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Free Play 98 | Ghost of Tsushima Deep Dive

Matt, Bubba, and I are ALL playing Ghost of Tsushima and we wanted to chat more about our in-game experiences. But first, we answer our good friend Frost’s question: what did Kate (aka me) do with Disney? I share some random stories about that time before we dig into what we’ve been loving (and also complaining about) Ghost of Tsushima. And that’s what we want to talk about this week on the FreePlay podcast!





Episode Hosts

Bubba Stallcup
CEO + PRESIDENT + FOUNDER
Bubba is the CEO, President and Founder of LTN, host of the Free Play Podcast and the Church Nerds Podcast. He is also a full-time Nerd-Culture Missionary. Bubba, and his wonderful wife Anna, have 4 children who are pretty good most of the time. A communal gamer at heart who loves to get in and play games with other people #gameNightIStheRightNight
Matt Warmbier
COO + FOUNDER
Matt is the COO & Founder of LTN as well as one of the hosts of the Free Play podcast. When not bustin’ his rump for LTN, Matt can be found, more than likely, playing Gloomhaven. He and his wife Erin have something like a billion kids, and they all love to be in the woods all the time. If you follow him on Instagram, everything he posts is a day behind. You’ve been warned.
Kate Kadowaki
CO-FOUNDER | LTN ADMIN COORDINATOR
Kate is a co-founder, admin coordinator, and best girl host of the Free Play podcast for Love Thy Nerd. Some of her favorite games ever are Red Dead Redemption 2, the Assassin's Creed franchise, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Kate has a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology and thinks games research is awesome. Her husband Steven says that she dies too much in games.

Episode Producer

Jonathan Clauson
Starting with Clear Channel Radio in the '90s, Jonathan has worked in audio and marketing for 20 years. Credits include stints at EA Tiburon, Christianity Today, Christ and Pop Culture, and freelancing as voice talent for audiobooks and podcast production services.

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