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Axe of the Blood God: An RPG Podcast

Kat Bailey, Nadia Oxford, and Eric Van Allen explore Final Fantasy, Skyrim, and all the best in the wonderful world of role-playing video games! Support us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/bloodgodpod
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Feb 7, 2023

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 might just be your digital soulmate.

Also in this episode:

  • Jammin' with Noctis and the Boys in Final Fantasy Theatrhythm's demo
  • Ike Fights for His Friends™
  • No Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft at E3 2023. Soooo...
  • Pantheon of the Blood God revisits Final Fantasy 8. Is Squall still cool?
  • !*!*!~wElc0mE to Da WAREZ Z0NE~!!!! Gr33ts go to my homies xxx_s0L1d_Sp1K3_xxx and +++CrashhMan_69+++!!!!!!!!!!  

Music used in the ep:

  • Do Your Best [Breath of Fire 3]
  • Title Screen [This Way Madness Lies]
  • Transonic Gravity [Sayonara Wild Hearts]
  • Torn from the Heavens [Final Fantasy XIV]
  • A Curious Tale [Secret of Mana]
  • The Man With the Machine Gun [Final Fantasy VIII]

 

Jan 30, 2023

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 and PS4, RPG fans are feasting like never before. Special guest and valued Patron The Black Stones joins us this week as we weigh up both eras.

Also in this episode:

  • Oh no, BioWare :( Are you OK, bestie?
  • Alcryst from Fire Emblem teaches us all to hate ourselves
  • Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On brought us right back to the track
  • Should Skies of Arcadia remain in the Pantheon?
  • With apologies to Sesame Street
Jan 24, 2023

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 the toothpaste hero, and we love Fire Emblem Engage in general. How much? Plug this week's show into your ears and find out.

Also in this episode:

  • Yes, you can get married in Final Fantasy XIV
  • Industry layoffs, oh God why
  • Kat is playing Crisis Core. GONGAGA
  • We re-visit Tales of Vesperia. Is it Pantheon material, or nah?
  • That one time Nadia found a naked lady in her Super Nintendo game
Jan 16, 2023
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 Coast / OGL news
  • Who would you want making a Hunter x Hunter game?
  • A surprise end-of-pod guest appearance
All that and more on this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God. Check it out!
Jan 14, 2023

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 fungus, abstract liminal spaces, and fun facts about the Tokyo Metropolitan Government that await us there.

Spoiler Level Green: Assuming you’ve made it the point where you can enter The Lost City of Amdapor (lvl 50) then you have nothing to fear but toxoplasmosis.

Jan 9, 2023

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 topic of discussion comes from one of the Blood God's most devout $50 Patreon tier disciples, Knot Hollow, who wants to know what the next decade of RPGs will look like. Well, the Blood God crew has takes, guesses, and ideas. More games like Disco Elysium? Perhaps. More games like Genshin Impact? Maybe. How about Elden Ring? Almost certainly. Come back in a decade for the opportunity to point and laugh about how wrong Kat, Nadia, and Eric were.

Also in this episode:

  • Fire Emblem: Engage isn't out yet, but it's already generating takes (and not just about the heroes' Aquafresh toothpaste hair)
  • Pocket Card Jockey lives! It has not been put down like a spent racehorse after all!
  • One billion years later, Nadia's finally watching Archer
  • It's the birth of a new segment! The Blood God team goes back and re-evaluates former Pantheon entries and candidates! This week: Will Lufia 2 be granted mercy?

Very special thanks to Knot Hollow for their support, and for the support of all the Blood God faithful out there!

Jan 2, 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. Here's just some of what we have planned as we move through 2023:

An expansion to Youtube! We had a lot of success with our live show in 2022, and we'd love to expand that video component where possible. Expect more updates on this soon!

Merch! We're working on a new store and a host of merch to go in it! We expect this to go live in February.

The Pantheon Revisit! We'll be revisiting some of our most controversial Pantheon entries (and exclusions) from the first two years of the podcast to start 2023. It'll all culminate in a Pantheon revisit that will potentially see some RPGs make it in while others are removed. It should be chaotic! 

Axe of the Blood God Episode 400! Wow, it's almost here!

PAX East panel! We're going to be at PAX East in March! Stay tuned for more info!

Spring of Korra! We'll be diving into our watch of Legend of Korra just as soon as we finish off Winter of Wick!

