August 11, 2017
August 10, 2017
Every year it’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again already and that goes double for the 50th anniversary edition of Gen Con. Why, it feels like I was working on the 40th anniversary Gen Con history only yesterday…
If you’re at the show, please swing by and say hi. During exhibit hall hours, when I’m not at a panel or in a meeting, I’ll be signing and chatting at the Pelgrane Press booth, #1317.
I will be pontificating at the following panels:
Thursday 4 pm: One GM, One Player Masterclass (Crowne Plaza Pennsylvania Station B)
Friday 1 pm: Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff Live (Crowne Plaza Pennsylvania Station B)
Friday 4 pm: Dramatic Interaction Masterclass (Crowne Plaza Pennsylvania Station B)
Saturday 2 pm: Swords, Spies and Shoggoths: The Pelgrane Press Panel (Crowne Plaza Pennsylvania Station B)
Saturday 4 pm: Investigative Roleplaying Masterclass (Crowne Plaza Pennsylvania Station B)
If you prefer to hear me encouraging other people to talk, I will be moderating but not pontificating at these panels:
Thursday 1 pm: Gaming Saves the World (Crowne Plaza Pennsylvania Station B)
Saturday noon: In the Shadow of the Castle (part of the 50th Anniversary Gen Con Retrospective) In the 80's D&D ruled Gen Con from its big castle in the exhibit hall. Hear stories from the other side of the moat, from Steve Jackson, Mike Pondsmith, Greg Stafford, John Nephew, and Jordan Weisman. (Convention Center Room 105)
August 04, 2017
In the latest episode of our well-placed podcast, Ken and I talk fumble philosophy, strategic locations, tragedy and occult post-modernism.
July 28, 2017
July 21, 2017
July 19, 2017
July 14, 2017
July 07, 2017
June 30, 2017
June 23, 2017
June 21, 2017
The curtain rises on Pelgrane Press’ Kickstarter for my latest epic project, The Yellow King Roleplaying Game.
June 19, 2017
The Kickstarter for The Yellow King Roleplaying Game, from yours truly and Pelgrane Press, launches this Wednesday, June 21st, at 8 pm Eastern.
June 16, 2017
June 09, 2017
June 02, 2017
May 30, 2017
Just in time* for displaying enigmatic erudition on boardwalks and beaches, the first of the Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff themed T-shirt designs have now arrived at our TeePublic merchandise storefront.
Wear them in a variety of styles, or emblazon these words to live by on mugs, phone covers, laptop covers or stickers.
Go straight to your design of choice:
We’ll be rolling out more wearable in-jokes in the weeks and months ahead…
*Weather observation void in southern hemisphere.
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January 25, 2017
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.