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HEA on the go! Original, never-before-heard romance audiobooks from your favorite authors, narrated by professionals and presented for your listening pleasure every, single week! We’ll begin a new, original audiobook every Monday, releasing one section per day, until wrapping it up with a big, swoony happily ever after on Friday! Hosted by New York Times Bestselling Authors Alexa Riley & Tessa Bailey. For more information, check out readmeromance.com. If you like what you hear, don’t forget ...
 
ABOUT: With over 13 years in Bangkok Thailand, Emanuel Skinner has become a household name and a house music icon locally and abroad. Originally from San Francisco and now a Phuket local sharing his vision and sound all across South East Asia . With over 20 years experience filling the best and biggest venues from Jakarta, Singapore, China, India, to South Korea, Bangladesh to Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and all over Thailand (Chang Mai, Koh Tao, Koh Samui, Phuket, Pat ...
 
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We're going back to the '90s again here on Axe of the Blood God, but here's a twist: We're going back to '90s Japan. Yes, it's another PC Console Quest, and we've invited our good friend PC98 Audi back to the show for the occasion. We discuss the PC-98's legacy, and how it affected '90s RPG development. Why did the platform have so many visual nove…
 
Our audiobook this week is CUPID GETS STRUCK by Alexa Riley Astrid is finally back home after going to culinary school and has her first job interview. There’s something familiar about her new boss, and it’s pulling at her heartstrings. Cupid has been biding his time until Astrid finally came home. Armed with an empire he built just for her, he’ll …
 
Many of us rely heavily on our smartphones and computers. But does it make sense to say we “trust” them? On today’s episode of Examining Ethics, the philosopher C. Thi Nguyen explores the relationship of trust we form with the things we use. We not only can trust non-human objects like smartphones, we tend to trust those objects in an unquestioning…
 
Our audiobook this week is CUPID GETS STRUCK by Alexa Riley Astrid is finally back home after going to culinary school and has her first job interview. There’s something familiar about her new boss, and it’s pulling at her heartstrings. Cupid has been biding his time until Astrid finally came home. Armed with an empire he built just for her, he’ll …
 
We may be in the dead of winter, but Axe of the Blood God is hotter than ever. So sayeth the show's fans, anyway. It's true! No word of a lie! Ahem. This week, Kat, Nadia, and Eric talk about a hodgepodge of lively topics, including: Some interesting new nominees for our new Best 25 RPGs of All Time list. Emphasis on "new" Final Fantasy XIV's produ…
 
New year, new Axe of the Blood God! Our new Stars of Destiny tier has kicked off in earnest, and we had our first live taping of the podcast, followed by a special post-show discussion. That's right, for 25 smackeroos you can listen to us flub our lines and then get into a fight about Super Mario World vs Super Mario Bros. 3. Very rated R stuff. Se…
 
If you don’t know much about gaming, it can be easy to dismiss video games as violent wastes of time or to think of board games as something you pull out when there’s nothing else to do on Thanksgiving. My guest today, the games designer Kat Schrier, believes that there’s something much more to gaming. In her book, We the Gamers, she explores the m…
 
We're already three days into 2022! No refunds on the year, suckers. Don't worry, the Axe of the Blood God will be around to pick you up whenever you need it…and going by recent trends, everyone is going to be due for a pick-me-up somewhere between the first three and six months. Let's start the year strong with some spicy 2022 RPG predictions! Wil…
 
This is it folks - the series finale of Y2K. Thank you so very much for listening. Sending you oceans of hugs for 2022 and beyond! Pretty PLEASE consider voting for us in the AVAs - closes Jan 1 2022 - https://audioverseawards.net/vote/ Olivia, Tammi and their new friend Becca make plans for the future. Plus Olivia celebrates New Year's Eve with Je…
 
This week on Axe of the Blood God, Kat, Nadia, and Eric say farewell to 2021 by looking back on the year's greatest RPG triumphs (and a few, er, not-triumphs). 2021 was a bit slim on major triple-A RPG releases, but there's been a great showing from smaller games, including SMT V, Tales of Arise, Monster Hunter Stories 2, Loop Hero, Ys 9, and so ve…
 
To celebrate the end of 2021, we're making a Pantheon of the Blood God available to all of our listeners as a special thank you for all of your support! In this edition of Pantheon of the Blood God, Kat and Nadia are joined by special guest Alex Donaldson to dive deep into Final Fantasy VIII! Once considered the series' black sheep, Final Fantasy V…
 
"Live thy life to the fullest, but knowest thou always that the end walks ever closer." Is that an OK Urianger impersonation? Bah, whatever. Point is, Nadia, Mike, and Victor review Final Fantasy 14's Endwalker expansion in this episode. It's epic, it's guaranteed to move you to tears...and like everything else in this flawed universe, it can use s…
 
