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Rank #60 in Video Games category

Technology
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Video Games
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USgamer's official RPG podcast features Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford as they explore WRPGs, JRPGs, MMORPGs, tabletop RPGs, and all the best in the wonderful world of roleplaying games

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USgamer's official RPG podcast features Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford as they explore WRPGs, JRPGs, MMORPGs, tabletop RPGs, and all the best in the wonderful world of roleplaying games

iTunes Ratings

291 Ratings
Average Ratings
248
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11
7

scratches your rpg itch

By Ronniebeef - Nov 19 2019
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Love it, Kat is consistently fun to listen to and very informative as well 👍🏼👍🏼

Best (only?) RPG podcast

By Justsomea**hole - Nov 13 2019
Read more
Excellent podcast for fans of rpgs. Always worth a listen.

iTunes Ratings

291 Ratings
Average Ratings
248
16
9
11
7

scratches your rpg itch

By Ronniebeef - Nov 19 2019
Read more
Love it, Kat is consistently fun to listen to and very informative as well 👍🏼👍🏼

Best (only?) RPG podcast

By Justsomea**hole - Nov 13 2019
Read more
Excellent podcast for fans of rpgs. Always worth a listen.
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Axe of the Blood God: USG's Official RPG Podcast

Latest release on Jan 20, 2020

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USgamer's official RPG podcast features Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford as they explore WRPGs, JRPGs, MMORPGs, tabletop RPGs, and all the best in the wonderful world of roleplaying games

Rank #1: The Best RPGs Since 2000: 8/14/2015

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With USgamer's Best 15 Games Since 2000 list now complete, Kat convenes the crew to talk about the best RPGs on the list. Jaz and Mike drop by to reminisce about World of WarCraft, then Bob once again shares his undying love for Dark Souls. Plus: Honorable mentions!

Aug 14 2015

1hr 20mins

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Rank #2: A Deeper Dive into Witcher 3 & Destiny: 5/29/2015

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Kotaku's Kirk Hamilton joins Kat to talk about his two favorite subjects - Destiny and The Witcher 3. The pair revisit Witcher 3's combat, talk about the game's depiction of sex, and discuss Destiny's odd appeal.

May 29 2015

1hr 4mins

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Rank #3: The Top 25 Best RPG Countdown Begins!

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It's finally time! Kat and Nadia commence Axe of the Blood God's countdown of the Best 25 RPGs with an in-depth discussion of number 25 on our list! We discuss its history, what makes it stand out, some of its best moments, and ultimately why it holds up. Don't miss out! Plus, we're joined by GameXplain's Ash Paulsen to talk about Ys VIII's Switch port and its ongoing localization woes.

Jun 25 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #4: Dragon Quest XI Review (No Spoilers) | 09/10/2018

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Kat and Nadia are here to offer their spoiler-less review of Dragon Quest XI! Is it really just "more Dragon Quest VIII?" How does the cast stack up? And what about that music? The pair have plenty of thoughts on the latest entry in the series. Plus: Bob Mackey returns to add Earthbound to our Top 25 RPG list!

Sep 10 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #5: Salt & Sanctuary and an Interview with Tyranny Director Brian Heins | 03/25/2016

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Nadia and guest John Learned join Kat to discuss Salt & Sanctuary from the point of a view of both a Dark Souls fan and a non-fan. Then director Brian Heins talks about the concept behind Obsidian's new RPG, the decision to reduce party size, and how it will build on what Pillars of Eternity started.

Mar 25 2016

1hr 17mins

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Rank #6: Octopath Traveler Review Pt. 1, Top 25 Countdown #23: Nethack

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Nadia shares her initial impressions of Octopath Traveler, including the battle system, the graphics, and more. Then David Craddock returns to talk about Nethack, its remarkable support through the years, and tales of YASDs.

