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Square Roots is like a book club, but for classic RPGs! Each episode John, Matthew, Jim and Vanessa play through a chunkerino of one of your favorite RPGs, from Final Fantasy through Chrono Trigger. Are they experts? No. Are they qualified? Absolutely not. Are they good at RPGs? Probably not. But they're the fun kind of dumb, and that's what counts.
 
Follow Haney's first journey through Final Fantasy VII as he falls in love with one of the greatest games ever made. Each bi-weekly discussion is woven with recorded gameplay, creating immersive episodes in which you feel the moment's emotional impact. If you miss the magic of playing through Final Fantasy VII, this series was made for you.
 
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Disc 2 of Mistwalker's Lost Odyssey has a lot going for it: there's Resident Evil mansions, bizarre magic abilities, a ton of Thousand Years of Dreams stories, a possible dragon, and of course underwear. Also: - Jansen's sketchiness gets to even Vanessa - Fillibust In Me: The Many Songs of Marina - A very beautiful lullaby that is also a tuneless d…
 
We start getting into the tear-filled meat of Mistwalker's Lost Odyssey in this emotional rollercoaster of a chunker. In this episode: the longest funeral in a game ever; two actually non-annoying children; and the further adventures of Prince Glitter Pony! Also: - That One Episode of GI Joe Where Everyone Dissolves Into Mud Puppets - Jansen's Prob…
 
In this episode we finally get to the real story: who is Cait Sith? Oh, and we go to Midgar and fight Scarlet and Heidegger and their Proud creation. Thanks for listening to First Encounter! Want the journey to continue? Check out the following: TWITTER: twitter.com/1stencounterpod | WEBSITE: firstencounterpodcast.com | SPILLED POTION: spilledpotio…
 
Rid of the curse of Kingdom Hearts for now the gang stumble onto Mistwalker's Lost Odyssey - a cult classic JRPG that flew under the radar back in 2008 in spite of an expensive ad campaign. Is it Sakaguchi's comeback? Or annoying and full of pointless stories? We're all pretty split on this one so far! Also: - International Cheese Day - A Leaky Sta…
 
The gang has mixed feelings over the ending of Kingdom Hearts 2 and are left with a lot of questions, like: - Did any of this make sense? - Why did Johnny yell at Matthew? - Does what happened to Riku make more sense than the Marvel movies? - Should you be pressing the Y / triangle button more? Or the X / Square? Or not? - How do you pronounce Saix…
 
In this episode Chris loses control of Haney, we plunge the depths of the Gelnika, have a Bone Village of a time, and finally make our way back to Midgar. Thanks for listening to First Encounter! Want the journey to continue? Check out the following: TWITTER: twitter.com/1stencounterpod | WEBSITE: firstencounterpodcast.com | SPILLED POTION: spilled…
 
Things get a little off the rails at the start of this Square Roots when an ice cream truck constantly drives past Johnny's window, causing him to lose all focus. But! We go back to your favorite Disney lands for another dose of direct to VHS sequel adventures, as well as... - Matt Learns the Word Cheugy - Peter Pan is Actually Pretty Cool - Readin…
 
It's been 84 years. We're back mid-hiatus with a bonus episode covering Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm! This is a little 15 minute bonus scene stitching the events of FINAL FANTASY X into FINAL FANTASY X-2. So go watch that on your copy of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Japanese-exclusive Final Fantasy X: International on PS2, or your copy of Unli…
 
Coming hot off the heels of one of our Scare Roots Livestreams, Vanessa and Jim sit down with the star of Phantasmagoria 2 - Paul Morgan Stetler! We discuss his new YouTube project Conversations with Curtis centered around the game, why the game may be finding a new life with today's gamers and get some insider details into what it was like to brin…
 
The whole Square Roots is out of sorts this week as they are obsessed with chilli dogs, and not really that interested in Sora revisiting the Disney worlds again. But that doesn't mean there's not a lot to talk about, like: - "I Love That You Love It" - Evil Uncle Scratch - Fitness Deez Lutz - She Wants That Knot - Not Gas-X - Auron Action Figure T…
 
Somehow although we only visited a handful of worlds this chunker became chockablock with crazy nonsense, including: - Lion Hamlet - Vanessa Gets Visited By A Socially Conservative Owl - Congratulations Things - Roxas's friends: Hey There, Paunch and Oolug - Getting Norted - Do You Like Imagine Dragons? - Naminé-tions - Can Sora Read? - Cyber Bikes…
 
This time Kingdom Hearts 2 really swings for the bleachers with nothin' but hits, from Aladdin to Little Mermaids and Pirates of the Carribbean! It's tough to reach a consensus on all this finny fun, but there's plenty to enjoy such as: - Gilbert Gottfried's newest sponsors - Aladdin's Whole Other Family - Vanessa's shocking Pirates confession - A …
 
