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We're firmly in the teeth of the 2020 release season, and the RPGs are arriving fast. Kat and Nadia circle back on some of the RPGs they missed, including Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, WoW: Shadowlands, Godfall, and more. Plus: Cyberpunk's performance on current-gen consoles, The Game Awards RPG nominations, and more thoughts on Yakuza: Like a Dragon.…
 
Next week we will have a special episode of Is It?? instead of a new ep of WTB on the feed! See you in 2 weeks for Ep 160! Erin is here to sec a previous rec this week. Ben has been watching a new comedy show in Netflix! Hannah didn't really have an obsession this week but then it turned out that she did. HOMEWORK: - Watch Schitt's Creek- power thr…
 
Kat and Nadia bid farewell to Mike Williams the only way they know how—with a lengthy conversation about Final Fantasy 14. They also welcome back old friend Ash Paulsen, who joins the group to talk about Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory and more. Finally, Kat and Nadia have an announcement about the future of Axe of the Blood God.…
 
Hannah woke up in a weird mood. Ben is reclaiming his kitchen. Erin is delivered a cinnamon latte DURING the recording session. Hannah has been so grateful for the ability to learn about the latest events related to the dangerous Qanon cult from experts every week without having to visit those rabbit holes herself. Erin is re-reading a favorite boo…
 
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are out this week, and we've got the whole gang to break it all down over the course of a two hour mega-pod extravaganza! Kat, Mike, Nadia, and Eric are here to compare the PS5 and Xbox Series X, look at the launch lineup, and break down all the pros and cons for early adopters. Also in this episode, we review Ya…
 
Technically, Way Too Broad was the second decision desk in the nation to call the 2020 election for ol' Jobie, so that's nice for us. Ben has been doing what we have all been doing! Alternating between obsessively watching the news/polls and obsessively not doing that! Hannah has been playing a self-described "cozy management game about dying". Eri…
 
In a continuation of their look back on the most recent console generation, Kat and Nadia examine the outsized impact of the PlayStation 4 on RPGs. From the return of Japan to the "mainstreaming" of RPGs, to VR and "service games," the pair talk about all the way that RPGs have changed over the past seven years. Also in this episode: Cyberpunk 2077…
 
Happy Halloween! Go watch the new K/DA video! And check out Blaseball.com! Erin almost made Hannah snort-laugh Emergen-C out of her nose. Erin has developed a nice evening routine made up of several things we've talked about before. Ben has been playing a new video game about escaping from hell! Hannah has been listening to a new podcast about all …
 
With the next generation of consoles mere weeks away, we're jumping ahead in the Console RPG Quest to the Xbox One! While at first glance the Xbox One's RPG legacy is quite weak, there's more to it than meets the eye. Kat and Nadia talk about the importance of backward compatibility, the possibilities afforded by streaming, and lessons learned as t…
 
This week's recording session was cursed by an object recently created by our special guest as an art project (we don't cover all of this during the ep but if the audio or transitions seem weird, that's why!) Hannah's husband (palsband) Ian recently got a life-changing mental health diagnosis! Erin has finally gotten back into reading thanks to an …
 
Kat and Nadia take a break from the grind of the RPG release schedule to talk about how some of today's most popular genres can be combined with the wonders of role-playing, including battle royale, Among Us, and more. Plus, we talk about Phil Spencer's recent comments concerning Bethesda, Yakuza 7, and more!…
 
ERIN GOT A SWITCH! Hannah is tired of toenails' bullshit (don't forget to sign the petition). YOU CAN TEXT OUR PHONE NUMBER (774-326-0420)!! Ben has been building better education tools for freshmens! Hannah has been playing a game where SHE is in charge of the news for a change. Erin has been watching a truly incredibly vocalist and performer who …
 
Larian founder Swen Vincke returns to the podcast to discuss the initial feedback on Baldur's Gate 3's early access release, turn-based vs. real-time with pause, dice rolls, and more! (Starts around 26:20) Plus, Kat and Nadia share their impressions on Genshin Impact, the Monster Hunter movie trailer, and more!…
 
Fun Week is over. Now it's time for Self-Soothing Week! Hannah poorly referenced/misquoted this MBMBAM bit in the intro in case you were wondering WTF she was talking about there. Later, Ben references this Julien Solomita video. Erin does not have enough people to geek out with about Voctave so she found someone to parasocially geek out with! Ben …
 
The Console RPG Quest officially arrives in the HD era with the Xbox 360 RPG Quest! Nadia and Kat talk about the impact of online, the waning fortunes of the Japanese industry, the super success of Oblivion, and much more! Plus, USgamer Reviews Editor Mike Williams is here to talk about Genshin Impact, the new free-to-play open-world RPG that's alr…
 
The gang has a really disappointing correction about one of last week's obsessions. We got an email to get into a new cryptocurrency! In Spanish! Hannah has been glued to Twitter like most of the rest of the country. Erin has been enjoying a super-fun and flambouyant genderfluid musical artist! Shoutout to her brothers for the rec! Ben has a specia…
 
Kat and Nadia are joined by USgamer News Editor Eric Van Allen to sing the praises of Hades, the amazing roguelite by Supergiant Games that is now out of Early Access. The trio discuss its relationship to Diablo; how Supergiant is beating Blizzard at its own game, and why RPG fans should play this excellent dungeon crawler. Plus, all of this week's…
 
