Duckfeed Update: August 12, 2016

Duckfeed Live for August 2016

We're going live again on August 17 at 6:00pm Eastern to answer your prompts and queries. Head on over to the event page to put in your questions (unless you're a Priority Questions person on Patreon, in which case, please check your email).

Abject Suffrage for August 2016

This month's poll for next month's Exquisite Suffering episode is a real doozie. You've got Croc, Heavy Nova, Dragon Power, and the infamous Pepsiman. Backers at the $6+ level can head here to cast their votes.

Team Fortress 2

We're continuing to play Team Fortress 2 on the Watch Out for Fireballs! server. Head over to this page to get the info you need to join us.

Recent Releases

Monster in My Podcast

Upcoming WOFF! Games

  • Phantasy Star IV.
  • Team Fortress 2.
  • Toejam & Earl.

Upcoming Bonfireside Chat Episodes

  • Smoldering Lake
  • Irithyll Dungeon / Profaned Capital

Duckfeed Update: August 5, 2016

Sorry I was gone

Thanks for abiding my brief absence, since I was on vacation and THEN I was in Austin. The regular schedule will return.

Team Fortress 2 Server

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Watch Out for Fireballs, we've set up a Team Fortress 2 server for the community, and we're covering that game for our anniversary episode. Come and play with us! It's a great time.

One Year of Slack

Our Slack channel has been a wonderful development for the network, and it turns 1 year old today. To celebrate this, our Slack community members get a 30% discount on premium shows! See more details here.

Recent Releases

Monster in My Podcast

Upcoming WOFF! Games

  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Toejam and Earl

Upcoming Bonfireside Chat Areas

  • Irithyll (Part 2)
  • Irithyll Dungeons / Profaned Capital

Duckfeed Update: July 8, 2016

Austin Show Details

We'd love to see you in Austin TX! We'll be at the Classic Game Fest on July 30 and 31. To that end, we have more details about our live show. We'll be covering Punch Out at our live panel, and we'll have a playable Punch Out station at our booth.

Want to drink with us? We'll be at the Kung Fu Saloon on Saturday night July 30, starting at 8pm local time.

You can find more information about tickets, the meetup, and more at this landing page for the Austin 2016 show.

Recent Releases

Monster in My Podcast

Upcoing WOFF! Episodes

  • Deus Ex: Invisible War.
  • Elite Beat Agents / Rhythm Heaven.
  • Phantasy Star IV.

Upcoming Bonfireside Chat Episodes:

  • Catacombs of Carthus.
  • Irrithyl of the Boreal Valley.

Duckfeed Update: July 1, 2016

Exquisite Suffering

It's the first of the month, so it's time for the big Exquisite Suffering switchover!

The newest episode, available to our $6+ backers on Patreon, is all about Star Fox Adventures. Join in to hear us talk about an underwhelming entry in a series we inexplicably have affection for, while we simultaneously dive into one of the most offputting fandoms in the world.

Meanwhile, last month's episode about Golgo 13 is now available for all who want to hear us be baffled by anime.

Hex Crank Goings-On

I finished up my Rule of Rose playthrough, and you can see it here. My next (or, current) stream will be about Deadly Premonition. So be sure to Follow me on Twitch, and also follow Hex Crank on twitter at @hexcrank.

Recent Releases:

Monster in My Podcast:

Upcoming WOFF! Games:

  • Deus Ex: Invisible War.
  • Elite Beat Agents / Rhythm Heaven.
  • Phantasy Star IV.

Upcoming Bonfireside Chat Episodes:

  • Farron's Keep.
  • Catacombs of Carthus.
  • Irrithyl of the Boreal Valley, Pt. 1

Duckfeed Update: June 24, 2016

Hex Crank Lives!

A while back, I had a short-lived blog about survival horror games called Hex Crank. It languished for a couple of years, and I felt really bad about that. So bad, that I decided to revive it.

You can find Hex Crank at its own dedicated site and even read the new article about Alone in the Dark. Which includes a video, and those will be a regular part of the whole thing going forward. Also, remember all those streams I announced here? You can find those there, too, as part of Hex Crank Live. I'm even covering a really rare game to celebrate: the elusive Rule of Rose.

