Angela Murray joins us to discuss Fritz Leiber’s “Swords and Ice Magic”, avoiding the GM system mastery trap, unlikable protangonists, women as sex objects, learning more about characters than just their physical descriptions, Norse mythology, Death as an adversary, being upfront about campaign setting elements, the player’s role in story generation, the GM’s responsibility to follow the player’s lead, playing a Dragonborn Cleric who worships a god who hates dragons, reading fiction when you aren’t the target audience, and much more!
Carmin Vance joins us to discuss L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter’s “Conan the Buccaneer”, barriers for entry into the hobby, weird descriptions of breasts, sword and sorcery as escapism, black amazon warriors, reading non-Howard Conan stories, the man-eating trees of Nubia, ritual magic, the bellybuttons of the Easter Island statues, reading with an open mind, and much more!
Chris Holmes joins us to discuss Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Tarzan at the Earth’s Core”, contemporary fantasy fiction, the Holmes Basic set, the varying levels of dignity given to the black characters, IP crossovers, surprisingly positive depictions of Germans, “Mahars of Pellucidar”, magic dirigibles, the developmental biology of reptiles, informal vs codified ways of encouraging heroism in RPGs, the incredible speed in which pulp characters learn new languages, the future of Pellucidarian fandom, and much more!
Shanna Germain joins us to discuss Lord Dunsany’s “The Charwoman’s Shadow”, Dunsany’s evocative prose, shadow magic, fairy tales, the impetuousness of youth, walking 25 miles in a day, love potions, esoteric prices, the lifelong pursuit of magic, the value of reading something you normally wouldn’t, and much more!
We’re offering a sneak peak into our Patron Book Clubs that happen with our supporters on Patreon before we record each episode. Thanks to Noah Green and Adam Styers for joining this week to discuss Andre Norton’s “Web of the Witch World”!
Humza Kazmi joins us to discuss Andre Norton’s “Web of the Witch World”, elven fighters, mind reading, the power of love, reclaiming lost power, the culture of Estcarp, domain game play, internal consistency, talismans, character agency, and much more!
Daniel J. Bishop joins us to discuss J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Return of the King”, the fundamental misunderstandings of the Peter Jackson movies, Tolkien’s Christianity, Frodo and Sam’s gay love, the racist legacy of the Lord of the Rings, bringing our own life experiences to what we read, the value of gaming post-climax, “useless” characters, the appendices, and so much more!
Hoi and Jeff chat with Todd Bunn about Lin Carter’s “The Enchantress of World’s End”, flipping expectations, one-shot adventures, sphinxes, and introductory RPG systems!
Hoi and Jeff chat with Elizabeth Chaipraditkul about Gardner F. Fox’s “Kothar and the Demon Queen”, demon summoning, cheesy erotica, sword and sorcery traditions, and much more!
Hoi and Jeff chat with Jeannette Ng about A. Merritt’s “Dwellers in the Mirage”, the plight of Muslim Uighurs in communist China, ancestral possession, faction play in LARPs, and much more!