A Band of Gamers (ABOG)
Video games and music. Two hobbies in one podcast. An excuse for three best mates with many miles between them to hang out, talk about their favorite hobbies and drink a few brews together. Episodes include video game news, impressions and reviews along with new albums, gigs and record collecting.

Joel, Shane and Karl carry some salt into this episode and successfully keep the audio witches away. They share their overall impressions of the PlayStation Vita, gaming news, what they're playing and listening to and then pepper the ending with a scorching tune from Tenement.

Contents

Icebreaker // Salt or pepper?

0:03:10 Gaming Conversations // MLB The Show 16 is not coming to PlayStation Vita and since it officially marks the last of Sony's first party support, the guys reminisce and decide whether or not the system was worth it in the end. New game from Insomniac, Song of the Deep, physical release to be published by GameStop. Tom Clancy's The Division in an upcoming open beta. Knack 2 leaked but the guys aren't sure if a sequel is even warranted.

0:16:15 Playing // Unravel (XBOX One & PS4) has the entire crew captivated. Hear them gush about why it's worthy of a purchase. ABOG FC kicking ass (not really) in FIFA 16 (PS4). Karl agrees with Shane that The Order: 1886 (PS4) is vastly underrated. The guys also share a couple other games they've been playing during the past week.

0:35:15 Side B Music // Midnight Reruns Force of Nurture, Kula Shaker K 2.0, Father John Misty I Love You Honeybear, and MGC Music 2016 full line up and other details revealed for the upcoming Midwest Gaming Classic

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Direct download: 094.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:52pm CST

Audio issues, multiple takes, spilled beer and 1/3 Karl couldn't keep you away from episode 93.

Contents

Icebreaker // Which is the real football?

0:05:55 Gaming Conversations // Favorite football games of all time

0:16:30 Playing // Lego Marvel's Avengers (PS4), Baba Yaga dlc Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), Gems of War (XBOX One), Marvel Puzzle Quest (XBOX One)

0:28:10 Music // Weezer, Oasis, Metallica, Known to Wander/MGC Music

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Direct download: 093.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm CST

Back for a few days from a tour through Europe and Australia, Joel and Shane had the fortune of hosting Brett Newski in the ABOG studio for a quick chat about his musical beginnings. Brett is in town to release Hi-fi D.I.Y. before embarking on yet another tour. Hear about the first job he took in order to save for a guitar, sharting his pants while having to learn how to sing with an audience present and few other funny stories from arguably the hardest working musician currently living in Milwaukee.

Show notes and full, unedited interview available at http://www.abogpod.com/blog/ep92

Direct download: 092_Brett_Newski.mp3
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You'll never call them late for a beer. Shane, Joel and Karl are back for another video game and music conversation and then reveal the first band playing their MGC Music stage at the Midwest Gaming Classic on April 9th, 2016.

Contents

Icebreaker // How late is late?

0:04:30 Gaming Conversations // Former founders of Criterion Games reveal Dangerous Golf. Sony merges PlayStation into US-based Sony Interactive Entertainment. Lifetime XBOX One and PlayStation 4 console sales and the potential impact on the next few years of ABOG gaming.

0:13:00 Playing // ABOG FC via FIFA 16 (PS4), Tom Clancy's The Division Beta, Lego Marvel's Avengers (PS4), Star Wars Battlefront (PS4), Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), Halo 5: Guardians (XBOX One)

0:36:50 Music // Suede Night Thoughts, Kula Shaker, Brett Newski American Folk Armageddon and the reveal of the band kicking off this year's MGC Music stage at the Midwest Gaming Classic.

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Direct download: 091.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm CST

Shane and Karl survive poison and vampire bites by channeling their super powers, playing video games and spinning records. Must be another episode of ABOG wherein Joel can't come up with the creative words to describe a stellar episode.

Contents

Icebreaker // Would you rather be bitten by a radioactive spider or a vampire?

0:03:45 Gaming Conversations // Iron Maiden's RPG Legacy of the Beast where you can play as Eddie and travel through time battling monsters from the Iron Maiden universe. EA releases some free dlc for Star Wars Battlefront. There's a beta for World of Tanks out on the PS4. The ins and outs of recovering an old gamertag on a new XBOX One after establishing a new gamertag.

0:17:15 Playing // Rocket League Snow Day (PS4), Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (XBOX One), Fallout 4 (XBOX One), The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (XBOX 360), Titanfall (XBOX One), Little Big Planet (PS3), Little Big Planet 3 (PS4), NHL 16 (PS4), The Golf Club (PS4)

0:40:20 Music // The Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon, Megadeth Dystopia, Dave Mustaine 

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Direct download: 090_A_Wink_from_the_Case.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:45am CST

A Band of Gamers toast David Bowie and share their thoughts on his last album Blackstar in Side B. Before flipping sides they talk about Amazon's latest video game announcement, their most anticipated games of 2016, what they're playing and then close out the show with a great tune from Rocketbirds Hardboiled Chicken.

Contents

Icebreaker // If you won the lottery and had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

0:03:15 Gaming Conversations // Amazon announces 20% off preordered and new video games with Prime membership which seems to be a competitive reply to Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked. What about the digital titles? Can we get 20% off on full game download cards? Joel wishes he could.

