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Episode 245: Floaty McBeercan

June 9th, 2017 | Robin

A guy in a hat was going to tell us what was in the Gaming Hut this week, but then one of your PCs just shot him with a crossbow. That leaves us to figure out what to do when the players kill off their information sources.

In the Book Hut, Patreon backer Andy Young asks us to name the essential reference books for any KARTAS listener’s library.

Backer Frank Turfler Jr. uses Ask Ken and Robin to seek the secrets of the prodigious Hitean memory. Can we all learn his tricks, or would that require overly expensive multiclassing?

Finally the Eliptony Hut goes to the cottage, dipping its toes off the dock into a lovely lake, loch or bay as backers Darin DuMez and Doc Cross team up to demand some lake monster sightings.

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8 Responses to “Episode 245: Floaty McBeercan”

  1. Michael Daumen says:

    Would KARTAS get benefits from posting Amazon links to the recommended books? Asking for a lazy, lazy friend.

  2. Steve Dempsey says:

    There’s a great Geomatria calculator here: http://www.gematrix.org/

    It does English, Latin and Hebrew and gives other words with the same values. For example, Ken And Robin Talk About Stuff has the value 1167, the same as Mother of All Things Beautiful, I Really Meant It And I Still Do, and Unbearable Egocentricity (http://www.gematrix.org/?word=Ken+And+Robin+Talk+About+Stuff).

  3. Corey Pierno says:

    Such a great book hut. Thanks guys!

  4. Nickpheas says:

    A reading list for the book hut wild be very much appreciated.

    • Robin says:

      I know it seems like an easy thing, but merging two lists crosses the line into a task we don’t have the time budget for. Perhaps one day we’ll hit that coveted show notes level on the Patreon.

  5. bwgustaf says:

    trying to find an electronic edition of brewer’s dictionary of phrase and fable. do you have a link on your computer.

  6. Elias Helfer says:

    I took the liberty of assembling a list of the works referenced.

    Classic reference texts that you do want to have in printed form and be able to browse
    Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

    Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend

    Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

    Historical Atlas by Colin McEvedy

    Hermann Kinder and Werner Hilgemann: The Anchor Atlas of World History

    Colin McEvedy: Century World History Fact Finder

    William Langer/Peter Stearns: The Encyclopedia of World History

    Encyclopedia of Military History

    GURPS Books

    DePuy’s Military History (?)

    Diagram Group: Weapons: An International Encyclopedia From 5000 B.C. to 2000 A.D.

    Left Field Items
    The Complete Works of Charles Fort

    Bill Whitcomb: The Magician’s Companion: A Practical & Encyclopedic Guide to Magical & Religious Symbolism

    SAS Survival Handbook

    Howdunit series

    Heiram Collins Haydn: The Thesaurus of Book Digests

    David Godwin: Godwin’s cabalistic encyclopedia

    • Michael Daumen says:

      You are a prince among men! I was just coming back hear to take a relisten, after looking at Ken’s 2002 article about research (spoiler: he really likes Google).

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