I'm really proud of this, and I'd love if more people knew about it. So tell your friends, and come get spooked.

Join Us In Austin

Coming up, at the end of July, Gary and I will be coming to the Austin Classic Game fest to do a live show and hang out a booth. We'll have more details in the coming couple of weeks, but I wanted to remind you... It's at this website, and we'd love to see you.

Recent Releases

Monster in My Podcast

Upcoming WOFF! Games

  • Day of the Tentacle
  • Rhythm Heaven / Elite Beat Agents
  • Phantasy Star IV

Upcoming BSC Episodes

  • Farron Keep
  • Catacombs of Carthus
  • Irrithyl of the Boreal Valley (Part 1)

Duckfeed Update: June 17, 2016

Adaptation Decay

Our premium Patreon shows are starting to hit the store. Adaptation Decay is now available, with our first episode about the Resident Evil movie from 2002.

Patreon backers at the $20+ levels can already get access to the new episode of Adaptation Decay about the Doom movie.

Kole's Streaming Again!

Want to see Echo Night: Beyond, or Resident Evil 3? Follow Kole on his Twitch channel or check out the Duckfeed.tv YouTube channel to see more games like these as they hapen.

Recent Episodes

Monster in My Podcast

Upcoming WOFF! Episodes

  • Day of the Tentacle.
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War.
  • Elite Beat Agents / Rhythm Heaven.
  • Phantasy Star IV.

Upcoming Bonfireside Chat Episodes

  • Cathedral of the Deep.
  • Farron's Keep.
  • Catacombs of Carthus.

Duckfeed Update: June 10, 2016

WOFF! Poll

We're gearing up for Summer by putting out a new Watch Out for Fireballs! poll. We're relying on you, our listeners and Patreon backers, to help us choose which rhythm games to play. Head over here to check out the options.

Bonfireside Chat Special

As a reward for the Souls of Darkness Kickstarter, Gary and Allison recorded a special about their top 10 Souls/Borne areas. Hit it up!

Duckfeed Live on YouTube

In case you miss our Duckfeed Live sessions, remember that you can watch them later on this YouTube playlist.

Recent Episodes:

Monster in My Podcast:

Upcoming WOFF! Games:

  • Fallout: New Vegas (DLC Episode).
  • Day of the Tentacle.
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War.
  • Rhythm Game Poll.

Upcoming Bonfireside Chat Episodes:

  • Cathedral of the Deep.
  • Farron's Keep.
  • Catacombs of Carthus.

Duckfeed Update: June 3, 2016

Exquisite Suffering!

The first of the month was a couple of days ago, and that means it's time for an Exquisite Suffering rollover!

Gary and I talked about Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode and didn't really care for it, and that's up on the backer feed right now. Additionally, last month's episode about Rising Zan just went up on the store, so go check that out now.

Recent Releases

Monster in My Podcast

Upcoming WOFF! Games

  • Fallout: New Vegas (continued).
  • Day of the Tentacle.
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War.

Upcoming Bonfireside Chat Episodes

  • Road of Sacrifices
  • Cathedral of the Deep
  • Farron's Keep

Duckfeed Update: May 27, 2016

Abject Suffrage

As you're reading this, you only have a little bit more time to vote in our Abject Suffrage poll. Voting closes at noon on Saturday. $6+ backers can vote here.

Recent Releases

Monster in My Podcast

Upcoming WOFF! Games

  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Day of the Tentacle
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War

Duckfeed Update: May 20, 2016

We have a wiki!

I'd like to call the following people to the front of the class: Jala Prendes, Chase Greenlee, Jeremy Greer, Allison Baker, Sam Bair, Michael Gibb, Eric C, Eric Plaisance, Noah DeBiase, Devin Viland, Bryan Wade, Alex D'Arata-Newby, Brayton Cameron, and Nick Glauber.

This is the team that worked for months, in secrecy, to create the Duckfeed Wiki. Gary and I have only known about it for a couple of weeks, and quite frankly we're gobsmacked by the amount of effort, planning, and time that went into helping build this staggering monument to the network's idiocy.

