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USgamer's RPG Podcast Celebrates Dragon Quest's 30th Anniversary

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Kat, Nadia, and Bob share the love for Dragon Quest. Plus, Mike drops by to discuss the new Witcher 3 and Fallout 4 DLC.

Article by Kat Bailey, .

Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey. You can find the previous episodes here.

In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God (download link here), Bob and Nadia join me to celebrate Dragon Quest's 30th Anniversary while Mike discusses the new DLC for Witcher 3 and Far Harbor.

If you've been following me on social media, you'll know that I'm kind of... uh... obsessed with Fallout 4 again. My impetus for getting back into the Commonwealth was the new Far Harbor DLC, which came out last week. I'm almost done with it; but in keeping with every Bethesday RPG ever, I'm getting constantly sidetracked. I currently have a giant list of things to do, including finishing my castle, building a death robot, and nuking a bunch of scary cultists. Busy busy! Mike, meanwhile, is in the middle of Blood and Wine, which he is reviewing over here. He seems to like it!

For those of you wanting to skip directly of the Dragon Quest conversation, the second segment begins around the 28 minute mark. Bob, Nadia, and I all get together to share our favorite things from Dragon Quest, including our favorite monsters, our favorite moments, and of course, our favorite games. If you're looking for a more complete retrospective, I recommend checking out the Retronauts podcast from last year.

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Nadia, Bob, and Kat share all of their favorite things from 30 years of Dragon Quest while also getting input from the fans. Favorite monsters, favorite moments, and of course, our favorite games - it's a podcast of love and positivity for a foundational JRPG. Plus: Mike drops by to talk Witcher 3 and Fallout 4 DLC.

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!

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  • Avatar for capedconstable #1 capedconstable A year ago
    Be my guide for a Dragon Quest noob! Love the podcast and have gone back and been listening through the library. You talked about Persona 5 and now I am replaying Persona Q on the 3DS and can't wait for the new Persona.
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #2 SatelliteOfLove A year ago
    11 is what I'm guessing I'm giving it another shot in. IX quickly degraded into the worst parts of Oblivion after the kinda modest main quest was over.
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  • Avatar for Godots17thCup #3 Godots17thCup A year ago
    Every time you folks at USGamer talk about Dragon Quest IX, I get just a little envious. While I did buy the game at launch, I really didn't get into it until last year, after the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection had been shut down and obviously well after everyone else had stopped carrying their carts around. Missing out on all of the free DLC as well as the whole community aspect of the game, I couldn't help feeling that I was playing a compromised version of a great game.

    The base version of DQIX is still excellent - the classic Dragon Quest vignettes are as wonderful and melancholy as ever - but without anyone to share it with, the grindy nature of the grottos and alchemy pot weren't enough to hold my attention for very long after the main quest was over.

    So yeah, a 3DS remaster or something similar would most certainly be welcome by me, if only so I could get a second chance at getting the "full" Dragon Quest IX experience.
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  • Avatar for kidgorilla #4 kidgorilla A year ago
    I'm pulling out DQ3 tonight. Never played much of it, but now I'm convinced I missed out
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  • Avatar for Lord-Bob-Bree #5 Lord-Bob-Bree A year ago
    7 gets a bad rap, but I guess I'm a little weird (and was in my "more is more" phase when I played it), since I really like it. Part of it is how there are so many different little stories there are as you explore the world (Loomin fits right up there with the saddest parts of the series, at least if you're like me and can't take a hint). I kind of like the slower pace of it as well. The extended opening didn't bother me, I loved it. Maybe I was more patient when I was younger.

    And Underpants Dance isn't even the best part of Yangus's skills:
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  • Avatar for TernBird #6 TernBird A year ago
    There's one Dragon Warrior related memory I wanted to send in that I ultimately never did, seeing as I thought it was too rambly. It's actually my favorite gaming memory.

    See, I was introduced to Dragon Warrior 1 and 2 via a preview in issue 133 of Electronic Gaming Monthly. Something about the pictures made me WANT to play it. So a few years later, I picked it up at a local Blockbuster. That night, I was sprawled out on my grandma's couch, reading the instruction manual and marveling at all the cool weapons available in the game (the Flame Sword, the Sickle, the Club). Grandma's house was brand new at the time, so the cement had this fresh, "basement"-y smell to it. To this day, that smell makes me think of Dragon Warrior.
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  • Avatar for middlecyclone #7 middlecyclone A year ago
    This has inspired me to try the Dragon Quest games as I've taken a very lengthy break from JRPGs.
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