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Author: BJ Keeton and Austin King

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Let's talk about Dragon Quest. The 33-year-old JRPG series has its hooks in us, and we're okay with that. Austin is playing through the whole series and blogging about it, and Beej is discovering and adoring the series right on his heels. From metal slime hunting to beautiful art books to trying to fiddle with a Japanese Nintendo 3DS, we are having an amazing adventure with the series, and we want to share that with you.

Like all Geek to Geek shows, we keep a clean rating. DQ is about fun for us, and if you can play DQ with your kiddos, you can listen to our Dragon Quest Podcast with them too Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/support
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Just in time for the new release of Dragon Quest Monsters + Volume 4, which releases in English on September 17th, we’re bringing you an episode all about DQ Manga! We’ve been talking about it for a while, and now it’s finally here! For today, we’re mostly just talking about the Dragon Quest Monsters + manga, but we hope to do an episode on things like Emblem of Roto and others later on.We really love Dragon Quest Monsters + (especially Austin), so this episode is really just us trying to get more people to read it. Because of that, we try to avoid any major plot spoilers or character spoilers.We start off by giving a brief synopsis of the series, and then talking about what makes it so great. We also answer questions like “What if I don’t like manga?” and “What’s the series even about?” Along the way, we bring up other manga series like Sgt. Frog, Dragon Quest e no Michi (Road to Dragon Quest), and Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger.Toward the end, we discuss some cute DQ charms (you can find the link at the bottom), DQM+ callbacks to the mainline Dragon Quest series, Austin’s only complaint with the manga, and how Austin wishes Taco Bell would sponsor them. We’ve also provided an affiliate link to Volume 1 of DQM+, so if you haven’t read it already and would like to,help us out by clicking the link below and buying it!DQM+ Manga, Volume 1:  https://amzn.to/2LXiMX1Emblem of Roto: https://mangarock.com/manga/mrs-serie-64915DQ Hero Charms: https://konohakairi.storenvy.com/products/28637192-dragon-quest-hero-charms--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/support
Don't miss our Patron-exclusive minisodes at patreon.com/dragonquestfmThis will be our final episode (for now) on the wonderful Dragon Quest Builders 2! If you haven’t listened to our previous two episodes about the game, be sure to check those out (episodes (9 and 10). Today, we’re talking about the final parts of the game and our final thoughts. Fair warning: there are a few spoilers ahead!We begin our discussion by talking about Skelketraz, prison break movies, and being buddies with a slime. Then, we’re away to Moonbrooke, which Austin hated with a fiery purple passion; however, B.J. disliked it but still had some fun while he was there. We air out a few of our complaints with the game during this portion, then it’s on to happier stuff!After the break, you can hear our thoughts on Malhalla, building a spaceship, and having monsters as friends. We also talk about sandbox games in general, and which ones we’ve played and enjoyed. This leads into our discussion on the post-game, which B.J. is still playing and Austin has yet to play much. And stick around for the end, where we say our final thoughts on the game and whether or not we recommend it to people.Plus, remember that we have our first-ever Bonus Minisode up on Patreon for all of our patrons to listen to. No matter your tier, you can enjoy our bonus episodes exclusively for our Patreon members. This bonus episode covers all of our favorites on Dragon Quest Builders 2, from our favorite island to our favorite NPCs and more! Plus, find out B.J.’s very strong feelings about the new announcement that slimes are edible and taste like limes!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/support
This week, we’re talking about the Dragon Quest spin-off game Rocket Slime! This a special episode, because the topic was chosen by one of our Patreon Patrons, DJPimpDaddy! As part of our Metal Slime tier, you can choose a topic for us to discuss, and this was his. So thanks for your support, and thanks for encouraging us to play Rocket Slime because it’s delightful!Before we get into that, we just want to remind everyone that the demo for Dragon Quest XI S is now available to download on Switch, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already.We begin our discussion of Rocket Slime by talking about the story, the quirky characters, and the different gameplay mechanics. We also bring up the other games in the Slime spin-off series, including Rocket Slime 3, which recently got a fan translation into English.Then, we talk about all the ways Rocket Slime relates to other games in the mainline series (especially Dragon Quest VIII). We spend a few minutes talking about the graphics and how they remind us of classic SNES games like Yoshi’s Island, and then we debate the various tank battle strategies you can use. After that, we discuss the mini-games and extras that Rocket Slime has to offer!Austin: @_austin_king |BJ: @professorbeej | slack.geektogeekmedia.com | discord.geektogeekmedia.com--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/support
