We're Shawn and Emily--parents by day, gamers by night (okay we're parents by night too but that's besides the point). We love all things gaming from video games to tabletop, so we decided to talk about them! Each week, we'll talk about what we're playing, trends we see, important news and events, and the occasional sprinkle of our experience as gamer parents. So put the kids to bed (or your cats, we're not judging) and enjoy the show!


July 8, 2021 78 mins

[FROM THE ARCHIVES...We recorded this back in May before Ezra came along and never got around to publishing it until now!]

Welcome to the FIRST EVER episode of BedtimeGamers "@ The Table"! It's our new tabletop/board game centric podcast! We decided it might be better to have a more focused podcast on gaming centered at the table! 

  • Back to the Table! 00:01:07
  • Blood on the Clocktower Impressions: 00:03:15
  • Ri...
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In this episode, Shawn and Emily discuss their introduction to potty training, which probably explains why they needed the escape into more Stardew Valley over the past week. They also share their takes on recent gaming announcements, including the Nintendo Direct, Pokémon Presents, and Playstation State of Play.

  • Checking In and Updates: 00:00:48
  • Stardew Valley: 00:18:01
  • PlayStation's State of Play: 00:29:42
  • 2/17 Nintendo Dire...
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February 15, 2021 71 mins

In this episode, Shawn and Emily talk about their favorite co-op experiences, diving back into the origins of Halo with Halo: Combat Evolved, and their return to Pelican Town and the rest of Stardew Valley in the new 1.5 update just released for console players!

  • Harper Update: 00:01:42
  • Our Favorite Co-Op Memories: 00:05:03
  • Emily's First Time Beating Halo 1: 00:21:06
  • Stardew Valley 1.5 Update: 00:42:24
  • Recommendation: The Hustle...
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February 1, 2021 54 mins

In this episode, Shawn and Emily talk about what they've been playing, getting an Xbox Series X, and diving into a couple games on Gamepass!

  • Harper Update: 00:00:55
  • What We've Been Playing: 00:08:51
  • Captain Toad Treasure Tracker 00:09:23
  • Civilization VI: 00:18:00
  • We got an Xbox / Diving into Gamepass 00:25:17
    • Games include: Donut County, Streets of Rage 4, Moving Out, No Man's Sky
  • Recommendation: 0...
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January 18, 2021 72 mins

Bedtime Gamers is back after a long hiatus! Emily and Shawn sit around and discuss the changes coming to the podcast format, what they've been playing, and their hopes for gaming in 2021! 

  • Harper Update: 00:01:24
  • Podcast Updates: 00:06:55
  • What We've Been Playing 00:15:10
  • Nintendo Year In Review: 00:41:46
  • Gaming Hopes for 2021: 00:49:21
  • Recommendation: Haikyu!: 01:08:39

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October 2, 2020 78 mins

In this episode, Emily is back and joined by Shawn for a big week of discussions! They discuss the PS5 Showcase, Next Gen Preorders, Xbox buying Bethesda, and their first impressions of Super Mario 3D All Stars. They then talk about how much fun they've been having playing board games virtually and suspect everyone as the impostors in Among Us!

  • Harper Update- 00:00:59
  • We Started Lovecraft Country- 00:05:28
  • PS5 Showcase- 00:10...
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September 18, 2020 80 mins

In this episode, Shawn is joined by Eric Bauser of Geekundspiel to talk about all things Assassin's Creed! They discuss their early history of playing the original games in high school, how they feel about the changes made over recent years, and gush over their hype for the upcoming Assassin's Creed Valhalla. They finish with sharing what the choices they would make for their dream AC game!

  • Harper Update- 00:01:30
  • Our H...
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September 4, 2020 61 mins

In this episode, Shawn and Emily share talk about their Extra Life Fundraising Kick Off Stream, their recent favorite board games for two players, the Fall Guys craze, and discuss what classes their daughter and pets would be in D&D.

  • Harper Update- 00:01:00
  • Extra Life Fundraiser Kick Off Stream- 00:14:40
  • Games That Play Well With 2 Players- 00:23:51
  • Fall Guys is Taking Over Our Nights- 00:36:41
  • Listener Mail: What D&D Class ...
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August 11, 2020 67 mins

In this episode, Shawn and Emily share their thoughts about the Xbox Games Showcase, discuss how they finally get around to games from their backlog, debate which video game parent would make a good godparent for Harper, and give you a little inside scoop on Peach Geeks.

