuss their favorite snowy RPGs and icy locales in other RPGs in this December episode of Retro Encounter. Featuring: Mike Sollosi, Robert Fenner, Peter Triezenberg


Retro Encounter 21-2: Diablo III
Dec 22 2016 • 75 min
Retro Encounter has beaten Diablo III and is ready to discuss the final act of the game and its expansion, Reaper of Souls. We talk about lore, the end-game, seasonal content, and the future of Diablo. Featuring: Josh Curry, Chris Gebauer, Mike Sollosi


Retro Encounter 21-1: Diablo III
Dec 15 2016 • 92 min
Retro Encounter discusses what Diablo III launched as and celebrates what it has become. We talk about our history with the series, our original impressions of vanilla Diablo III, and debate our favorite bosses and classes. We cover the first three acts of the game. Featuring: Josh Curry, Chris Gebauer, Mike Sollosi


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: December Exhibitions
Dec 08 2016 • 85 min
Retro Encounter sits down to give our impressions of the Game Awards and PlayStation Experience. We talk about all of the major announcements, critique the winners of the awards and examine the relevance of award shows. Featuring: Josh Curry, Michael Sollosi


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: RPG Confessional
Dec 01 2016 • 57 min
There are too many video games. No games fan has played every popular video game, and naturally no RPG Fan has played every major RPG. On today's Retro Encounter three panelists reveal a few of the games missing from their RPG resumes, then listen to their Retro Encounter cohorts tell them why they should give those RPGs a try. It's just like a real confession, but without the privacy or discretion, and the only topic is video games. Featuring: Mike Sollosi, Alana Hagues, Nick Ransbottom


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Final Fantasy VI
Nov 23 2016 • 51 min
Final Fantasy VI has many dear fans across the globe. It's celebrated as an artistic achievement, and regarded as one of the best video games ever, so when an old perspective joins with new one, what will come about? Two of our Retro Encounter regulars engage in a discussion over anything and everything about Final Fantasy VI, from the characters and story, to the mechanics and the sheer diversity of gameplay. Does this game still stack up against the rest of the series? Come listen as Retro Encounter prepare to warm up their Magitek and start a rebellion. Featuring: Mike Sollosi, Alana Hagues


Retro Encounter 20-2: Child of Light
Nov 16 2016 • 75 min
Retro Encounter completes Aurora's epic journey by finishing Child of Light. We talk about our thoughts on the ending, storytelling in video games, how Child of Light fits into Joseph Campbell's theory of the hero's journey, and provide our final impressions on the characters and the game. Featuring: Josh Curry, Chris Gebauer, Mike Sollosi


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: BlizzCon 2016
Nov 09 2016 • 89 min
Blizzcon 2016 has happened and Retro Encounter is here to cover all the big announcements. Listen as we give our thoughts on the future of World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Diablo III. Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi


Retro Encounter 20-1: Child of Light
Nov 02 2016 • 84 min
Retro Encounter becomes enthralled by the beauty of Child of Light as we discuss its unique and refreshing take on storytelling and classic RPGs. We relay our favorite characters and teams for battle, which fairy tales the game reminds us of and our predictions for how the story will end. We finish the podcast by guessing what the major announcements will be at BlizzCon 2016. Featuring: Josh Curry, Chris Gebauer, Mike Sollosi



Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Kingsglaive
Oct 27 2016 • 68 min
Join the Retro Encounter crew as we take our first steps into the next generation of Final Fantasy with the CGI tie-in film, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. The film certainly has some big names behind it, with the likes of Aaron Paul, Lena Heady, and Sean Bean lending their prestigious talents to the voice cast, but does Kingsglaive hold up as both a movie and an introduction to the highly anticipated game? We discuss the technical merits of the film, theorize about its implications for Final Fantasy XV's story, and have an in-depth discussion on the role female characters play in this world. Featuring: Peter Triezenberg, Caitlin Argyros, Stephanie Sybydlo, Stephen Meyerink


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Falcom Encounter
Oct 19 2016 • 83 min
Weaving dozens of video game yarns over thirty-plus years, Nihon Falcom is a particular favorite game developer here at RPGFan. Whether you're following one of the adventures of Adol Christin or traveling through Zemuria with a crew of Bracers, Falcom's worlds and characters are a blast to experience. Join Retro Encounter's four enthusiastic panelists as we extol Adol et al! Featuring: Mike Sollosi, Caitlin Argyros, Robert Fenner, Derek Heemsbergen


