A Band of Gamers (ABOG)
Video games and music. Stay current with the fast-paced gaming industry and discover new music with three postive-minded co-hosts who balance both hobbies with life, family & career. Delivered in a casual, conversational style. It's like joining good mates in the pub for a chat and some laughs. Episodes including gaming news, impressions of the latest video games, what in their pint glasses, a recommended record, and other topical banter.

Joel and Karl recap Midwest Gaming Classic 2018, MGC Music and their experience hanging out in person for the first time. After the recap there's some audio recorded at Lakefront Brewery with a few close friends all sharing what's in their pint glasses.

Music Played In This Episode

  • Intro, segue and outro music provided with permission by Tiny Rockets

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Impressions of Sea of Thieves, Far Cry 5, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom and Arcade Archives PUNCH-OUT!! Grow that e-penis with more easy platinum trophies. Tasty brews. Recommended record Summertime Songs from Field Report and the usual disagreement at the end of the show this time about Jack White's new LP.

0:02:53 Side A Video Games

News

  • Pixel Junk Monsters 2
  • No Man's Sky coming to XBOX One

Playing

  • Sea of Thieves
  • Far Cry 5
  • Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Arcade Archives PUNCH-OUT!!

PlayStation 4 E-Penis Extender

  • Burnout Paradise Remastered
  • PlayStation Vita games previously beat on PlayStation 4
  • Burley Men at Sea
  • Black & White Bushido
  • Perfect Angle

Brews

  • Daisy Capra | Half Acre Beer Company
  • Radical Road | Stewart Brewing
  • British IPA | Strathcona Beer Company

1:01:54 Side B Music

Recommended Album 

  • Field Report Summertime Songs

Listening To

  • Jack White Boarding House Reach

1:32:48 Side C Community

  • Midwest Gaming Classic is in two weeks!! Both Karl and Joel will be there. Join them for a pint and be in the next episode as they plan to record podcast audio with the community members in attendance.

Music Played In This Episode

  • Intro, segue and outro music provided with permission by Tiny Rockets

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Direct download: 163.mp3
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Review of Burnout Paradise Remastered, easy platinum trophies for enhancing your e-penis, Faux Fiction Dark Matter hat trick, Led Zep fake or legit band Greta Van Fleet and MGC Music 2018 line up. 

0:02:53 Side A Video Games

News

  • Super Smash Bros is headed to the Nintendo Switch.
  • A release date was announced for a new Tomb Raider game revealed in theaters as a trailer before the Tomb Raider movie. Game is called Shadow Of The Tomb Raider and will be released on September 14th on PlayStation 4, XBOX One and PC.
  • Geralt from The Witcher series was announced as a playable character in the upcoming Soul Caliber game. Soul Caliber 6 is due out later this year.
  • Sega Genesis Collection announced for PlayStation 4 and XBOX One but not on the Switch. Joel thinks this might be a sign of Virtual Console coming soon to Nintendo Switch.
  • Genesis or Super Nintendo? Had to ask.
  • Fake Activation Twitter account announces a new Spyro. Didn't realize so many people were so giddy over Spyro.

Brews

  • Double Dry Hopped Galaxy Hero | Revolution Brewing
  • Guinness | St. Jame's Gate, Dublin
  • Knucklepuck | Peabody Heights Brewery

Playing

  • Review of Burnout Paradise Remastered
  • Tips for inflating your e-penis with Karl's easy/dirty platinums
    • Energy Cycle
    • The Little Acre
    • Dying: Reborn
    • Goat Simulator
    • Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two
    • Midnight Deluxe
    • Mr. Massagy
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter
  • Coffin Dodgers
  • Gears of War 4
  • Halo 5: Guardians

1:00:01 Side B Music

Recommended Album 

Listening To

  • Is Greta Van Fleet a Led Zeppelin copy? Is that OK? Is it offensive? We try and answer these questions and sort it out together after putting their latest EP From The Fires through its paces.
  • Jimi Hendrix Both Sides of the Sky
  • Myles Kennedy Year of the Tiger

Spotify Playlist associated with this episode

1:39:15 Side C Community

  • MGC Music 2018 line up at Midwest Gaming Classic

Music Played In This Episode

  • Intro, segue and outro music provided with permission by Tiny Rockets

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Direct download: 162.mp3
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Is Nintendo playing it safe with the Switch? It's probably the only safe bet in this entire episode to be fair. Hear how the PlayStation Vita has been doing the handheld thing with proper controllers for years now. How the guys risk their lives to enjoy IPA's every episode. Graphic warning labels that can't stop cancer. Horrible games for dirty platinums. A pop album that makes Shane and Joel squirm. All culminating at the end with an argument about respected bands that can't get no respect on ABOG.