Bath and Body Works is having a candle sale. We got 2 voicemails! Hannah recommends watching Safiya Nygaard's Bad Science videos. Ben has two small obsessions- a movie and a great maker's youtube channel. Hannah has a WASMENUH update! Erin has been enjoying a music recommendation from Aunt Brown. HOMEWORK: - Watch Palm Springs on Hulu - Watch Adam …
 
In a move with enormous implications for the games industry as a whole, but especially for RPGs, Microsoft has acquired Bethesda, the publisher responsible for Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, and Starfield. What will this mean for role-playing games? How will this impact the next-gen race? And how will Sony react? Kat and Nadia are joined by special gu…
 
Kat and Nadia react to a huge week for RPG announcements, breaking down Avalanche's Harry Potter game, Monster Hunter Rise, and the PS5 price announcement. Then it's time to talk Final Fantasy XVI, as Kat and Nadia analyze its announcement trailer, its connections to Final Fantasy 14, and its place in the long history of Final Fantasy announcements…
 
We've been renewed for a 4th season! I think congraduations are in order! Erin really steps in it when she tries to talk to her co-hosts about Iron Man 2. Erin and Molly have been having many cozy movie nights. Ben has been watching a lot of clips from a recently-cancelled show on Youtube. Hannah has been watching a lot of a NEW streamer in Twitch!…
 
The fall release season is officially upon us, and that means it's time to preview all of the big RPGs that will carry us to the end of the year. Kat and Nadia sit down to preview Cyberpunk 2077, Trails of Cold Steel 4, Yakuza 7, World of WarCraft Shadowlands, and all the rest of this fall's most interesting role-playing games. Plus: Reactions to t…
 
Everybody loves Marco Polo! Ben is streaming again! Happy Anniversary to Lucas & Federica and Ian & Hannah! Hannah watched Dune and has no idea what happened. Erin has been doing all kinds of crossword puzzles! Ben received Japanese Kit-Kats from MULTIPLE people this week (and ordered more for himself). HOMEWORK: - DON'T FORGET TO WEIGH IN ON THE G…
 
The latest edition of the Console RPG Quest explores the legacy of Sony's initial foray into the handheld space: the PlayStation Portable! Kat and Nadia recall Sony's attempt to create "the Walkman for the 21st century," the rise of Monster Hunter and its impact on RPGs, the strange saga of Persona 2, and much more as they continue their quest to c…
 
The tone is weekend-y. The day is Saturday. The birthday is Ben's. Hannah has a new favorite word to mis-say. We have a voicemail! Ben built his own computer, but it wasn't as hard as it sounds. Hannah has been watching more RPG content! Erin has been sending videos to her loved ones whether they want them or not! HOMEWORK: - Build a computer - Wat…
 
In 1997, a small group of former devs from Konami and Square got together to make Moon: RPG Remix Adventure, an affectionate parody and tribute to the role-playing genre. More than 20 years later, it's finally out for Nintendo Switch, and Kat and Nadia dig into the legacy of this curious creation by Love-de-lic. Plus: Wasteland 3 impressions, Final…
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOLLY AND KAREN!! Hannah has a new audio prop. Ben's going to be published (again). Erin and Hannah uncover some memories of the early internet. Erin has no obsession. Ben can't get enough of RPG content that includes McElroys! Hannah listened to a whole podcast in a day. HOMEWORK: - Watch She-Ra - Watch Steven Universe - Read The Ne…
 
Kat Bailey is on vacation, so hapless co-host Nadia Oxford takes over the Axe of the Blood God with help from USgamer news editor, Eric Van Allen. The duo put out out the small fires that invariably crop up when Kat's out of town while they discuss Baldur's Gate 3, new RPGs coming to Nintendo Switch, and the troubles bogging down Bloodlines 2. Then…
 
Hannah had like really a time with puzzles and cats. Erin is drinking a high octane gin beverage. Ben went to Trader Joe's and DID NOT smell lemons because this is a PANDEMIC. Hannah is watch an animated show, but make it Star Trek! Erin is making grill pizza every week all summer. Ben is watching a Disney animated show, but make it bisexual! HOMEW…
 
It was the year 2000, and Square was pushing three big RPGs on the Sony PlayStation. The games themselves—Chrono Cross, Threads of Fate, and Legend of Mana—met with a mixed reception, but the Summer of Adventure 2000 said more about where Square stood in that particular moment in history. Kat and Nadia remember this unique period in gaming history,…
 
Hannah's cat tried to stab herself. Erin can NOT remember the name of her tea. Ben's morning routine has been ruined by an app update. This episode is NOT sponsored by Apple. Ben has been making (and re-making) music on the compy! Hannah watched the second season if a show she can't remember the first season of very well. Erin has been making art a…
 
The latest entry in the Console RPG Quest series takes on the Nintendo DS, the legendary "third pillar" that did its part to carry Nintend for more than a decade. From Etrian Odyssey to Dragon Quest IX, Kat and Nadia discuss its remarkable RPG library, and why it was so important to Japanese gaming in the late 2000s.…
 
The gang learns a lot about differences between drinks and also types of birds. Hannah makes a confession about talking birds. Ben gives the weather report. We all have to speak our truths. Erin has discovered a whole new way to enjoy the (unconfirmed) gayness of a favorite musician (thanks to Kylie!) Ben has been re-enjoying one of his favorite po…
 
With the next generation of consoles nearly upon us, Kat is joined by Reviews Editor Mike Williams and Senior Editor Caty McCarthy to discuss the future of the genre. What surprises do the PS5 and Xbox Series X hold for RPGs? Will it all be Destiny-likes and Witcher 3 clones? Or will we be treated to new settings, A.I. innovations, and other fascin…
 
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