Jul 09 2018

1hr 13mins

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Rank #7: The Console RPG Quest: Sony PlayStation

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Just in time for its 25th anniversary, Kat and Nadia delve into the RPG legacy of the PlayStation! The pair discuss its massive impact on the genre; share their favorite memories, and discuss classic RPGs ranging from Chrono Cross to Beyond the Beyond. Is PS One the most important RPG console ever? The answer is more complicated than you think.

Dec 09 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #8: Top 25 RPGs of All Time #3: Witcher 3

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Caty joins Kat to discuss #3 on our Top 25 list of RPGs: Witcher 3! The pair talk its splendid open world, its fantastic writing, and the expert way it handles romances. Kat has even come around on the combat. Plus, Nadia drops by to talk Fire Emblem Heroes, the drug scandal that has engulfed Judgment, and more!

Mar 18 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #9: Bloodborne: 3/27/15

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Polygon's Phil Kollar joins Bob and Kat to discuss From Software's exciting new dungeon crawler, as well as the Souls series itself. Does Bloodborne live up to the Souls series' lofty reputation? Or has the novelty started to wear off?

Mar 27 2015

56mins

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Rank #10: Xenoblade Chronicles X (And the Rest of the Series): 12/04/2015

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Polygon's Phil Kollar is back to help Kat recount the journey from Xenogears to Xenoblade Chronicles X, then the two break down the latest from Tetsuya Takahashi and Monolith Soft. We also have another question of the week! Which RPG have we invested the most time into? Kat and Phil discuss.

Dec 04 2015

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Rank #11: Our Final Fantasy XV Review (No Spoilers) | 12/02/2016

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Polygon's Phil Kollar and long-time JRPG enthusiastic Miguel Concepcion join Kat to go in-depth on Final Fantasy XV. Does the open-world world? Is that combat actually better than it seems? And what music did they listen to while cruising around in the Regalia? (Spoiler: Kat liked Final Fantasy IX). It's been a long-time coming, but it's time to finally dig in to the game we never thought would come out. End times, my friends. End times.

Dec 02 2016

1hr 2mins

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Rank #12: Final Fantasy VI and Cosmic Star Heroine: 3/13/15

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Kat, Bob, and Jeremy inaugurate the "Canon of the Blood God," where they decide whether to add Final Fantasy VI to the canon. Plus, Kat interviews Robert Boyd, creator of the upcoming retro-styled RPG Cosmic Star Heroine. Bonus: A quick mailbag!

Mar 13 2015

1hr 33mins

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Rank #13: Diving Deep into Zelda: Breath of the Wild | 03/10/2017

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Kat and Nadia talk about their experiences with the Nintendo Switch (1:00), then dive deep into a discussion of Breath of the Wild covering its differences from previous games, its difficulty, its RPG elements, and much more (21:40). Suffice it to say we really like it! Minor spoilers up to the point where you might head to your first dungeon.

Read more at http://usgamer.net! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook at @usgamernet! Have comments or questions about the show? Email us at usgamer@usgamer.net. We may read your letter on the show!

Mar 10 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #14: Pokemon Sun & Moon, Bravely Default, and More Dragon Quest Builders | 10/14/2016

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Nadia and Kat share some additional thoughts on Dragon Quest Builders, then Kat talks about her hands-on experience Pokemon Sun & Moon and how it's coming along. In the second segment, they puzzle over a potential teaser for Bravely Third before taking yet another underrated RPG pitch. Exciting!

Oct 14 2016

56mins

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Rank #15: History of RPGs With Jeremy Parish, Part 2: The Second Wave

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Kat is once again joined by Retronauts host Jeremy Parish to explore the history of RPGs. This time they dive into PLATO, Wizardry, and Bard's Tale as they explore about the rise of the "second wave" of RPGs in the 1980s. Then David Craddock returns to talk about #18 on our Top 25 RPG Countdown: Diablo 2! 

Aug 13 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #16: Turn-based RPGs in Modern Gaming: 8/07/2015

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Bob and Steve join Kat to discuss the evolution of turn-based RPGs, their appeal versus real-time combat, and the news that the Final Fantasy VII remake's gameplay is in for "dramatic changes." What does turn-based combat mean in the modern era? The crew is here to find out.

