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.

Chris is the leader, creative mind and podcast host behind the First Encounter series. 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.

Haney is a technical creator,  part-time artist and podcast host at 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.