Watch Out for Fireballs!

A retro and non-current games podcast

About the show

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.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 338: Fallout 4: Part 1

    Episode  |  December 2nd, 2021  |  2 hrs 42 mins
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    Why does the sun go on shining? Why does the sea rush to shore? Don't they know it's the end of the world because you don't love me anymore?

    We begin our discussion of Fallout 4 with beefy generalities and discussion of the first act of the game. Fallout 4 is a big beautiful mess that's simultaneously a bad Fallout game and the best Bethesda game. On the balance, we're more into how its crafting, exploration, and settlement management systems tie together than we're turned off by a truly dogshit character build and dialogue system. Join us, as we make our case.

  • WOFF Dispatch: Maps

    Episode  |  November 25th, 2021  |  2 hrs 5 mins

    This month's Dispatch episode features a discussion of mapping systems in games, as part of a broader discussion about friction that used to be charming but is now kind of tedious.

  • Episode 337: Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty Preview

    Episode  |  November 18th, 2021  |  56 mins 8 secs
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    You givin' me orders?

    Wings of Liberty and Starcraft 2 in general is the last gasp of a certain kind of RTS and a certain kind of Blizzard game. The last expression of their dumb as nails plotting and finely tuned gameplay outside of mmos and cardgames. This game may be stacked to the gills with story cliches, but it dispenses gamertreats with a consistency almost unmatched, which makes it worth your time, if not your money. What with the monsterism at blizzard.

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  • Episode 336: Stardew Valley

    Episode  |  November 11th, 2021  |  2 hrs 35 mins

    This week go back to basics by starting up a brutal one-man factory farm in Stardew Valley.

  • Episode 335: Left 4 Dead 2

    Episode  |  November 4th, 2021  |  2 hrs 58 mins

    Everyone has Green Flu Fever, or Green Fever Flu. Something like that.

  • WOFF! Dispatch: Let Them Die

    Episode  |  October 28th, 2021  |  2 hrs 7 mins

    This week we answer your questions, read your responses to October's games, and talk about when it's time to let game series die.

  • Episode 334: Resident Evil 8 (Preview)

    Episode  |  October 21st, 2021  |  56 mins 40 secs

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    Ethan Winters vs Magneto and a hot topic creepy doll? And it's good? What the heck? This direct follow up to RE7 is a love letter to the series, featuring an impressive array of bosses and locations that evoke the series high points. While Ethan Winters remains as compelling as some kind of unintelligent wad of white bread, the cast of colorful weirdos around him defines the game. Check it out!

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  • Episode 333: Silent Hill

    Episode  |  October 14th, 2021  |  2 hrs 57 mins

    A god incubated by pain and hate creates a paradise of blood and rust around it, and that's what Harry Mason must run through to save his daughter.

  • Episode 332: ECHO

    Episode  |  October 7th, 2021  |  1 hr 41 mins

    Thank you Jeremy!

    This is a weird one! En, a member of a hyper capable cult of child somethings tries to revive her dead friend(?) who is also a cube(!) The story, lore, and world-building in this game are really quite great but the play never comes together. Listen in to hear why!

  • WOFF Dispatch: Decade

    Episode  |  September 30th, 2021  |  2 hrs 10 mins

    This month's Dispatch episode has us talking about our thoughts on doing ten years of Watch Out for Fireballs! We also answer your questions, and read your responses to Katana Zero, Sonic 2, Singularity, and Darkest Dungeon.

  • Episode 331: Darkest Dungeon Preview

    Episode  |  September 23rd, 2021  |  2 hrs 5 mins
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    Ruin has come to this podcast network, thanks to Jack!

    This is the preview episode about Darkest Dungeon and it's one of the meatiest previews we've ever done. If you want to hear the whole thing, head to

  • Episode 330: Singularity

    Episode  |  September 16th, 2021  |  2 hrs 11 mins

    It's time crimes right on down the line.

  • Episode 329: Sonic The Hedgehog 2

    Episode  |  September 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 52 mins

    Listen, there's a lot to talk about here. You could talk about how we've been doing this show for a decade, or about how Sonic exemplifies the tension between freeform arcade gameplay and the slower, more exploratory form of platformers that would ultimately win out in the end, but the real story here is that I need you to imagine a screenshot of a notes app post where I apologize for mixing up the seed drill and the cotton gin in this episode.

    Big thanks to Gwen Static for this awesome remix of the theme song!

  • Episode 328: Katana Zero

    Episode  |  September 2nd, 2021  |  2 hrs 41 mins

    It's rain-soaked, neon-soaked, and blood-soaked.

  • Dispatch: Crafting

    Episode  |  August 26th, 2021  |  2 hrs 25 mins

    In this episode we answer your questions, talk about crafting in games, read your responses to August's games, and announce October's games.

  • Episode 327 Preview: Chrono Trigger

    Episode  |  August 19th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min

    It's about time.