There are plenty of pages there already, and the team is looking for more contributors to help build it out further.

"Try This" Launched

The second of our premium shows has launched! "Try This" is a show where Gary and I recommend media to each other, then we talk about it at length. The first episode about Raymond Carver short stories and the album "Jet Plane and Oxbow" by Shearwater is available now to $20+ backers. You can also hear a sample below. It will hit the Duckfeed store in two months time.

The next episode of Adaptation Decay should be a fun one, too. We're covering the Doom movie.

Duckfeed Live Tomorrow

Gary and I are going live to goof around on your questions tomorrow, Saturday May 20th at 4pm EST. You can get find the event here, and leave your questions, queries, and prompts in the Q&A widget on the video player.

Recent Releases

Monsters in My Podcast

Upcoming WOFF! Games

  • Fallout: New Vegas.
  • Day of the Tentacle.
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War.

Upcoming BSC Episodes

  • Road of Sacrifices.

Duckfeed Update: May 13, 2016

Days of Future Cast

In the lead up to our next Patreon goal, Jeremy Greer and Gary decided to create a pilot for their X-Men Animated Series podcast, "Days of Future Cast". It's a great time, and I recommend everyone check it out here.

Rate and Review Monster in My Podcast

We don't do admin on Monster in My Podcast, so it's extra important that people who like the show go out and rate/review it on iTunes, and spread the word to their friends. We've been top-ten in "Other Games" on iTunes since we began this show, and I want to keep it that way.

Recent Releases

Monsters in My Podcast

Upcoming WOFF! Games

  • Oregon Trail / Typing of the Dead
  • Fallout: New Vegas

Upcoming Bonfireside Chat Episodes

  • Undead Settlement
  • Road of Sacrifices

Duckfeed Update: May 6, 2016

Who Is Zoo Dog? Shirt

You have until Sunday to order your "Who is Zoo Dog?" shirt. It's a nice shirt, and I think you will enjoy baffling your loved ones with it.

Exquisite Suffering Brings the Pain

It's a new month, so that means it's time for the Exquisite Suffering rollover. Our episode about Rising Zan: Samurai Gunman just hit the Patreon feed, and the episode about Extreme Sports with the Berenstain Bears just landed on the public store. We appreciate it!

Creative Combat

Kole was a guest on the podcast Creative Combat to talk about what goes into doing the creative labor or recording shows and running a podcast network. This show is run by two cool dudes, and I recommend you check it out.

Recent Releases:

Monsters In My Podcast

Upcoming WOFF! Games

  • Oregon Trail / Typing of the Dead
  • Fallout: New Vegas

Upcoming Bonfireside Chat Episodes

  • High Wall of Lothric
  • Undead Settlement

Duckfeed Update: April 29, 2016

Watch Out for Fireballs! Live in Austin

Gary and Kole will be in Austin for the Classic Game Fest from July 30 to 31. We'll have a table set up all weekend, and we're performing a live episode of the show! Keep your eye on the page for the show for further details and dates. We'll include more information in these updates, too.

Adaptation Decay is Live!

A while back, we promised new premium content for our highest tier backers. The first of those shows is now live... "Adaptation Decay", our show about botched video game adaptations, got its first episode about the 2002 Resident Evil movie. Is it insulting and terrible? YUP!

Monster in My Podcast is Funded

Just today, we crossed the $3000 per month milestone goal. This is HUGE for us. We can't thank you enough. We're most excited about this launching our newest show: "Monster in My Podcast". The first episode will go live for the public on Monday, but backers at the Early Release level can get the first week's worth of episodes TODAY! This is a fun show, and we really hope you enjoy it.

Recent Releases:

Upcoming WOFF! Games:

  • Dungeons and Dragons: Shadows Over Mystara / Turtles in Time.
  • Oregon Trail / Typing of the Dead.
  • Fallout: New Vegas.

Upcoming Bonfireside Chat Episodes:

  • High Wall of Lothric.
  • Undead Settlement.