Retro Encounter 19-2: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Oct 12 2016 • 63 min
Retro Encounter gives their final thoughts on Danganronpa while touching on what makes the characters special, the final mysteries, how we responded to betrayal, whether we want to play Danganronpa 2 and how the anime fits into the greater Danganronpa universe. Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi, Alana Hagues, Peter Triezenberg


Retro Encounter 19-1: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Oct 05 2016 • 74 min
Retro Encounter wakes up in a hellish school where all the students are out to kill us. We delve into the first three chapters of Danganronpa by discussing our experiences solving the murder mysteries and developing relationships with the high school elites of Hope's Peak Academy. Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi, Alana Hagues, Peter Triezenberg


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Episode 50
Sep 29 2016 • 61 min
Retro Encounter celebrates 50 episodes by talking about the future of the podcast. Each of the Retro Crew names a game that we would be interested covering before we turn the power of choice to our listeners. Rock the vote! Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi, Peter Triezenberg, Alana Hagues, Robert Fenner


Retro Encounter 18-2: Valkyria Chronicles
Sep 22 2016 • 76 min
Another month has gone, and another game is over. Valkyria Chronicles has left a strong impression on the Retro crew this month, all with varying feelings. The squad look back at the second half of the game by touching on some of the most emotional and poignant moments. We find ourselves getting more and more attached to the characters as we move along, and whether we really trusted that character the whole way through. Join us as we celebrate victory and mourn our losses on Retro Encounter! Featuring: Chris Gebauer, Alana Hagues, Nilson Carroll


Retro Encounter 18-1: Valkyria Chronicles
Sep 15 2016 • 86 min
Retro Encounter tanks up and readies to defend the small principality of Gallia in Valkyria Chronicles. Initial impression are positive, and while discussion inevitably begins with the luscious art style of the game, we debate whether the presentation and battle system do enough to keep us hooked. We touch on our favourite moments in the first 10 chapters, and what we like and dislike about the battle system in this hidden gem. Join us for this exciting episode of Retro Encounter! Featuring: Chris Gebauer, Alana Hagues, Nilson Carroll


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Dreamcast Encounter
Sep 08 2016 • 65 min
Retro Encounter looks back fondly on Sega's last games console. The Dreamcast had a limited library of RPGs, but the ones it did have certainly didn't disappoint. It branched out into online gaming at a time where it seemed impossible. The Retro Crew look back at the console's classic RPGs and what makes them so great, as well as unearth some hidden gems. Just how well do these games still hold up? And was the Dreamcast too much too soon? Featuring: Mike Sollosi, Alana Hagues, Robert Fenner


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Essential Ten Part 2
Sep 01 2016 • 100 min
This is the epic conclusion to Retro Encounter's deliberation on what games deserve to be on the first ever Essential Ten. What games will make the illustrious final list? Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi, Peter Triezenberg, Marcos Gaspar


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Essential Ten Part 1
Aug 24 2016 • 114 min
Retro Encounter talks about our favorite RPGs of all time as we fight over which games belong on the Retro Encounter Essential 10. Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi, Peter Triezenberg, Marcos Gaspar



Retro Encounter 17-2: South Park: The Stick of Truth
Aug 15 2016 • 62 min
Retro Encounter completes our journey of South Park: The Stick of Truth in a fiery explosion of farts. Come listen as we provide our final thoughts, favorite party member, our excitement for the sequel and our favorite moments of the game. Featuring: Josh Curry, Chris Gebauer, Mike Sollosi


Retro Encounter 17-1: South Park: The Stick of Truth
Aug 04 2016 • 74 min
Retro Encounter absolutely loves South Park: The Stick of Truth! We start off with a discussion of our history with the show and how that translates into a game. Then we move onto talking about which classes we played, censorship in games, our surprise that games can be so funny and our overall excitement for how great The Stick of Truth is. Featuring: Josh Curry, Chris Gebauer, Mike Sollosi


Retro Encounter 16-2: Xenogears
Jul 28 2016 • 79 min
The Retro Encounter crew is back, but with one man down will they be able to make it to the end of Xenogears? With disc 2's sharp shift to a narrative focus, the gang discusses the major reveals of the game, the psychology behind its characters, and what Xenogears might have been like if Square had been given more time on it. Featuring: Caitlin Argyros, Alana Hagues, Robert Fenner