Welcome to Episode 14 of Dragon Quest FM! This week we’re talking about Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors, which was released on the Nintendo Wii in 2007. For a game that’s 12 years old, it’s fun and looks pretty. When B.J. was in town with Austin, we decided to play it together. But we only had about 24 hours to speedrun the whole thing, which was tricky. Thus, the Journey to Beat Dragon Quest Swords in a Single Weekend Began! This is a very dramatic story full of struggle, love, frustration, and...success? Failure? You’ll find out.Early in the episode, we also discuss the new demo for Dragon Quest XI S, coming out for Switch on September 27th, and the new location Tickington and the creatures known officially now as Tockles.We talk about the characters, the story, and the graphics. We also talk about the odd gameplay (for a Dragon Quest game, anyway), since it’s all first person POV and a dungeon crawler, which neither of us knew until we played it.Then, we move straight into a play-by-play of our attempt to beat Dragon Quest Swords in a very short period of time. We discuss the obstacles of having Austin’s kids in the room at the same time, how B.J. almost missed his flight because of the game, and how our arms are super tired now.Buy DQ Swords: https://amzn.to/2Lba334Support us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/dragonquestfm--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/support
Do you hear that noise? It’s high-fiving! Because for the first time in the (admittedly short) history of Dragon Quest FM, B.J. and Austin are together! In the same room! We cover lots of questions, from talking about our Dragon Quest XII hopes, to a list of our favorites: monsters, bosses, and towns! We also go down a dark road and discuss what might happen to the series when Toriyama or Horii pass away. B.J. talks about Star Wars, nerds out over Ewan McGregor, and freaks out over the new Obi-Wan Kenobi show that is (probably) happening. How does this all tie into Dragon Quest? You'll have to listen to find out!@dragonquestfm on Twitter, or personally as @_austin_king or @professorbeej--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/support
This past week, we got tons of Dragon Quest news! We got heroes in Smash, the release of Dragon Quest Your Story in Japan, some news about DQ X that makes us want to cry, and some exciting updates about Dragon Quest XI S!First, let’s talk about the Heroes in Super Smash Bros Ultimate! Neither of us really play Smash, but we’re really excited for all of you who do. --RNG--Thwack--Petitions to not let heroes into tournaments? Wtf?--BJ wants to GameFly smash and buy the DQ stuff for under 10 bucks just to play it--Might do this or get a used copy when he goes to see Austin next weekThen it’s on to Dragon Quest XI S!--There’s a demo coming, although no release date has been given.--The save file transfers over, and you get a Skill Seed for transferring data--”The One Desceded from Erdrick” premium hero card in DQ Rivals (which is in Japanese)--Confirmed that we can visit DQ X as one of the past worlds--Erik gets a new outfit, it’s the “North Leather Style” from the manga by Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail). The manga debuts on August 21st. It’s just a one-off. --It’s redeemed from a code that comes with a book (haven’t announced what the book is yet) (maybe some hardcover edition of the manga? Since it premieres in an issue of V-Jump magazine???--SE confirmed a harder version of Draconian Quest where all the party have Shypox.SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTIONPatreon.com/dragonquestfmAnnounce our Upcoming Q&A episode! Email us at social at dragonquest dot fm or tweet it to us or leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/messagesDragon Quest Your Story was released in Japan--Spoiler discussion on the Dragon Quest Inn Discord - https://discord.gg/xtVqZtX--People dislike the ending--We both know the ending but still want to watch the movie.Lastly, we wanted to put the spotlight on Dragon’s Den for a moment. --Woodus.com (Dragon’s Den) is a great fan site all about Dragon Quest. It’s been around since 1997!  --Many of you listening will know about it already and probably visit it quite often. Woodus and the Dragon’s Den group do a great job within the community, and we wanted to give them a nice shout out today.--Also, they have a personality quiz--where you can see which DQ character you are. So, B.J. is going to take the test really quickly, and then we’re going to discuss it. Lolz.--Austin always gets Nevan. He’s gonna retake it alongside B.J. and see if it’s Nevan again.Contact us @dragonquestfm on Twitter, or personally as @_austin_king or @professorbeej--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/support
This week, we’re talking about Dragon Quest 2! We had a listener poll, and this is the topic you chose. A HUGE thanks to everyone who voted. We’re going to be holding another poll soon, so make sure you keep an eye out for that. We’re going to be discussing the game in-depth (plus the game is, like, 30 years old), so there will be some SPOILERS ahead.For those of you who haven’t played the game, Austin gives a brief synopsis at the beginning of the episode. He played the mobile version, and B.J. has played bits of both the GameBoy Color and mobile versions. After that, we run through the main characters and discuss the perks (and pitfalls) of having three people in your party. From the weird AI in the mobile version to the many deaths of the Prince of Cannock, we have a long discussion about all the great--and not so great--things DQ2 has to offer!Then, it’s time to talk about all the times Austin almost quit playing the game--but how he’s glad he beat it. Sunken Treasure, the Cave of Rendarak, and the final battle with Malroth--we talk about it all! Then, listen to why Austin feels respect for the game now, and also thinks of the game as his...little brother?!? That doesn’t sound right. How can a video game be like a little brother? You’ll have to listen to find out!patreon.com/dragonquestfm--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/support
