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

  • Exquisite Suffering 74: Dilbert's Desktop Games (Quarantine Pack)

    Episode  |  March 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins

    I'll come clean with you. If you know who Scott Adams is, and you know our general outlook on things, you can probably guess where this episode goes.

  • Episode 269: Axiom Verge

    Episode  |  March 12th, 2020  |  2 hrs 35 mins

    Metroidvanias are pretty common, but games that aim to ape the original Metroid are few and far between.

  • Episode 268: Watch Out For Fireballs 268: Valdis Story

    Episode  |  March 5th, 2020  |  2 hrs 54 mins

    Kole and Gary go deep into the Abyss on Valdis Story, a kickstarter character action/metroidvania hybrid. It's got ups, it's got downs, and we discuss em all. Thank you to Terra Parker for sponsoring this episode!

  • WOFF! Dispatch 14: Hours to Dollars

    Episode  |  February 27th, 2020  |  1 hr 59 mins

    We talk about what makes a game worth it.

  • Episode 267: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Preview)

    Episode  |  February 20th, 2020  |  1 hr 11 mins

    They do not come in peace.

  • Episode 266: Dishonored 2: Death of the Outsider

    Episode  |  February 13th, 2020  |  2 hrs 5 mins

    Kill a god and end an era.

  • Episode 265: Atari Safari

    Episode  |  February 6th, 2020  |  2 hrs 38 mins

    Thanks to friend of the show Doug, Kole and Gary finally tackle Atari. It's history, notable games, its downfall. Join us for this enlightening journey with Kole and Gary, your nutting associates.

  • Dispatch 13: Ethics in Game Consumption

    Episode  |  January 30th, 2020  |  2 hrs 13 mins

    With all of the information we have about games and their developers, "should I play this game" is a question that isn't easily answered by knowing if it's good or not.

  • Episode 264: Dragonfall (preview)

    Episode  |  January 23rd, 2020  |  53 mins 36 secs

    This is the preview version of our full episode on the nigh masterpiece Shadowrun: Dragonfall! To hear the full version, become a patron at

  • Episode 263: The Cat Lady

    Episode  |  January 16th, 2020  |  2 hrs 49 mins

    Fighting an invisible illness.

  • Episode 262: Watch Out For Fireballs 262: DUSK

    Episode  |  January 9th, 2020  |  2 hrs 49 mins

    Folks, this is, as one might say, a good ass game. Kole and Gary discuss this FPS throwback that incorporates modern design sensibilities and a host of diverse influences. GET DUSK.

  • Episode 261: Hidden Gems and Maligned Classics

    Episode  |  January 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins

    Give it a second thought.

  • Dispatch 12: Endings

    Episode  |  December 26th, 2019  |  2 hrs 18 mins

    Kole and Gary answer your questions, discuss the importance of endings, and read your responses to December's games

  • Episode 260: Jade Empire [ Preview]

    Episode  |  December 19th, 2019  |  1 hr 22 mins

    Open facepalm.

  • Episode 259: Tyranny Part 2

    Episode  |  December 12th, 2019  |  2 hrs 40 mins

    Kole and Gary shrug off the yoke of Kyros and have a grand ol time (as long as we're not in the Oldwalls). Hear our discussion of an B+ tier Obsidian game that still manages to be an A- WRPG overall.

  • Episode 258: Tyranny (Part 1)

    Episode  |  December 5th, 2019  |  2 hrs 45 mins

    It feels so good to be so bad.