Watch Out For Fireballs!



Watch Out for Fireballs! is a game club podcast, focused on retro and non-current games. Every week, we play a game in its entirety, then discuss its merits and flaws at length. Most episodes begin with a short sketch, and we're pretty liberal about keeping tangents in. But it ultimately comes down to: Why do we like (or dislike?) this game.


  • Episode 318: Hotline Miami

    03/06/2021 Duración: 01h52min

    Do you like hurting people? Who is leaving messages on your answering machine? Where are you right now? Why are we having this conversation?

  • Dispatch: Strategy Guides

    27/05/2021 Duración: 02h14min

    This month we have a little love fest for strategy guides, talking about the roles they've filled for us over the years, and what scratches that itch for us nowadays. We also answer your questions and read your responses to Hitman 3, RollerCoaster Tycoon, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

  • Episode 317: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Preview)

    20/05/2021 Duración: 36min

    Thank you Ethan! We were all teens once. Some of us listen to a lot of mall metal, and some of us end up child soldiers. MGR Revengance is a goofy bit of juvenilia but despite vestigial stealth elements muddying the waters a bit, it's really fun to play. You mean to tell me this Jack is back? Hear the whole thing on

  • Episode 316: RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic

    13/05/2021 Duración: 01h49min

    It's a management sim with a touch of whimsy and customers who are dumb as rocks. This week we talk about the classic theme park development game RollerCoaster Tycoon, breaking down its systems and talking about how we learned to meet the goals it set for us. And we talk a little about real amusement parks along the way.

  • Episode 315: Hitman 3

    06/05/2021 Duración: 02h04min

    Do you belieeeeeeve in life after Providence? One of our favorite characters in games gets a proper send off in a game trilogy that would function as a proper send off for the entire stealth genre. Another collection of fun sandboxes to murder in, another collection of funny situations and the like, and a final chance to embody Mr Bathroom, Hitman 3 is great. Thank you to Adam Bucceri! Be sure to check out their game here:

  • Dispatch: Food in Games

    29/04/2021 Duración: 02h01min

    This month, we settle in for a light topic... how food is depicted in games. We talk about how it can convey the story of a location, or augment a game's mechanics. We also answer your questions and read your responses to April's games.

  • Episode 314: Ratchet and Clank, Into the Nexus (preview)

    22/04/2021 Duración: 33min

    You know, there's nothing wrong with an above average fastfood sandwich. Sometimes, your body just craves a pretty good game that does everything decently, while not doing anything exceptionally well, and is over in 5 or 6 hours. That game is Ratchet and Clank, which is a total snack game with some unintentionally hilarious pathos and very satisfying weapon upgrades. Thank you Sean! This episode is a PREVIEW! To hear the whole thing, please join us at

  • Episode 313: Riven

    15/04/2021 Duración: 02h25min

    The odds are always stacked against a sophomore effort. The original Myst was a gigantic success and had a huge cultural impact, finding fans in unlikely places due to its advanced graphics and leisurely pace. Cyan knocked it out of the park when it came to Riven, though, improving on every aspect of the original Myst, while expanding it and making one of the most challenging puzzle adventure games of all time.

  • Episode 312: Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Part 2)

    08/04/2021 Duración: 04h10min

    What a big game! This is part two of our coverage of an expansive and masterful CRPG, Divinity: Original Sin 2. We pick up with Act 2, as we land on the Reaper's Coast and set about learning the ways of the Godwoken. We continue through to the end of the game, covering a frankly unreasonable amount of content in our quest to learn the secrets of the Veil.

  • Episode 311: Watch Out For Fireballs! Divinity Original Sin 2, part 1

    01/04/2021 Duración: 03h28min

    No one listens to more podcasts than the man with many cheeses. In this crunchy, and charismatic CRPG, you play as the godwoken, someone with the potential to ascend to the divine. Somewhat standard fantasy tropes are enhanced by charming characters, beautiful music, and best in genre tactical gameplay. Listen here as we cover the beefy generalities and Act 1. Thank you to Jonathan!

