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

  • WOFF 371 Preview: Carrion

    Episode  |  September 22nd, 2022  |  50 mins 27 secs

    How far can an excellent premise carry a game? Looks like it's more than 2 hours but less than 5. Carrion has an unbeatable premise, a hall of fame premise, and aesthetics to back it up. Why on earth is it not more fun to play? Listen and find out!

    This is the preview version of this episode. If you want to hear the full episode, and many, many more, join us at

  • 370: Metal Gear Solid V (Part 2)

    Episode  |  September 15th, 2022  |  3 hrs 9 mins
  • 369: Metal Gear Solid V (Part 1)

    Episode  |  September 7th, 2022  |  3 hrs 6 mins

    What do you do when there's a Kojima about? What do you do when a game has some of the best stealth action in video games, one of the most satisfying loops in video games, but punctuates it with some of the worst boss fights and clumsy exposition and plotting? It's a complicated game that gives us complicated feelings! Listen in if you want to hear us wrestle with Kojima's legacy, both as critics and as one current and one former fan.

    And if you want to support marginalized creators, check out Nine Noir Lives! A new point and click adventure game!

  • 368: Bugsnax

    Episode  |  September 1st, 2022  |  1 hr 57 mins
  • WOFF Dispatch: Where Games Take Place

    Episode  |  August 24th, 2022  |  2 hrs 5 mins

    We answer your questions, read your responses to August's games, and spend some time talking about the sorts of places that show up in games, and what we'd like to see more of, before announcing our slate for the best month of the year, October.

  • WOFF 367 Preview: Wario Land 4

    Episode  |  August 18th, 2022  |  43 mins 49 secs
  • 366: Final Fantasy XII (Part 2)

    Episode  |  August 10th, 2022  |  2 hrs 54 mins

    Basch, Balthier, Ashe, Fran, and two associates continue their quest for magic rocks! Will the princess use the rocks or smash the rocks? Find out as we continue our exploration of this world spanning adventure. Though the dungeons take a wet fart at the end, the dialogue and presentation continue to be first in class.

  • 365: Final Fantasy XII (Part 1)

    Episode  |  August 4th, 2022  |  3 hrs 3 mins
  • WOFF Dispatch: Save Games

    Episode  |  July 28th, 2022  |  2 hrs 7 mins

    Saving. When can you do it? When should you be able to do it? How does it change the rhythm of games? Also, man, what a fucking ripoff memory cards were.

    We also answer your questions, announce September's games, and A BRAND NEW SHOW ON THE NETWORK.

  • WOFF 364 Preview: Control

    Episode  |  July 21st, 2022  |  59 mins 51 secs
  • 363: Castlevania 2

    Episode  |  July 14th, 2022  |  1 hr 39 mins

    It's impossible to talk about some games objectively. Castlevania 2 has a lot of problems but unbeatable atmosphere for the NES, and the best soundtrack in the series (fight me), makes that go down oh so smooth. Let's get to collectin' ribs!

  • 362: Children of Morta

    Episode  |  July 7th, 2022  |  2 hrs 30 secs