TL:DR: We are finalists in the Audioverse Awards in the Performance in an Ensemble Cast Production category. Pretty PLEASE consider voting for us! And while you are at it, please vote for all of your other faves too! Voting closes January 1, 2022 - https://audioverseawards.net/vote/ ALSO: Oceans and oceans of holiday hugs! Intro and outro music is …
 
Our audiobook this week is LIKE IT’S 1999 by Karen Grey Love ‘em and Leave ‘em Alice Kim and “Hot” Steve Lowell are perfect for each other. It’ll only take them ten years to figure that out. Just because they throw the most bodacious wedding party ever… Just because they’re perfect partners in pranks… Just because they love all the same boss movies…
 
Kat's away this week on Axe of the Blood God, so Nadia takes the reigns, and chaos reins. Wait. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you. Eric is on-hand to help co-host, of course, and a very special guest enters the fray: Blood God Discord mod Valexia! The trio have a hearty discussion about LGBTQ+ representation in games, old and new, eastern and west…
 
Our audiobook this week is THE BRATVAS HOSTAGE by Jagger Cole Taking her was only the beginning… A hit gone wrong. My partner, the future King of the Kashenko Bratva, bleeding out. There’s only one choice left for me: Kidnap the daughter of the rival mob boss, and take her as my hostage. Now, she’s my temptingly innocent, beautifully forbidden barg…
 
Calls for increased transparency and oversight are common in the public realm. Our guest today, the philosopher C. Thi Nguyen argues that transparency can actually erode important parts of community life. He claims that while transparency might root out corruption, it also has a sort of chilling effect on the very work people are required to be tra…
 
Our audiobook this week is THE BRATVAS HOSTAGE by Jagger Cole Taking her was only the beginning… A hit gone wrong. My partner, the future King of the Kashenko Bratva, bleeding out. There’s only one choice left for me: Kidnap the daughter of the rival mob boss, and take her as my hostage. Now, she’s my temptingly innocent, beautifully forbidden barg…
 
Turn on Nickelodeon and feed your Tamagotchi, because it's time for the '90s PC RPG Quest here at Axe of the Blood God. John Walker of Buried Treasure joins Kat, Nadia, and Eric as they talk about this very tumultuous time in PC RPG history. The genre underwent enormous growth, but not before it suffered near-irrelevance amid the rise of DOOM and o…
 
Our audiobook this week is The Wrong Blue Eyes by B.B. Reid Noelle is far from a good girl. In fact, she can be downright bad. Everyone she meets adores her wild antics. Well, everyone except for her boyfriend. When Paxton suggests a trip to Aspen for the weekend, Noelle decides to find that missing spark. But what Noelle thinks is a romantic getaw…
 
Our audiobook this week is The Wrong Blue Eyes by B.B. Reid Noelle is far from a good girl. In fact, she can be downright bad. Everyone she meets adores her wild antics. Well, everyone except for her boyfriend. When Paxton suggests a trip to Aspen for the weekend, Noelle decides to find that missing spark. But what Noelle thinks is a romantic getaw…
 
Last week was the Giving of Thanks, and Eric returned to his ancestral home to prepare the necessary sacrifices. That means Kat and Nadia are alone for this episode, just like the good ol' days of... er, maybe a month ago? Point is, this is a very chill episode. Some of the big topics: - Is a Chrono Cross remake under development? - Who is an unsun…
 
Our audiobook this week is RULES OF THE FRIEND ZONE by Kat Baxter You know those stories you hear about the chubby, awkward geeky girl in glasses who’s stupidly and secretly in love with her hot jock of a best friend? Yeah, that’s my life. I am a walking cliche of unrequited love. When a freak Texas snow storm hits, we’re forced to cuddle and share…
 
When we last met our Warriors of Light, they were confident they'd be Thal's balls-deep in Endwalker by this point. Fate had other plans in mind, as Endwalker won't be accessible until December 3. Hey, Final Fantasy XIV is a Square Enix RPG. It's never a surprise when the heroes' plans go awry in an RPG. Besides, the delay freed up some time to let…
 
Giving away money and resources is great, right? What harm could it do? Philanthropy expert Shariq Ahmed Siddiqui, who is a professor at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, joins us to explain that the ethics of giving is a lot more complicated than we think. Send questions or comments to examiningethics@gmail.com. For the episo…
 
Our audiobook this week is RULES OF THE FRIEND ZONE by Kat Baxter You know those stories you hear about the chubby, awkward geeky girl in glasses who’s stupidly and secretly in love with her hot jock of a best friend? Yeah, that’s my life. I am a walking cliche of unrequited love. When a freak Texas snow storm hits, we’re forced to cuddle and share…
 
