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Dead Genre Chronicles

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Jun 29, 2018

The DGC crew tackles Radiant Historia, an Atlus RPG focused on the exploits of Stocke, a man who is granted the ability to travel through his personal history in order to fix mistakes and, eventually, right the world's course. We're also joined by Ted (@teioh) on this episode!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Jun 27, 2018

The Witcher book series comes to a close on this episode. Join Devon (@invisifool) and Sam (@SamuelHowitt) in accepting their mistake, and learn how this trainwreck of a saga ends.

This episode has a general CONTENT WARNING for ongoing Witcher edginess.

Send us your questions by tweeting us, or via email at witchercast@jrpgsaredead.fyi!

Music used, in order:
Alexander James Adams - Wild Hunt
Yoshino Yuuji - Wakaki Nendaiki Sakka

Jun 2, 2018

The crew returns from a brief technical-difficulty-induced hiatus to talk about Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the briefest episode yet!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

May 10, 2018

The cast that comes out whenever decided that whenever is today. Standstill Girl is a very realized, curated, put-together tragedy... which maybe made it harder to talk about than what we've covered so far! Enjoy a lot of waffling and strained discussion and maybe some good points and maybe some other kinds of points.

Content warning: Standstill Girl depicts or otherwise implies parental abuse, self-harm, sexual assault, and suicide.

Next... time's game is Ara Fell, which can be found on steam https://store.steampowered.com/app/440540/Ara_Fell/

Music used, from Standstill Girl
Sildra Company - The Hand Guiding Alice
Extra Ocean - Goodbye, World

Apr 10, 2018

Listen in as we discuss Exist Archive, a tri-Ace game burdened with being the spiritual successor to Valkyrie Profile! Marvel as we tear it apart! Discover who calls Yamatoga "daddy" first!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Mar 23, 2018

Our prophesied journey through the Witcher novel saga reaches its penultimate stage as we discuss The Tower of the Swallow(s), a book about a tower named after either one or two birds! Devon (@invisifool) and Sam (@SamuelHowitt) discuss... a lot of things, as this book contains Plot! So much Plot.

This episode has a general CONTENT WARNING for general edginess and a specific one for drug use.

Send us your questions by tweeting us, or via email at witchercast@jrpgsaredead.fyi!

Music used, in order:
Alexander James Adams - Wild Hunt
Yoshino Yuuji - Wakaki Nendaiki Sakka

Mar 5, 2018

This month, we handle discussing Shadow Hearts, a rather stupid game that has its heart in the right place. And given that the monster designs include organs in the very wrong place, that's a feat!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Feb 15, 2018

Ah, we're back. Somehow, in some way!

In round 2, we're talking about a rpgmaker game that inspired John as a kiddo, which led to a candid discussion on dorky games, dev communities, and what any of this is for anyway. 

Music used, from slime&co itself
Some Chrono Trigger Song in Midi
Some Castlevania Song in Midi

Feb 5, 2018

In this very subtly named episode of Dead Genre Chronicles, we discuss Treasure of the Rudras (Rudra no Hihou), a Squaresoft RPG for the SNES that was never released in the west until a fan-translation made it available! It's on our Don't Play list!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Jan 26, 2018

Our journey through the Witcher saga carries on, through Baptism of Fire, the third novel. Join Devon (@invisifool) and Sam (@SamuelHowitt) for the discussion of Geralt's misadventures through a warzone!

This episode has a general CONTENT WARNING for general edginess and a specific one for a mention of miscarriage and abortion.

Send us your questions by tweeting us, or via email at witchercast@jrpgsaredead.fyi!

Music used, in order:
Alexander James Adams - Wild Hunt
Yoshino Yuuji - Wakaki Nendaiki Sakka

Jan 10, 2018

Join us in our most brief episode yet to discuss an equally brief tactical RPG by a now-defunct studio! Luminous Arc is something you can probably pass on.

Note: somehow we didn't touch on how basically every enemy NPC pulls from really weird tables for their random names, and Sprunt was definitely a human unit's name. Who would subject their child to that?

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Dec 23, 2017

Our journey through the Witcher series continues with the second novel, Time of Contempt! Devon (@invisifool) and Sam (@SamuelHowitt) carry on through technological difficulty to bring you this discussion of the first substantial entry in the saga!

This episode has a CONTENT WARNING for mentions of suicide and sexual assault.

Send us your questions by tweeting us, or via email at witchercast@jrpgsaredead.fyi!

