Welcome to the Gossip Stone Podcast!

Created by Emosoda, Riley2w69t, shadow_FIX, XthDoctor, and YoshiKyon

Hints, tips and discussion around the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Randomizer!
Focused primarily (but not exclusively) around the racing scene, we'll go in-depth on various rulesets, settings, news and more from the OOTR community.

released on January 07, 2020

The first episode of the Gossip Stone - an Ocarina of Time Randomizer podcast - is here! Riley, Emosoda & YoshiKyon bring you the latest on the Season 3 Tournament, all the way from the first qualifiers to the most recent matches. Plus, a recap of the NA and EU weekly races from this past weekend.

Season 3 Tournament Recap & Analysis

January 07, 2020 -- Episode 1

released on January 15, 2020

Yoshi & Riley are joined by special guest LostThePirate to talk about how to get involved in OOTR commentary, as well as some thoughts and advice on improving (both general and specific to the Ocarina of Time Randomizer). Plus, our weekly recaps and a catch-up on Season 3 Tournament races!

OoTR Commentary: Dos, Don'ts and Hows

January 15, 2020 -- Episode 2

released on January 22, 2020

Soda, Riley & Yoshi discuss the main opening routes - 3-Song, Early Adult, and variations on them - and the strengths and weaknesses of each, detailing preferences and what it takes to move away from those preferences.

Opening Routes and When to Use Them

January 22, 2020 -- Episode 3

released on January 29, 2020

Yoshi, Soda & guest Whatthehellshappened call back to last week's episode, taking the opening routes and adapting them for a whole host of settings, from the fairly minor (Shuffle Gerudo Card) to the extreme (full Entrance Randomizer). Plus, our usual recap of the weeklies and Season 3 tournament races!

Opening Routes: Variety Edition (feat. WTHH)

January 29, 2020 -- Episode 4

released on February 05, 2020

YoshiKyon, Emosoda, and Riley discuss the namesake of the Gossip Stone podcast - the Gossip Stone and the hints they provide! Following the recap and analysis of recent Season 3 Tournament matches, listen in for a deep dive into various hint settings, their effect on routing and gameplay, and thoughts on current and previous standard hint distributions.

Hints: The Way of the Hero

February 05, 2020 -- Episode 5

released on February 13, 2020

Riley, Emosoda, and special guest TheSaltySponge discuss the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of the two most popular ways to play OOTR:
Wii Virtual Console vs. emulators such as RetroArch and BizHawk.

As a veteran of all play methods, TheSaltySponge offers his thoughts and expertise, as well as some recommendations for various types of players. Riley and Emosoda are seasoned emulator users who flex their powerful PCs. This discussion is preceded by analysis of weekly community races, as well as recent Season 3 Standard Tournament matches.

Console Wars: OoTR Edition (feat. TheSaltySponge)

February 13, 2020 -- Episode 6

released on February 19, 2020

Yoshi, Emo and Riley go through various little dungeon strats and optimizations for the Standard ruleset not used as often by the racing and casual player base! Here is the Google Document for all the strats discussed in this episode!

This discussion is preceded by analysis of weekly community races, as well as recent Season 3 Standard Tournament matches.

Strats and Optimizations (Dungeons Episode)

February 19, 2020 -- Episode 7

released on February 26, 2020

YoshiKyon and Riley are joined by Zelda Speedruns staff and OOTR moderator Cubsrule21 to discuss the largest to-date multiworld seed that occurred in late February, 2020. Cubs shines light on the intense logistical challenges that came with organizing and executing such an ambitious event.
Yoshi and Riley share their experiences of the event from the player's perspective. This discussion is preceded by a recap of recent Season 3 Tournament matches, as well as our Rando Recap of the weekly OOTR community races.

