Axe of the Blood God: Davionne Gooden of She Dreams Elsewhere on the World of Indie RPGs

Axe of the Blood God: Davionne Gooden of She Dreams Elsewhere on the World of Indie RPGs

This week, Nadia, Eric, and Davionne dream of electric sheep and indie RPGs.

Kat's on vacation for this week's episode, so myself and news editor Eric Van Allen—whose name I almost typed as "Eric Van Halen"—quietly open the window and motion for developer Davionne Gooden to come on in and talk to us about his upcoming RPG, She Dreams Elsewhere. [Download link here.]

She Dreams Elsewhere is a surreal game about a woman who must fight her way out of a coma. Its simplistic overworld graphics resemble a 15-color ZX Spectrum game, while the battle scenes call back to Earthbound's feverish Moonside sequence. Davionne offers a lot of great insight about his inspirations for She Dreams Elsewhere's graphics and narrative. Sometimes your mind is like a fertile field that yields brilliant, juicy ideas. And sometimes mistakes become happy little accidents.

Van Halen and I also discuss the healthy progress of the Eiyuden Chronicles Kickstarter, the upcoming early access trial for Baldur's Gate 3, and the mounting problems facing Bloodlines 2—including the sudden firing of its lead writer Oofah.

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Show Description

Kat Bailey is on vacation, so hapless co-host Nadia Oxford takes over the Axe of the Blood God with help from USgamer news editor, Eric Van Allen. The duo put out out the small fires that invariably crop up when Kat's out of town while they discuss Baldur's Gate 3, new RPGs coming to Nintendo Switch, and the troubles bogging down Bloodlines 2. Then developer Davionne Gooden joins in to talk about his upcoming RPG, She Dreams Elsewhere, as well as the challenges of putting an RPG on the Switch.

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Raine, composer of Celeste. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at Check it out!

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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