Axe of the Blood God Episode 7: The Wonderful World of Roguelikes

Axe of the Blood God Episode 7: The Wonderful World of Roguelikes

Jeremy, Kat, and special guest Steve Tramer jump into the prickliest of subgenres — roguelikes.

In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God (download here), special guest Steve Tramer joins Jeremy and I to discuss a subgenre that has recently gotten a huge boost from the indie scene — roguelikes.

What makes a good roguelike? Why have they recently become so prevalent? And where is a good place for newcomers to start. These are all questions that we explore as we dive into the land of item checks and permanent death. Plus, Jeremy shares his thoughts on Etrian Mystery Dungeon, which he recently reviewed here.

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of roguelikes, but it's always interesting to hear a couple hardcore enthusiasts express their appreciation for something they love. Also, I'm still playing Darkest Dungeon, which is a really fabulous roguelike for PC. You should check it out! And if you're still curious, there's always Jeremy's Gateway Guide to Roguelikes.

When you're finished, we'd love to hear your thoughts. If you want to talk about roguelikes, or just RPGs in general, drop a line in the comments below. Conversely, you can reach me at We may read and discuss comments we like in an upcoming episode of Axe of the Blood God.

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Show Description

Guest Steve Tramer joins Kat and Jeremy to talk roguelikes on the occasion of the release of Etrian Mystery Dungeon in the latest episode of our RPG podcast. What makes a good roguelike? Why are roguelikes suddenly so prevalent? And where should a curious newcomer get started? The answers lie within! (Answers contingent on successful item check).

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!

Next week: It's still up in the air, but there might be a little Super Robot Wars talk, and we still have to sit down to really analyze Xenoblade Chronicles. Stay tuned!

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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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