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  • 21 | Jenova’s Impact

    In this episode we put on our climbing spikes, fight some dragons, jump into the wind, meet the real Sephiroth, and confirm that Cloud is definitely not okay. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

  • 20 | Cloud Strife’s Pro Snowboarder 2

    In this episode we reach the Icicle Inn, get some good-good Cetra history, rip up the hills with our snowboard, and brave a snowstorm to reach Gaia's Cliff. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

  • 19 | The Last Cetra

    In this episode we get to the rousing close of part one of Final Fantasy VII, follow Aerith as quickly as we can through the sleeping forest, explore the City of the Ancients, and finally catch up with Aerith only to be interrupted by Sephiroth and Jenova. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

  • Sidequest: The Ninja and the Jogger

    In this sidequest we take a few minutes respite from the hustle and bustle of chasing Sephiroth to revisit a couple old favorite spots on the world map, and attempt to recruit our old friends, the ninja and the jogger. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

  • Final Fantasy VII Gift List for Fans by Fans

    As a full-time lover of Final Fantasy VII, I'm constantly catching myself looking out for cool new gifts not only myself, but for other fans who share my feelings for the game and appreciation for it's community. What makes this easier (though harder on the wallet) is the aforementioned Final Fantasy fanbase, full of talented artists who spend their time turning their passion into beautiful music, writing and artwork the rest of us can support.

  • 18 | Sephiroth’s Black Materia Buzz Kill

    In this episode we get a full-on James Bond villain break down of Sephiroth's plan from the man himself, learn what Black Materia is, watch Cait Sith's redemption, lose the Black Materia, possibly lose Cloud, definitely lose Aerith. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

  • Fear & Hunger Review

    Fear & Hunger is a very interesting game that delights in it’s horror and relishes the opportunity to share it with you. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Horror JRPGS, because for some reason they are pretty scarce. At $10 on Itch.io I would say the time spent in the dungeons is well worth the investment.

  • A Definitive List of JRPG Bookclub Podcasts

    This is as comprehensive a list as I can make for bookclub style JRPG podcasts, highlighting shows where the hosts play through JRPG games while discussing them.

  • 17 | Trying Times at the Temple of the Ancients

    In this episode we find an old friend hanging out at the entrance to the Temple of the Ancients, live the life of MC Escher, chase down a Cetra spirit, Indiana Jones our way down a rocky road, meet the Time Guardian and spin his hands before chasing the key guardian. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

  • 16 | Date Night & Betrayal at the Gold Saucer

    In this episode we boat around revisiting some of the classics, return to the Gold Saucer, borrow the Keystone, get stranded, go on a romantic date, star in a disastrous play, see some fireworks, and have our hearts broken in a serious breach of friendship. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!