Music used, in order:
Alexander James Adams - Wild Hunt
Alexander James Adams - Balance of Nature
Yoshino Yuuji - Wakaki Nendaiki Sakka

Dec 14, 2017

Toss another one in the "Don't Actually Play" pile, folks; on this episode, we discuss the generally unfortunate Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete! 

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Nov 23, 2017

In tracing the Witcher series' lineage through the first novel, Devon (@invisifool) and Sam (@SamuelHowitt) discover little of substance to discuss at length! This episode is short and not terribly negative in comparison to the first; the first novel seems to be setting up for the rest of the saga, and as such, is a bit less interesting, but has fewer problems to dive into as well.

Send us your questions via email at witchercast@jrpgsaredead.fyi!

Music used, in order:
Alexander James Adams - Wild Hunt
Yoshino Yuuji - Wakaki Nendaiki Sakka

Nov 10, 2017

A human, a mutant, a monster, and a robot walk into a bar; it's time to chat about SaGa 1 & 2! These two old Game Boy games, known to most folks in the west as Final Fantasy Legend 1 & 2, make for a short but dense episode!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Oct 26, 2017

The Witcher is now a well-known RPG series in the west, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt being lauded as the newest and highest bar for all other RPGs to compete with. But Geralt of Rivia began, as many legends do, with something much simpler. Join Devon (@invisifool) and Sam (@SamuelHowitt) as they work their way through the series, from the short stories to the Wild Hunt, on Myth & Kin.

This episode has a CONTENT WARNING for sexual assault.

Send us your questions via email at witchercast@jrpgsaredead.fyi!

Music used, in order:
Alexander James Adams - Wild Hunt
Yoshino Yuuji - Wakaki Nendaiki Sakka

Oct 12, 2017

The first episode of a new Dead Genre Chronicles series covering independent and underground RPGs, hereto known as World Revolution! World Revolution is LeeRoy Lewin (as always at @wasnotwhynot) and, in their debut, John Thyer (@farawaythyer).

This month we're talking about Middens, something of a cult-infamous surreal rpgmaker game. It's easy to think of it as like Yume Nikki with combat; we discuss those implications and some of the game's shortcomings. Content warnings for a candid discussion on violence and a brief mention of suicide! It's not an uplifting game.

Music used, in order:
Takamo - A Series of Hiccups
Takamo - Fade to Black

 

Oct 6, 2017

This month, we played a pair of games from the early GameBoy Advance library, Golden Sun and its sequel, Golden Sun: The Lost Age! They were fundamental to my (Devon's) development as a player of JRPGs, and they led to an interesting discussion!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Sep 12, 2017

In the now-established tradition of anniversary episodes, this anniversary also saw us record for double our normal time! As such, we've split it in two; this is the second half, on our game of the month, The Legend of Dragoon!

The first half of this episode can be found here.

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Sep 5, 2017

In the now-established tradition of anniversary episodes, this anniversary also saw us record for double our normal time! As such, we've split it in two, and this first segment, focused on reflecting on our last year, is its own episode for ease of consumption. 

The second half of this episode can be found here.

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Aug 4, 2017

We ended our first year with a formative game for one of our hosts, so we repeated that for the end of our second year! Final Fantasy XII is the reason Becky's interested in the genre, and it's the topic of this episode!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Jul 7, 2017

We played Final Fantasy V as part of the Four-Job Fiesta for this episode of the podcast! A short but sweet episode follows!

The Fiesta runs until the end of August if you want to try it for yourself: fourjobfiesta.com

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

 

Jun 2, 2017

In this episode, we take on the finals for Year 2 of Dead Genre Chronicles, in the form of Rogue Galaxy! While our intro suggests we invite you to join us in playing games, we all advise against it for this game! The next few episodes are the show's summer vacation of a sort, so definitely join us in playing some less wild-card games in the near future!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

May 1, 2017

The eponymous skies of Arcadia open up our sky pirate double-header! What lies beyond the skies? Not much, it turns out! We end up not recommending this game to anyone except extremely specifically SEGA JRPG nerds, who probably don't need our recommendation, so don't worry much about spoilers!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Apr 5, 2017

From the depths of our soul, a new episode of Dead Genre Chronicles appears! Listen as we discuss the first game with the Persona name!

The music tracks used at the start and end have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy; the intermission is "Battle - Tesso" from the Persona OST.

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