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), Stay Awhile and Listen author David Craddock joins me to recount Diablo II's tumultuous development as well as the earliest days of roguelikes.
I've been meaning to have David on the show since reviewing his latest book, Dungeon H@cks, which does an excellent job of recounting the earliest days of RPG development. Circumstances (and a lot of traveling) intervened; but with my Oral History of Diablo II having gone up earlier this week, it was the perfect time to have him on, since he is also the author behind Stay Awhile and Listen - an in-depth history of Blizzard that highlights the development of the first Diablo. David has a ton of insight into the early days of the genre, and it was really a pleasure to hang out and talk with him for this show. You can find links to his books here:
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Stay Awhile and Listen and Dungeon H@cks author David Craddock joins Kat to talk about the story behind Diablo II's tumultuous development, the earliest days of Roguelikes, and as always, what makes a game an RPG.
Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Chappelle, who has also contributed the themes to Active Time Babble and Roleplayers' Realm. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at rpgmaker.net. Check it out!