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ATB is 1UP's podcast companion to our RPG blog The Grind. Every fortnight, Jeremy Parish, Kat Bailey, and various guests discuss all manner of role-playing games: console, PC, classic, MMO, pen-and-paper, and more!

Customer Reviews


I say mature audience only because frankly, I believe this is the only solid rpg podcast (I've looked....hard) that doesn't have horrible jokes followed by 15 seconds of nerd snickering or fat dudes with the same voice and attitude as the comic book guy from the simpsons.

No, my friends...

This podcast is an excellent listen for those who want to hear some passionate vetrans talk about a genre of gaming that has evolved and fluctuated through trends and still remains as immersive as it was on a tabletop with pens and graph paper.

All off topic discussion relates to RPGs and there are no rants about things that don't really matter. All opinions, while being opinions, are pretty reasonable and give the listener more of something to look for in their experience rather than a biased fanboy assault.

This podcast is for anyone that has ever been head over heels for the immersive experience of a tabletop, 8-bit, or console MMO rpg complete with wireless keyboard, headset and 3D glasses..... Or whatever fancy RPGs people are into these days.

"pardon me sir, but would you like your battle camera fixed or active?"

Yes, Please.

...and Thank You. Last January when EGM 'sploded, I was terrified that we'd lose the personalization that made 1up my favorite media outlet for video games. I'm suprised and impressed that despite the lineups changing so dramatically, we still get great new podcasts like this from intelligent, thoughtful people at 1up. Great Job!


It's incredibly difficult to find a gaming podcasts where the hosts are charming and witty enough to keep your interest, but the party at ATB has consistently managed to do so in such a way to make me come back and listen to it even as the subject genre passes me further by with each console generation. It's a rare podcast where the cleverness matches that of the title, but I am glad to see that Active Time Babble delivers.