The Easy Allies Podcast is a weekly show where Brandon Jones and Daniel Bloodworth, alongside a rotating panel of two other Allies and Ian Hinck in the Control Room, discuss various gaming-related news, respond to Patron-submitted questions, and play some fun silly games. It is the successor to GameTrailers' podcast GT Time[1], from which it borrowed its general vibe along with many of its segments.

The podcast used to be recorded on Tuesdays after Group Stream Night and released on Wednesdays for Patrons and Fridays on YouTube for the public. After the August 2019 Phase 4 announcements[2], the podcast started recording on Thursday nights and releasing on Fridays for Patrons and Sundays for the public in order to make the podcast more timely with big news drops.

History

The podcast premiered on March 23, 2016 with moderator Kyle Bosman and Brandon Jones alongside a rotating panel and later with Ian Hinck in the Control Room.

On January 30, 2019 the Easy Allies Podcast premiered a new logo, graphics, and presentation for the podcast in the first episode filmed in the studio.[3]

On March 13, 2020, Kyle announced via Patreon post[4] that he would be departing from Easy Allies the following month, citing that he needed to find his life's "main thing." In the same post, he mentioned that Jones would be taking over as moderator of the Podcast. Shortly after announcing his departure, the podcast shifted to remote filming over Zoom due to the global pandemic. Kyle's final episode as moderator was Easy Allies Podcast #211 - 4/24/20 where he discussed the podcast's future with Jones who finally digivolved into the host.[5]

Easy Allies Podcast #212 - 5/01/20[6] was the first official Jones moderated podcast with Daniel Bloodworth as his new co-host and Ian Hinck as the anchor in the Control Room. Jones introduced some new wrinkles in the podcast's format along with new betting teams but kept much of the structure the same.

On September 17, 2020, Easy Allies announced[7] that as part of their partnership with Roost, some of their series were launching on RoosterTeeth.com. Starting October 21, recent episodes of the Easy Allies Podcast, Frame Trap, Box Peek, Achieve It Yourself!, and Mysterious Monsters would be featured on the site. These shows were selected to serve as an introduction to Easy Allies and for the overall fit with Rooster Teeth's audiences. New episodes will still be posted around the same schedule on the Easy Allies YouTube channel and podcast feeds.

Starting with Easy Allies Podcast #233 - September 25, 2020[8], the podcast became a four-person panel while shooting remotely as Ian was added to the rotating panel of Allies. This was done to add a more robust panelist rotation between the Allies and because Ian no longer had control room responsibilities for remote podcasts.

A special Love & Respect bonus episode of the Podcast was featured on October 23, 2020 to celebrate the week-long Patron Party 2020 event. The entire episode included Love & Respect questions and games from patrons in the $5 and up tier on Patreon.

On February 5, 2021, Easy Allies began releasing extended versions of the podcast exclusively for Patrons. Starting with Easy Allies Podcast #252, $5 and up patrons gain access to an extended Love & Respect segment in the podcast on Fridays while $1 patrons gain access on Sundays. The regular version of the podcast is still released to the public on Sundays as well.[9]

Format

Current Segments

  • Corrections: A selection of YouTube comments from the previous episode that make corrections and clarifications to things the panel has said.
  • Silver Lining: Good news happening around the video game industry submitted by Patrons.
  • News: Report on the week's highlights and upcoming events. The discussion was sometimes guided by one of Kyle's games, though his favorite way to start the podcast are game announcements, if there are any. Brandon's favorite way to start the podcast are game trailers.
  • A Word From Our Sponsor: A break during the conversation that allows Brandon to present the Easy Allies sponsors for the current month. Previously called Podcast Halftime.
  • Also This Week: A quick rundown of other noteworthy headlines worth mentioning from the week's news.
  • Love & Respect: A segment in which the panel responds to emails sent by Patrons, usually involving heavy discussion topics or just a random game, depending on their mood at the time.
  • Time for Bets: Predictions for the week, where each Ally represents a different betting team for which they earn points each time they win a bet, and the team with the most points by the end of the year is crowned the champion of the season.
  • Closing: Whoever sits on the previous bet winner's seat earns the right and responsibility to share their Twitter handle with the world, promote any Easy Allies video they would like to promote, have a final word on anything they disagree with or just want to reiterate, and sign-off the podcast with their trademark sign-off. In Brandon's first official podcast as moderator, the Twitter handle was removed as one of the rights and responsibilities.

