The Yogscast are a network of YouTube video producers, mostly based in their offices in Bristol, but also include people across the United Kingdom and around the world. They produce video game Let's Plays and the occasional review for entertainment. They are members of Polaris from the days when it was TheGameStation. Begun by Lewis Brindley (Xephos) and Simon Lane (Honeydew) in 2008 as a way of showing Simon's comedic talents to the world, by 2011, the Yogscast grew into multiple channels with different video producers focusing on different sorts of games. The "gaijin rock" band, Area 11, is also associated with Yog Towers and do their own Let's Plays.Speaking of games, they publicly support a fan-made platforming game, Yogscast And The Mystical Dream Tower, in beta as of May 2014. Winterkewl Games began work on another game based on the Yogscast's characters, Yogventures, but as of July 2014, Winterkewl Games has been hit by financial trouble, and full ownership to the unfinished game has been relinquished to the Yogscast with its future status unclear. The situation got worse on July 21, 2014, when it was revealed that over two-thirds of the funds raised during the Kickstarter had mysteriously disappeared. Lewis made a statement on Reddit saying that the initial statement "omitted much", but said that he was not prepared to go into detail on the situation.They now have their own iOS app.Producers with their own page:
Author Appeal: Dwarves. See Simon's character in the Yogscast Minecraft Series, Honeydew, and the undead dwarven pirate NPC Spacker. Also spreads to The YoGPoD constantly talking about dwarves, their YouTube profile image, and even their way of censoring inappropriate bits being images of dwarves.
Taken to ridiculous levels in their Guild Wars 2 preview, where Simon tries to make one of his characters as dwarfy as possible, despite playing a Norn, which are twice the size of humans. With the size slider turned up to max.
Also, Jaffa Cakes. When Lewis and Simon got the chance to star in their own DLC for Sanctum, the entire point was keeping their horde of "JoffoCakes" safe.
In their Diablo 3 unboxing, Simon can't get the plastic packaging off...so he uses a Frostmourne. Also serves as a Call Back.
Also during their live-action Don't Starve challenge, Duncan ends up bringing a HUGE machete with him. Why? To slice onions.
The Backwards R: In spite of Polish using the Latin alphabet, in the Civilization V challenge, Lewis is LЗЩІ? note the last letter, a backwards Z, doesn't seem to be part of the Latin or Cyrillic alphabets of РОLДЙD, or Lzeshchi? of Roldyd.
Big "NO!": Simon generally just drops these whenever something bad happens to him, Lewis, or a well-liked character during a game.
Simon drops one of these in the single-player mode of Portal 2, when he tries to smuggle the Companion Cube with him and it disintegrates.
Simon drops 2 giant ones during their playthrough of a Left 4 Dead Map modded to look like Minecraft...When tasked to find a stick and block of cobblestone to make a lever in the Nether Level, Simon first finds Xephos' (Lewis' Minecraft Avatar) corpse holding the stick, and then later Lewis finds Honeydew's (Simon's Avatar) corpse holding the block of cobble.
Probably one of Simon's biggest Nos comes when Knight Peculier is killed in Shadow of Israphel.
Lalna drops a pretty big one when Lewis accidentally deletes the core component of his spaceship in their Garry's Mod Spaceships playthrough.
Simon drops one, and a Big "OMG!" in the "Can your Pet?" spotlight when his friend Derpybird meats a "bicycle".
Bow and Sword, in Accord: Following the typical loadout, both Simon and Lewis go with this - Simon more often using the Bow, and Lewis more often using the Sword, but they do take turns. How much it helps them out is up for debate.
Their LP of Fable III has Simon taking a rifle and sword, and Lewis using a pistol and warhammer, further cementing their roles of ranged and melee damage respectively.
Simon's "Follow me!" and "Cooooome 'eeeeeeere!" ("Come here!")
Simon's girlish "Awwww!" along with Lewis' somewhat less girlish one.