Support DQFM on Patreon!Once again this week, B.J. and Austin have both been playing tons of Dragon Quest Builders 2, so we’re doing a quick follow-up episode. Once again, we’re keeping it as free of story spoilers as possible and instead focusing mostly on gameplay and our experiences. Austin was also sick this week, so B.J. does a lot of the talking. We also discuss Austin’s weird reaction to cold medicines. Like, seriously, why does he react that way?We talk about the second island in Builders 2, Khrumbul Dun; it’s a mining town, so we weigh the pros and cons of that. Plus, we talk about our favorite new armor and swords we’ve found, new monsters, and rare artifacts.Hang around until the end, where we share our thoughts on the game’s bosses, which of the first islands is the best, and any frame rate issues we may have encountered. Yes, Austin finally found some. B.J. still hasn’t had any issues, but he’s playing on the Switch with it docked.You can find links to the game right here:Dragon Quest Builders or Dragon Quest Builders 2Where To Find usWe are on Twitter as @_austin_king and @professorbeej individually, and the show’s account is full of DQ goo-dness at @DragonQuestFM. We are a proud part of the Geek to Geek Media Network. And if you want even more DQ awesomeness from Austin, you can read his weekly blog at DragonQuestAustin.comAnd don’t forget to join our #dragon-quest channel on the GGMN Discord!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/support
Support DQFM on Patreon at patreon.com/dragonquestfmIt’s our early impressions of Dragon Quest Builders 2! We’ll have no real story spoilers in this episode, since the game is so new. Anything we discuss story-wise is something you could see in the promotional materials before the game’s release. Today, we’ll mostly be talking about gameplay mechanics, side quests, and just things we liked with the game.We discuss the poll results for our August 2nd episode, as well as our reactions to those poll results and something we’re totally gonna call “The Spiteful Manga Episode.”Some highlights of our discussion include: the ways Builders 2 is better than the first game,  mini-medal puzzles, NPCs forming lines to poop, and hunting for rare artifacts! Plus, listen to Austin have serious trouble with pressing a button and getting the Bottomless Pot to work correctly. You’ll also hear our thoughts on the Switch version (which is the version we played). Spoiler: it runs great on Switch and we love it!If you haven’t bought the game already and are interested, just click on these links below:Dragon Quest Builders or Dragon Quest Builders 2Where to Find UsWe are on Twitter as @_austin_king and @professorbeej individually, and the show’s account is full of DQ goo-dness at @DragonQuestFM. We are a proud part of the Geek to Geek Media Network. And if you want even more DQ awesomeness from Austin, you can read his weekly blog at DragonQuestAustin.comAnd don't forget to join our #dragon-quest channel on the Geek to Geek Discord!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/support
 Support DQFM on Patreon at patreon.com/dragonquestfm This week, what started out as a special Dragon Quest Catch-Up Episode, where Austin and B.J. talk about where they are in the DQ games they’re currently playing, turns into a Zenithia Trilogy episode because B.J. is playing DQ IV and Austin just finished DQ VI. First, B.J. talks about getting stuck in the Alena chapter of IV and how much he dislikes random enemy encounters nowadays. We also talk about the accents and dialects in IV, and how they can sometimes make it difficult to understand what the characters are saying.Then, it’s off to Dragon Quest VI, where Austin is fresh off his victory against the superboss, Nokturnus. Was it worth it? Maybe? You’ll have to listen to find out. We also discuss VI’s postgame, characters, and a few vocations. Then, Austin defends the game for a while. (And on his blog, too.)And stick around, because if the bad puns aren’t enough to have you groaning, Austin and B.J. start talking about the phonetics of DQ titles. Are you snoring yet? Don’t worry. We get back to the games quickly enough. Editor's Note: B.J. would also like to note that during the editing process, he realizes they mistakenly refer to assonance as alliteration. They are ashamed, the former English teachers that they are. Please forgive them. There’s also a fun Shameless Self Promotion™ segment, a kinda-sorta theme song, and a fun poll you can take part in by voting @DragonQuestFM on Twitter!Where to Find UsWe are on Twitter as @_austin_king and @professorbeej individually, and the show's account is full of DQ goo-dness at @DragonQuestFM. We are a proud part of the Geek to Geek Media Network. And if you want even more DQ awesomeness from Austin, you can read his weekly blog at DragonQuestAustin.com--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dragonquest/support
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