Chris and Tom’s timelines converge for a chat about open-world design in Sniper Elite 4 and a deep-dive into Torment: Tides of Numenera. Plus, we’ve got some exciting podcast news to share!

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  • The Crate and Crowbar comes to Rezzed on Friday 31st of March!
  • Our new tiny-plastic-man-centric spinoff podcast, Miniatures Monthly, began this week.
  • Sniper Elite 4 surprises us all by being good enough to warrant three separate takes, but you can’t shoot Hitler up the bum-hole.
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera is lovely. Here’s Chris’ review.
  • Chris Livingstone played Pillars of Eternity as a party of bears, something you can’t do in Torment.
  • s̴̢̬͇̓͂͂h̸͎͇̹̫͒̕͠o̴͇͊͐̕w̸̧͙͎͍͆n̸̨͖͕͍̒͝ő̴͚̻̋̚ṭ̶̨̛̐͌̿ͅe̵̦̲̗̦̓̅s̶͚̒f̸͔̗̠̓̌̐r̶̨̛̤͓̽o̶̜̱̾̉͌͑m̸̡̔̂̍͗s̶̏̆̾ͅh̸͖̉̄̀̑ͅő̵̡̲̺̾̊͋ͅw̴̟̙̳̐̌n̷̢̛̈́̈́͂o̵͓̩̽t̸̹̔̍e̶̩̹̻͙͂̿͑͘s̸͇̼͌͜
  • ḧ̶͈̹͈͕̮̬́͒̃̀͐͜e̸̢̺̥̩͈̜̫̭̺͌͗̾̒͐͛l̵̙̯̙͉̩̒̔́l̵̲͐̉ͅǫ̷̣̟͚̫̥̲̩͖̍̂̎̒ã̶͉̬̯̹̟̤̗̱̗́ň̴͉̎̾̈́̍͗̇d̸̨͖̱̆͂̈́̈̚͜ͅh̷̯̀́̓͑̂̀̃ẹ̸͑̈́͂̽̿͑̀l̵͇̖̜̗̭͇̻̪̬̓ḻ̵̥̳̹̞̏̐͆̐̃̔̚͜ơ̷͉̖̪̪̖͛̀̃̊̀͘a̵̭͓͛̊͝n̴̖͒̎̊ḑ̵͑͑̄͒͛͌̋w̴̦͚̝͉̜̯̰͇͔̏͑̏̕ë̵͙̩̣̲͖̜͖̜̮́l̵̡̞͈͍̩̗͂̄̏̅̿̈͋͘̕c̸̤͚͙̾͐̑͒ͅõ̵̢͔̙̦m̷̱̟͂͛̽̌̂̅e̸̦̗͔̐̈́̅̊̓́̓ẗ̵̡͍̝̖́̇̇o̸̡̢̢̨̙̣͚̠͂͂͊͐̓͠t̶̹̼̮͌͋̐̽̿͜ḣ̵̡͕̠̭͕͙͇̪̂̈̈́̈́e̷̥̣̿̏͑͜͝