0:02:05 Side A Video Games

News

  • XBOX Game Pass games being added in March include Sea of Thieves, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Super Lucky's Tail, Oxenfree, The Final Station and Resident Evil: Revelations 2
  • The Witcher 2, Crackdown, Fable Anniversary and Forza Horizon now available on XBOX One as backwards compatible 360 games and have an added XBOX One X enhanced patch
  • PlayStation dropping PS3 and Vita games starting in March 2019. They're no longer including two on each platform every month as a "free" offering with the PlayStation Plus membership
  • Bloodborne and Ratchet & Clank added as the PlayStation Plus games for this month

Brews

  • First World Problems | Stewart Brewing
  • Space Dust IPA | Elysian Brewing Company
  • Cryo Haze IPA | Untitled Art (collaboration with Central State Brewery)

Playing

  • Review: The Station (PS4)
  • Karl's dirty platinum trophies quest for charity: Tekken 7, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Minecraft: Story Mode, Virginia, 36 Fragments of Midnight & Little Adventure on the Prairie
  • Fortnite (PS4)
  • Monster Hunter: World (PS4)
  • Crackdown (XBOX 360 via XBOX One X Enhanced)
  • Gears of War 4 (XBOX One)
  • Nex Machina (PS4)

1:03:48 Side B Music

Recommended Album 

  • DON BROCO Technology

Listening To

  • Avenged Sevenfold Hail To The King
  • Daniele Luppi, Parquet Courts Milano
  • Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016
  • The Budos Band III
  • Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By

1:34:32 Side C Community

  • Community plans for Midwest Gaming Classic 2018
  • Sunday morning coffee, muffin and Gears of War 4
  • Sea of Thieves ABOG crew sets sail on launch day March 20th

Music Played In This Episode

  • All music provided with kind permission by Tiny Rockets

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Direct download: 161.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42am CDT

Take a seat on a memorial park bench, it's time to listen to a new episode of ABOG. Slow news period in gaming but there's still plenty to rant about including anti-social media, cheap platinum trophies and the end of a long-running addiction. Recommended record from Khruangbin, Joel's Valentine's Day with Valerie June, Karl's guilty pleasure record and a potentially pricey Gorillaz pressing for Shane in music. Side C details ABOG's Midwest Gaming Classic 2018 plans and they're so good a special guest might make the long trek from Europe to join in.

0:03:11 Side A Video Games

News

  • My Nintendo adding Switch rewards.
  • XBOX fans with big hands rejoice. The Duke controller making a comeback this Spring.
  • Hori Onyx controller for PlayStation 4 fans that prefer offset sticks.
  • Hovering over the buy button for the Analogue Super Nt.

Brews

  • Elvis Juice | BrewDog
  • Nocturnum | Strange Fellows Brewing
  • Unbridled Enthusiasm | Third Space Brewing

Playing

  • Monster Hunter: World (PS4)
  • Cheeky games for 30-40 platinum trophies
  • New Machina by Limited Run Games
  • Gears of War 4 (XBOX One)
  • Overwatch (PS4)

1:05:30 Side B Music

Recommended Albums 

  • Khruangbin Con Todo El Mundo

Listening To

  • Valerie June Live at Pabst Theater 2/16/18
  • Record night via Discord and Spotify
  • Don Broco Technology
  • Gorillaz Demon Days | Vinyl Me Please Release

1:37:30 Side C Community

  • ABOG Plans at Midwest Gaming Classic 2018
    • Thursday night: dinner at Vanguard, beer at Sugar Maple
    • Friday afternoon: Lakefront Brewery Tour with beers and late lunch/early dinner
    • Friday night: Uber Tap Room and Cheese Bar, 1983 Arcade
    • Saturday night: The Gleasons live at The House of Guinness
    • Sunday night: Margo Price live at Turner Hall

Music Played In This Episode

  • All music provided with kind permission by Tiny Rockets

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Karl leads a book club for ladies who are never squeamish. Joel designs the ugliest Pinewood derby racer to never fall out of the starting gate. Shane limits his friends list to four and has an imaginary cat named Bernie.

Side A Video Games

News

  • XBOX Game Pass expands to include new release games from Microsoft Studios
  • God of War will release in April
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 delayed
  • XBOX has a serious exclusive games problem per a recent Polygon story and will Microsoft buy EA or Valve to quickly resolve that issue?
  • Prepare to beat up your ABOG co-hosts in Raging Justice later this year

Brews

  • Tranquilty IPA | The Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery
  • Wild Bill's IPA | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc
  • HopRocket | Octopi Brewing

Playing

  • Trailmakers (Steam)
  • Doki Doki Literature Club! (Steam)
  • Monster Hunter: World (PS4)
  • Pixel Junk Monsters (Intravenously)
  • Gears of War 4 (XBOX One)

Side B Music

Recommended Albums 

  • First Aid Kit Ruins

Listening To

  • Slayer! Slayer! Slayer!
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa Black Coffee
  • Daniele Luppi, Parquet Courts MILANO
  • The Raging Nathans Cheap Fame

Music Played In This Episode

  • All music provided with kind permission by Tiny Rockets

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Amazing how talking about some cardboard can help even three old dudes remember they used to be kids. Nintendo might be onto something. Join Joel, Shane and Karl for another episode of weather reports, gaming and music. Perhaps they'll even teach you how to fold yourself a record player by the end of this one. Pour yourself a strawberry beer and plug in some headphones, it's ABOG time children.