March Madness, charity streams, D&D, Sharlayan Dropouts, and more! Naturally you can expect all of our usual content, including a charity stream, another D&D episode, a March Madness bracket centered around western RPGs, and more!

That's on top of all of our usual coverage in what should be a very busy year for RPGs. From Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom to Starfield to Baldur's Gate 3, we're going to have tons to discuss in 2023!

Thank you as always for your generous support, and we look forward to another great year of podcasting on Axe of the Blood God!

Jan 2, 2023

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. Kat, Nadia, and Eric go over their most anticipated titles for the upcoming 365 days, and also take a few stabs at industry predictions. Take score while you listen, then throw every wrong prediction back in the team's face when the year comes to a close! It'll be fun! More fun than scrabbling around for edible rat bits, or whatever else waits for us this year. 

Thank you for your continued support of Axe of the Blood God! When it all goes downhill, you'll be the first ones we share our edible rat bits with. 

Dec 26, 2022

The year is coming to a close, and so we're looking back on all the role-playing games 2022 delivered. Kat, Nadia, and Eric are joined by the Sharlayan Dropouts Mike and Victor to help break down all the happenings in the RPG world this year, including:

  • Square Enix's fall blunderbuss of RPGs
  • The magic of Elden Ring
  • Can an RPG truly have it all in Xenoblade Chronicles 3?

All this and more, including one last holiday Nostalgia Nook/Pit. We hope all our listeners and backers are having a wonderful holiday time, and we'll see you soon in the new year for a fresh batch of RPG goodness.

Dec 19, 2022

Kat has returned to the Axe of the Blood God, and all she got was a nasty cough. Well, that and memories that'll last a lifetime, or something like that. She's come back home just in time to enjoy a very chill episode of the show, which delves into reader mail. In other words…it's letter tiiime, it's letter tiiime! Kick back and listen as Kat, Nadia, and Eric answer questions about games they initially loved, then cooled down on (and vice versa), which games they regret not playing in 2022, what they're looking forward to in 2023, and lots more.

Also in this episode:

  • The Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters are coming to consoles! There's a deluxe box set! Aaaand it's gone
  • Chained Echoes is pretty baller
  • Dragon Quest Treasures has no idea what it's doing, but that's part of the fun
  • If your Christmas party doesn't involve poisoning yourself with homemade bucket wine, don't call it a Christmas party

In the Post Show

The gang continues to chill as they discuss the movies Kat watched on the plane on her way home from Amsterdam. The discussion quickly slides into all-out movie discourse, which means a hot takes about Pixar movies and Christopher Nolan. God bless us, everyone.

Dec 14, 2022

Fans of Ivalice, the history of visual novels, and the works of Jean-Luc Godard might just find something to sink their teeth into this episode. Victor explores the many twists and turns in the surprisingly robust history behind Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’s Summoner weapon, The Veil of Wiyu in this first episode of a recurring series that aims to shed light on the real-world inspirations behind the weaponry of Final Fantasy XIV. If you want to see more dedicated episodes like this be sure to let us know at @SharlayanPod or @BloodGodPod on Twitter or on the official Axe of the Blood God Discord server available to $1 subscribers at patreon.com/bloodgodpod.

SPOILER LEVEL GREEN: Not a spoiler to be seen. A few references to some contextless plot details for various games in the series but nothing to keep you from enjoying this episode regardless of where you are in your journey.

Music:

  • Down the Up Staircase - Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward
  • Save / Load Screen - Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Protagonist’s Theme - Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Trisection - Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Not Alone Jazz Arrangement - JAZZ - FINAL FANTASY -
  • Fear After - Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Green Eyed Love - Mayer Hawthorne
  • James Bond Theme (From Dr. No) - Monty Norman
  • Under the Imperial Flag - Sakura Wars 3
  • I feel like I’ve heard that one before - Final Fantasy Tactics

Sources:

Dec 12, 2022
The universe has survived another bout of Geoff Keighly's Game Awards, where the real awards are the memes mined from cynical adults' Twitter timelines. Does that work grammatically? Eh, whatever. Point is, Geoff Keighly threw a party and now there are new RPGs to talk about. Which Nadia and Eric do with the help of very special guest Lucas White.  Another important topic of discussion: The overlooked RPG gems of 2022. A whole heap of games dropped way too late to get that sweet, sweet December recognition, and the Blood God crew does its best to give them a nice boost.
Also in this episode:
  • The real treasure in Dragon Quest Treasures are the Slime friends we made along the way.
  • Holy crap! Hades II is coming!
  • Holy crap! Chained Echoes is really good!
  • A riveting tale of Sonic the Hedgehog and election fraud.
Dec 5, 2022

This week on Axe of the Blood God, friend of the pod Len joins Kat, Nadia, and Eric as they talk about one of this year's most popular RPG sub-genres: The strategy game. From turn-based to real time, from revision to brand-new IP, there was a lot going on with the strategy genre this year. And, uh, there still is! The year's not quite over! How does one find the time and money to love them all?

