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Episode 193: Bonaparte Eyes

June 3rd, 2016 | Robin

In Ask Ken and Robin, Patreon backer Andrew Jones asks about working with Greg Stafford.

The History Hut looks at the post-WWI occupation of Istanbul, as requested by Alexander Perman.

How to Write Good rips the lid off of our least favorite fake stock moments in fiction.

Finally the Conspiracy Corner finds Timothy Coram asking us to make something of the Westfield Watcher.

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6 Responses to “Episode 193: Bonaparte Eyes”

  1. Two things about the Turkey segment:

    1) Izmir is the Turkish name for Smyrna, not Ephesus.

    2) How can you talk about gaming in the post WW1 occupation and not mention the classic Call of Cthulhu campaign “Horror on the Orient Express”? The entire Constantinole segment is set during the final days of the occupation.

  2. Mark Mohrfield says:

    I’ve got to dispute that people don’t throw up when they’re very upset; I’ve done so myself.

    • Tom Vallejos says:

      A friend of mine had a similar experience back in high school. His mom showed up at a fast food place when he was trying to hit on girl she did not approve.

  3. Niclas Matikainen says:

    Having been the victim of a burglary, I can say for certain that it’s possible to not only sit right up when you wake up, but also to leap straight out of bed because you are convinced that the burglars are back in you appartment.
    With the burglary having happened more than ten years ago, this isn’t common for me any more, but it still happens…

    Regarding the slap to the face: It might not calm you down, but it might activate you fight or flight mode, and thus make you more focused. At least according to the Mythbusters. SCIENCE! 😛

  4. Kit Kendrick says:

    I used to live in the same neighborhood as the “Westfield Watcher” house. The house also happens to be along one of the routes that a lot of kids walk to the high school. That was my first thought when I heard about over the top horror letters getting mysteriously delivered.

    If you wanted to go a more lighthearted route, Westfield was also the home of Charles Addams, who drew the original Addams Family cartoons and based the illustrations of their house on one of the houses there.

  5. Tom Vallejos says:

    One stock moment that you missed is the one where the victim is really alive. The actual victim is either the would be killer, or a lookalike. Sometimes lookalike is an actual twin.

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