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Episode 226: Yig is More of a Moundsville Ohio Guy

January 27th, 2017 | Robin

A surrealist sandbox and a structured mystery make a date in the Gaming Hut, as Josh Rose asks how to run Dreamhounds of Paris as a GUMSHOE One-2-One setting.

Given that the world has turned into a spy novel, and not a particularly believable one at that, maybe it’s time to duck into the Tradecraft Hut for an update on espionage in the news.

Ask Ken and Robin features a demand for parity from Drew Clowery, who wants a “how Robin runs games” segment to go with its Ken equivalent from Episode 220.

Finally Eben Lindsey asks us to rev up Ken’s Time Machine to reveal the fate of Cahokia, the North American city that suffered mass abandonment circa 1400.

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5 Responses to “Episode 226: Yig is More of a Moundsville Ohio Guy”

  1. Mike Daumen says:

    I think the Conspiracy X sourcebook was called “Atlantis Rising” but that’s a different kettle of fish…Alan Smale is two books into an alt-hist trilogy where Cahokia’s falcon men are shock troops in a war against the Roman Empire.

  2. Tim Emrick says:

    As someone who attended college in central Ohio within a shuttle bus ride of some remnants of Moundbuilder sites (though, alas, not particularly well preserved ones), and who has contributed to Green Ronin’s yugely Yig-ish Freeport setting, I must say that this episode’s title is one of my favorites so far!

  3. Edgar Francis says:

    I am currently in Paris conducting research,* and KARTAS has been part of a steady diet of English-language media in my downtime. Hearing about “Dreamhounds of Paris” in this episode and in others has been inspirational. Time is short, but you have inspired me to *want* to learn more about the surrealists while I am here. If you have any recommendations for places to check out while I’m here, I’m all ears.

    I also almost bought “Occult Paris: The Lost Magic of the Belle Epoque” when I was at Shakespeare & Co. last weekend. But then I remembered I’m not actually Ken or Robin, so (a) I’m not actively writing about this subject (b) I will have to haul my own damn luggage around on my trip back to central Wisconsin, and (c) even in my new house, I have limited shelf space.

    So thank you for being inspirational–even outside of gaming!

    *What am I researching, do you ask? Well, I’m reading Arabic grimoires held at the Bibliotheque nationale. True story! None by Abdul Alhazred and none bound in human skin, though.

  4. Steve Dempsey says:

    Edgar, if you can find it. René Thimmy’s La Magie a Paris is good fun, in an Elliot O’Donnell kind of way.

  5. Joe Webb says:

    It looks like somebody over at NPR might be listening to KARTAS, or just like goth English bands.

    PS Thanks for the shout out – I DO have all the facts.

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