Simon saying "That'sss a very nice everything you have there" whenever a Creeper shows up in Minecraft, referencing a popular meme.
Simon and Lewis call each other "Friend" an awful lot.
Lampshaded somewhat when they first arrive at the Mistral City graveyard and find their pre-planned graves. The prepared epitaph on Xephos's (Lewis's) grave is, rather touchingly, "Goodbye, Friends!"
Any official merchandise is sent with a thank-you card containing the message "Thanks for the support, Friend!"
Humming the chest opening music from The Legend of Zelda whenever they find some rare treasure. The "found a secret" from the same series and a simple angelic choir sound also pops up in a similar fashion.
The charming but odd way Simon says "Hellloooooo!"
"Balls to it" and variations.
Asking/saying that someone's "Ballsed it up" whenever someone severely screws something up.
"Hooraaaaaay!" whenever they escape a deadly situation or find something good. Simon tends to say this more, with Lewis sometimes following up with his less-excited one.
The Diggy Diggy Hole song, as well as all of its variations.
After Minecraft Mod spotlights saying "It's a whole new game"
Lewis' referring to something as an "[x]-type area".
"Trucking tuesday, everyone! (honk honk)"
Chastity Couple: Lewis and Hannah almost never show any signs of being in a relationship and never even reference having any kind of physical romance. The only way most people remember that they are even dating is when it is specifically mentioned by other people.
Plus, during one YoGPoD, Simon jokingly talks about having a secret "activity" with Hannah and Lewis reacts with mild jealousy.
All the while Simon always refers to their relationship as them "living in sin" together.
Combat Pragmatist: Lewis, according to his description of his own playthrough of Fallout: New Vegas. He has barely any idea who Joe Cobb's character is because, in his own words, as soon as he heard Cobb talking about burning down Goodsprings, he "shot him dead there and then," in order to avoid having difficulty killing him when he was actually supposed to.
Also in The Tryhard Chronicles, where Simon plays a noob dwarf with a godawful dwarf deck in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. He has a 3-2 win-loss record for his five matches before he fights the Tryhard Lewis... then he finishes him in ten minutes, ending with 27 health. Lewis notes that this means he has become the Tryhard.
Epic Fail: Referred to as "ballsing it up" or "dwarfing it up" here.
Simon pulled one in the "Don't Starve" real life challenge. One of the challenges was to start a fire, and Simon cheered when he started his... at the beginning of the next episode.
The Yogsquest videos contain a few, so far Duncan had splattered Sjin's rat dad on the ceiling and Sjin falling down and cracking his head, leaving him with 1 hotpoint.
After 45 episodes and streams of Moon Quest, Simon is successfully launched to the moon... only for him to crash-land, lose everything, strand himself on the moon, and force them to finally cheat because he was too busy reading aloud "Hold Space to Slow Down" instead of holding Space down!
All three have now attempted to land on the moon, both Simon and Duncan crashed, but Lewis managed to forget his air anks, and died of suffocation before the rocket even touched the Moon's surface...
Exactly What It Says on the Tin: While playing a Left 4 Dead custom map here Simon falls into a hole and requires assistance to get out, when the zombies become too much Lewis and Hannah leave him and proceed to the safe room while Simon shouts "How could you!?" Lewis replies "It's called Left 4 Dead", Though they do go back and rescue him, eventually.
Genius Ditz: Both Simon and Lewis are actually competent at things when they're not playing computer games. In at least one YoGPoD, they go off on a tangent and start having a conversation about science in the middle of something silly.
Simon is generally seen as the dumb one, but studied astrophysics (though didn't finish his degree) and often shows a better understanding of science than Lewis.
Lewis himself had jobs as a freelance science journalist, an organic chemist, and a technology scientist.
Lewis often replaces "fuckin' 'ell" with "flippin' 'eck", though the former is used quite frequently as well. He also sometimes uses "sugar" in lieu of "shit", commonly accompanied with a drawn-out initial s. Most likely more of an attempt to be cheeky than to actually cut down on swearing.
