Axe of the Blood God Episode 21: Turn-Based Combat and Modern RPGs

Axe of the Blood God Episode 21: Turn-Based Combat and Modern RPGs

What does turn-based combat mean in the modern era? Bob, Kat, and special guest Steve Tramer explore a mechanic that is as old as the medium itself.

Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey. You can find the show notes for previous episodes here.

In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God (download link here), Bob Mackey and returning guest Steve Tramer return to discuss the evolution of turn-based RPGs, their appeal in comparison to more action-based systems, and their place in modern gaming.

The impetus for this episode is this article and the rather long thread it spawned discussing the relative merits of turn-based and real-time gameplay. I was rather surprised by the number of readers who expressed their feeling that turn-based combat is outdated, so I decided to make it the main topic of discussion on this week's episode. Is turn-based combat truly not fit for a "Triple-A RPG?" Steve, Bob, and I discuss.

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Show Description

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.

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Kat Bailey

Editor in Chief

Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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