Multiworld Madness: The (almost) 200-player Extravaganza (feat. Cubsrule21)

February 26, 2020 -- Episode 8

released on March 04, 2020

Yoshi, Emo and Doc go through various little overworld strats and optimizations for the Standard ruleset not used as often by the racing and casual player base! Here is the Google Document for all the strats discussed in this episode!

This discussion is preceded by analysis of weekly community races, as well as recent Season 3 Standard Tournament matches.

Strats and Optimizations (Overworld Episode)

March 04, 2020 -- Episode 9

released on March 11, 2020

Yoshi and Emo talk about metagaming and how it should or shouldn't affect you in a rando race. This discussion is preceded by analysis of weekly community races, as well as recent Season 3 Standard Tournament matches.

Metagaming

March 11, 2020 -- Episode 10

released on March 25, 2020

Yoshi, Riley, and Emo discuss the latest weeklies and Season 3 matches, and Xopar joins us to talk about the wonderful fun of playing seeds with randomized settings.

Randomized Settings (feat. Xopar)

March 25, 2020 -- Episode 11

released on April 08, 2020

After 3 months of intense brackets matches, we are left with the final remaining competitors in Season 3 of the OOTR Standard Tournament.
YoshiKyon, Riley, and Emosoda take a look back at the progression of the tournament that got us to where we stand today, and offer some insights and predictions into the remaining matchups.

Season 3 Tournament: The Final(s) Countdown

April 08, 2020 -- Episode 12

released on April 29, 2020

YoshiKyon and Riley are joined by Cola to discuss your options as a player once you move into the mid-game: what do you actively need to be doing to beat the seed, and what's the best way to get to that point? These are decisions that can often make or break a race setting, so choose wisely!

Progression Report: Mid-game Routing

April 29, 2020 -- Episode 13

released on May 13, 2020

Many entered, 32 selected, and one brand new reigning OOTR champion. After months of jet seeds, AD seeds, highs, lows, and memorable moments, the Season 3 OOTR Standard Tournament has come to a memorable end.
Join Yoshi, Riley, Emosoda, and our new (!) Gossip Stone host Chimpanreeve as they analyze the tournament from all angles: noteworthy races, the Grand Finals race between Bonooru and Marco, and some insights from two members of the inaugural Chamber of Sages.

Terminus Tournamentus: Season 3 Standard Wrap-up

May 13, 2020 -- Episode 14

released on May 27, 2020

This...is definitely a do-not-miss episode. Yoshi and Riley are joined by Alaszun, one of the organizers for the inaugural OOTR Multiworld 'Squads' Tournament.
In this episode, get a behind the scenes look at what went in to putting together and executing this exciting, new, and unique competition, hear about a variety of fun and memorable moments from the tournament, and listen to some thoughts on what a potential second tournament might look like.

Terminus Tournamentus™: Multiworld Tournament Edition

May 27, 2020 -- Episode 15

released on June 10, 2020

The Ocarina of Time Randomizer community is always developing new ways to play! This week, Emosoda and Chimpanreeve are joined by DylanMeeble to discuss the newly-formed OOTR Co-op Tournament, in which two players have to work together to complete a seed. It adds a new level of planning to the gameplay, and some exciting new strategies as well!
For the first time in Gossip Stone history, we did not include our normal weekly race recaps. Please let us know your thoughts on this if you have them!

Competitive Cooperation

June 10, 2020 -- Episode 16

released on August 13, 2020

An episode a long time in the making! YoshiKyon & Emosoda are joined by the one and only, TreZc0, to discuss the changes currently taking place within the OOTR community and how they'll impact on all of us. We go in-depth on what can be done from the back-end to get people more invested, how everyone else in the community can take steps to get more involved, and what changes need to happen to keep the community thriving.
Whether or not there's a next episode depends on the reaction to this one - we're looking for more people to help out, especially with audio editing - so if you like what you're hearing, let us know, and thanks for listening (hopefully not for the last time!)

Community Patchup - Next Steps & How to Get Involved (feat. TreZc0_)

August 13, 2020 -- Episode 17