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.

November 28, 2016

Finding Me at Dragonmeet 2016

After a parlous period during which it seemed that Pelgrane Press’ magic spreadsheet had turned into a sensible spreadsheet, I am once again delighted to report that I’ll be attending Dragonmeet in London this Saturday. I’ll be there with the Pelgrane crew, including Kenneth Hite, Rob Heinsoo, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan and of course co-honchos Cat Tobin and Simon Rogers.

The event itself has yet again shed its skin and grown larger and for the first time will be at the Novotel London West near the Hammersmith tube station.

Stop by to chat at the Pelgrane booth, or catch me at the following seminar events:Dragonmeet 2016

13:30: Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff Live: Join us for a live podcast recording as Ken nerdtropes up a storm and we field audience questions with our usual jetlagged aplomb.

15:30: What’s Up with Pelgrane Press: The whole team spills the beans on plans for 2017 and beyond, and I periodically urge the non-Kens among them to use their outdoor voices and speak up for the nice people.

If the publishing gods so decree, we’ll have a special Dragonmeet preview edition of Cthulhu Confidential, the flagship GUMSHOE One-2-One release. I could not be more excited about seeing this finally arrive in print form, so please propitiate the ink deities as the weekend draws near.

(Any Simon Rogerses out there might want to take note of the relationship between the venue and a local purveyor of Christmas sandwiches—traditional lunch of choice for humble, undemanding and hard-working freelancers. See handy map.)

November 25, 2016

November 18, 2016

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Home Movies You Didn't Take

In the latest episode of our award-winning podcast, Ken and I talk scarier Cthulhu, Chicago fim fest, commentary beats, and Timothy Pickering.