March 24, 2017

March 10, 2017

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Cat Hamlet Half-Elf Robot

In the latest episode of our melodic yet searching podcast, Ken and I talk riffed townie conspirators, theosophical composers, NPC party members and Wilhelm Reich.

March 03, 2017

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Please Compensate For Our Brutal Incompetence

In the latest episode of our swirly, psychedelic podcast, Ken and I talk Ditko landscapes, Nikolai Vavilov, climactic scenes and the occult secrets of the Denver airport.

February 24, 2017

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Not the Helsinki Mojitos

In the latest episode of our surprised, humbled, agent-thanking podcast, Ken and I talk easy-to-play NPCs, Ken in Cuba and our top ten movies of 2016.

February 17, 2017

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Your Perspective on Trees and Badgers

In the latest episode of their legitmately imperious podcast, Ken and Robin talk connecting with other players, CIA files, political thrillers and Emperor Norton.

February 10, 2017

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: I Assume Someone Has Blood-Typed All the Monkeys

In the latest episode of our always sagacious podcast, Ken and I talk player idiot plotting, Trumped Republicans, 30s L.A. gangland and the blood of Atlantis.

February 03, 2017

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Other Buopoths Do

In the latest episode of their supercalifragilisticexpialidocious podcast, Ken and Robin talk Mythos Disney, Robert Fortune, spy movies 101 and the Ripley Scrolls.

January 27, 2017

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Yig is More of a Moundsville Ohio Guy

In the latest episode of our chert-monopolizing podcast, Ken and I talk Dreamhounds One-2-One, tradecraft in the news, how Robin runs games and Cahokia.

January 25, 2017

The Archer and the Beaver: A 15th Century Mugging

As you can tell just from looking at it, the above image from an early 15th century bestiary shows a beaver being held up by a hunter.

As the beaver well knows, the hunter wants only one part of him—his testicles. They contain castoreum, a precious oil.

Seeking to spare his life, the understandably miffed beaver has bitten off his testicles and flung them toward the hunter. These can be seen in the illustration, flying through the air between hunter and beaver, just below the former’s threatening arrowhead.

We can’t tell from the hunter’s grim expression whether he intends to keep his part of the bargain, or is concerned about his victim’s +9 (2d6+6) bite attack. If his veins pulse with the credo of the murder hobo, he may still fire that arrow, giving new meaning to the term “killing them and taking their stuff.”

Which is to say that in an F20 world, where dragons fly the skies and intelligent mushrooms may jump you when you go spelunking, it is important to depict the natural world in accord with all the latest natural history.

Latest as of, say, 1400.

This serious article is in no way to blame for the above.

January 20, 2017

January 06, 2017

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: There's No Blood in a JPEG

Ken and I emerge from our time machine into the pre-apocalyptic wasteland of 2017 to talk Cthulhu mythos secrets in the information age, opting out of uncomfortable gaming content, Luke Crane, and Eliphas Levi.

December 09, 2016

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Bear With Us, Everyone Else

In the latest episode of our entirely aboveboard podcast, Ken and I talk how Ken runs games, Toronto music, emoluments, and Juan Peron’s hands.