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Episode 335: Any Smart Gundamologist

March 15th, 2019 | Robin

The Gaming Hut delves into a design issue at the behest of Patreon backer Mikey Hamm, who wants to know how to balance player options against the archetypal experience of a game.

We keep mentioning him, and now backer Sam Harris demands an entire Book Hut segment on Canadian literary critic Northrop Frye.

Get ready for a tough fight as we inaugurate the brand new Monster Hut with a look at the bugbear.

Finally backer Chris Kalley visits the Consulting Occultist to learn about military theorist, Thelemite and fascist J. F. C. Fuller.

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4 Responses to “Episode 335: Any Smart Gundamologist”

  1. Tim Emrick says:

    Yes, you can play a cat ninja in the Forgotten Realms! In 5E, play a tabaxi [Volo’s Guide to Monsters], and choose either rogue (assassin archetype) or monk (way of shadow tradition).

    It’s even easier in Golarion (the setting for Pathfinder): thete’s a catfolk race and a ninja class (an “alternate class” based on the rogue).

    • gdave says:

      Or, in AD&D or 3E, with Oriental Adventures, you could play a hengeyokai (cat) ninja. At least in the Kara-Tur region of the Forgotten Realms, you could play a literal cat ninja.

  2. Doug Stinnett says:

    John Boyd was a fighter pilot. He extended his theory of air combat to encompass military strategy as a whole. I’m not sure about his thoughts on the occult.

  3. KenH says:

    The Greek mythical bear people I couldn’t remember during the recording were the Arkades (sons of Arkas, son of Kallisto who was turned into a bear by Hera because of Guess Who) who later followed Pan for still buggier bearness.

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