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Root Double
Jul 21 2016 • 47 min
This week, two of the Retro Crew take a look at Root Double: Before Crime * After Days, a nuclear meltdown visual novel by Takumi Nakzawa (Ever17, I/O) not wholly unlike Zero Escape. It's a mushroom cloud of mystery! Featuring: Davi Tesnovich, Robert Fenner


Retro Encounter 16-1: Xenogears
Jul 14 2016 • 62 min
Retro Encounter sits down to talk about the Square classic: Xenogears. We discuss the Xeno-universe, whether Xenogears has aged well, symbolism, the puzzle-esque boss fights, the combat system as a whole and our overall impressions of the early portion of the game. Featuring: Josh Curry, Alana Hagues, Caitlin Argyros, Robert Fenner


Retro Encounter 15-2: Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Jul 06 2016 • 64 min
Retro Encounter finished The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and is ready to break down our experiences. What was our favorite dungeon? Which one did we hate? Did we have a favorite mask? Were we crazy enough to try to collect all the masks? All will be revealed in the this exciting episode of Retro Encounter! Featuring: Josh Curry, Alana Hagues, Stephanie Sybydlo


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Persona 4
Jun 30 2016 • 85 min
In this Bonus Round of Retro Encounter we talk about all things Persona 4. We share our favorite characters and moments, argue about whether we got frisky with a certain nurse and discuss the general impact Persona has had on the industry. Also, don't worry; there are at least a couple bear jokes in honor of Teddie. Featuring: Josh Curry, Chris Gebauer, Mike Sollosi


Retro Encounter 15-1: Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Jun 01 2016 • 78 min
Retro Encounter embarks on a journey in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask to beat the Skull Kid and his menacing moon while playing. We discuss our history with Zelda, what makes Majora's Mask both special and different from the other games in the series and the plethora of upgrades to the 3DS port. Finally, there is plenty of talk surrounding the time mechanic and how that affects the experience. Featuring: Josh Curry, Chris Gebauer, Alana Hagues, Stephanie Sybydlo


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: SNES Encounter
May 26 2016 • 71 min
Retro Encounter is hit with a wave of nostalgia as we reminisce about the SNES. We talk about our favorite games, its effect on the gaming industry and how the US missed out on so many great games. We wrap up by giving suggestions to Josh on what games he should try. Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi, Davi Tesnovich


Retro Encounter 14-2: The World Ends With You
May 20 2016 • 45 min
Retro Encounter finishes The World Ends With You but remains confused on some details of the story. In turn, we talk about the Reaper's Game and try to parse out how it came into being. However, the main thrust of the conversation focuses on the characters, their story arcs and how your partners aid in Neku's transformation. Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi



Retro Encounter 14-1: The World Ends With You
May 12 2016 • 49 min
Retro Encounter traverses Tokyo in this episode in hopes of winning the Reapers' Game. We focus the discussion on The World Ends With You's combat system and our thoughts on the characters. We agree that Neku is unlikeable during the first couple days but will we ultimately find him to be endearing? Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi


Retro Encounter 13-2: Nier
Apr 20 2016 • 73 min
Retro Encounter puts on our detective hats as we decipher the unexpected betrayals, surprise twists and multiple endings of Nier. This podcast heavily focuses on plot as we talk about the Emil's coming of age, Kaine's cycle of death and resurrection and our favorite moments, characters and bosses of Nier. Featuring: Josh Curry, Peter Triezenberg, Chris Gebauer, Alana Hagues


Retro Encounter 13-1: Nier
Apr 06 2016 • 57 min
Retro Encounter goes on an epic adventure to save our daughter and destroy the shades in the process. We discuss the combat, the crazy story, talking books and of course, Kaine's outfit. Featuring: Josh Curry, Peter Triezenberg, Chris Gebauer, Alana Hagues


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Tetris
Apr 01 2016 • 22 min
Retro Encounter discusses how Tetris revolutionized video games, won the Cold War and still had time to be the best RPG of all-time with its memorable characters and riveting plot. This is not a episode that you will want to miss!! Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi, Peter Triezenberg, Marcos Gaspar, John Tucker


Retro Encounter 12: Juniper's Knot
Mar 14 2016 • 44 min
Retro Encounter finds a refreshing experience in Juniper's Knot. We put away our swords and grinding attitudes to experience this emotional story of two individuals who find companionship in one another. We discuss how the story excels, our thoughts on the characters and of course that ending. Featuring: Josh Curry, Davi Tesnovich, Chris Gebauer, Marcos Gaspar