  • H̴̨̛͚̳̳̯̝̟͍͓̬͖̦̗̩̖͉̖̻̤̻͍̏̋̋͐̿̒̿̂́̉̚͝O̸͖̹̫͇̮̘̺͎̭̰̰̬̣͚͈͎̟̭͕͕̞̽͒̌͗̀̄͜Ö̵̮̝͎̱͔̥͖̺͖̫̪̈́̇̇͗͆̈̒̎̔̔͑̆̕̕͜O̷̢̖̳͇͍̟̱͓̟̹͔̥̰̤̟͕͉͚̮̦͛̉͜Ơ̴̢̢̩̻̦̹̙̳̳͙̟̑̾͊͆̿̆̏͋̓́̂͗̔̓̈̓̏̓͒̈̿͝Ơ̵͍͓͕̬̥̺̒͗̚O̶̢̡̨̦͈̞̠͖͎͎̖͈̜͉̯̻͍̦͙̹͎̱̭̮͙̔͌̿͐̅̍̔̏͆̑̄̏̈̊͊̽̚͝Ǫ̷̢̪̩̙̹̼̗̖̬̺̱̜̗̹̈͋̂̉̌͑̓̋̇͑͐͂̅̓̈͊̉͌͐̆̈́̀̅͜O̵̢͓̘͈̖̤͚͈̮̜̖̗͓̊͒̋̌̋́̀̌́̃̇̀̓̓̈́͘N̴̗̺͌̓̈̔̈́̓̄̏͒́͝K̶̡̛̳̗̠̞̻̹͂̿̀̀̕

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Chris Thursten
t̴͓̹̥͌̕͝ḩ̵̝̖͚͂͌̀̌ą̴̭̂̊͝ň̸͔̝s̵̫̜̫̐͊̽f̵̹͚̥̓̎̚͜e̷͙̔r̵̢̖͎͂̌͝l̶͓̱̐̈́ͅi̷̼̭̘̋s̵̡̫͓͆͝͝t̶̲̩̦͛̀͂e̶̩̮͂͊͝ͅn̸̺̲͋̈́̀i̸̠̭̔͑̚͠n̷̘̉̒
Tom Senior
o̷͓̳̺̩̞̭̮̿̐̌͒̏͘̕h̶̘̲̰̯̞̼͖̊̔͐̀͑́̀c̵͖̝͉͉͘ͅò̴̧̞̞̪̙̖͔̄̈́͆m̸̡̘͚͍̦͔͑̇̄̇é̵̺͇̣̈̈̍̕͜o̸̧̼̟͑ň̶̠͚̌̿̑o̸̮̱̳̗̜̻͐̄͘͝ͅh̷̟̓̎͊͘͜c̵͉͙͉̫̦̭͗́̽͋͝ò̵̧̱̣̖͂̌ͅm̶̢̡̘̰̝̬̒͝ē̸̝͈̠̪̻͓͖͛́͘ỏ̵̜̟͎̇ň̵̯̺̹ò̵͎̘̾ḧ̸̹̖͈͙̹̀̑̍̾́̓c̶̛͔̗͖ò̷̫̃̋͝͠ḿ̴̻̠̖̞̱̯̌̄è̶̤̰̗̲̥͖̾͊̽o̷̢͉͔̒̒̂̚͝ͅņ̵̺̼̅́͐̌̓
m̶̡̡̢̟̙͙͚͙̞͇̚ͅe̷̡̢̨̡̡̛̛̜̻͓̖̤͔̘̗͈̭͉̞̫̙̹̫̫̯̙̭̰̺̙̬͉̯̦̜̒̈́̏̒͋̽͆̃͊̈͆̅̄͋̏́̎̌̐̾̈́̚͘͝͝͝ḑ̷̢͖͓͓͙͙̰̘̝͇̱̹͚̱͈̟̘͚̥͔̟̤̘̳͕͍͓͖͚̱̝̤̫͆̅͒̌͗̒͛̃̿̆̈́̄̈́͘͜ą̸̡̙̖̙̩̦̥̯̥̊̾̑͑̐̈́̌͆̃̌͗͊̐̽͝ļ̴̢͔̱̹͓͔͚͔̱͍͙̣̆̃̀̃͑͆̒͜͝s̶̡̫͚̣͔̜̤͕̭̯̤̣̞̮͓̯̺͓̦͖̤̠̅̽̿̈̉̄̀̈́̓̑̈́̓̽̀͊̈͝͝͝s̵̨̧̨̧̘͍͔̪̬̭͊̃̍̔̊͌̈