Also in this episode:

  • Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Takes
  • Speaking of strategy games, how's Marvel's Midnight Suns?
  • World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is a pleasant flight so far
  • What's the worst game you ever got as a gift?

POST SHOW

Len joins the Axe of the Blood God's weekly ride into hell via the post show. There's a hodgepodge of discourse this week, including "Hangovers suck," and how each of us would fix the Game Awards. Half the awards are currently belted out in the thirty seconds a nominated developer might theoretically get up to use the can, so maybe putting a stop to that kind of thing is a first step.

Nov 29, 2022

For the June 2021 edition of Pantheon of the Blood God, Kat, Nadia, and Eric take a deep dive into the first game of the Mass Effect series! They trace its origins as the follow-up to Knights of the Old Republic, delve into its soundtrack, and pick its five best moments. Then comes the big conversation: Is Mass Effect worthy of inclusion in the Pantheon of the Blood God?

Pantheon of the Blood God is a series devoted to diving into the very best RPGs of all time. You can find full catalog on our Patreon at https://patreon.com/bloodgodpod or on our website at https://bloodgodpod.com/series/pantheon-of-the-blood-god/!

Nov 25, 2022

Hop on the airship back to your hometown and listen to your favourite Final Fantasy XIV podcast, now on the free feed! The Dropouts bring a very special guest to family dinner, author of Fight, Magic, Items, Aidan Moher, to discuss the impact FFXIV has had on the JRPG and MMO genres over the years. Plus it’s the first annual Holiday Gift Guide; our hosts give you the perfect gift ideas at any budget for the FFXIV fan in your life. And stick around for a very special segment that will no doubt be a recurring fan-favourite for years to come…

SPOILER LEVEL GREEN: Rest easy, slowpokes, there’s not a spoiler to be found for malms. A perfect episode to jump into regardless of where you’re at in your journey!

Nov 21, 2022

This week on Axe of the Blood God, IGN's Rebekah Valentine joins Kat, Nadia, and Eric as they step into Pokemon Heaven courtesy of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Wait a second. Maybe it's more like Pokemon Hell, since Scarlet and Violet are, uh, really buggy. Do the glitches, bugs, and body horror put a damper on what's otherwise the most ambitious and compelling Pokemon game to date? Well, no, but also yes.

Also in this episode:

  • Nadia and Reb talk farming with Harvestella
  • Sonic creator Yuji Naka is in hot water with the law
  • The next-gen Witcher 3 update is coming soon, bless
  • Autumn of Avatar goes to the theatre

POST SHOW

Kat is forced to bail early on this week's post show. This is a good thing, as Nadia, Eric, and Reb immediately load up a random Pokemon generator and declare which Pokemon are good eating, and which are best not consumed. That means Kat's soul still has a chance to ascend to heaven, whereas the rest of the crew already has reserved seating in the pits of Gehenna. Available to the Stars of Destiny tier and above!

Nov 14, 2022

This week on Axe of the Blood God, Digital Foundry's John Linneman joins Kat, Nadia, and Eric for a detailed discussion about Star Ocean: The Divine Force. It's been a Canis Major's age since Square Enix did anything with Star Ocean, and the Blood God crew is ashamedly not up-to-date on the series. That's why John is here. (Also, it's because he's cool). Is the new game everything Star Ocean fans have been waiting for? Find out.

Also in this episode:

  • Don't sleep on Harvestella, it's pretty dang good
  • Mass Effect 5 exists
  • Mazeltov to Ash Ketchum for becoming the Galar Region champion with the aid of a Pokemon that's too horrifying to exist
  • Nadia made friends with some crows, then accidentally pissed them off with pistachios
Nov 7, 2022

This week on Axe of the Blood God, Kat, Nadia, and Eric lose themselves to chaos. The smash launch of Marvel Snap dang near caused something to snap in their brains, it seems. Or maybe they're just jumpy because Twitter—a major source of networking and promotion for countless writers and pocasters (ahem)—is now Satan's own toilet. It's a great show, regardless. Sometimes it's healthy to just sit back and see where the toboggan ride takes you.