In this episode we track down that mischievous Ninja, vacation with the Turks in Wu-Tai, settle an old score, and lean into some heavy Vincent good-good. Thanks for listening to First Encounter! Want the journey to continue? Check out the following: TWITTER: twitter.com/1stencounterpod | WEBSITE: firstencounterpodcast.com | SPILLED POTION: spilledp…
 
Oh hey! Welcome to our continuing journey through Squaresoft and Disney's Kingdom Hearts 2! There's plenty of Disney nostalgia in this episode, as well as Nomura nonsense, random Organization XIII characters and also: - Disneyfied Auron - Old Castles Aren't Fun - Daisy's good Ending - I believe in BooBerry - A Little Pete Chat This Week: Olympus, 1…
 
We get through our first two Disney worlds and yet this episode is surprisingly light on Disney songs. On this chunker of Squaresoft's Kingdom Hearts 2 we get Sora a couple of rad keyblades and also: - Jim explains how drives work - Vanessa wants to learn all the official Disney nipples - Everyone loves Doug Airholes - Jim's first good theory in th…
 
This is it! The penultimate episode of the season! Seymour's gone forever so all that's left is to face dad and god himself! Shit's about to get real! Check out our Ashewyn's wholesome first playthrough of FFX - https://www.twitch.tv/ashewyn FINAL FANTASY X Original Soundtrack - https://spoti.fi/3ez0fNF Theme music by KNIGHT OF THE ROUND - https://…
 
In this episode we employ new navigation tactics, have a real submarine of a time, and shoot for the moon. Well...the Meteor anyway. Thanks for listening to First Encounter! Want the journey to continue? Check out the following: TWITTER: twitter.com/1stencounterpod | WEBSITE: firstencounterpodcast.com | SPILLED POTION: spilledpotion.com | MUSIC: al…
 
Oh yes. We have embarked on an adventure. We're going to the Kingdom.... of Hearts! Two! This Patreon vote winner has brought a multitude of responses from each host. On this episode: - Matt's fancy son wonders why the chairs in Organization XIII are so high - Jim gets frustrated when we don't let him tell us what's happening - Johnny gets confused…
 
It's a THICC episode this week, as we're tackling all the superbosses! Veteran Mrzwanzig and legendary FFX speedrunner Camp4r join us to go deep inside baseball. We go into the excruciating grinding techniques and battle strategies to take down everything from the Monster Arena creations, Dark Aeons, all the way to Penance! Follow Camp4r on Twitch!…
 
Gird up your Mommy Milkers and Daddy Doinkers because it's time for some of us to finish Final Fantasy 8! This episode has everything you've ever wanted in a finalé episode, including: - More GF ranking! - Shumi Hand Talk! - Only Vanessa understanding the ending! - Junctionning yourself onto... SlutZone! - Maybe the best Final Fantasy last dungeon …
 
We sit down with Writer/Director Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Comey Rule, The Hunger Games), to discuss his film Shattered Glass, ethics in journalism, and his upcoming series on the January 6th attacks on the US Capitol. VIDYA GAMEZ Check out Billy Ray's wiki here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Ray_(screenwriter) Tweet at Billy Ray: @Bil…
 
This week we're inside Sin! It's pretty off the rails as it's only two screens but boy is it some screens. How close are we to finally kicking Yu Yevon's ass? FINAL FANTASY X Original Soundtrack - https://spoti.fi/3ez0fNF Theme music by KNIGHT OF THE ROUND - https://knightoftheround.bandcamp.com/ (Give them a follow on Twitch, too!) - https://www.t…
 
The GoodGood keeps on giving as we learn the full details of Cloud's past, just who the black haired SOLDIER was, and exactly where Jenova's head went. Thanks for listening to First Encounter! Want the journey to continue? Check out the following: TWITTER: twitter.com/1stencounterpod | WEBSITE: firstencounterpodcast.com | SPILLED POTION: spilledpot…
 
Holy heck! Square Roots is FIVE whole years old! We debate whether half a decade is a long time as well as other hot topics like: - Vanessa doesn't want to be in a certain Posse - The Crisp Bowl Spire - Rinoa's little flux problem, a blurby wurble thing - Lunatic Pandora, Matt's Favourite Papa Roach Album - Final Fantasy's Longest Running Will They…
 
In which Muttski joins us as we finally throw down with Sin! Follow (and subscribe to) Muttski on Twitch! - https://www.twitch.tv/muttski FINAL FANTASY X Original Soundtrack - https://spoti.fi/3ez0fNF Theme music by KNIGHT OF THE ROUND - https://knightoftheround.bandcamp.com/ (Give them a follow on Twitch, too!) - https://www.twitch.tv/kotrmetal…
 
Okay, this is an incredible episode. Why? Because of the following talking points: - A Kramer Versus Kramer Scenario - A Difficult Cidtuation - Ruby Dragon: A XXX Porn Parody - Terrible Sephiroth - Would You Put Your Penix in the Phoenix? This Week: We reach the Lunar Gate as Squall! Next Week: We finish Disc 3! Our Patreon: http://patreon.com/squa…
 
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