Episode 80 – Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Back to the Stone Age” with special guest Vicki Lalonde

Vicki Lalonde joins us to discuss Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Back to the Stone Age”, damsels in distress, messages of empathy, shedding the bonds of the civilized world, the power of friendship, Barsoom, slavery as a plot device, large megafauna, fighters with six-shooters, foreshadowing villains, and much more!

Episode 79 – A. Merritt’s “The Ship of Ishtar” with special guest Chris Wolf

Chris Wolf joins us to discuss A. Merritt’s “The Ship of Ishtar”, slaves in pulp fiction, magic hair-growing shrubs, film noir femme fatales, early wargaming, magic compasses, epic death as a story ender, the Mega Dumb Cast, playing on the Spaceship of Ishtar, and much more!

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Episode 78 – Robert E. Howard’s “Conan the Warrior” with our Patron Book Club

Members of our Patron Book Club (Jeremy Harper, Christopher Murrie, and Adam Styers) join us to discuss Robert E. Howard’s “Conan the Warrior”, the Conan paperback publication history, Conan’s rapey inner-dialogue, the “barbarism is the natural state of mankind” quote, the roles of priests in sword and sorcery, Red Sonya and Dark Agnes, the strengths and weaknesses of Valeria, the fragile state of Whiteness, Lovecraftian racism, the immensity of the Hyborian world, giving L. Sprague de Camp the credit he’s due, Conan casting spells, and more!

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Episode 77 – L. Sprague de Camp’s “The Clocks of Iraz” with special guest Sharang Biswas

Sharang Biswas joins us to discuss L. Sprague de Camp’s “The Clocks of Iraz”, Indian classics, wights, internal logic, stories within stories, female characters who entirely exist as sex objects, queer bashing, unified tonal through lines, pre-skill system play styles, diversity in medieval simulationism, magic as a source of law or chaos, how to support sex-positive charities, and much more!

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Episode 76 – Michael Moorcock’s “The Vanishing Tower” with special guest Jerry D. Grayson

Jerry D. Grayson joins us to discuss Michael Moorcock’s “The Vanishing Tower”, discovering gaming as a kid, fantasy reading as a kid, comics, looking for representation, Elric as pulp, the grab-bag style of old-school gaming, morose scenery-chewing, the other Eternal Champions, Elric’s childhood education, DMG relics, how you too can make hundreds of dollars in the roleplaying industry, and much more!

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Episode 75 – Roger Zelazny’s “Sign of the Unicorn” with special guest Becky Annison

Becky Annison joins us to discuss Roger Zelazny’s “Sign of the Unicorn”, female authors, murder-mysteries, audio books, characters with godlike powers, world-building, rooting games in a setting, one-on-one gaming, making allies out of enemies, using player imagination, gaming in the era of Critical Role, and much more!

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Episode 74 – Andrew J. Offutt’s “Swords Against Darkness” with special guest Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy joins us to discuss Andrew J. Offutt’s “Swords Against Darkness”, reading fantasy fiction as a kid, writing about swords and sorcery, second generation sword and sorcery authors, the understated prose of Poul Anderson, O. Henry’s sword and sorcery, multiclass characters, the collected Ryre stories, elves and dwarves in swords and sorcery, sword and planet, and much more!

 

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Episode 73 – Philip José Farmer’s “Behind the Walls of Terra” with special guest Jamila R. Nedjadi

Jamila R. Nedjadi joins us to discuss Philip José Farmer’s “Behind the Walls of Terra”, World of Darkness games, the false divide between the OSR and indie games, simulacrums, motorcycle gangs, one’s own mother as a romantic love interest, hippie culture, fiction written by random tables, GMs building on what players give them, PBtA moves, describing modern items as marvelous artifacts, the perfect way to end a session, and much more!

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