(Update) Platforms and Pitfalls Episode 10 - Japanese Western RPGs with Doors and Dungeons

This is our second version of this episode. We had a few issues in the original release, and we apologize for that. If you already endured the original recording with it’s issues, please relisten to the Wizardry section which was the most effected by the issues.

This month we look at the the rather curious middle ground genre of the Japanese developed Western RPG. Since this episode is a little less design focused but with a greater emphasis on history than our own knowledge really allowed, we’ve courted Michelle Belmont from the retro gaming podcast Doors and Dungeons, and Tom Lipschultz, who worked on localizing 2 of the games here. Compared to normal we talk about much more than the usual five games, but we focus on The Black Onyx, Wizardry Labyrinth of Lost Souls, Ultima III Exodus (for NES and Famicom), King’s Field and Brandish: The Dark Revenant, and their different takes to the Japanese developed Western styled RPG.

It is a bit of a departure in some senses from our normal episode, and much longer. We hope you enjoy it.

0:00:00 Opening
0:04:39 The Black Onyx
0:18:39 Wizardry Labyrinth of Lost Souls
0:40:06 Ultima III Exodus (for NES and Famicom)
1:07:23 King’s Field
1:28:34 Brandish: The Dark Revenant
1:58:12 Wrap up and ending
2:08:43 Secret Special Announcement

We referenced a Retronauts interview with Richard Garriot, you can find that here.

You can find Michelle’s work here https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/doorsanddungeons
And her twitter here https://twitter.com/doordunpodcast

You can find Tom’s youtube Channel here
And on twitter at https://twitter.com/wyrdwad_tom

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The opening and closing song Random thoughts by Audio Binger is used under an Attribution non commercial licence, find more great audio here http://www.audiobinger.net/

Music used between each section is as follows.

Black Onyx title theme
Wizardry Labyrinth of Lost Souls Boss battle
Ultima III Exodus Title theme
King’s Field Floor 1
Brandish: The Dark Revenant Ruins
Brandish (PC98) Ruins