29 episodes

Combo Chain is a games club podcast about JRPGs, and other related genres. Each episode talks about the mechanics, story and the game as a whole...but really, we're all here for the stories, right? And the zen-like appeal of grinding. Really, it's so good. Hosted by Paul M. Davis, Allisa James, and a rotating crew of guest hosts.

Combo Chain - A JRPG Podcast Paul Davis

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Combo Chain is a games club podcast about JRPGs, and other related genres. Each episode talks about the mechanics, story and the game as a whole...but really, we're all here for the stories, right? And the zen-like appeal of grinding. Really, it's so good. Hosted by Paul M. Davis, Allisa James, and a rotating crew of guest hosts.

    Ep 29: Fire Emblem: Three Houses w/ Six Dettmar

    Ep 29: Fire Emblem: Three Houses w/ Six Dettmar

    Pick your best boy or girl and join us as we cover Fire Emblem: Three Houses with special guest Six Dettmar! With the help of Koei Tecmo, Intelligent Systems (and Nintendo) turned the franchise around after the questionable Fire Emblem Fates. The result was an ambitious mix of mature themes, meaningful character development, branching narrative paths, dating simulation, and, of course, anime chess.



    Six Dettmar's shows on Scanline Media
    Allisa James on Siliconera and Techradar
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Ep 28: 7th Dragon III Code: VFD

    Ep 28: 7th Dragon III Code: VFD

    Underrated and under-promoted, the absurdly titled 7th Dragon III: Code VFD didn't make much of a splash when it was released on the Nintendo 3DS. But there's plenty to love in the game, a mix of Rieko Kodama's sci-fi/fantasy aesthetic and Etrian Odyssey-esque dungeon crawling, even if you (like most westerners) missed the first two non-localized entries. Allisa and Paul take a deep dive into a mostly forgotten gem and find a game that's shockingly progressive (in its own problematic ways) as well as a engaging sci-fi fantasy epic,



    Allisa James on GamePur


    Please support us on Patreon and get a new patron-exclusive episode every month!

    We've restructured our Patreon rewards and are now releasing an extra Patreon-exclusive episode of Combo Chain every month! In this month's exclusive episode, we cover the divisive but fascinating Final Fantasy VIII. $5 patrons get access to the exclusive episodes, and $2 patrons will get our two public monthly episodes a week early.


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    Ep 27: Octopath Traveler w/ Iyane Agossah

    Ep 27: Octopath Traveler w/ Iyane Agossah

    As much of a storytelling experiment as it is a throwback to 16 and 32-bit JRPGs, Octopath Traveler is an ambitious, if flawed, entry in the genre. Journalist Iyane Agossah joins Paul and new full-time co-host Allisa James to discuss this anthology of eight loosely-connected stories, and how successful it is in its attempt to both innovate and call back to classic JRPGs.



    Iyane Agossah on Dualshockers
    Allisa James on GamePur


    Please support us on Patreon and get a new patron-exclusive episode every month!

    We've restructured our Patreon rewards and are now releasing an extra Patreon-exclusive episode of Combo Chain every month! In this month's exclusive episode, we cover the divisive but fascinating Final Fantasy VIII. $5 patrons get access to the exclusive episodes, and $2 patrons will get our two public monthly episodes a week early.


    Please head over to our Patreon page and get extra Combo Chain while helping support us!
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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Ep 26: Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139... w/ Alexander McConnell

    Ep 26: Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139... w/ Alexander McConnell

    In our longest episode to date, we delve deep into the desperation, dualities, and despair of Yoko Taro's brilliant Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139... We cover the ways this remake vastly improves on the original, its themes of miscommunication, body shame, and existential despair, and detail the story and how it diverges in its numerous replays. As a spoiler alert, we also touch on its connections to lore from Nier: Automata (which you should play immediately) and the Drakengard series (which you should probably avoid playing).



    Mr. Clemps' DrakeNieR videos


    Please support us on Patreon - monthly patron-exclusive episodes stating in June!

    We've restructured our Patreon rewards and will be launching a third Patreon-exclusive episode of Combo Chain, released every month, starting in June! $5 patrons get access to the exclusive episodes, and $2 patrons will get our two public monthly episodes a week early.


    Please head over to our Patreon page and help support us!
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    Ep 25: Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean w/ Robert

    Ep 25: Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean w/ Robert

    Take these broken wings and learn to fly again as we cover the underrated MonolithSoft JRPG, Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean. Set in a surreal world of disconnected islands, the GameCube classic is a perfect example of the wild and experimental JRPGs that we don't get very often anymore, with a unique deck-building battle system and fourth wall breaking hijinks.



    Baten Kaitos interview with Shinji Noguchi
    Robert on Twitter


    Please support us on Patreon - monthly patron-exclusive episodes stating in June!

    We've restructured our Patreon rewards and will be launching a third Patreon-exclusive episode of Combo Chain, released every month, starting in June! $5 patrons get access to the exclusive episodes, and $2 patrons will get our two public monthly episodes a week early.


    Please head over to our Patreon page and help support us!
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 24: Valkyrie Profile w/ Fletch

    Ep 24: Valkyrie Profile w/ Fletch

    We delve into Norse mythology and enter an world-shattering battle in the underrated PS1 classic Valkyrie Profile. The game hearkens back to an era when JRPGs could be as bizarre and experimental as they wanted to be, for better and worse. We unpack the epic saga and the unusual mechanics of this game that got lost in the shuffle of Square's major PS1 games, which has nontheless become highly influential.


    Show Notes


    Valkyrie Profile on Wikipedia
    Hellscaper: A Terrible Experience
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Mister Barnacles ,

A great resource for JRPG fans

This is my favorite of the JRPG podcasts out there...the hosts know their stuff, the show is fun and entertaining, and their coverage of mechanics and story is spor-on. I also like the diversity of games chosen, from classics to recent games.

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