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Happy Birthday! Dragon Quest IX Turns 10 in North America!

Happy Birthday! Dragon Quest IX Turns 10 in North America!

Dragon Quest IX, subtitled Sentinels of the Starry Skies here in the States, initially released on July 11, 2009, in Japan and July 11, 2010, in North America. For folks here in the U.S., that means Dragon Quest IX reached the Big Ten today. Double digits. The tin...

The Dragon Quest Book is Out Today!

The Dragon Quest Book is Out Today!

Today's the big day! The Dragon Quest Book: Interviews and Reflections on the Fandom in the West is available worldwide today, July 1st, 2020! For the past year, I've been writing this book and gathering interviews and personal essays from across the Dragon Quest...

Adventures in Astoltia (Part 6): It Ain’t Easy Being Green

Now that we've gotten three of our five key emblems, it's time to go get a fourth. This time, let's head to the dwarf town Gakuto Gatara. It looks like a mining town with some Aztec art influences. There's a brief scene about a hoarder named Dustan who might have our...

The Dragon Quest Book: Share Your Story!

Hey everybody! So here's the deal: I've been working on a Dragon Quest book for a while now. Part of it is my own thoughts on the series, along with some stuff pulled from this site and the Dragon Quest FM podcast. And part of it is reflections and interviews with...

Adventures in Astoltia (Part Four): Ogres Have Layers

Welcome back! It's now week four of my playthrough of Dragon Quest X, and we've finally arrived in the big ogre city! There are plenty of problems going on in this desert kingdom. Even the king seems to have caught a bad case of the "rage." And by that, I mean he's...

Adventures in Astoltia (Part Three): Purring Pirates

We're skipping ahead in the story (but only a little) this week. As usual, you can check out the previous week's post by following the link here. Now that the weddie wedding is saved, you can head toward the big weddie kingdom and unlock all sorts of goodies: crafting...

Dragon Quest X Artworks: The Art of Astoltia (Book Review)

Dragon Quest X Artworks: The Art of Astoltia (Book Review)

Hey, I'm a sucker for art books. The last time I counted, I had something like fifty video game art books on my shelf--a good chunk of them from Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Xeno games. And since I love art books so much, and since Dragon Quest is my favorite...

Adventures in Astoltia (Part Two): Wedding Crashers

Adventures in Astoltia (Part Two): Wedding Crashers

This week, I'm continuing my adventures in Astoltia, the world of Dragon Quest X! You can read the first post in this series by clicking here. And if you're in the U.S. and want to play a trial version of the game for free, without a VPN, you can click right here and...

Dragon Quest of the Stars is Out Now!

Among all the Dragon Quest surprises we've gotten in the West lately, one of the biggest was probably the announcement that we're getting Dragon Quest of the Stars on February 25, 2020. Historically, mobile Dragon Quest games don't make it over here: DQ Walk, DQ...

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