Duckfeed Update: April 22, 2016

You're Number 1

Last Sunday, we dropped the Dark Souls III First Impressions episode of Bonfireside Chat. We anticipated a surge in downloads and attention. That's how it worked in the past. What we didn't expect was for that episode to rapidly outpace anything else we've ever published in download numbers and shares. Also, never in a million years did we think that we would (even briefly) sit at the #1 spot in Video Games on iTunes. But it happened, thanks to your kind iTunes reviews/ratings, and your enthusiastic hyping of the show and the network.

Our stint at #1 was brief. Probably only about 16 hours. But it's a huge feather in our cap, and we're looking forward to bringing more folks into the community with this extra visibility.

Dark Souls III and Early Release

Anyone who is impatient for the "proper" start of our Dark Souls III season should turn their attention to our Patreon campaign. Backers at the $3 per month and up level can get episodes of all of our shows early, and Sunday's episode just became available today (Friday). Scroll back in the posts a little bit to see the reminder of how to get ahold of this audio. Thanks to everyone who has taken the plunge so far!

Recent Releases

Upcoming WOFF! Games:

  • Dungeons and Dragons: Shadows Over Mystara / Turtles in Time.
  • Oregon Trail / Typing of the Dead.
  • Fallout: New Vegas.

Upcoming Bonfireside Chat Episodes:

  • The tutorial area and the hub area.
  • The first main area of the game.
  • Eventually location name spoilers will go here. Sorry.

Duckfeed Update: April 15, 2016

New Tiers, New Shows

This is an important day for the network. We've decided to pitch some new shows to you, and add new Milestone Goals to our Patreon campaign. Here's the rundown of the new stuff.

  • $3,000 per month: Monster in My Podcast. Gary and Kole will do a thrice-weekly short form podcast churning through the entirety of the Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition Monster Manuals.
  • $3,500 per month: Days of Future Cast. Gary Butterfield and Jeremy Greer will do a loving and comedic takedown of the X-Men and the ridiculous X-Men animated television series from the 90's.
  • $4,000 per month: Radio Free Midworld. Kole and a rotating cast of community members will do a chapter-by-chapter book club of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King.
  • $4,500 per month: Let's Talk About the Passion. Gary and Kole will do an album-by-album analysis show of the total R.E.M. discography, including notable live performances and soundtracks.
  • $8,000 per month: The Crystal Chronicles. This is a big one! Would you be excited to hear Gary and Kole do a Bonfireside Chat-esque podcast about the entire Final Fantasy series? Then help us get to this goal.
  • $10,000 per month: Living Off of This. This is a rough estimate, but this is the amount of money we'd need to pull in from our Patreon, per month, in order for Gary and Kole to quit their jobs and start podcasting full-time.

That's a lot of new content, but we've been sitting on it for a while. We will be releasing pilots for these new shows intermittently, and some of the shows might be on a slow trickle even if we don't reach the goals right away. Hitting these goals will let us justify doing these shows instead of looking for regular, respectable work. We thank you for your generosity so far, and we're excited for the future.

The Pitch: Uploaded

Now would be a good time to re-subscribe to The Pitch. Also, you should listen to this trailer for The Pitch: Uploaded. Just sayin'.

Abject Suffrage for April

The polls are open for our next episode of Exquisite Suffering. If you're a $6+ Patreon backer, you can foist one of the following games upon us:

  • Coca Cola Kid (Game Gear)
  • Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman
  • Sk├╝ljagger: Revolt of the Westicans (SNES)
  • Street Fighter: The Movie (PSX)

Kole guested on Video Games Hot Dog

We here at the network are big fans of the Video Games Hot Dog folks, and I was honored to join them for episode #237: "The Duke Boys". You can catch a short discussion of Dark Souls III before we break to talk about Samarost 3. Thanks again to Zack, Riff, and Kevin for letting my laughy-ass on the show.

Recent Releases:

Upcoming WOFF! Games:

  • Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
  • Dungeons and Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara / Turtles in Time.
  • Oregon Trail / Typing of the Dead.
  • Fallout: New Vegas.

Upcoming Bonfireside Chats:

  • Dark Souls III First Impressions.
  • The tutorial area, and the hub world.

