Marsh, Tom F, Tom S and returning guest Rich Stanton gather to discuss gaming crates good and bad. Tom F’s been throwing them around in Divinity: Original Sin, Rich has been opening them in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and we’ve all been pushing, pulling and poking them in virtual worlds everywhere as gaming’s love affair with boxes comes to an enthusiastic middle.

Also discussed: what is the cheese? In Dota 2, specifically, as Tom F and Tom S spectate the International as total noobs. Meanwhile, Marsh learns he may have unknowingly done a bad thing to Charlie Brooker’s ballbags in Sniper Elite 3, Rich does an impression of the Mickey Rourke rap from Rogue Warrior, and Tom S talks about roleplaying as a race of ghost knights in Endless Legend.

There are more questions from questions, of course, and a pause to reveal the pod’s current cocktail, Tom F’s moreish Crowbarb and Custard. Also, we get to use the bleep machine for the first time in ages. Oh my!

As always, you’ll find episode discussion on our forums, you can also email us at (pun intros are entirely optional), and tweet us at @crateandcrowbar. If you’d like to tweet us individually, here’s Marsh, Tom F, Tom S and Rich.

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