Howdy, friends! We've got a treat that'll make y'all happier than a fox in a henhouse! This week, we have an in-depth discussion about Octopath Traveler II, an excellent choice from our $100 Patron and special guest, The Black Stones! The talk avoids major story...
Month: January 2023
Are We Past the Golden Age of RPGs? Or Are We Living In It?
When you think of the "RPG Golden Age," what comes to mind? The SNES, certainly--who can deny the brilliance of Chrono Trigger? (Except for Eric Van Allen, who has been banished to the Naughty Step to think about what he said.) But what if we're living in the Golden Age of RPGs right here and right now? Between the Switch
Winter of Wick Part 2: More John Wick
No need to be a Sad Keanu: Chapter 2 of the Winter of Wick is live for $5+ Patrons! Esteemed Marker holder Mike Williams returns to talk about the Wick series' (temporary) middle child. The discussion veers into important topics, like: The shift in tone between the two movies The Joy of Overwrought Symbolism The subway station fight. Just, the
Fire Emblem Engage
Eric had to shoulder the entirety of the show last week because Kat went skiing and Nadia had the audacity to catch COVID, but the gang is well and truly back together this week! Writer and WaPo editor Alyse Stanley joins the crew to talk about Fire Emblem Engage, a.k.a Aquafresh Teen Dragon Force. Just kidding. The Blood God loves
Let’s Talk About Chained Echoes
Kat and Nadia are both out this week, so Eric shifts into a different gear to chat about the mech-fantasy RPG Chained Echoes with Friends at the Table's Austin Walker! The pair discuss 2022's late-in-the-year surprise hit and why it's captured their hearts, as well as their Steam Decks. All that, plus: A primer on the ongoing Wizards of the
Sharlayan Dropouts: Field Studies – The Lost City of Amdapor
Put on your Hawaiian shirt and cargo shorts because it’s tourist season in Eorzea! In this episode of Sharlayan Dropouts we’re taking you on a guided tour. Either listen as a standalone episode or follow along in-game for the Ultimate Immersive Gameplay X-perience!™ This month we’re looking at the tragic history of The Lost City of Amdapor and the brain
Game Developer Quest: Intelligent Systems
In this month's exclusive special for our Patrons, it's another entry in the Game Developer Quest, covering Intelligent Systems! We go over the history of Intelligent Systems and the creators who oversaw its history. Some items we cover in our wide-ranging conversation: How it began as a Nintendo support studio Why Hironobu Sakaguchi loved Fire Emblem The success of Paper
Which Trends Will RPGs Adopt Most Over the Next 10 Years?
Not a single person is ready for 2023, but guess what! It's happening anyway! Time is kind of a dick like that. So Kat, Nadia, and Eric just steel themselves this week and take the full-bodied plunge back into work. That's why this week's episode is refreshing, but there's also a small chance it'll stop your heart. This week's main
Pantheon of the Blood God: Fire Emblem: Three Houses
For the January 2023 edition of Pantheon of the Blood God, Kat, Nadia, and Eric are joined by Three Moves Ahead's Len Hafer to discuss Fire Emblem: Three Houses!
What to Expect From Axe of the Blood God in 2023!
Hello and welcome to Year 3 of the Axe of the Blood God! It's going to be an absolutely massive year for RPGs, and that means big things for the podcast.
The Axe of the Blood God’s Big Ol’ 2023 RPG Preview
Happy New Year! 2023's launch also marks the launch of new RPGs. Like, lots of RPGs. This is going to be a busy, busy year.
The Top Ten Games of 2022: Kirby Shares a Soul with the Tarnished
2022's allotted five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes are just about up. The coming of the New Year is inevitable, but not as inevitable as the "Top 10 Games of 2022" that are cooked up by my fellow game writers and podcasters. "Do you have a Top 10 Games of 2022 list, Nadia?" Child, aim to ask fewer silly