Episode 43 – Unconventional approaches

Megan never does anything by the book.

  • Why perform a Kpop song you’ve practiced, when you could perform one you’ve never done?
  • Why play a game enthusiastically, when you could sleep through it while your girlfriend patiently and politely says nothing as your character walks into a wall for five minutes?
  • Why have riveting dialogue, when you could have awkward localizations?
  • Why have empowering characters, when you could just tell the woman in your party to cook while the men are off fighting?

Episode 41 – Megan’s addiction to 80s clothing and psychic hotlines

These are two things I never thought Megan would have enjoyed. But I guess you never really know someone until you bring them onto Swag Tier. Case in point, these photos!

Episode 40 – The Rental Service Episode

Part of the fun in not planning a strict episode script is seeing where conversations will take you, and feeling free to follow them as far as they’ll go. What starts out as a brief mention about Megan finishing up Suikoden and beginning Legend of Dragoon turns into a discussion about turn-based battle systems with reflex rewards, renting games repeatedly, then covering all manner of rental services: video games, movies, and even Legos! We slip in an overview of Riot Games’ first board game Mechs vs Minions, but honestly (and strangely,) this episode is mostly about rental services.

(Unfortunately, SwagBucks is no longer offering the $10 moneymaker deal for a 2-month Gamefly subscription. But we’ll let you know if it ever returns!)

Episode 38 – Amazon outed Megan’s girlfriend

Here at Swag Tier, we only loosely plan our topics, roughly budget time for each within a 30-minute episode, then go for it. We wanted to talk about the Megan’s playtest of Thornwatch (5 minutes), her Black Beauty revelation (5 minutes), Steven’s trip weeklong to Puerto Rico (10 minutes), then Megan’s first Rennaisance Faire (10 minutes). But this episode is a classic example of how much we (don’t) care about those marks. We’re 20 minutes into the episode before we even start in on Puerto Rico, and ignore any sights to focus in on Steven missing his flight. Classic Swag Tier.

Episode 34 – Special Guest Dave Rottino and Stevie-G / S-Money

This week, we’re joined by Dave Rottino from Rated G for Gamers, the podcast that Steven guest starred on last month. We had plans to chat about how Dave has been going to PAX for years just like we have, but in true Swag Tier fashion, we throw all that out the window to embrace the natural banter and flow of friends catching up with one another.

Episode 31 – Kitty in the Demo Night

Steven went to Playcrafting‘s Demo & Play Night in NYC, where several local indie devs came to show off the progress of their upcoming games. We talk about the super adorable Kitty in the Box VR by Mokuni Games, and Zarvot by Snowhydra Games. (But mostly about aiming laser pointers at your face so a cat will fly at you for you to catch.)

Episode 30 – Dread-ful open mic

Steven participated in his first open mic ever, getting up in the middle of monologues, songs, and standup performances to run a short storytelling experience based on an indie RPG called Dread. While traditional tabletop roleplaying games have you roll dice to overcome challenges, players in Dread pull blocks from a Jenga tower. Listen in to hear how it went! We close out with our first fan art request…

Episode 29 – Bring it on, Korea!

We’re here with the first in-person episode since our first two episodes recorded in a hotel room at PAX South! Steven is visiting Megan to be there for her Kpop Academy showcase performance, so this was recorded at her home on opposite sides of the same mic. We talk about what it was like to apply, how it felt to be part of this free five-week bootcamp, and the creation of her group “Megan and the Mamamoos” “Five by Five”. (Not to be confused with f(x).)

Episode 27 – The first issue of Megan’s Mediocre Recommendations

Learn about:

  • the eating differential between Steven and Megan;
  • Megan’s new bae;
  • Steven’s growing obsession with kpop boy band dance choreography;
  • Megan’s history of entering and winning Wonder Girls contests;
  • Steven getting into Overwatch competitive (and Megan realizing that audio cues help);
  • Megan’s mediocre recommendation for Mighty No 9.
    • Steven’s paraphrasing: “If you have spare money, and time, and are not doing anything better, I guess you can play this game. It’s okay. It kind of makes me frustrated, but the music’s good I guess.”

Episode 26 – Portugal trips and Korean training

Steven returns from his trip to Portugal, and Megan returns sweaty and invigorated from her dance training at the Kpop Academy. Come learn about:

  • Portuguese Pokemon Go;
  • Portuguese pastries;
  • Korean dance training bootcamp;
  • the open invite to Megan’s dance showcase;
  • how her class was forced at knifepoint by a group of 12-year olds to learn NCT U The 7th Sense.