  • Harper Update - 00:00:23
  • Quarantine Update - 00:41
  • Xbox Games Showcase- 00:11:55
  • Backlog Games- 00:31:56
  • Video Game Parent Ranking- 00:43:20
  • Peach Geeks Announcement...
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In this episode, Shawn and Emily play catch up as they discuss the recent updates in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, what they're looking forward to in terms of video game releases and table top experiences (if they ever have game night again??), and their experience replaying The Last of Us and how it compares to The Last of Us 2. They also received a great question in their listener mail and discuss how the pandemic and prote...

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In this episode, Shawn and Emily discuss their takeaways from recent gaming news, including Inside Xbox, Paper Mario trailer, Ghosts of Tsushima trailer, and Unreal Engine 5 preview. They also give an update on their Animal Crossing: New Horizons islands and share their top five most influential games from their childhood. 

  • Harper Update - 00:48
  • Quarantine Update - 2:36
  • Inside Xbox - 8:22
  • Unreal Engine 5 Reveal - 24:37
  • Ghosts of Tsu...
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In this special episode, Emily and Shawn sit down with some friends, Jacob and Caitlin, to talk all things Animal Crossing: New Horizons. They discuss their prior experience to the series, how their expectations stacked up against actual gameplay, the controversial time travel debate, and what's on their wish list for the game in future updates. 

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April 17, 2020 39 mins

In this episode, Shawn and Emily share a few updates on what they've been up to recently, including virtual gaming, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and how they've been adjusting to state-mandated stay-at-home orders. 

  • Harper Update - 00:55
  • Virtual Game Night - 2:27
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons - 13:30
  • Everything Else - 29:00

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March 25, 2020 74 mins

In this episode, Shawn and Emily discuss some of the differences they've noticed in their first few games of Clank! Legacy, their recent farming ventures in Stardew Valley Co-Op, and what island quarantine life is like in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. They also share their real-life experience during the Coronavirus outbreak and some tips for filling in the tabletop void during this time. 

  • Harper Update - 00:50
  • Clank! Legac...
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In this special episode, Emily and Shawn sit down with Kyle Tallant, long-lost friend and now Associate Environment Artist at Hi-Rez Studios (Paladins, Smite, Rogue Company). Kyle shares his journey of finding out what he wanted to do with his creative talent and how he found a job with Hi-Rez, despite not identifying as a "gamer" himself. We take a look at the day-to-day lifestyle of working in the video game industry an...

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February 26, 2020 72 mins

Shawn and Emily discuss Pokémon starters through the years, Xbox Series X news, the latest Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct, and their time at Escape Winter Con in Orlando, FL. 

  • Harper Update - 00:52
  • Pokémon starters - 03:47
  • Xbox Series X news - 12:28
  • Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct reactions - 28:37
  • Escape Winter Con recap -  40:20

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February 13, 2020 73 mins

Welcome to BedtimeGamer’s newest addition to our podcast content, Night School, where we dive into everything you need to know about a specific topic in the nerd world. Our first series is all about getting started with RPGs, focusing specifically on Dungeons and Dragons, 5th Edition.

In this episode of Night School: D&D series, Shawn, Emily, Austin, and Drew are joined by Shawn's brother, Kevin, to discuss the in...

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January 29, 2020 53 mins

Shawn and Emily discuss what’s been on their mind (and table) recently, including the fable-filled Grimm Forest game and their thoughts on Sony once again not planning to appear at E3. Emily shares her update on Luigi’s Mansion 3. Shawn opens up about wanting to DM a new D&D campaign.

  • Harper Update - :44
  • Grimm Forest - 3:00
  • Sony Out of E3 - 10:50
  • Luigi's Mansion 3 Update - 22:10
  • Shawn Learns How to DM -  26:30
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January 15, 2020 64 mins

Shawn and Emily discuss what they've been playing recently, Nintendo's Pokemon Direct, their experience at PAX: Unplugged, and what they are looking forward to at the first ever Escape Winter Con. 

  • Harper Update - 0:47
  • What We've Been Playing - 2:49
  • Nintendo's Pokemon Direct Review - 31:04
  • PAX: Unplugged Recap - 39:06
  • What we are excited for with Escape Winter Con - 50:44

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January 1, 2020 86 mins

Shawn and Emily reflect on this past year in gaming. They share their favorite video game and tabletop experiences from 2019, their top video games and board games of the decade, and their goals for 2020! 

  • Harper Update - :59
  • Favorite Video Game Experiences of 2019 - 5:25
  • Top Five Video Games of the Decade - 18:12
  • Favorite Tabletop Experiences of 2019 - 41:34
  • Top Five Board Games of the Decade - 53:07
  • Goals for 2020 - 1:07:12


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