Zanki Zero Brings Danganronpa's Unique Sense of Humor to the RPG Space

Zanki Zero Brings Danganronpa's Unique Sense of Humor to the RPG Space

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Ni No Kuni 2, Ultima Online, Zanki Zero and more headline this week's episode of the RPG podcast.

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

I'm finally back from GDC, and Nadia and I talk Bard's Tale IV, Ultima Online war stories, and Zanki Zero. Plus, we discuss Ni No Kuni 2's insane opening [download link here].

You've probably seen Ni No Kuni 2's opening by now. I even wrote about it a bit. Now that Nadia has seen it as well, we sit down and discuss it and the tonal whiplash that follows, as well as other observations.

But that's not all! I recently saw Zanki Zero, the new survival RPG by the creators of Danganronpa, and I have thoughts. Plus, I relate some of the best stories from Ultima Online's crazy late '90s run, as well as talk about how Bard's Tale IV reimagines the old-school PC dungeon crawler for the modern day.

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Show Description

Kat returns from a busy week at GDC to talk Bard's Tale and Zanki Zero, as well as to share some of Ultima Online's craziest war stories. Then Nadia and Kat talk about Ni No Kuni 2's insane opening and the tonal whiplash that follows.

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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Kat Bailey

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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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