́̋̍̍͊͊̾̉́̓͆̉̈́͐͆̏͠͝ͅs̵̨̨̨̧̛̥̮̹͈̗͚͖͔̱͖̮̩̪͚͎̤̦̟̮̜̮̹̱͔͙̬̳̗̏̓̒̈́̂̒̐̍͂̂̇͌̈͋̋̒̈́̚͘͘̚͝͝s̵̨̰̤̝͎̗̝̩̰̠͓͓͓͔͔͈̮͈͓̺͎̱̬͓̟͙̙͉̱̼̤͚͖͌͆͜͜s̵̫̦͓̯̳̩̘̪͖̙̏͗̓́͝ͅs̸̺͎̝͇̣̦̫̟͉͍̤͎͔̟͕̣̩͉͍̲̩͐̓͂͑̒̈̽͐̒̅͊̐͗̏͑̽̄̍͒͂͑̚̚͜͝s̵̡̢̭̪͓̹̻̗̗͓͓͓̪̀̂̓̆̓͜ͅs̴͙̲̲̟̖̳̼͎͉̻̱̖̘̠̤͑̓̇͐̒̉̉̊́̂̿̽̔̄̓͆͆͗͗̒̓́͛̿̕͘͠͝͠ͅs̸̡̹̺̮̜͔̫̟͕͚͖͇̖̋̒͋̍̓́̾͑̓͘͜ş̶̨̡̹̥̭͉̻͍̻̟̺̙̳̼̳̰̩̖̗̟̪̟̭̗̗̝̭̳̬̈́̈̇͗͑̈́̽̉͒͆̈́͛̄̓̀̋̆̕̚͘͘͜ͅs̸͉͇͕̺̬̤͎̟̰͉͔͚̻̟̘̭̠̤̹̮̩̤̳͓̫̑̏́̽̓͜͝ş̵̡̛̛͖͔̩͍̜͕̺͓͔̣͇͇̪̮̙̺̫͎̲̞̞̳̼̽̈̃̿̀͌̔̈́̏̏̽̍͌̈͒͂̆̚̚͜s̴̨̨̡̡̲͍̳̺̖͙̙͓̙͙̺̯̟͒͌̾́́̑̍̇͆̓̀̐̉̀͐͗̔͋̊̈́͒̏͆̄̋͐̑̅͌͋̔͠s̵̝͍̫̘̆̒̍̆̅̐̆̋̓̂̄̈̇̀͌͆̂̊̌̈́͊͘͝͠s̷̨̢͇̹̮̯̠̟̹̖͚̲͛͑̀̐̓̈́͗̈́͗̌̔͜ś̵̡̧̫̫̩͈̝̳̯̭͎̳̝̙̹̭͓̭̮̯͈̟̯̈́̆̕͜͝s̶̢̧̙̻̳̞̝̘̯͇̹̙̤̗̣͇͕͚̈́̀͐͂̄̉̎͒̆̈́͜s̶̢̧̙̥͙͍̞̰̖̭͇̩̩̥͚̣̹̱̳̩̳͓̩͓͉̘͖̤̋̀̀͒̒͋̀͒́͂̄͂͌̀̒́̽̿͐̇́́̏̀̔̋͘͘̕͜͜͠͠s̶̛͖̏̍̈́́̀̾ş̷̧̛̛̤͍̱͓̪̻̞̞̮͕͇̘̘̺͗̄̊̔̿̇́̀̃̈́̈́̄̄́̎͗́̉͊͑͑͐͒͒̐̔͘̚̕̚͝s̷̨̧̛͈̙̙̬̭̠̙͚̥̖̥̳̰̻̥̭͚͍͕̝͖̜̤̥̪̪͓̝̩̉̿̏̈́̋̉͆̔̅̓̈́̎͗́̅͂̍͌̍͘̕̚͝͝͝s̵̢̢̢̡̛̻̳̲̙̙͉͕̬̦̥̫̫̼̻̳̙̲̤̘̭̲̗̠͙̹͈̖̜̀̀͋̂̏͜͜ͅş̶̧̨̡̛̫̻̖̬̣͉̙̩͚̟͍̺͉̝͉͉̦̯̪͋̋̈́̾̓́͌̾̂̄͛̏͒̓̌́̐̌̒̿̍̐͗̒̌̿͠͝s̴̢̨̼̲̯̘͙̙̪̙̗̫̘̺̮̹͎͈͔͌̽̿̑͂̍̕̚ͅͅş̴̠̜̟̮̣͉̆͐͐̿̈̈́̄͗͐͒̽̐͒͋̿͋͊̀͂́̇̚s̸̢̨̨̛̗̬̦̬̮͇̣̺̥͎͉̬͔̫̫͓̓̓͛̾̄̋̂̎͌̀̏͌͆͆̓̾̀́̈́̄́̕͝ͅs̶̙̝̤̼̰̄̒̀͝

Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

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