Aug 08 2015

1hr 2mins

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Rank #17: Pillars of Eternity: 4/02/15

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GamesBeat editor Jason Wilson and writer Rowan Kaiser join Kat to break down Obsidian's love letter to the Infinity Engine RPG. Does the style still hope up after all these years? Or is Pillars of Eternity's appeal less than eternal? 

Apr 03 2015

1hr 13mins

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Rank #18: Earthbound's 20th Anniversary & Looking Ahead to E3: 6/12/2015

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On the occasion of Earthbound's 20th anniversary, WayForward's Tomm Hulett shares his love for the Nintendo classic with Kat and Bob as the three offer trivia, analyze the battle system, and more. Then, to wrap up the show, Kat and Bob speculate on the RPGs that will dominate E3, including whether or not Dragon Quest VII will finally get localized for the Nintendo 3DS.

Jun 12 2015

1hr 1min

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Rank #19: Five Things We Miss Most From Classic RPGs | 08/20/2018

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Nadia and Kat take a break from the Top 25 RPG countdown to talk about what they miss from classic RPGs. Remember overworlds? Large party sizes? Fricking cloth maps? The pair reminisce about those old school features and more in this nostalgia laden episode of Axe of the Blood God.

Aug 20 2018

44mins

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Rank #20: Monster Hunter World Review, Cosmic Star Heroine Report #2 | 01/27/2018

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The wandering adventurer Bob Mackey returns to the Blood God to discuss what may already be one of the biggest games of 2018: Monster Hunter World! [27:30] Plus, Kat and Nadia talk about the recent BioWare news, and Kat shares her thoughts after playing the Secret of Mana Remake [16:00]. It all concludes with another installment of the Cosmic Star Heroine Report as Kat and Nadia talk about the big brawl in a night club, a mecha duel, and more [01:02:30].

Jan 27 2018

1hr 37mins

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Switch Review, Fire Emblem DLC, Byleth in Smash Bros.

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions#FE is out on Nintendo Switch, and Kat and Nadia is here to see whether it holds up! Was it undeservedly overlooked on Wii U? Or should it have stayed in the studio? Plus, brand new Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC, Byleth in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and your reactions to the N64 Console RPG Quest!

Jan 20 2020

1hr 9mins

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Console RPG Quest: Nintendo 64

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The Console RPG Quest continues with the Nintendo 64! We discuss Nintendo's break with Square; why it was an important turning point in Nintendo's history, and why its RPG library ended up being so light [23:50]. Plus: We talk about Pokemon Sword and Shield's newly-announced DLC and what it means for the series going forward!

Jan 13 2020

1hr 17mins

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The Axe of the Blood God 2020 RPG Preview!

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It's a brand new year, and that means new RPGs! Join Kat and Nadia as they get excited about Cyberpunk 2077, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Tales of Arise, and all the rest of this year's biggest games! Plus, we talk about the potential impact of a new console generation, the Witcher on Netflix, and much more.

Jan 06 2020

1hr 10mins

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USG End of the Year Special Extravaganza 2019

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The end of 2019 is upon us, and that means it's time to discuss all of our favorite games! Eric Van Allen and Mathew Olson join the pod to talk Goose Game, Trails of Cold Steel 3, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and the rest of the best games of the year. Get a fire going, grab a mug of hot chocolate, and have a listen as we wrap up 2019!

Dec 23 2019

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2019 RPG Recap: The Best and Worst in the Year of RPGs

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Kat and Nadia are joined by Caty to recap the year that was 2019 in RPGs! They discuss all the big stories, the big trends, and the biggest games, including: - The Year of the Switch Port - BioWare's Struggles - The Year Long National Pokedex Obsession - Fire Emblem: Three Houses being just great - Outer Worlds being... good? - Disco Elysium changing how we think about character progression - ... And much more! It all adds up to the Blood God's Pick for the Best RPG of 2019! Join us as we wrap yet another amazing year in RPGs!

