Summer of the Rings: How Tolkien Helped Define RPGs

What do RPGs owe to J.R.R. Tolkien's works? Everything... or something dang near close to it.

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What do RPGs owe to J.R.R. Tolkien’s works? Everything… or something dang near close to it. This week, author David Craddock joins Kat and Nadia to talk about The Lord of the Rings’ influence on RPGs old and new, eastern and western. Pull up a stool, fill your tankard with the Green Dragon’s finest dark ale, and for God’s sake, don’t fiddle with the fireworks Gandalf so temptingly left unguarded in his wagon.

Also in this episode: The Steam Deck will mean great things for RPGs (aaaaand they’re gone), Kat has a new Super Robot Wars lesson, and Tidus’ head just friggin’ explodes. RIP in pieces, Blitzball boy. This is what it sounds like when doves cry.

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Pantheon of the Blood God: Xenogears

For the August 2022 edition of Pantheon of the Blood God, Kat and Nadia are joined by Digital Foundry’s John Linneman, Kotaku’s Ethan Gach, and Resonant Arc’s Michael Brown for an exploration of Xenogears!