The weather's gotten frosty, so it's a good time to settle in a comfortable chair, light a fire, and read some of the wonderful letters from the friends of the Blood God. But before that, Kat and I talk more about Pokemon Sword and Shield. It turns out Kat can identify the real-life stadiums Sword and Shield pays tribute to across the Galar region. Are you surprised? Don't be. [Download link here.]
There's also some chitter-chatter about the lack of RPG nominations for this year's Game Awards. Yes, the Awards are coming, boyo. Hard to believe 2019's wrapping up at a record pace.
We have some great retro RPG discussion in this month's mailbag, so don't miss out! Among other topics, Kat and I talk about Bahamut Lagoon, a classic Squaresoft strategy RPG that never saw any kind of official release Stateside. I'm afraid the West just can't grasp the artistic merit of a dragon-breeding RPG that lets you feed porno magazines to your beastly charges. Someday we'll live on a higher plane of mental existence, but that time hasn't come yet.
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Nadia and Kat talk some more about Pokemon Sword and Shield, and some of the surprising references within. (Trust Kat to be able to identify actual real-world stadiums within Galar region.) There's also a lot of end-of-the-year talk about the upcoming Game of the Year Awards, and some of the curious snubs that happened in this year's nominations. Oh Disco Elysium, where art thou? Finally, after all the talk and the news is squared away, it's time for a big mailbag episode, including:
1. Why Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire is good
2. Should Bahamut Lagoon be brought back?
3. How do we handle our backlog?
4. More Sega Saturn RPGs
5. Why Super Hylide was an interesting Sega Genesis RPG
6. Recommendations for more sci-fi RPGs like R-Type Command
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