Also in this episode:

  • Final Fantasy XVI has some…issues regarding racial diversity
  • Harvestella is out, and by gosh, it's chill as heck
  • Whispers on the wind speak of a new Deus Ex game in development
  • Autumn of Avatar: No character voiced by Mark Hamill can possibly be evil
Nov 1, 2022

This week on the Axe of the Blood God RPG podcast, Kat and Nadia have both gone out for cigarettes, which means that Eric is in charge. Our boy keeps his head on his shoulders and invites Mike Williams of Sharlayan Dropouts to talk about our next Class Conscious entry: Monks! You know, those fellows what pummel things with their fists and suplex trains. They're joined by martial artist Danielle Riendeau, who has good advice for all you baby monks who're just starting your training: The pavement always wins.

Also in this episode:

  • We say goodbye to esteemed RPG architect Rieko Kodama, who sadly passed away earlier this year
  • Marvel Snap is currently the most popular thing in the universe
  • Mike loves him some Mario Rabbids. (Or is that "rabid Mario?")
  • The gang dives head-first into the Fire Nation on this week's Autumn of Avatar

POST SHOW

Eric, Mike, and the Stars of Destiny throw down in the chat over a brand-new tier list: The Top Halloween Candies of All Time. It gets hot, folks. Hotter than a tamale. But only Canadian kids know the pain of getting Molasses Kisses by the handful. Who even likes those? They keep coming back. Smells like witchcraft.

Oct 28, 2022

To honor the legacy of Rieko Kodama, who passed earlier this year, we are releasing this episode for free to all listeners. 

For the August 2021 edition of Pantheon of the Blood God, Kat and Nadia are joined by Shane Bettenhausen for an exploration of one of Sega's seminal RPGs -- Phantasy Star! The trio discuss the rough early days of the Sega Master System, how the team with Sega greats Rieko Kodama and Yuji Naka came together, and how it differed from other RPGs in the 1980s. They also delve into its five best moments, from the lavish opening to the battle with Dark Falz. Then the verdict: Is Phantasy Star worthy of inclusion in the Pantheon of the Blood God? Listen and find out!

As always, a sincere thanks to our $10 and above Patrons for your support! Every month we pick a new RPG for the Pantheon, which is voted on by the community. Join the Discord and jump into our Monthly Game Club conversation!

Oct 24, 2022

The weather is truly colorful and crisp — provided you live in the northern hemisphere and aren't currently in the grip of a climate change-fueled heatwave. Either way, it's a good time to stay indoors and play the piles of RPGs that are currently available, including DioField Chronicles, Mario + Rabbids, Valkyrie Elysium, Persona 5 Royal, Nier Automata, and Trails from Zero. You could also go outside, but you might, like, see a bug or something. Ew.

This week, Kat, Nadia, and Eric are joined by a very special writer friend, Scott White. Scott helps fill in the gang on some of the more important RPGs that have recently landed, including the excellent Trails from Zero, and the reasons why it's a great entry point for the Trails series.

Also in this episode:

  • Kat loves the Steam Deck now, we all saw her in the closet, kissing the Steam Deck
  • Final Fantasy XVI is looking pretty dope—and pretty inspired by Final Fantasy VI.
  • How's the new Mario and Rabbids game? "It's-a great! Woo hoo!"
  • This week on Autumn of Avatar: Book 2 comes to a close, and the kids are not all right.

In the Post Show

Blood God pal Scott White sticks around for this week's Axe of the Blood God post-show, which is piled with morsels of great RPG talk. For starters, can anyone out there think of a Christmas-themed RPG? Anyone? Bueller? Also, Eric talks Texas. Yee haw, and etcetera! Available exclusively to members on the Stars of Destiny tier!

Oct 20, 2022

Following the release of Action Button's new review of Boku no Natsuyasumi, we welcome Tim Rogers to talk about this PS1 classic, which has plenty of connections to modern RPGs like Persona 5. Naturally, the conversation spreads out to hit many different topics within the realm of RPGs, including:

  • Tim's rising appreciation for Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  • Taco Tico, rats, and impromptu Nostalgia Pit
  • Pondering Yuji Horii's successor 

This episode is currently available exclusively to our Patrons! You can find conversation timestamps below. 

