Author: Victor Hunter

Final Fantasy XVI Preview

Final Fantasy XVI Preview

Why do they call it "FINAL Fantasy" when there are sixteen--oh God please put the serrated knives away, I'm just joking. This week, we invited Verge's Ash Parrish and freelance writer/regular guest Michael Higham to talk about their hands-on impressions of Final Fantasy XVI alongside our own Eric. How does it look? How does it play? How does it sound?
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The Octopath Traveler 2 Review

The Octopath Traveler 2 Review

All of life's paths intersect and intertwine, so it was inevitable the Axe of the Blood God would walk down Octopath Traveler 2's twisted roads. This week we're joined by Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, who was less than enthused about the original Octopath Traveler. How does its sequel fare? Let's just say a game studio can learn a lot in five
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Winter of Wick Part 3: I Am The Table, John

Winter of Wick Part 3: I Am The Table, John

Light up those Wicks, because Chapter 3 of the Winter of Wick is live for $5+ Patrons! The one who sits above the table, Mike Williams, is back to chat about the ongoing ramifications of John Wick's Oopsie at the end of Chapter 2. The discussion veers into important topics, like: Why you shouldn't swing swords in glass houses A
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Rad RPG Recommendations

Rad RPG Recommendations

Axe of the Blood God listeners often come to us for RPG recommendations, and we're happy to oblige (with help from our good friend Rebekah Valentine). We're especially happy when said recommendations are specific, even weirdly so. We'll admit up front that we sadly don't have a suggestion for anyone who likes RPGs featuring naked elves throwing Cool Whip at
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Sharlayan Dropouts – What Should the Next Tank Job Be?

Sharlayan Dropouts – What Should the Next Tank Job Be?

Word to your mothers, Dropouts near and far. This week, Nadia struggles with post-COVID brain as she talks to Victor and Mike about classic Final Fantasy jobs that might be suited for our next Tank class. Gunblades as Tanks...something about it still feels weird. They also talk about Patch 6.3, including the latest raids and the struggles of Anden, a
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Tears of the Kingdom, the Return of Baten Kaitos and Etrian Odyssey, and More

Tears of the Kingdom, the Return of Baten Kaitos and Etrian Odyssey, and More

February is truly when the northern hemisphere gets winter-weary, so hurrah on Nintendo for lighting our lives with another Nintendo Direct presentation. And what an unexpected presentation it was. While we knew we were going to get another trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, we also got some real surprises in the mix. An Etrian Odyssey
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Sharlayan Dropouts Valentione’s Day Special: FFXIV’s Top 12 Simpable Hotties

Sharlayan Dropouts Valentione’s Day Special: FFXIV’s Top 12 Simpable Hotties

It’s the battle of the babes this month on Sharlayan Dropouts as we go wall-to-wall to figure out which hotties buff our hosts to max potency. That’s right, we’re ranking the Top 12 stone foxes, the veritable mamacitas, of Final Fantasy XIV. Listen as Victor Hunter, Nadia Oxford, Mike Williams, and Eric Van Allen tell on themselves for your enjoyment.
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Forsooth! This Way Madness Lies

Forsooth! This Way Madness Lies

Madness? This...is...no, no, I'm not going to finish this. Drag me, I deserve it. Just make sure to eviscerate me while listening to our awesome conversation with Robert Boyd, the maker of This Way Madness Lies. Do you like Shakespeare? Do you like PC Engine Magical Girl RPGs? Do you like Little Shop of Horrors references? This Way Madness Lies
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Are We Past the Golden Age of RPGs? Or Are We Living In It?

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
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Winter of Wick Part 2: More John Wick

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
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Fire Emblem Engage

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
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Let’s Talk About Chained Echoes

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
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Sharlayan Dropouts: Field Studies – The Lost City of Amdapor

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
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Game Developer Quest: Intelligent Systems

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
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Which Trends Will RPGs Adopt Most Over the Next 10 Years?

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
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