Welcome to the Gossip Stone Podcast!

Created by Emosoda, Riley2w69t, shadow_FIX, XthDoctor, Chimpanreeve, winniedemon, YoshiKyon, and Ronan_Recordings

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.
Intro and Outro music performed by the Super Soul Bros and composed by Koji Kondo. Super Soul Bros can be found here:
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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.


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

released on November 26, 2020

We discussed the differences introduced with the new Season 4 settings compared to the old Season 3 settings - we also took a look at some of the first weekly races that used these new settings for the upcoming Season 4 tournament! Feel free to post your feedback on the #gossip-stone-podcast channel here in Discord - we are always looking to improve each and every episode. Thank you to everyone for listening - I hope you enjoy this week's episode.

Season 4: What's new? (feat. Chimpanreeve & Gavaroni)

November 26, 2020 -- Episode 18

released on December 17, 2020

We discuss The first 2 quals, the qual that never was, new tricks discovered in the meta and the Random Settings League

S4 and the RSL - WhatTheHell'sHappened? (feat. WTHH)

December 17, 2020 -- Episode 19

released on January 29, 2021

This week on the podcast, Emo is joined by former co-host Yoshikyon as well as current S4 top 32 contender MrMario7788. We discuss the top 32 bracket for the Season 4 tournament, as well as touching upon Challenge Cup and the ongoing Random Settings League Season 2 bracket.

Season 4 - Post Qualifier (feat. YoshiKyon)

January 29, 2021 -- Episode 20

released on February 13, 2021

This week on the podcast, Emo and Chimpanreeve are joined by current S4 top 32 contender felixoide4! We discuss all of the first round of top 32 bracket matches for the Season 4 tournament - join us as we discuss plays, make predictions, and have fun talking about the current state of OOTR.

0:00:46 - Intro

0:04:53 - SariasObject vs MrMartin

0:18:01 - DylanMeeble vs DareDevinX

0:31:41 - SeYsEy vs Namaha

0:40:16 - Kevin_818 vs KayzoBro

0:46:41 - Fmzgun129 vs Oneshot013

1:03:08 - Bonooru vs Felixoide4

1:30:53 - PhoenixFeather vs MrMario7788

1:43:50 - RyuuKane vs Zoopal

1:56:09 - Holysparkz vs gsk8

2:03:31 - Riley vs TomPouce

2:17:09 - PinkKittyRose vs Vodzilla

2:27:12 - WTHH vs Readrim

2:37:57 - FantaTanked vs sanzeau

2:44:34 - Marco vs Gavaroni

3:06:41 - Kariossa vs WoodenBarrel

3:17:21 - KCNecro vs TheSaltySponge

3:31:10 - Looking ahead to Round 2

3:33:19 - Challenge Cup

3:37:13 - Outro

Round 1 S4 Tournament Matches Roundup (feat. felixoide4)

February 13, 2021 -- Episode 21

released on March 05, 2021

Season 4 is moving forward at a great pace! In this episode, Emosoda and Chimpanreeve get caught up on Rounds 2 and 3, with a focus on the four runners going into Winners’ Round 4 and their journey through the bracket. We also discuss the upcoming match-ups and make some predictions about who might win.

Season 4 Bracket Catch-Up

March 05, 2021 -- Episode 22

released on March 19, 2021

The field has been narrowed from 11 down to 6 in OoTR Season 4, and Emosoda and Chimpanreeve are joined by special guest (and S4 contender) TheSaltySponge to talk about how the latest matches have gone. We cover Winners’ bracket semi-finals, as well as Losers’ bracket rounds 4 and 5, with some in-depth discussions on many of the interesting decisions that the runners have faced, including: ambiguous items on high skull counts, whether it’s worth it to dip GTG on the way to Spirit, and the possibility of skipping Zora’s Domain when you’re one item from go mode.

Season 4 Tournament Recaps - Rounds 4 & 5 (feat. TheSaltySponge)

March 19, 2021 -- Episode 23

released on April 10, 2021

Chimpanreeve and Emosoda deliver the first EVER live episode for the podcast where they talked about the Season 4 tournament, the final matchup, and how we got to this point. This was recorded live before Grand Finals Game 2 in front of a twitch.tv audience.

Season 4 Grand Finals: Live!

April 10, 2021 -- Episode 24

released on May 15, 2021

After five months (and eight podcast episodes!), OoTR Season 4 has finally come to an end. Chimpanreeve and Emosoda are joined by guest MrMario7788 to discuss Grand Finals Game 2, the final match of S4. We also talk about what else is going on in the OoTR community, with a focus on Season 3 of the Random Settings League and a discussion on routing tips/strategies RSL seeds.

mracsys’s tracker: https://mracsys.github.io/tootr/
RSL leaderboard: https://rsl-leaderboard.web.app/

S4 Conclusion and RSL Routing (feat. MrMario7788)

May 15, 2021 -- Episode 25

released on June 18, 2021

In this episode, Emosoda and Chimpanreeve sit down with YoshiKyon to discuss the League that kicked off last month. We go over the history of the League, how the League admins managed to sort over 150 participants into 26 divisions, and how things are going within each division. We also discussed the current state of weeklies - what the settings currently are, and what other settings might be considered in the future.

0:03:33 - Weekly Settings Discussion

0:52:13 - Community Tournament Updates

1:06:23 - OoTR League

1:57:02 - Division 8

2:11:36 - Division 7

2:16:56 - Division 6

2:25:58 - Division 5

2:41:36 - Division 4

2:44:20 - Division 3

3:09:33 - Division 2

3:12:12 - Division 1 and Wrap-Up

Weekly Settings and the OoTR League (feat. YoshiKyon)

June 18, 2021 -- Episode 26

released on July 14, 2021

There’s a lot going on in the OoTR community these days! Hosts Chimpanreeve and Emosoda break down all of the different tournaments that are ongoing, just wrapped up, or are starting soon, and have a frank discussion about what happens when you try to commit yourself to too many of these tournaments at once.

Time Commitment to Rando

July 14, 2021 -- Episode 27

released on July 28, 2021

Emosoda and Chimpanreeve are joined by guests Cubsrule21 and Spikevegeta for a long chat about short tournaments! We discuss what makes a tournament “blitz,” what sorts of settings have been used, our experiences with running blitz tournaments, and some ideas for the future. We also have a conversation about OoTR’s inclusion in speedrunning marathons (like GDQ and ESA) and debate: do randomizers count as speedruns?
Blitz Tournament Discord

Blitz Tournaments (feat. Cubsrule21 & Spikevegeta)

July 28, 2021 -- Episode 28