Patrick Stuart joins us to discuss Mervyn Peake’s “Titus Groan”, oral traditions, lush prose, taking pride in working as a servant, the sun as an old cake bun, Peake’s popularity, Cormac McCarthy, Gormenghast as a demiplane, maintaining status quo as a party goal, the court of Melniboné, physical differences as “monstrous traits”, going back in time to support expired Kickstarters, and much more!
Sarah Doom joins us to discuss Michael Shea’s “Nifft the Lean”, Vampire: The Masquerade, horror stories set in the Deep South, “big guava breasts”, matching prose style to genre, which came first: humans or demons, the Pagan way of doing things, entitled brats, taking away character agency, drawing upon vocational experience for inspiration, playing characters that are smarter than we are, old school sword and sorcery, and much more!
Pete Petrusha joins us to discuss Charles R. Saunders’s “Imaro”, developing management skills through game mastering, how map projections shrink Africa, flipping the script, Charles R. Saunders’s legacy, acceptance through truth, depicting differing cultures without judgment, leveling up through campaigns, DCC RPG corruption, the mysterious world outside the PC’s hometown, and much more!
Jeff here! I’m selling the paperbacks from the first 100 episodes to help me finish my final year of grad school. All are vintage paperbacks, some of the covers are falling off, and all of them are full of my highlights. Link with photos below:
Martian Kat joins us to discuss Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Land of Terror”, Star Wars, reading something you wouldn’t normally read on your own, effective uses of satire, bearded women, evolving perceptions of Black Americans in the 1940s, the global war on terror, one-shot adventures in comics, escaping captivity in RPGs, the Savage Worlds Adventure Deck, humanizing the “other”, Twitch streaming, and much more!
Alyssa Faden joins us to discuss Lord Dunsany’s “Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley”, the Tegel Manor map, ancient history as gaming inspiration, the Wheel of Time series, singing blades, Dunsany’s poetic and relatable prose, the frying pan as a character, how to win a castle, river travelling, staying in character, Yoon Suin crab-men, designing city maps, and much more!
Little Red Dot joins us to discuss Andre Norton’s “Three Against the Witch World”, Fate RPG, reading comics in the barber shop, Mars as Australia, Mercedes Lackey, the division between science fiction and fantasy, the gender spectrum, the gendered divisions of labor, Andre Norton’s bravery, the love of war history, the D&D druid class, Kobold Press, and much more!
Cora Buhlert joins us to discuss Clark Ashton Smith’s “Xiccarph”, German science fiction, pulp magazines, morbid beauty, vampire flower women, Jirel of Joiry, the Dark Eye, foreshadowing, Gary Gygax’s exclusion of Clark Ashton Smith from the Appendix N, Alphonse Mucha, doomed protagonists, the 2022 World Science Fiction Convention, and much more!
Oliver Brackenbury joins us to discuss August Derleth’s “The Mask of Cthulhu”, the Lin Carter Conan stories, competing Appendix N Book Club listener complaints, writing in another author’s IP, dem hillbillies who ain’t talk too good, being a broke millennial while reading about haunted inheritances, the authorial voice, psychic residue, letting players continue to run their characters during PC possession, the trappings of the Cthulhu mythos, Lovecraft Country, and much more!