Past Segments

  • Gaming Gladiators: Brandon started a video game arena that pits video game characters against each other. Patrons pick the cards and asks the Allies to place bets on the match-ups.
  • Podcast Halftime: A break during the conversation that allows Brandon to present the Easy Allies sponsors for the current month. It is often called upon by Kyle when someone is about to say something, claiming that he can hear it coming.
  • Help Us Out, Hoeg!: Kyle reaches out to long-time patron Richard Hoeg for an attorney's view on various game industry related topics for the panel to discuss.
  • Oh, I Just Can't Wait for the Switch:
  • Is This News?:
  • Kyle Apologizes for Something:
  • What's in Damiani's Mug?:
  • Desire Index:
  • When's Next Gen?: The panel discusses next generation consoles after they've been publicly announced, and speculate on what to expect from them.
  • Tell Me About the Future!: The moderator asks the panel to make predictions for a year in the future and recap previous predictions.
  • Shouldn'ta Done That:
  • This Week in Joker News:
  • This Week in Austin Powers News:
  • Kyle's Hot Fresh Hot Take Latte:

Recurrent Games

  • Monthly NPDs: The panel has to predict the top selling video games of the previous month according to NPD sales data.
  • Pop-Tarts and Toaster Strudels: The panel discusses a list of upcoming games and they each have to pick two games; one they think people should be hyped for, and one they think people should be wary of, calling them 'my pop-tart' and 'my toaster strudel' respectively.
  • Or Wars: The moderator asks each Ally to pick one of two random things. Whoever gives the best answer earns the podcast's Closing rights and responsibilities.

Past Games

  • Prove-It Ticket: If someone makes a controversial statement, whoever has the ticket can hand it to them to ask for proof to their claims. If the ticket is left unused by the end of the podcast, it levels up for the following episode, in which they can use one of the ticket's effects (shown below). With the addition of new introductory games, the ticket was made available for anyone to use, but only with its original effect.
    • Level 2 - Take It Back: When an Ally makes a statement that the ticket holder disagrees with, they can pass the ticket to them and make them retract their words.
    • Level 3 - Back Me Up: The holder is able to make any statement they want, followed by the rest of the Allies chanting in unison a short "oh-hoo!", and it cannot be challenged or corrected for the remainder of the podcast.
    • Level 4 - Like Potato: If an Ally uses the word 'like' as a filler and not with its proper meaning, the ticket holder may pass it up to them. Whoever has the ticket at the end of the podcast loses a point for their betting team.
  • Games with Gold vs PlayStation Plus:
  • Word of the Day: Kyle picks an uncommon word and the panel must properly include it in a sentence. Whoever does it first earns some werehogs.
  • I'm Thinking About a Number Between: Kyle thinks about a random number and asks the panel to guess which number it is. Whoever wins earns the Prove-It Ticket.
  • Four-Sided Die: A member from the panel rolls a four-sided die, each number representing the Allies from left to right. Whoever wins earns the Prove-It Ticket.
  • The Challenge of Nephthys: A nonsense game designed to re-earn the points lost by the Level 4 Prove-It Ticket. Kyle asks a series of random questions and would accept any answer as correct.
  • Goals: Each Ally states a goal for themselves to achieve by the end of the podcast. They win nothing as it is intended for personal growth.
  • Objective: Similar to the Goals segment, but sent by Patrons and directed to the whole panel. Each Ally decides if they want to partake on it, and have to fulfill the challenge by the end of the podcast to earn an imaginary (but cool) prize.
  • And For That Reason:
  • Recruit Me: The panel is presented with an original RPG-like character and they must decide if they join the party. At the end of the podcast Kyle rolls a die to see if they survive, and those who do will either join or become an enemy, depending on the Allies' choice.
  • Pro Strats Only:
  • Glinny's Cauldron: A witch named Glinny wants to create the most vile video game of all time and is trusting the panel to collect the ingredients. Each week they're presented with two vile video game mechanics, of which they must unanimously choose one.
  • Rank the Significance:
  • Ship It or Skip It:
  • The Gaming Game: Ian Hinck is presented with three potential games to play represented by the three panelists. Each game is asked questions and then a final choice/prediction is made on which game to spend time with.
  • Santa's Video Game Advisory Board:
  • Tough Bouncers:
  • Best Last Lines:


Betting Teams

Season One
Name Members Final Score
Red Eagles Kyle, Jones 20
Green Lizards Rotating panel 19
Season Two
Name Members Final Score
Red Eagles Kyle, Jones 28
Purple Platypi Rotating panel 19


Season Three
Name Members Final Score
Red Grouse Jones 14
Droopy Eagles Kyle 14
Gorgeous Gorillas Rotating panel 23
Switcher Snakes Ian 8
Golden Vultures Special guests 0
Season Four
Name Members Final Score
Scrappy Little Pigs Kyle, Jones 25
Gorgeous Gorillas Rotating panel,
Control room
27


Season Five
Name Members Final Score
Sick Owls Kyle, Jones 7
Gorgeous Gorillas Rotating panel,
Control room
8
Season Six
Name Members Final Score
Astonished Scorpions Jones, Bloodworth 18
Jovial Penguins Rotating panel,
Control room
21


Season Seven
Name Members Final Score
Vociferous Beavers Jones, Bloodworth
Jovial Penguins Rotating panel,
Control room


Trivia

  • In the first episode, the panel had to come up with a special sign-off as there were no previous bet winners. Each Ally had to pick one word, resulting in "Kick Some Cheese Tonight" (by Jones, Ben, Blood and Kyle, respectively).


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