About

First Encounter is a video game podcast in which best friends Haney and Chris take turns introducing the other to beloved video games that shaped their childhood. One host plays through the chosen game for the first time while the other records their genuine reactions to the story, characters, and world.

If you miss the magic of playing through your favorite video game for the first time, and want to help bring that experience to others, please support the show on the First Encounter Patreon page! You’ll get bonus goodies for caring. <3

Season 1: Haney’s first encounter with Final Fantasy VII
Season 2: Chris’s first encounter with The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (coming soon!)

Artist rendering of the First Encounter hosts Chris and Haney.
Artistic rendering of the First Encounter host Haney.

Haney is a technical creator,  part-time artist, and podcast host behind First Encounter. His hobbies range from computer technology to video gaming to sports. He lives with his wife and three dogs. When he’s not working, you can catch Haney dog-sledding, mountain biking or playing D&D.

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Artistic rendering of the First Encounter host Chris.

Chris is the leader, creative mind, and podcast host behind First Encounter. As a child, his gaming life was forever changed when he found Final Fantasy VII, firmly cementing his love for turn-based battles and beautiful, planet destroying villains. When he isn’t working, he can be found gazing longingly at new board games or eating.

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