Retro Encounter 11: To The Moon
Mar 08 2016 • 56 min
Retro Encounter sifts through timelines and memories as we try to give a man his dying wish in To the Moon. We discuss the effectiveness of the narrative, if Johnny was a good person and how sad the tragic tale of Johnny and River is. Featuring: Josh Curry, Davi Tesnovich, Mike Sollosi, Peter Triezenberg


Retro Encounter 10: Gone Home
Feb 28 2016 • 75 min
Retro Encounter returns home only to find it empty. Listen as we discuss our experiences uncovering the mysteries in Gone Home. We have a spirited debate on the quality of the story, characters and method of storytelling. Ultimately, we examine the emotional resonance the game had on each of us. Featuring: Josh Curry, Davi Tesnovich, Chris Gebauer, Robert Fenner


Retro Encounter 9-2: Pokemon
Feb 12 2016 • 75 min
Retro Encounter finishes our quest to be Pokemon masters as we defeat the Elite Four and live to share our experiences. In this episode we talk about if babies are like Pokemon, what makes a good party and what our perfect Pokemon game would be. We wrap up the podcast by listening to Josh rant about amiibos. Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi, Peter Triezenberg, Marcos Gaspar, Chris Gebauer


Retro Encounter 9-1: Pokemon
Jan 23 2016 • 58 min
Retro Encounter plays every generation of Pokemon to get a thorough perspective of pocket monsters. We talk about our history with the series, how we pick a starter Pokemon and whether a good offense is the best defense. Better yet, we answer what a Nuzlocke challenge is. Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi, Peter Triezenberg, Marcos Gaspar, Chris Gebauer


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: 2015 in Review
Jan 09 2016 • 85 min
Retro Encounter answers all the hard questions as we record our final podcast of 2015. What is our favorite game covered by Retro Encounter? What do we want to be covered on the podcast in the future? What games do we think Retro Encounter will never play? Finally, what were some of our favorite games we played in 2015? Featuring: Josh Curry, Caitlin Argyros, Peter Triezenberg, Mike Sollosi, Davi Tesnovich, Marcos Gaspar



Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Trails in the Sky Second Chapter
Jan 04 2016 • 44 min
Estelle is at it again. Retro Encounter is here to follow her on her travels as we discuss Estelle's character development, what is new and improved from the First Chapter and if Trails in the Sky Second Chapter supplies an ending with a proper resolution. We wrap up the show by talking about the newly released Trails of Cold Steel and what we expect from the game. Featuring: Josh Curry, Davi Tesnovich, Derek Heemsbergen, Robert Fenner Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 8-2: Parasite Eve
Dec 25 2015 • 65 min
Parasite Eve closes with an interesting ending that demands we talk about what it means. There is a discussion on the end bosses and which we had the most difficulty with. We debate the value of playing games without guides before we end with questions about why there has never been a good Parasite Eve sequel and if cinematic RPGs are still viable in today's market. Featuring: Josh Curry, Caitlin Argyros, Peter Triezenberg, Chris Gebauer, Mike Salbato Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 8-1: Parasite Eve
Dec 12 2015 • 65 min
Parasite Eve sure starts with a blast. Aya watches the people around her burn as she investigates why that opera lady has crazy eyes. Retro Encounter discusses how refreshing it is to play a strong, independent woman before talks focus on the battle system and the benefits of a cinematic RPG. We wrap up the podcast debating the pros and cons of linearity in games, which inevitably leads to talks about Final Fantasy XIII. Also, it wouldn't be a Retro Encounter without being distracted by a Zelda game; this time it's Skyward Sword. Featuring: Josh Curry, Caitlin Argyros, Peter Triezenberg, Chris Gebauer, Mike Salbato Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 7-3: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Dec 09 2015 • 75 min
We wrap up our playthrough of Deus Ex: Human Revolution with a thorough discussion on what the different endings mean, which of the four we picked and what ending will be canon going into Mankind Divided. Also, we talk about the importance of the Missing Link DLC and whether it is just filler or imperative to the Human Revolution storyline. Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi, Caitlin Argyros, Brett Wooley Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 7-2: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Dec 02 2015 • 86 min
After being initially distracted by Nintendo and Fire Emblem Fates, Retro Encounter turns their sights on Hengsha as we tackle the middle portion of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Secrets are revealed as we discover certain individuals are not dead, while we struggle to ensure others survive. Finally, it wouldn't be a Deus Ex podcast without talking about how we beat a boss fight. Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi, Caitlin Argyros, Brett Wooley Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Blizzard Encounter
Nov 20 2015 • 79 min
In this Retro Encounter Bonus Round, Mike and Josh talk about the big announcements from BlizzCon 2015. They cover the news from Starcraft II, the Warcraft movie, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, World of Warcraft and Diablo III. We are surprised Overwatch isn't free-to-play, question what it would take World of Warcraft to become a behemoth again, and wonder how Blizzard could monetize Diablo III. Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 7-1: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Nov 17 2015 • 87 min
Retro Encounter plays through the Detroit section of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. We talk about the differences between the original game and the Director's Cut while also learning that most of the group prefers to play the game stealthily. Thus far, the only blemish on our experience with Deus Ex is the boss fight; listen as we describe how we handled different encounters and our vastly different experiences with the Detroit final boss. We wrap up the podcast with a discussion on what augments we would want to have added to our bodies. Featuring: Josh Curry, Mike Sollosi, Caitlin Argyros, Brett Wooley Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 6: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Oct 31 2015 • 75 min
Retro Encounter tackles the classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and raises the question of is it best to be the first or is it best to be the best. The Retro Crew discusses our personal history with the series and how that affects our personal thoughts of the playthrough. The beauty of having an inverted castle, playing the game of Richter and the Kojima-esque intro of SOTN is all touched on. We wrap up the discussion with a talk about our favorite horror games of all time and what elements make horror effective. Featuring: Josh Curry, Davi Tesnovich, Marcos Gaspar, Peter Triezenberg, Chris Gebauer Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 5-3: Terranigma
Oct 15 2015 • 74 min
Terranigma ends in total craziness but somehow provides a satisfying resolution, or does it? We try to decipher what happened and determine Ark's role in the events of beating Dark Gaia. With the vagueness of the ending, the Retro Crew talks what makes a good ending. Finally, it wouldn't be a Retro Encounter without the talk getting seriously sidetracked; somehow the talk turns into a debate on game preservation and the role of emulators. Finally, we wish to extend our thanks to Martin Denk for giving us the permission to use music from his Terranigma unofficial soundtrack! See its VGMdb listing here: https://vgmdb.net/album/21800 Featuring: Josh Curry, Davi Tesnovich, Jesse Woo, Peter Triezenberg Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 5-2: Terranigma
Oct 02 2015 • 70 min
We are in the thick of Terranigma and with it comes the responsibility of resurrecting the plants, animals and humans. Although we have complaints about the confusing level design, the game's endearing weirdness and creative boss designs keep the Retro Crew excited to see the ending. We wrap up the discusiion by teaching Josh the power of magic rocks and arguing the virtues of protecting lost lions. Featuring: Josh Curry, Davi Tesnovich, Jesse Woo, Peter Triezenberg Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]



