Role-Playing Games

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Your Guide to Video Game Cocktails

    I tend toward role-playing games, and as a result I often end up in long, Zen-like bouts of level grinding that involve hours of defeating monsters over and over again in order to overpower my team to the point they steamroll over the bosses. It's honestly the happiest I am as a gamer, and it lends ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Tesla Coils to Unsettling Steampunk: The Music of Comicpalooza

    All kinds of things are happening this weekend when the annual Comicpalooza convention rolls around, but one thing you may not know is that you can see some truly exceptional concerts there as well. As part of our coverage leading up to the fun, here are some of the bands you will want to mark down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Top 10 Songs Inspired By Final Fantasy

    Final Fantasy is one of my personal religions. No really, I wrote an article about it and everything. Like all good religions, the classic series of role-playing video games has inspired musicians to pay tribute to it, and today we celebrate the Top 10 who have done so.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Rap Round Table: What Is Your Favorite Non-Rap Activity?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Sometimes Rocks Off has some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Bun B, ESG, Delo, UZOY, Surreall, Les, Hollywood FLOSS, Eskabel, hasHBrown, Yves and more. Not Invited: Plies again. That guy, sheesh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Booze, Nostalgia and RPGs: Redstone Meadery Honey Wine with Vanilla Beans and Cinnamon Sticks

    My dork resume is long and varied. Much more so than its professional counterpart. Band, debate, drama ... the list goes on and on. For the purposes of this article, we're going to focus on the RPG bullet. I haven't been much of a gamer since I had kids of my own; the little bastards always want to ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    Happy Birthday Nobuo Uematsu! Top 5 Boss Battle Themes

    The man who was responsible for the soundtrack of our youth, Nobuo Uematsu, turns 53 years old today. In 1985, Uematsu was an amateur musician working in a Tokyo instrument-rental shop in when an employee with the video-game company Square asked him if he would be interested in composing some songs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    10 Most Difficult Video Game Achievements That Aren't Worth It

    Gaming is about challenges, or if you're into MMORPGs, gaming is about challenges and calling people gaylords. Regardless, game designers go to extreme lengths in order for you to test your skills, with rewards to follow. Sometimes, though, the rewards are simply not worth the agony of the accomplis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Happy Mauro Hamza Day! 5 Great Sword Fighting Themes

    We do love our obscure holidays here at Rocks Off, as well as setting up playlists for them, but this is the first time we've gotten to tackle a holiday exclusive to our own city. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mauro Hamza. Hamza, is the coach for the 2012 United States Olympic fencing team, which has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Saturday Night: Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds At Jones Hall

    ​The Houston Symphony feat. Susan Calloway Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy Jones Hall July 16, 2011 Rocks Off scrambled like a mad bastard last year in order to catch Final Fantasy Distant Worlds at the Houston Symphony. This year, we were only marginally better prepared, but no less ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Chronophage: A Sedate Sort Of Black-Metal Band

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find the meaning in some of the odder monikers. ​We know of Kenny Khaos and his band Cronophage through the orifices of Justin Whitney and his band Church ov Melkarth. Cronopha ... More >>