Which games are the guys most looking forward to in 2016? Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4), Cuphead (XBOX One), Raging Justice (XBOX One), New Legend of Zelda (Nintendo console), Tom Clancy's The Division, The Last Guardian (PS4), Gran Turismo Sport (PS4), Unravel, No Man's Sky (PS4), Crackdown 3 (XBOX One), Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)

0:14:40 Playing // Plants Vs. Zombie Garden Warfare 2 (Beta), Lego Dimensions, Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), Joel is further from the Rocket League platinum trophy than he thought, Guns Gore & Cannoli (PS4),  NHL 16 Online Team Play (PS4)

0:37:25 Music // ABOG remembers David Bowie and other artists who passed away that left a lasting impact on their lives. They then share their thoughts about the last Bowie record Blackstar.

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Direct download: 089_A_Toast_to_Bowie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:52pm CST

VR is a walk in the park to ABOG regardless of the price but they still prefer the old fashioned controller and monitor set-up for gaming. Speaking of monitors, Joel shares the scoop on his new television and then Shane and Karl worry about their PS4's thanks to the added power of the 7th core. This and the usual what they're playing, listening to and another fantastic tune to close out the show.

Contents

Icebreaker // How was your holiday? What did you do on New Year's Eve?

0:04:15 Gaming Conversation // Oculus Rift's price is announced at $599 US, Joel shares his impressions of his new Samsung 4K television after replacing a faltering set and Sony unlocks the 7th core.

0:25:10 Playing // Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), XBOX One game sharing, Just Cause 3 (PS4), Guns, Gore and Cannoli (PS4), Borderlands 2 Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, Undertale (Steam)

0:50:30 Music // David Bowie Blackstar, David Bowie Station to Station, Albert Hammond Jr Momentary Masters, Red Hot Chili Peppers Live at Cardiff June 2004 (free download)

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Direct download: 088_Seventh_Son_of_a_Seventh_Core.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:51am CST

An annual tradition renewed for another season. A Band of Gamers shares yours and their favorite video games and albums of 2015.

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0:02:00 Community Submissions // With contributions from David Sodee @dbsodee, Chris Patrick PSN:beanhead26, Louise Davis @TheLastLurtz, Katie Stubbs @katieee120, Sergio @Musikfool81, Chad @close_2nd, Chris Jones, Michael Bothe @MikePSN2013X, Si Lane, Javier Farfan, William Mackellar @lardteamaker, Rob @nafscub, Scott Ollek @FL1P42

0:22:00 ABOG Favorite Albums 

0:32:05 ABOG Favorite Video Games

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Direct download: 087_Favorites_of_the_Year_2015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:43pm CST

A Band of Gamers shares their approach to managing console hard drive space, which PS2 games they want on the PS4, what they're playing, movie theater etiquette and a fresh tune from Milwaukee's Faux Fiction.

Contents

Icebreaker // What is your favorite science fiction movie?

0:03:25 Gaming // ABOG shares how they manage their console hard drive space. Shane recently bought a second PS4 so the conversation is timely for him. They then hit up the popular Twitter hashtag #ps2ps4 and share the games they'd like to play again on their PS4's - Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, SSX, SSX Tricky, Super Bust-A-Move, TimeSplitters 2, Mister Mosquito, Katamari Damacy, Downhill Domination, Test Drive Unlimited, Bully, Raw Danger! and God Hand

0:14:40 Playing // Fallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront, Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse (Vita), Little Big Planet PS Vita, Jetpack Joyride (Vita), Run Sackboy! Run! (Vita), The Crew (PS4), and Rogue Legacy (Vita), Karl's brand new XBOX One, XBOX One Game Sharing, tales from Saturday night Star Wars Battlefront community gaming session, Halo 5: Guardians, Rock Zombie (XBOX One), Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), Disney Infinity 3.0 Force Awakens Play Set

0:36:45 Star Wars: The Force Awakens // A brief conversation about the experience seeing the latest Star Wars film in the theater and movie theater popcorn munching etiquette. Spoiler free - listen with confidence.

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Direct download: 086_XBOX_One_Force_Awakens.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:48pm CST

Karl's football team has him down and perhaps they won't make his favorites of the year list and Shane is waiting for a price cut on a Christmas tree. The guys converse about end of the year lists, multiplayer games they'd like to play on the newest consoles, what they're playing and listening to and then close it out with a Transformers inspired tune from Blitskald.

Contents

Icebreaker // Real or fake Christmas tree?

0:06:45 Gaming // Tis the season for video game reviews; how do you find value in these lists and are any worth your trust? Who does ABOG put their trust in for year ending best-of lists? Killzone 3 multiplayer is missed by the ABOG community; which other games would the guys like to bring back and play on the latest gaming consoles?

0:23:15 Playing // Drawn to Death (PS4), Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS4), The Crew: Wild Run (PS4), Fallout 4 (PS4), Karl's last week with a Vita? Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken and the New World Revolution soundtrack (Vita), Rocket League (PS4), Transformers: Devastation (PS4), Borderlands 2 (Steam), King's Quest (PS4)

0:49:00 Music // Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots,  Frank Sinatra, Garbage "Bleed Like Me", Santana, David Bowie "Blackstar"

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Direct download: 085_Played_It_My_Way.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:39pm CST