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Episode 68: Why You Shouldn’t Ask Us to Destroy Civilization

December 6th, 2013 | Robin

News that US states are now legalizing Internet gambling within their borders send us to an unusually garishly lit and jingle-jangling Gaming Hut, where we consider hobby gaming twists on playing for cash online.

Then Ask Ken and Robin visits the Consulting Occultist on behalf of Steven W. King, who wants to know what to put on his beginning occult bookshelf.

In the Cartography Hut we look for the fun in the relative inaccuracy of period maps.

Finally, in an all-too-inevitable Politics Hut, Robin shares the local perspective on  the now-international Rob Ford story, from the release of damning search warrant evidence to his loss of all but titular authority. You learned about it here first, probably!

Anchor sponsor Slabtown Games remains with us to tout Storyscape, a tablet-based tabletop roleplaying game Robin is currently designing for them.

9 Responses to “Episode 68: Why You Shouldn’t Ask Us to Destroy Civilization”

  1. hüth says:

    Given that Norm Kelly is now the de-facto mayor, wouldn’t the non-populist municipal tories be sitting pretty?

  2. Mailanka says:

    Can we get these occult books listed here in the comments (or perhaps on Hite’s blog?)

    • John F Rauchert says:

      Richard Cavendish
      The Black Arts: A Concise History of Witchcraft, Demonology, Astrology, and Other Mystical Practices Throughout the Ages

      Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
      The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction

      Gary Lachman
      A Dark Muse: A History of the Occult

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

      David Godwin
      Godwin’s Cabalistic Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to Cabalistic Magic

      Joscelyn Godwin
      The Golden Thread: The Ageless Wisdom of the Western Mystery Traditions

      The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance

      Aleister Crowley
      Magick in Theory and Practice

      Henry Cornelius Agrippa
      Three Books of Occult Philosophy

      Arthur Edward Waite
      The Book of Ceremonial Magic (and Pacts)

      Charles Nicholl
      The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe

      Peter Washingtion
      Madame Blavatsky’s Baboon: A History of the Mystics, Mediums, and Misfits Who Brought Spiritualism to America

      Owen Davies
      Grimoires: A History of Magic Books

      King Solomon?
      The Lesser Key of Solomon (aka Lemegeton)

  3. Michael Cule says:

    It occurs to me that one of the hobby gaming mechanic that might make an interesting gambling game would be the idea of writing hidden orders while your opponents write theirs which are then revealed together. DIPLOMACY is the classic case here but I was also thinking of the duelling mechanic from EN GARDE (and if that doesn’t date me I don’t know what does).

    You wouldn’t want actual writing at the gaming table but say each player gets dealt ten cards from a general shoe to start with and they have to lay down five of them at a time and each one is revealed and the effects resolved as you go.

    There would be plenty of chances to read and bluff your opponents as well as analysis of odds and tactical thinking. For extra income, the house could sell extra cards to those who are flush.

    Make the chrome a fantasy arena duel and you might have a nice tabletop game. Or you could imagine it being played around a table in a casino by people in dinner jackets.

    You’re welcome!

    • RogerBW says:

      I can certainly picture something like The Resistance (with its simultaneous reveal of votes) working as a casino game, though you’d probably want to strip the theme back a bit — the casino style seems to require abstract games rather than anything representative.

      Both En Garde and Lace and Steel had interesting minigames for duelling, card-based in the latter case.

  4. Simon Hibbs says:

    A resource I find useful is:

    Lewis Spence
    An Encyclopaedia of Occultism
    AKA: Encyclopedia of the Occult

    It’s from the 1920s so it has loads of period preconceptions and biases, but is chock full of great material. I particularly like reading the biographical entries, some of which are quite extensive. It’s hit and miss. Some entries are very brief, but every now and then you’ll cone across a multi-page mini essay. Best of all, you can usually pick up a copy for just a few quid on abebooks.

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