What, you wanna listen to Axe of the Blood God's very special Shin Megami Tensei 5 episode, guest starring Game Informer's Kim Wallace? Hmmm... gimme one life stone. I'll also take 300 macca and a shitload of your health! Just kidding -- your friendship is more than enough to get access to our SMT V review. How does it play? What are its strengths?…
 
Jess is at a crossroads and her life will never be the same. **CONTENT WARNING** This episode deals with a couple separating after a very long relationship, and the emotions and anxieties that can bring out. Please take care of yourself, and if you need to, don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Resources can be found at y2kpod.com/resource…
 
In Part 3 of our complete Cowboy Bebop series ranking, we tackle the Top 10 alongside What a Cartoon's Henry Gilbert! In so doing we tackle some of the following topics: - What's the deal with Julia? - Who had the best arc? - Why does Toys in the Attic rule so much? - What happens when Final Fantasy and John Woo have a delightful anime baby? (It's …
 
This week on Axe of the Blood God, Kat, Nadia, and Eric discuss how Atlus would really love it if the west got the hang of making demonic pacts. We know Shin Megami Tensei V is out, and we know it's a great game -- but why hasn't the series made much headway into the western market compared to [looks around nervously, bend over and whispers] Person…
 
Our audiobook this week is SHY VIRGIN by Alexa Riley Shy Wells was always an outsider, but now that the Crew family has taken him in, he’s learning what it’s like to have a family. One thing that he’s seeing for the first time is that a happily ever after might be possible for him too. That’s if he can convince his neighbor Carrie to give him a cha…
 
In Part 2 of our complete Cowboy Bebop series ranking, we tackle episodes 16 through 10! In so doing, we hit some of the following topics: - Our personal favorite episodes - How Cowboy Bebop pays tributes to movies from the 60s and 70s - The wildness of Mushroom Samba - Why Gateway Shuffle is one of our sneaky favorites This episode is available im…
 
Alison Bailey opens her new book, The Weight of Whiteness with an invitation to “wade slowly and mindfully into the weight of whiteness, and to attend to the ways white supremacy has misshapen our nation, our communities, and our humanity.” She writes that while black, indigenous and people of color feel the weight of whiteness daily, most white pe…
 
Our audiobook this week is SHY VIRGIN by Alexa RileyShy Wells was always an outsider, but now that the Crew family has taken him in, he’s learning what it’s like to have a family. One thing that he’s seeing for the first time is that a happily ever after might be possible for him too. That’s if he can convince his neighbor Carrie to give him a chan…
 
Well I'll tell you what, that daggum Kat recently got herself in a whole heap of Twitter trouble when she sassed Legend of Dragoon. On this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God, Kat apologizes for her sharp words -- but she also struggles to understand why half the internet is still nostalgic for this underachieving Sony RPG. To that end, Kat, Er…
 
Our audiobook this week is MY EX GIRLFRIEND’S BROTHER by Harlow LayneFalling for my ex-fiancée’s brother was not the plan when I proposed…After traveling to Vegas to elope, I ended up leaving with a broken heart.I never expected to see my ex-girlfriend, Camilla, again. Or for her older brother to be the one to pick up the shattered pieces and make …
 
Cowboy Bebop is one of the greatest anime ever made, and with a live-action series headed to Netflix, now is the perfect time to revisit this animated classic! We're joined by What a Cartoon and Talking Simpsons Host Henry Gilbert to rank episodes 24 - 17, where we hit some of the following topics: - How did we get into Cowboy Bebop? - Is Sympathy …
 
Our audiobook this week is MY EX GIRLFRIEND’S BROTHER by Harlow LayneFalling for my ex-fiancée’s brother was not the plan when I proposed…After traveling to Vegas to elope, I ended up leaving with a broken heart.I never expected to see my ex-girlfriend, Camilla, again. Or for her older brother to be the one to pick up the shattered pieces and make …
 
This week on Axe of the Blood God, Kat, Nadia, and Eric board the Magic School Bus and travel back to the very beginnings of JRPG development. PC98 Audi from Digital Foundry makes a guest appearance to delve deep into the machine that arguably started it all: The humble PC-88. Audi also has tons of history to share about the MSX, and other high-tec…
 
Our audiobook this week is OO LA LA PARIS AND THE CREW PARTY by Trilina PucciOoh la la, ParisMeet Grey McCallister and Donovan Kennedy. New York’s “it” couple. He’s broody, alpha AF, and the God of Hillcrest (don’t forget billionaire). She’s a wild child, a free spirit, and the only girl he’s ever had eyes for. This delicious short story is their h…
 
The last time philosopher Candice Delmas was on the show, we explored civil disobedience. On today’s episode, we’re discussing the uncivil side of disobedience. She explains that the very reasons that we might be obligated to follow the law in just societies can also impose a duty to break the law in societies that are unjust. And she says that thi…
 
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