A Band of Gamers (ABOG)
Video games and music. Stay current with the fast-paced gaming industry and discover new music. Episodes include news and brews, impressions of the latest video games, new records and community interactions. Join three postive-minded best mates every other week as they sip a few beers and share their love of gaming and music.

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

Links

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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

Links

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm CST

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

Links

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

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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Direct download: Footys2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm CST

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)"

Links

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

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:29am CST

Shane loses the cliches, Karl talks a long song and Joel sneaks in through the backstage.

Side A Video Games

  • XBOX One X
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Destiny 2
  • Yakuza 0
  • Hand of Fate 2

Side B Music

  • Quicksand Interiors
  • Shed Seven Instant Pleasures
  • Zach Pietrini house show and Holding Onto Ghosts
  • Kamasi Washington
  • The Divine Comedy

Side C Community

  • Midwest Gaming Classic 2018
  • Upcoming Favorites of the Year Episode
  • Discord questions for the co-hosts
    • Ever think you could be doing something more productive while gaming?
    • Best gig
    • Which console would you like to see made into a mini/classic and what games should be included?

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: Lost_Cliches.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CST

Joel proclaims 2017 the year of Nintendo and the guys chat about the SNES Classic and Super Mario Odyssey. Shane prefers a more realistic digital pinball game. New game discussions about Pinball FX3, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Cuphead and Gran Turismo Sport. Liam Gallagher's new record might be the third best Oasis album. Karl recaps EGX, talks about the new Prophets of Rage record and defends Audioslave.

Side A Video Games

  • EGX 2017 Recap
  • SNES Classic Edition
  • Pinball FX3
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Cuphead
  • Until Dawn
  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • Super Mario Odyssey

Side B Music

  • Liam Gallagher As You Were
  • Prophets of Rage Self-Titled Debut Album
    • A Tangent about Audioslave
  • Gigs
    • Chicano Batman & Khruangbin at Turner Hall
    • Queens of the Stone Age & Royal Blood at Eagles Ballroom
    • Ryley Walker & Bill MacKay at Acme Records

Music Played In This Episode

  • Intro and Segue: Tiny Rockets "State of Flux (TRR Mix)"
  • Outro: The Coalition "Call Me"
    • Dedicated to Extra Life. This song was recorded and released by Karl and his friends back in 2011 to help raise money to send a sick child, Harrison, to St. Louis for an operation.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

ABOG Unpubbed new and improved with more Rick.

Side A Video Games

  • Nintendo Minified
  • Punch Out! Arcade
  • Expensive iPhone Gaming
  • Second PS4
  • Everybody's Golf
  • Madden NFL 18
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • NHL 18

Side B Music

  • JD McPherson Live
  • Death From Above 1979 Outrage! Is Now
  • The Gleasons Worries at the Gate

Side C Community

  • Which generation of consoles is better?
  • Gaming Nights
  • Extra Life
  • Movies to watch over and over again 
  • Music of Twin Peaks

Music Played In This Episode

  • Intro by Tiny Rockets

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*We're working out some new recording processes and equipment. Working diligently to bring the quality back up to our usual high standards.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:07am CST

The old timers crawl out of retirement and get the band back together in a new, relaxed format. No agenda and no edits. So basically like 99% of the gaming podcasts out there.

Side A Video Games

  • Gamescom
  • XBOX One X Preorders
  • Minecraft XBOX One S
  • Crackdown 3 delay
  • Shenmue 3
  • SNES Mini
  • What We're Playing

Side B Music

  • Queens of the Stone Age Villains
  • Bon Scott AC/DC
  • Van Halen and Van Hagar

Music Played In This Episode

  • Intro by Tiny Rockets

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Direct download: Great_Minds_Drink_Alike.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm CST