Axe of the Blood God Episode 8: A Newcomer's Perspective on Dark Souls

Axe of the Blood God Episode 8: A Newcomer's Perspective on Dark Souls

Mike joins Kat to share his perspective as a newcomer on Dark Souls II, and Grinding Gear Games' Jonathan Rogers breaks down the new Path of Exile expansion.

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), Mike shares his perspective as a relative newcomer to Dark Souls. Is he a fan? Join in for his thoughts on Dark Souls, Dragon Age, and Daredevil. Yeah, this episode is kind of all over the place.

I'll say that it's interesting listening to the thoughts of someone experiencing Dark Souls for the first time. Not to sound like a hipster about it, but I first came upon the Souls games when they were still relatively unknown, so they were a pleasant surprise for me. These days the hype is so great, the expectations so huge, that the backlash practically feels inevitable.

Also joining me this week is Grinding Gear Games' Jonathan Rogers, who goes into detail about the latest expansion for his Diablo alternative — Path of Exile. Having actually forgotten about Path of Exile myself, I'm delighted to be reminded about it so that I can jump back in and see how it's progressed over the past couple years, especially now that I have a computer that can actually play it. In the meantime, we go over the expansion's key additions, the design of Path of Exile's unique skill tree, and the nitty gritty of what separates it from other action RPGs.

When you're finished listening to the show, we'd love to hear your thoughts. If you want to talk about Dark Souls II, Path of Exile, 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

Mike Williams joins Kat to share his perspective on Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin as a relative newcomer to the series, as well as his thoughts on Dragon Age and Netflix's Daredevil. Then, Jonathan Rogers joins Kat to discuss Path of Exile's newly-announced expansion pack..

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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