Duckfeed Update: April 8, 2016

WOFF! Brawler Poll Winners

We had a record turnout of Patreon backers who voted to determine which games we'll cover for the brawler episode of Watch Out for Fireballs!. Our winners were Dungeons and Dragons: Shadows Over Mystara and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time. We've already planned our next poll, which will happen sometime in the early summer. Thanks for helping shape our lineup!

Kole Plays Until Dawn

My new let's play series started this week, as I do a blind stream of Until Dawn. It's streaming live, intermittently, on our Twitch channel and being archived at this YouTube playlist. Come watch me be responsible for teens getting hurt real bad!

Retro Game Audio

Gary made a guest appearance on Retro Game Audio to talk about the music of Maniac Mansion. While you're at it, start off your weekend right by just keeping the MM soundtrack on repeat. You could make worse decisions today.

Recent Releases:

  • Check It Out, Comrade! 56: Pony Island / 20XX. This week's a vacation for the Comrades, discussing two short and breezy games about tiny demonic horses and indeterminate years.
  • Bonfireside Chat 88: Shadow Tower Abyss (Part 2). The back half of Shadow Tower Abyss has some of the best and most imaginative imagery of the entire From/Souls catalog. Listen to us visualize it for you.
  • Abject Suffering 135: Duke Nukem Forever. It's tough to cover infamous games for the show. They carry so much baggage that you risk repeating what everyone else has said before. Imagine our surprise, delight, and dismay when we found out that Duke Nukem Forever is vile and boring in new and exciting ways.
  • Teenage Dirtbags: "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi. The Dirtboys settle in to talk about a cyborg teenager with spring arms who sprints through a tunnel to watch a man take nasty rips off of a Bow Bow vape tube.
  • Watch Out for Fireballs! 125: Portal / Portal 2. We jokingly call the foil cover episodes of WOFF! "Perfect Game Episodes". Previous alumni of this club are Earthbound, Castlevania III, and Super Metroid. Our rundown of the Portal series confirms our suspicion: This is about as good as games get.
  • The Level 145: Fiber Wire Bribe. Despite the title, we don't talk about the new Hitman. Instead, we chat up a card/board game hybrid called Faeria and ask the community about free-to-play games.

Upcoming WOFF! Games:

  • Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
  • Dungeons and Dragons: Shadows Over Mystara / Turtles in Time.
  • Oregon Trail / Typing of the Dead.
  • Fallout: New Vegas.

Duckfeed Update: April 1, 2016

No, none of this is an April Fool's joke.

DuckSpring Final Total

Last weekend, a large number of people from our community dedicated their weekend to streaming games to benefit the Transactive Gender Center. All of the donations have rolled in, and I'm excited to announce that DuckSpring raised $1608.44 after fees and currency exchange. This is huge, and I'd like to thank Sporky and all the others for organizing the effort for this great cause.

Patreon Changes (NEW REWARD SHOWS)

We're always looking for new ways to make backing our Patreon worth your while. A little earlier this year, we put out a survey asking about particular rewards, and we're making a change to our upper tier rewards to reflect the data we got back.

After the next batch of note cards and physical show ephemera goes out to $20+ backers, we're discontinuing that reward. So, if you're a backer at that tier and you were just charged, you will still get the appropriate number of notes 'n' stuff in May, as scheduled.

What's replacing this? CONTENT. We're introducing two new bonus shows that our highest-level backers will get access to first. What are these shows?

  • Adaptation Decay: A show where Gary and I examine just how badly it can go when filmmakers, television directors, or authors adapt video games to other media.
  • Try This: Recommending media is such a dicey proposition. Even if you're sure someone will like it, it can feel like an imposition. On each episode of Try This, Gary and Kole will foist a piece of media on each other and then talk about both of them. Films, short stories, comics, short games... It's all fair game.

These will come out on alternate months, so Adaptation Decay, Try This, Adaptation Decay, Try This... and so forth. Episodes will then become available for sale after a period of exclusivity.

We believe this is a trade up... Instead of getting an envelope of stuff every quarter, you're getting a new episode of a bonus show every month. Pretty great, right? The first episode of one of these shows will come out later in April.