Side A Video Games

News

Brews

  • Fruli Premium Strawberry Beer
  • Cornish IPA - St. Austell Brewery
  • Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds Brewing Co

Playing

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)
  • Friday the 13th: The Game (PS4)
  • Bloodborne (PS4)
  • Dark Souls III
  • Pinball Arcade: Season 7 (PS4)
  • Pixel Junk Monsters (PlayStation Now)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
  • Forza Horizon 3 (XBOX One X Enhanced)

Side B Music

Recommended Albums 

  • Jeff Rosenstock Post-
  • Berwanger And The Star Invaders

Listening To

  • First Aid Kit Ruins
  • Corrosion of Conformity No Cross No Crown
  • Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish

Music Played In This Episode

  • Intro and segue provided by Tiny Rockets

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Direct download: 158.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:57pm CDT

The 2017 Footys! Favorite video games and albums of 2017.

0:02:20 Side A Video Games

Favorite video games of 2017

Karl

  1. Persona 5 (PS4)
  2. Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
  3. CupHead (Xbox/PC)
  4. Yakuza Zero (PS4)
  5. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)
  6. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) 
  7. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4)
  8. NIER Automata (PS4)
  9. South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, Xbox, PC)
  10. Legend of Zelda: BOTW (Switch)

Shane

  1. GT Sport (PS4) 
  2. Super Nintendo Classic 
  3. Nier: Automata (PS4)
  4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4)
  5. Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)

Joel

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
  2. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
  3. Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
  4. Cuphead (XBOX One)
  5. Wolfenstein 2 (XBOX One)

Listener choices for favorite games of the year

1:15:50 Side B Music

Favorite albums of 2017

Karl

  1. Creeper Eternity in Your Arms
  2. Code Orange Forever
  3. At the Drive In Inter Alia
  4. Elder: Reflections of a Floating World
  5. Death From Above Outrage! Is Now
  6. Liam Gallagher As You Were
  7. Mastodon Emperor of Sand
  8. Cloud Nothings Life Without Sound
  9. Noel Gallagher Who Built The Moon?
  10. Queens of the Stone Age Villains

Joel

  1. Cloud Nothings Life Without Sound
  2. Whips The Ride
  3. Chicano Batman Freedom Is Free
  4. Thundercat Drunk
  5. Queens of the Stone Age Villains
  6. Kendrick Lamar Damn
  7. Waxahatchee Out in the Storm
  8. Zach Pietrini Band Holding Onto Ghosts
  9. Dreamcar Dreamcar
  10. Elkhorn The Black River & High Plains Cinderland (tie)

Shane

  1. Bad Cop/Bad Cop Warriors
  2. Ryan Adams Prisoner
  3. Noel Gallagher Who Built The Moon?
  4. Flatliners Inviting Light
  5. The Real McKenzies Two Devils Will Talk
  6. Isotopes 1994 World Series Champions
  7. CJ Ramone American Beauty
  8. Cloud Nothings Life Without Sound
  9. Liam Gallagher As You Were
  10. Eagles of Death Metal Live at the Olympia

Brad

  1. Sarah Shook & The Disarmers Sidelong
  2. At The Drive In Inter Alia
  3. Queens of the Stone Age Villains
  4. Dreamcar Dreamcar
  5. Mastodon Emperor of Sand
  6. Living Colour Shade
  7. Gogol Bordello Seekers and Finders
  8. Cloud Nothings Life Without Sound
  9. Death From Above Outrage! Is Now
  10. The Regrettes Feel Your Feelings Fool

Listener choices for favorites albums of the year

Intro and Segue Music Provided By Tiny Rockets

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm CDT

Little quick something for your stocking. Ear stuffing for the drive to grandma's house. Happy Holidays and Merry New Year from ABOG! See you in 2018.

Side A Video Games

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Gran Turismo Sport

Side B Music

  • Amos Pitsch Lake Effect
  • Todd Wisenbaker Christmas in Silver Lake Vol. 1

Music Played In This Episode

  • Intro: Tiny Rockets "State of Flux (TRR Mix)"

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Direct download: 156.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm CDT

Shane and Karl called this episode Biblical. Either they are celebrating Christmas with a full dose of Jesus or perhaps they think it's a large scale, epic or intense show. Listen to find out.

Side A Video Games

  • Game Awards
  • PSX
  • PUBG XBOX One
  • Fortnite
  • Monster Hunter Worlds BETA (PS Plus)
  • Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker BETA
  • Yakuza Zero
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • GT Sport
  • NHL18
  • Planet of the Eyes

Side B Music

  •  Noel Gallagher Who Built The Moon?
  • Oasis: Supersonic
  • Gigs
    • Shed Seven
    • Cast

Music Played In This Episode

  • Intro and Segue: Tiny Rockets "State of Flux (TRR Mix)"
    • Used with permission and is podsafe

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Direct download: Biblical.mp3
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