On the Worms Reloaded charity livestream on Twitch TV, they try downplaying their swearing with phrases like "For fup's sake" and "Son of a bits!"
Heterosexual Life-Partners: As mentioned above, "friend" is a very commonly used word between Simon and Lewis. "Where have you gone, friend?" "There you are, friend." "What have you found, friend?" "Take a look at this, friend."
Hollywood Atheist: Lewis is apparently one of these. In one YoGPoD, he started to talk about how religion was bollocks when Simon interrupted him with a speech that every time he goes on a "fucking Dawkins rant" he sounds just as insane as a Christian fundamentalist. Much later, when they met a priest in the Minecraft series, Simon said he was waiting for Lewis to "go all militant atheist" on him, but Lewis declined.
Lewis: No, no don't worry, I worship at the Church of Notch just like everyone else, Simon.
Hoist by His Own Petard: In part 8 of Magicka, Simon blew himself off a bottomless pit thanks to the ARSE-mines he placed. Later on in the Twitch Livestream on 20th of December, Simon gets blocked on a bridge by one of his own ARSE-mines. Simon (the first time), and TotalBiscuit (the second time) say this word for word.
Hannah in the Fallout: New Vegas LP. Stealing from the doctor that saves her life, stealing from a chest she's using for cover in a firefight, stealing from a guarded vault, pickpocketing said guards from across the room...
Large Ham: Simon often does this at the beginning of videos.
Leit Motif: I'M A DWARF AND I'M DIGGING A HOLE!! DIGGY DIGGY HOLE!! DIGGING A HOLE!! Simon has done several variations of the song depending on the situation, from sleeping to swimming to destroying nether portals, even for non-Minecraft videos. The song was such a leitmotif it got its own music video.
Simon and Lewis admit that this is the main reason why Simon's such a big part of the Yogscast compared to the other members. Paraphrased from a YoGPoD interview, Simon makes funny voices while Lewis does 90% of the work.
Metaphor Is My Middle Name: While on board the aircraft carrier the USS Hornet for a massive LAN party, Simon told the tale of a boy turned into a plane.
So this is Duncan. His real name is Jet Intake, right? His real name is Jet Intake, but his middle name is "Danger".
Mixed Metaphor: When playing Civilization 5, "Let's rekindle the winds of trade."
MS Ting: Yogtrailers, on newly released or soon to be released video game advertisements and promos.
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Every city that Zoey creates in the sixth game of Civ 5, whilst playing as Russia. Her cities thus far are: Killmaim, Deathstab, Painhurt (captured from Hannah and renamed), Soreache and Suffersting.
During their Garry's Mod Spaceships playthrough, Duncan proves to be the only one with even a hope of knowing what he is doing (though his assistant Ridgedog proves quite competent). Lewis plays against type and becomes The Fool for both that playthrough and the Pod Racers, while Simon is just hopeless.
Lampshaded in a story Simon told where forgot how he actually spoke in Real Life and yelled out things like orders for food in his Grizwald voice for a couple of weeks. One can only imagine how it must have sounded like.
Simon stopped his Portal 2 single player Let's Play because he was tired of getting comments about his inability to solve the puzzles.
Simon and Lewis' Fable III Co-Op Let's Play crash and burned after Simon got stuck in a tree due to a glitch the developers didn't bother to fix after porting it to the PC. Also resulted in Simon Rage Quiting.
Overly Long Gag: At the end of Enviro Bear 2000, Simon begins making up a fake URL to download it at. It quickly gets out of hand.
Simon: "...slash start java applet equals question mark forward slash x four seven two three m six seven j capital B capital W hash yolo..."
Paper-Thin Disguise: Santa Claus looked rather suspicious in Day 1 of the 2011 Christmas Advent Calendar. Especially with his inability to drink with his beard.
