Context Free

Gaming: Tabletop, Video games and Role-playing games

About the show

Context Free is a podcast all about games in our lives: cardboard, console, role-playing, mobile, VR, retro. The only thing we like more than playing games is talking about games and how they intersect everything.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 30: Peak Aggravation with the Sportsball

    Episode  |  September 24th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 6 mins

    We discuss playing boardgames online at yucata.de and recent games we're playing on the consoles. We introduce a new segment called "Pitch a Game," mull over the word "satisfying," and Jason K vents about rooting for disappointing sports teams.

  • Episode 29: Ship Destroyed! You're All Fired!

    Episode  |  August 20th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 5 mins

    We discuss rolling dice in FUSE and Calavera, Subnautica: Below Zero, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on PS4 and Jason K's love of the vast adventures in Tangledeep on Switch and Mage Knight on the tabletop.

  • Episode 28: I'm in Awe of Our Honorable Mentions

    Episode  |  July 10th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 4 mins

    We discuss our top 5 games inspiring awe. With many many honorable mentions.

  • Episode 27: A Lego isn't a puzzle

    Episode  |  June 4th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 2 mins

    We discuss the wonders and puzzles of the Broken Token Gloomhaven organizer, the retro-arcade racer Horizon Chase Turbo, continuing adventures in Dead Cells and No Man's Sky, and Jason M's first hours with the space thriller, Observation on PS4. We end with a in-depth discussion on solo gaming, both on the tabletop and the screen: What motivates us to game with others? By ourselves? Is solo boardgaming really that unusual?

  • Episode 26: Big Games in Small Packages

    Episode  |  May 10th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 21 mins

    We discuss the party deduction game Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, the mind-bending logic puzzles of Baba is You, and Circle the Wagons, a game that literally fits in your wallet. We end with our thoughts on big games in small packages, game designs that deliver far more than you'd expect at first glance.

  • Episode 25: So Damn Satisfying: Dead Cells & RE2

    Episode  |  March 6th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  53 mins 19 secs

    We discuss the remake of Resident Evil 2 and Dead Cells.

  • Episode 24: Frog of Love?

    Episode  |  January 24th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  50 mins 38 secs

    On the tabletop: Fog of Love and Chronicles of Crime.
    On the PS4: Subnautica.
    On the Switch: Moonlighter.
    On the Steam: CrossCode

  • Episode 23: Don't Check Your Phone...Unless You Want Your Face Eaten

    Episode  |  December 14th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 10 mins
    console game, if, interactive fiction, tabletop, video game

    Tabletop: Keyforge, Cribbage, Battle Lore, and Escape from the Aliens in Outerspace. Console: Red Dead Redemption 2.
    Web : Alias 'The Magpie' and Bogeyman.

  • Episode 22: Dracula and Alien Walk Into a Tavern

    Episode  |  October 30th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 54 secs

    The Fury of Dracula, crossover between gaming in board games and video games, and Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game.

  • Episode 21: Nintendoishness, Eels and Nerdshame

    Episode  |  October 2nd, 2018  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 3 mins

    On the tabletop: Root, Dominion, Burgle Bros. On the screen: Donut County, Super Mario Odyssey, Hollow Knight

  • Episode 20: Hellenica: Story of Greece and Special Guest Scott DeMers

    Episode  |  August 30th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 24 mins
    game design, greece, greek, hellenica, tabletop

    This episode we discuss the game Hellenica: Story of Greece with designer Scott DeMers, as well as his experience designing and kickstarting a boardgame.

  • Episode 19: Super Pink and Super Cute

    Episode  |  July 25th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  55 mins 50 secs

    @Kegz teaches you how to plan a game night. On the table top: Mars Open: Tabletop Golf & Flamme Rouge. On console: Has-been Heroes

  • Episode 18: Become One to Defeat All the Levels of the Game

    Episode  |  June 20th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 2 mins

    This episode we primarily discuss The Mind, Ganz Schön Clever, and Tacoma. See the site for many links to every game we touch on.

  • Episode 17: When are you done with a game?

    Episode  |  May 17th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  55 mins 9 secs

    We discuss the table top game 7th Continent, the PS4 game God of War, and IOS game Tiny Bubbles as well as the meta question: When are you done with a game?

  • Episode 16: A Lot of Pixels in Front of Your Eyeballs

    Episode  |  April 18th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  55 mins 35 secs

    We discuss VR on Playstation, @Kegz new gaming table and the table top game Innovation.

  • Episode 15: Co-op: It's a nice way to abstract yourself from the grim reality

    Episode  |  March 14th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 3 mins
    co-op, games, tabletop, video games

    We discuss co-op on tabletop with a helping for co-op in video games. Special guest: @stacyk