Timestamps

0:00: Intro

11:00: Boku no Natsuyasumi and Taco Tico

23:55: The connections between Boku no Natsuyasumi and Earthbound

28:30: Rats, racoons and possums

38:50: Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Kingdom Hearts, and old developers

1:00:00: The PS1 is the best console ever

1:10:00: Sony's quest to make its own Dragon Quest

1:17:00: Reminiscing about Japan and Saizeriya

1:25:25: Dragon Quest and Mad Catz  

1:34:50: Cyberpunk and Mighty Ducks

1:39:10: Who is the successor to Yuji Horii?

148:55: LA Noire and why games should be structured like a TV show

1:59:00: Outro

Oct 17, 2022

War is hell. Unless you're talking about Valkyria Chronicles, the much-celebrated tactics RPG by Sega. See, war is still hell in Valkyria Chronicles, but it's also very pretty and fun to play. This week, very special guest and valued Blood God Patreon contributor Vivicomplex joins Kat, Nadia, and Eric to talk about World War Anime. Protip: Just send your scouts to the front line. Ain't nbodoy getting through those rifle-toting maniacs.

Also in this episode:

  • Eric can't talk about what he's been playing because of embargos, but that's alright because hahaha Chainsaw Man goes brrrrrr.
  • Nadia maxed out her island paradise hideaway in FFXIV. Nobody is invited to visit. Suckers.
  • This week on Autumn of Avatar: There ain't no war in Ba Sing Se, and there never was.

In the Post Show

Vivi sticks around after a spirited episode of Axe of the Blood God (aren't they all) to talk a bit more about what made her fall in love with Valkyria Chronicles in the first place. The gang also talks about how their Pokemon Black and White Pantheon playthroughs are going, and there's even a bit of talk about the band PUP. Wooo oooo ooooo, ooo oooo! Available exclusively to subscribers in our Stars of Destiny tier!

Oct 10, 2022

This week on Axe of the Blood God, Kat, Nadia, and Eric talk about CD Projekt Red's (overly?) optimistic road map for the future of Cyberpunk 2077 and the Witcher series. Looks like CD Projekt is working hard to repair Cyberpunk's tarnished reputation in addition to making new games set in worlds that lack indoor plumbing. It's a long and winding road that's sure to be full of challenges, and we salute CD Projekt for assuming we're still going to be here in a decade. Always look on the bright side of life!

Also in this episode:

  • We're really behind on the new batch of RPGs. Sorry, we're trying to fix it :(
  • Disco Elysium developer ZA/UM is going through difficult times
  • Autumn of Avatar continues as we delve deep into Book Two
  • Nadia electrocuted a lemon to go see the 1993 Super Mario movie in theatres

POST SHOW

Hey, Paisanos! Nadia and Eric talk about the new Super Mario Bros. movie trailer. Seems this movie might be fun and charming after all, even if Chris Pratt's flat-tire voice still isn't a great choice for everyone's favorite feisty plumber. Eh, I think we're all in agreement that Jack Black's Bowser is going to carry the movie, anyway. Available exclusively to subscribers in our Stars of Destiny tier!

Oct 3, 2022

CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 is currently experiencing something of a redemption arc. Does the (hugely) troubled RPG necessarily deserve said arc, though? Well…yes, but also no. This week on Axe of the Blood God, Kat, Nadia, and Eric invite Normandy FM's Kenneth Shepard for a chat about the state of Cyberpunk 2077, as well as what the future holds for the game—and for CD Projekt Red.

Also in this episode:

  • RIP Google Stadia, we hardly knew ye.
  • Downwell fans will "dig" Shovel Knight Dig. Heh, that's a good one. "Dig."
  • Autumn of Avatar continues. Toph has joined the party!

Forget Cyberpunk. It is all about Cybertwunk now.

POST SHOW

Cyberpunk 2077's recent renaissance is owed to Cyberpunk Edgerunners, a Netflix series based on CD Projekt's RPG. Eric and special guest Kenneth Shepard talk about what makes the series good enough to bolster its troubled source material. Predictably, all semblance of civilized discussion unravels about midway through the discussion and everyone just yells at each other about Star Wars for the rest of the post show's run time. Available to listeners in the Stars of Destiny tier!

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