Dec 16 2019

1hr 31mins

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The Console RPG Quest: Sony PlayStation

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Just in time for its 25th anniversary, Kat and Nadia delve into the RPG legacy of the PlayStation! The pair discuss its massive impact on the genre; share their favorite memories, and discuss classic RPGs ranging from Chrono Cross to Beyond the Beyond. Is PS One the most important RPG console ever? The answer is more complicated than you think.

Dec 09 2019

1hr 21mins

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The Dungeons & Dragons Mini-Renaissance

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New games, new updates, and a booming streaming culture has contributed to a mini-renaissance for Dungeons & Dragons. Dicebreaker's Sara Elsam joins us to talk about how that happened, as well to talk about her evil bard; adventures in being a DM, and roleplaying vs. systems-based RPGs. Bonus: We take a look at Mistover, a KRPG dungeon crawler, and decide if it deserves the Blood God's blessing!

Dec 01 2019

1hr 1min

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Axe of the Blood God Mailbag: Game Awards Nominations, Bahamut Lagoon, and More!

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Nadia and Kat talk some more about Pokemon Sword and Shield, and some of the surprising references within. (Trust Kat to be able to identify actual real-world stadiums within Galar region.) There's also a lot of end-of-the-year talk about the upcoming Game of the Year Awards, and some of the curious snubs that happened in this year's nominations. Oh Disco Elysium, where art thou? Finally, after all the talk and the news is squared away, it's time for a big mailbag episode, including:

1. Why Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire is good

2. Should Bahamut Lagoon be brought back?

3. How do we handle our backlog?

4. More Sega Saturn RPGs

5. Why Super Hylide was an interesting Sega Genesis RPG

6. Recommendations for more sci-fi RPGs like R-Type Command

Nov 25 2019

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The Pokemon Sword and Shield Review & Romancing SaGa 3

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Pokemon Sword and Shield is here! GameSpot Pokemon Master Kallie Plagge joins Kat and Nadia to talk about the joys (and the controversies) of the latest generation of Pokemon! [Review begins at 17:22] Plus, we discuss the return of Romancing SaGa 3, and wonder whether Anthem can be saved with a "Realm Reborn" reboot.

Nov 18 2019

1hr 15mins

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The Death Stranding Spoilercast and Why Mass Effect Needs a Remaster

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Kat takes a break from the RPG beat to talk about one of the biggest games of the year: Death Stranding! She's joined by Eric Van Allen and Hirun Cryer to discuss Bridge Babies, deconstructing America, and clocking bandits over the head with cargo. This one is full of spoilers so beware! Plus: Why it's time for Mass Effect to be remastered. Spoilers begin at 17:40 and continue for the rest of the episode!

Nov 11 2019

1hr 14mins

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Console RPG Quest: Sega Saturn

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The Console RPG Quest returns with the Sega Saturn! We're joined by Digital Foundry's John Linneman to discuss the technology, games, and history that make it a unique standout in the history of consoles. Plus, some Death Stranding review chatter, and a recap of the Diablo 4 and World of WarCraft announcements!

Nov 04 2019

1hr 23mins

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The Outer Worlds Review & Interview With Obsidian's Leonard Boyarsky and Nitai Poddar

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Developers Leonard Boyarsky and Nitai Poddar come on the show to talk about the development of The Outer Worlds, Boyarsky's feelings on Fallout 3, and more. Plus, Mike talks about his review of the game. It's an all Outer Worlds podcast as we go in-depth on this spiritual successor to Fallout.

Oct 28 2019

1hr 1min

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October RPG Reviews: Trails of Cold Steel 3, Little Town Hero, Disco Elysium

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With the RPG deluge continuing, Kat and Nadia are joined by Caty and Mike to pick through the biggest releases, including Trails of Cold Steel 3, Disco Elysium, and Little Town Hero. Plus, we talk Witcher 3 on Switch, whether it's been a good generation for games, and more!

