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
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 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
Fire Emblem Engage w/ Alyse Stanley
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
Let's Talk About Chained Echoes w/ Austin Walker
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!
Sharlayan Dropouts, Episode 19: An Audio Tour of 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 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.
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 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!
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. 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!
Great Coverage and Chemistry
Got recommended to listen to this podcast for fans of rpgs and specially jrpgs without all the bro-gamer or low key sexism talk. This podcast is just showering love on games which is just what I’m looking for.
The worship of a blood god is blasphemy, but the lyrical praise of RPG greatness pouring from the lips of these videogame prophets is too tempting to ignore. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Axe of the Blood God is one of the best Gaming podcasts out there. Kat & Nadia are incredibly knowledgeable and have plenty of experience in the video game industry. Every episode I listen to I come out learning something new, even if it's a title or series I already knew plenty about.
The ideas behind some of their Podcast episodes are wonderous and the rich pool of guest hosts to specialize on topics make every week's new episode an absolute treat. Definitely a must-listen if you want to expand your knowledge on the video game RPG Genre.