WOFFTRAX

It's the start of a new quarter, which means it's time for a new WOFFTRAX. Part 3 covers our sketches from the Earthbound episodes to the Yoshi's Island episode, and it's available for $5+ backers and will remain available until the end of June.

Part 2 is now available on the Duckfeed.tv store for $2.50.

Exquisite Suffering: Glover and Extreme Sports With the Berenstain Bears!

The new Exquisite Sufferings just rolled over today, too.

Backers at the $6+ level will hear Gary and I talk about "Extreme Sports with the Berenstain Bears", a truly awful little game.

Meanwhile, head over to the store to buy our episode about Glover.

Recent Releases:

Upcoming WOFF! Games:

  • Portal / Portal 2
  • Warcraft III
  • Brawler Poll Winners

Duckfeed Update: March 25, 2016

Duckspring

our community is streaming all weekend for charity! Head on over to the Duckspring page to tune in, donate, and see a schedule of events.

Guest Spots!

Both Gary and Kole recently guested on two separate podcasts over the past week or so. Kole was on an episode of Metal Gear Mondays to talk about Metal Gear Solid 3, while Gary was on Quarks and Recreation to talk about science and video games.

Crick Farms Shirts

There's still plenty of time to buy your Crick Farms Shirts. You have until Monday. They are handsome, and reasonably priced.

Watch Out for Fireballs! Spring Brawler Poll

Patreon backers have the opportunity to pick which brawler game we talk about this spring. Head on over to this Patreon post to weigh in with your opinion. The rules are different this time... We're playing the top TWO winners.

The contenders are:

  • Dungeons and Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara
  • River City Ransom
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Turtles in Time

Recent Releases:

Upcoming WOFF! Games:

  • Portal / Portal 2
  • Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
  • BRAWLER POLL

Duckfeed Update: March 18, 2016

Duckspring

Our community has stepped up and organized a streaming event to benefit the Transactive Gender Center. It's called Duckspring 2016, and we'd love it if you could tune in and donate. It's being held from March 25 to March 27, and you can find the donation button and schedule of events here on the landing page.

Crick Farm Shirts

You voted, and the March t-shirt design is Crick Farms! Head to the Teespring campaign page to order yours. They are priced to move.

Duckfeed Live

Gary and I are streaming live to answer your questions and prompts on Monday, March 21 at 6pm EST. Follow this link to the event page, and keep an eye on your inbox if you back at the Patreon tier for priority questions.

Abject Suffrage

We've opened up the polls for Abject Suffrage for March 2016! You have four great options. $6+ backers should head to this link to learn more.

Recent Releases

Upcoming WOFF! Games:

  • Silent Hill 3.
  • Portal / Portal 2.
  • Warcraft III.

Bonfireside Chat Offseason

  • Souls of Darkness / Labyrinth.
  • Shadow Tower: Abyss.

Duckfeed Update: March 11, 2016

Shirt Polls

We want to sell more shirts. In fact, we'd like to put up a new design each month. But it's hard to choose which design to put forward. That's why we decided to take our usual tactic and put out a poll. That's right, check out March's designs and vote on your favorite at our shirts page. The winner will go up on TeeSpring later in March.

Postcards

We just added a new item to the Duckfeed Store: A random four-pack of postcards. We have lots of leftovers from the ones we send out to Patreon backers, and this is a way for you to get a booster pack of designs. Patreon backers: Only older designs (more than 3 months old) will end up in these packs, and the cards won't be signed/personalized.

Preorder Dark Souls III Through the Tip Jar

The header pretty much says it all. If you haven't preordered Dark Souls III or the strategy guide, please consider doing so through our Tip Jar link. It's a great way to help the network.

Recent Releases

Upcoming WOFF! Games:

  • Silent Hill 3
  • Portal / Portal 2
  • Warcraft III

Bonfireside Chat Offseason:

  • Titan Souls
  • Souls of Darkness / The Labyrinth
  • Shadow Tower: Abyss
  • Then it's time for Dark Souls III. Yes, indeed.