Same with the goat Lewis interviewed during his Goat Giving Report.
Simon says meece/meeces is the plural of moose, and don't you let anyone ever tell you different! note Though, the developers of Magicka (the game the Yogscast was playing with TotalBiscuit) agree with Simon and also called them meece.
Punny Name: Zoey Proasheck. She's one of the only members whose real surname remains unknown, although there are theories based on a similarly-named Zoey among the Yogscast's Facebook friends.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Simon is red, eager to cause damage and wreak havoc and clearly the most spirited about this experiment. Lewis is blue, thinking things through sometimes too carefully, and hardly unnerved. During Planetoids in the Minecraft series, while Simon was loudly crying over mobs spawning, at night, left alone, and having died earlier, Lewis ignored him and commented on how the clouds were "causing some trouble for him."
In part 6 of Simon's Tekkit challenge it becomes a full Chromatic Arrangement. Lewis creates a set of tools out of Ruby (red) for Simon, Sapphire (blue) for himself and Emerald tools for Duncan.
Red Shirt: Subverted in Rythian's XCOM: Enemy Unknown Let's Play. He names an early-game rookie Some Redshirt, expecting her to die in the next few missions. Not only does she survive, she becomes one of the best units on his team. Even earning the nickname "Bad Ass".
Lewis, in the same playthrough, on the other hand...
While playing the Deep Space Turtle Chase map, Simon was quick to point out the fact that Lewis was on an alien planet, and wearing a red shirt. Cue the both of them screaming.
Refuge in Audacity: Simon walking around on a US aircraft carrier, wearing a hat he'd stolen from the Captain's quarters.
"Noooo Bill it's not your time!" during The Sacrifice campaign of Left 4 Dead 2. Doubly funny because the crew had played The Passing campaign first.
Lewis demonstrates a very unusual game, and Simon comments on how he doesn't seem to realize how weird it is.
The washing machine heard in the background of Hannah's L.A. NoireLet's Play. Especially egregious because of how even Simon and Lewis, who just happen to be in the background of Hannah's playthrough, complain about the damn machine.
Simon: I know, I know. You don't need to fling yourself, you just need to be moving really quickly, because momentum is conserved... Lewis: Ohhh. Simon: And the way to do that is to make sure that there's loads of fucking gel everywhere. Lewis: (laughs)
Suspiciously Specific Denial: Simon and Lewis make great use of this during to cover some of their... less heroic actions - with good intentions and mild (at most) consequences, of course!
Simon is the master of this in his and Lewis' Tekkit playthrough.
Simon: Yeah, we're fine, we're fine! There's nothing to worry about, everyone! It's not as though the whole project and everything we've built and worked towards is at stake!
Simon: No, no, not at all! Everything's going really well. Um, y'know, I've got tons of pigs there now, I'm gonna, like, have them breed and there's gonna be tons, tons more, uh, there's absolutely nothing under my bed, there's no giant thing telling me to do things, the pigs are really happy, they're living such a beautiful, amazing life...
Trademark Favorite Food: Simon LOVES his Jaffa Cakes. So much, that he even made the main objective in the Tekkit playthrough to build a fully automated Jaffa Cake factory (Retextured Cookies)
Verbal Tic: "The thing is..." While it seems that Lewis says this phrase most often, both Simon and Hannah use it, as infamously pointed out by a fan who edited together several minutes of them saying the phrase without consciously knowing it in a YoGPoD.
Wimp Fight: In a video where Simon and Hannah are trying out Total Miner, Hannah comes across a Giant Spider in an underground cavern, and she constantly tries to attack it with her pickaxe while she's way too far to actually hit anything. Even when she gets up close enough that the spider takes up the entire game screen, she still can't attack it and is too terrified to get closer to see if the pickaxe can even be used to attack spiders.
Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: The "yogs" part of the name stands for "Ye Olde Goone Squade", the name of their WoW guild when they started making videos.