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Episode 158: Englishman is Not Actually Valued For Its Own Flavor

September 18th, 2015 | Robin

Our recording chambers may be hot but our subject matter gets cold, cold, cold, as Among My Many Hats takes a look at the Wendigo.

In How To Write Good, the dialogue turns to dialogue tags, he said, informatively.

Ken and Robin Recycle Audio continues to pillage the very best treasures of the  investigative roleplaying seminar at Gen Con, this time delving into red herrings, leaving room for player improv, and keeping your horror tropes fresh.

Then we circle back to Arctic climes as the Eliptony Hut rips the lid off the Franklin conspiracy.

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8 Responses to “Episode 158: Englishman is Not Actually Valued For Its Own Flavor”

  1. Michael Daumen says:

    I didn’t hear Robin’s own “The Final Reel,” from Shadows over Filmland, mentioned as an improvisational mystery in which any suspect can be the villain. It strikes a good balance between an improvised and prewritten investigation.

  2. LJS says:

    I was expecting the Writing Hut to mention, at least once, Tom Swifties….

  3. LJS says:

    As to improve mysteries — to me they violate the essential contract of a mystery — that there is a puzzle that can be logically solved. Lost and the recent Battlestar Galactica were frustrating examples of things that claimed to be mysteries, but were being made up by the writers as they went along and much more frustrating for it. That doesn’t mean that a GM might not adopt an answer proposed by the PCs that fits the established facts and is better than what the GM had in mind — but the adoption should be invisible to the PCs.

    • RogerBW says:

      Very much agreed – the pleasure players get from the mystery component of a game is from having worked out and beaten the GM’s complicated plot, even when it wasn’t actually all that complicated. I have sometimes modified solutions based on what players said, but I never discuss this with the players, because as far as they’re concerned they worked out the right answer.

  4. Doug cole says:

    Ran my first nights black agents campaign frame last week. My players loved it. My queation is how as a GM do you “damage” Network pools without seeming unfair?

  5. The Rubb1e says:

    Question: “how did the Franklin expedition carry 200 wax cylinders when they would not be invented for another 40 years?”

  6. Tim Emrick says:

    Many years ago, there was an issue of The Unspeakable Oath (#11) that had an adventure with the unusual premise that all of the (pregenerated) characters were members of the same Wendigo/Ithaqua cult in Toronto. The scenario opens with the discovery of the grisly corpse of a fellow cultist, who has obviously been killed by black magic. This sets off an investigation heavy with the kind of intra-party paranoia that I think both Ken and Robin would find morbidly delicious.


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