Oct 21 2019

1hr 12mins

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Indivisible Review & October Mailbag of the Blood God

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The mailbag returns as Kat and Nadia talk about what RPGs genre novices should tackle first; revisit the legacy of Final Fantasy 13, and more! Plus, they review Indivisible, the new RPG by the creators of Skullsgirls. Does it live up to the legacy of Valkyrie Profile? Find out!

Oct 14 2019

1hr 24mins

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Console RPG Quest: Jaguar, 3DO, NeoGeo, CDi

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We're almost finished the 16-bit era in our Console RPG Quest, but first we have to talk about some of the lesser-known consoles of the period. We take a shotgun approach in this episode, covering the RPG histories of the 3DO, Jaguar, NeoGeo, and CDi (they exist!) Also, we say a few words about AlphaDream as it files for bankruptcy, and talk more about portable RPGs.

Oct 07 2019

1hr 23mins

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Our Favorite Portable RPGs

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What's better than an RPG? An RPG you can stuff in your pocket and tote around like a designer dog. (Please do not shove tiny dogs into your pockets.) With Kat overseas taking care of Big Editor Things for the site this week, Nadia teams up with Eric to discuss the beauty of portable RPGs, and talks about some of their favorite handheld adventures. Also in this episode: The Grandia HD Collection is getting a big patch, and Eric gives his in-depth impressions of GreedFall.

Sep 30 2019

55mins

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The Axe of the Blood God Fall 2019 RPG Preview

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The Fall 2019 release period is here! To prepare for the oncoming deluge of games, Kat and Nadia talk about all the biggest RPGs of the season, including Outer Worlds, Pokemon, Disco Elysium, and more. Plus, Caty joins the crew to extol the virtues of Ni no Kuni, and they talk Switch Lite, Apple Arcade, and Link's Awakening. The long wait is over; now it's time to play some games!

Sep 23 2019

1hr 25mins

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Console RPG Quest: Super NES w/ Kotaku's Chris Kohler

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Kotaku editor and Retronauts veteran Chris Kohler join Kat and Nadia to discuss what may be the greatest RPG console of them: The Super Nintendo! They recall their history with Nintendo's 16-bit marvel, talk about why it was initially controversial, and explain why it holds up so well today. Plus, Link's Awakening impressions, a Sega Genesis Mini Review, and some TGS discussion!

Sep 16 2019

1hr 26mins

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The Big Nintendo Direct Recap, MHW Iceborne Review, Dreamcast and Final Fantasy 8

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Axe of the Blood God is back after an impromptu hiatus, and there's a ton to cover! Kat and Nadia look back on the 20th anniversary of the Dreamcast and Final Fantasy 8, recap the big Nintendo Direct that included a Tokyo Mirage Sessions announcement for Switch, and do a quick Final Fantasy ranking. Then Kat reviews Monster Hunter World: Iceborne and talks about why it's a phenomenal expansion, and why RPG fans should definitely check it out.

Sep 09 2019

1hr 24mins

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Oninaki Review, Dragon Quest 11 S Impressions, and a Mailbag!

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Tokyo RPG Factory takes its third crack at making a successful RPG. Is Oninaki the game that finally puts them over the top? Nadia shares her review! Plus, our impressions of the Dragon Quest 11 demo on Switch, and a big ol mailbag in which we talk about RPG tragedies, the rare SSI Gold Box game on Genesis, and much more.

Aug 26 2019

1hr 28mins

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iTunes Ratings

291 Ratings
Average Ratings
248
16
9
11
7

scratches your rpg itch

By Ronniebeef - Nov 19 2019
Read more
Love it, Kat is consistently fun to listen to and very informative as well 👍🏼👍🏼

Best (only?) RPG podcast

By Justsomea**hole - Nov 13 2019
Read more
Excellent podcast for fans of rpgs. Always worth a listen.