Retro Encounter 5-1: Terranigma
Sep 19 2015 • 72 min
Seems like Terranigma wasn't quite what some of us expected, but in a good way! A few embarrassing stories are shared before comparisons to other games lead to a conversation on what our favorite Zelda game is. We wrap up the podcast by trying to unpack what is actually going on in Terranigma; as Davi perfectly explains: it's an enigma!! Featuring: Josh Curry, Davi Tesnovich, Jesse Woo, Peter Triezenberg Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 4-3: The Last Story
Sep 07 2015 • 89 min
Another month down, another game completed. The Last Story generates different reactions but in the end, somehow, we find common ground when we review the game. That's right, you read that correctly, the Retro Crew reviews a game. Join us as we talk character motives, our favorite epilogues, the final boss battle and the legacy of Mistwalker. And of course it wouldn't be a Retro Encounter without us talking music. Featuring: Josh Curry, Michael Sollosi, Davi Tesnovich, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 4-2: The Last Story
Aug 29 2015 • 92 min
The Retro Crew reassembles to discuss the middle of The Last Story. Some of the luster of this innovative game has faded as we start our deep dive on what is good, bad and confusing. MMOs, game structure, boss battles, the music and our hopes for the ending of The Last Story are all touched on before we move onto more important topics. There is no talk about fighting games this time around, but it wouldn't be a Retro Encounter without talking about the potential perfect couples. Of course, lovers theory would have been more sensical if we could remember everyone's name, right? Get prepared to be introduced to Dangan Ranpa, Lowes, Eyepatch Dude, and Count Dracula! Featuring: Josh Curry, Michael Sollosi, Davi Tesnovich, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 4-1: The Last Story
Aug 18 2015 • 80 min
Join our motley crew of quick-witted editors as we adventure through the island of Lazulis in this month's Retro Encounter game, The Last Story! In this episode, we discuss our thoughts on the combat, the "lonely" narrator, invisible dyes, Zael forgetting the beer, cartoony trap doors, Cat Ganondorf, Sterling Archer, and other interesting topics. Featuring: Josh Curry, Michael Sollosi, Davi Tesnovich, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 3-3: Final Fantasy Tactics
Aug 11 2015 • 75 min
The Retro Encounter crew wrap up their expedition into the land of Ivalice in our last episode on Final Fantasy Tactics. We discuss final parties, sidequests, that manipulative anti-hero, Delita, and the shockers of the game's ending. You could say we have a "good feeling" about this game as we talk final thoughts and get pumped for our next adventure! Featuring: Josh Curry, Peter Triezenberg, Caitlin Argyros, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 3-2: Final Fantasy Tactics
Jul 25 2015 • 109 min
The intrepid crew of Retro Encounter continues their mission to explore the land of Ivalice, to seek out new alliances and new job classes, and boldly go where no Squire has gone before. In this episode, we talk about the Zodiac Stones and what they add to (or detract from) the main plot, why Chocobos breed like... well, like Chocobos, and get a live reaction to one of the more infamous portions of the game. Featuring: Josh Curry, Peter Triezenberg, Caitlin Argyros, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 3-1: Final Fantasy Tactics
Jul 12 2015 • 71 min
Join the Retro Crew as we talk about how amazing Final Fantasy Tactics is! Discussion revolves around our history with the game, how intimidating it is for new players, the best job classes and the differences between the original and War of the Lions versions, It is important to note that with the Fourth of July firework festivities and a myriad of Internet issues, parts of the recording suffer from technical difficulties. Those worried about listening to an entertaining podcast should proceed with caution. Featuring: Josh Curry, Peter Triezenberg, Caitlin Argyros, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 2-3: Final Fantasy X
Jul 08 2015 • 77 min
A dream dies and nearly everyone else is already dead in the third Final Fantasy X episode of Retro Encounter! The four podcasters explore musical score at length and try to figure out the ending before closing the book on Final Fantasy X. Featuring: Josh Curry, Peter Triezenberg, Michael Sollosi, Caitlin Argyros Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 2-2: Final Fantasy X
Jul 06 2015 • 86 min
1, 2, 3, TEACH US HOW TO BLITZ! Or at least listen to us talk about Blitzball for longer than it deserves (probably). Your HD-Remastered podcast team also discusses backtracking woes, questionable fashion decisions, and much more on the second Final Fantasy X episode. Featuring: Josh Curry, Peter Triezenberg, Michael Sollosi, Caitlin Argyros Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 2-1: Final Fantasy X
Jun 05 2015 • 55 min
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA COME LISTEN TO US PLAY FINAL FANTASY X AND TOTALLY NOT TALK ABOUT THE LAUGHING SCENE. Join the crew for opening thoughts and nostalgia-icizing about the oceaniest of the Final Fantasies, Final Fantasy X! Featuring: Josh Curry, Stephen Meyerink, Peter Triezenberg, Michael Sollosi Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]



Retro Encounter 1-3: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
Jun 01 2015 • 75 min
Chills! Thrills! Maybe some mind control? Who knows. Regardless, join the Retro Encounter team for their final foray through the world of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky! Featuring: Josh Curry, Stephen Meyerink, Peter Triezenberg, Davi Tesnovich, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 1-2: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
May 25 2015 • 94 min
The Retro Encounterers (not sure I like that appellation) press onward, deep into their Liberl-ian adventures. Stephen gets lost somewhere along the way, but count on the rest of the team to keep you up to speed on The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky! Featuring: Josh Curry, Peter Triezenberg, Davi Tesnovich, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 1-1: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
May 04 2015 • 49 min
The crew assembles to offer their introductory thoughts while we embark upon an adventure in the brave new world of Liberl in the first hours of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky! Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Josh Curry, Peter Triezenberg, Davi Tesnovich, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


Retro Encounter 0: Introduction
May 04 2015 • 14 min
Come join us for RPGFan's newest podcast, Retro Encounter! The crew gathers to introduce the show and talk shop. If you're the type who enjoys playing classic (and maybe some more recent) games, you'll want to be on the lookout for Retro Encounter's first episode, featuring The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky! Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Josh Curry, Jesse Woo, Peter Triezenberg, Davi Tesnovich, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? You guy are sick? Email us: [email protected]


No review available yet...