Don't Give Up Skeleton: A Dark Souls and Bloodborne Podcast
About the Show
Don't Give Up, Skeleton is a podcast inspired by one simple question: how did you get into the Souls games? Every week, Jeremy Greer interviews a guest about their own personal Souls story. Guests include a wide variety of people, both well known on the internet and completely unknown. Each episode is a bit different, with guests discussing what the games mean to them, whether it be a technical look into the inner workings, how NPC quest lines mirror personal relationships, fun and exciting lore stories, or lengthy discussions about the music in the games.
Episode 69: Nice
May 10th, 2017 | 1 hr 17 mins
Time for something completely different, listeners. Our old friend Niki from episode 36 sent me the following DM a few months back: "hey, do you have any plans for episode 69?" Some of y'all probably know that I record these pretty far in advance, so while I had something for episode 69, I immediately told Niki I didn't and asked her what she was thinking. Her idea was to have her three gay friends come on the show, and have a sort of hour long chat about how great Lady Maria is. That seemed like it could be a super interesting and hilarious podcast, so I agreed, and I was right: it IS a super interesting and hilarious podcast. As someone who doesn't get into shipping or even developing crushes on fictional characters, I was interested in getting an opportunity to ask about this stuff. So, the episode you're hearing is exactly that. Four ladies gushing over Lady Maria and various other Dark Souls women, and trying to explain what they see in these characters to me.
Episode 68: Richard Pilbeam
May 3rd, 2017 | 1 hr 6 mins
Hello Skeletons! If you're here, you've probably heard of Richard Pilbeam, aka Jerk Sans Frontiers, who does the series of lore videos called Bloodborne Up Close. If you haven't, check the links below and make sure you go do that. Richard has a special kind of insight into the Souls series, and it was a delight getting to sit down and talk to him about it. We sort of go all over place, as you might expect, but it's a fun conversation nonetheless. Enjoy!
Episode 67: Ario
April 26th, 2017 | 54 mins 8 secs
This week we sit down with Ario, who created the Tumblr Brick by Brick. Stop right now, click on the link below, and go check out his series CRT Souls. I’ll wait.
Ok, back? Isn’t that cool?! Ario talks about his love of architecture, his unique view of the Souls games, and his disappointment with the music of the series. This isn’t your typical episode, but I think you will enjoy it that much more. Stay tuned for some of Ario's music at the end of the episode.
Episode 66: Jorge
April 19th, 2017 | 54 mins 43 secs
This week’s guest is Jorge, a games writer who has somehow managed to play all of the Souls games in under a year. He talks about how he came to the series, his discovery of PVP and fight clubs, and what it’s like role playing a pacifist character in an extremely hostile PVP environment. Enjoy!
Episode 65: Nick C.
April 12th, 2017 | 58 mins 40 secs
This week’s guest started the conversation in an interesting fashion: by telling me he looked up Estus in one of the Dark Souls wikis and got extremely confused. It’s a good conversation, and we get to chat about all of the games, which is fun. Find Nick on twitter at the link below!
Episode 64: Syrg
April 5th, 2017 | 56 mins 32 secs
What’s it like when someone doesn’t particularly care about the Souls series, but is surrounded by people that do? That’s the question we answer on this week’s DGUS. I know syrg from the Duckfeed Slack, and when I put a call out for people that don’t hate the Souls series, but have tried it and failed to bond with it, he answered. We talk about Demon’s, DS1, and Scholar, as well as a surprisingly in-depth look into Lords of the Fallen. Enjoy!
Episode 63: bansheebeat
March 29th, 2017 | 1 hr 12 mins
Dylan, aka bansheebeat is an extremely talented musician with a love of the Souls series, so he’s a perfect fit for the show. We sit down and talk about what he does and does like about the games, his disappointment with the music, and his dream Souls game. Spoiler: he has a VERY unique idea about future Souls games.
Episode 62: Monk
March 22nd, 2017 | 1 hr 4 mins
Monk is an old buddy of mine I met during the heyday of Dark Souls 1 PVP. He and I used to get together with the other Something Awful thread regulars to do fight clubs and dumb gimmick builds. He’s played the Souls games a LOT, like hundreds and hundreds of hours. Enjoy his invasions stories, his hatred for Dark Souls 2, and everything else in between.
Episode 61: Chris M.
March 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 17 mins
This week’s guest is Chris, host of the Now and Again podcast. Chris discovered Dark Souls at a low point in his life, but has since come to enjoy them even in the good times. We talk about his journey through the series, his sort of ambivalence to Dark Souls 2, and his love for Bloodborne (because everyone loves Bloodborne and if you don’t your opinion is wrong).
Episode 60: Nick A.
March 8th, 2017 | 53 mins 32 secs
This week’s guest is Nick! Nick and I chat about his journey though the Souls games, and we had a lot of fun. Nick started with Demon’s, and has played each game all the way through DS3. I knew I would like Nick when he told me he would do Monk invasions in DeS with the scraping spear. Heheheh
Episode 59: Anthony
March 1st, 2017 | 1 hr 27 mins
This week’s guest is Anthony, an experimental musician with a great love of the Souls games. So much so that it even was a small part of his wedding (details inside). Anthony and I sit down and talk about how he found the series, how it’s changed him, and most importantly: how does is wife feel about the giant poison skeleton in Dark Souls 3. Be sure to listen after the credits for some of his music!
Episode 58: Justin
February 22nd, 2017 | 56 mins 42 secs
This week’s guest is Justin, who is a video game writer and podcaster. Justin and I sat down and talked about his unique first playthrough of Dark Souls 1, why he thinks Dark Souls 2 is better than DS1, and his opinions on Dark Souls 3. It was a fun conversation and I’m almost certain you will enjoy it.
Episode 57: Robert
February 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 55 secs
Hello! This week’s guest is Robert, who is a very enthusiastic Souls fan. After almost getting abandoned during our recording time by yours truly (full details in the ep), we get into why he loves them. It’s a very fun episode (with some audio difficulties that drag it down at the beginning, sorry about that).
Episode 56: Lewis
February 8th, 2017 | 1 hr 17 mins
This week’s guest is Lewis, who sent me what could almost be called on essay about, as he called it, “Dark Souls as the human condition.” How could I not bring him on after that? Lewis talks quite a bit about his history with the games, and how it affected his depression and even his personal religion. It’s a very good show, with some minor but persistent sound artifacting that is slightly distracting. Nothing terrible, though. Stay tuned through the end of the episode for a listen to Lewis’ band, Wild Apples.
Episode 55: Nicholas
February 1st, 2017 | 55 mins 51 secs
This week’s guest is Nicholas, aka StrenuousOrb on Twitter. Nicolas and I have long been twitter buds, so it was nice to sit down and talk about some Souls games. Check out his YT links for his challenge runs, which are great and I could also defeat the end boss of the DS3 DLC at SL1, just like him. Totally. I mean it.