Axe of the Blood God Episode 32: The Highs and Lows of Bethesda RPGs. Plus: Another Giveaway!

Axe of the Blood God Episode 32: The Highs and Lows of Bethesda RPGs. Plus: Another Giveaway!

Kat and Steve share their favorite and least favorite moments from the Elder Scrolls and Fallout games, rail against lore bloat, and ponder the ways in which RPGs as a whole can improve. Plus: We're giving away a free copy of Fallout 4!

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), Steve returns to discuss Elder Scrolls and Fallout, rail against lore bloat, and ponder the ways in which the RPG genre can improve. Plus, we're giving away another game!

Bethesda has been in the open world RPG for quite a long time at this point, and they have the formula pretty much down to a science. For better or worse, they have their distinguishing quirks (and a lot of bugs), but they remain one of the more compelling gaming experience on the market today. Steve and I go over some of the more recent examples, focusing in particular on Fallout New Vegas, which seems to be remembered as a modern classic now. Because I have a nice big mailbag backlog now, I'm also doing a mailbag question of the week, with this week's question focusing on how the genre as a whole can improve.

With the previous being so successful, we're giving away another game! Next week we'll be giving away a free copy of Fallout 4 for the Xbox One. How do you win this game, you ask? Send your best RPG screenshot to my Twitter feed (@the_katbot) or to It can be funny, meaningful, scenic, or a moment of triumph. If you have a good story to tell about the screen, so much the better. The best screens will get published here, with my favorite getting a copy of the game.

By the way, I haven't forgotten about Trails in the Sky Second Chapter. I've got an interview with its localizer set for next week, so please look forward to it!

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Show Description

Steve Tramer returns to discuss the high points and low points of Bethesda RPGs over the years and the one way RPGs as a whole can improve. Plus: We're giving away a free copy of Fallout 4 on Xbox One! Listen to find out how to get your copy.

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 Check it 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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