Square Roots - THE Classic RPG Podcast
About This Show
Square Roots is like a book club, but for classic RPGs! Each episode John, Matthew, Jim and Vanessa play through another chunk 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.
Most Recent Episode
PSIV Part 5 - DTF: Down To Find Important Artifacts
5 days ago
Hail to the Chief! We finish Phantasy Star IV! And meet Seth, the sexiest PC ever to grace a JRPG party. We plot our ways to escape Planet X, debate whether or not the game gets Disc 3 crazy, give Ken Bone tips on having alternate accounts, we debate whether or not Le Roof is both on fire or an anthropomorphic galaxy, Jim gets obsessed over The Profound Darkness's boobs, talk about Dragonball for what seems to be an hour, and so much more!
Rated 5 out of
Quickly Became My Favorite Podcast
I first heard about Square Roots after Nadia Oxford plugged it on US Gamer's Axe of the Blood God and started listening when I heard they were discussing Secret of Mana. I went back to the beginning and have quickly binged through SoM, FFX, KOTOR and am now listening to Super Mario RPG. I even started playing the games along with them at KOTOR. The idea of book-clubbing RPGs is fantastic and I love hearing their thoughts on some of my favorite games. Until I catch up, Square Roots is now the only podcast I'm listening to. Thanks for making my commutes something I actually look forward to!
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of
hilarious, informative, and therapeutic
When I was a kid, I played games like Secret of Mana and Super Ninja Boy and thought I was missing something, that I hadn't quite figured out how to play it. (Perhaps there was some secret to the gameplay locked away in the missing instruction manual? Perhaps I missed a tutorial level? Maybe my thumbs weren't long enough to press the buttons efficiently?) Now, thanks to comic and informative stylings of the Square Roots Podcast, I can learn that, no, there wasn't anything wrong with me; the game was terribly designed and poorly executed! I also get to learn about all the plot elements I missed after I stopped playing in frustration (what the kids today call "rage quitting") and have the last laugh. Thank you, Square Roots!
Date published: 2016-09-24
Rated 5 out of
NOT ACTUALLY ABOUT PLANT ROOTS BUT GOOD ANYWAY
Square Roots doesn't have anything to do with square roots (which I assume happens when you grow a seedling in a square-shaped container for too long), but is instead about classic RPGs. It's done almost in the style of a let's play, where the hosts play the game up to a certain point and discuss what they've encountered. I've never liked let's play videos (I hate watching people play games), but playing a game and listening to these guys discuss basically what I went through is really interesting.
Admittedly, the show lacks a certain polish that some podcasts I listen to tend to overdo (eg with bumpers every ten seconds, people not interrupting eachother, hosts not singing at random junctures) but that's definitely its charm. Older RPGs, I find, tend to be a little rough around the edges and lack polish here and there (while more recent RPGs lose that aspect and instead are so hyper-polished that they lose any charm they might have had), and so having a podcast where it just sounds like four people sitting around talking about games definitely works. And, on that note, the banter is hilarious so I often listen even when I haven't played the game at all.
Definitely give it a listen if you're into classic RPGs.
Date published: 2016-11-01