  • WOFF Dispatch March 2021: Tutorials

    25/03/2021 Duración: 01h52min

    Kole and Gary answer your questions, discuss what makes a good tutorial, read your responses to March's games, and announce May!

  • Episode 310 Preview: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    18/03/2021 Duración: 01h07min

    Talion caught a bad break. Not only did Sauron kill his family in front of him, but he was killed too! And then an elf spirit had the nerve to possess him and send him on a rampage of vengeance across Mordor! What a revolting predicament. This open world game's big hook is the Nemesis system, which supercharges the sandbox with an evolving army of captains and rivals for you to hunt and manipulate. The story is pretty bland, but you can't deny that this is one of the most inventive open world games to come out in a long time. Thank you, I See Spiders!

  • Episode 309: Watch Out For Fireballs! 309: The Magic Circle

    11/03/2021 Duración: 02h07min

    Thank you Joe! You're trapped in an incomplete game, and given the power to rewrite your reality. It sounds amazing, and there are plenty of grace notes, but this game is a bit too messy for its own good, making broad points with broad characters in a way that left us both feeling a bit cold. A standout performance from James Urbaniak can't quite save this ambitious but flawed indie.

  • Episode 308: Trauma Center: Second Opinion

    04/03/2021 Duración: 02h01min

    The Trauma Center series is one of the more interesting things to come out of Nintendo's love affair with strange control schemes in the DS and Wii era. These "surgery simulators" end up playing more like a cross between a light gun shooter and Rock Band, as you cut into your patients and use a number of surgical tools to solve their problems and keep them alive. Less successful is the wrapping story, about impossibly young doctors and medical terrorists who inject people with lung bugs. Thanks, Tara, for executive producing this episode!

  • WOFF Dispatch: Retro Peril

    25/02/2021 Duración: 01h48min

    This month's Dispatch topic is what we're calling "Retro Peril", or the idea that playing a newer entry in a genre would stop you from enjoying classic entries if you went back to revisit them. Would it be impossible to find joy in Torment if you got used to the quality of life improvements in Disco Elysium? We also answer your questions, and read your responses to February's games.

  • Watch Out for Fireballs 307 Preview: Outer Wilds

    18/02/2021 Duración: 26min

    The bad news is you only have 22 minutes. The good news is, you have as many 22 minutes as you need. Outer Wilds is a plucky, optimistic game about horrifying circumstances. You stand alone in the footsteps of an ancient civilization, working hard to figure out why your solar system keeps exploding. To do this, you have to fly from planet to planet and navigate hostile conditions, learning as much as you can on each loop. The mechanics may or may not work for you, but the tone and the ending are best in class. Thank you Fenreliania for producing this episode!

  • Episode 306: WOFF: The Last of Us

    11/02/2021 Duración: 03h34min

    When it comes to cordyceps, we want some more-dyceps! Kole and Gary tackle what might be the most acclaimed video game in history. Despite having some issues with story and gameplay integration, this cinematic genre piece is fun and affecting.

  • Episode 305: Monster Train

    04/02/2021 Duración: 02h13min

    This week continues out accidental theme of covering Roguelites on the show, as we chug-a-lug through Monster Train. It's a deck builder with strong elements of strategy games, as you summon monsters and cast spells to protect a train that's carrying Hell's last hope. That's right, angels are the bad guys. This game is really fun, and another departure from the kinds of things we normally cover on WOFF!

  • WOFF Dispatch January 2021: Podcast Personas

    28/01/2021 Duración: 02h12min

    In this episode, we answer your questions, we talk about our podcast personas and where our lines are, and we read your responses to January's games before announcing what we have coming in March.

  • Episode 304: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Preview)

    21/01/2021 Duración: 01h30min

    Tommy Vercetti was sent down south to make some money for the mob, and he chose to build an empire instead. The year is 1986 and nothing is off limits whatsoever. No game that came out after Grand Theft Auto III or Vice City would be the same, but sometimes it's hard to go back to the early days of a movement. We talk about what it felt like to play Vice City back in the day, and re-examine its story missions under a more critical light... but at least we can all agree about the soundtrack.

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