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Episode 194: Knocking Off Early For Gin and Lemonade

June 10th, 2016 | Robin

The Gaming Hut becomes a boat we might just die in as Patreon backer Luke Wassink asks us to make environmental obstacles suspenseful and compelling.

In Among My Many Hats, Ken tells us about his new Dark Osprey book, The Cthulhu Wars: the United States’ Battle Against the Mythos.

Hey, who covered the floor of the Eliptony Hut with Toynbee tiles?

And Ken’s Time Machine tackles its deepest mystery yet, as Phil Masters asks Ken why he claimed to be from Porlock.

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5 Responses to “Episode 194: Knocking Off Early For Gin and Lemonade”

  1. Andreas says:

    I found another Macguffin while watching Antiques Roadshow. This one manages to tie Dreamhounds of Paris, the consulting occultist and the cartography hut together in the first four sentences of the video transcript:

    “My dad served in the Army mapmaking division during World War II. He was stationed in Paris, and he and another group of American soldiers got to visit various artists’ studios. Le Corbusier was one, and at the end of the session that they had, the artist said, “Please, help yourself to my drawings and watercolors.” So my dad took this piece and another sgraffito card and gifted them to me about ten years ago.”

    That’s an almost disturbing amount of plot hooks.–201504T39

  2. mrm1138 says:

    Could the Berenstain/Berenstein Bears thing be evidence of the Toynbee tiles’ time manipulation in action?

  3. Phil Masters says:

    Darn. I’m presumably obliged to run that scenario some time now.

    One Man vs. Nature plot that I’ve seen played quite well in a TV drama involves the leadership question. I’m thinking of Shackleton. You’ve got a tough survival challenge, but more significantly, you’ve got a whole group dealing with it, and a leader who is seriously committed to getting them all through. It’s subtle drama by RPG standards, but with the right group, there’s probably a lot of roleplaying opportunities there.

    For that matter, my current convention demo scenario involves a short quasi-wilderness challenge (a dirigible trip of a hundred miles or so over the Scottish Highlands). It’s not a major part 0f the scenario – it’s mostly in there as an opportunity to demonstrate bits of the game’s skill system, really, taking just a couple of minutes to play out – but the exact way that the group in general and their pilot in particular choose to tackle it represents a roleplaying opportunity.

  4. Mike Lansing says:

    One of the big things that bugs me is mispronunciation. It has been said that when people mispronounce things it is likely that they learned a word through reading rather than hearing. As both Ken and Robin are avid readers, I have let it slide often. But lately it is horrible. The company is called pAtreon, with a long A. Go to their website, watch the video they produced. They pronounce it wit ha long A. Please, if you are going to say it a dozen times in the show, pronounce it right.

  5. Tim Vert says:

    So is Ray Bradbury’s story The Toynbee Convector part of the conspiracy or the cover-up of the Toynbee Tiles?

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