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Episode 3: The Audacity of Cupcakes

August 24th, 2012 | Robin

Stuff talked about in the third episode of Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff include:

Among My Many Hats brings back the overt pluggery with a discussion of Robin’s new book of short stories, New Tales of the Yellow Sign, and its inspiration, the classic King in Yellow cycle of Robert W. Chambers. Since recording the episode, the ebook version has infected Kindle and Smashwords.

In The Business of Gaming, we tackle the topic du jour, Kickstarter, and its impact on the hobby. We look at the recent Stone Skin Press crowdfunding campaign and its blatant cupcakery. Also referenced: Margaret Atwood’s embrace of the new way for her arts-based social media platform, Fanado.

After an Ask Ken and Robin lightning round, we go in-depth on what we do when we first get an idea for a game or supplement.

Lastly but not leastly, Ken again dons the mantle of Consulting Occultist to examine the difference between a mystic and an occultist, as seen through the examples of Johnny Appleseed and Emannuel Swedenborg. Also referenced: Daniel Burnham, and Mitch Horowitz’s book Occult America.

5 Responses to “Episode 3: The Audacity of Cupcakes”

  1. Great podcast again- good stuff. Burned it to a dic and listened to it on the 30 minute drive over to and back from my Saturday boardgame meet up. That made for an awesome gaming day.

    However the comment on the Johnny Appleseed segment once again got me irritated that I can’t purchase the various Suppressed Transmission columns in a reasonable way. I have both of the print collections, but it seems the only other option is to buy some of the electronic versions of back issues- but I don’t think you can even get most of those which were in the weekly online zine.

    I can’t understand why SJG can’t simply bundle the electronic versions of those articles together and sell them. They don’t need to do a full print version- and I don’t need annotations, though those were great in the print volumes. I just want access to those great articles again.

  2. Robin says:

    Have you tried expressing this popular demand to the fine folks at SJG?

    • Yes- and a number of us pushed on this back in March of 2011, but were brushed of from what I understand. The idea of doing a simple, electronic-only version seems to have been dismissed.

  3. Bryan says:

    I’d like to ‘Ask Ken & Robin’ how soon before we can here the rest of “Puritains get a bad rap” discussion? =)

    Also, thanks for another great episode. I *too* am going to go ask SJG for a reasonable way access Ken’s ST articles.

  4. James McGlothlin says:

    I was so stoked to finally hear someone say something non-negative (and true!) about the Puritans. Quick anecdote: When I was in seminary, one of our professors said that the first act of church discipline in America that we know about is of a Puritan woman complaining to her church elders that her husband was not fulfilling his conjugal duties. That gives a whole new spin on puritanical! So, needless to say, I look forward to the possibility of hearing a “Puritans get a bad rap” discussion.

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